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New York Times Launches App, Premier Subscription Service

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The New York Times utilized an old school method — a full page ad in its Sunday print edition — to promote the launch of its latest digital initiatives, Nyt Now and Times Premier. Nyt Now is an app for iPhone and iPod touch users, that will feature news from the New York Times tailored for mobile users by Cliff Levy, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, and a staff of 10 editors. Times Premier provides its subscribers with unlimited access to all of the Times’ digital platforms and apps, including Nyt Now. Like most newspapers, the Times is attempting to evolve »

- Todd Cunningham

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Tribeca: How a Washington, DC Journalist Jumped to Directing a Star-Studded Film

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In 2012, Jesse Zwick was a successful young journalist working for The New Republic, covering politics in Washington, DC. When he could find some off time from his hectic day job, however, he was working on a different kind of writing, churning out spec scripts and screenplays with his eye on heading west to Hollywood. One of those spec scripts ended up earning Zwick a staff job on NBC's “Parenthood,” and so he returned home to the West Coast and began to forge his own path in the family business; his dad is Oscar-winning director/producer, Edward Zwick. After a year. »


- Jordan Zakarin

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The Important Directing Trick That Chris Messina Learned From Woody Allen

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After 15 years of acting, Chris Messina last year decided that it was time to make the jump to calling the shots as a director. He had plenty of on-set experience to draw on as he began the endeavor, and it was one note he took while working with Woody Allen on “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” that played an especially important role in his approach to making “Alex of Venice.” “Woody Allen said to Rebecca Hall once in a scene, ‘Do it once happy, do it sad, and do it indifferent, because I don't know where I'm going to be when »


- Jordan Zakarin

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Country Singer Kevin Sharp Dead at 43

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Country music singer Kevin Sharp has died from ongoing complications from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues, according to his official website. “We are saddened to announce the passing of Platinum Country Recording Artist Kevin Sharp on Saturday April 19, 2014 at 10:00 pm Pst,” a message on the website said. Sharp was a blood cancer survivor, and died at his home in Redding, Calif. Also read: Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, Subject of Oscar-Nominated Film, Dead at 76 Born in Redding in 1970, Sharp began performing at a young age, but was diagnosed with blood cancer in 1989 as a teenager. He reached stardom in »

- Anita Bennett

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‘Fading Gigolo,’ Starring Woody Allen, Posts Year's 2nd-Best Specialty Box-Office Opening

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Any thoughts that the sex abuse allegations leveled at Woody Allen by his adopted daughter earlier this year would hurt his movies at the box office look to be unfounded – at least on the art house circuit. The comedy “Fading Gigolo,” in which Allen stars as an aging pimp, posted the second-best limited opening of the year this weekend, with $198,399 from just five theaters. That's a $39,680 per-theater average, behind only the debut of “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” which averaged a stunning $202,792 from four theaters last month. In fact, “Fading Gigolo” is as much John Turturro's movie. He »


- Todd Cunningham

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‘Rio 2' Soars to No. 1 at Foreign Box Office With $48 Million

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Fox's “Rio 2,” runner-up at the domestic box office for the past two weekends, was the top-grossing film overseas with $48 million this weekend. The animated musical from Blue Sky Studios raised its international total to $201.5 million, and is up to $276.8 million globally. It was in 66 foreign markets. The family film, which features the voices of Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg and Bruno Mars, is showing staying power. It raised its total from China to $23 million with a $7.5 million weekend. It's at $22.6 million in Brazil, where it's in its fourth week and dropped just seven percent. »


- Todd Cunningham

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Discovery Cancels ‘Everest Jump Live’ After Deadly Avalanche

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Discovery has canceled its planned “Everest Jump Live.” “In light of the overwhelming tragedy at Mt. Everest and respect for the families of the fallen, Discovery Channel will not be going forward with ‘Everest Jump Live.’ Our thoughts and prayers go out to the whole Sherpa community,” the network said in a statement issued to the media on Sunday. The announcement arrives after an avalanche on Mt. Everest early Friday morning local time, killed 13 people. Also read: Discovery Everest Jump in Doubt After Deadly Avalanche (Video) The planned 2-hour event special, which was being produced by NBC News’ Peacock Productions, »


- Jethro Nededog

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Neil Patrick Harris’ ‘Motherf-ker’ Response Was in Good Fun, Spokesman Says

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Neil Patrick Harris set a fan straight, in character no less, after the woman interrupted his Broadway show “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” The woman yelled, “I love you, Neil” in the middle of the show. Harris — who plays a transgender East German punk — yelled back, “Who's Neil? I'm not Neil,” a spokesman with the production told TheWrap on Sunday. The actor stayed it character, and followed it up with “I'm doing something up here, motherf-ker!” But the spokesman insists the exchange was all in good fun. “Hedwig is a cheeky character and every night Neil interacts with the audience. »


- Anita Bennett

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Even ‘Captain America’ Can't Stop ‘Frozen’ at Japan's Box Office

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Even “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” couldn't thaw the grip of Disney's blockbuster “Frozen” in Japan. Disney Animation's musical tale of sisters Anna and Emma stayed on top for the sixth week in a row there with $7.5 million — topping the $2 million that the studio's Marvel superhero sequel opened with this weekend in Japan. The country is the final, and has been by far the biggest, overseas market for “Frozen.” It's brought in more than $104 million there, ahead of the $76.9 million the film grossed in Korea. Also read: ‘Captain America’ Crushes Johnny Depp, Holds Off ‘Heaven Is for Real’ »


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Mary Elizabeth Winstead's Debut Album Is Finally Coming Out In June

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Two years after first revealing that she was working on music with Deltron 3030's Dan the Automator, Mary Elizabeth Winstead says that the full length debut album of their band Got a Girl has finally been printed. “I feel like I've been crying wolf for so long, saying ‘It's coming up, it's coming up!'” the actress told TheWrap this weekend in New York, where she's debuting her new film “Alex of Venice” at the Tribeca Film Festival. “Dan has so many other projects so it kind of got lost in the shuffle for a while, he's on tour right now. »


- Jordan Zakarin

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‘Amazing Spider-Man 2' Spins $47 Million in Overseas Box-Office Opening

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2” spun $47 million in its international debut, led by a whopping $15 million from the U.K. and Ireland. Sony's Marvel superhero sequel, starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, opens in the United States on May 2. The opening, in 14 foreign markets, was comparable to that of “The Amazing Spider-Man” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” Sony said Sunday. Other top markets included Mexico ($11.1 million), Germany ($6.2 million) and Australia ($5.2 million).Imax theaters delivered $2.3 million from 50 screens, a strong $47,000 per-screen average. Also read: ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2' Tracking for $95 Million Box-Office Opening The stakes for Sony »


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Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, Subject of Oscar-Nominated Movie, Dead at 76

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Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the boxer who was wrongly convicted of a triple murder in New Jersey in the 1960s and later exonerated, has died from prostate cancer. The Association in Defense of the Wrongly Convicted confirmed the former boxer's death Sunday on its website. He was 76. Also read: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2014 (Photos) Denzel Washington in “The Hurricane” (Universal Home Video) Carter was the subject of the 1999 film “The Hurricane,” starring Denzel Washington. The actor won a Golden Globe, an NAACP Image Award and received an Academy Award nomination for his performance. Also read: ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ Theater Review: Denzel Washington. »


- Anita Bennett

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‘Heaven Is for Real’ Rides Faith-Based Wave to Big Easter Score at Box Office

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When it comes to faith-based movies at the box office, “Heaven Is for Real” is the latest to show that smaller may be better, at least in terms of return on investment. The drama, based on the 2010 best-selling Christian book written by Kansas pastor Todd Burpo and conservative author Lynn Vincent, scored an Easter weekend surprise with its strong $21.5 million three-day haul, and has taken in more than $28 million since opening on Wednesday. That's a major score for Sony and producers Joe Roth and pastor Thomas “T.D.” Jakes, who produced “Heaven Is for Real” for $12 million and »


- Todd Cunningham

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‘Captain America’ Crushes Johnny Depp, Holds Off ‘Heaven Is for Real’ at Box Office

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A disembodied Johnny Depp in “Transcendence” proved no match for “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” as Disney's superhero sequel steamrolled the competition for its third straight box-office win this weekend. The Marvel Comics-based thriller starring Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson brought in $26.6 million over the three days, raising its domestic total to $201.5 million and blasting past the $177 million total haul of the first “Captain America” movie in just just 15 days. That was enough to beat out Fox's animated family film “Rio 2” at $22.5 million, as well as the surprising Christian drama “Heaven Is for Real.” Starring Greg »


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New Lego Movie Hits Tribeca – But This One's a Documentary

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Fans of February's big hit “The Lego Movie” won't have to wait three years for more big-screen adventures, even though the movie's sequel isn't scheduled to come out until 2017. That's because there's already another Lego movie ready to go – a documentary called “Beyond the Brick: A Lego Brickumentary,” which premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival on Sunday night and seems likely to find a distributor in short order. The film is the product of two documentary directors better known for tougher subject matter: Daniel Junge won the Oscar for his doc short “Saving Face” three years ago (it was »


- Steve Pond

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Tribeca Docs on Government Spying: ‘What Was Illegal Under Nixon Is Legal Under Obama’

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Government surveillance, abuses of power and the supression of dissent kicked into high gear after 9/11, one documentary argued at the Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday night. But the whistleblowers who exposed recent activities were hardly breaking new ground, because some of the same things were going on more than four decades ago, another Tribeca doc pointed out. Both “Silenced” and “1971” tackle issues that reverberate in light of Edward Snowden's recent disclosures of the extent of domestic spying, and the risks some citizens take to expose activity they feel subverts the Constitition. The two films made for bracing and frightening. »


- Steve Pond

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High School Student Suspended For Having the Balls to Ask Miss America to Prom

19 April 2014 4:31 PM, PDT

A Pennsylvania high school student was suspended this week for having the balls to pursue the American dream of securing a prom date with Miss America herself, Nina Davuluri. 18-year-old Patrick Farves was cheered on by the student body at Central York High School in York, Pa when he approached Davuluri with a plastic flower in hand in the middle of an assembly. School officials, however, were not pleased, and he was immediately taken to the principals office, where he received a three-day in-school suspension. See video: Bryan Cranston Threatens Prom Date With Menacing Walter White Voice The exchange — which the administration warned Farves against. »


- Greg Gilman

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Prince Surprises Fans With New Single, ‘The Breakdown’ (Audio)

19 April 2014 3:30 PM, PDT

Prince released a new single called “Breakdown,” and you can listen to it for free. The music icon dropped the new tune (below) just short of midnight on Friday, the same day he announced he's working on a new studio album. See video: #Icymi in Pop Culture: Pharrell Gets Emo, Jenny McCarthy Gets Happy, Splinter Gets a Makeover The “Purple Rain” singer told late-night host Arsenio Hall in March that the song was coming, but didn't say when. “There's a song we've just written called, ‘The Breakdown,'” he said. “One of the things that we try to do, though, »


- Greg Gilman

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Miley Cyrus Postpones Bangerz Tour After Allergic Reaction to Antibiotics

19 April 2014 3:13 PM, PDT

A severe allergic reaction to antibiotics has forced Miley Cyrus to postpone the remaining U.S. dates on her Bangerz tour until August. According to a statement on the 21-year-old pop star's website, Cyrus “is continuing to recover from the severe allergic reaction she suffered on April 15.” Also read: Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry's Phony Feud Over Kiss Rolls On With Dirty Tongue Diss “Existing tickets will be honored on the new dates, which include previously cancelled and postponed dates,” the statement promises. “Additionally, two tour dates have been added in Pittsburgh and Chicago. The European leg of the tour will proceed as. »


- Greg Gilman

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White House Responds to ‘Deport Justin Bieber’ Petition: Is This the End for Our Famous Canadian Friend?

19 April 2014 1:49 PM, PDT

The White House has responded to 273, 968 Americans demanding the deportation of Justin Bieber, and unfortunately for concerned citizens hoping the pop star's green card would be revoked, the U.S. government Beliebs it would be an “improper” issue to address. “Sorry to disappoint, but we won't be commenting on this one,” the White House's official response states. “The We the People terms of participation state that, ‘to avoid the appearance of improper influence, the White House may decline to address certain procurement, law enforcement, adjudicatory, or similar matters properly within the jurisdiction of federal departments or agencies, federal courts, or state. »


- Greg Gilman

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