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Garrett Hedlund and Oscar Isaac Play a Hollywood Star and the Devil in Tribeca’s ‘Mojave’ – But Who’s Worse?

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Garrett Hedlund plays a rich, spoiled Hollywood star. Oscar Isaac plays a drifter who might be the devil himself. And in William Monahan‘s seriously twisted “Mojave,” which had its world premiere on Saturday night at the Tribeca Film Festival, it’s sometimes hard to tell which of them is worse. The directorial debut of the man who won an Oscar for writing Martin Scorsese‘s blood crime drama “The Departed,” “Mojave” takes noir to another level, mixing biblical and Shakespearean allusions, philosophical discussions and Hollywood satire with beatings, shootings, car wrecks and lots of thoroughly unpleasant behavior. It’s sometimes messy and overwrought and. »


- Steve Pond

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Mumford & Sons, Deathcab for Cutie Singer Rip Jay Z’s Tidal: ‘This Thing Is Going to Fail Miserably’

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British folk band Mumford & Sons and Deathcab for Cutie singer Ben Gibbard had some harsh words for Tidal, the music streaming service recently relaunched by Jay Z. “I think they totally blew it by bringing out a bunch of millionaires and billionaires and propping them up onstage and then having them all complain about not being paid,” Gibbard said in an interview for The Daily Beast. “That’s why this thing is going to fail miserably.” Gibbard was apparently unimpressed with Tidal’s star-studded launch in March which featured music artists Madonna, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Usher and Deadmau5, as well as Mrs. »


- Joe Otterson

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Jay Z, Jack White Phone Tidal Customers Amid CEO Exit, Layoffs

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Rapper Jay Z and singer Jack White are personally calling users of the Tidal music streaming service amid CEO Andy Chen’s departure and layoffs at the company. In a move to seemingly boost customer confidence, both musicians have been making calls to fans in recent days. One user who got a call was quoted as saying, “This is the best customer service call I’ve ever received!” The company said Peter Tonstad, the former CEO of Tidal parent company Aspiro Group, will serve interim CEO until a permanent replacement for Chen can be found. Also Read: Madonna, Beyonce, Rihanna, »


- Joe Otterson

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Jonathan Crombie, Gilbert of ‘Anne of Green Gables’, Dead at 48

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Canadian actor Jonathan Crombie, best known for playing the role of Gilbert Blythe in the “Anne of Green Gables” films, died in New York of a brain hemorrhage on Wednesday. He was 48. “He was funny, he was sweet, he loved acting, he loved comedy and singing and dancing,” Crombie’s sister Carrie told CBC News. “As a little kid, he just loved Broadway shows and all of that kind of stuff and would sing and dance in the living room.” Gilbert Blythe was the main love interest of Anne Shirley in the “Anne of Green Gables” novel series. Crombie played the role. »


- Joe Otterson

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New ‘Avengers’ Clip Reveals Why Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark Created Ultron (Video)

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Marvel released a new clip from the upcoming “Avengers: Age of Ultron” that delves into the reason Tony Stark created what eventually becomes the team’s newest antagonist, Ultron. “There’s part of that’s still an engineer who just kind of wants to help them all do things a little bit better,” Robert Downey Jr., who plays Stark/Iron Man, said in the clip. “Tony starts to realize ‘I don’t have to be in the suit the whole time,'” “Ultron” producer and Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige explains in the clip. ‘”And in fact it may be »


- Joe Otterson

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‘Mortal Kombat X’ Features First Gay Character (Video)

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Outworld just took on a whole new meaning. For the first time in series history, a “Mortal Kombat” game features a playable gay character. Fans of the recently-released “Mortal Kombat X” puzzled over an exchange between Raiden and new character Kung Jin, the cousin of series mainstay Kung Lao. See Photos: 43 Summer Movies on Our Radar: From ‘Avengers,’ ‘Jurassic World’ to ‘Magic Mike Xxl’ Raiden encourages Jin to join the Shaolin Monks like his cousin, but Jin is apprehensive. Raiden then places his hand on Jin’s shoulder and says, ““They care about only what is in your heart; not whom your heart. »


- Joe Otterson

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Meredith Vieira Draws Big Laughs, Tyson Beckford Strips in Honor of Gay Journalists at NY Benefit (Photos)

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Meredith Vieira drew huge laughs as host of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association’s “Headlines & Headliners 20th Annual New York Benefit.” Vieira, who previously hosted the event in 2007, joked in her opening remarks about this year marking the 25th anniversary of the event. “Wow. 25. You know what that means: too young to run for President and too old to date Andy Cohen.” “I almost didn’t make it here tonight,” Vieira said Thursday Night at Nlgja’s gala. “I went in the wrong door and ended up at the Museum of Sex. Turns out that’s where the after-party is. »


- Joe Otterson

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Stephen Colbert Tells George Lucas Why He Wouldn’t Take Over ‘The Daily Show’

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George Lucas got the chance to ask Stephen Colbert the question that has been on everyone’s minds for months: Why wouldn’t Colbert replace Jon Stewart when he leaves “The Daily Show?” “I don’t want to be the guy to take over for Jon Stewart. I worked for Jon Stewart on that show, my memories will always be of him being the most keenest, most intelligent, most beautifully deconstructive mind, clearest thinker I have ever worked with or for,” Colbert told Lucas during a panel Friday at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. Colbert, who’s sporting »


- Joe Otterson

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8 Things We Learned From Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Facebook Q&A With TheWrap (Exclusive)

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Neil deGrasse Tyson is debuting a new late-night talk show. “StarTalk,” an evolution of his popular podcast of the same name, launches Monday, April 20 at 11 p.m. on the National Geographic Channel. For 10 episodes, the astrophysicist will put a smart spin on late night offerings. Tyson, whose day job is as director of the Hayden Planetarium, welcomes Star Trek’s George Takei as his first guest Monday night. The two will discuss the sci-fi show’s legacy along with astrophysicist Charles Liu and comedian Leighann Lord. Future episodes, which are filmed with a live studio audience in the Hayden Planetarium »


- Lia Haberman

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Jessica Biel, Patricia Arquette and Vincent Piazza Explore the Lure of Violence in New Tribeca Films

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There’s a world of difference between a yoga instructor from Los Angeles and a mob-obsessed ex-con from New York – but in the hands of actors Jessica Biel and Vincent Piazza and in the films “Bleeding Heart” and “The Wannabe,” both flirt with the lure of violence in films that had their world premieres on the first two days of the Tribeca Film Festival. Mind you, the films and the two characters don’t really have that much in common: one character lives her life shunning violence before she’s tempted to change her mind, while the other wants nothing more than. »


- Steve Pond

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Bill Maher Launches Petition to Make 4/20 a National Holiday (Video)

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Bill Maher wants America to break out those bongs. The “Real Time With Bill Maher” host announced on his show Friday that he has started a Change.org petition to make 4/20 a national holiday. Maher said that given the fact marijuana is now legal, in one way or another, in 24 U.S. states, it was time to make the unofficial stoner holiday an official one. See Photos: 13 of Hollywood’s Biggest ‘Game of Thrones’ Fans “It’s more worthy than Columbus Day,” Maher said. “Why should we celebrate that racist psychopath?” Maher then treated his panelists to a reading of »


- Joe Otterson

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‘Paul Blart 2’ Rocks but ‘Furious 7’ Rolls On at Box Office

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Kevin James‘ “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” started faster than expected at the box office Friday, but still couldn’t catch Universal’s record-breaking “Furious 7.” Universal’s action epic took in $8.2 million and put itself on course for a $25 million third-straight weekend win on the same day it topped the $1 billion mark at the global box office in its 17th day of release. That’s faster than any movie ever has, and the sequel starring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and Michelle Rodriguez has now grossed more than $280 million domestically and another $735 million from overseas. Sony’s comedy sequel “Blart” took in $7.2 million. »


- Todd Cunningham

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Sasha Spielberg and Emily Goldwyn on ‘La-Centric’ Snapchat Series: ‘We Go Into Lucy and Ethel Mode’

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Following Snapchat’s renewal of its first original series “Literally Can’t Even,” TheWrap caught up with the mobile show’s stars and writers, Sasha Spielberg and Emily Goldwyn. The young women, who have been friends since age 6, talked about whether Sasha’s father Steven Spielberg uses Snapchat, how company CEO Evan Spiegel factored in landing special guest Tom Felton, what their plans are for Season 2 and why they have no idea how many people watch their weekly series. TheWrap: Congratulations on getting picked up for a second season. Or is there a different Snapchat term for getting renewed? Sasha: »


- Lia Haberman

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The CW’s ‘The Messengers': 5 Things to Know About New Religion-Themed Drama

17 April 2015 5:59 PM, PDT

“The Messengers” is about big ideas and big battles, but at the core of it is six or seven disparate characters who may hold the fate of the world in their hands. And there is also a very strong sci-fi element with religious undertones. The action is kicked off by a group of strangers being killed and then brought back to life with mysterious superpowers, soon discovering that they have been chosen for a reason. It’s an element showrunners and stars aren’t shying away from. Also Read: The Faces of Pilot Season 2015 (Photos) “It’s basically the Book of Revelations, »

- Linda Ge

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Lucas Till Will Return as Havok in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’

17 April 2015 5:26 PM, PDT

Lucas Till is set to return as Havok in Bryan Singer‘s “X-Men: Apocalypse,” the director announced on social media Friday. Havok is a mutant with the ability to absorb and discharge energy who previously appeared in Matthew Vaughn’s “X-Men: First Class” and Singer’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender star alongside Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult and Rose Byrne, while newcomers include Ben Hardy, Lana Condor and Olivia Munn, who was recently cast as Psylocke. Also Read: Olivia Munn Cast as Psylocke Alongside Jennifer Lawrence in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Singer is directing from a script by Simon Kinberg, »


- Jeff Sneider

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Johnny Kemp, ‘Just Got Paid’ Singer, Dead at 55

17 April 2015 4:55 PM, PDT

Johnny Kemp, who rose to fame with the 1988 single “Just Got Paid,” died this week in Jamaica, the Associated Press reported. He was 55. According to police, the singer’s body was found floating at a Montego Bay beach on the Caribbean island early Thursday. A cause of death has not yet been determined. See photos: Hollywood’s Notable Deaths of 2015 Kemp, originally from the Bahamas, arrived in Jamaica on a cruise ship, according to police. Further details about his visit were not immediately available. Kemp received a Grammy nomination for “Just Got Paid,” which reached the top spot on the U. »

- Tim Kenneally

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Ang Lee’s ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ Set for Fall 2016 Release

17 April 2015 4:29 PM, PDT

Tristar Pictures has set a November 11, 2016 release date for Ang Lee‘s “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” the studio announced Friday. Based on the bestselling novel by Ben Fountain, the story follows 19-year-old Texas-born infantryman Billy Lynn (played by newcomer Joe Alwyn) and his fellow U.S. servicemen who survive a firefight in Iraq in 2005. The Bush administration brings the veterans home for a victory lap that leads them to the Dallas Cowboys’ football stadium where they’re honored during the team’s Thanksgiving halftime show before they return to war in Iraq. Also Read: 43 Summer Movies on Our Radar: From ‘Avengers, »


- Linda Ge

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Netflix Global Subscribers by Country: Canadians Lead the Pack (Photo)

17 April 2015 4:02 PM, PDT

Canadians and the Brits love their Netflix. Austria and Venezuela, not so much. And don’t even get us started on Luxembourg. Netflix’s international business has yet to turn a profit — last year the division lost $159.8 million — though the company continues to grow overseas. On Wednesday, Netflix revealed that it had 20.88 million total international members, 19.30 million who have paid subscriptions. That’s up from the 16.8 million paid members at the end of 2014. The photo above depicts the company’s biggest foreign countries, in millions of subscribers. Also Read: Netflix Stock Soars $87 Per Share on Day After Q1 Earnings Release Netflix’s first international. »

- Tony Maglio

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Espn Reporter Britt McHenry Shouldn’t Be Punished for Tirade, Towing Company Says

17 April 2015 3:52 PM, PDT

Britt McHenry, the Espn reporter who was suspended for a week after she was caught on video berating a towing company employee, has just gained an unlikely ally: The towing company itself. The Arlington, Virginia-based Advanced Towing Company, where McHenry unleashed a tirade on April 6 after her car was towed, has issued a statement calling for forgiveness of McHenry. “Parking enforcement is contentious by nature,” the statement said. “At the same time, neither Gina, our lot clerk, nor our company, have any interest in seeing Britt McHenry suspended or terminated as a result of her comments.” Also Read: Espn Reporter Britt. »

- Tim Kenneally

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Zack Snyder Unveils ‘Batman v Superman’ Trailer – For Real This Time (Video)

17 April 2015 3:50 PM, PDT

Warner Bros. has unveiled the first official trailer for director Zack Snyder‘s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” which hits theaters March 26, 2016. Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill star as the titular superheroes alongside Amy Adams and Jesse Eisenberg. The “Batman v Superman” trailer was slated to premiere in select IMAX theaters next Monday but a pirated copy leaked online earlier this week, prompting the studio to take action and release the trailer earlier than planned. Also Read: New ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Trailer Teases Return of Han Solo (Video) Fans who purchased tickets for the IMAX event will be treated. »


- Jeff Sneider

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