ghostbusters box office

Audiences made the call for more movies to bring them out of quarantine, and Ghostbusters answered. More than 35 years after the 1984 supernatural comedy classic hit theaters, Ghostbusters found itself at the top of the box office again, raking in $550,000 over the three-day Independence Day weekend and claiming the number one spot on the charts. It was a major win for Sony, which dominated the top two spots of the pandemic box office with reissues of major hits.

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his dark materials novella

When The Amber Spyglass brought Philip Pullman‘s His Dark Materials trilogy to an end in 2000, that seemed like the end of the story of its protagonist. But 20 years later, and we’re still following the bullish heroine on adventures in her parallel-world Oxford — both on screen in the excellent HBO/BBC TV series adaptation, and in new books published by Pullman.

While Pullman’s latest novel The Secret Commonwealth, the second in a new trilogy of books set in the world of His Dark Materials, picks up with Lyra as an adult, Pullman had been keeping an unseen His Dark Materials novella about teenage Lyra in his pocket since 2004. Finally, Pullman will be releasing that novella, titled Serpentine, this October.

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top gun maverick story

Tom Cruise‘s Pete Mitchell in Tony Scott’s 1986 classic Top Gun was an idol for every every aviation lover back in the ’80s. And why wouldn’t he be? He was a wild card, he was cocky, he looked great playing shirtless volleyball, and his code name was Maverick, of all things. But what happens when a maverick is nearing middle age? That’s what the upcoming Top Gun: Maverick will grapple with, director Joseph Kosinski said, teasing that the story of the highly anticipated sequel will be a “rite-of-passage story, much like the first film was,” but at a “different stage” of Pete Mitchell’s life.

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‘The Crown’ Will Run for 6 Seasons After All

The Crown season 6

The Crown will keep its Netflix throne for one more season than anticipated. The royal drama series, which was originally slated to run for six seasons before creator Peter Morgan decided to finish with five seasons, is reversing course. Now, The Crown season 6 will be the final season of the Netflix series.

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chilling adventures of sabrina canceled

Chaos will reign for just one more season. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has been canceled by Netflix ahead of its fourth season, which will act as its finale when it premieres on the streaming giant later this year.

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new batwoman lead

Gotham City has a new Caped Crusader in town. God Friended Me actress Javicia Leslie has been cast as the new Batwoman lead, replacing Ruby Rose’s Kate Kane in season 2 of the CW series. Leslie, who will be the first Black actress to ever portray Batwoman in live-action, will be playing a new character named Ryan Wilder.

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the 1619 project

In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement and global protests that are shaking up the current political landscape, Oprah Winfrey is teaming up with Lionsgate and Pultizer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones to adapt Hannah-Jones landmark examination of racism in the U.S., The 1619 Project, for the screen.

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earwig and the witch us release

Studio Ghibli‘s first CG-animated film has a new U.S. distributor, a release date, and a title for American audiences. Earwig and the Witch, titled in Japan as Aya and the Witch, has been acquired by U.S. anime distributor GKIDS, which has set the film’s U.S. release date for 2021.

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ready player two publication date

Nearly a decade after Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One sci-fi novel became a smash success, a sequel is on its way to ply you with even more ’80s references (or perhaps we’ve reached the ’90s now?). Ready Player Two, the long-awaited sequel to Cline’s 2011 novel, is set to hit bookshelves this November.

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The film festival circuit has taken another casualty amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Austin’s Fantastic Fest, a hugely popular genre festival that has been running for more than 15 years, announced that it is canceling its 2020 edition. However, Fantastic Fest has hopes that it can hold a virtual program to replace this year’s festival, and commit to a physical festival in 2021.

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