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Party on: ‘Bill & Ted 3’ is now officially happening

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The dudes are back for Bill & Ted 3

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“Apparently, life goes on even after you pass history class and win the battle of the bands. But it’s not always nearly as bodacious as you might think.

A Bill & Ted follow up has been rumored to be in the works since 2007, but now it’s confirmed that the world’s most beloved time-traveling dudes are officially back. The third installment of the not-so-teen comedy will be titled Bill & Ted Face the Music.

Bill actor Alex Winter described the premise to Entertainment Weekly as, “kind of like A Christmas Carol, but with Bill & Ted,” which truly sounds like a bogus rockstar’s living nightmare.

When last we left our titular dudes, it was prophesied that their high school band would write the song that would save the universe (no pressure). Well, it looks like The Wyld Stallyns have been suffering from some performance anxiety since. Because many heinous tunes and years later, they still have yet to fulfill their destiny. That won’t stop them from persevering, though.

According to the press release, Bill and Ted won’t stop until they “bring harmony to the universe as we know it,” being…”

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/05/08/bill-and-ted-face-3-the-music-confirmed/

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‘Jurassic Park’ roars back into theaters this September

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom blew up the box office just two months ago—and yet Universal is already inviting moviegoers back into its prehistoric pandemonium.

“This September, in honor of its 25th anniversary, Steven Spielberg’s original Jurassic Park will retake big screens across the country. With over 500 participating theaters, ticket availability should be high. Jurassic fanatics will have a much better shot at getting seats here than at one of August’s super in demand Dark Knight IMAX showings.

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In addition to watching the original on the big screen, audience members will be treated to a 17-minute fan remake of classic Jurassic Park scenes, like this iconic Jeff Goldbum clip.

Various showings will be scheduled for September 16th, 18th, and 19th. You can grab your tickets in advance through Fathom Events or directly from your theater’s box office. (No word yet on whether the teetering-on-extinction MoviePass will support the event.)

These screenings will be a pleasant blast from the past—in more ways than one. Plus, it’ll help to at least slightly close the gap between now and Jurassic World 3‘s release date. 2021 feels so, so far away.”

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/08/16/jurassic-park-25th-anniversary-screening/

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Academy Adds ‘Popular Film’ Category to Oscars

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(CNN)Could this be “Black Panther’s” big chance?

On Wednesday, the organization announced a number of impending changes to the Oscars, including its intention to add a new category for achievement in popular film.
The details regarding eligibility in this category have not been announced — and the Academy did not say when the change would take effect — but the new award’s purpose is clear: make sure the box office’s biggest money makers have a chance to walk away with Oscars gold.
There have been instances in the past where this has already happened, of course.
Films like “Titanic,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” and “Forrest Gump” ruled the box office in their respective years and also earned best picture awards. But recent years have seen some of the year’s top-grossing films either earn awards solely in technical categories or get shut out of the Oscars completely. (One of the few exceptions to this was “American Sniper,” which grossed $350 million domestically and earned a best picture nomination.)

Last year’s best picture winner, “The Shape of Water,” earned $63 million domestically and topped out at No. 10 in box office rankings during its time in theaters, according to figures from Box Office Mojo.

The Academy’s motivation for extending honors to so-called popular films is a hope that the new award will help attract viewers. The most-watched telecast in Oscars history was in 1998 when “Titanic” won.

Last year’s telecast hit an all-time low in ratings with just 26.5 million viewers, a drop of 20% from the previous year.

Other changes set to take place, according to the Academy: a stricter adherence to a three-hour telecast and an earlier airdate for the 92nd annual Oscars.
The Academy had said the date of the 2020 ceremony would be February 23. That has changed to February 9.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/08/entertainment/academy-popular-film-category/index.html

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Robert Redford Confirms Retirement from Acting

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The Old Man & the Gun will feature the stars final big-screen role after a 60-year career but he may carry on directing

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Robert Redford has confirmed he will retire from acting with the completion of his forthcoming film, The Old Man & the Gun.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Redford, 81, said: Never say never, but I pretty well concluded that this would be it for me in terms of acting, and [Ill] move towards retirement after this cause Ive been doing it since I was 21. I thought, Well, thats enough. And why not go out with something thats very upbeat and positive?

In 2016 Redford had suggested he had two more acting roles in the works, after which he would quit. Our Souls at Night, a romance in which he starred opposite Jane Fonda, was released on Netflix in September 2017, while The Old Man & the Gun, a crime comedy directed by A Ghost Storys David Lowery, in which Redford plays career criminal and veteran escape artist Forrest Tucker, is due for release in September after a premiere at the Toronto film festival.

Redford has been acting since 1960, when he appeared in a string of TV shows and gained a small role in basketball drama Tall Story. His profile steadily increased through the decade in films such as The Chase and Barefoot in the Park, before scoring a huge hit opposite Paul Newman in 1969s Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. His second collaboration with Newman, 1973s The Sting, remains his biggest box-office success, and brought his only Oscar nomination for acting to date. (He lost to Jack Lemmon for Save the Tiger.) He was given an honorary Oscar in 2001.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/aug/06/robert-redford-retires-the-old-man-and-the-gun

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