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Comcast’s NBCU Suffers 79 Percent Box Office Drop

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Comcast reported its second-quarter 2016 earnings early Wednesday morning, when the NBCUniversal parent company revealed exactly how big its big-screen losses were. The studio’s box office revenue flopped almost 79 percent versus 2015’s Q2 — a much-stronger 90-day period that boasted the likes of “Jurassic World” and “Furious 7.” The overall Filmed Entertainment segment was down 40 percent. NBCU’s TV and Theme Parks segments performed quite well, but their combined revenue gains could not fully offset the film losses. Comcast’s robust cable-provider arm grew in both Video and Internet, lending a big hand to the big picture. Also Read: Verizon CEO Touts Yahoo Acquisition. »


- Tony Maglio

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Bill Clinton’s Democratic Convention Speech Earns High Praise From Hollywood

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Bill Clinton has had a lot of experience making speeches, but the one he delivered Tuesday night in honor of his wife at the Democratic Convention may be his best yet. From their first meeting back in 1971 and eventually dating the current Mrs. Hillary Clinton, to admitting to watching all six “Police Academy” movies with their daughter Chelsea, the former president stole the show on the second night of the Philadelphia event. Captain America himself, Chris Evans, tweeted: “Bill Clinton might be the coolest human on the planet.” Also Read: Bill Clinton on How He Met His Wife: 'I'm Hillary Rodham. »


- Debbie Emery

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Watch the ‘Fight Song’ that Brought Down the House at Democratic Convention (Video)

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Bill Clinton is a tough act to follow, but the Democratic Convention’s video for “Fight Song” had the crowd at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on its feet and singing along when it was played just minutes after the former president left the stage. The video, produced by Elizabeth Banks, Bruce Cohen and Mike Thompkin, featured actors, musicians and Hillary Clinton supporters singing to Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song.” The a cappella production was inspired by the “Pitch Perfect” films, which are produced by Banks, who had spoken earlier in the evening. “This is for Hillary,” they performers »


- Brian Flood

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Hillary Clinton Tells Democrats: ‘We Just Put the Biggest Crack in That Glass Ceiling Yet’

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Hillary Clinton closed the second night of the Democratic Convention with her first remarks since being named the party’s nominee: “We just put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling yet.” Clinton addressed the Philadelphia crowd by video live from New York. She was joined by several women, one of them a young girl who stood at her side. “This is really your victory,” she told Democrats. “This is really your night. And if there are any little girls out there who stayed up late to watch, I may become the first woman president — but one of you is next. »


- Tim Molloy

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Bill Clinton on How He Met His Wife: ‘I’m Hillary Rodham, Who Are You?’

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Bill Clinton started off his Democratic Convention speech by talking about a girl he met in college — one who turned out to be “the best darn change-maker I have ever known.” Clinton said that after weeks of staring at the future Hillary Rodham Clinton, she finally stared back. Finally she walked up and said if they were going to stare at each other, they might as well know each other’s names. “I’m Hillary Rodham,” he remembered her saying. “Who are you?” “Momentarily, I was speechless,” he said. Also Read: Bill Clinton's Democratic Convention Speech Earns High Praise From Hollywood Later, »


- Brian Flood

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‘Boy’ Star James Rolleston Seriously Injured in Car Crash

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Boy” star James Rolleston has been seriously injured in a car crash on New Zealand’s North Island Tuesday night. The 19-year-old had to be cut out of a car after it hit a bridge on State Highway 35, near his hometown of Opotiki in the Bay of Plenty. He was airlifted to Tauranga Hospital and by Wednesday morning local time, he was awake and surrounded by friends, according to Newshub. Rolleston suffered a head injury and multiple fractures, while his passenger sustained minor injuries. Also Read: Tesla Owner Was Watching 'Harry Potter' During Autopilot Crash, Says Truck Driver “At the moment, »


- Debbie Emery

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Howard Dean Reenacts Infamous Scream That Buried His 2004 Campaign (Video)

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Howard Dean took the stage at the Democratic Convention and called back the infamous scream that helped doom his 2004 presidential bid. “In Colorado, and Iowa, and North Carolina, and Michigan, and Florida, and Ohio and Pennsylvania, and then we’re going all the way to Washington, D.C.,” Dean said to end his speech during Tuesday’s convention. Back in 2004, Dean was celebrating a third-place finish in the Iowa Caucus when he originally ended a speech with a similar line. However, a scream that followed the 2004 version was mocked and helped railroad Dean’s presidential campaign. Also Read: Angry Bernie Sanders Supporters Storm. »


- Brian Flood

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What’s at Stake for Networks Gearing Up for the New Fall TV Season?

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The Summer 2016 Television Critics Association (TCA) Summer Press Tour begins in earnest Wednesday, which signals the official kickoff of promotion and marketing for the fall TV season. Get ready for plenty of news, panel quotes and anecdotes over the next two and a half weeks, until TV press tour ends on Aug. 11.  But in the meantime, here are 10 questions we’ll try to answer as executives descend on the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. (By the way, if one of your questions is “What the hell is TCA?” — we already wrote that explainer here.) Also Read: TCA Awards: 'People v Oj Simpson, »

- Tony Maglio

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‘Pokemon Go': Advanced Tricks to Step Up Your Game (Photos)

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So you’re getting the hang of “Pokemon Go.” You have several Pokemon in your collection, you’ve chosen your team, but now you’re struggling to get to a level where you can challenge those Nidoqueens and Charizards dominating the gyms. Here are some tricks you can use to improve your catching, training, and breeding, as well as some tools to help you become the top trainer in your neighborhood. If you’ve played previous Pokemon games, then you know how pathetically easy catching is in “Pokemon Go”…at least at first. Just one swipe of the finger and that Pidgey is yours. »

- Jeremy Fuster

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Chants of ‘Black Lives Matter’ at Democratic Convention After Trayvon Martin’s Mother Calls for Gun Control

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Mothers of killed black men and women brought a lot of tears to a lot of eyes at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday as they called for peace between police and the communities they protect and serve — and for protecting black lives. In the supposed divide between the Black Lives Matter, Blue Lives Matter and All Lives Matter movements, Republicans at their convention last week focused on the second two — not the first. Democrats tried to stress unity as many in the audience chanted “Black Lives Matter.” “This isn’t about being politically correct,” said Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton. »


- Tim Molloy

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Lindsay Lohan Is ‘Taking Time for Myself’ After Social Media Tirade About Her Boyfriend

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Lindsay Lohan is taking a break from it all — and presumably giving the rest of the world a break from her. The “Mean Girls” star, who grabbed headlines over the weekend by accusing her boyfriend, Egor Tarabasov, of cheating on her in a series of since-deleted social media messages, announced on Tuesday that she’s “taking time for myself.” She also apologized for airing her personal dirty laundry in public. “I am sorry that I’ve exposed certain private matters recently. I was acting out of fear and sadness,” Lohan wrote on Instagram. “We all make mistakes. Sadly mine have always been so. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Angry Bernie Sanders Supporters Storm Democratic Convention Media Tent

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Bernie Sanders supporters stormed out of the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia and attempted to occupy the media tent after the roll call made Hillary Clinton the party’s official presidential nominee on Tuesday. “We walked out because we were upset with the result, which I guess coming out of my mouth sounds kind of petulant, but it was a lot more than that. It was the fact that we feel like there was a lot of campaign fraud and different manipulation of the votes that occurred along the way,” Colorado alternate delegate and Sanders supporter Caitlin Glidewell told TheWrap. According to witnesses, »


- Brian Flood

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Lena Dunham, America Ferrera Say Donald Trump Considers Them ‘a 2’ and ‘a Rapist,’ Respectively

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Lena Dunham took the podium at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday to say Donald Trump probably considers her “like, a 2.” Then America Ferrera volunteered that “according to Donald Trump, I’m probably a rapist.” “But America, you’re not Mexican,” said Dunham. “And President Obama isn’t Kenyan,” said Ferrera, whose parents are from Honduras. Also Read: The Democratic National Convention's Star-Studded Turnout From Lena Dunham to Tony Goldwyn It was just the sharp opening of a very fast-quipping double act, one that landed digs quickly in an appeal to young women voters. “We know what you’re all thinking, »


- Tim Molloy

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Espn’s Max Kellerman on Why He’s No Skip Bayless (Exclusive)

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Max Kellerman had already ingratiated himself to “First Take” fans simply by replacing the much-maligned Skip Bayless — but now viewers are getting a taste of the charismatic sports-talk personality’s fluid (in a good way) opinions, strong sense of humor, and encyclopedic sports knowledge. Soon, they’ll dig him even more. Others, of course, will hate him — at least temporarily, depending on what side of which debate he’s taking that morning. But that’s all part of the job on Espn’s 10 a.m.-noon Et argue-fest. “You will be a villain to some anyway, no matter what you say, »


- Tony Maglio

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‘Game of Thrones’ Star Sophie Turner Would Prefer a More Ruthless Election Process (Video)

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When it comes to real-world politics, “Game of Thrones” star Sophie Turner can be as ruthless as her Westeros rival, Cersei Lannister. “I hope certain politicians wouldn’t do well in the world of ‘Game of Thrones,'” she said in an interview with TheWrap Tuesday. “I would quite like to bring some of them in just to slaughter them. But unfortunately that can’t be done nowadays.” “So yeah. Go on, Hillary,” she added with a laugh. Also Read: 25 Comic-Con Trailers Ranked, From 'Justice League' to 'Game of Thrones' (Videos) Turner made an appearance with »


- Reid Nakamura

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Elizabeth Banks Mocks Donald Trump’s Rnc Entrance at Democratic Convention (Video)

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Actress Elizabeth Banks took the stage Tuesday night at the Democratic Convention to Queen’s “We Are The Champions” — complete with fog-machine accompaniment — in a jab at Donald Trump’s entrance at last week’s Republican National Convention. “When I tuned into Cleveland last week I thought, ‘Hey, that’s my act,'” Banks, who plays deranged host Effie Trinket in “The Hunger Games” series of films, said. The classic-rock group took the Gop to task for using its iconic tune “We Are the Champions” at the Rnc in Cleveland last week. The song was played as Trump walked out on stage, »


- Brian Flood

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Johnny Depp Is Trying to ‘Thwart’ Divorce Proceedings, Amber Heard’s Legal Team Claims

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The legal saga between Johnny Depp and his estranged wife Amber Heard continued on Tuesday, with Heard’s legal team claiming that Depp is trying to “thwart” the divorce proceedings with his demand that she enter confidentiality agreements about financial information. The new legal papers obtained by TheWrap also call Depp’s demand “blatant threats.” Depp’s legal team filed papers last week complaining that Heard has “inexplicably refused” to sign a confidentiality agreement  pertaining to the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star’s financial records. Also Read: Johnny Depp Divorce: Amber Heard Has 'Inexplicably Refused' to Sign Confidentiality Agreement, Lawyer »


- Tim Kenneally

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’90s Stars Who Would Have Crushed It on Social Media, From Aaliyah to Johnny Depp

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Patrick McMullan is a renowned photographer known best for capturing the 1990s New York party scene — a simpler time without the tech distractions and social media platforms that seem to define modern celebrity. “One of the reasons why the ’90s were so special is because no one was on their phone,” said McMullan, who recently sold his photography services and storied image archive to Getty Images. The veteran photographer spoke with TheWrap about just how much times have changed since he first started covering Manhattan nightlife, and picked a list of ’90s-era stars who would have dominated Instagram and Twitter if. »


- Matt Donnelly

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‘Project Greenlight’ Not Renewed by HBO, Will Be Shopped Elsewhere

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Project Greenlight” has not been renewed for another season by HBO, TheWrap has learned. The docu-series, which was revived by HBO for a fourth season last year, will not return to the network for Season 5, but producer Matt Damon said the show will be shopped elsewhere. “I really liked it and thought that the show went great,” the “Jason Bourne” star told the Associated Press. “I’m not one to question . They do such a great job. But we have to take it out again.” Also Read: 'Project Greenlight's Effie Brown on Matt Damon Diversity Flap: 'We Shut That Bullsh-t Down' “There are. »


- Reid Nakamura

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Democrats Embrace Disabled Americans After Donald Trump Mocked Them

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On Tuesday, the 26th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act, former Sen. Tom Harkin used sign language as he spoke at the Democratic Convention podium in Philadelphia. A blind singer sang the National Anthem to the delegates. A paralympic swimmer led the Pledge of Allegiance from her wheelchair. Democrats used the anniversary to repeatedly show how they support people with disabilities. Meanwhile, on Monday night, they played a video from November in which Donald Trump appeared to mock the muscular disability of New York Times reporter Serge F. Kovaleski. “Democrats believe in working together and bringing people with disabilities in to develop policy, »


- Tim Molloy

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