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North American Box Office Earnings Down Despite ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Opening

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The wait is over! Fans of the Star Wars saga are flooding movie theaters across the country today as The Last Jedi makes its nationwide debut. Following 2015’s The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi picks up roughly 30 years after the events of 1983’s Return of the Jedi, and finds a new band of heroes struggling to defeat the evil First Order. But unlike The Force Awakens, which was written and directed by JJ Abrams, The Last Jedi takes on a much darker tone, diving further into character backgrounds and bringing to light the tragic fate of Luke Skywalker and his failed Order of Jedi Knights. That means fans will get to see much more of Mark Hamill in the new film but, given the untimely death of Carrie Fisher, can also expect to see some beloved characters get killed off in the telling. Thus far most critics are hailing writer/director Rian Johnson‘s installment in the series, which is said to be entirely his own, despite what Abrams may have set up with in the previous film. Although The Last Jedi is expected to launch with a worldwide box office haul of roughly $425 million, it will likely not be enough to match the North American Box Office earnings record for 2016. Continue reading

Oscar Contender ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ Is Now Playing In Theaters

Writer/director Martin McDonagh’s latest dramatic dark-comedy, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri drew mass acclaim on the film festival circuit this season, winning awards at BIFA, and the Venice Film and Toronto International Film Festivals. McDonagh, along with lead cast members Frances McDormand (Fargo, Almost Famous) and Woody Harrelson (No Country For Old Men, Zombieland) are already expected to receive Oscar nominations for their telling of a mid-Western mother (Mildred Hayes) who abruptly calls out the local sheriffs department for failing to resolve their investigation into her daughter’s brutal murder. Supporting actor Sam Rockwell (The Green Mile, Moon) is also being praised for his role as second-in-command Officer Dixon, in a film Woody Harrelson describes in the Hollywood Reporter as, “Super Troopers meets Seven Psychopaths,” (the latter another of McDonagh’s feature films).

Three Billboards was a huge hit at the British Independent Film Awards, winning for Best Music and Best Editing and receiving nominations for Best Director, Best Actress (McDormand), Best Supporting Actor (Harrelson and Rockwell), Best Screenplay, and Best Cinematography. Additionally, Three Billboards won the Feature Film award at the Denver International Film Festival, as well as Best Screenplay (Venice Film Festival), Gala/Special Presentations for McDonagh (TIFF), Overall Winner (Leeds), and Supporting Actor of the Year for Rockwell (Hollywood Film Awards). The trailer is nothing short of mesmerizing, and all bets say this one will be one of the top contenders of the Holiday season, so be sure to see it on the big screen before all the theaters are teeming with Star Wars fanatics.

World Cup Live at Target Field

If you are getting sick of all the crowded bars downtown or don’t want to watch the game at home, Target Field has a new option for you. Today, at 11am, the game will be broadcasted free outside at their station video board. There is some seating available as well as concessions being served for those who are wondering. This should make for a good spot to catch the game if you are around the downtown area. Now all we need is a tie or win to guarantee USA’s advance to the next round.

2014 Minneapolis Bastille Day Official Lineup

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Yesterday, the Barbette announced their lineup for their annual Bastille Day celebration. The festival will take place on Sunday, July 13th, from 3-10pm. The block party will feature the following artists: Hippo Campus, Black Diet, GRRRL Party, Nadine Dubois & Les Folies Risque, The Cloak Ox, Heiruspecs, the Brass Messengers, MC Foxy Tann and more.

Last year, the festival had a plethora of sponsors to help make the event possible. This year will feature some very similar sponsors to help make the event. Don’t forget that a portion of the event proceeds will benefit People Serving People, an emergency  shelter for homeless families. Make sure to stay tuned as the countdown to July gets closer.