I saw YESTERDAY and Luc Besson’s ANNA this weekend. The first one I enjoyed but didn’t love. The latter is just a retread of his classic LA FEMME NIKITA. Don’t bother with it.

Toy Story 4 takes second consecutive box office victory in sluggish summer weekend

The battle of the toys at the box office continues — and Toy Story 4 emerges victorious once again.

After coming in ahead of the Child’s Play remake on both of their opening weekends, now Toy Story 4 beats out haunted toy horror flick Annabelle Comes Home for a second consecutive weekend in the number one box office slot. The Disney-Pixar franchise film wins the weekend with an estimated $57.9 million in ticket sales across 4,575 theaters. Two new releases round out the top three with horror franchise entry Annabelle Comes Home taking second place with an estimated $20.4 million in ticket sales and Beatles-musical fantasy Yesterday landing in third place with an estimated $17 million take.

Though Toy Story 4 fell by 52 percent in its second weekend, it still is raking in impressive numbers, posting an estimated cumulative domestic total of $236.9 million in only two weeks in theaters. The continued adventures of Buzz and Woody are performing well overseas, bringing the animated film’s global total to $496.5 million.

Annabelle Comes Home debuts in second place in keeping with expectations for the New Line horror entry. This is the third entry in the Annabelle franchise, an extension of the Conjuring Universe, after 2014’s Annabelle and 2017’s Annabelle: Creation. With an opening weekend total of $20.4 million, it marks the lowest opening for any film in the Conjuring franchise, including both previous Annabelle titles which opened to $37.1 million and $35 million respectively.

The R-rated Warner Bros. title finds Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga reprising their roles as Ed and Lorraine Warren from the Conjuring films, and it also stars Mckenna Grace, Steve Coulter, Katie Sarife, and Madison Isema. As one might expect, the film follows the horrific turn of events when Ed and Lorraine welcome the demonic doll known as Annabelle into their home. Gary Dauberman, who wrote the first two Annabelle films, makes directorial debut. Neither critics nor audiences have responded warmly to the film with tepid reviews and a disappointing B- CinemaScore.

Despite the clear franchise fatigue that has been driving box office numbers lower this summer, original title Yesterday lands in third place with an estimated $17 million in ticket sales. The title exceeded expectations, marking a win for fresh material at a box office dominated by franchise entries and remakes. It also marks director Danny Boyle’s best opening ever, coming in ahead of 2000’s The Beach opening take of $15.3 million.

With a script from rom-com vet Richard Curtis, Yesterday tells the story of Jack Malik (Hamish Patel), a young man who wakes up after an accident to find he’s the only person on Earth to remember the music of The Beatles. With the support of childhood friend Ellie (Lily James), he sets out to pass the songs off as his own in an attempt to gain the success he’s craved as a singer-songwriter. Kate McKinnon and Ed Sheeran (as himself!) also star. Despite mild reviews, the film seems to be clicking with audiences, earning a solid A- CinemaScore.

Two films continued to rake in global box office dollars to hit major milestones. John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum crossed the $300 million mark worldwide this weekend, while Avengers: Endgame returned to theaters in a renewed bid to pass Avatar as the highest-grossing film of all time. Avatar still holds the crown with a global total of $2.79 billion, but Avengers: Endgame is hot on its heels with a global total of $2.76 billion after adding $5.5 million to its stores this weekend.

Films in their sixth and fourth week of release respectively round out the top five for the weekend. Disney’s live action Aladdin continues to hold strong, adding $9.3 million to its total for fourth place at the box office. It now boasts a global total of $874.2 million, which makes it the highest-grossing film of Will Smith’s career on the global stage, surpassing his record of Independence Day’s $821 million haul. Animated sequel The Secret Life of Pets 2 completes the top five for the weekend, taking in $7.1 million in its fourth weekend in theaters.

Overall box office is down 9.5 percent to date, according to Comscore. With lackluster summer returns, this number continues to creep back up after Avengers: Endgame knocked it down significantly earlier this year. Check out the June 28-30 numbers below.

1. Toy Story 4 — $57.9 million
2. Annabelle Comes Home — $20.4 million
3. Yesterday — $17 million
4. Aladdin— $9.3 million
5. Secret Life of Pets 2 — $7.1 million
6. Men In Black: International — $6.6 million
7. Avengers: Endgame — $5.5 million
8. Child’s Play— $4.3 million
9. Rocketman — $3.9 million
10. John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum — $3.2 million


No one did exasperation like he did. He was brilliant!! May he rest in peace.

Max Wright, veteran TV actor and Willie Tanner on ALF, dies at 75

Max Wright, known for playing father Willie Tanner on the hit ’80s sitcom ALF, has died. He was 75.

Wright’s family confirmed his death to TMZ. The actor reportedly died at his home in Hermosa Beach, Calif., after a battle with cancer. Wright was diagnosed with lymphoma in 1995, but had been in remission for many years.

Wright was a veteran actor of the small screen, popping up on a great many shows over a three-decade career, including Cheers, Taxi, WKRP in Cincinnati, and Mad About You. He also appeared in such films as Reds and Bob Fosse‘s All That Jazz, and the miniseries adaptation of Stephen King‘s The Stand.

Wright had a substantial stage career in addition to his onscreen work. He received a Tony Award nomination in 1998 for his performance in Anton Chekhov’s Ivanov.

He is best known, however, for his role on ALF, playing a social worker and patriarch whose family plays host to a cat-eating extraterrestrial. The sitcom ran for four seasons, from 1986 to 1990, on NBC and has become a cultural touchstone.

Wright’s wife, Linda Ybarrondo, died in 2017. The couple married in 1965 and had two children together.


This means you’re now going to see more and more and more movies about musicians as the labels try and sell music again.

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ movie makes magic for Queen as music sales soar

British rock band Queen sold more albums in North America than any other artist in the first half of 2019, as music featured in movies and television sent streaming and downloads soaring.

A midyear report by Nielsen Music released on Thursday said the soundtrack to the musical Bohemian Rhapsody, which won four Oscars in February, was the best-selling rock title of the first six months of 2019, with Queen’s Greatest Hits 1 compilation coming in second.

Queen sold more than 731,000 albums — more than any other artist — as well as the most digital songs with more than 1.3 million downloads, Nielsen said.

Queen in February became the first rock band to open the Oscars when it kicked off the annual ceremony in Hollywood with a live performance of We Will Rock You and We Are the Champions.

Lady Gaga and actor-director Bradley Cooper’s steamy performance on the Oscars stage of their winning duet Shallow from A Star is Born also sent sales soaring. The romantic ballad has seen some 648,000 digital song downloads so far this year, the report said.

The Elton John biopic Rocketman fueled a 138% gain in album sales for the British singer-songwriter in the first week after the movie’s release on May 31.

Rapper Post Malone’s collaboration with Swae Lee on the song Sunflower shot to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 charts in January after being featured in the animated movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

The song saw a 170% increase in radio play, and the video had been viewed more than 642 million times on YouTube.


Bring it on!!! Woooooooooooooo!!!

Paul Rudd joins next ‘Ghostbusters’ film

Who ya gonna call? Paul Rudd, apparently.

The “Ant Man” star has announced he will join the next installment of the “Ghostbusters” franchise.

In a video posted to social media on Thursday, Rudd said, “I can’t wait to join the cast this fall for ‘Ghostbusters.’ In fact, I’m sliming myself right now.”

Director Jason Reitman, whose father Ivan Reitman directed the first two “Ghostbusters” films, is helming the new movie.

Reitman drew criticism earlier this year after appearing to criticize the all-female “Ghostbusters” remake.

“We are in every way trying to go back to original technique and hand the movie back to fans,” he said at the time.

Leslie Jones, who was one of the stars of the 2016 “Ghostbusters,” called on Reitman to clarify his comments, which he did.

“Wo, that came out wrong!” he later said. “I have nothing but admiration for Paul and Leslie and Kate and Melissa and Kristen and the bravery with which they made Ghostbusters 2016. They expanded the universe and made an amazing movie!”

Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig, and Melissa McCarthy also starred in that film.

Reitman’s “Ghostbusters” is set for release in 2020.


I would play Kirk for Tarantino too, AND I would really go into space!!

William Shatner would play Captain Kirk again for Tarantino — but don’t ask him to really go into space

William Shatner admits he’s not completely sold on the concept of alien life and he’s even passed up the chance to actually travel into outer space, but one opportunity he’d grab in an instant would be to return to the role of Captain James T. Kirk for Quentin Tarantino’s potential “Star Trek” film project.

“Oh my god — that would be extraordinary,” the 88-year-old star of the original 1966 “Star Trek” series told CNN before taking the stage at Alien Con in Los Angeles, one of the largest gatherings of alien life enthusiasts and experts. “That would be wonderful. He’s a dynamic director.”

“I’ve gotten to know Tarantino a little bit over the years,” Shatner revealed, having previously sounded off on social media in favor of the filmmaker bringing his famously R-rated sensibility to the 50-plus years old sci-fi franchise. “He flirted with the idea of my being in one of his movies, and I never did — I don’t know why. But what an extraordinary last trumpet note that would be. My goodness.”

On stage, Shatner joined his longtime friend Kevin Burns, producer of the History Channel’s popular “Ancient Aliens” series, which explores the theories surrounding the possibility of extraterrestrial visitations throughout the early history of the planet, for a discussion about the prospect of the existence of alien encounters. Given his most iconic role, the actor may have surprised the believers in the audience with his curious-but-skeptical stance on such speculation.

“I’m an agnostic,” he said backstage. “I’m intrigued by the subject… and so I’m looking forward to maybe making discoveries of my own in terms of information.”

Indeed, Shatner’s hosting History’s “The UnXplained,” a companion series produced by Burns which debuts July 19. The eight-episode anthology explores compelling mysteries of science.

Shatner’s personally interested in the science facts that may inform a sci-fi-esque future. He hasn’t shied away with associations with the latest technology, beyond his well-known mastery of Twitter, as his on-screen persona has led to close ties with bleeding edge innovations: his recent tech treks include a foray into cryptocurrency and being injected with stem cells.

“It’s my brand,” Shatner says. “So people come to me with futuristic ideas, and I’m thinking, ‘That’s good. If just one of these ideas exists in the future, my family will love it.’ They’ll have the benefit of it. It’s exciting to be part of it, so in a lot of cases, I’m becoming part of the company, against taking a salary.”

But not every futuristic opportunity appeals to Shatner: during the stage conversation, audience members who’ve equated the actor with the dashing starship captain he’s played over the years were bemused to learn just how reluctant he felt about boldly going where no one has gone before himself.

“I’ve been offered, from time to time, the ability to go into space, into the stratosphere,” Shatner revealed on stage. “And I’m thinking, ‘Do I want to leave the swimming pool?’ Do I want to jeopardize my life?”

Unabashedly concerned about the amount of things that need to go seamlessly right to travel to and back from space, Shatner recalled one instance in which he was offered a trip into the void, if he was willing to pay $250,000. Shatner’s response: “You give me $250,000!”

He does embrace the humanistic optimism baked into the DNA of “Star Trek” storytelling by franchise creator Gene Roddenberry. Asked if he was surprised that, even after five decades of the pro-tolerance, compromise-rich allegories of the “Trek” saga, the nation is currently so wildly divided on issues of inclusion, Shatner begs to differ.

“Look at the people who are running for president,” he says. “A diverse a group of people…Not only black and white, but gay. I mean, it’s extraordinary [compared to] even 10 years ago.”

“So yes, we’re polarized, but we’re being polarized,” he continues. “It doesn’t have to be that way, because I think the majority of people in this country and in the world believe that most people are good, most people want fairness. Most of the majority of human beings feel that way.”


Love the original!!

Whitney Houston is coming for your summer playlist with her new (yes, new!) song of the summer

If you listen close to the music wafting off the beach this summer, you may hear a voice you haven’t heard in a while: Whitney Houston.

The singer, who died seven years ago, will grace our lives once again with a remix of her 1990 cover “Higher Love” — fitting right in with all of the best dance bops of the summer.

Houston’s cover of Steve Winwood’s 1986 hit track was released as a bonus cut on the Japan release of her third album, I’m Your Baby Tonight.
Legendary music producer Clive Davis told Rolling Stone he didn’t want Houston ” being a cover artist at that time.”
“The only place it was released was as a bonus cut in Japan,” he said.

Her version of the song wasn’t widely heard.

But now, with a collaboration between Houston’s estate and Kygo, both the song and Whitney are back, and, some might say, better than ever.

In May, Houston’s estate announced a new hologram tour , as well as a new deal with Primary Wave Publishing, which could also mean new projects like a new album and maybe even a musical. If you weren’t planning on having a hot girl summer before, you’re definitely having one now.


May he rest in peace.

Kelly Jay Fordham, founding member of Crowbar, dead at 77

A legendary Canadian rocker and member of Crowbar has passed away.

Kelly Jay Fordham, 77, died Friday morning at 2 a.m., his son wrote in a Facebook post.

“I just wanted to say I love you dad, and that I look forward now to getting to see you on the other side some day,” his son, Hank Fordham, wrote.

The singer, songwriter, and pianist who helped to co-write the famous 1971 hit Oh, What A Feeling had been in hospital in Calgary since early June after suffering a stroke, which his family had been told he wouldn’t recover from.

Crowbar was formed in 1970 in Hamilton, Ont. The group of musicians, including Fordham, was formerly the backup band for Ronnie Hawkins before being fired. The band’s name was taken from a colourful remark from Hawkins, who noted after firing them they “could (mess) up a crowbar in 15 second.”

Fordham settled in Calgary sometime after Crowbar broke up in 1975.

Oh What a Feeling hit number 10 on the Canadian charts and was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2011.

Fordham told Postmedia in 2009 he believed the misconception that the song was about drugs was why it never received airplay in the United States.

“It was written in 1969. Man walked on the moon. Woodstock. The summer of love. It was written about the times, about everything that was happening,” Fordham said after the song became the official theme of the 2009 Grey Cup in Calgary. “The song was meant to be celebratory.”


I saw TOY STORY 4 this weekend and I was mostly bored. It’s very funny, but they should have stopped at 3.

Toy Story 4 not playing around with $118 million opening weekend

The toys did not come to play this weekend at the box office.

Child’s playthings were the talk of the box office with Pixar’s Toy Story 4 easily taking the top slot with an estimated $118 million in ticket sales across 4,575 theaters. And they weren’t the only toys with some box office mojo — horror remake Child’s Play takes second place with an estimated $14.1 million across 3,007 theaters.

Disney is having a fantastic year at the box office with the four best openings of the year, including animated sequel Toy Story 4. Much of the beloved Toy Story gang, including Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, return to voice the beloved toys who take us on adventures both amusing and heartbreaking. Toy Story 4 follows Woody (Hanks) as he sets out to domesticate new toy Forky (Tony Hale) and teach him the ways of being a toy the refuse-made spork believes he’s ‘trash’). Along the way, Woody reconnects with lost love Bo Peep (Annie Potts), as Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) and Jessie (Joan Cusack) mobilize at home to keep their kid Bonnie happy. Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks, Jordan Peele, and Keegan-Michael Key are among the other new voices joining the franchise.

Despite coming in slightly under expectations (projections had it at a $140 to $165 million opening), Toy Story 4 still earns some major box office credentials with its opening, becoming both only the third release of 2019 to cross $100 million in its first weekend, as well as one of the biggest animated openings of all time. Two other Pixar films top the list, 2018’s Incredibles 2 is number one with its $182.7 million opening and 2016’s Finding Dory is in second place with a $135.1 million opening. Toy Story 4 comes in just behind 2007’s Shrek the Third, which opened to $121.6 million.

It also bested its predecessor, 2010’s Toy Story 3, which opened to $110.3 million. Animated films aren’t necessarily known for boffo box office, but tend to show longevity, which means Toy Story 4 is likely to hold steady over the next few weeks. It also earned an estimated $120 million abroad this weekend, bringing its opening global total to $238 million. Generally favorable reviews and a terrific A CinemaScore suggest the film will maintain its box office success.

Another toy, murderous doll Chucky, takes second place with an estimated $14.1 million in ticket sales. Child’s Play is a remake of the 1988 sequel-spawning film. After moving to a new town, Andy (Gabriel Bateman) receives a new toy who quickly takes on a life of its own, and he must band with the neighborhood kids to stop the toy’s murderous intentions.

Mark Hamill (Star Wars) stars as the voice of Chucky, with Gabriel Bateman, Aubrey Plaza, and Brian Tyree Henry among the cast terrorized by the notorious plaything. Reviews for Child’s Play were not favorable and audiences agreed, giving it a dismal C+ CinemaScore.

This weekend’s other new release, Luc Besson’s Anna, failed to even hit the top 10 with a grim $3.5 million opening. It marks the worst opening for a Besson project; numerous women have alleged Besson’s sexual misconduct and when actress Sand Van Roy filed a complaint against Besson in May it delayed the release of this action thriller. Sasha Luss stars as Anna the assassin, while Luke Evans, Cillian Murphy, Helen Mirren and Alexander Petrov also feature.

Disney rounds out the top three with Aladdin taking third place in its fifth week in theaters. The live-action adaptation of the beloved animated film boasts a $12.2 million total across 3,435 theaters. The film now has an impressive global total of $810.1 million. Aladdin is the third highest-grossing film of 2019 thus far, with a domestic total of $287.5 million, coming in behind two Marvel titles Avengers: Endgame and Captain Marvel.

Rounding out the top five are two franchise titles. Fourth place goes to Men In Black International, taking in an estimated $10.8 million across 4,224 theaters. It’s already disappointing box office fell by 64 percent in only its second weekend in theaters. Another animated property takes fifth place with Universal’s Secret Life of Pets 2 pulling in an estimated $10.1 million in ticket sales across 3,804 theaters in its third weekend out.

Overall box office is down 8.9 percent to date, according to Comscore. Check out the June 21-23 numbers below.

1. Toy Story 4 — $118 million
2. Child’s Play — $14.1 million
3. Aladdin — $12.2 million
4. Men In Black International — $10.8 million
5. Secret Life of Pets 2 — $10.1 million
6. Rocketman — $5.7 million
7. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum — $4.1 million
8. Godzilla: King of the Monsters— $3.7 million
9. Dark Phoenix — $3.6 million
10. Shaft — $3.6 million


Saw DARK PHOENIX and ROCKETMAN this week and they were both awful. Couldn’t wait for both of them to finish. Complete snores!!!!!

Men in Black: International continues lackluster summer box office with $28.5 million opening

When it comes to the summer, people don’t seem to be turning to the multiplex to beat the heat.

Men in Black: International is the latest summer blockbuster to fail to stun audiences. The Men in Black franchise spin-off wins the weekend with an underwhelming estimated $28.5 million across 4,224 theaters. This falls far behind the last Men in Black film, 2002’s Men in Black II, which opened to $52.1 million.

This disappointing haul is part of a larger trend, however, with previous summer blockbusters Dark Phoenix and Godzilla: King of the Monsters also failing to generate much heat their first weekends out — Dark Phoenix faltered with a massively disappointing $33 million and Godzilla: King of the Monsters fared only slightly better with $47 million.

Rounding out the top three are two holdovers, The Secret Life of Pets 2 and Aladdin. Animated sequel The Secret Life of Pets 2 boasts an estimated $23.8 million across 4,564 theaters in its second weekend in theaters, while Disney’s live action update of Aladdin continues to make box office magic four weeks after its debut. Aladdin takes third place with an estimated $16.7 million across 3,556 theaters. The film is another winner for Disney in a year that’s included Captain Marvel and record-marking Avengers: Endgame. It now boasts an estimated $724.8 million haul worldwide.

Men in Black: International is a spin-off of the beloved franchise anchored by Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. The new film stars Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth as Agent H and Agent M, respectively. The two partner up from inside the London Bureau of the secret organization dedicated to monitoring and taking down alien life forms that pose a threat to humanity. Here, they must attempt to locate and eliminate a mole within the Men in Black organization. Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Rafe Spall, Rebecca Ferguson, and Kumail Nanjiani also star, and F. Gary Gray (The Fate of the Furious) directs.

The film was never expected to reach the levels of box office success as its Will Smith fronted predecessors, but it’s garnered disappointing reviews from critics and a mediocre B CinemaScore from audiences.

This weekend’s other new release is Warner Bros.’ Shaft, the next chapter in the film franchise about the legendary New York City private detective. The newest entry in this storied franchise failed to wow, taking sixth place in its opening weekend with $8.3 million across 2,952 theaters. Shaft is a sequel to the 2000 film of the same name, which was itself a remake of the 1971 classic also named Shaft.

The latest film has Samuel L. Jackson reprising his role as John Shaft and teaming up with two generations of his family, his son J.J. Shaft (Jessie T. Usher) and father John Shaft Sr. (Richard Roundtree reprising his original role from the 1971 film). Method Man, Regina Hall, Alexandra Shipp, and Matt Lauria also star, while Tim Story directs. Critics were not jazzed about the film, but audiences loved it giving it a sterling A CinemaScore.

Mindy Kaling’s Late Night expanded to wide release this weekend, going from four locations last week to 2,220 this weekend. It lands in the ninth spot at the box office with an estimated $5.1 million in ticket sales, a slightly disappointing expansion giving its promising numbers in only four locations its first weekend out. Kaling, who also wrote the script, stars as female staff writer Molly who disrupts the boys’ club of the writers’ room and the life of late-night host Katherine Newbury (Emma Thompson).

Two other previous releases round out the top five. Dark Phoenix is fourth in its second weekend out, posting an estimated $9 million across 3,721 theaters. Director Simon Kinberg took responsibility for the film’s dismal box office numbers, saying, “That’s on me.” Musical Elton John biopic Rocketman solidly lands in fifth place in its third weekend of release with an estimated $8.8 million across 3,021 theaters.

Overall box office is down 7.1 percent to date, according to Comscore. This number has increased by two percent in a single week after steadily declining the last few months. Check out the June 14-16 numbers below.

1. Men in Black: International — $28.5 million
2. The Secret Life of Pets 2 — $23.8 million
3. Aladdin — $16.7 million
4. Dark Phoenix — $9 million
5. Rocketman — $8.8 million
6. Shaft — $8.3 million
7. Godzilla: King of the Monsters — $8.1 million
8. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum — $6.1 million
9. Late Night — $5.1 million
10. Ma — $3.6 million


Very cool and very well deserving!!

Dwayne Johnson to Receive ‘Generation’ Award at 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards

MTV has announced that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will be honored with the “Generation” Award during the “2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards.”

Johnson previously hosted the show in 2016 with “Central Intelligence” co-star Kevin Hart. The “Generation” Award celebrates “beloved actors whose diverse contributions to both film and television have turned them into household names in the industry,” according to MTV. Past recipients include Chris Pratt, Will Smith, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Wahlberg, Sandra Bullock, Jamie Foxx, Johnny Depp, Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, Mike Myers, Tom Cruise, Jim Carrey and the entire “Fast & Furious” franchise.

“Johnson is an icon on both film and TV who has become one of the most beloved actors of our generation,” said Amy Doyle, general manager, MTV, VH1, CMT and Logo. “Throughout his career, Johnson has proven to be the ultimate badass – an action star with a flair for comedy, one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time and a true family man. He continues to captivate his audience worldwide and we are thrilled to celebrate him with the Generation Award.”

MTV revealed earlier this week that Jada Pinkett Smith will be honored with the “Trailblazer” Award at the ceremony hosted by “Shazam!” star Zachary Levi.

“RBG,” “Game of Thrones” and “Avengers: Endgame” received the most nominations this year, with four apiece. New categories which will feature at the 2019 awards include Reality Royalty, Most Meme-able Moment, and Best Real-Life Hero. In terms of musical performances, so far MTV has revealed that Lizzo will be taking to the stage, as well as singer, songwriter and producer Bazzi, who will perform his song “Paradise.”

The 2019 “MTV Movie & TV Awards” will air Monday, June 17 at 9:00 PM ET/PT.