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'Maze Runner' Quick Out of the Gate on Friday

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The Maze Runner jumped out to the front of the pack on Friday with $11.25 million. Otherwise, business was relatively quiet: A Walk Among the Tombstones and This is Where I Leave You fell a bit short, while No Good Deed and Dolphin Tale 2 fell hard going in to their second weekends.Playing at 3,604 theaters, The Maze Runner debuted to more than twice as much as recent young-adult misses like The Giver ($4.75 million) and The Host ($5.3 million). Still, it only opened to around half as much as March's Divergent ($22.8 million), which puts it squarely in the middle of the young-adult range.A closer comparison is last November's Ender's Game, which opened to $9.8 million on its way to a $27 million weekend. If The Maze Runner follows Ender's pattern, it will finish the weekend with just over $30 million (a very good result).Opening at 2,712 theaters, A Walk Among the Tombstones took second place with $4.7 million. »


- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Daniele Watts Refuses to Apologize to the Lapd: There Was No Charge Against Me

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Django Unchained” actress Daniele Watts is refusing to apologize to the Los Angeles Police Department despite backlash from critics and “overtly racist and sexist remarks” on social media. Also read: Daniele Watts’ Boyfriend Reveals Why the Actress ‘Pulled the Race Card’ During Police Stop “When I was forced into handcuffs, the detaining officer cited this as his reason: ‘My supervisor said that you, he ordered you to stay and you left, so that's why we pulled over — and that's why you're being detained,'” she said in a statement given to TheWrap. “This is simply not true.” As TheWrap previously reported, »


- Travis Reilly

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Celebrate Sophia Loren's 80th Birthday with Her Greatest Quotes

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Sophia Loren's beauty and talent is exceeded only by her wit and wisdom - and after an 80-year journey from rags to riches, the Italian screen legend has seen it all. Born on Sept. 20, 1934, to an unwed mother from a poor family in pre-war Italy, her early life was a far cry from the movie diva she was destined to become. After barely surviving the devastation that befell her town during WWII (she still bares a scar on her chin from the bombings), Sophia tapped her real-life experiences to play a young widow struggling to save her child in »


- Michael Miller

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Celebrate Sophia Loren's 80th Birthday with Her Greatest Quotes

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Sophia Loren's beauty and talent is exceeded only by her wit and wisdom - and after an 80-year journey from rags to riches, the Italian screen legend has seen it all. Born on Sept. 20, 1934, to an unwed mother from a poor family in pre-war Italy, her early life was a far cry from the movie diva she was destined to become. After barely surviving the devastation that befell her town during WWII (she still bares a scar on her chin from the bombings), Sophia tapped her real-life experiences to play a young widow struggling to save her child in »


- Michael Miller

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Actress Polly Bergen Dies at 84

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New York (AP) — Emmy-winning actress and singer Polly Bergen, who in a long career played the terrorized wife in the original "Cape Fear" and the first woman president in "Kisses for My President," died Saturday, according to her publicist. She was 84. Bergen died at her home in Southbury, Connecticut, surrounded by family and close friends, publicist Judy Katz said. She had battled emphysema and other ailments in the late 1990s, a result of 50 years of smoking. A brunette beauty with a warm, sultry singing voice, Bergen was a household name from her 20s onward. She

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Civil Rights Activists Call on 'Django Unchained' Actress to Apologize to Lapd

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Civil rights leaders who initially defended Django Unchained actress Daniele Watts in her dispute with the Los Angeles Police Department are now calling on her to apologize.  Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable president Earl Ofari Hutchinson, Project Islamic Hope president Najee Ali and other activists held a press conference Friday, telling reporters that they now have doubts about Watts' side of the story. "I was one that was very outspoken about it," Hutchinson said about having come to Watts' defense when her story first broke. "We take racial profiling very seriously. It's not a play thing. It's not trivial."

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- Ryan Gajewski

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Zachary Quinto: ‘Star Trek 3′ Starts Filming Within Six Months

24 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Star Trek 3” is evidently getting ready for takeoff.

According to star Zachary Quinto, filming will begin on the third installment of the rebooted franchise within the next six months.

“I think it’s on the horizon,” Quintowho, who plays Spock in the series, said on “The Today Show.” “Things are rumbling, so I have a feeling that we will be in production sometime in the next six months.”

Quinto had previously said that the movie will most likely revolve around the five-year mission, which is “to to boldly go where no man has gone before.”

See Also: ‘Star Trek 3′ Will Stay True to Original Franchise, Go Into ‘Deep Space

“I think the five-year mission will be a part of this next film in some way,” Quinto said in July. “We’re coming up on the 50th anniversary of one of the most iconic sci-fi series in entertainment history »


- Maane Khatchatourian

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Pharmaceutical Exec Requested Money from Son's Account as He Was Dying: Prosecutors

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Four-and-a-half-years after the death of Jude Mirra, his mother, former pharmaceutical executive Gigi Jordan, is on trial in Manhattan Supreme Court for allegedly giving the 8-year-old enough pills to kill him many times over. On Thursday, Jordan's former financial advisor Patrick Walsh told the jury that his client made a request to transfer money from her son's account at 1:53 a.m. on Feb. 5, 2010. This request was made around the same time Jude, who Jordan says had autism, was dying in a room at the Peninsula Hotel in New York, according to prosecutors. "Hi Pat," Gigi Jordan wrote in an email to Walsh, »


- Caitlin Keating, @caitkeating

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Jimmy Fallon Gets a Shirtless James Franco and Seth Rogen for His 40th Birthday (Video)

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Well, it's not quite Marilyn Monroe seductively crooning “Happy Birthday,” but then Jimmy Fallon isn't quite John F. Kennedy. “Tonight Show” host Fallon got a fleshy, hairy surprise for his birthday on Friday night's episode, after his crew arranged a secret gift for his 40th birthday. Also read: James Franco Sports Shaved Head With Liz Taylor-Montgomery Clift Tattoo for New Role “I thought I'd never like surprises, but I kinda like it,” Fallon admitted before the curtain pulled back to reveal his present. “This is good.” He might have thought twice about that in the ensuing moments, as a giant cake was rolled. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Box Office: 'The Maze Runner' outwits Liam Neeson for no. 1 Friday

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"The Maze Runner" is the third major Ya movie to hit theaters in 2014 and while it didn't shatter any records it got off to a very good start on Friday. Directed by Wes Ball, the adaptation of James Rashner's 2007 novel earned an estimated $11.2 million on its first full day of release.  That means it should end up with somewhere between $30-32 million for the weekend. That would put it far ahead of "The Giver's" $12 million debut in August, but significantly lower than "Divergent's" $54.6 million opening this past March. The film, which is top lined by "Teen Wolf" star Dylan O'Brien, also earned an A- Cinemascore grade which means it should have solid word of mouth in the weeks to come. Disappointing in second place was Universal Pictures' "A Walk Among the Tombstones" with just $4.7 million.  The Scott Frank directed thriller looks as though it will be lucky to hit $14 million by Eod Sunday. »


- Gregory Ellwood

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Melissa Rivers, Kelly Osbourne, Giuliana Rancic, and George Kotsiopoulos Remember Joan Rivers' Humor—Watch the Touching Clip!

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In the above clip from our "Fashion Police: Remembering Joan" special, Melissa Rivers stands behind Joan Rivers' signature chair and tells the audience, "For the next 90 minutes we're going to do what my mom loved to do most, laugh."  The first clip of Joan shows her saying, "This set is where I belong. This is where I can truly make a difference in people's lives, by pointing out who looks ok and who looks like a f-----g slut."  Kelly Osbourne laughs and explains, "She would always say the worst things, then look at me and go, 'Kelly, what do you think?'''  Giuliana Rancic explains that they never knew what Joan's jokes were »


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David Fincher Reveals His 'Life in Pictures,' from Fighting Studios to Multiple Takes

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Here are some of the highlights:  On when he knew he wanted to be a director I was fairly convinced at the age of eight that’s that what I wanted to do with my life. And when I was living in Marin [County] my next door neighbor was George Lucas and I was that close to movies that were being made. Then my parents decided to tear us out of there and take us to this place [in Oregon] where there was no cinema except for this little cinema. I worked after school directing plays and doing lighting for plays and at night, from six to midnight, one in the morning, I was a projectionist. At the weekends I would shot E&G footage for a local television station. If a barn was burning down I was the guy out there trying to get a shot of it. So I worked in »


- Mark Salisbury

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U2's The Edge Given Permission to Build Five Malibu Homes

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U2 guitarist The Edge has been granted permission by the California Coastal Commission to build five homes on the Malibu coast. Following a years-long dispute over the plans, the commission announced on its website that it is permitting the Irish musician, whose real name is David Evans, to move forward with developing the homes and an access road on Sweetwater Mesa in the Santa Monica mountains. The Los Angeles Times first reported the news. The agreement involves a compromise, as the area of development will be smaller than Evans initially wanted, and he will have to make other concessions

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‘How I Met Your Mother’ Deleted Scene Solves the Pineapple Mystery (Video)

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Sometimes a pineapple is just a pineapple, but not in this case. One of the most puzzling mysteries of “How I Met Your Mother” has been solved, thanks to a deleted scene from the beloved CBS sitcom, which wound up its nine-season run in March. See video: ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Fans Rejoice as Alternate Ending Lands Online For years, fans have pondered the origin of the pineapple that greeted Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) at his bedside as he groggily awoke one morning. As it turns out, the origin of the pineapple sits with The Captain (Kyle MacLachlan), who explained to. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Interview: Nicole Beharie on 'Sleepy Hollow' Season 2 and North Carolina summer heat

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Wilmington, Nc. I sit down with "Sleepy Hollow" star Nicole Beharie at the end of a long day on the Fox series' North Carolina set and a cumulative sympathy has set in. I'd talked to Tom Mison about his heavy coat. I'd chatted with Katia Winter as she scratched at welts acquired on a night shooting in the woods. I'd spoken to Ep Ken Olin in the air-conditioned production offices as he explained the difficulties facing the stars in the muggy Southern environment. And I experienced the tiniest taste of the "Sleepy Hollow" experience as an extra in an airless bar that started off comfortable and became rather less-so as the takes began to add up. Normally, network TV shows are in production from the late summer through the early spring, but part of the reward for its early Season 2 pickup meant that "Sleepy Hollow" got to resume production in »


- Daniel Fienberg

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‘Doctor Who’ Christmas Special Adds Guest Star Nick Frost

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Whovians just got an early Christmas present from the BBC.

Nick Frost, best known for his roles in “Shaun of the Dead,” “Hot Fuzz” and “The World’s End,” will guest star in this year’s “Doctor Who” Christmas special.

“I’m so thrilled to have been asked to guest in the ‘Doctor Who’ Christmas special, I’m such a fan of the show,” Frost said in a statement. “The read-through was very difficult for me; I wanted to keep stuffing my fingers into my ears and scream ‘No spoilers!’ Every day on set I’ve had to silence my internal fan boy squeals!”

Production has already begun on the episode, which also guest stars Natalie Gumede, Faye Marsay, Nathan McMullen and Michael Troughton. Michael Troughton’s father, Patrick Troughton, played the second incarnation of the Doctor.

Meanwhile, “Doctor Who” exec producer Steven Moffat said the casting choice simply “made sense. »


- Maane Khatchatourian

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Jennifer Lawrence Joins Chris Martin Backstage After Coldplay Concert in Las Vegas

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Sin City offered up throngs of fans for Chris Martin's Friday performance at the iHeartRadio music festival. But one very special Coldplay fan watched the Las Vegas show from the sidelines: Martin's new lady love, Jennifer Lawrence. Following a few quiet date nights at Martin's Malibu home and a romantic dinner on Sept. 8, the actress stepped out to support the musician for a more public - and louder - appearance. "She was off to the side of the stage when he performed," a source tells People. Lawrence, who was seen backstage, showed off her midriff in a studded black crop top, »


- Mark Gray

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Watch: Elle Fanning, John Hawkes in ‘Low Down’ Trailer

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Jazz pianist Joe Albany and his soul-warming music come to life in the first official trailer for “Low Down.”

John Hawkes stars as the famed musician and Elle Fanning plays his daughter, who penned the memoir the film is based on. Albany, who performed with the likes of Charlie Parker and Lester Young, died in 1988 after losing a battle with heroin addiction.

The pic, which traces two years of Albany’s troubled life, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January. The movie has since been re-edited for theatrical release.

See Also: Film Review: ‘Low Down

This is one of several biopics about legendary musicians being released this year. But unlike the James Brown or Jimi Hendrix films, director Jeff Priess’ pic tells Albany’s story not from the perspective of the struggling artist, but from his daughter Amy-Jo’s point of view.

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- Maane Khatchatourian

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‘Outlander’ Costume Designer on Wedding Dresses, Kilts and Corsets

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

Starz’s time-traveling romance drama “Outlander” is a series caught between two historical periods: one “present day” when England limps back to recovery after World War II and another as it fights to wrestle Scotland under its control during the 1700s. Parallels to current events aside, the show also creates a costuming challenge for connecting (and differentiating) the two worlds through the eyes of heroine Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe).

This all comes full-circle in Saturday’s episode, with Claire’s reluctant marriage to the brave and headstrong Scottish warrior Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan). The episode has a lot riding on it, as fans of the books on which the series is based have heavily anticipated this moment — and, naturally, a lot of their attention will be directed toward the wedding attire. To get the lowdown on dressing the characters for this and other moments of the series, Variety talked with series costume designer Terry Dresbach. »


- Whitney Friedlander

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Police Describe Person of Interest in Case of Missing College Student Hannah Graham

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The Charlottesville Police Department received more than 400 tips from callers since 18-year-old University of Virginia student Hannah Graham went missing on Saturday. It seems some of the calls may have helped, officials say. Based on new information, police officers issued a warrant to search a man's apartment and his 1998 burnt orange Chrysler Coupe nearly a week after the second-year student disappeared near the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, Virginia. "Hannah Graham may have gotten into that vehicle," said police chief Timothy Longo at a press conference Friday where they called the man, whom they didn't identify, a person of interest. The »

- Elaine Aradillas, @elaineja

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