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Box Office: 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' Tracking for Big $150M-Plus Holiday Bow. The second film in the Jon Watts-directed series will open with a six-day holiday run. Spider-Man will be swinging back into theaters over the July 4th holiday and the film is eyeing a big opening. Far from Home, which will hit theaters on July 2, is tracking for a bow in $150 million to $160 million range at the North American box office over its six-day run, according to those with access to early surveys. While estimates will likely increase as Sony makes its final marketing push, some industry experts already have the superhero movie reaching as high as $180 million in its Tuesday through Sunday run. Far From Home is looking to surpass opening earnings of Spider-Man: Homecoming, which bowed to $117 million over its three-day 2017 opening and went on to earn $880 million globally. The second film in the latest iteration of Sony's web-slinging series is the end of the MCU's phase three and picks up where Avengers: Endgame left off, with the Earth's mightiest heroes having defeated Thanos. The movie will see the return of Tom Holland as Peter Parker, who goes on a vacation in Europe with his friends only to be enlisted by Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) to help save the world. Jon Watts is back in the the director's chair for the feature, which sees Jake Gyllenhaal join the franchise as Mysterio. While Far from Home is already looking to have a successful run, the summer box office has been filled with highs and lows for superheroes. Endgame kicked off the season with a record-breaking run that currently has the movie with $2.7 billion, but recent release Dark Phoenix fell-flat in North America with a $33 million opening. (Hollywood Reporter)

How Tessa Thompson Hopes to Inspire a Young Generation of People in Men in Black: International. Tessa Thompson continues to be all kinds of goals. Speaking to E! News at the New York City premiere of Men in Black: International, the 35-year-old actress shared the heartwarming and empowering reason she signed on to a "movie of this scale." Aside from working with Chris Hemsworth, of course! For her, she wants to inspire a young generation of women and men. "That's why I made this movie," she explained. "As a woman, you're so used to going into movies where the hero is a male protagonist, and you relate to it just because that's what the movie wants you to do," she said on the red carpet. "I love the idea of young boys going in and relating to this character of [Agent] M, even though she's a woman." She continued, "I think there's an opportunity to really come closer to someone you consider 'the other' in cinema, so that's why I make films." The brunette beauty expressed how proud she felt to be part of this iconic franchise. "I always loved to act as a kid, but I never imagined that I would be making movies, never mind movies of this scale." She added, "To be able to work inside of a universe that I've admired so deeply, and this franchise, has been such a dream. I really can't believe it." As for Hemsworth, who is working with Thompson for a third time (they worked together on Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Endgame), he explained the two "complement each other perfectly." "She has a very analytical, prepped [and] focused way of looking at the script," he told E! News at the NYC premiere. "I have a sort of messier approach, and I think we complement each other perfectly in that sense." Similar to the 35-year-old actress' character in Men in Black: International, the Australian native shared the many ways his 7-year-old daughter India Rose is the leader of the pack in his household. "She runs the house and rivals my wife in that sense, and certainly controls the boys," he explained, adding, "[She] puts her foot down and tells it how it is." Before you watch the movie, which hits theaters nationwide on June 14, take a look at our interviews with the Men in Black agents themselves! Plus, find out if they really believe in aliens. (Eonline)

How Keanu Reeves Ended Up in 'Toy Story 4' as Duke Caboom. It involves posing on top of a table in the Pixar campus' atrium. Toy Story 4 sees the return of Woody, Buzz, Bo Peep and other beloved characters from Andy's toy box. But the upcoming movie also features some new faces (and voices). There is Forky, played by Tony Hale, a hopelessly neurotic spork that was crafted into a toy by Bonnie. Then there is Duke Caboom, a gung-ho Canadian daredevil voiced by Keanu Reeves. In order to find their Caboom, director Josh Cooley and producers Jonas Rivera and Mark Nielsen did a blind audio test. The casting department played audio recordings of line readings from actors, all Canadian, for the filmmakers, who didn't know which voice belonged to which actors. "With the first one we said, 'Wait, stop! Who is that?' And it was Keanu," Cooley recalled Tuesday at the movie's Hollywood premiere at the El Capitan theater. Wanting to learn more about the character before he started recording, Reeves went to Pixar's Emeryville, California. campus for a meeting. Said Nielsen, "He was like, 'What is this guy about? What is he afraid of?' He really wanted to dig deep into this character." It was during lunch, said the producer, that Reeves came up with the idea for Caboom's signature compulsion for posing. "He climbed on a table and was striking poses in the middle of the atrium and we thought, that is Duke Caboom!" Reeves has already had a busy year. He is in theaters with the latest installment in Lionsgate's John Wick series and can also be seen in Randall Park and Ali Wong's Netflix rom-com Always Be My Maybe, in which he plays a heightened version of himself. "I sat with him during a preview and I had just seen John Wick 3. I was thinking that I don't want to upset, or he will stab me with a fork or something," said Tim Allen, who voices Buzz Lightyear. Allen compared Reeves' performance as Duke Caboom to Michael Keaton's as Ken the doll in Toy Story 3, adding, "Keanu jumps it up a notch." Toy Story 4 is due out in theaters June 21. (Hollywood Reporter)

Kenan Thompson, Rosie Periz Join 'Clifford the Big Red Dog' Movie (Exclusive). David Alan Grier has also been added to the cast of the family film. Saturday Night Live stalwart Kenan Thompson, Rosie Perez and David Alan Grier are joining Paramount's Clifford the Big Red Dog movie. Walt Becker is directing the project, which is set to begin shooting next month in New York and is being produced by Jordan Kerner and Scholastic Entertainment's Iole Lucchese. Norman Bridwell's Clifford books follow the misadventures of the titular giant red dog and his owner, a girl named Emily Elizabeth. The movie will see Emily (Big Little Lies' Darby Camp), who is struggling to fit in at home and at school, discover a small red puppy who is destined to become her best friend. When Clifford magically undergoes one heck of a growth spurt and attracts the attention of a genetics company, Emily and her Uncle Casey (Jack Whitehall) have to fight the forces of greed as they go on the run across New York City. John Cleese, Sienna Guillory and newcomer Izaac Wang recently joined the cast, which also includes Keith Ewell, Bear Allen Blaine and Hunger Games actress Lynn Cohen. The film's script was penned by the writing team Jay Scherick and David Ronn, along with Annie Mumolo and Stan Chervin. Thompson, who just wrapped up his 16th season on SNL, will star in the single-camera series The Kenan Show, which received a series order from NBC. He is repped by UTA and Del Shaw. Perez, who is repped by Innovative Artists, Silver Lining and Meyers & Downs, will next be in theaters with Jim Jarmusch's The Dead Don't Die and is starring in Warner Bros.' upcoming DC feature Birds of Prey, playing Renee Montoya. Grier was most recently seen on the Fox series The Cool Kids and is set for the Netflix feature Coffee & Kareem, starring Taraji P. Henson and Ed Helms. He is repped by Innovative Artists, Activist Artists Management and Ziffren Brittenham. (Hollywood Reporter)


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