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Box-Office Crash: What Caused Hollywood's Miserable Summer?

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To understand the upside-down summer at the box office, consider that Sony's 22 Jump Street, made for about $50 million, ended up grossing nearly as much in North America as The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the studio's $200 million-plus tentpole that represents the type of movie on which Hollywood long has relied to drive summer slates. 22 Jump Street earned $193.3 million domestically, versus $202.8 million for the Spider-Man sequel (Neighbors, another R-rated comedy, also prospered). All the usual rules were tossed out as comedies, female-fueled films and Guardians of the Galaxy, the

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- Pamela McClintock

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‘One Day Since Yesterday: Peter Bogdanovich & the Lost American Film’: Venice Review

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How fitting that 32 years after the Venice Film Festival opened with They All Laughed, Peter Bogdanovich’s swirling love letter to love and to New York City, the director is back on the Lido as the subject of a documentary focusing on that long-overlooked romantic caper comedy and its turbulent backstory. This is engrossing material, and its specificity alone makes One Day Since Yesterday worth watching. But while there’s no doubting director Bill Teck’s passion for the project, his inexperience as a filmmaker shows in the disorganized, technically rough study, which outstays its usefulness by a good half-hour,

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- David Rooney

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'The Maze Runner' Rules Revealed in New Featurette

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A new featurette for The Maze Runner has debuted, outlining the daily drill for those trapped in the Glade. "Every day, the Maze Runners follow the same procedure," Ki Hong Lee explains to Dylan O'Brien, as he notes the importance of the map room, section assignments and gear. "Come back before the doors close," he concludes of the rules. "If you survive, we do it all again the next day." As for those who don't, well, we already know what happens to them. The Fox film centers on Thomas (O'Brien), a teenager who wakes up in a

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- Ashley Lee

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'Foxcatcher': Steve Carell's Chilling Mission Statement Triggers a Chant in New Trailer

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To play Olympic wrestling benefactor John ­Eleuthere du Pont in Foxcatcher, director Bennett Miller recalled that Steve Carell wanted embark on the lengthy preparations that Philip Seymour Hoffman did for Capote, including what the actor called "a very specific physicality that I thought was informed by what was going on inside him." That transformation is on full display in the film's latest trailer, as an unrecognizable and haunting Carell touts a gravelly voice and facial prosthetics to explain his mission. "Athletes need role models — like anyone, they need people to look up to," he says. "I want more than anything to win a gold

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- Ashley Lee

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Why We Won't See Screech's Suspenders in 'The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story'

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Come Monday night, we can relive the early '90s with Zack Morris and the rest of the Saved by the Bell gang once more with Lifetime's TV movie premiere of The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story, which follows six then-unknown actors and their rise to fame while starring on the show. While we'll witness the Bayside High crew back together (with a new starring cast), there's one thing we'll miss seeing in this updated version: the show's original costume pieces — Screech's signature suspenders and Lisa's funky hats included. "Well, one thing is, we can’t copy what Saved

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- Stephanie Chan

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Venice: Frances McDormand Receives Visionary Award

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The world's oldest film festival paid tribute to actress Frances McDormand on Monday. The Oscar-winning star of Fargo received the Venice Film Festival's Persol Tribute to Visionary honor at a gala ceremony attended by McDormand and her husband, and frequent collaborator, director Joel Coen. Also in attendance were Richard Jenkins, McDormand's co-star in the new four-part HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge, and the series' director, Lisa Cholodenko. Venice festival director Alberto Barbera noted it was exactly 30 years ago that McDormand made her feature-film debut in Coen's Blood Simple. Barbera praised the actress for her portrayal of

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- Scott Roxborough

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Telluride: Hilary Swank Angles for Another Shot at Oscar With 'The Homesman'

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Hilary Swank already has two best actress Oscars on her shelf, for Boys Don't Cry (1999) and Million Dollar Baby (2004), which is something that only 12 other women have ever been able to claim. But, having only just turned 40, she is not resting on her laurels. Since her second win, in 2005, she has pursued a number of projects that were clearly intended to be awards bait, but that failed to resonate with voters: The Black Dahlia (2006), Freedom Writers (2007), Amelia (2009) and Conviction (2010). Now, however, she is starring in a film that in no way

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- Scott Feinberg

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North Korea Calls Upcoming U.K. Series a 'Slanderous Farce'

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North Korea has criticized a planned British TV drama show about its nuclear weapons program as a “slanderous farce” and charged the U.K. government with supporting it. Channel 4 last month announced the project, dubbed Opposite Number, for which the U.K. broadcaster said it would look for a foreign co-production partner. The series is set to feature, among other characters, a British nuclear scientist who gets captured in North Korea and is forced to help the country's nuclear program. British and U.S. agents in the country race against the clock amid a global nuclear crisis, according

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- Georg Szalai

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'Pitch Perfect 2,' 'Book of Mormon' Star Ben Platt on Cabaret, Magic and Meryl Streep

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Ben Platt is not your average twentysomething — well, twenty-year-old. He hasn’t even added a "something" yet, and he already has a more robust resume than those many "somethings" his senior. While his contemporaries are off at college, playing beer pong and pledging fraternities (or a cappella groups), Platt is juggling: he's playing lovable Star-Wars-and-magic-obsessed Benji Applebaum in the upcoming Pitch Perfect 2, and once again headlining Book of Mormon on Broadway as Elder Cunningham. And as if that weren’t enough to keep him busy, Platt wrote a one-man cabaret show, which he'll

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- Suzy Evans

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History's 'Houdini': What the Critics Are Saying

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History Channel's magical miniseries Houdini begins tonight, starring Adrien Brody as the death-defying escape artist in a TV event that traces the arc of Houdini's life from desperate poverty to worldwide fame. The Lionsgate/A&E Studios four-hour event also stars Kristen Connolly (House of Cards) as Bess, Harry Houdini's stage assistant and wife. Oscar nominee Uli Edel directed the project, adapted by Nicholas Meyer from the 1976 book Houdini: A Mind in Chains — A Psychoanalytic Portrait (written by his father, Bernard C. Meyer). Read what top critics are saying about Houdini: The Hollywood Reporter's TV critic Allison Keene, in her review, calls

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- Ashley Lee

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Japan Box Office: 'Lucy' Opens in Third as 'Doraemon' Stays Top

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Tokyo – Stand by Me Doraemon spent its fourth weekend atop the box office, with manga adaptation Lupin III bowing in second with $4.3 million (¥444 million), while Luc Besson's Lucy opened with $1.9 million (¥200 million) from 205 screens. Stand by Me Doraemon, the first film in the long-running series to use 3D CG, has now taken $55.6 million (¥5.8 billion). The series of adventures of a "cat-type robot" from the future, based on a massively popular manga, overtook Godzilla last year to become the most watched in Japanese cinema history, with more

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- Gavin J. Blair

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'Olive Kitteridge': Venice Review

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Hollywood studios are no longer in the business of making minor-key contemplations of life, death, marriage and family like Olive Kitteridge, which turns out to be an excellent thing for Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 2008 novel. While not all the book’s 13 interconnected stories and throng of characters are covered, the tone is captured and the essential elements given ample breathing space in this emotionally satisfying, funny-sad four-part HBO miniseries. Produced by Tom HanksPlaytone banner, it’s directed with an impeccable balance of sensitivity and humor by Lisa Cholodenko and expertly adapted by Jane Anderson. Airing

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- David Rooney

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'X Factor' U.K. Loses Steam Ahead of BBC Clash

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After a stronger season launch on Saturday night, Simon Cowell's The X Factor U.K. on ITV on Sunday lost ratings steam ahead of a key showdown with BBC ballroom dance hit Strictly Come Dancing. Sunday night's second episode of the 11th season of X Factor averaged 8.2 million viewers, down by 1.7 million from the year-ago episode, according to overnight data. It was also down from the audience of 9.5 million viewers on Saturday, which ranked as the show's best season debut since 2011 amid Cowell's return as a judge. Some say the boost may

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- Georg Szalai

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Stars Respond to Leaked Photo Hacking Scandal

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In response to what has been described as the biggest celebrity hacking scandal in history, Hollywood stars who have seen private photos of themselves leaked online have turned to social media to express their outrage. Over 100 mostly female celebrities are featured on a list posted Sunday on the website 4chan by an anonymous user claiming to have found personal photographs or videos. Since then, images purporting to be of the stars — including Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Kirsten Dunst and Kate Upton — have been circulating online, believed to be obtained following an iCloud security leak enabling the hacker

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- Alex Ritman

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Kate Bush Sets U.K. Album Charts Record

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Kate Bush's current series of comeback concerts in London sold out in 15 minutes. Now, amid all the buzz, she has set a British album charts record by becoming the first female in history to score eight entries in the weekly top 40 ranking simultaneously. "Following a triumphant start to her critically acclaimed Before The Dawn live shows (her first in over 35 years), legendary British singer/songwriter Kate Bush has claimed a place in history as the female with the most simultaneous entries in the Official Albums Chart Top 40," British music sales tracking firm The Official Charts Company

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- Georg Szalai

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James Brown Biopic 'Get On Up' to Open Zurich Film Fest

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Get On Up, the biopic of legendary performer James Brown, will open this year's Zurich International Film Festival. The feature from The Help director Tate Taylor looks at Brown's rags-to-riches rise from extreme poverty to topping the music charts as a soul and funk superstar and proponent of black pride. Chadwick Boseman, who played another African American legend, Jackie Robinson, in Brian Helgeland's 42, is the Godfather of Soul in Get On Up. Boseman and Taylor will be in Zurich for the festival premiere on Sept. 25. Taylor is no stranger to Zurich. His Oscar-winning hit The

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- Scott Roxborough

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Telluride: Hilary Swank Enters the Oscar Race With the Western Classic 'The Homesman'

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Hilary Swank proved for the second time in her career that she can go up against one of the grand old masters of the screen and more than hold her own in The Homesman, a period piece from Roadside Attractions that debuted Aug. 31 in Telluride.  Last time she did this, it was opposite Clint Eastwood in Million Dollar Baby, and the movie won both of them Oscars (Swank for lead actress, Eastwood for picture and director). This time it’s opposite Tommy Lee Jones, who — like Eastwood — directed while also co-starring. The stars had some surprising

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- Stephen Galloway

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Telluride: Mia Wasikowska Tackles France’s Most Famous Fictional Heroine

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Mia Wasikowska top-lined the latest adaptation of Gustave Flaubert’s classic 1856 novel Madame Bovary, an exquisitely shot endeavor that nonetheless drew only tepid applause from an audience gathered Aug. 30 at Telluride’s Werner Herzog Theatre. That would seem to indicate the movie’s awards chances are slim — even if it finds domestic distribution, which has yet to be announced. Director Sophie Barthes, making a follow-up to her debut feature, 2009’s Cold Souls, was present to introduce the film, and apologized for the absence of Wasikowska and costar Rhys Ifans, both of whom are filming Alice in Wonderland: Through

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- Stephen Galloway

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Pirates of the Caribbean 5 Sails Closer to Australia Shoot

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Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is edging closer to production in Australia, after the government there approved a $20.2 million incentives package on Monday.  Up until the announcement, there was still some mystery as to what Disney production was behind the request for a renewal and increase in the incentives, with previous tentpole production, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea remake falling into limbo after David Fincher left the director's seat.  A spokesman for the Australian Arts Minister George Brandis said, "The government is pleased to agree to Disney's request to enable earlier funding to be repurposed for the production

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- Abid Rahman

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Jennifer Lawrence's Rep Responds to Leaked Nude Photos

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Jennifer Lawrence's name can be added to the list of stars who have had nude pics of themselves leaked.  The 24-year-old Hunger Games star's phone was apparently hacked, and the photos appeared online over the weekend. A spokesperson for Lawrence has issued the following statement to The Hollywood Reporter: "This is a flagrant violation of privacy. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence." Lawrence, who next appears in November's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1, is certainly not the first high-profile star to deal with such

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- Ryan Gajewski

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