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New Entries Struggle, 'Out' Performs

2 July 2015 11:42 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Looks like yarn-haired, anthropomorphic emotions and extinct animals will prove tougher than metallic endoskeletons and six-packed strippers over the long Fourth of July holiday.Pulling into the weekend Disney is reporting that Inside Out made $7.72M on Thursday while Universal's Jurassic World pulled in $6.9M.Of the two major newcomers Paramount is reporting that Terminator Genisys was just behind World, making $6.5M. Magic Mike Xxl is a little further back in the pack, with $5.7M. At this rate Terminator Genisys will end the weekend with $45M, about $10M lower than estimates placed, at $11,974 per venue and third place. The Channing Tatum sequel to the surprise 2012 hit, Magic Mike, looks to take around $43M over the frame. Though Mike led the pack early in the week it appears its fanbase is done with it and now has to go celebrate the Fourth with their families. Ted 2 claims $3.3M for Universal, »


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Vanessa Williams Marries Boyfriend Jim Skrip!

6 hours ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

And the sparks just keep flying! Vanessa Williams and her fiancé Jim Skrip got married Saturday evening, the actress' rep confirmed to E! News. Family and friends were on-hand to watch the couple tie the knot before fireworks rang nearby. Just a few days before the ceremony, Williams teased her social media followers that she was going on a "road trip" for the holiday weekend. Who knew the roads led to a wedding?! News of the couple's engagement first broke back in September when the Ugly Betty alumna showed off her stunning new piece of bling on the Queen Latifah Show. "I got engaged. I have had a lot of good things happen while I've been on this lovely trip," she »


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First Independence Day: Resurgence Trailer Could Hit Theaters On Independence Day

3 July 2015 7:55 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

If you've been holding off seeing Terminator: Genisys, you may have an added incentive to make the trek to theaters on July 4. According to some reports, a short first teaser trailer for the newly titled Independence Day: Resurgence will play before Genisys screenings this weekend. Here's the catch, this will happen only on July 4. AICN was the first to report this, though Slashfilm later contacted an AMC theater and were also told that this is happening. It.s pretty early in the going, as Independence Day: Resurgence isn.t slated to hit theaters for just under a year, but with the holiday, it.s perfect timing to do something. The biggest question is, what exactly will you see? And is it worth a trip to the theater, especially if you.ve already seen the latest Terminator movie? It.s also strange that the studio wouldn.t make a »


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ITV, Netflix in Race to Sign ‘Top Gear’ Trio for New Show

3 July 2015 5:26 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The race to sign the three former “Top Gear” hosts for a new automotive-focused unscripted series is said to be heading into the final laps, with ITV and Netflix in the lead. Hulu is also said to be in the mix.

It’s no secret that Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have been in negotiations for weeks to set up a new show that would compete with the BBC mainstay, which is being relaunched with a new host, Chris Evans.

Clarkson was fired from “Top Gear” in March after physically assaulting a producer during a location shoot. He’d hosted the show in various incarnations since 1988 but for an absence from 1999 until the series relaunched in 2002.

Wme is understood to be among those advising the threesome as they finalize their next chapter. Also joining the new program will be longtime producer Andy Wilman.

Hammond and May declined to »


- Cynthia Littleton

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The Best Films of 2015 So Far

20 hours ago | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

For the halftime mark, we decided to widen the berth to include festival titles opening later in the year. There were just too many great titles kicking around in our heads since Sundance, Berlin, SXSW and Cannes to leave off. Look forward to these in the Fall and Winter as awards season beckons.  Across the board, most of us love "Mad Max: Fury Road," "Love and Mercy," "Clouds of Sils Maria" and "Inside Out," which will all be in the conversation and on other critics' lists at year's end. Below, read top tens from Anne Thompson, Ryan Lattanzio, Matt Brennan, Demetrios Matheou and Susan Wloszczyna. Anne Thompson: 1. "Mad Max: Fury Road" (dir. George Miller, Warner Bros.)  This one-of-a-kind cinematic spectacular takes your breath away, setting the action bar at a new level. In the fourth of a series, Max (Tom Hardy) more than meets his match in magnificent woman warrior Imperator Furiosa. »


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10 Stories You Might Have Missed: 'Star Trek,' 'Guardians' sequels get titles

4 July 2015 12:06 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

In this week's edition of 10 Stories you might have missed... Are the wheels coming off at "Kong: Skull Island?" Two big names exited the big-ape production this week. Rihanna's new music video for "Bitch Better Have My Money": Powerful, terrifying, or both? Is there still hope for "Hannibal?" Maybe, let's dig into these contracts... The first sequel to "Guardians of the Galaxy" gets a name... as does the second sequel to the current "Star Trek" franchise run. Which one reveals more? Kendrick Lamar goes sky-high for the music video for "Alright," but its other imagery has been pretty controversial (at least at Fox news....) Donald Trump's mouth got him in trouble (and dumped) at NBC, so which network picked him (or, at least, his Miss USA) up for TV?? "Roots" is getting a re-up, too, and this "Matrix" actor is running with it... USA premiered season 5 of this TV show, »


- Katie Hasty

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Film Review: ‘Monk Comes Down the Mountain’

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tracing a Taoist priest’s foray from his hermit-like existence into the secular world, Chen Kaige’s “Monk Comes Down the Mountain” is an uncharacteristically lightweight martial-arts caper with a touch of Zen (and sin). Told in the old-school tradition of wuxia serial novels, the film’s simple fable of good and evil unfolds with wondrous visuals that recall the stylistic chutzpah of Chen’s “The Promise,” but absent that pic’s kitschiness. The feast of fighting styles on display will easily woo core Asian genre fans and conquer ancillary markets, and despite the gloomy fates of equally virtuoso martial-arts movies like “Wuxia” and “Reign of Assassins” in China, domestic B.O. looks encouraging; “Monk” took in $7 million on opening day.

Based on a widely read martial-arts novel by author-helmer-scribe Xu Haofeng (“The Sword Identity,” “Judge Archer”), who co-wrote Wong Kar-wai’s “The Grandmaster,” the film is set in Hangzhou during the turbulent 1930s. »


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BBC Faced with $1.01 Billion Bill as U.K. Government Shifts Welfare Costs (Report)

2 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The BBC is facing the prospect of absorbing £650 million ($1.01 billion) in lost income as the U.K. government seeks to make the public broadcaster pay for television licenses for the elderly.

At present, the Department for Work and Pensions picks up the bill for the 4.5 million TV licenses, which cost £145.50 ($227) per household, for those over the age of 75. According to the Sunday Times, George Osborne, the U.K. government’s chancellor of the exchequer, is seeking to shift that bill onto the BBC’s books.

In return, the BBC will be allowed to charge for its video-on-demand service, the iPlayer, which stores BBC content and is currently free of charge. Many people are avoiding the license fee, which is compulsory, by watching TV on tablets and other mobile devises rather than on TV sets. Charging for its streaming services would bring in additional revenue totaling around £150 million ($234 million).

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- Leo Barraclough

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Plain White T's Singer Tim Lopez Marries His Ready for Love Match Jenna Reeves—Get the Details!

4 hours ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Hey there Tim Lopez, what's it like to be a married man?! The Plain White T's member married his girlfriend Jenna Reeves in front of family and friends Saturday night, his rep confirmed to E! News. The intimate ceremony was held at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum. For those who don't recall, the newly married couple started their relationship in a very unique fashion. As it turns out, the pair was matched on Eva Longoria's reality dating series Ready for Love. That's right, the two met on the NBC series that was hosted by Giuliana Rancic and Bill Rancic. Once cameras stopped rolling, however, that's when their love really started to grow. "I knew I was going to pick »


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The Biggest Loser Contestant Tara Costa Gets Married, Shows Off Weight Loss 6 Years After Completing Show

5 hours ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

She may not have been The Biggest Loser, but Tara Costa was definitely the biggest winner on her wedding day. E! News can confirm the season seven contender, who finished in third place behind winner Helen Phillips, said "I Do" to fiancé John Baranowski Saturday afternoon in New York. "The bride and groom with the @BiggestLoserNBC family," former contestant Jackson Whitt wrote on Instagram while posing with Mark Pinhasovich and Pamela Geil who competed on other seasons. "#BLFam @Tara_Costa @PamelaGeil @BL10Mark." The wedding guests would later pose in a Fourth of July inspired photo booth after watching the couple exchange vows. According to Us Weekly, who »


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Billy Joel Gets Married! Singer Says "I Do" to Alexis Roderick During Surprise Fourth of July Wedding Ceremony

6 hours ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

This is the time to say "I Do!" Billy Joel and his longtime girlfriend Alexis Roderick celebrated their holiday weekend by getting married in a surprise ceremony Saturday evening.  A rep for the singer confirms to E! News that the couple did in fact exchange vows in front of their family and friends at their annual Fourth of July party. According to People, who first broke the news, the ceremony was held at Joel's beautiful estate on Long Island and was presided over by New York Governor and close friend Andrew Cuomo. Joel's daughter Alexa Ray Joel and actor Kevin James were also in attendance for the special moment. The decision to get married comes before »


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