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'TOY STORY 4' TOPS THE BOX OFFICE WITH $118 MILLION OPENING WEEKEND: Toy Story 4 topped the box office this weekend with an $118 million opening. According to studio estimates, the film ranks as the fourth highest animated film opening ever. Above it are 2018′s Incredibles 2 ($182 million), 2016′s Finding Dory ($135 million), and 2007′s Shrek the Third ($121 million). It’s the year’s third largest debut, trailing only a pair of other Disney releases: Avengers: Endgame and Captain Marvel.

TOM HOLLAND DROPS ANOTHER 'AVENGERS: ENDGAME' SPOILER: During Friday night's (June 21st) episode of The Graham Norton Show, Tom Holland revealed one of the major deaths from Avengers: Endgame. While promoting his upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home film, he said, "The film is a direct continuation of "Avengers: Endgame" so we deal with the ramifications of the blip, of the death of Tony Stark." He added, "Sorry if anyone hasn’t seen the film! If you haven’t, then you’re living under a rock, to be honest." Spider-Man: Far From Home, which also stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Zendaya, is set to hit theaters July 2nd.

LENA WAITHE WANTS BLACK ACTORS TO FUND INDIE FILMS: Lena Waithe has spoke out about Indie films, saying that she wants black movie stars to fund them. In a recent interview with The New York Times, Waithe said, "I think black people in this industry are making art that is so specific and unique and good that the studio heads have no choice but to throw money at us. They’re saying, ‘How can we support you and stand next to you?’ The tricky part is that they want to be allies and they want to be inclusive, but they also want to make money." She went on to say, "And don’t get me started on black financiers! How many of those do we have? I’m not going to name names because I know better, but there are some very big black movie stars out there, and they could pay for two or three or even five small independent movies to get made by black directors and black writers." Waithe then decided to name drop, mentioning that 12 Years A Slave and Moonlight were both financed by Brad Pitt's production company. She continued, "Wasn’t Denzel Washington. Wasn’t Will Smith...You won’t catch me making $20 million a movie and not paying for at least four or five independent movies a year. I really do feel like there’s a way for us to change the movie business from the inside out, but we’re all in our own silos doing our own thing."

ANDREW DICE CLAY AND ROSEANNE BARR ANNOUNCE STANDUP TOUR: Andrew Dice Clay is going on tour with Roseanne Barr. The tour is entitled the Mr. And Mrs. America tour. Clay told Fox News that he doesn't think Roseanne Barr has a mean bone in her body, saying, "She’s a comic because she’s wacky. I’ve known her since we were kids. When people ask about what she said, I say, ‘She’s a comic!’ We gotta stop policing comedians. This is America!" He added, "America really needs to lighten up and not worry about the words comedians use because it’s all we have. There’s clean stuff and there’s street stuff. I’m a street guy because I tell it like it is. I’m living it more now than I have for a really long time. My shows have been longer, my material is fresher. With these shows, I can do as long as I want because it’s one show a night." The tour will kick off at the Paramount Theater in Long Island, N.Y., on Sept. 19th.