‘Finding Dory’ is still one of the hottest tickets of the summer (Photo: Disney/Pixar) We’re in the lazy days of summer, and that sluggishness extends all the way to the ticket booth. As the Fourth of July weekend approaches, it’s apparent that the 2016 summer movie season is off to a slow start, with tons of underachieving sequels and a few hits that seem almost obligatory (what, like you’re going to miss a Pixar or Avengers film?). As of mid-June, the summer box office was down 22 percent from last year, though Finding Dory has recently given that number a boost. In a sense, the tone for the whole year was set by March’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which brought in a ton of dough but little audience enthusiasm.
Disney sequel brought in around $35 million, well below even previously lowered expectations for follow-up to 'Alice in Wonderland'; headlines just as film opened certainly didn't help
In a very funny new promo clip, producer has a pre-release publicity freak-out and urges his two co-starsto do whatever they can to sell their ‘70s neo-noir comedy to the masses: “Angry Birds is s—-ing all over us, guys!... You should be tweeting!”
It’s not just superheroes hitting cineplexes in the coming months, though there are a lot of those, with the Avengers, Suicide Squad, and X-Men all springing (summering?) into action. We’ll also get plenty of spaceships (Star Trek Beyond, Independence Day: Resurgence), family fun (Finding Dory, The BFG), laughs (PopStar, Neighbors 2), scares (Lights Out, The Conjuring 2), and laughs and scares (Ghostbusters). Oh, and have we mentioned the farting corpse yet (Swiss Army Man)?
In celebration of Administrative Professionals Day, promo gives us a closer look at reboot’s receptionist character
James Franco’s appearance at the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood last Friday was his latest achievement in unusual mash-ups (which includes spinning an art installation from a guest-stint on long-running soap opera General Hospital). The actor-director exhibited his special brand of movie star-meets-cultural experimentalist for the screening of his latest directorial effort, Child of God. Franco’s film, which he adapted from the 1973 Cormac McCarthy novel of the same name, deals in human horror (including a depiction of necrophilia).The story follows Lester Ballard — a feral loner cast out by society — as he is driven to violence and murder. Played by newcomer Scott Haze, the mumbling and socially defective Ballard is a woodsman living in ’60s rural Tennessee.