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Box Office: 'Magic Mike XXL' Narrowly Outstrips 'Terminator: Genisys' Tuesday Night

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

Let the fireworks begin — or that's the hope. Terminator: Genisys and R-rated comedy Magic Mike XXL both began rolling out in North America Tuesday night before opening everywhere Wednesday in advance of the Fourth of July weekend. Magic Mike XXL, the sequel to Steven Soderbergh's sleeper hit, narrowly danced past Genisys with $2.4 million for Warner Bros, ahead of the $2.1 million earned by the first Magic Mike in late-night runs. Genisys took in $2.3 million for Paramount and Skydance Productions.  Both films will have to battle holdover titans Jurassic World and Inside

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- Pamela McClintock

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Michael Keaton, J.K. Simmons Leave ‘Kong: Skull Island’

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

Michael Keaton and J.K. Simmons have exited Legendary-Universal’s “Kong: Skull Island” due to scheduling conflicts.

The King Kong origins movie is set to open on March 10, 2017, and will be released in 3D.  The studio and Legendary unveiled “Skull Island” during last year’s Comic-Con. They announced in September that Tom Hiddleston was on board to star, with Jordan Vogt-Roberts directing.

Production is expected to start later this year.

John Gatins (“Flight”) and Max Borenstein (“Godzilla”) wrote the script, about a team of explorers who venture deep inside the primordial island that is King Kong’s home. Legendary has said the story honors the foundations of the King Kong lore created in the iconic 1933 film.

Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni will produce, while Alex Garcia will executive produce.

The news was first reported by Deadline.


- Dave McNary

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Here’s What Nicolas Cage Looks Like as Every ‘Game of Thrones’ Character (Photos)

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

Ever wondered what “Game of Thrones” would look like if every character were played by Nicolas Cage? Of course not, but Reddit user CarlosDanger100 took the time to Photoshop the actor’s face onto the bodies of 30 different “Game of Thromes” characters, anyway. The results range from hilarious to horrifying. Some of the more convincing photos include the Oscar-winning actor as Stannis Baratheon, Tywin Lannister and perhaps most impressive, Bran Stark. Also read: Amanda Peet Defends 'Game of Thrones': Backlash Over Misogyny Is 'Misplaced' Take a look at a few of the photos below and view the complete gallery here. »

- Reid Nakamura

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Anthony Mackie to Play the Martin Luther King Jr. to Bryan Cranston’s Lyndon B. Johnson

14 hours ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Marvel's onscreen Falcon Anthony Mackie will bring the muscle in a different way as American civil-rights leader MLK in HBO's adaptation of All the Way, a Tony-winning play starring Bryan Cranston as another frequently initialed American leader, Lyndon B. Johnson. According to Deadline, Mackie's role will be "significant" and portray a "more collaborative and complex relationship" than the one depicted between the two in Ava DuVernay's Selma, whose Oscar hopes got dashed by complaints of historical inaccuracy. Meaning: Let's circle back to this conversation about who gets to tell what story next year, okay? »

- E. Alex Jung

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‘Monopoly’ Movie Going Forward With Lionsgate

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

Lionsgate and Hasbro are teaming up on a Monopoly movie and have tapped Andrew Niccol (“The Truman Show”) to write the screenplay.

Lionsgate and Hasbro Allspark Pictures will produce and Lionsgate will finance the film, which centers on a boy from the game’s modest Baltic Avenue on a quest to make a fortune.

“Hasbro is a partner with incredible global reach, one of the most compelling brand portfolios in the world, and a signature brand in Monopoly that has multigenerational appeal,” said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-president Erik Feig.

Andrew Niccol is the ultimate world creator responsible for such disparate and imaginative films as ‘The Truman Show,’ ‘Gattaca’ and ‘The Terminal,'” Feig added. “He is an inspired choice to develop this timeless property into a big, crowd-pleasing event film that will appeal to kids, families and anyone who has ever played the Monopoly game.”

The companies noted that »

- Dave McNary

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Ode to an Icon! See Janet Jackson's Best Looks From Red Carpet to Concerts

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Janet Jackson is having a good week—on Sunday, the star was named Ultimate Icon at the 2015 Bet Awards and, well, now we're taking a look at her iconic red carpet and on-stage style. The singer has been known to wear a wild ensemble or two for her live performances, but her red carpet motif reads surprisingly demure. Janet often opts for simple, clingy white gowns, and she doesn't shy from an effortless Lbd either. When she does choose pops of color for the carpet, she goes all out: Like the pink-to-violet ombré kimono she sported to an Alexander McQueen event in 2008. We also loved the jewel-toned Haider Ackermann get-up she wore to the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS Gala in 2011. There's »

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Sesame Street's Maria, Sonia Manzano, Is Retiring After 44 Years

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

It's the end of an era for Sesame Street: Sonia Manzano—Maria for more than four decades—is retiring from the beloved children's program. News of Manzano's departure arrived in the form of a tweet by the American Libararies Association, after she appeared at their annual conference earlier this week.  "After 45 years on Sesame Street, @SoniaMManzano will no longer appear on the next season," the tweet reads.  While Sesame Street has yet to comment, Manzano has been consoling fans on Twitter, even suggesting that she could return at some point.  "Maybe I'll go back for 50th anniversary and make a guest appearance!" she said in response to »

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England Loses World Cup Semifinal and Pics of Laura Bassett Being Comforted After Scoring an Own Goal Are So Sad

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

This has gotta hurt. Though English defender Laura Bassett was hailed by her manager as a "hero" for her overall play throughout the tournament, we have a feeling that the nausea that must have come when she accidentally put the ball into England's goal in the game's 93rd minute—what is known as an own goal—is going to be what sticks with her. The images coming out of England's 2-1 loss to Japan tonight illustrate the epitome of grace and sportsmanship—and yet they're just so heartbreaking. Bassett's teammates of course gathered all around her for soothing hugs and encouraging words, despite what must have been a devastating moment for »

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Nadav Lapid’s ‘Kindergarten Teacher’ Wins Taipei New Talent Competition

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

Taipei — Israeli director Nadav Lapid’s second feature, “The Kindergarten Teacher,” won the Grand Prize and $20,000 at the new talent competition of the Taipei Film Festival.

Portraying a special relationship built upon poetry between a precocious child and his teacher, “Kindergarten” was lauded by the festival jury as “mysterious, emotional, and compassionate.” The film earlier showcased at 2014 Cannes Critics’ Week.

A special jury prize and $10,000 were awarded to Korean-Canadian director Albert Shin’s “In Her Place,” a psychodrama about adoption stigma in Korea.

Local filmmaker Chiang Hsui-chiung’s “The Furthest End Awaits” won the Audience Choice Award.

Jury members included festival programmer Chen Mi-jiuan, Taiwanese director Hou Chi-jan, Christian Jeune from Cannes, Thai filmmaker Pen-ek Ratanaruang and Korean director E J-yong.

The 18th Taipei Film Festival runs through July 17.


- Sonia Kil

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Jessa Duggar Shares New Selfie of Her Growing Baby Bump at 22 Weeks—Take a Look!

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

Someone's bun in the oven is getting bigger and bigger! Jessa Duggar Seewald has been pretty good at keeping her fans updated on her pregnancy journey, so she continued the trend by sharing her latest selfie of her growing baby bump today to illustrate her 22-week milestone. "At #22Weeks, #BabySeewald now weighs just over a pound," Jessa, who wore a fitted T-shirt and striped maxi skirt, wrote with the snapshot. Her last baby bump photo was a couple weeks ago when she posted a pic of herself 20 weeks along, wearing a black T-shirt, with her long golden honey brown hair in a side braid. Jessa also included an ultrasound video of their baby, set to Andrew Peterson's 2010 »

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India’s Colors Launches English Movie Channel as CNN Splits With TV18

57 minutes ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

India’s Viacom 18 is to launch two new English general entertainment channels Colors Infinity and Colors Infinity HD. The network has signed multi-year deals with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution, NBC Universal, Sony Pictures Television, Twentieth Century Fox, Lionsgate, MGM, BBC and Endemol Shine to secure content.

No shows have been announced yet but the network says that a gamut of genres including reality, drama, superheroes, comedy, fantasy, crime, and thrillers. The channels will be co-curated by actor, producer, writer, director and talk show host Karan Johar and actress Alia Bhatt. The channels will be available on Dth and cable platforms.

“The [English-language] market is widening its appeal across viewers who think and speak in English, but haven’t been invited to consume international entertainment yet. Colors Infinity aims to speak to this larger audience, which goes beyond the metros,” said Sudhanshu Vats, Group CEO, Viacom18.

Viacom 18, a joint venture between U. »

- Naman Ramachandran

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‘Extant’ Season 2: Showrunners Talk New Direction, Cast Changes

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It’s not unusual for a show to make tweaks between seasons, but CBS’ summer sci-fi series “Extant” underwent an extreme makeover for Wednesday’s second season premiere.

Only three of last season’s seven full-time regulars are still with the show (leading lady Halle Berry as astronaut Molly Woods, Pierce Gagnon as her robo-son, Ethan, and Grace Gummer as partially robotic scientist Julie Gelineau), while season one’s male lead, Goran Visnjic, has been replaced by Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Entire subplots have been dropped, and the show’s perspective is shifting away from the realm of science, to a pulpier, more action-driven, vibe.

There’s no doubt many of these changes are the result of underwhelming ratings — after bowing to 9.6 million viewers and a 1.6 rating in the 18-49 demo, the first season averaged 6.2 million viewers and a 1.1 in 18-49.

They’re also the vision of new showrunners Elizabeth Kruger »

- Geoff Berkshire

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Rumer Willis Flaunts Killer Bikini Bod During Dancing With the Stars Tour—and the Shirtless Guys Aren't Bad, Either

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

It looks like Rumer Willis is having some fun on tour! The brunette beauty and recent mirror-ball trophy winner showed off her killer bikini bod while on the Dancing With the Stars tour, when she took a little swim break with her equally attractive pals. "The boys are back in town... @keo_motsepe and @alanbersten," she captioned the photo, which shows her strutting a black string bikini while the other shirtless two showed off their abs. While there's no denying Willis' enviable bod, we can't help but mention that her scenery isn't too shabby, either. The hunky shirtless pics continued when Alan Bersten posted a photo of the guys, including Rumer's former partner Val »

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Watch: Nicole Kidman Fearlessly Takes on Sensual 'Strangerland' (Exclusive Video Interview)

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Nicole Kidman is one of our most fearless actresses, from her Oscar-winning role as a depressed Virginia Woolf in "The Hours" and warbling woman of the night in "Moulin Rouge!" to the grieving mother in "Rabbit Hole," aggressive newswoman on the rise in "To Die For," and sexy turn in "Paperboy." I talked to her on a chilly Sundance balcony right before her latest film "Strangerland" made its debut in the World competition.   "Strangerland" is a gorgeously moody outback thriller shot in Alice Springs about a pharmacist (Joseph Fiennes, replacing originally cast Guy Pearce) and his wife (Kidman) who move to a new town after their sex-crazed 15-year-old daughter has an affair with a teacher. They haven't had a chance to settle down when the girl and her younger brother vanish during a dust storm, presumably into the desert, spawning all sorts of talk and suspicion as the town police chief (Hugo Weaving) tries to. »

- Anne Thompson

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Twitterverse Accuses Demi Lovato of Ripping Off Katy Perry and Jessie J on ''Cool for the Summer''—and She Fires Back!

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

Hell hath no fury like the Twitterverse.  Demi Lovato dropped what will no doubt be one of this summer's biggest hits, but some people on Twitter are claiming the brunette beauty may have ripped off two other popular pop stars. "Cool for the Summer" is one of those bubblegum tunes that reminds us of a certain Katy Perry hit, especially since the lyrics in question appear to be about kissing a girl—but it doesn't end there. Some tweeters are also claiming that the chorus of "Summer" sounds just like Jessie J's "Domino." But Demi being Demi, the outspoken, take-no-guff gal that she is didn't waste any time and fired back at her social media critics, in »

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London Has Fallen Teaser: Get Ready for Gerard Butler and Explosions

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Remember Olympus Has Fallen? Okay, well now bad things are happening in London. This is what it's going to look like: explosions, Gerard Butler, more explosions, more Gerard Butler, maybe a little Morgan Freeman, more explosions, and then a creepy, Avengers-ified version of "London Bridge." Good news: Everything looks sufficiently cool and badass. (Bad news: The timing of this teaser was neither cool nor badass.) You'll be able to catch all the Butler action early next year. »

- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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Holy Abs! Shemar Moore, 45, Shows Off His Sexy Shirtless Bod in South Beach

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

It's official—Shemar Moore doesn't age. The 45-year-old actor showed off his impressive and super-sexy bod while parading his washboard abs on South Beach in Miami today. Moore wore patriotic swim trunks, a fedora and shades while keeping cool in the ocean while soaking in the sun's rays in Miami. If you find yourself staring, don't feel bad. If you find yourself drooling, don't feel bad. Seriously, you're only human, and have you seen that picture! Goodness gracious. As if the beach pic wasn't hot enough, Moore took his sex appeal to Instagram and posted another abtastic photo of himself shirtless while still wearing his jeans over his trunks. Shemar captioned the »

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Emmitt Smith the Latest to Drop Out of Judging Miss USA Pageant Over Donald Trump's Mexico Comments

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

The Miss USA pageant is down another judge. This afternoon Emmitt Smith became the latest to step down in response to derogatory remarks about Mexican immigrants made by Donald Trump, whose Miss Universe Organization also puts on Miss USA. "In light of Mr. Trump's statements and the subsequent decisions made by NBC, I have decided not to participate as a judge in the 2015 Miss USA pageant," the retired football great and Dancing With Stars champ wrote on Facebook. "Knowing firsthand through my wife, Pat Smith, how much the women prepare for this event, I continue to send my support and best wishes to everyone competing this year." Pat is a former Miss Virginia USA who was first runner-up »

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David Kennedy, Talent Agent Turned Producer, Dies at 73

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David Kennedy, a top talent agent in the 1970s and ’80s who segued into producing, has died. He was 73.

Kennedy died in Los Angeles on June 14 as a result of complications from knee replacement surgery, FX confirmed Wednesday.

Kennedy was most recently developing several projects at FX under a first-look deal with FX Prods., including a narrative take on the 2012 AIDS activism documentary “How to Survive a Plague.”

As a producer he was known for such telepics as CBS’ Emmy-winning 2005 drama “Saving Milly” and Showtime’s “Our Fathers.”

Kennedy spent 12 years as head of TV for ICM, based in New York where he represented such notables as Robin Williams, Lorne Michaels, Eddie Murphy, Dick Clark, Debbie Allen and Joe Piscopo. He segued to the production side with his move west to work as senior VP of programming for Pearson Television and Reg Grundy Prods.

Kennedy later became president of Dan Curtis Prods. »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Sonia Manzano to Retire After 44 Years on ‘Sesame Street’

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

Sesame Street” is losing on of its most recognizable faces.

Sonia Manzano, who played Maria on the long-running PBS children’s show, is retiring 44 years after joining the series, she said at the American Library Association Annual Conference.

Manzano first appeared on “Sesame Street” in 1971, and was upped to a series regular in 1974. Manzano, with TV-husband Luis, are known to “Sesame Street” viewers for running the Fix-It Shop, which specializes in toaster repair.

Along with acting on the show, Manzano also served as a writer. She won 15 Emmys for her writing work on the show, and was nominated twice for her acting. Manzano also has a memoir releasing soon, “Becoming Maria: Love And Chaos In The South Bronx.”

While the show has yet to make an official announcement of her departure, Manzano has been actively responding to fans lamenting her exit on Twitter, reassuring them that all will still be »

- Alex Stedman

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