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Steve Carell trolls Marvel’s MCU, The Rock with “Mega Minions Megaverse” spot

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Universal Pictures and Illumination Animation have become the kings of family-friendly blockbusters, between Despicable Me and spin-off Minions films and The Super Mario Bros. Movie — and after racking up billion-dollar hit after hit, they’re apparently in the mood to talk a little trash about the competition. 

To promote his upcoming Despicable Me 4, voice star Steve Carell appears in a promo tweaking the superhero genre in general, and Marvel’s Marvel Cinematic Universe and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson specifically.

The caption for the video spoofs The Rock’s failed Black Adam gambit directly, teasing, “The hierarchy of power in the Illumination universe is about to change.”

“By now you’ve probably heard of the Mega Minions, five minions with incredible power and zero responsibility,” Carell begins, thumbing his nose at Spider-Man’s mantra.

Carell continues, “But Despicable Me 4 is only the beginning. Presenting Illumination’s Megaverse.”

Behind him, a Marvel Studios-like timeline pops up, as he teases “50 interconnected Mega Minions stories shared across a variety of mediums on an irregular basis for the next 100 years.” 

Some of the obviously phony forthcoming titles scrolling behind him include 2076’s Mega Minions: Vector Vortex and Mad Mega: Furry Road, coming in 2094. 

There’s also 2071’s Mega Minions: The Write Off, an apparent jab at Warner Bros. Pictures’ shelved Batgirl film. 

“From their debut in Despicable Me 4, the Mega Minions are charting a course, from the big screen to the small screen … from stages of Broadway to the ice rinks of Jacksonville, Florida,” says Carell, who reminds fans that tickets for Despicable Me 4, which opens July 3, are now on sale. 

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Warner Bros. looking to conjure up Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman for ‘Practical Magic 2’

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In an Instagram Story, Warner Bros. Pictures on Monday teased that it’s conjuring up a sequel to the bewitching 1998 hit Sandra Bullock/Nicole Kidman film Practical Magic.

The film had the pair playing witchy sisters who face prejudice in their small town, as well as a curse that keeps them from finding true love.

WB used a series of clips from the movie to hint that a Practical Magic 2 was in the offing: one features Bullock’s Sally running toward Mark Feuerstein‘s Michael, set — as it is seen in the movie — to Faith Hill‘s hit from the film “This Kiss.” Hastily stuck onto her beau are the words “Practical Magic 2.”

Another clip shows Nicole Kidman’s Gillian shaking a number 2 from a vial and adding it to a bottle labeled “Practical Magic.”

The third snippet shows both Owens sisters performing a magic ritual they use to bring the title to life.

Good Morning America has confirmed that deals to snag the two Oscar winners are in the works. They are expected to produce the project, with the original film’s co-writer Akiva Goldsman writing the script.

Directed by Griffin Dunne, the original film also starred Emmy winner Stockard Channing and Oscar winner Dianne Weist, as well as Aiden Quinn and Goran Visnjic.

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‘Ghostbusters’ celebrates 40 years with special ‘Past, Present & Future’ tribute

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To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of Ghostbusters, Patton Oswalt and Kumail Nanjiani are toplining a special tribute to the franchise. 

The pair make their debut in the universe with the recent Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire. Nanjiani plays Nadeem Razmaadi, a con artist who finds out he has a supernatural purpose; Oswalt plays Dr. Hubert Wartzki, an eccentric academic who fills in the gang on the lore of a new threat they face.

Light ‘Em Up: Ghostbusters Past, Present & Future is a 22-minute look back at the franchise, featuring new interviews and clips, as well as vintage snippets from the late Harold Ramis, who co-wrote Ghostbusters, and the late Ivan Reitman, the director of the first two movies.

“For Ivan … who did so much great stuff, [Ghostbusters] was a jewel in his crown,” says Afterlife and Frozen co-star Paul Rudd

Patton and Kumail also salute the special effects artists and prop makers who helped bring the world to life, including the iconic Ecto-1, the Ghostbusters’ emergency vehicle. 

Bill Murray reflected on shooting the original in 1984 while tooling around the streets of New York City without locking off traffic, as is customary for movie shoots. “Never stopping for stop lights. It was so much fun … we were just driving around, doing anything we wanted,” he recalls with a laugh. 

There’s also a salute to the fans, who kept the franchise alive — including those who suited up for Ghostbusters Day tributes in Los Angeles and, of course, New York City on June 8. 

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Joy: ‘Inside Out 2’ presale numbers beating out original

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According to online movie ticketing service Fandango, the advance ticket sales for Friday’s Inside Out 2 release have surpassed those for the hit 2015 original.

In fact, the presales for a Disney/Pixar film haven’t been this good since 2019’s Toy Story 4, according to the service. Jerramy Hainline, EVP of Fandango, called the enthusiasm for the film “impressive.” A recent Fandango survey of 2,000 moviegoers ranked Inside Out 2 as the #2 most-anticipated movie of the year.

The new film, the cast of which includes Amy Poehler, Maya Hawke, Liza Lapira, Tony Hale, Lewis Black and Ayo Edebiri, opens on June 14.

In Inside Out 2, Riley’s teen years come with all new emotions. The studio teases: “Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust — who’ve long been running a successful operation by all accounts — aren’t sure how to feel when Anxiety, Envy, Ennui and Embarrassment show up.”

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Matthew McConaughey posts sweet snap to celebrate 12th anniversary with wife Camila Alves

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On Sunday, Matthew McConaughey posted a sweet snap on socials to thank wife Camila Alves McConaughey for 12 years of marriage.

In the romantic photo, the couple have the setting sun behind them, as the Oscar winner and author, wearing a cowboy hat and denim jacket, holds Alves’ face in his hands and plants a kiss on her forehead.

He captioned it only, “thank you,” adding the hashtag #happyanniversary.

The mother of the couple’s three children, 15-year-old Levi, 14-year-old Vida, and 11-year-old Livingston, reposted the photo on her own Insta.

The Dallas Buyers club star’s romantic post got more than 123,000 likes and counting, and earned swoons from fans with some commenting “#couplegoals.”

The pair got engaged in 2011, and officially tied the knot at McConaughey’s home in Austin, Texas in June 2012; their two eldest children were in their wedding party.

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In Brief: Case closed for Max’s ‘Tokyo Vice’, and more

Max has canceled Tokyo Vice after two seasons, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The series follows Ansel Elgort as an American journalist investigating the yakuza in Tokyo. The show was originally intended to run for two seasons, which was how long Elgort had signed on for. Season 2 concluded on April 4 …

The Haunting of Hill House‘s Henry Thomas has been tapped to star in the upcoming horror film The Necklace, according to Deadline. The movie follows a woman who is separated from her husband, who lures her back with an old necklace that turns out to be possessed by an evil boy, putting the woman and their kids in grave danger …

B movie actress Betty Anne Rees, best known for her roles in the 1970s films The Unholy Rollers and Sugar Hill, died at her home in Hemet, California, after a series of falls and a possible stroke, her niece, Kathleen Loucks, tells The Hollywood Reporter. Rees, who was also diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, was 81. She also appeared in the TV shows Adam-12, Medical Center, Mannix, Mod Squad, The F.B.I., Police Woman, S.W.A.T., The Streets of San Francisco, Lou Grant, Barnaby Jones and The Incredible Hulk

 

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‘Bad Boys: Ride or Die’ races to $56 million opening weekend

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Bad Boys: Ride or Die made an impressive North American box office debut, earning an estimated $56 million — the biggest opening of any Bad Boys film, according to Variety. The films marks Will Smith‘s first major film to hit theaters since his infamous Oscars slap in 2022.

Overseas, the fourth film in the Bad Boys franchise, also starring Martin Lawrence, grabbed an estimated $48.6 million, for a global tally of $104.6 million.

The Garfield Movie took second place, delivering an estimated $10 million in its second week of release. The animated feature has earned $68.6 million at the domestic box office, for a global tally of $192.7 million.

Third place went to John Krasinski‘s live-action CGI fantasy comedy IF, featuring the voices of Krasinski, Ryan Reynolds, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the late Louis Gossett Jr. and Steve Carell. The film earned an estimated $8 million. Its four-week domestic tally now stands at $93.5 million and $160.7 million worldwide.

The Watchers, which marks the directorial debut of M. Night Shyamalan‘s daughter Ishana Night Shyamalan, landed in forth place, collecting an estimated $7 million at the North American box office in its debut weekend. Internationally, the horror film, starring Dakota Fanning, earned an estimated $4.7 million, for a worldwide total of $11.7 million.

Rounding out the top five was Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes, adding an estimated $5.4 million to its domestic tally, which currently stands at $149.7 million after five weeks. The film has grossed $359.7 million globally.

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‘The Walking Dead’ spin-off ‘Daryl Dixon – The Book of Carol’ to debut Sept. 29

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AMC announced Friday that The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon – The Book of Carol, the second season of its Norman Reedus-starring spin-off, will debut on Sept. 29.

As has been reported, and as the title indicates, the second season will also center on fan favorite Melissa McBride‘s Carol Peletier, Daryl’s ride-or-die from the original show.

McBride initially was to star with Reedus in a two-hander spin-off, but a change to a European shooting location led the actress to change her mind. The show’s first season solely centered on Daryl finding himself mysteriously marooned in France amid the walker apocalypse.

The network teases the second season sees the fan favorites “both confront old demons while she fights to find her friend and he struggles with his decision to stay in France.”

The series kicks off Sept. 29 on both AMC and AMC+. 

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Kristen Stewart to play pioneering astronaut Sally Ride in streaming series

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Actress and activist Kristen Stewart is starring in and co-producing The Challenger, a limited series about the first American female astronaut, and the first member of the LGBT community to go to space, Sally Ride.

Deadline broke the news about the project, which is being executive produced by Kyra Sedgwick and Steven Spielberg‘s Amblin Partners. The series is based on Meredith E. Bagby‘s bestseller The New Guys, about the first diverse class of astronauts following the Space Race years.

Ride, who was also a brilliant physicist, took her historic ride on the space shuttle in 1983. Three years later, when Challenger exploded, she was the only astronaut to sit on the Rogers Commission, which looked into the disaster that killed all seven aboard, including civilian astronaut Christa McAuliffe.

Ride died of cancer in 2012 at age 61.

The trade says Prime Video is close to securing a deal to distribute the limited series, which Sedgwick told Deadline she’s been working to bring to life since 2017.

She added, “The focus is this newly recruited wild, feral group of astronauts who were all very diverse” and pivots to “an Oppenheimer track” about the Rogers Commission.

Sedgwick said her production company partner Valerie Stadler “had this dream of having Kristen Stewart, and after more than a year of trying to get Kristen this book through back channeling, she read it and she fell in love.”

 

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“It’s a family, forever”: Jennifer Aniston reflects on ‘Friends’ 30 years later

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In a chat with Abbott Elementary Emmy winner Quinta Brunson as part of Variety‘s continuing “Actors on Actors” series, Jennifer Aniston appeared to get emotional when talking about Friends.

Brunson, who called Aniston her “comedy queen,” said, “I just want you to know, I learned about the beauty of an ensemble through watching Friends.”

“Well, you just gave me goose bumps,” replied Aniston, now the star and co-executive producer of Apple TV+’s The Morning Show.

Brunson also asked about Friends‘ longevity. “It’s so strange to even think that it’s 30 years old. Because I remember the day that it was going to premiere on television, on NBC,” Aniston recalled.

Matthew Perry and I were having lunch somewhere, and we knew Lisa [Kudrow] was getting her hair colored. So we ran into the hair salon, and I snuck up … and just started washing her hair,” she recalled with a laugh.

“But the excitement we had, it feels like yesterday.”

Getting a little choked up, Aniston added, “The fact that it’s had this long, wonderful life and it still means a lot to people is one of the greatest gifts I think all five of us — all six of us — we never could imagine. And we see each other. I talked on FaceTime with Court [Courteney Cox] last night for an hour, and Lisa and the boys, and we just have a really — it’s a family, forever.”

Aniston also volunteered herself as a potential guest star on Brunson’s hit ABC show, joking “if Bradley Cooper could do it,” she would, too. “If you find a moment on Abbott [for me] I’d love to come play with you,” she said, earning an enthusiastic “OK!” from Quinta.

 

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