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Scarlett Johansson's ‘Lucy’ Hammers ‘Hercules’ and The Rock at Box Office

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Scarlett Johansson‘s “Lucy” pummeled “Hercules” and Dwayne Johnson in a box-office battle of the action heroes and sexes, taking in a muscular $44 million over the weekend. The Rock's “Hercules” did better than expected and wound up with $29 million, to beat out two-time reigning champ “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” which finished third with $16.4 million. And one of Philip Seymour Hoffman‘s final films, “A Most Wanted Man,” cracked the top ten in its limited debut. But this weekend belonged to “Lucy,” written, directed and produced by Luc Besson. The thriller about a woman who gains extraordinary brainpower. »


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It's official: 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2' is coming in 2017

26 July 2014 9:13 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

San Diego - "Guardians of the Galaxy" hasn't even opened yet, but Marvel Studios announced  Saturday that a sequel is already green lit. Currently titled "Guardians of the Galaxy 2," the second installment of Marvel's latest franchise will hit theaters on July 28, 2017.  That's three years from now, but make sure you mark your calendar in your smartphone (not that you'll likely still be using that phone three years from now). The revelation was made during a taped comedic bit featuring franchise star Chris Pratt (Star Lord) and director James Gunn that played during Marvel's annual Saturday Comic-Con panel.  The duo recorded the announcement while doing press in London this past week. "Guardians" may turn out to be one of Marvel's most critically acclaimed films. It's currently at a 77 on Metacritic and a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 25 reviews so far. In terms of box office, pre-release tracking shows a $65 million plus »


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Paul Rudd opens up about Edgar Wright's 'Ant-Man' exit: 'I'm really sad about it'

27 July 2014 1:47 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

San Diego - You thought you were disappointed about director Edgar Wright's departure from "Ant-Man"? Try being Paul Rudd. "Well, it's been...it was pretty bumpy for sure," said the actor of Wright's exit while promoting the film (in which he stars as second Ant-Man Scott Lang) at San Diego Comic-Con. "I'm really sad about it. Edgar's brilliant, and Edgar brought me on. Edgar's my friend. I mean, I still talk to Edgar just about every day, almost." So, after losing a director and several castmates (including Patrick Wilson, who reportedly dropped out due to a scheduling conflict), what's there to feel good about? "[The film has] opened up and grown in such a new and exciting way," said Rudd of the new creative direction. "And I also know [new director] Peyton [Reed], and Peyton is a really smart, really passionate visionary when it comes to this kind of stuff. He's a comic book fan, »


- Chris Eggertsen

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Susan Sarandon's Secret Fling, Chris Martin's Marriage Confession & More Weekend News

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Happy Comic-Con weekend! It's been a busy few days of revelations from the convention and relationship updates from your favorite celebrity couples. Here's the news you might have missed: 5. Hungry for Love Susan Sarandon spilled her secrets, admitting to a love affair with rock legend David Bowie while the two filmed The Hunger in 1983. "That was a really interesting period," Sarandon, 67, remarked about their romance. Learn more about the surprising fling. 4. Wonder Woman to the Rescue Gal Gadot is grabbing the Lasso of Truth to play the feminist icon in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and fans were treated »


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BSkyB Increases ‎Stake in Silicon Valley Virtual Reality Technology Firm Jaunt

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London – BSkyB has increased its investment in Jaunt, a Silicon Valley start-up whose technology adds virtual reality components to TV programming. The U.K. pay TV giant said Monday it has invested an additional $400,000 in the Palo Alto-based company after a December deal to pump $350,000 into it. "‎These investments provide [BSkyB] with additional insight into developments within the field," the company said. Jaunt was launched in early 2013 to offer an "immersive virtual reality experience" for TV programming. Photos Miptv: Hottest Fiction Shows Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox owns a 39 percent

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Murdoch’s BSkyB Ups Stake in Virtual Reality Company Jaunt

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Rupert Murdoch’s U.K. pay TV operator BSkyB has invested a further $400,000 in Jaunt, a Silicon Valley company specializing in 3D virtual reality entertainment.

The move follows BSkyB’s $350,000 investment in Jaunt in December 2013.

“These investments provide Sky with additional insight into developments within the field,” BSkyB said in a statement.

The technology being developed by Jaunt, which was founded last year by Arthur van Hoff, Tom Annau and Scott Broock, allows users to explore artificial worlds in immersive 3D.

Earlier this year, Jaunt said that it had received $6.8 million in venture funding from various investors, including BSkyB, Redpoint Ventures, Peter Gotcher, chairman of Dolby and DigiDesign founder, Sling Media co-founder Blake Krikorian, and Sv Angel.

As a part of that funding round, Tim Haley, partner at Redpoint Ventures, Gotcher, and Stuart Murphy, director of entertainment at BSkyB, joined Jaunt’s board of directors.

Jaunt’s advisors include Babak Parviz, »


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First ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ Trailer Puts the Fate of the World in Katniss’ Hands (Video)

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The world is in disarray, and our only hope at salvation rests on the shoulders of Jennifer Lawrence. Oh, and her character in “The Hunger Games” is very vital to the future of that fictional world, as well. See video: New ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ Teaser: ‘The Mockingjay Lives’ After releasing several teases from the digital empire of President Snow, Lionsgate has finally unveiled the first teaser trailer for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1,” the first half of the third chapter in its immensely popular and lucrative series about rebellious teenage archer Katniss Everdeen and the fight to upend a dystopian world. »


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Over 20 People Hospitalized After Keith Urban Concert in Boston

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Emergency service workers from six towns responded to numerous reports of illness at a Keith Urban concert in Mansfield, Mass. Officials said alcohol consumption was the likely cause. Ambulances arrived from Eaton, Foxboro, Mansfield, North Attleboro, Norton and Plainville to help private ambulances services at the Saturday night (July 26) concert at the Xfinity Center, which is located about 35 miles southwest of Boston. Photos 'American Idol' Judges Past and Present: The Good, the Bad and the Boring At about 9 p.m., Mansfield fire officials declared a mass casualty incident at the concert venue, which typically indicates a large number of people with potential illnesses or

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Best and Worst of Comic-Con 2014: 'Avengers,' Benedict Cumberbatch, 'Walking Dead'

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San Diego - It wasn't the best of Comic-Con's, but it certainly wasn't the worst.  We didn't find out everything we wanted to know about "Doctor Strange" or "Justice League" and favorites such as "Doctor Who" and "Mockingjay" didn't hold panels, but when you get over two minutes of amazing "Avengers: Age of Ultron" footage it sort of makes up for it.  Granted, some big names might have been missing from panels for "Game of Thrones" or "The Walking Dead," but they still packed Hall H and entertained the masses. Is there room for more TV shows in the main hall?  Sure, but probably only if you expand Sunday's programming.  This year the organizers spread out the best movie panels and there were significantly fewer dead blocks of time for smaller movies than in previous years.  And special movies such as "The Boxtrolls" benefited with a captive and entertained audience »


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Comic-Con: Watch the Highlights of Marvel’s Presentations (Video)

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Marvel Entertainment's panels at this weekend's Comic-Con were full of memorable highlights, including the casts of The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man discussing the upcoming films, not to mention Josh Brolin surprising the crowd by popping by wearing the Infinity Gauntlet. Photos The Scene at Comic-Con 2014 Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige got the ball rolling by introducing Robert Downey Jr. Then, with a Michael Jackson tune playing in the background, the two introduced the other Ultron cast members, handing out roses to the female co-stars.  Downey, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Jeremy

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Need More Sarah Palin? Right-Wing Firebrand Launches Online TV Channel

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Can't get enough Sarah Palin? That's a thing of the past. The right-wing firebrand on Sunday launched her own online video channel at SarahPalinChannel.com, part of a new, subscription-based platform called Tapp founded by two prominent former TV executives. The paid-subscription channel will include videos and “commentary on important issues facing the nation” by the former vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor, according to the news release. Palin will serve as executive editor and, of course, chief talent. Also read: Sarah Palin Jumps on the ‘Impeach Obama’ Bandwagon “Additionally, the channel offers subscribers  a behind-the-scenes look into Governor Sarah Palin's personal life. »


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A Potential Cure on True Blood, A Family Sacrifice on Witches of East End & More Omg TV Moments

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Happy end of Comic-Con! While we're exhausted and ready for weekend part deux, the week is really just beginning, along with a solid crop of Sunday night shows. True Blood threw some twists into the Hep-v outbreak, and The Leftovers continued to be very sad and also very puzzling at the same time. A father sacrificed himself for his daughter on Witches of East End, and Big Brother threw a wrench into the power couple that is Zankie. Read on to find out how it all went down! True Blood: Good news: A cure for Hep-v has been found! Bad news: It's Sarah Newlin. Worse news? Sookie's the carrier who infected Bill, and his disease is spreading fast.   Apparently, the scientists had actually succeeded at »


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Dendy and Nine Raise The Stakes in Australia’s Online Video Sector

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Hong Kong – Independent cinema chain Dendy is to launch a VoD service next week in Australia. The move follows shortly after TV giant Nine Entertainment took a A$1 million stake in existing VoD platform QuickFlix.

Dendy Direct will kick off on Aug. 6 with up to 1,000 films provided by ABC Commercial, Beyond Home Entertainment, Entertainment One Australia, Icon, Madman Entertainment, Pinnacle Films, Roadshow, Transmission, and Umbrella Entertainment.

It is expected to be a pure VoD service with no subscription required. Individual titles can be rented for A$5.99 for a standard definition movie and A$6.99 for one in HD. It will be available on PC, tablets and mobiles immediately, expanding to Samsung smart TVs and Google Chromecast later this year.

Dendy has some 2% of Australia’s theatrical box office and will market the new service to 65,000 Club Dendy members and its 100,000 newsletter subscribers.

It joins an already crowded space which includes QuickFlix, »


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The Leftovers Recap: It's Open Season on the Guilty Remnant

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Chickens are coming home to roost. With their weird ways, stoic appearances and controversial messaging: "There is no family", the Guilty Remnant cult in Mapleton came under heavy fire on Sunday's episode of HBO's The Leftovers. In a gruesome, hard-to-watch opener, we learn just how much the local cult is loathed. And how barbaric some in town have become since the disappearances. No MercyThe episode starts with a pair of cult members on their usual stalk walks through town. When they go to a gas station so one can use the restroom, the pit stop proves costly. The waiting Gr »


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The Leftovers Recap: It's Open Season on the Guilty Remnant

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Chickens are coming home to roost. With their weird ways, stoic appearances and controversial messaging: "There is no family", the Guilty Remnant cult in Mapleton came under heavy fire on Sunday's episode of HBO's The Leftovers. In a gruesome, hard-to-watch opener, we learn just how much the local cult is loathed. And how barbaric some in town have become since the disappearances. No MercyThe episode starts with a pair of cult members on their usual stalk walks through town. When they go to a gas station so one can use the restroom, the pit stop proves costly. The waiting Gr »


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Comic-Con TV Round-Up: Farewell to “True Blood,” “Sons of Anarchy,” & More

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What with all the hoopla surrounding new and returning TV titles at Comic-Con, it helps to be reminded that more than a few series made a splash here just once, never to return. I could list a few of those titles as examples, but I honestly can’t recall any off the top of my head because their lifespans were short and unsung.

I bring this up because on Saturday and Sunday, the casts and producers of “True Blood” and “Sons of Anarchy” appeared before their faithful viewers at Comic-Con for a final time. Tears were shed during each panel, and heartfelt moments brought attendees to their feet to give the actors and producers standing ovations.  These long-running series appeared regularly at Comic-Con through their runs, and each of their casts poignantly thanked the fans by acknowledging that they owe their long lifespans to their »

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Jennifer Lawrence and Philip Seymour Hoffman prepare for war in 'Mockingjay' teaser

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Now that's what I call a teaser. Not because it's the most amazing thing I've ever seen, keep in mind, but rather because it's a tease, and that's about it. The thing that gets me immediately excited about "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" is that we're going to see a lot more of Philip Seymour Hoffman's character in this one, and we're going to see who he really is, not who he was pretending to be in the last movie. I really liked the way the last few moments he was onscreen redefined everything we'd seen of him up to that point, and I find that I already really miss him, miss knowing that there are more performances of his coming. I want to savor the last few times we're going to see a Hoffman performance for the first time, and he's got a really fun role in these. »


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Here, Finally, Is the Hunger Games: Mockingjay Teaser Trailer

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The first teaser trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 debuted at Comic-Con this Friday, and now the cosplay-deficient masses get a chance to check it out as well. We don’t get to see too much of J.Law/Katniss in action – and no signs of Peeta or Johanna at all – but there's some nice footage of Philip Seymour Hoffman as former head gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee, discussing matters of rebellion with District 13's silver-haired president Alma Coin (series newcomer Julianne Moore), as well as a quick glimpse of Margaery Tyrell Natalie Dormer looking tough as nails with a half-shaved head. Have a look: »


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Is There a Cure for Hep-v on True Blood?

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Dealing with lawyers can be quite frustrating - even when you're a vampire. Warning: True Blood Spoilers Ahead.Facing mortality for the first time in over 100 years, Bill (Stephen Moyer) has quickly accepted his Hep-v positive status and makes the practical decision to update his last will and testament before his deadly condition worsens. But much to Bill's chagrin, the vampire is forced to take a number and spend his evening in the waiting room of a law office sitting among his fellow infected vampires. His symptoms are progressing extremely rapidly, and after his lawyer attempts to charge Bill $10,000,000 to add his progeny, »


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Is There A Cure For Hep-v On True Blood?

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Dealing with lawyers can be quite frustrating - even when you're a vampire. Warning: True Blood Spoilers Ahead.Facing mortality for the first time in over 100 years, Bill (Stephen Moyer) has quickly accepted his Hep-v positive status and makes the practical decision to update his last will and testament before his deadly condition worsens. But much to Bill's chagrin, the vampire is forced to take a number and spend his evening in the waiting room of a law office sitting among his fellow infected vampires. His symptoms are progressing extremely rapidly, and after his lawyer attempts to charge Bill $10,000,000 to add his progeny, »


- Patrick Gomez

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