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finding-dory-teaser“Finding Dory,” the squeal to the Oscar-winning 2003 film “Finding Nemo,” established a new record for an animated film opening by bringing in $136.2 million during it’s opening weekend.

The success of the film from Pixar animation studios is no surprise. Pixar’s parent company, Disney, has dominated the movie business. Disney currently has the top three highest-grossing movies of 2016. “Finding Dory” easily swam right past the previous record holder, “Shrek the Third,” which grossed $121.6 million in 2007.

Going into the weekend, analysts expected the movie to draw in big numbers. However, they had estimated it would be much lower at around $100 million. The movie also brought in $50 million internationally.

“Finding Dory” is also the second-largest June opening movie of all time, with “Jurassic World” at the number one spot.

“Finding Dory” centers on a blue tang fish was short term memory loss (Ellen DeGeneres) and her quest to be reunited with her long-lost parents. The sequal comes out 13 years after “Finding Nemo,” and has a combination of old and new beloved characters.

The film was highly anticipated by families, teens and adults because of the strong affection for the original film. The movie has also received fantastic reviews over the past few months..

“That’s really a testament to this being a picture for everyone — not just for families,” Dave Hollis, Disney Executive Vice President of Distribution, stated in an  interview.

Catch “Finding Dory” in theaters across the nation.

 

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CaptureThe 2016 Tony Awards, held at New York’s Beacon Theatre, opened with a touching tribute to Sunday’s mass shooting in Orlando. Host Jame Corden dedicated the award show to the victims of the shooting.

“Our hearts go out to all of those affected by this atrocity,” said Corden. “All we can say is you are not on your own right now. Your tragedy is our tragedy. Theater is a place where every race, creed sexuality and gender is equal, is embraced and is loved. Hate will never win. Together we have to make sure of that.”

While it was clear there was a darkness looming over the nation, the Tony Awards brought perseverance. It largely stuck to it’s script filled with laughs and plenty of music.

Leading up to the big night, the buzz had been all about Hamilton, a hip hop musical about Alexander Hamilton that had received a record 16 nominations. The show walked away with 11 awards, falling just shy of the record haul.

The iconic Barbra Streisand made her first Tony appearance in 46 years by presenting the coveted best musical award to Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Other wins for Hamilton included Leading Actor in a Musical (Leslie Odom), Best Direction of a Musical (Thomas Kail), Featured Actor in a Musical (Daveed Diggs), Featured Actress in a Musical (Renee Elise Goldsberry), and Best Choreography (Andy Blankenbuehler).

Other notable winners included Stephen Karam’s The Humans for Best Play. A View From the Bridge won Best Revival of a Play, while The Color Purple took the Tony for Best Revival of a Musical.

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The former late-night host David Letterman said he was surprised that CBS didn’t hire a female successor at “The Late Show,” and is now calling for television networks to employ more women.

Letterman made remarks during an interview with NBC News’ Tom Brokaw that will be airing on Sunday, June 12th. He stated: “I don’t know why they didn’t give my show to a women.”

While Letterman said he “couldn’t care less about late-night television,” there were some changes he would have liked to see. Letterman was conflicted when he saw Colbert take his desk after his retirement.

“When he went on the air, an energy left me and I felt like, ‘You know, that’s not my problem anymore.’ I devoted so much time, to the damage of other aspects of my life. The concentrated, fixated, focusing on that…it’s good now to not have that.”

Letterman, whose show was notoriously known for not being full of women, now believes there should be the change.

“I’m happy for the guys—men and women—there should be more women. And I don’t know why they didn’t give my show to a woman,” Letterman continued. “That would have been fine. You know, I’m happy for their success. And they’re doing things I couldn’t do. So that’s great.”

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Producer Mark Burnett and Executive Producer Roma Downey share an exclusive sneak peak with Beliefnet fans of their upcoming movie Ben-Hur, out in theaters this summer.

Ben-Hur follows a falsely accused Jewish nobleman (Ben-Hur, played by Jack Huston) after he survives years of slavery and seeks to take revenge on his Roman best friend, who betrayed him. This action-packed movie teaches viewers the power of hope and forgiveness through the power of Jesus. Christians will be inspired to share the salvation with Jesus Christ!

High-profile stars as well as newcomers including Morgan Freeman (Ilderim), Naxanin Boniadi (Ester), Rodrigo Santoro (Jesus) and Haluk Bilginer (Simonides) star in the film. Be sure to catch Ben-Hur on August 19th.

 

 

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