A Quiet Place Part II crosses $100 million at the U.S. box office

A Quiet Place Part II

A Quiet Place Part II
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When it came out in theaters earlier this month, A Quiet Place Part II technically sort of opened higher than the first movie, a sure-fire sign that American movie theaters are slowly coming back to more or less full strength… and also a sure-fire sign that the movie didn’t have a ton of competition, it opened on a long weekend and therefore hand extra day that the first movie didn’t have, and it’s a sequel to a movie that had more of a tail than it did a huge, splashy opening weekend. Still, though, it made good money, and now it has continued to make money over the last few weeks. In fact, it has now much so much money that A Quiet Place Part II is officially the first movie to cross $100 million at the U.S. box office during “the pandemic era.”

This news, and that somewhat vague descriptor, come from Variety, which points out that John Krasinski’s spooky sequel is sitting at $108 million domestic and $80 million internationally. Godzilla Vs. Kong is currently at $99.6 million, so it will most likely cross $100 million soon, but A Quiet Place was the first one to hit that milestone. One interesting detail to note here is that Godzilla Vs. Kong opened simultaneously at the box office and on HBO Max, while A Quiet Place Part II was only in theaters, so traditionalists might put that as a point in favor of regular theatrical releases rather than an all-streaming future—though we’re talking a difference of $8 million, so you could really use the fact to argue both points if so inclined.

But let’s go back to early days of 2020 now, before the plague and before everything shut down, to determine what movie was the last one to cross $100 million. One good guess would be Onward, which came out right before everything fell apart and had that Disney/Pixar cartoon prestige, but no, it only made $60 million in the U.S. before theaters closed. How about Bad Boys For Life, the biggest movie of 2020 by a vast margin? It made $200 million, but no, there was another big movie in between those two… but you’ve gotta go fast if you want to catch it.

Yes, we’re talking Sonic The Hedgehog, which would’ve gone down in history as the final successful movie ever if theaters not begun to bounce back. In an even worse version of 2020 where society fully collapsed, people would be staging reenactments of Sonic like that scene in Reign Of Fire where Gerard Butler and Christian Bale do Star Wars. Remember Reign Of Fire? It made $82 million worldwide. Maybe we should be reenacting that for future kids.

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Apple brings more data protection and smart functionality to its devices

Two services that were previously only available on Apple devices will also be available to users of technology from other providers. On the one hand, manufacturers of home appliances will be able to integrate the Siri voice assistant. Amazon is already taking this path with its Alexa assistance software and Google with its assistant. On the other hand, users of Android smartphones and Windows computers will also be able to dial into Facetime video chats in the future. For this purpose, users will also be able to be invited to a Facetime chat via a link – as is common with the Zoom video conferencing service, for example.

Facetime got a far-reaching update in the presentation at the start of Apple’s WWDC developer conference on Monday. With the help of the app, you will be able to listen to music and watch videos together without interrupting the chat. The function will be available for the Disney + streaming service, among others, but also for the Tiktok video app. For example, you can watch the same program with friends who are in different places using the Apple TV box and talk about what’s going on. Apple also improves on Facetime with the suppression of ambient noise and a portrait mode with a blurry background.

In a sensational innovation, Apple allows Mac computers and iPad tablets positioned next to each other to be operated with a mouse and keyboard as if it were a device without having to specifically connect them. The group calls the function “Universal Control”.

Siri can do without an Internet connection for speech recognition in the future. Previously, the recordings were sent to the Apple servers for processing and back again. The detection directly on the device increases data security on the one hand, and makes the software faster on the other. If users actively agree, Siri will continue to send anonymized data to the Apple cloud in the future so that the service can be further improved with machine learning. Other data protection features include blocking tracking pixels in emails. Senders of advertising, for example, use this technology to find out whether and where an e-mail has been opened.

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In addition, Apple will secure data transmission for customers of its subscription services with additional encryption. The “Private Relay” function is part of a new iCloud + subscription and is supposed to shield the transmitted data better than conventional VPN services. In contrast to a classic VPN service (“Virtual Private Network”), however, customers cannot select a virtual location, for example in order to be able to watch streaming content from Germany that is actually reserved for viewers in the USA.

The health functions of Apple devices are constantly being expanded. In future, the iPhone and Apple Watch will be able to analyze a user’s walk in order to warn them of an increased risk of falling. In the USA, Apple is cooperating with medical institutions so that the health application “Health” can display and interpret current laboratory results directly in the app.

The new functions ensure that various elements of Apple’s ecosystem are more closely interlinked, commented long-time industry analyst Gene Munster on the announcements. That makes it easier to use the products. Apple traditionally makes the new operating systems available in autumn. However, the functions are already being presented so that developers can integrate them into their apps in good time.

While Apple is breaking new ground with some functions such as “Universal Control”, the company is trying to catch up with Google with voice recognition in photos on the iPhone. The Internet company has been using the Google Lens service for a number of years.

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Samuel E. Wright, voice of ‘Lion King’ and ‘Little Mermaid,’ dead at 74

Samuel E. Wright, the legendary voice of the crab Sebastian in “The Little Mermaid” and Mufasa in Broadway’s “The Lion King,” died Tuesday at his home in Walden, New York. He was 74.

His passing from prostate cancer was confirmed on the official Facebook page of Montgomery, New York.

“Today, the Town of Montgomery mourns the loss of Sam Wright,” they wrote. “Sam was an inspiration to us all and along with his family established the Hudson Valley Conservatory.”

The tribute continued, “As we say goodbye to a pillar in our community . . . [we] ask everyone to share a memory and help us celebrate the life of this great man.”

Wright garnered international acclaim for his part in the 1989 Disney classic “The Little Mermaid,” especially his vocals for the iconic, Oscar-winning musical number “Under the Sea.” The actor played Ariel’s faithful crustacean sidekick, Sebastian — a role he reprised in spinoffs such as “The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea” and the “House of Mouse.”

Born in Camden, South Carolina, in 1946, Wright got his start on Broadway, starring in legendary productions such as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Jesus Christ Superstar” in 1971, and earned his first Tony Award nomination for 1984’s “The Tap Dance Kid.” He earned his second for his role as Mufasa in the original Broadway production of “The Lion King” in 1998.

Along with his illustrious theater career, Wright appeared in various hit TV shows, including “All My Children,” “The Cosby Show,” “Spenser: For Hire” and “Jonny Zero.” He also had a memorable turn as jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie in Clint Eastwood’s 1988 Charlie Parker biopic “Bird.”

Wright’s crestfallen fans and admirers flooded Twitter with tributes following his passing.

The New Amsterdam Theatre paid homage to the actor on its marquee, “Look at the stars. The great kings of the past look down on us from those stars. Rest In Peace, Samuel E. Wright | 1946 – 2021 Original Broadway Cast, Mufasa.”

Author Malorie Blackman also offered her condolences: “RIEP Samuel E. Wright. Your song Kiss The Girl from The Little Mermaid is one of my favourites from any musical ever.”

Wright is survived by his wife Amanda and children Keely, Dee and Sam.

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