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No Kong for Keaton, busy with Minions, Kroc and lots of projects

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Michael Keaton will not be in "Kong: Skull Island." And neither will J.K. Simmons, recent Oscar winner for "Whiplash." 
 
It turns out they have scheduling conflicts that will prevent them from being part of the Legendary Pictures project, Deadline.com reports. The movie is expected in theaters, in 3-D and IMAX 3-D, in March 2017.
 
The website says the production will start a little later than originally planned which spelled problems for Keaton, who is among the voice talent in "Minions," is filming "The Founder" in which he plays McDonald’s mastermind Ray Kroc and has the Catholic Church child-abuse drama, "Spolight," still to come. 
 
And the Hollywood Reporter recently said he is attached to star and produce "Imagine Agents," an adaptation of a Boom! comic set up at Fox. The story taps into the notion that the imaginary friends of children are real and centers on an organization,  I.M.A.G.I.N.E., which handles things when these figments get out of control.
 
And we know Keaton was recently at a couple of Pirates games, home and away and tweeted that he had posted beautiful photos of Roberto Clemente and Bill Mazeroski on Instagram. 
 
Photos: Keaton recording his lines in a photo by Suzanne Hanover/Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment.
 
In a scene from the movie, Bob (center) hitches a ride to Villain-Con from the Nelson family (left to right) of Madge (voice of Allison Janney), Walter Jr. (Michael Beattie), Binky, Walter (Keaton) and Tina (Katy Mixon) in “Minions.” 

 

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Jurassic World roars to a half-billion dollars in North America

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That sound you hear? It’s the dinos flattening the competition — still — at the box office. 
 
“Jurassic World” was No. 1 again, bumping comedy “Ted 2” to third place behind the Pixar sensation “Inside Out” (although a coworker said his family thought it was a bit of a downer). 
 
With Wednesday’s opening of “Magic Mike XXL” and “Terminator Genisys,” the dinosaur movie may finally fall. 
 
Here are estimates for the top 10 according to Rentrak: 
 
1. “Jurassic World” — $54,217,170, bringing its North American total to a whopping $500,057,975. 
2. “Inside Out” — $52,128,000, for $184,945,010 to date.
3. “Ted 2” — $32,922,730.
4. “Max” — $12,210,000.
5. “Spy” — $7,800,000, or $88,350,504 so far.
6. “San Andreas” — $5,275,000, for $141,870,513.
7. “Dope” — $2,861,506, bumping its gross to $11,775,884.
8. “Insidious: Chapter 3” — $2,000,000, or $49,791,178 so far. 
9. “Mad Max: Fury Road” — $1,735,000, for $147,077,822.
10. “Avengers: Age of Ultron” — $1,643,000, or $452,428,255.
 
“Jurassic World” crossed the $500 million mark faster than any film in North American box office history, says senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian. It took just 17 days to hit that mark, while its worldwide total is $1.238 billion.
 
The original “Ted” opened with $54.4 million in 2012 and went on to earn $218.7 million in North America. 
 
“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” on 354 screens compared with the 4,198 of “Jurassic World,” grossed an estimated $992,000 this weekend, bringing its total so far to $1,856,051. That made it 13th for the weekend, just behind “Love & Mercy” and ahead of “Tomorrowland.” 
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Key dates for buying tickets for Toronto film festival or volunteering

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If you are interested in going to the Toronto International Film Festival, Sept. 10-20, 2015, you may want to buy a ticket package. They go on sale in July and while not inexpensive, they make life much easier and seem to leave most festivalgoers happier.
 
(Above, Benedict Cumberbatch at the 2014 festival. He was there for "The Imitation Game".)
 
tiffsignAs the festival becomes more and more popular,  it’s become harder to score tickets for the movies with buzz or awards potential. Ticket packages include daytime, evening and weekend options along with program-themed packs and premium screening offerings. 
 
Individual tickets go on sale Sept. 6 (wait that long and your options for hot titles will be limited).  You can always combine a package with individual tickets, too.
 
Festival ticket packages will go on sale beginning July 29 (July 15 for TIFF members and July 22 for VISA cardholders) at tiff.net/festival or by phone from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET at 416-599-TIFF or 1-888-599-8433. You can also buy them in person at the Steve & Rashmi Gupta Box Office at TIFF Bell Lightbox, Reitman Square, 350 King Street West in Toronto. 
 
Ticket packages are available while supplies last. If you miss out on a package, the festival box office and members box office open Aug. 25 at Metro Centre, 225 King Street West (entrance at Duncan Street).
 
Movies will be shown this year at:  
 
Roy Thomson Hall, which will host the opening night, closing night and gala presentations. The Visa Screening Room at the Elgin Theatre; the Princess of Wales Theatre; Ryerson Theatre at Ryerson University; and Winter Garden Theatre will present screenings and red carpets. 
 
Returning cinemas include:  TIFF Bell Lightbox, Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, Jackman Hall at the Art Gallery of Ontario  and Isabel Bader Theatre. 
 
Public, press and industry screenings will be at the Scotiabank Theatre and Princess of Wales Theatre. The CBC’s Glenn Gould Studio and Conference Centre will return to host the TIFF Industry Conference, plus select public programming events.
 
And the deadline is nearing to apply to be a festival volunteer. Here is the press release:
 
icetiffblogTORONTO — TIFF is recruiting enthusiastic film lovers to join its dedicated Volunteer team for the 40th Toronto International Film Festival, running September 10 to 20, 2015.
 
Selected volunteers will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of tasks, providing crucial support in welcoming hundreds of thousands of Festival-goers from around the globe who converge on the city to experience the best of Canadian and international cinema. In return, TIFF offers great rewards and a diverse programme enriched by a transformative and unparalleled hands-on learning experience. 
 
More than 2,960 individual Volunteers contributed to the 2014 Festival, donating over 80,934 tireless hours to activities supporting the 11-day event.

“We’re so proud to work with the best volunteers in the world,” said Justin Ingraldi, Senior Manager, Volunteer and Intern Resources, TIFF. “They are praised often by guests and visitors for their incredible energy, contagious enthusiasm and remarkable dedication — all of which contribute to the success and excitement of the Festival each year. If you’re a keen, customer service-oriented individual interested in working in a fast-paced environment, we want to hear from you!”

TIFF’s popular Volunteer programme helps the organization bring the power of film to life 365 days a year. In 2014, the year-round programme attracted 473 volunteerswho devoted 18,235 hours of their time in support of all TIFF activities at TIFF Bell Lightbox, including its slate of exhibitions, lectures, workshops, festivals and charitable initiatives.

Interested participants can apply online at tiff.net/volunteer until June 30. Applicants must meet the minimum age requirement of 18.

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