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June 23, 2019

In its opening weekend, Toy Story 4 topped the North American box office, bringing in $118 million.

This was the fourth-largest debut for an animated movie, following Incredibles 2 ($182 million), Finding Dory ($135 million), and Shrek the Third ($121 million), and the third movie this year to hit $100 million in ticket sales during its opening, behind Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame. While still a good launch, it fell below expectations, as experts predicted the film — which introduced a few new toys to the beloved crew, including Forky (voiced by Tony Hale) — would earn $140 million.

Child's Play came in a distant second place with $14 million, followed by Aladdin with $12 million, Men in Black: International with $10.8 million, and The Secret Life of Pets 2 with $10.2 million. Catherine Garcia

May 29, 2019

If a strict new abortion law takes effect in Georgia next year, it would be "very difficult" for Disney to continue filming in the state, CEO Bob Iger told Reuters.

"I think many people who work for us will not want to work there, and we will have to heed their wishes in that regard," he said Wednesday. "Right now we are watching it very carefully." He added: "I don't see how it's practical for us to continue to shoot there." Georgia offers studios tax credits, and Disney recently filmed several blockbuster movies there, including Avengers: Endgame and Black Panther.

On May 7, Gov. Brian Kemp (R) signed into law a bill that effectively bans abortions after six weeks. The bill, which is being challenged in court, is scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1, and several actors, producers, and directors have already sent Kemp a letter saying they won't film in his state. On Tuesday, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said should the ban go into effect, "we'd rethink our entire investment in Georgia." Catherine Garcia

May 19, 2019

The Keanu Reeves thriller John Wick: Chapter 3 knocked Avengers: Endgame from the top of the box office, bringing in an estimated $57 million in North American ticket sales over the weekend.

Avengers: Endgame, which dominated the box office three weekends in a row, came in second place with an estimated $29.4 million in ticket sales. Pokémon Detective Pikachu finished third, with an estimated $24.8 million. John Wick: Chapter 3 had a massive opening weekend compared to the first movies in the series: John Wick brought in $14.4 million in 2014, and John Wick: Chapter Two earned $30.4 million in 2017, Entertainment Weekly reports.

Avengers: Endgame has brought in $2.62 billion globally, second only to 2009's Avatar, which earned $2.78 billion. Thanks to its weekend ticket sales, Avengers: Endgame is now the second-highest grossing movie domestically, at $771 million; 2015's Star Wars: The Forces Awakens is still No. 1, with $937 million. Catherine Garcia

May 14, 2019

Fans were excited last week when ABC announced that Fresh Off the Boat is coming back for another season, but star Constance Wu was less than thrilled — and let the world know it on social media.

Wu tweeted that she was "so upset right now that I'm literally crying," and posted "Dislike" under the show's Instagram photo sharing the news, CNN reports. Wu later wrote a lengthy statement, explaining that she was "temporarily upset" because the show's renewal meant she "had to give up another project that I was really passionate about." She then said playing the show's mom, Jessica Huang, is "easy and pleasant," but she's "always sought artistic challenge over comfort and ease."

ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke responded on Tuesday, telling reporters that the network will not recast Wu. "We love what she does on the show," Burke said. "And we love the show." Burke said she knew Wu had another acting opportunity, but ABC always planned on renewing Fresh Off the Boat for a sixth season. "The show is just too strong for us and we love it," she added. "I'm going to choose to believe Constance's most recent communication about the show — that she's happy to return." Catherine Garcia

May 12, 2019

The hit NBC family drama This is Us has been picked up for three more 18-episode seasons, the network announced Sunday.

This guarantees that This is Us will air for at least six seasons, and hit the 100th episode mark. Starring Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, and Justin Hartley, This is Us was the highest-rated network primetime drama in the 18-49-year-old demographic during the 2018-2019 season, Entertainment Weekly reports.

The show's creator, Dan Fogelman, told EW this spring that he has an idea of how This is Us will end, and considers the series to be at its midpoint. Catherine Garcia

May 12, 2019

Avengers: Endgame continued to dominate the box office during its third weekend in theaters, earning $65 million in North American ticket sales.

Detective Pikachu had a solid opening weekend, with the Ryan Reynolds flick coming in second with $58 million.

Avengers: Endgame has brought in $723.5 million domestically, and has surpassed the two biggest movies of 2018: Black Panther ($700.1 million) and Avengers: Infinity War ($678.8 million). On a global scale, the Marvel blockbuster is the second-biggest film ever, earning $2.48 billion, just behind Avatar, which brought in $2.78 billion. Catherine Garcia

May 3, 2019

ABC's hit comedy black-ish already has one spin-off, grown-ish, and is about to have a second.

The network announced on Tuesday that it not only renewed black-ish for a sixth season, but also ordered a show based on main character Rainbow Johnson's life in the 1980s, called mixed-ish. The show takes place during a time of upheaval, after her mixed-race family moves from a commune to the suburbs, Deadline reports.

Written by Peter Saji and black-ish creator Kenya Barris, mixed-ish stars Arica Himmel as young Bow; Tika Sumpter as Alicia; Christina Anthony as Denise; Mykal-Michelle Harris as Santamonica; and Ethan Childress as Johan. Catherine Garcia

March 28, 2019

A follow-up to Sex and the City that looks at love, dating, and friendships after 50 is now in the works, Deadline reports.

Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell's latest book, Is There Still Sex in the City?, is scheduled for release on Aug. 6, and Paramount Television and Anonymous Content have acquired the rights to the novel to develop as a television series. Bushnell is set to write the pilot's script and executive produce.

Bushnell told Deadline it's a very different world now for people 50 and older than it was in decades past. "They weren't expected to exercise, start new business ventures, move to a different state, have casual sex with strangers, and start all over again," she said. "But this is exactly what the lives of a lot of 50- and 60-something women look like today, and I'm thrilled to be reflecting the rich complexity of their reality on the page and now on the screen." Catherine Garcia

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