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Monday: ‘For a fifth straight weekend in a row an animated film has taken the #1 spot at the box office as Illumination and Universal’s The Secret Life of Pets followed up its record-breaking opening with a chart-topping sophomore session, pushing the launch of Sony’s Ghostbusters reboot to second. Meanwhile, Finding Dory has now become the highest grossing animated release of all-time domestically as Warner Bros. adds two new films to 2016’s century club with The Legend of Tarzan and The Conjuring 2. The weekend was down 26% from last week and ~17% compared to last year, yet there is still plenty to highlight.’ – Box Office Mojo
Tuesday: Roman Polanski will direct an adaptation of the French fiction bestseller “Based On A True Story” by author Delphine de Vigan. Intriguingly, Olivier Assayas (“Clouds Of Sils Maria,” “Personal Shopper“) will be penning the script for this one, which tells the story of a writer, going through a rough period after the release of his latest book, who gets mixed up with an admirer.
Wednesday: Amazon is in negotiations to fully finance the director’s next film, the untitled Kate Winslet-Jim Belushi starrer. The Hollywood Reporter previously reported that Amazon was negotiating to distribute the movie, which co-stars Justin Timberlake and Juno Temple, but it now appears that the deep-pocketed company is sweetening the offer significantly. An insider pegs the pic’s budget at $25 million.
Thursday: Garry Marshall, who created some of the 1970s’ most iconic sitcoms including “Happy Days,” “The Odd Couple,” “Laverne and Shirley” and “Mork and Mindy” and went on to direct hit movies including “Pretty Woman” and “The Princess Diaries,” died Tuesday in Burbank, Calif. of complications from pneumonia following a stroke. He was 81.
Friday: Made for $750,000 and featuring a cast of mostly little known actors, many were surprised when Michael Schultz’s “Cooley High” made a whopping $13 million in 1975. The movie has became a cult favorite ever since, and marked something unique in the midst of the blaxploitation era — a coming of age movie that many called the “black ‘American Graffiti.’” It’s an important film of its time, and one that’s a pretty nostalgic watch today. But of course, it’s getting a remake.
Saturday: The king is awaken in the first poster for the highly-anticipated film, “Kong: Skull Island.” An impressive new one-sheet was released by Warner Bros.
Sunday: Lionsgate has set a Sept. 16 launch for “Blair Witch,” the third film in the found-footage horror franchise — and the first in 16 years.
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