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'Transcendence' Tanks, 'Cap' Holds Off 'Rio' on Good Friday

1 hour ago | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

For the second week in a row, the top spot is going to be a toss-up between Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Rio 2. Meanwhile, Johnny Depp's Transcendence got off to a horrible start on Good Friday, and is now on pace for an opening weekend around $12 million.Captain America: The Winter Soldier took first place with an estimated $9.6 million. In its 15th day in theaters, it passed the lifetime gross of the first Captain America ($176.7 million). So far, it's earned $184.5 million, and could cross $200 million on Sunday.Rio 2 was a close second with $9.2 million, which is off from the first Rio's $10.7 million Good Friday gross. For the weekend, Rio 2 should wind up with at least $23 million.After putting up strong mid-week numbers, Heaven is for Real continued to attract large crowds on Good Friday. The faith-based true story added $7.9 million, which brings its three-day total to nearly $15 million. »


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Bryan Singer Allegations Part of Upcoming Sex Abuse Documentary from Oscar-Nominated Filmmaker

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Oscar-nominated director Amy Berg has spent the last two years working on a scandalous new documentary about sex abuse in Hollywood that includes allegations about Bryan Singer, Variety has confirmed.

Michael Egan, who filed a lawsuit this week alleging Singer raped him as a teenager, has been cooperating with Berg on her documentary.

The Daily Mail first broke the story about Berg’s film.

It’s unclear if Egan had been interviewed on camera for the film. Amy Berg, who runs Disarming Films, received an Oscar nomination for her 2006 documentary “Deliver Us From Evil,” about sex abuse allegations in the Catholic Church.

She also directed the Peter Jackson-produced recent West Memphis Three documentary “West of Memphis.”

Berg, who has a feature film at the Tribeca Film Festival (“Every Secret Thing,” written by Nicole Holofcener), could not be reached for comment on this story.

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Megan Ellison to Develop TV Show about Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo

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In news that's almost too good to be true, Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures announced that it would develop a TV series about Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo.  Both stars were widely rumored to be bisexual, which adds another potentially interesting layer to the as-yet untitled project. Set during Hollywood's Golden Age, the show would explore Dietrich and Garbo's relationships with topliners like John Gilbert, Mercedes de Acosta, Tallulah Bankhead, Alla Nazimova, Barbara Stanwyck, Cary Grant and John Wayne. The would-be showrunners are Angela Robinson (True BloodHung) and Alex Kondrake (The L WordHung).  Name your fantasy casting choices in the comments. 

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NBC To Celebrate 40th Anniversary Of SNL With 3-Hour Special

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

NBC will air a three-hour live special on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015 , in celebration of the 40th anniversary of “Saturday Night Live.” The air date comes about eight months before the show originally debuted on the Peacock in the fall of 1975.

Past and present cast members, as well as special and musical guests from the show’s run, will appear on the telecast, with the specific lineup of guests to be determined in the coming months.

“This brand, which is still one of the highest-rated comedies on television, was the brainchild of Lorne Michaels, who still presides over the whole enterprise today,” said Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, in a statement. “This special is just one of the many ways we plan to celebrate ‘SNL’s historic 40th season next year.”  

The “SNL” anniversary specials often serve as a time capsule of sorts, with major players from the program returning to reprise their old antics. »


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Bryan Singer Accuser's Lawyer Says More Sex Abuse Lawsuits Against ‘Hollywood Insiders’ Coming in CA

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The attorney for Michael F. Egan III, the man who is suing “X-Men” director Bryan Singer for sexual abuse, says that there is more legal action coming — not just in Hawaii, where the first lawsuit against Singer was filed, but potentially also back in California. “I'm going to file three more lawsuits Monday in Hawaii alleging three other Hollywood insiders who were participating in the abuses of Mike Egan… did the trips to Hawaii and he was abused there as well,” Jeff Herman, a lawyer who specializes in sex abuse cases, told TheWrap late on Friday. Also read: Bryan Singer's Lawyer:. »


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Gwen Stefani in Talks to Join NBC's 'The Voice'

16 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Gwen Stefani may be headed for The Voice. The No Doubt singer is in talks join the NBC competition series for season seven as a coach, multiple sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. She would take over for Christina Aguilera, who  announced in February that she was pregnant with her second child. Photos: 'The Voice': Meet the Season 6 Singers The season, which begins shooting in June, will also see Pharrell Williams taking over the a big red chair for Cee Lo Green. Coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton are expected to return. Last Saturday at Coachella, Williams brought Stefani out as

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Johnny Depp’s ‘Transcendence’ Laying an Egg at the Box Office

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Despite the star power of Johnny Depp, “Transcendence” will likely play fourth fiddle in the box office this Easter weekend.

The race looks to be a repeat of last weekend’s sequel showdown between Disney-Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and Fox’s “Rio 2,” which are each tracking for $25 million-plus.

Rio 2” looks to benefit from the holiday timeframe as the number of children on spring break doubled this weekend from 10% to 20%. The 3D comedy could win this weekend by a beak, as it stands to earn an estimated $27 million-plus — roughly $2 million more than “Captain America.”

“Winter Soldier” has grossed almost $510 million worldwide ($175 million domestically), while “Rio 2” has tallied $177.2 million ($53 million domestically) through Thursday.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros.’ “Transcendence” is headed for a soft $16 million-plus launch. The sci-fi thriller, which reportedly cost $100 million to produce, may suffer from lackluster word of mouth and poor reviews (pic currently has 19% Rotten Tomatoes meter). “Transcendence” could, »


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James Franco's Ex-Managers Sued for Embezzling Actor's Money

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Randy James of James/Levy Management and Ken Jacobson have filed a lawsuit against James Franco's recently-fired talent and financial managers Miles Levy and Steve Blatt, claiming that the duo embezzled significant commissions sums for nearly a decade. James and Levy were childhood friends who started James/Levy Management in 1986. The suit, filed Friday in California Superior court, alleges that Levy told James that Franco would no longer pay the firm a 15 percent management commission, but rather 10 percent commission. However, the suit claims that Franco did. »


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TV Ratings: 'Hannibal' and '20/20' Improve on Friday

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ABC won the key demo on Friday night, averaging a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49. Last Man Standing (1.1 adults), off a tenth of a point from last week, also aired as a repeat at 8:30 p.m.. Shark Tank (1.6) was off two-tenths of a point but even with last week's preliminary rating, while 20/20 (1.8 adults) won the night up three-tenths of a point. ABC also averaged 6.4 million viewers. A new Kitchen Nightmares averaged a 1.0 rating with adults 18-49, off two-tenths from last week's premiere,

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Tribeca: 'Community's' Gillian Jacobs Relates to Female-Centric Comedy 'Life Partners'

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In the indie comedy Life Partners, Community's Gillian Jacobs plays one half of a long-term female friendship, opposite Gossip Girl alum Leighton Meester, who finds that their relationship starts to change after she gets engaged to Adam Brody's character. It was a role that Jacobs said she related to, even some of its embarrassing parts, as she admitted to The Hollywood Reporter at the film's Tribeca Film Festival premiere Friday. Video: Inside the Tribeca Film Festival's Incredibly Busy Offices "I wasn't necessarily proud of the fact that I related to the movie, but…I thought it said something really real

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‘Rush Hour’ Producer Developing Spy Tale ‘Fugitive Colors’

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Rush Hour” producer Arthur Sarkissian is developing “Fugitive Colors,” optioning Lisa Barr’s debut novel about the 1930s art world in Paris.

The novel, published in October by Arcade Publishing, centers on an American Jewish artist who flees Chicago for the artistic freedom of Paris and becomes a spy amid the Nazis’ plans to rid Europe of “degenerate art.”

In addition to the “Rush Hour” trilogy, Sarkissian’s producing credits include “While You Were Sleeping.” Barr is a journalist who has worked as an editor at the Jerusalem Post and the Chicago Sun-Times.

The deal was made by Dana Spector of Paradigm on behalf of Liza Fleissig at Liza Royce Agency.

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Box office update: 'Captain America 2' brings in a heroic $9.57 million on Friday

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Apparently, it’s hard to keep a good soldier (and movie!) down: Captain America: The Winter Soldier brought in an estimated $9.57 million for Disney/Marvel on Friday night, keeping it in the top spot for its third week in release. The movie — directed by Joe and Anthony Russo and starring Chris Evans as the ever-likeable Steve Rogers — has been well-received by critics and audiences (it has an A Cinemascore) and is on pace to cross the magic $200 million mark this weekend.

Another holdover from a previous weekend, Rio 2 — which sees those chatty blue macaws (voiced by Anne Hathaway and »


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Johnny Depp Flops Again, ‘Captain America’ Sequel Rises Past its Predecessor

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Disney-Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” eked out a small lead over Fox’s “Rio 2” at the Friday box office. The superhero pic looks to win the weekend in this year’s second three-peat (after “The Lego Movie”).

The “Captain America” sequel earned $9.6 million, just over the animated movie’s $9.2 million, which should keep growing as kids hit theaters over the Easter weekend.

Warner Bros.’ new entry “Transcendence” was no match for the epic battle of the sequels, the second tightest race of the year following last weekend’s close showdown. The Johnny Depp-starrer came in at a disappointing fourth place with $4.8 million, making it the actor’s fourth flop in a row. Another newcomer, Sony’s “Heaven Is for Real” exceeded expectations by rising to $7.9 million.

With a cume of $176.7 million, “The Winter Soldier” overlapped its predecessor, “The First Avenger,” which hauled in $176.6 million domestically in its lifetime. »


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Loitering With Intent: Tribeca Review

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New York — An ensemble week-in-the-country film in which two struggling actors (Michael Godere and Ivan Martin) attempt to write a screenplay amid assorted distractions, Adam Rapp's Loitering With Intent trades the artificially escalating mayhem one might expect for an introspective friction more in keeping with its well-used bucolic setting. Written by the men playing those would-be thespian scribes, the pic works best when it's least self-referential, focusing on romantic attractions in many stages of development. Though it won't do for its authors what Swingers and Good Will Hunting did for theirs, Loitering is

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Miley Cyrus Wears Duck-Face Oxygen Mask, Postpones U.S. Bangerz Tour

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Miley Cyrus is getting her ducks in a row after being hospitalized for a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics. The pop star announced on her website Friday that she is postponing the remainder of her U.S. Bangerz tour as she continues to undergo treatment for her health scare. "All remaining U.S. dates on the Miley Cyrus Bangerz tour have been postponed," the statement read. "Miley is continuing to recover from the severe allergic reaction she suffered on April 15. Existing tickets will be honored on the new dates, which include previously canceled and postponed dates. Additionally, two tour dates »


- Alexis L. Loinaz

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Kate Middleton Sits in Fighter Jet at Air Force Base, Receives Boomerang Gift for Prince George

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Ready for flight! Kate Middleton and Prince William, without Prince George, enjoyed a sunny visit to the Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley near Brisbane on Saturday. The 31-year-old last visited the base in 2011 when he was in Queensland to meet those affected by the devastating floods in the area. The 32-year-old donned another blue-patterned frock for the occasion, opting for a L.K. Bennett dress with poppy flowers, navy suede heels and royal blue bag by Australian designer Oroton. Kate continued to change up her signature hairstyle and opted for a half-up, half-down 'do. Following introductions, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their way inside the F-18 Super Hornet jet. Kate effortlessly »


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TV Ratings: 'Unforgettable,' '20/20' pace Friday split, with 'Hannibal' up

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Fast National ratings for Friday, April 18, 2014. New episodes of "Shark Tank" and "20/20" helped ABC cruise to an easy Friday win among young viewers, while CBS rode a new "Unforgettable" and a "Blue Bloods" repeat to an overall win. Beyond that, Friday featured only minor variations. Fox's "Kitchen Nightmares" was down in its second week, while "Hannibal" took advantage of a "Dateline" lead-in to get a small bump. The CW's "Hart of Dixie" and "Whose Line" both shed viewers as well. [CBS notes that its scheduled was delayed a local telethon for 9 percent of the country. Take that as you will.] On to the numbers... Among adults 18-49, ABC averaged a 1.5 rating for Friday primetime, comfortably ahead of the 1.0 rating for NBC and Fox in the key demographic. CBS was fourth with a 0.8 key demo rating, while The CW averaged a 0.3 key demo rating. Overall, though, CBS averaged an estimated 7.33 million viewers and a  4.7 rating/9 share for Friday night, topping the 6.43 million viewers and 4.0/7 for ABC. NBC's 4.955 million viewers and 3.3/6 finished third, »


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‘Captain America’ and ‘Rio 2' Battle for No. 1 at Box Office After ‘Transcendence’ Bombs

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Rio 2” are neck-and-neck for the top box-office spot again this weekend, while the faith-based drama “Heaven Is for Real” surged past the dismal debut of Johnny Depp's sci-fi tale “Transcendence” on Friday. Disney's Marvel superhero sequel has the inside track on its third straight No. 1 finish after a $9.5 million Friday put it on course for a $24 million Easter weekend total. Fox's animated musical brought $9.2 million and is on a $23 million pace, but the family crowd will determine who finishes on top. Last weekend, “The Winter Soldier” outperformed the singing »


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Teen Suspended for Asking Miss America to Prom During School Talk

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A Pennsylvania high school student is in hot water for asking Miss America to the prom during a question-and-answer session at school. Eighteen-year-old Patrick Farves said he received three days of in-school suspension Thursday because he asked Nina Davuluri to prom. The senior at Central York High School stood up and popped the prom question, then walked to the stage with a plastic flower. Davuluri just laughed and the students cheered. School officials heard about Farves's plan in advance and warned him not to do it. He has apologized for disrupting the event. The school says students are disciplined for »


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Teen Suspended for Asking Miss America to Prom During School Talk

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A Pennsylvania high school student is in hot water for asking Miss America to the prom during a question-and-answer session at school. Eighteen-year-old Patrick Farves said he received three days of in-school suspension Thursday because he asked Nina Davuluri to prom. The senior at Central York High School stood up and popped the prom question, then walked to the stage with a plastic flower. Davuluri just laughed and the students cheered. School officials heard about Farves's plan in advance and warned him not to do it. He has apologized for disrupting the event. The school says students are disciplined for »


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