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On the Lot: a sequel wins the box office, a visit to Skywalker Ranch and celebrating composer John Williams

Film composer John Williams is seen on stage in 2011.
Film composer John Williams is seen on stage in 2011.
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Every week we talk about the business of Hollywood with Rebecca Keegan, entertainment reporter for the LA Times. 

Last week we talked about the state of sequels in Hollywood. This week 'Conjuring 2' won the box office, and in a summer of disappointing sequels, one with very high expectations opens on Friday -- 'Finding Dory:

Recently Rebecca Keegan went up to the Skywalker Ranch as director Andrew Stanton was putting the finishing touches on the Pixar film, and she found out why he took so long (13 years) to follow up 'Finding Nemo.'

And the foreign box office is more important to Hollywood every day. But the fate of a particular movie this weekend shows just how differently movies can perform in the US vs abroad.

'Warcraft,' which bombed here in the US, set a record in China this weekend:

And finally we talked about legendary composer John Williams. And how, for the first time in its 44 year history, the American Film Institute gave Williams its coveted lifetime achievement award.


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