‘Finding Dory’ Retains Box Office Crown With Whopping $73.2 Million

findingdory91Finding Dory continues to steamroll the competition as the animated feature made $73.2 million over the weekend, besting newcomer Independence Day: Resurgence (#2 with an excellent $41.6 million take). Although the Blake Lively shark thriller The Shallows managed a fourth place finish with $16.7 million, the picture did just fine since the movie’s budget is just $17 million. Matthew McConaughey’s latst film Free State of Jones underperformed with $7.8 million.

Here’s this weekend’s top 10:

1. Finding Dory – $73.2 million

2. Independence Day: Resurgence – $41.6 million

3. Central Intelligence – $18.3 million

4. The Shallows – $16.7 million

5. Free State of Jones – $7.8 million

6. The Conjuring 2 – $7.7 million

7. Now You See Me 2 – $5.65 million

8. X-Men: Apocalypse – $2.48 million

9. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows – $2.4 million

10. Alice Through the Looking Glass – $2.1 million

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When Adele Found Her Potent Voice And Potential Stardom

adelleAt the young age of 28 Adele is already of the most accomplished singers in the world. The performer has amassed numerous top ten singles, ten Grammy awards, and an Academy Award! While she has accomplished what only millions can only dream of, it wasn’t that long ago when Adele was trying to find her voice. We spoke to Adele. who said she remembers when she thought she had talent and found her voice. (Click on the media bar below to hear Adele)

Adele has another hit single climbing the charts with Send My Love (To Your New Lover).

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On A Personal Level, ‘The BFG’ Was A BFD To Steven Spielberg

THE BFGSteven Spielberg is one of the best directors that the world has ever seen. Whether it’s starting out directing television or crafting some of cinema’s most iconic films (Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind), the filmmaker knows how to please an audience. After last year’s drama Bridge of Spies, he ventures back into family territory with The BFG. Spielberg, who is always in demand and looking for great scripts, always tries to find an intimate connection with his latest project. He adds that The BFG connected with him on a very personal level.

The BFG opens in theaters July 1.

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New Technologies Inspired Director To Revisit ‘Independence Day’

It’s not a shocker that the majority of director’s Roland Emmerich films are over the top popcorn films, so returning to the alien world with Independence Day: Resurgence was a no-brainer (Independence Day was released in 1996. Surprisingly, Emmerich had never directed a sequel to any of his films and he told us he despises making sequels. While directing 2012, Emmerich realized technology had come a long way and it was possibly to do things for an Independence Day sequel which he couldn’t do for the original. (Click on the media bar below to hear Roland Emmerich)

Independence Day: Resurgence is now in theaters.

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Director Eva Husson Talks ‘Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story)’

banggang8Playing in select theaters, Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) is a French drama centering on several teenagers who decide to form a club wherein free love sans complications reigns supreme. Confidently directed by Eva Husson, the movie is beautifully shot by Mattias Troelstrup. Coupled with a subtly hypnotic score from M83’s Morgan Kibby and a star making performance from newcomer Marilyn Lima (she plays the film’s bold as love protagonist George), Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) is an unforgettable and ultimately polarizing experience (fyi I loved the film).

Hollywood Outbreak talked to Husson about her film, and unfortunately a section of the conversation was clipped as attempted to find her way through the streets of Hollywood. Check out our interview below!

Can you talk about your collaboration with the film’s cinematographer? There’s a very rich, visual look to your film.

I met my DP through my film school (and) through a mutual friend of ours. He thought we had a very similar visual eye. To me, it’s a little bit like casting actors. (You need) someone who understands you well. I trusted him and that was crucial to the process because it makes things extremely fluid and easy, which is quite lovely. We worked through a lot of references. We watched movies together and we talked a lot about the work Gus Van Sant (director) and Harris Savides (cinematographer) accomplished together where you work with the available light and you always hide something in that image. Whether it is framing or lighting, you pay attention to the world and you make it different from reality. That’s a big part of the job – the prep. We always tried to find something interesting but to never overdo it. We were always motivated by character.

For example when George (Marilyn Lima) skates after having sex with Alex (Finnegan Oldfield) for the first time, it feels like she’s gliding through the frame. It was really about her state of mind. She was completely delusional (laughs). I wanted to show her out of touch with reality – there’s actually no lighting in that shot. We just show her gliding through life.

Can you talk about working with the actors in your film? Marilyn Lima has crazy star quality.

For all of them, it was their first roles. Finnegan Oldfield did another film that was released before mine but he shot (Bang Gang) before that other film (laughs). Marilyn Lima is definitely an amazing actress. I am extremely proud of having cast her and having had her in the film. She definitely doesn’t need me now. She was spotted by one of the best agents in France and she got signed and I think she’s already shooting her second feature film. So that’s amazing. With Marilyn, it took us 14 months to find her and I saw a lot of people. When I saw her, it was evident.

Do you have a theory on why coming-of-age stories are mainly told through a male’s perspective?

I don’t need to have a theory. I think the numbers speak for themselves. When you have (a certain percentage) of female directors and protagonists on the page, you won’t have many coming-of-age stories with female protagonists. It’s unfortunate – there aren’t enough women to decide which movies are going to get made. Men tend to just select what they feel close to. It’s not even an aggressive or negative bias – it’s a very pragmatic bias, you know? You just relate more to something that is close to your life.

What type of reactions have you received from your film?

I feel very lucky from the reactions because basically a lot of people understood what I was going for. The film polarizes – some people don’t get it at all which I knew was going to happen but I sort of took a risk. I couldn’t do (this story) in a half-assed (fashion) – I needed to go all the way. I’m thankful the results are overwhelmingly positive. A lot of people understood the questions I was raising and the dreamlike quality of the movie.

Is it easier to make a film these days with more readily available technology or is it just as hard as ever?

I think it doesn’t change the fact that it takes hard work to tell a good story. That said, what I found extremely beautiful and inspiring is that people who have never had access to storytelling and have talent now have access to that. It’s just a different paradigm but all in all, I think it doesn’t change the bottom line (on the necessity) of hard work and talent.

I really loved your film, thank you for your time, and I hope you find wherever you’re going to.

(Laughs). I’ll be fine! Thank you very much.

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