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Will the Olympics Hurt ‘Suicide Squad’ and Other August Movies at Box Office?

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Legend has it that movie ticket sales take a hit during the Olympics, when all eyes are on the two-week sports mega-event. As the Rio de Janeiro summer games gear up to start in less than two weeks, TheWrap and comScore have teamed up to put this Olympics-box office myth to the test — and assess the potential fallout for high-profile projects like Warner Bros.’ “Suicide Squad” and Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon” reboot set to open in early August. Running the figures on movie receipts collected during the past five summer games, we compared them with year-prior, non-Olympic-cycle figures. (See the chart. »


- Meriah Doty

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Comic-Con 2016: Henry Cavill Fools Will Smith and ‘Superman’ Fans (Video)

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Superman went super stealth over the weekend at San Diego Comic-Con, as he walked around the floor of the annual convention in disguise. Henry Cavill, who plays the Man of Steel in the Warner Bros.’ DC Comic franchise movies, donned a “V for Vendetta” mask as part of the ruse. At one point he headed to the “Suicide Squad” signing table and snapped a photo with Will Smith before Smith realized it was one of his DC Cinematic Universe brethren. Also Read: 'Suicide Squad' on Target for $115 Million Debut, Shattering August Box Office Record You can also spot a surprised looking Viola. »


- Meriah Doty

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz Steps Down as Head of DNC

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced her resignation as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee on Sunday afternoon. “Going forward, the best way for me to accomplish goals is to step down as Party Chair at the end of this convention,” Wasserman Schultz said in a statement (via CNN). The Florida congresswoman’s resignation — effective at the close of this week’s Democratic National Convention — comes after hackers revealed emails showing that DNC staffers favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders at earlier stages in the 2016 election. Also Read: Democratic National Convention: 7 Things to Expect From the Hillary Clinton Infomercial Wasserman Schultz said she. »


- Meriah Doty

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Dramedy ‘Don’t Think Twice’ Bests ‘Cafe Society’ for Limited Opening Record

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Mike Birbiglia, best known as a standup comic and for small roles in films like “Trainwreck,” is making his mark as a writer-director with the dramatic comedy “Don’t Think Twice.” Off glowing reviews, the film’s New York-only opening grossed $90,126 from one screen at the city’s Landmark Sunshine. With a per-screen average of exactly that amount, the film bested the 2016 record set just last weekend by Woody Allen‘s “Café Society.” The Film Arcade, which is distributing the film, cited dozens of sold out showtimes for the buzzy title, which has a perfect current Rotten Tomatoes score of 100 percent. »


- Meriah Doty

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Comic-Con 2016: Biggest Winners and Losers (Photos)

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We’ve arrived at everybody’s favorite part of the San Diego Comic-Con festivities — where we argue about the best and worst of it! Strap in and prepare to fight, as TheWrap’s on-site contingent run down the winners and losers of Comic-Con 2016. Winner: Netflix All of the footage from the upcoming Marvel series “Luke Cage” got a big reaction from the crowd, especially the trailer featuring O.D.B’s “Shimmy Shimmy Ya.” No wonder showrunner Cheo Coker referred to the show as the “Wu-Tangification of the Marvel universe.” Netflix also released the first teasers for their next Marvel show, »


- Phil Owen and Joe Otterson

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President’s Half Brother, Malik Obama, Plans to Vote for Trump

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President Barack Obama’s half brother, Malik, has revealed some surprising political leanings, saying he plans to vote for Republican nominee Donald Trump — and not Hillary Clinton. “I like Donald Trump because he speaks from the heart,” Malik Obama told the New York Post while being interviewed at his home in the rustic village of Kogelo in Kenya. The 58-year-old, who used to work in Maryland, said he plans to travel back to the U.S. to cast his Trump vote. Also Read: The Fart-In Menace: 3 Ways Hillary Clinton's Convention Could Go Wrong “Make America Great Again is a great slogan, »


- Meriah Doty

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Clinton’s Campaign Alleges a Pro-Trump Russia’s Part in DNC Email Leak

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Emails are, once again, the bane of the Democratic Party’s existence. The controversy over WikiLeaks’ release of 19,000 emails allegedly sent from DNC officials showing an anti-Bernie Sanders pro-Hillary Clinton bias has snowballed to ginormous proportions. Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” Sunday that he believes pro-Donald Trump forces in Russia are behind it. “I don’t think it’s coincidental that these emails were released on the eve of our convention here, and I think that’s disturbing,” Mook said. Mook believes that Trump’s »


- Rosemary Rossi

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Summer of Scary Movies: ‘Lights Out’ Quadruples Budget on Big Opening

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It’s official: 2016 is the summer of scary movies. New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. made another big win this weekend with PG-13 horror movie “Lights Out.” Made on a small production budget of just $5 million, the movie more than quadrupled that with its huge $21.6 million opening in 2,818 theaters. To compare, it narrowly beat Fox’s “Ice Age: Collision Course” sequel, produced for 21 times more than the scary movie with a big $105-million budget. Also Read: Here's Why 'The Conjuring 2' Might Be a Bigger Hit Than 'Captain America: Civil War' “It’s friggin’ awesome,” said Jeff Goldstein, »


- Meriah Doty

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‘Star Trek Beyond’ Lands $59.6 Million on Opening

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Star Trek Beyond” won the weekend box office, bringing in $59.6 million from 3,928 screens. Paramount and Skydance’s sci-fi adventure sequel was expected come in at around $60 million for the three-day weekend, setting its opening inside the bullseye of predictions. Meanwhile, New Line Cinema’s low-budget scary movie “Lights Out” amassed a whopping $21.6 million from 2,818 screens. Made on a production budget of $5 million, the PG-13 thriller ends its three-day opening well ahead of the game. Also Read: 'Star Trek Beyond': 7 Easter Eggs and In Jokes to Look For The same can’t be said for Fox and Blue Sky’s pricey “Ice Age:. »


- Meriah Doty

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‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ Revival to Premiere on Netflix

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The “Mystery Science Theater 3000” revival is heading to Netflix, TheWrap has learned. The news came just ahead of the show’s San Diego Comic-Con panel on Saturday. Netflix confirmed the news by tweeting an image of the show’s iconic silhouette featuring a man and two robots watching a movie. It does not yet have an official premiere date. In addition, original series cast members Mary Jo Pehl (Pearl Forrester), Kevin Murphy (Tom Servo/Professor Bobo) and Bill Corbett (Crow/Observer) will write for and make cameos on the show. Also Read: 'Mystery Science Theater 3000' Reboot Smashes Crowdfunding Record Joel McHale, »


- Joe Otterson

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NBC4 Dominates Los Angeles Area Emmys 2016: Complete Winners List

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NBC4 was the big winner at the 68th Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards on Saturday, picking up eight awards total, including for best evening newscast. The awards were presented by the Television Academy at its new Saban Media Center. Los Angeles icon and Emmy-winning television host Stephanie Edwards was the recipient of this year’s Los Angeles Area Governors Award, presented to her by Ktla’s Sam Rubin. Also Read: Peter Scolari's Late Emmy Nomination Scores 'Girls' Its Only Nod This Year Here’s a complete list of winners: Light News Story – Single Report Homeless Headshots, Ktla »


- Thom Geier

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Reporter Rudi Bakhtiar Breaks Silence on Her Fox News Exit, Sexual Harassment Settlement

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Former Fox News reporter Rudi Bakhtiar has stepped forward to claim that she was fired by the news network nearly a decade ago after reporting sexual harassment by superiors — and received a six-figure settlement. In reports Saturday in the New York Times and New York magazine, the Iranian American journalist went on record to claim that around 2007 she was sidelined at the network after refusing the sexual advances of the incoming Washington, D.C., bureau chief, Brian Wilson. After relating her experiences with the network’s human resources VP and general counsel, she told New York magazine, network boss Roger Ailes. »


- Rosemary Rossi

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Ride to Replace Tower of Terror at Disneyland (Video)

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A “Guardians of the Galaxy” ride will debut at Disney’s California Adventure park in summer 2017, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige announced Saturday evening during a panel at Comic-Con in San Diego. The ride will be called “Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout!” and take over the space currently occupied by the Tower of Terror, a popular elevator-drop ride that will shut down in January. There was no word about what would happen to the Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park in Orlando. Feige offered a first look at concept art for the new attraction, which will have. »


- Rasha Ali

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‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Confirms Vulture Is Villain

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Tom Holland made his Comic-Con debut as the new Spider-Man, and the trailer of “Spider-Man: Homecoming” he bought with him confirmed that classic Marvel villain Vulture will be terrorizing the teenage Peter Parker and played by Michael Keaton. Holland and director Jon Watts wowed the Hall H crowd Saturday during the Marvel Studios panel, and revealed that “Spider-Man: Homecoming” is a “straight-up high-school movie.” The new Spider-Man made his film debut in “Captain America: Civil War,” when he was recruited for Team Iron Man by Robert Downey, Jr., who will also appear in “Homecoming.” Also Read: Tom Holland Shares 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Selfie. »


- Linda Ge

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Brie Larson Confirmed to Play Captain Marvel

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Brie Larson is your Captain Marvel. Marvel Studios made it official on Saturday night, trotting out the Academy Award winner in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con. Rumors that Larson was in very early talks for the role — air force pilot Carol Danvers, who is blessed with half-alien DNA —  first surfaced in June. Also Read: 'Doctor Strange' Trippy New Trailer Shows Buff, Cape-Twirling Benedict Cumberbatch (Video) Larson won this year’s Best Actress Oscar for her role in 2015’s indie drama “Room.” She was recently invited to join the Academy. “Captain Marvel” is expected to be released March »


- Matt Donnelly

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‘Doctor Strange’ Trippy New Trailer Shows Buff, Cape-Twirling Benedict Cumberbatch (Video)

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Marvel Studios revealed a trippy new trailer for “Doctor Strange” during its Hall H presentation at Comic-Con Saturday evening. Benedict Cumberbatch appeared in the trailer, occasionally shirtless and occasionally twirling a cape behind him in a way that marks him as very different from most other Marvel heroes: Though he doesn’t have traditional superpowers, he’s described as pure magic. A bald Tilda Swinton also appeared in the footage as the Ancient One, who guides Strange in his exploration of his powers to bend reality. Also Read: Doctor Strange's Origin: Everything You Need to Know The trailer also featured appearances by Chiwetel Ejiofor, »


- Rasha Ali

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‘Walking Dead’ Star Danai Gurira Joins Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’

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The Walking Dead” star Danai Gurira has joined the cast of Marvel’s “Black Panther” movie, the studio announced Saturday at Comic-Con. In addition Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige confirmed the casting of Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger and Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, the play love interest of Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther. Gurira will play Okoye in the movie, while Boseman will reprise his role as the Black Panther himself, a.k.a. T’Challa, which he originated in May’s Marvel blockbuster “Captain America: Civil War.” Also Read: 'Walking Dead' Star Danai Gurira »


- Thom Geier

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‘Arrow’ Season 5 Trailer Teases Vigilante, Mr. Terrific Joining Team Arrow (Video)

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Arrow” Season 5 is all about building a new Team Arrow, as the first trailer for the return of the CW superhero drama suggests. The first trailer was unveiled Saturday during the show’s panel at the San Diego Comic-Con. After the death of the Black Canary (Katie Cassidy) in Season 4, Oliver Queen’s (Stephen Amell) close circle of superheroes mostly disbanded, Thea (Willa Holland) and Diggle (David Ramsay) both leaving town, with only Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) still by his side as he accepted the role of Mayor of Star City. Also Read: 'Legends of Tomorrow' to Fight Legion of Doom in. »


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‘The Flash’ Season 3 Trailer Reveals Flashpoint Alternate Universe (Video)

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The Flash” is going to look very different when it returns, as the first trailer for Season 3 teases an alternate universe that one villain decides to call Flashpoint. The trailer was unveiled at the CW superhero drama’s panel at the San Diego Comic-Con Saturday. Season 3, according to the trailer, will find an almost-idyllic Central City for Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), which resulted from his superhero alterego The Flash’s decision in the Season 2 finale to go back in time and save his mother from being murdered by his greatest foe, the Reverse Flash (Matt Letscher). Also Read: 'The Flash' First. »


- Linda Ge

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The Fart-In Menace: 3 Ways Hillary Clinton’s Convention Could Go Wrong

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The worst thing that could happen at the Democratic National Convention is that nothing bad will happen at the Democratic National Convention. Say this for the Republican National Convention: It had drama. Melania Trump plagiarized the woman she’s trying to replace. Ted Cruz revolted. No one knew for sure that Trump would really get the nomination until the moment he got it. And Trump smiled through it all, a quality Americans like in a president. He refuses to get thrown off his game, even if his game is ridiculous. No one wants to watch a story in which the ending feels inevitable. »


- Tim Molloy

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