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Lionsgate Sues Over 'Expendables 3' Leak (Exclusive)

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Lionsgate is taking legal action against the anonymous individuals who shared online an advance copy of Expendables 3, starring Sylvester Stallone. On Thursday, the film company filed a lawsuit against "John Does 1-10." According to the complaint, Lionsgate reports learning on July 24 that a digital file containing a high quality reproduction of the film had been stolen and uploaded to the Internet. Expendables 3 has reportedly crossed more than a million downloads already. All the copies circulating online are said in the lawsuit to be traced to the original stolen digital file. The lawsuit targets the operators

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- Eriq Gardner

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'Guardians of the Galaxy': The Comic Book Origins of the Bad Guys

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The heroes of Marvel StudiosGuardians of the Galaxy aren’t the only deep-cut characters that the movie rescues from relative obscurity. The villains of the piece — Ronan, Nebula and even Thanos himself — have lengthy and complicated histories inside the comic book Marvel Universe that Guardians wisely chose to ignore for the most part. The oldest of the villains in the movie is Ronan, better known to comic book fans as Ronan the Accuser. The creation of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, he first showed up as an alien heavy in 1967’s Fantastic Four No. 65, two years

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- Graeme McMillan

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Watch Julia Roberts Recite 'Pretty Woman,' 'Notting Hill' Lines From Memory

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Julia Roberts has said a number of memorable movie lines over her career, and she can still remember them. On Friday’s Today, the actress showed that she’s still able to recite, word-for-word, quotes from Pretty Woman and Notting Hill, with just a slight prompt from Matt Lauer. When asked whether she remembered those lines because they’re so well-known or if she can do that with all of her movies, Roberts said it’s likely the latter. “For the most part I probably can because you just grind it in there so hard so that it feels like your

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- Hilary Lewis

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How 'Into the Storm' Built a Better Tornado on a Budget

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This story first appeared in the Aug. 8 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. While visual effects budgets on summer's biggest movies can push $100 million, New Line's upcoming tornado pic Into the Storm defied the odds. Despite unleashing dozens of CG-rendered twisters, it was produced for a thrifty budget of $50 million. Of that, only about $23 million was spent on visual effects, the key selling point of Warner Bros.' Aug. 8 release. To accomplish that, New Line turned to director Steven Quale, who had been a second-unit director on James Cameron's Avatar, where he took

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- Carolyn Giardina

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'Jurassic World' Star Chris Pratt Peers Through Bars in New Photo

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Chris Pratt is working to save the universe as Peter Quill (aka Star-Lord) in Guardians of the Galaxy. But next summer he will be taking on dinosaurs in the Jurassic Park reboot, Jurassic World. That film’s director, Colin Trevorrow, tweeted the below photo of his leading man in the upcoming Universal film, looking intently through bars. See you next summer, Star-Lord. #Gotg pic.twitter.com/PfMNYPRZbQ — Colin Trevorrow (@colintrevorrow) August 1, 2014 Jurassic World co-stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Judy Greer, Ty Simpkins and Omar Sy and is set to hit theaters on Jun. 12, 2015. The plot

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- Hilary Lewis

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Who Is the New Denzel? Hollywood Struggles to Launch Next Black Stars

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This story first appeared in the Aug. 8 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.  Even before Chadwick Boseman finished shooting Universal's James Brown biopic Get on Up, out Aug. 1, he was approached to star in new projects as Sam Cooke, Richard Pryor and, in Ang Lee's planned boxing movie, Muhammad Ali. "I was like, 'No. I can't do that. Really?' " laughs Boseman, who last year fronted the Jackie Robinson baseball biopic 42. "That's too much." Photos Denzel Washington: His Life and Career in Pictures That Boseman, 32, would be courted to anchor upcoming films about three African-American

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- Rebecca Ford

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'Get On Up': What the Critics Are Saying

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The godfather hits theaters this weekend — of soul, that is. Chadwick Boseman stars as James Brown in The Help director Tate Taylor's biopic, which covers most of the life of the controversial R&B superstar. Brian Grazer's Imagine Entertainment produced the $30 million film with Mick Jagger; Universal is handling the release, which is expected to open in the low teens. Story Mick Jagger & Chadwick Boseman Talk 'Get On Up,' James Brown and a Rolling Stones Biopic Read what the critics are saying about Get On Up:  The Hollywood Reporter's film critic Sheri Linden says in her review that the film is "that rare musician's biography

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- Ian Servantes

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Ethan Hawke Is 'Jealous' of 'Boyhood' Star's Good Looks (Video)

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Ethan Hawke says he watched his onscreen son Ellar Coltrane grow from a small boy into a "total stud" who looks like "James Dean" — and he's not always happy about it. "I've done interviews with him and I find myself jealous of him," he joked on Late Night Thursday. "Why is everybody looking at this punk?" David Letterman really let the air out of his Julia Louis-Dreyfus interview by asking her if her children like that she is famous, and then saying the child of two celebrities once told him "it sucked." Earlier on NBC, Jimmy

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- Aaron Couch

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'Guardians of the Galaxy': What the Critics Are Saying

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Guardians of the Galaxy — spotlighting a rag-tag group of unlikely galactic heroes and starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Bradley Cooper, Vin DieselDjimon HounsouJohn C. Reilly, Glenn Close and Benicio del Toro — unspools in more than 4,080 theaters on Friday, making it the widest August release to date. The James Gunn-directed 3D installment is expected to open to at least $65 million this weekend — a strong start for Marvel Studios' new franchise and, if achieved, one of the top August openings of all time in North America. Photos 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

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- Jenna Robbins, Ashley Lee

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U.S. Studios Deploy More Executive Firepower to China

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This story first appeared in the Aug. 8 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Hollywood's obsession with China is creating a new class of executive: Asia ambassador. Sources say Fox International Productions has hired Michael Andreen, a Disney veteran who has spent much of the past year in China working to foster U.S.-Chinese co-productions, to serve as senior vp production under Fip head Sanford Panitch. Photos Jerry Bruckheimer's Biggest Box Office Movies for Disney Although based in Los Angeles, Andreen's experience in China will make him especially valuable. His appointment comes as all of the major studios

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- Pamela McClintock

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'Monty Python Live (Mostly)' Third Biggest Live Cinema Event in U.K. Ever

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London – Less than two weeks after the final performance of Monty Python Live (mostly), its live screening in theaters has been named the third biggest live cinema event of all time in the U.K. An estimated 570 venues across the U.K. and Ireland – plus more than 1,800 around the world – broadcast Michael Palin, Eric Idle, John Cleese, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam take to the stage in front of 15,000 fans at London’s O2 Arena for one last time Sunday July 20. In a tweet sent Wednesday, the @montypython account revealed, “Numbers just

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- Alex Ritman

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Emma Watson Joins Twitter Protest Against Turkish Politician

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London – ‎Emma Watson has tweeted a picture of herself laughing in a sign of solidarity with Turkish women. Thousands in the country have protested on social media by posting similar pictures after the country's deputy prime minister earlier this week said women shouldn't laugh in public. Photos 'Harry Potter' at the Box Office Turkish deputy prime minister Bulent Arinc had given a speech to mark the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday, a celebration at the end of Ramadan. "A woman should be chaste," The Guardian quoted him as saying. "She should know the difference between public and private.

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- Georg Szalai

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One Direction's 'Midnight Memories' Was Global Album Top Seller in 2013

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One Direction's album Midnight Memories was the top selling album in the world in 2013 according to global figures cited by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). The boyband's third studio album sold 4 million copies worldwide in the space of just five weeks following its release on Nov. 25. Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2 came in second.  One Direction had a banner year in 2013 with their sellout world tour Take Me Home grossing over $100 million and their first concert film the Morgan Spurlock directed  One Direction: This Is Us 3D making $67 million at the box office. The

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- Abid Rahman

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'Gomorrah' to Give BSkyB First Taste of Sky Europe

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Less than a month after BSkyB sealed a $9.1 billion deal with 21st Century Fox to take over Italian pay TV group Sky Italia and Germany's Sky Deutschland, the British pay TV giant will get its first real look at what a pan-European satellite operator looks like. On Monday, BSkyB will premiere Gomorrah, Sky Italia's inspired-by-real-life mafia drama. The series also debuts on Sky Deutschland in October. Photos Meet 12 of Emmy's First-Time Acting Nominees Achieving the scale to produce high-end, HBO-style drama in-house that can be rolled out across Europe was

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- Scott Roxborough

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China's Alibaba Invests in Maker of 'The Hobbit' Mobile Game

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Alibaba's spending spree continues with Jack Ma's e-commerce and entertainment giant investing in San Francisco Bay area based mobile games company Kabam Inc.  Alibaba is investing $120 million in Kabam and will also publish a number of the company's free-to-play games across its Mobile Taobao and Laiwang platforms, including  Kingdoms of Camelot: Battle for the North, Dragons of Atlantis: Heirs of the Dragon as well as the movie inspired titles The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth and Fast & Furious 6: The Game.   List 25 of the Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2014 The announcement was made by Kabam CEO Kevin Chou at ChinaJoy, the digital entertainment conference

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- Abid Rahman

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French News, Arts Cable Channels Face Closure as Government Blocks Move to Free TV

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Paris – France's TV regulator has declined applications from three cable channels to become free-to-air, saying adding new competition could hurt an already struggling TV advertising market. But the decision could force two of the networks to shutter. The three channels are TF1’s all-news network Lci, M6’s arts channel Paris Premiere and CanalPlus’ documentary channel Planete+. They were seeking to move out of their cable berths to become available free-to-air and fully ad-supported. But the government regulators said the French free-tv market at the moment cannot support more channels. Photos Meet 12 of Emmy's First-Time Acting

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- Rhonda Richford

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‎Chinese Web Giant Tencent Moves Into Online Games, Novels

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The Internet publishing business of Tencent, the world's fourth biggest Internet company by revenue, signed an agreement with Giant Interactive on Tuesday to develop games based on popular Internet novels.   The first fruits of the tie up between the Tencent Literature subsidiary of Tencent and Giant is a game based on the Internet novel Ze Tian Ji.  Giant Interactive vice president Peng Cheng summed up the motivation for the deal when he said, "[g]ood stories and IP have their own values for game fans and readers.” For Tencent Literature the deal fall in line with plans to monetize its huge

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- Abid Rahman

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Spanish Industry Divided Over 'Game of Thrones' Recovery Plan

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Madrid – When HBO did an extras casting call for Game of Thrones in the Andalusian region of Southern Spain, more than 55,000 people turned up for a shot at 1,000 walk-on roles. News that the phenomenally popular fantasy series will shoot parts of its fifth season in Southern Spain had people in the economically depressed region (where unemployment tops 35 percent) hoping Game of Thrones knights and dragons would ride to their rescue. Spain looks longingly at the Game of Thrones effect in Northern Ireland, where Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said in April the HBO

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- Pamela Rolfe

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Box Office: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Rockets to $11.2M Thursday Night

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James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy earned an outstanding $11.2 million as it began rolling out in North American theaters Thursday night, by far the best showing of any tentpole this year and boosting hopes that it could eclipse the $69.2 million domestic debut of The Bourne Ultimatum to nab the top August opening of all time, not accounting for inflation. Guardians of the Galaxy zoomed past the $10.2 million earned in early April by fellow Marvel Studios tentpole Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which went on to gross $95 million for the weekend. Guardians'  weekend outcome

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- Pamela McClintock

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Sundance Film Fest Heading to Hong Kong For a New Film Series

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Moviegoers in Hong Kong will get a first-hand taste of the Sundance Film Festival in September. The Sundance Institute and The Metroplex, the newly-opened multiplex in Hong Kong’s Kowloon Bay, announced today that they are joining forces to present Sundance Film Festival – Hong Kong Selects, which will screen eight films, accompanied by a delegation of filmmakers and Sundance festival brass, from Sept. 19-28. Photos 10 Highest Grossing Movie Sequels The program is similar to other satellite events that Sundance, which takes place in January in Park City, Utah, now sponsors in London, along with Aeg Europe,

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- Gregg Kilday

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