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Friday, June 15, 2018

Movies

Chris Pine is back from the dead, or part of a ridiculous dream sequence, in the next 'Wonder Woman' flick ... based on pics from the set. Ummm ... spoiler alert? Chris was spotted Wednesday in Virginia with costar Gal Gadot. We knew Chris was returning to his role of Steve Trevor, but since he died in the first one ... we don't how HOW he's coming back. There's a big clue, we think, in this pic. Two words: FANNY. PACK. The sequel is set in 1984, so the stylish wardrobe piece makes sense. Since the sequel fast forwards about 66 years, we're guessing science or time travel has to be involved for Steve to still be alive -- but it can't be a dream sequence. NO ONE would include a fanny pack in a dream! We do know, Gal and Chris will battle Kristen Wiig, who's playing supervillain ... Cheetah. (TMZ)

Frances McDormand on Inclusion Riders: "I Have This Feeling in My Gut That Times Are Changing". In her first on-stage moment since winning the best actress Oscar, she brought up the topic again while presenting an award to Dr. Stacy Smith and leaders of the gender parity movement at the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards. It may have seemed as if Frances McDormand had carefully planned to work "inclusion rider" into her best actress acceptance speech on Oscar night. But Wednesday night at the Women in Film's Crystal+Lucy Awards inside the Beverly Hilton, McDormand revealed that the exclamation point on her speech -- "I have two words for you: inclusion rider" -- just kind of came out of her mouth during an inspired moment looking out from the Dolby Theatre stage at her fellow female nominees. McDormand did what actors do sometimes, she improvised even if she was, admittedly, a bit "flustered." "I'm here to take responsibility for my actions and restate a call to action," said McDormand, who helped deliver one of Wednesday night's most powerful moments by presenting a special segment dedicated to "45 Years of Advocacy" honoring the author of the inclusion rider Dr. Stacy L. Smith and the leaders of the gender parity movement. "I have this feeling in my gut that times are changing." It was her backside though that got a bit of attention on stage when she displayed a red sticker with the words "inclusion rider" and walked around stage with it covering her rear because "every revolution needs really good merch." And every revolution needs someone to spread the information: McDormand credited UTA partner Blair Kohan for mentioning inclusion riders to her two nights before the Oscars. "I have been vaguely aware of and completely intrigued by the series of USC Annenberg studies on gender parity in film and television, which were commissioned by Women in Film and the Sundance Institute, but I didn't know that the author of the studies had taken the next step and created an actual working legal tool," she said. "If I may use a sporting metaphor: If you want to go fast, go it alone, if you want to go far, do it together. ... Can we successfully legislate morality? Perhaps not. But we can ask our better selves to go forward together, to take us farther than we have gone before." In her remarks, Smith detailed how her life and research changed in the hours and days following McDormand's Oscar speech. "It's because of women that we're in this transformative moment," she said. "We have identified our common purpose. This time, it's not two words, it's one: hiring." Her advice? "Support women. Champion women. And unequivocally, tomorrow, start hiring women." The Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards -- presented by Max Mara, Lancome and Lexus -- have since 1977 honored women in the entertainment industry. This year's event, at the Beverly Hilton, also honored actresses Brie Larson and Alexandra Shipp, ABC president Channing Dungey, music producers NOVA Wav and the women (both in front of and behind the camera) of Black Panther. (Hollywood Reporter)

Box-Office Preview: 'Incredibles 2' Could Fly to Record $140M Opening. The star-packed male comedy 'Tag' and Director X's 'Superfly' remake also open nationwide this weekend. Disney and Pixar's Incredibles 2 could fly as high as $140 million in its North American debut this weekend, a record for an animated movie. The current champ is fellow Pixar sequel Finding Dory, which swam away with $135 million domestically on the same weekend in 2016. Animated family movies aren't known for mega-openings; rather, they can enjoy a longer run than live-action summer event pics. Disney is projecting a domestic start in the $120 million-$140 million range for Incredibles 2, which centers on a lovable family of superheroes. Incredibles 2 is the first studio animated film of the 2018 summer season. The summer box office, built around tentpoles, could use a big win following the disappointing performance of Disney and Lucasfilm's Solo: A Star Wars Story. To date, the season's big winner is Disney and Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War, which is only the fourth film in history to cross $2 billion at the global box office, not adjusted for inflation. Conversely, Solo will have trouble earning much more than $350 million worldwide. Both Fandango and Atom Tickets are reporting that Incredibles 2 has become the top-selling animated pic of all time in terms of advance ticket sales, besting Finding Dory. It has been nearly 14 years since The Incredibles played on the big screen, opening to $70.5 million in November 2004 on its way to earning $633 million globally, not adjusted for inflation. Incredibles 2 was directed by Brad Bird, who also wrote and helmed the first film. Along with Bird, Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Samuel L. Jackson and John Ratzenberger will reprise their voice roles. New additions to the cast include Bob Odenkirk, Catherine Keener, Sophia Bush and Isabella Rossellini. The sequel follows the Parr brood as they try to balance having a normal life with their superhero powers. Bob Parr (also known as Mr. Incredible and voiced by Nelson) is a house husband who must deal with son Dash's (Huck Milner) sarcastic remarks, daughter Violet's (Vowell) teenage rebellion and baby Jack-Jack's burgeoning superpowers while his wife, Helen/Elastigirl (Hunter), heads off to save the world. Soon, the whole family must suit up to battle a new villain, Screenslaver. Incredibles 2 is the first Pixar release to hit theaters following Disney's announcement last week that animation chief and Pixar co-founder John Lasseter will exit the studio at the end of the year. Lasseter took a sabbatical late last year after saying he had committed unspecified "missteps" that left some employees feeling uncomfortable. Incredibles 2 will easily win the weekend. The female-led spinoff Ocean's 8 is tipped to come in No. 2 with $20 million-plus in its second weekend after opening to a strong $41.6 million last weekend. Warner Bros. will have dual duties, between Ocean's 8 and its new ensemble comedy, Tag. Tag is tracking to open in the $12 million-$15 million range, underscoring the difficulties that comedies continue to face at the box office, even when boasting a star-studded cast. Hoping to rally male moviegoers in particular, the pic stars Ed Helms, Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm and Hannibal Buress as childhood friends who, as grown men, continue to play an annual game of tag. Isla Fisher, Rashida Jones, Annabelle Wallis and Leslie Bibb also star, with Jeff Tomsic helming in his feature directorial debut. The story is based on an article in The Wall Street Journal. The weekend's third new offering is Sony's Superfly from music video helmer Director X. The studio puts the film's expected five-day opening between $10 million and $12 million, but that could be tough, based on Wednesday's opening-day gross of roughly $1 million. Superfly opened in fifth place and received a B+ CinemaScore. It is an understatement to say that Superfly, a remake of the 1972 blaxploitation film Super Fly, was made on an accelerated schedule. The $16 million film began production in mid-January in time for its mid-June release. The music-centric movie includes original songs from Future, who is also a producer alongside Joel Silver. Superfly stars Trevor Jackson, Jason Mitchell, Michael Kenneth Williams, Lex Scott Davis and Jennifer Morrison and centers on a career criminal who desperately tries to escape the Atlanta drug scene. (Hollywood Reporter)

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