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Lauryn Hill Dedicates Song 'Black Rage' to Ferguson

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In the midst of the tragic events still unfolding in Ferguson, Mo., Lauryn Hill uploaded a version of her song, "Black Rage (Sketch)," dedicated to the beleaguered city. Set to the tune of "My Favorite Things" the lyrics, of course, are much more serious than the Sound of Music tune: "Black rage is founded on two-thirds a person / Rapings and beatings and suffering that worsens / Black human packages tied up with strings / Black rage can come from all these kinds of things / Black rage is founded on blatant denial / Squeezed economics, subsistence survival

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- Erin Strecker, Billboard

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Metropolitan Opera Reaches Deals With Remaining Unions

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The Metropolitan Opera has reached labor agreements with the remaining unions that had expired contracts, averting the threat of a lockout with about a month to go before the season is scheduled to start. The Met and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees said Thursday that the groups reaching the tentative contracts include camera operators, box office treasurers and scene artists and designers. The contracts must still be ratified, as must the contracts reached Wednesday with the union representing its stagehands and the agreements on Monday between the Met and its orchestra and chorus. Fifteen unions had been negotiating for

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- The Associated Press

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'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For': What the Critics Are Saying

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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, out Friday, once again pieces together several intertwining stories from Frank Miller’s graphic novel series Sin City, nearly a decade after the original film blew away big screens with its critically acclaimed color processing technique. Miller and Robert Rodriguez' second neo-noir action thriller stars Eva Green, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Juno Temple, Josh Brolin, Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Lady Gaga, Rosario Dawson, Ray Liotta, Jeremy Piven and Julia Garner, among others. Dimension Films and The Weinstein Co. are releasing the R-rated sequel, which is produced by Rodriguez's Quick Draw Productions, Aldamisa, Ar Films, Miramax

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- Ashley Lee

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'If I Stay': What the Critics Are Saying

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If I Stay, out on Friday, follows Mia (Chloe Grace Moretz), a 17-year-old cello prodigy with dreams of Juilliard and a slightly older musician boyfriend named Adam (Jamie Blackley), who’s often on the road with his band. After a car accident leaves Mia, her parents (Mireille Enos and Joshua Leonard) and younger brother (Jakob Davies) comatose, she must decide whether to return to life or accept death. Directed by R.J. Cutler and adapted from Gayle Forman's hit young-adult novel, the New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn Mayer Pictures film is expected to top the weekend with an

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- Ashley Lee

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North Carolina Kills Film Incentives: Which States Benefit?

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When North Carolina killed its successful movie/TV incentive program on Wednesday, there was immediate concern that other states would follow suit. That concern may not be warranted.  "That doesn’t appear to be the case for any state that is competitive and is attracting productions other than North Carolina," said Vans Stevenson, MPAA senior vp, state government affairs. "The only ones that have backed off are places where it hasn’t really been competitive or it was a unique situation like Iowa where they had a scandal." Among the most competitive states offering incentives are New York, Louisiana and Georgia,

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- Alex Ben Block

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BSkyB Takes 'The Flash,' Michael Bay's 'The Last Ship' for U.K.

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U.K. pay TV giant BSkyB has acquired Michael Bay series The Last Ship and the upcoming comic-book adaptation The Flash for its flagship network Sky 1 HD. Financial details weren't disclosed. The Last Ship is a military thriller, which debuted in the U.S. on TNT this summer. It is based on a best-selling novel by William Brinkley and stars Eric Dane (Grey's Anatomy) and British actress Rhona Mitra (Strike Back). Meanwhile, the superhero show is set to launch in the U.S. in October. The series stars Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, who chases criminals as The Flash, the

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- Georg Szalai

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Josh Brolin Teases 'Goonies 2' Role

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Josh Brolin is ready and willing to take on a Goonies sequel. He's just not sure he believes talk that a second installment is coming. Brolin, who got his start in the 1985 kids adventure film, told Jimmy Fallon, he keeps hearing about a sequel every five years, and doesn't quite believe it will happen. "They've said it so may times. I'll be this character," he said pantomiming a guy in a walker. Check out what else he had to say below.

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- Aaron Couch

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Oldenburg Retrospective for Cult Director Philippe Mora

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The Oldenburg International Film Festival, an indie fest billed as “Germany's Sundance” will honor Australian cult director Philippe Mora this year with a retrospective of his life's work. One of the most consistently eclectic of the 70s and 80s, Mora's work has ranged form controversial Nazi documentary Swastika – banned in Israel and Germany for its use of Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun's home movies – to outlaw-biopic Mad Dog Morgan starring Dennis Hopper to superhero spoof The Return of Captain Invincible featuring Alan Arkin. Mora will attend the 21st Oldenburg festival and will receive the fest's German Independence

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- Scott Roxborough

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Jason Katims Developing Silicon Valley Medical Drama for CBS

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CBS is getting into the Jason Katims business. The network has handed out a put-pilot commitment to an untitled medical drama exec produced by the Parenthood and About a Boy showrunner, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Written by Sarah Watson (Parenthood, About a Boy), the drama centers on a controversial, outrageous, young tech titan who opens his own hospital with a cutting-edge approach to medicine. Michelle Lee, head of development at Katims’ Universal Television-based True Jack banner, will executive produce alongside Katims and Watson. The project marks Katims’ first broadcast sale this development season. True Jack also sold a

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- Lesley Goldberg

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'Vampire Diaries' First Season 6 Teaser: Will Elena "Move On"?

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Get the Kleenex ready — footage from The Vampire Diaries' sixth season is here. The CW's vampire drama debuted a brief 20-second teaser of the new season on Thursday with scenes from the premiere picking up after May's emotional finale. With Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Bonnie (Kat Graham) gone, Elena (Nina Dobrev) is stuck picking up the pieces. (The gang spoofed the aftermath with a tongue-in-cheek take that debuted at Comic-Con. Watch that here.) As the promo reveals, that journey won't be easy. When Stefan (Paul Wesley) asks Elena to "say goodbye" to Damon, Elena

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- Philiana Ng

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Joel Kinnaman Signs With Wme (Exclusive)

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The Killing star Joel Kinnaman has landed at Wme, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. He was most recently at CAA and at UTA before that. The Swedish actor already has a full film slate ahead of him as the fourth and final season of his police serial, formerly at AMC, wraps up on Netflix. Next spring he'll appear in both Warner Bros.' crime drama Run All Night, starring opposite Liam Neeson, and Summit/Lionsgate's Soviet-era thriller Child 44, starring opposite Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace. The latter film reunites him with director Daniel Espinosa, who made him a star

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- Rebecca Sun

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