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This Week's Headlines:

  • The summer season is starting out poorly at the movie box office but even worse for the iconic drafthouse chain, Alamo Cinema. One of their largest franchisees just declared Chapter 7 bankruptcy and closed six locations, five in the Dallas area and one in Minnesota. After the closings, 35 locations remain open, including 15 owned by other franchisees.

  • The big-screen Green Lantern movie with Ryan Reynolds was a major flop, but that hasn't stopped DC Studios from developing new projects for the popular comic superhero. The latest version will be entitled Lanterns and will feature both popular embodiments of the superhero, Hal Jordan and John Stewart. Damon Lindelof, co-creator of Lost, will headline a production team that includes Chris Mundy, the showrunner of Netflix's Ozark, and veteran comic author Tom King.

  • Director Sean Baker's Anora won the Palme d'Or award at this year's Cannes Film Festival, beating out some heavy hitters like Francis Ford Coppola, David Cronenberg, Yorogos Lanthimos, and Paul Schrader in the process. Anora has been described as a modern-day Cinderella story. The film stars Mikey Madison as a Brooklyn stripper who marries the son of a Russian oligarch. When his parents learn about the wedding, they go to America to get the marriage annulled. 

  • The final Nielsen TV ratings are out for the 2023-24 network season, and CBS's freshman series Tracker was the top-rated entertainment series, the first time a first-year series has finished in the top spot since Survivor in 2000. Tracker's ratings were boosted considerably by its premiere in the coveted post-Super Bowl slot, which was the highest-rated regular-series broadcast of the season. Sunday, Monday, and Thursday Night Football broadcasts were the three top-rated series overall followed by CBS series Tracker, NCIS, Young Sheldon, and FBI. The highest-rated non-CBS entertainment series was NBC's Chicago Fire at #8 overall. The ratings for Thursday Night Football were particularly impressive because the broadcasts aired exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.

  • The eagerly awaited Pixar sequel, Inside Out 2, turned this weekend's box office upside down with an amazing $155 million haul, the second-largest opening ever for an animated film. Bad Boys: Ride or Die held up well in its second weekend of release, adding another $33 million to its box office total. In third place was a movie that seems to hang around the Top Ten forever, Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes.   
  • Bad Boys: Ride or Die, the fourth teaming of Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, has been the surprise box office hit of the summer. The Movie Report talks to some of the supporting cast to get their reactions about being in the film. Also, VRAI goes on the red carpet at the film's Hollywood premiere to talk to cast and crew. We've also got trailers for the upcoming 60s biker movie with a 21st century cast, The Bikeriders, and another Russell Crowe exorcism movie not surprisingly titled The Exorcism.   

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