In its third week out, INSIDE OUT climbs its way to the summit for Disney/Pixar earning $30 million over July 4th weekend from 4,158 theatres. For consecutive weeks since its release, it has played Bridesmaid to a certain Dinosaur-themed Blockbuster. In its domestic run thus far, it has grossed $246 million.
JURASSIC WORLD after three weeks on-top slips to second spot for Universal Pictures, earning $28.9 million. In four weeks alone it has surpassed $556 million in earnings.
TERMINATOR: GENISYS opens in third spot for Paramount Pictures with $27.3 million from 3,758 theatres. Since Wednesday when it opened, the Franchise’s fifth installment has earned $42.8 million. Critics weren’t impressed giving it a 27% on the Tomatometer, while Audiences were more forgiving with a B+ CinemaScore.
MAGIC MIKE XXL opens in fourth spot with $15.2 million from 3,355 theatres for Warner Bros., after opening on Wednesday. Audiences gave it an A- CinemaScore, while Critics were on-board with a 63% rating on the Tomatometer.
TED 2 slips to fifth spot with $11.2 million in its second week out for Universal Pictures, just surpassing the $50 million mark.
ME & EARL & THE DYING GIRL continues to get strong word of mouth earning $1.3 million from 870 theatres for Fox Searchlight – good enough for ninth.
DOPE also continues to get lots of buzz through word of mouth also, rounding-out the Top Ten with $1 million from 863 theatres for Sony Pictures.
For a third straight week, it’s a JURASSIC WORLD at the Box Office! Now in its third week out, the Blockbuster still is motoring-on with $54 million from 4,198 theatres for Universal Pictures. By early this week, it will have surpassed the $500 million-mark domestically.
INSIDE OUT after a solid debut last week at number two, repeats the feat again for Disney/Pixar, with $52 million from 4,132 theatres. In two weeks, it has made $181 million already.
TED 2 debuts in third, unable to duplicate the great success of its Predecessor. This Sequel debuts with $33 million from 3,429 theatres for Universal Pictures with a 42% rating on the Tomatometer. Audiences were more partial to it with a B+ CinemaScore. By comparison, TED opened with $54 million in 2012.
MAX opens in fourth with $11 million from 2,882 theatres for Warner Bros. The dog-centric Film starring Toronto’s Robbie Amell, opened to mixed reviews, with a 38% on the Tomatometer, but a much better A CinemaScore from Audiences, which could help in following weeks with word-of-mouth.
DOPE is in seventh spot, performing well in a limited 1,851 theatres with $2.6 million for Open Road Films/Sony Pictures. The Film came out of Sundance with a fair amount of buzz and continues to get publicity from word of mouth.
AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON in its ninth week out earns $1.5 million from 1,097 theatres for Disney/Marvel. Its tally sits at $452 million thus far.
Universal Pictures Canada + Mr. Will want to take Readers across Canada to see TED 2! The adorable, foul-mouth Teddy Bear back in 2012 won ours hearts in a big way and if there’s one Film we’ve been waiting for, this is it! Screenings take place in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg, on Wednesday, June 24, 2015.
Official Synopsis: Ted marries Tami-Lynn, his girlfriend from the first film, and the couple try for a baby together, with Ted asking his best friend John to provide sperm for artificial insemination. However, to have custody of this child, he has to prove to a court of law that he is human.
TED 2 stars Seth MacFarlane, Mark Wahlberg, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson and Amanda Seyfried.
Watch the Trailer (for Mature Audiences):
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If you aren’t watching for the Football, then lets watch for the amazing Commercials! Although we arent Experts on the Sports by any measure, we can say that this by far was the most thrilling Super Bowl Game we’ve seen in quite some time, the New England Patriots squeaking out a victory over returning Champs, the Seattle Seahawks. Thrilling!
Here are some of our fave TV Spots from Super Bowl 48. Lets re-live the magic:
What a surprise it was seeing Tom Brady join-in on the fun with Mark Wahlberg and the lovable foul-mouthed Teddy Bear himself! Yes, you just heard the words “Hand Job” on Primetime!
CLASH OF CLANS
Liam Neeson (or Lai-yam Neeson) slays it here in serious mode, taking competitive gaming to a new level…
I had the pleasure of seeing a Snippet of TOMORROWLAND before Christmas, starring George Clooney. My heart raced. So happy everyone got to witness a taste of what to expect of it tonight during the Super Bowl. This is going to be huge!
I love the clever editing in this Snickers TV Spot, spoofing Temper Tantrums from Marsha Brady in the body of Machete (Danny Trejo). The surprise turn from Boardwalk Empire’s Steve Buscemi… brilliant!
Coke goes straight for our hearts with this uplifting and modern look at how the internationally-adored Beverage continues to bring smiles to the faces of the under-caffeinated around the World.
COCA COLA – MICHAEL SAM
Openly-gay NFL Free Agent Michael Sam courageously steps-out and becomes a national inspiration, sharing his experience on Social Media after coming-out.
Yet again, another Tearjerker. Smiling Children calling-out for their Dads. What’s not to love?
Between February 2-14, 2015 you will be able to pay for some of your McDonald’s purchases with love apparently?
Meet Child Amputee Braylon in this touching TV Spot showing how Microsoft technology enabled and empowered him to be able to enjoy an active life as a future Athlete. Take that, Apple!
And still my Fave. Budweiser’s amazing #BESTBUDS TV Spot. So good, it deserves its own Post here.
Miss Katy Perry‘s incredible HALFTIME SHOW Performance? Watch it here!
Words cannot describe how much we adore TED. The 2012 Teddy Bear Action/Comedy/Fantasy had us in tears for many reasons and we are so happy to see this brand new Trailer for its Sequel, TED 2!
See the Trailer:
Seth MacFarlane returns as writer, director and voice star of Ted 2, Universal and Media Rights Capital’s follow-up to the highest-grossing original R-rated comedy of all time. Joined once again by star Mark Wahlberg and fellow Ted writers Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild, MacFarlane produces the live action/CG-animated comedy alongside Bluegrass Films’ Scott Stuber, as well as John Jacobs and Jason Clark. www.LegalizeTed.com
Universal Pictures Canada release TED 2 on Friday, June 26, 2015.
First making his debut in 1981 on TV Series Simon & Simon, Giovanni Ribisi has become a Household Name with an Acting Career which has seen both diversity and longevity. At just 38-years-old, the Los Angeles Native has built a Body of Work which has defined multiple generations. My Two Dads, The Wonder Years, Friends, Saving Private Ryan, Lost in Translation, Avatar, Ted. These are just a handful of his most memorable moments and the Father of Lucia/Husband of Supermodel Agyness Deyn finds himself returning to Toronto once again to promote eagerly-awaited Gangster Squad.
The Action/Drama has Ribisi starring as Officer Conway Keller, a technically-savvy Cop whose expertise enables the LAPD to successfully bug the Phone Calls of top Mobster Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn), who controlled much of Los Angeles in the late ’40s through early ’50s. The Team responsible for the fire-with-fire Takedown – The Gangster Squad – are played by Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Anthony Mackie, Michael Peña, Robert Patrick and Ribisi.
The road to release hasn’t been an easy one at all for Warner Bros. Tragedy struck on July 20, 2012 as the Aurora, Colorado Mass Shootings had taken place during a screening of their Marquee release, The Dark Knight Rises. Furthermore, the Trailer for Gangster Squad was slated to run prior to that Film, depicting a gratuitously violent Grauman’s Chinese Theatre Shootout. Understandably, the Scene had been deleted out of respect to the current Social Climate and all those affected by the Tragedy. Re-shoots were completed and now the Film is ready for its big debut, but one glaring question still remains.
One Journalist asks the Question on all of our minds – whether or not it is appropriate to release the gratuitously gun-violent Gangster Squad, considering that another Mass Shooting has since taken place in Newton, Connecticut? Ribisi tells a tightly-gathered group of Journalists at his Toronto Hotel, “There are some heinous crimes which have taken place”. He pauses and says, “I don’t think it’s fair to hold Hollywood accountable for this.”. On whether or not he feels the Final Product was affected adversely by Reshoots and the deletion of the mentioned Scene, he says with unwavering certainty, “It is an even better Film”.
I asked Ribisi about preparing for the role of Officer Conway Keller, and although he was diligent about placing himself in the mindset of the day including Chats with a 90-year-old Expert on Bugging, he insists most of his focus was poured into getting the Dynamic right with his fellow Gangster Squad mates. He tells me, “It all began in a conversation with Director Ruben Fleischer in the beginning about Conway being the role of the Conscience and also talking about the broader picture of Values in Society, especially in contrast to today’s day and age.”. “Of course you get into the History, you read Books about the context of Los Angeles around World War II and The Great Depression, which is so interesting”, he recalls. “The most important part though, was that Dynamic in Conway‘s Relationship with the rest of the Guys and what they ultimately wanted to do.”.
Despite working together with an interesting mix of Personalities on Gangster Squad, including Brolin who is known for being a Prankster on-set, the Actor remembers, “We were in an Environment where we really wanted to do our best” – meaning little time for play. As an interesting tidbit, this in fact is his fourth time he stars in a Film alongside Brolin. “He is a good Person and has a great Sense of Humour though”, Ribisi praises. Also we learned, he also spent a fair amount of time obsessing about whether or not scenes really were working, revealing “I mean you have the Actors, so the Talent definitely was there… we had Sexy Beast Ryan Gosling!”, he adds jokingly. “Wait, did I really just say that? What is he going to think?”.
On his favourite part about making Gangster Squad, he admits that it was all about the Cars and Clothing. “People used to get dressed. They really presented themselves to the World. I guess it was A Streetcar Named Desire where they saw Marlon Brando in a T-Shirt and then T-Shirts became prominent, but before that People wore ties and hats”, he reflects. “And then there were the Cars. The 1947 Chrysler Studebaker I drove, and of course the Night Club Slapsy Maxie‘s. You walked in and saw everyone dressed to the nines… it was just amazing!”.
We’ve all seen Ribisi grow-up throughout the years, transitioning from Child Actor, now to playing Father-type Roles. Need I remind you of his unforgettable work as a Teddy Bear-obsessed Father dancing to Tiffany in 2012 Box Office Smash Ted? I ask him about his key to success in surviving the Industry. He replies, “I’ve never really thought about myself in those terms to be honest. I mean, that also poses the question, “What defines success?”. He adds, “But if you ask me, I haven’t accomplished my best yet.”.
Following our Chat, Ribisi posed for a few Photos, before heading back to his Suite to freshen-up for the second-half of his busy Press Day. Although he had pondered a popular Hotspot at his Hotel, it was his loyalties to a certain Restaurant he loved last time he visited in the trendy west-end of the City determining his Dinner Plans.
Warner Bros. releases Gangster Squad on Friday, November 11, 2013.
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2012 was a memorable year for Music, with several standouts in Music and Film. I was busier than ever chasing Stars in the City, with several Celebrities having good reason to visit Toronto this year, including one of the most star-studded TIFFs in recent memory. Let’s take a walk down Memory Lane in honour what I feel were the most memorable Films, Pop Songs and personal Celebrity Encounters!
Top Ten Movies of 2012
2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
3. Django Unchained
5. Silver Linings Playbook
6. The Hunger Games
7. End of Watch
8. The Sessions
9. Les Misérables
10. Rock of Ages
Top Ten Singles of 2012
1. Brokenhearted – Karmin
2. What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger) – Kelly Clarkson
3. Madness – Muse
4. Midnight City – M83
5. We are Young – fun. ft. Janelle Monáe
6. Dance Again – Jennifer Lopez ft. Pitbull
7. Skyfall – Adele
8. Wide Awake – Katy Perry
9. Starships – Nicki Minaj
10. Gangnam Style – PSY
Top Celebrity Encounters of 2012
Steven Tyler, Paula Abdul, Sheena Easton, Alanis Morissette, Nelly Furtado, Carly Rae Jepsen, PSY, The Wanted, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, fun., Karmin, Emeli Sandé, Adam Lambert, Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Quentin Tarantino, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Robin Williams, Jon Voight, Malcolm McDowell, Viggo Mortensen, Matt Dillon, Andrew McCarthy, Rob Lowe, Linda Hamilton, Ben Affleck, Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Joe Manganiello, Aaron Johnson, Ben Whishaw, Dane DeHaan, Joel Kinnaman, Daniel Radcliffe, Josh Hutcherson, Zac Efron, Logan Lerman, Jeremy Irvine, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Michael Shannon, Patrick Wilson, John Krasinski, Adam Sandler, Tracy Morgan, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Mann & Judd Apatow, Allison Williams, Meg Hilty, Lisa D’Amato, Cobie Smulders, Zoe Kazan & Paul Dano, Amy Adams, Julianne Moore, Mélanie Laurent, Marisa Tomei, Eva Mendes, Lily Collins, Alice Englert, Elle Fanning, Kristin Scott Thomas, Christina Hendricks, Kim Kardashian, Seann William Scott, Stephen Amell, Ricki Lake, Connie Chung, Jacky Cheung, George Takei, Mike Smith, Rosie Napravnik, Frankie Dettori, Andy Roddick & Brooklyn Decker and Jeremy Lin.
Surprise! The Host of the 84th Annual Academy Awards has been announced and could they have made a better choice? Brilliant Funnyman and voice of TED himself Seth MacFarlane, has just been confirmed for Cinema’s most prestigious Event on February 24, 2013.
ABC will be televising the Oscars live from the Hollywood and Highland Center, known formerly as Kodak Theatre.