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Weekend Report -'Compton' Wins 'War Room' Rumble

16 hours ago | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

With $13.2M in domestic box office Universal's Straight Outta Compton held off the upstart War Room to claim the #1 position on the charts for the third weekend in a row. War Room, which beat Compton in theaters on Friday, made $11M with a robust $9,692 per screen average. The top of the heap was still a pretty low heap, however, as the top 12 made $68.8M, off 22% from last year's $88.2M, which was a weak weekend itself. That $68.8M also gives this frame the dubious distinction of being the lowest grossing weekend of the year, 12% lower than March 6 - 8th's $78.3M. The newcomers that helped achieve that feat included No Escape, the Owen Wilson/Pierce Brosnan military coup flick, which the Weinsteins state came in just a little under their $9M estimate with $8.3M. On 2,470 screens that $3,355 psa is better than the $2,850 that last year's late-August Pierce Brosnan movie offering, The November Man, »


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Oliver Sacks, Neurologist and 'Awakenings' Author, Dies at 82

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Oliver Sacks, the neurologist whose memoir Awakenings was the basis for the 1990 Oscar-nominated film, died Sunday at his New York City home. He was 82. His personal assistant, Kate Edgar, told the New York Times that Sacks died of cancer. Sacks had written an essay for the Times in February, discussing that he was in the late stages of terminal cancer following a melanoma in his eye spreading to his liver. { "nid": 817919, "type": "news", "title": "Hollywood Dsm: Industry Shrinks Reveal What's Wrong With Actors, Producers, Agents and More", "path": "http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/hollywood-dsm-industry-shrinks-reveal-

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- Ryan Gajewski

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2015 MTV Video Music Awards: 5 Things You Have to Know About Tonight's Unpredictable Show

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

It's finally time for the most unpredictable awards show of the year. We know, you've heard that before when it comes to star-studded shows. But at tonight's MTV Video Music Awards, we really aren't quite sure what to expect. Yes, Miley Cyrus is hosting and there will be a delay just in case she does something a little cuckoo. There's also the unpredictable fashion we can't wait to see on the red carpet. But behind all of the shock and awe, some of the most talented musicians in the industry will be recognized for their skills on and off the stage. Take a look at five big moments we can't wait to see tonight from Downtown Los Angeles. 1. Prepare for Yeezus: Kanye West is »


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Everything you need to know about Jurassic World 2: The cast, plot and latest spoilers

11 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

After $1.6 billion in box office takings, a sequel to this summer's mega-smash Jurassic World was always going to be a sure thing. Fans of Rexy, raptor Blue and her crew are in luck because the wheels are in motion for a follow-up.

Details might be scant at the moments, but consider this article (which we'll update as new info drops) your one-stop shop for cast, plot rumours and potential spoilers on Jurassic World 2...

The storyline will see dinosaurs getting weaponised

With Jurassic World seeing John Hammond's dream of a dinosaur theme park in tatters (again), it's difficult to figure out where things will head next. Our prediction: the sequel will be Jurassic War.

Vincent D'Onofrio's character Vic Hoskins pushed hard to turn raptors into weapons for war, and going by Colin Trevorrow's recent quotes it looks like this thread is something that'll be explored in the follow-up. »


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Hannibal Finale Post Mortem: Bryan Fuller on Will/Lecter Love, Bedelia's Last Supper, That Siouxsie Sioux Jam

17 hours ago | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Hannibal may have aired its series finale on NBC tonight, but that doesn’t mean executive producer Bryan Fuller is done telling the story of the cannibalistic Dr. Lecter and his friends, frenemies and potential “dinner dates.”

“It’s not over until I’m dead, as far as I’m concerned,” Fuller says of his dream to continue this particular yarn — either through a fourth season on a new network, or (more likely) via a big-screen spinoff.

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Netflix Is Losing a Lot of Popular Movies but Getting a Racist Adam Sandler Movie

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If you've been meaning to watch The Hunger Games on Netflix, you better do it now while you still have the chance. In a blog post Sunday, Netflix's Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos stated that Netflix isn't renewing its license with Epix, which means they'll be losing such popular films as Rocky, The Hunger Games, Transformers, etc. But don't worry, Sarandos assured readers: You'll soon be getting Adam Sandler's Ridiculous Six, which will surely make up for it. »


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Brad Pitt Brings Son Knox, 7, to the 2015 British Motorcycle Grand Prix—See the Sweet Photos!

24 minutes ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Sunday was a father-son fun day for Brad Pitt and his and wife Angelina Jolie's 7-year-old son, Knox! The two attended the 2015 British motorcycle Grand Prix, aka the MotoGP World Championship, at Silverstone in Northampton, England. Sporting noise-cancellation headphones, the boy and the 51-year-old actor, a biker himself, watched the race with his dad. Pitt and Knox then met with winner and Italian racer Valentino Rossi and posed for group photos. The event took place days before the release of Pitt's new documentary Hitting The Apex. Pitt co-produced and narrates the film, which is about six of the fastest motorcycle racers in the world and features Rossi as one of them. The movie is »


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Netflix Dropping Epix So Viewers Won’t Get ‘Hunger Games,’ Other Films

27 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Netflix Inc. said it won’t renew its contract with cable network Epix, preferring to develop its own original movies. As a result, customers won’t be able to see such movies as “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” or “World War Z” on Netflix after the contract ends at the end of September, Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos said in a blog post Sunday. “While many of these movies are popular, they are also widely available on cable and other subscription platforms at the same time as they are on Netflix and subject to the same drawn-out licensing periods,” wrote Sarandos. »


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Pretenders Singer Chrissie Hynde Under Fire for Saying Rape Victims Should "Take Responsibility"

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Singer Chrissie Hynde has stirred up controversy with her recent comments about rape victims.  The 63-year-old Pretenders leader told the Sunday Times magazine that she blames herself for an incident that occurred when she was 21. The member of an Ohio biker gang said he would take her to a party but instead brought her to a vacant house and forced her to perform sexual acts under the threat of violence. "Technically speaking, however you want to look at it, this was all my doing, and I take full responsibility," Hynde said. "You can't f— about with people, especially

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- Ryan Gajewski

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American Horror Story: Hotel Will Open With a Serial Killer Dinner Party and Hipsters

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If you feel a cadaverous, culinary hole in your heart where Hannibal used to be, American Horror Story will try to fill you up: The first hour of Hotel will feature a serial killer dinner party hosted by Aileen Wurnos (Lily Rabe), Entertainment Weekly reports. As Ryan Murphy puts it: "The biggest serial killers of all time all come to the hotel. Gacey. Aileen. John Lowe’s invited to a devil’s night dinner. He thinks someone is pulling a huge prank on him. It’s the biggest serial killers of all time in a room with him and he has to figure who is trying to make him lose his mind." There will also be a "hipster" couple who are "horrified they can’t get their artisanal cheese." Maybe Lady Gaga will show up in her meat outfit and make this a meat-dress and cheese party. »


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Netflix to Part Ways With Epix in September

1 hour ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Netflix and Epix will not be renewing their deal when it expires in September, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos announced Sunday. In a Netflix blog post, Sarandos wrote that movies such as The Hunger Games and Transformers: Age of Extinction will leave the streaming service at the end of next month when its agreement with the premium cable and satellite TV provider runs out. Sarandos added that Netflix is working on developing a larger slate of original films, enlisting stars and directors including Brad Pitt, Ricky Gervais, Judd Apatow, Angelina Jolie, Sofia Coppola and Adam Sandler. He stated that the

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Rihanna Shows Toned Legs in Colorful, Short Dress, Parties With Katy Perry in New York City—See the Photos!

1 hour ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

While Taylor Swift continues to build her squad, longtime friends Rihanna and Katy Perry partied together this weekend. The two were spotted inside a vehicle arriving at the Raven nightclub in New York City on Saturday night. Rihanna, 27, showed off her toned legs in a colorful, flowing, short sleeve, short boho-style shift dress with an empire waist and modest neckline, paired with hot pink and orange stiletto sandals. She wore her reddish brown curly hair up. Perry, 30, wore a boho-style white crop top, paired with silk navy printed pants and black sandals. She wore her ombre-dyed black and light brown hair down, styled with a middle part. Also this weekend, Rihanna attended the wedding »


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Rihanna Attends Friend and Stylist Sonya Benson's Wedding—See Photos of Her and the Bride!

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What a pal! Rihanna attended friend and stylist Sonya Benson's wedding in New York on Saturday.  The bride wore a strapless, ivory lace mermaid-style wedding dress with a long train, a sweetheart neckline, a short tulle veil and cross necklace and carried a bouquet of baby's breath flowers as she and James Markey exchanged vows in front of their loved ones at the NYC City Hall before heading to a reception at the Courtyard New York Manhattan/Chelsea. "Yasss!!!! Congrats to my beautiful and crazy @sonyabens on tying da knot!!!" Rihanna, 27, said on Instagram on Saturday, alongside a pic of Benson talking on a cellphone. "F--king love you girl!!! James you the real »

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‘War Room’ Success Defies Critics, Who Seem to Have It in for Faith-Based Movies

1 hour ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

War Room,” the low-budget movie about the power of prayer that broke out at the box office this weekend, is the latest example of audiences making a hit out of a film that the critics panned. It’s not unusual, particularly in the summer since superhero and action films aren’t necessarily intended to be high art, simply crowd-pleasers. Last year, Michael Bay‘s “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” Angelina Jolie‘s “Maleficent” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” all were beaten up by critics but went on to box-office success. But rarely is the divide between critics and the crowds so great as it is when. »


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'Project Runway' predictions contest champ says 'underdog' Ashley Nell Tipton will win

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"I'd say Ashley Nell Tipton will win. She's been pretty consistent so far, won two challenges and has a high taste level," says Jason Boegh (screen name Jb), our $100 "Project Runway" contest champ from last week. "She also feels like an underdog you want to support, and she has a point of view that hasn't really been expressed on 'Runway.'" Can You take down this top-scoring user? Hurry -- make your predictions for next week and you could win our prize of a $100 Amazon gift certificate. It's fun and easy, so start now by scrolling down and predicting who'll be out next. -Break- Who will win 'Project Runway'? See exclusive predictions Boegh was one of two users to reap top 67% accuracy predicting all of the questions in this week's contest, though he broke the tie with his high 5,150 point score thanks to using his special 500 and 200 point bets wisely. »


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European Film Industry Focuses on Twin Threats: Netflix and Digital Single Market

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Is Netflix the enemy for European film industry folk? You could be forgiven for thinking so after attending two debates staged by the Sarajevo Film Festival’s industry program, CineLink, earlier this month.

The discussions, which attracted a range of movie biz professionals from across South-East Europe, as well as others from further afield, set out to look at the exhibition and production sectors in the region, but seemed magnetically drawn back to the “threat” posed by the U.S. digital giants, principally Netflix, Amazon and iTunes, rather than the opportunities offered by digital distribution.

This sense of threat has been made more urgent by the proposals tabled by the European Union’s executive branch, the European Commission, to sweep away territorial copyright barriers in the movie and TV business in order to create a single European market. This would prevent producers selling the rights to their films territory by »


- Leo Barraclough

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How ‘War Room’ Became a Biblical Box Office Smash

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

Outside of evangelical circles, the names Alex Kendrick and Stephen Kendrick are likely to be met with blank stares.

But thanks to low-budget hits like “Fireproof” and “Courageous,” the brothers have transformed themselves into Steven Spielbergs of Christian cinema. Their names above the title are enough to open movies that are firmly pitched to the faithful.

This drawing power was firmly on display when “War Room,” a celebration of the purpose-driven life, stunned box office watchers by nearly dethroning “Straight Outta Compton” as the weekend’s highest-grossing domestic release with its $11 million debut. That’s particularly impressive given that the religious drama was playing on a third of the number of screens as the N.W.A biopic.

“It’s a great example of the power of a brand,” said Chris Stone, founder of the consumer advocacy group Faith Driven Consumer. “The Kendrick brothers’ films have an authenticity with this audience. »


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Kyle Jean-Baptiste, History-Making Actor of Les Mis, Dies in a Fall

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Kyle Jean-Baptiste, the first black actor (as well as the youngest actor) to portray Jean Valjean in the iconic Broadway musical Les Miserables, has died at 21. Police said he fell accidentally from the fourth-floor fire escape of his mother's apartment Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. "The entire Les Misérables family is shocked and devastated by the sudden and tragic loss of Kyle, a remarkable young talent and tremendous person who made magic — and history — in his Broadway debut,” said the production on its official Facebook page.  Jean-Baptiste took the stage as Valjean just one month after joining the company. He was scheduled to leave the show on Sept. 6 to join the Broadway production of The Color Purple. »


- Greg Cwik

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Chrissie Hynde Under Fire for Suggesting Women Who Dress Provocatively ‘Entice’ Rapists

2 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Legendary rocker Chrissie Hynde has come under fire for suggesting that wearing sexy clothes can “entice” rapists. “If you don’t want to entice a rapist, don’t wear high heels so you can’t run from him,” the Pretenders singer said in an interview with the U.K.’s subscription-only Sunday Times Magazine. The interview has received widespread coverage after being picked up by British media outlets including the BBC and The Guardian. The 63-year-old singer made the comments during a discussion about her memoir “Reckless: My Life as a Pretender.” As she recalled being sexually assaulted at age 21 by a motorcycle gang in. »


- Anita Bennett

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Arthouse Audit: 'Grandma' Grabs Big Second Week, 'Phoenix' Continues to Rise

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There is some good news. Sony Pictures Classics' "Grandma" expanded well and IFC's German import "Phoenix" is building strong word-of-mouth success. But overall business is off. Last year's equivalent late-August weekend boasted six specialized films grossing over $500,000 in their later weeks. This year had none. And no new openings topped a $10,000 per theater average. Four more Sundance 2015 films opened this week. Only Brazil's "The Second Mother" (Oscilloscope) hit theaters alone, with three other entries ("Z for Zachariah," "Turbo Kid" and "Zipper") going into parallel video on demand release. Of the roughly 50 films released so far from the Park City lineup, 20 (40%) have been multi-platform (a handful went out one or two weeks after their theatrical openings). "Zipper" (Alchemy) with Patrick Wilson did around $8,000 in 17 theaters. Radius/Weinstein's Danish "When Animals Dream," »


- Tom Brueggemann

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