Murder Mystery tops Netflix’s most-popular titles of 2019

Comedy hit Murder Mystery has topped Netflix’s list of most-popular titles for 2019.Streaming site officials have unveiled U.S.-based users’ top picks over the past 12 months, with Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston’s Murder Mystery leading the overall …

Comedy hit Murder Mystery has topped Netflix’s list of most-popular titles for 2019.

Streaming site officials have unveiled U.S.-based users’ top picks over the past 12 months, with Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston’s Murder Mystery leading the overall pack of TV and film releases.

Specific viewership figures have not been released, as per the company’s policy, but the crime caper was previously revealed to have landed the service’s biggest opening weekend ever, with over 30 million accounts worldwide tuning in to watch at least two minutes of the film within the first 28 days of its premiere in June.

The third season of Stranger Things places second on the end-of-year poll, ahead of Ryan Reynolds’s action film 6 Underground, The Incredibles 2, and Martin Scorsese’s mob movie The Irishman.

Other popular choices for 2019 include Henry Cavill’s new series The Witcher, Ben Affleck’s Triple Frontier, and The Umbrella Academy, with all except for The Incredibles 2 made as Netflix originals.

Meanwhile, Netflix officials have also shared rankings for genre-specific projects, with Dave Chappelle’s Sticks & Stones beating Kevin Hart’s Irresponsible to the number one spot for the Most Popular Comedy Specials, and Beyonce’s Homecoming concert special placing fourth on the 10 Most Popular Documentary Releases of 2019 rundown. The most popular programmes for children and families included Raising Dion, Green Eggs and Ham, as well as the second series of Lost in Space, while the most-watched non-fiction shows included Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, Jailbirds, Rhythm + Flow, You vs. Wild, and the third season of baking contest Nailed It!

Back in October, editors at The Hollywood Reporter claimed Murder Mystery screenwriter James Vanderbilt was in talks to pen a follow-up. No further details about a potential sequel have been announced.

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Toy Story 4 breaks global box office records

Toy Story 4 has shattered world box office records for an animated film, despite a disappointing opening in America.The new movie, which sees Tom Hanks and Tim Allen reprise their voice-acting roles for the characters of Sheriff Woody and Buzz Lightyea…

Toy Story 4 has shattered world box office records for an animated film, despite a disappointing opening in America.

The new movie, which sees Tom Hanks and Tim Allen reprise their voice-acting roles for the characters of Sheriff Woody and Buzz Lightyear, respectively, has debuted with $238 million (£187 million) globally, beating The Incredibles 2’s $235.8 million (£185 million) launch in 2018.

But Toy Story 4 slightly underperformed in North America, failing to meet estimates but still coming in at number one with $119.5 million (£94 million) over the weekend. Disney bosses expected the feature to debut with about $140 million (£110 million).

Horror remake Child’s Play debuted in a distant second place in the U.S. with $14 million (£11 million), while Aladdin, Men in Black: International and The Secret Life of Pets 2 rounded out the new top five.

In spite of the shortfall, Cathleen Taff, distribution chief for Disney, told editors at The Associated Press that producers were pleased with the opening figure for the latest Toy Story sequel.

“The Pixar team has always been disciplined about making sure they have a compelling story to tell, and that is especially true when it comes to sequels if you look at their past,” she said in a statement. “Their process of sort of going through the rigor of making sure that this is a story people want told, the end result speaks for itself.”

When unveiled in 2010, Toy Story 3 made $110 million (£86 million), while the first two features in the franchise were hugely successful at the box office.

And while Toy Story 4 introduces new toys, such as Duke Caboom, as voiced by Keanu Reeves, and Gabby Gabby, played by Christina Hendricks, U.S. journalist Mark Harris has asserted in a widely-shared Twitter thread that audiences may be tiring of sequels.

“But even people who love franchise movies get older, get bored, want something new. (Maybe even something new that could become a franchise!) And it’s dangerous to assume that as those moviegoers fall off the treadmill, they’ll be steadily replaced by perfect, pliable new consumers,” he argued.

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Sara Sampaio poses with The Incredibles’ Edna for new shoot

Sara Sampaio faced the “biggest challenge” of her career after shooting with animated character Edna Mode from Disney Pixar’s The Incredibles.Sara and Edna, known for her signature blunt bob and large glasses, posed for the new issue of Harper’…

Sara Sampaio faced the “biggest challenge” of her career after shooting with animated character Edna Mode from Disney Pixar’s The Incredibles.

Sara and Edna, known for her signature blunt bob and large glasses, posed for the new issue of Harper’s Bazaar.

The 26-year-old Portuguese model showed off a range of new season trends, all picked out by Edna, with the eccentric fashion designer favouring mostly red outfits, the same colour worn by the superhero family in The Incredibles.

“Shooting with Edna was probably the biggest challenge of my career! We kind of disagree on the no cape thing, But oh my what an honor! thank you @harpersbazaarus @theincredibles @victordemarchelier,” Sara captioned the magazine images on Instagram.

For the accompanying spread, Edna was quizzed on all things fashion.

“For me, dahling, once a trend is identified it is always over,” she stated. “Timid and hackneyed followers come rushing in, assured of their safety from risk. Real artists are always looking for the spot that is sweet—‘ahead of the curve,’ as you suggest—where the timid fear to go, where failure may happen, but success promises eternity.”

It’s been 14 years since Edna, voiced by writer and director Brad Bird, and co have been seen on screen, but they’re set to make a return next month (Jun18) in The Incredibles 2.

Original stars Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson have all once again lent their vocals to the flick, with Isabella Rossellini, Breaking Bad’s Bob Odenkirk, and Jonathan Banks also joining the cast.

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