'The Invitation' tops tepid weekend at box office
LOS ANGELES — (AP) — The horror film “The Invitation” needed just $7 million to finish at the top of the weakest weekend of the summer at the North American box office, according to studio estimates Sunday. Universal’s “Beast,” starring Idris Elba, finished third with $4.9 million in its second week, after making $11.6 million and ranking second in its first. 1, “Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero” plunged to fifth in its second weekend with $4.6 million after bringing in $20.1 million in its debut. The weekend overall saw about $52.7 million in North American ticket sales — the slowest in months. “Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero,” $4.6 million.wftv.com
George Miller, Tilda Swinton, Idris Elba talk power of story
SWINTON: I’m really happy to hear you use the word “enchantment.” It is about enchantment. MILLER: What’s really interesting to me, despite all these technological advances, is that we remain definitely hardwired for story. ELBA: My father started off his stories “I’ll tell you something for nothing.” This is my late dad. AP: Tilda and Idris, does making a movie like this prompt you to reflect on what compels you as actors to tell stories? I was really aware of the irony of working with George and Tilda and I’m playing a guy who has to tell stories honestly to get his freedom.wftv.com
Veering from Mad Max, George Miller debuts '3,000 Years'
(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris) (Petros Giannakouris)CANNES, France — (AP) — It's taken a lot of time and a good deal of yearning for Australian director George Miller to make "Three Thousand Years of Longing, " his long-awaited follow-up to "Mad Max: Fury Road." Could the 77-year-old filmmaker match the propulsive thrill of “Mad Max: Fury Road"? The film, which MGM will release on Aug. 31, was scripted by Miller and his daughter, first-time screenwriter Augusta Gore. That’s like a seed that one plants.”To Miller, “Three Thousand Years of Longing” doesn't just lead up to now — it goes beyond. ___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP___For more Cannes Film Festival coverage, visit: https://apnews.com/hub/cannes-film-festivalCopyright 2022 The Associated Press.wftv.com
Back to normal? Cannes Film Festival prepares to party
After the 2020 Cannes Film Festival was canceled by the pandemic and the 2021 edition was scaled back — even kisses were forbade on the red carpet — the lavish French Riviera cinema soiree is set to return with a festival that promises to be something like normal.
'Mad Max: Fury Road' prequel ‘Furiosa’ delayed to 2024
Film Furiosa FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2016, file photo, director George Miller arrives at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2016 Outstanding Directors Awards held at the Arlington Theatre, in Santa Barbara, Calif. The “Mad Max: Fury Road” prequel “Furiosa” isn’t speeding into theaters anytime soon. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File) (Richard Shotwell)The “Mad Max: Fury Road” prequel “Furiosa” isn’t speeding into theaters anytime soon. “The Queen’s Gambit” star Anya Taylor-Joy is set to play the title role, which Charlize Theron originated in “Fury Road.” Chris Hemsworth and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II also star. “Mad Max: Fury Road” had a famously turbulent production, but out of the fires came a critical hit that went on to score 10 Oscar nominations, including for best picture and best director, winning six.wftv.com
As COVID rages, Loretto Hospital employee scraps his own dreams to help the West Side
“COVID is everyone’s job now, but not everyone reacted to this emergency the same way,” said Loretto President and CEO George Miller, who recently named Daniels the hospital’s 2020 employee of the year. “Jonathan tries to help every department in the hospital. His energy, his teamwork, his willingness to help — even when it has nothing to do with what he does — is just so impressive.”chicagotribune.com
Hope at a historic moment: First COVID-19 vaccinations scheduled to be given in Illinois on Tuesday
“The Loretto Hospital and our colleagues at safety net hospitals across the city have been in the trenches of Chicago’s battle against COVID since day one,” Loretto President and CEO George Miller said. “We are honored to play a part in this historic moment, on behalf of all the front-line health care providers, our heroes, and our brothers and sisters so disproportionately impacted by this pandemic. We look forward to turning this corner, together.”chicagotribune.com
Chicago picks Loretto Hospital on West Side for ceremonial first COVID-19 vaccination
During an appearance Sunday on “Against the Grain” with Tio Hardiman and Raza Siddiqui on WCPT-AM 820, hospital President and CEO George Miller said he understood the skepticism but insisted the vaccine was safe and necessary in order to achieve herd immunity. Without it, he said, Black Chicagoans likely would continue to die at a rate nearly twice that of white residents.chicagotribune.com