‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ blows away box office expectations

(CNN)“Spider-Man: Far From Home” made an estimated $185 million at the North American box office over its six day holiday opening. “Spider-Man gave this summer the jolt it needed,” Shawn Robbins, chief analyst at Boxoffice.com, told CNN Business. “‘Far From Home’s’ ability to win over audiences is further proof that audiences are just looking for good movies, sequels or otherwise.” “Far From Home,” which cost $160 million to make, had strong critical reviews. It holds a 92% score on review site Rotten Tomatoes. The film likely had a sizable box office bump thanks to it being the follow up to “Avengers: Endgame,” which shattered box office records in April. The big opening for “Far From Home” solidifies two important things …

Bringing a ‘sort of impossible’ novel to life

The novel is Yann Martel’s Life of Pi, which tells the story of an Indian boy who is stranded on a lifeboat with a tiger in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It won the Booker Prize in 2002 and has sold more than 15 million copies. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Lolita Chakrabarti has adapted the novel for the stage “Loads of people said to me, ‘Oh, my God, how are you going to do that?’” says writer Lolita Chakrabarti, who has adapted the book for the stage. “I was like, ‘It’s just theatre!’ And as it’s gone on, and I’ve seen what an enormous story it is, and how theatrically challenging it is, I’ve got more and …

An American guide to watching the 2019 Women’s World Cup final

(CNN)Ready to watch the United States take on the Netherlands in the Women’s World Cup final? Not only has the US team had a tremendous run, but it has courted controversy all along the way. From merciless takedowns to political jabs and even wild celebrations, the woman have shown they’re a force to be reckoned with. Meanwhile, the Netherlands are Europe’s reigning champs. And they’re planning a fight for the ages. What will happen? You’ll have to tune in on Sunday at 11 a.m. ET to find out. Here are some suggestions on how to watch the showdown: If you’re feeling social… Sports bars are the way to go. Any pub, ale house, dive bar, saloon, speakeasy or tavern will …

Tom Holland Would ‘Of Course’ Be OK With Spider-Man Coming Out As Gay

The “Britain’s Sunday Times that he’d “of course” be on board with his character identifying as gay in a future film.  Avengers: Infinity War” and “ “The world isn’t as simple as a straight white guy,” “We haven’t been shy about saying that that’s coming,” Feige also opened up about the debut of a Given the scarcity of openly LGBTQ characters in blockbuster films, the appearance of Grieving Man was heavily mixed Esquire’s Justin Kirkland deemed it “a half-baked attempt at diversity,” while But Feige said Grieving Man was “never meant to be our first focused character” and was intended simply as “a matter of fact and a matter of life and a matter of truth.” he added. “I guess it’s the …

Shocking ‘Spider-Man’ Post-Credit Scene Explained By Director

It’s the after-credits scene that’s rocked the In “ When the additional scene begins, it’s just another day for your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, who swings through Manhattan with MJ. However, just after dropping her off near Madison Square Garden, a breaking news story comes on an outdoor TV screen: “We come to you now with revelations about last week’s attack in London,” the newscaster says, introducing a video of Mysterio moments before his death. “What the fu—” Spider-Man says as the screen cuts to black and the MCU is seemingly forever changed. “There’s an interesting parallel to Iron Man, where at the end of ‘Iron Man 1,’ Tony Stark chooses to reveal his identity to the public, and that is part of his …

Your ‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 soundtrack

(CNN)The most powerful trigger in “Stranger Things’” nostalgia arsenal remains, as always, the eclectic, still-pervasive pop music landscape of the ’80s. “Can’t Fight This Feeling” by REO Speedwagon This one was also a preeminent saliva-swapping song of its day. The group’s music also appeared in films like “The Goonies” — a major “Stranger Things” influence — and “Vision Quest,” a fondly remembered teen romantic comedy from 1985 and early breakout role for Matthew Modine, now remembered for his role as Dr. Brenner. “Material Girl” and “Angel” by Madonna The superb “Vision Quest” soundtrack also served as one of Madonna’s earliest film showcases, and this season two key 1985 tunes, her colossal, culture-defining hit “Material Girl” — used as the spot-on …

The TV drama that became topical by accident

What are non-disclosure agreements? While the news headlines around abuse and non-disclosure agreements could easily have been a source of research for Addai, he says he decided instead to stick to consulting child psychologists during development. What he found was that, if anything, his proposed storyline hardly scratched the surface of the world of abuse and NDAs. What makes a great TV drama? “The production company were good at arranging meetings with Tavistock Children’s Services, speaking to child psychologists, who explained that this is nowhere near what’s been happening in our country right now,” he says. “To hear these guys lay out raw their kind of passion to really do something about it, they’re the real heroes really. “And make …

Beer-brewing monks struggle with demand

Image caption The Mount Saint Bernard Abbey brewery was set up after the dairy farm failed to make enough money The beer – named after the meadow where monks settled in 1835 – is sold at the abbey shop and by some local retailers, but about a third is sold through a distribution company. It is proving particularly popular in Belgium and the Netherlands. Image caption There are 14 Trappist breweries in the world – some also make other produce like honey, chocolate and cheese According to the International Trappist Association, beer must be brewed within the abbey by the monks or under their supervision The brewery’s activities must be secondary in importance to the monastery’s work and way of …

Women Are Sharing The Devastating Reason They’re Deciding Not To Have Children

There were many things I expected to experience when I became a parent. Love, a fierce sense of protection, exhaustion, bone-crushing tedium. What I didn’t expect was so much fear — not so much about grazed knees and high fevers, but an existential fear about what kind of life my children can expect in a world facing down environmental crises too enormous and terrifying to wrap our heads around.  Five years later and the world feels so much worse. My head is filled with statistics about soaring temperatures, sea level rises and insect deaths, with images of fires ripping through communities and islands being swallowed by the sea.  In 2050 — by which time, according to a June study, the …

Disney Channel Star Cameron Boyce Dead At Age 20

ABC News and A spokesperson for Boyce’s family told ABC News that the actor had died after suffering a seizure “which was a result of an ongoing medical condition for which he was being treated.” Despite his youth, Boyce was “already a veteran to show business,” Boyce was also known for his humanitarian work, particularly his involvement with the Thirst Project, a non-profit aimed at tackling the global water crisis. In 2017, he raised wells in Swaziland.  Download Join HuffPost Plus Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Disney’s live-action ‘Little Mermaid’ casts Halle Bailey as Ariel

Halle Bailey, pictured here at the 2017 Glamour Women of the Year Awards in New York, is set to star as Ariel in the upcoming live-action adaptation of “The Little Mermaid.” (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) Bailey, who will make her Hollywood debut with the film, joins previously announced stars Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina, who play the characters of Flounder and Scuttle, respectively. Melissa McCarthy has also been reported to be in talks to play the film’s iconic villain, Ursula. This new “Little Mermaid,” which begins production in 2020, will be heavily based on the 1989 original animated version, with several songs from the initial film being carried over into this live-action version. Original composer Alan Menken, along with “Hamilton” creator …

David Nicholls: Writing new novel ‘completely terrifying’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe novelist describes the “terrifying” experience of writing a new book It’s 10 years since David Nicholls’ novel One Day became a publishing phenomenon – a word of mouth sensation that has sold more than five million copies around the world. Five years later came Us and now five years after that he’s back with a new novel. But can he repeat the success with Sweet Sorrow – a story of falling in love for the first time? Nicholls is under no illusion that whatever he does next, a book he wrote a decade ago “will always be the most popular and successful thing” he is known for. One Day was a …

Riz Ahmed Says He Missed ‘Star Wars’ Event Because Officials Barred Him From Plane

Riz Ahmed is shedding some light on how it’s “scary to be a Muslim right now” by sharing a recent and personal example. Star Wars Celebration” convention but Now “The Night Of” star has decided to open up about why he missed that appearance while speaking at The Hollywood Reporter. According to Ahmed, Homeland Security wouldn’t let him board a plane to Chicago because of racial profiling — and noted that he’s been consistently stopped at airports for the past 15 years. During his talk at the summit, which focused on diversity and multicultural issues across media, the 36-year-old actor spoke candidly about the daily fight against discrimination that Muslims have had to endure in a post-9/11 world — which …

Can ‘Spider-Man’ save the slumping summer box office?

New York (CNN Business)“Spider-Man: Far From Home” made $39.2 million on its opening day on Tuesday and it is expected to make $125 million at the North American box office over its six day holiday opening, according to Sony (SNE), which co-produced the superhero film with Marvel Studios. “Strong reviews, Marvel’s goodwill, and Tom Holland’s popularity as Spider-Man will obviously be major factors again, but this is ultimately Spider-Man — one of the most popular icons of comic book lore and blockbuster cinema over the past two decades,” Robbins said. “Far From Home” could do well at the box office this weekend because it’s a sequel to “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” which made more than $880 million in 2017. It’s also the …

Hong Kong Protesters Storm Legislature On Anniversary Of City’s Return To Chinese Rule

Hong Kong protesters stormed the Legislative Council on the anniversary of the city’s 1997 return to Chinese rule on Monday amid widespread anger over planned laws that would allow A small group, mostly students wearing hard hats and masks, used a metal trolley, poles and pieces of scaffolding to hack through reinforced glass and charge at the government compound near the heart of the financial center. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam suspended the bill on June 15 after some of the largest and most violent protests in decades, but stopped short of protesters’ demands to scrap it. “In the past few years, people have been getting more active, because they found the peaceful way is not working,” said a 24-year-old …

13 things we’ll never forget about Glastonbury 2019

1) Thanks to Stormzy, we know how to say Shut Up in sign language Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTara Asher is a British Sign Language interpreter who specialises in grime music This clip of Stormzy’s sign-language interpreter (one of only four grime interpreters in the UK) went viral over the weekend. Tara Asher was filmed in front of the Pyramid Stage enthusiastically signing the rapper’s song Shut Up, so hearing impaired people could enjoy the show. 2) Move over Janet, these were Glastonbury’s best dancers Skip Twitter post by @Policeatglasto Wessex and Clifton dancing to @AnneMarie by the Pyramid Stage 🤣💃🏼@ASPoliceHorses pic.twitter.com/VlLS6piBjI — Glastonbury Police (@Policeatglasto) June 29, 2019 3) Lewis Capaldi’s big entrance Media playback …