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'Creed': First Trailer for 'Rocky' Spin-Off Brings the Nostalgia
By MICHAEL ROTHMAN
The first trailer for "Creed," the "Rocky" spin-off, which focuses on the career of Apollo Creed's son, is live and there's a lot to take in.
Michael B. Jordan, who plays Creed's son, opens up the clip, getting ready for a fight. But things quickly turn dark. The young Creed is told "you're not built for this," as a trainer reminds him that his father died in the ring.
We find out that Creed didn't really know his father and "every punch I've thrown has been on my own."
Phylicia Rashad takes on the role of Mary Anne Creed, the late Apollo's former wife.
Then, the magic happens midway, as we see Creed meet Rocky.
"I heard about a third fight between you and Apollo, behind closed doors," Creed tells Rocky.
"How do you know all this?" Rocky asks, to which Creed replies, "I'm his son."
Director Justin Lin shared the title and a picture from the third installment of the rebooted Star Trek franchise on Twitter Monday evening. Lin tweeted a picture of a vintage-looking Starfleet badge with the caption "Let the next Starfleet voyage begin!" with the title "Star Trek Beyond" hashtagged, as well as "#LLAP," a nod to the late Leonard Nimoy's classic line, "Live long and prosper."
Star Trek Beyond will be a follow up to J.J. Abrams' Star Trek and Star Trek: Into Darkness. Details on the movie's plot are scarce, but the film has begun production in Vancouver and will hit theaters next July.
In this image the character Ted, voiced by Seth MacFarlane, appears in a scene from "Ted 2." (image courtesy Universal Pictures / AP)
by Brent Lang
Raunch isn't selling like it once did.
"Ted 2" is the latest bawdy comedy to struggle at the box office, opening to just $32.9 million this weekend, exposing some kinks in the R-rated comedy genre's armor. The disappointing returns come on the heels of "Spy's" underwhelming $29.1 million debut earlier this month. Neither film is a box office disaster -- "Spy" stands to be profitable, and foreign grosses should push "Ted 2" into the black -- but they are not the ticket selling phenomenons many analysts expected they would become.
"Entourage" also carried an R rating, and bombed with a dismal $39.7 million in receipts. It's unlikely that any MPAA designation could have saved that moldy bro-mance. Its failure is attributable to its origins as a bigscreen version of a television series that is several seasons removed from the zeitgeist.
The difficulty is that unlike other genres, novelty is a key selling point for comedies. That makes them unusually execution dependent.
"When a comedy is a sensation, it's normally a picture that no one saw coming," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst with Rentrak. "R-rated, raunchy comedies are one of the few areas where originality is king."
In the past, a R rating was seen as an essential ingredient to a comedy's success. Envelopes had to be pushed to the bleeding edge, sacred cows needed to be eviscerated, in order to differentiate bigscreen comedies from edgier television fare, or so the thinking went. In previous summers, profits followed this willingness to expand the boundaries of what was appropriate fodder for jokes (Try not to avert your eyes as Rose Byrne breastfeeds Seth Rogen in "Neighbors"! Get gleefully repulsed while Maya Rudolph defecates in the street in "Bridesmaids"! What debauchery will the "Hangover" wolf pack get into next?).
Frontal nudity abounded and blue language became positively ultraviolet as comedies engaged in a dizzying game of one-upmanship. It helped that unlike superhero movies, which carry pricetags north of $100 million, these films are a cost-effective bunch, rarely setting studios back more than $60 million.
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'Ted 2' stumbles while 'Jurassic World' rules box office again
Bryce Dallas Howard, from left, as Claire, Chris Pratt as Owen, Nick Robinson as Zach, and Ty Simpkins as Gray, in a scene from the film, "Jurassic World." (image courtesy AP)
The party wasn't as wild the second time around.
Universal's "Ted 2" debuted to an underwhelming $32.9 million across 3,442 theaters, roughly $15 million less than most analysts had expected the pot-smoking teddy bear comedy would bring in during its opening weekend. The mellow-harshing start was largely attributable to the presence of two box office juggernauts in Disney/Pixar's "Inside Out" and Universal's "Jurassic World," which racked up $52.1 million and $54.2 million, respectively.
"Jurassic World" now ranks as the fifth highest grossing domestic release of all time with $500 million in stateside receipts, behind "The Dark Knight's" $534.8 million haul. It marks the third consecutive weekend that the dinosaur thriller has topped North American charts, and the fastest that a film has ever crossed the $500 million mark.
With "Jurassic World" continuing to be an indomitable box office force, "Inside Out" took runner up position for the second consecutive weekend. The critically heralded family film has earned a sizable $184.9 million since opening last weekend.
"Ted 2" got off to a more sluggish start than its predecessor, "Ted," which got things going with a massive $54 million start on its way to a $549.4 million global haul. Perhaps the plot, in which Ted tries to convince a court that he's a person so he can have a child with his wife, was too downbeat, or the post Deflate-gate Tom Brady cameo, proved more polarizing than tantalizing to audiences. Whatever the case, it's a disappointment considering that many box office sages had predicted "Ted 2" would be the summer's biggest comedy. Media Rights Capital helped fund the $85 million production, which brought back original star Mark Wahlberg and director, co-writer, and vocal maestro Seth MacFarlane.
Amy (Amy Schumer) chats it up with LeBron James as a "Downton Abbey"-loving version of himself in "Trainwreck." (image courtesy Universal Pictures)
By Josh Rottenberg
From Seth MacFarlane's perspective, getting NFL star Tom Brady to do a cameo in "Ted 2" was a no-brainer, the casting equivalent of having a receiver wide open in the end zone.
Early in the process of writing the comedy sequel, MacFarlane knew he wanted the foul-mouthed, pot-smoking teddy bear and his best friend John (Mark Wahlberg) to try to steal someone's sperm so Ted and his human wife could have a baby. Who would that ideal unwilling donor be? For MacFarlane, the answer was clear: "Logically," he says, "for two guys from Boston, Tom Brady would be at the top of the list."
The fact that Wahlberg was friends with the New England Patriots quarterback — and that Brady had once done a cameo on MacFarlane's animated TV series "Family Guy" — made the choice that much easier. Though the prospect of being the focus of a raunchy set piece in an R-rated comedy might have made some athletes uncomfortable (these people are on Wheaties boxes, after all), MacFarlane says, "We figured we had a good shot with Tom."
Brady is hardly the only professional athlete getting drafted into movies.
In July, retired New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan will strip down for a cameo in "Magic Mike XXL," while Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James will show off his comedy chops opposite Amy Schumer and Bill Hader in director Judd Apatow's new film, "Trainwreck," playing himself as the sensitive, "Downton Abbey"-loving friend of Hader's sports physician.
"Celebrity has become ubiquitous, and everyone touches the globe now," says "Ted 2" producer Scott Stuber. "These sports stars transcend just athletics. They host 'Saturday Night Live.' They do television commercials. They're seen at the Met Gala with their wife, tuxed up and looking like a movie star."
Dark Shadows Haunt People in 'Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension' First Full Trailer
The first full trailer for horror movie "Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension" has arrived. The movie focuses on a family who moves into a house and discovers a box of tapes which contain the recording of paranormal activity around them.
The trailer opens with Chris J. Murray's Ryan watching a recording that he finds in his new home. The recording shows a woman asking young Kristi and Katie to concentrate seemingly in order to be able to communicate with supernatural beings. It continues with Ryan finding an old video camera and he realizes that something was going on in his house long time ago.
"I think this camera can see things you can not see with naked eye," Ryan says. The trailer gives a hint about the ghost that may appear in the film as a little girl repeatedly says, "Bloody Marry," in the video. Ryan's daughter says, "He's gonna take me away." In the end, a mysterious portal on her wall is opened and it may be the way to enter "ghost dimension." The nearly 3-minute trailer is full of screams, fright, and dark shadows which haunt people.
Counting by the billion, Hollywood's summer starts to sizzle
by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press
"A million dollars isn't cool," said Justin Timberlake as Sean Parker in "The Social Network." "You know what's cool? A billion dollars."
He was talking about Silicon Valley, but he might as well have meant today's Hollywood. And lately, the movie business has been hot enough to be very cool.
When "Jurassic World" crossed $1 billion globally on Monday after just 13 days of release, it did it faster than any movie before. And it wasn't just the first film this year, or even this season, to reach that mark. "Jurassic World" is the third billion-dollar movie this summer following "Furious 7" ($1.5 billion) and "Avengers: Age of Ultron" ($1.4 billion).
Those two films already rank among the five highest grossing films ever, and "Jurassic World" is certain to join them. A billion dollars is starting to look easy.
The summer box office got off to a so-so start, but, suddenly, business is booming at the multiplex. After "Jurassic World" set an opening record two weeks ago, almost doubling expectations, Pixar's "Inside Out" followed up with a forecast-busting debut of its own, with $90.4 million.
An industry where the sky is often rumored to be falling, for the moment, is roaring.
Things shouldn't look this tense, considering how much 'Jurassic World' is bringing in at the box office! (image courtesy Universal)
By Greg Cwik
Like the lab-engineered Indominus rex and its insatiable appetite, Jurassic World continues to devour and destroy everything that gets in its way, chomping its way to No. 1 at the box office for a second straight week. By pulling in $102 million this weekend, Jurassic World joins Joss Whedon's The Avengers (2012) as one of the only two films to gross more than $100 million on two separate weekends. Given it already has $981.3 million, it'll probably become the fastest film to break the $1 billion mark.
Pixar's Inside Out, which has been reportedly making grown-ups bawl like babies around the country, made $91 million, the second-best opening for a Pixar film behind Toy Story 3's $110.3 million in 2010. It's also the highest gross for an original property, meaning a film that isn't a sequel, remake, reboot, retread, or non-sourced work, beating James Cameron's Avatar, though that film opened on 500 fewer screens. Around the globe, Inside Out opened to roughly 42 percent of the world, and its international rollout will continue in the coming weeks.
Will Ferrell Battles Mark Wahlberg in the Laugh-Out-Loud Trailer for Daddy's Home
By K.C. Blumm
The tagline says it all: "It's Dad Vs. Step-Dad" when Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell go head to head in the new comedy Daddy's Home.
The first trailer for the film, which comes out on Christmas Day, shows Ferrell as a doting stepfather, whose life is turned upside down when absentee dad Wahlberg returns to spend time with his two kids.
Clad in tight jeans and a leather jacket, Wahlberg is the former Saturday Night Live star's worst nightmare, or as one observer puts it: "There is no doubt this man is your better in every way."
The film features a memorable scene shot at a Pelicans-Lakers game in January, where Ferrell hit a cheerleader in the face with a basketball, but that's not the only crazy stunt, as the trailer shows.
Watch the trailer for Robin Williams' final film, 'Boulevard'
The first teaser for "Boulevard" has been released ahead of the film's arrival in U.S. cinemas on July 10.
The film is the final live-action feature actor and comedian Robin Williams completed before his death in 2014. It tells the story of a man reaching his 60s and finally being forced to accept a number of home truths; chiefly that he hates his job and that he's been lying to himself about his sexuality.
"Boulevard" is directed by Dito Montiel and also stars Kathy Baker.
In August, U.S. cinema goers will also get a chance to catch Williams's vocal talents as the voice of Dennis the dog in the sci-fi comedy "Absolutely Anything" which stars Simon Pegg and was directed and co-written by Monty Python's Terry Jones.
Tom Hanks in talks to play Captain Chesley (Sully) Sullenberger in Clint Eastwood film
by Kirthana Ramisetti
Tom Hanks is one of America's most beloved movie stars – and he could next portray one of America's most beloved heroes.
The Oscar winner is in talks to play Captain Chelsey (Sully) Sullenberger in Clint Eastwood's film about the airline pilot's heroics, known as the Miracle on the Hudson, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The Warner Bros. film is based on based on Sullenberger's 2010 autobiography, "Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters."
Sullenberger landed U.S. Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River on Jan. 15, 2009, after a flock of geese crippled the plane's engines shortly after takeoff. His decision to make a water landing saved all 155 passengers and crew on board.
The publication reports that the "Forrest Gump" star was Eastwood and the studio's first choice.