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Bradley Cooper’s ‘A Star Is Born’ to Premiere at Venice Film Festival

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Bradley Cooper’s ‘A Star Is Born’ to Premiere at Venice Film Festival
Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut “A Star Is Born” will be heading to the Venice International Film Festival in August, festival organizers announced Monday.

The Warner Bros. film will have its world premiere out of competition on August 31.

In the film, Cooper plays seasoned musician Jackson Maine who discovers struggling artist Ally (played by Lady Gaga). She is about to give up on her dream of being a singer until Maine coaxes her into the spotlight. But when Ally’s career takes off, Jackson has to fight against his own inner demons.

The film co-stars Sam Elliott, comedian Dave Chappelle and Andrew Dice Clay. Bill Gerber, Jon Peters, Cooper, Todd Phillips and Lynette Howell Taylor are producing, while Ravi Mehta, Basil Iwanyk, Niija Kuykendall, Sue Kroll, Michael Rapino and Heather Parry serve as executive producers.
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Riverdale Casts Penelope Ann Miller as Archie's Ms. Wright in Season 3

Riverdale Casts Penelope Ann Miller as Archie's Ms. Wright in Season 3
Accused killer Archie Andrews’ chances of being acquitted just got a whole lot worse. Penelope Ann Miller has joined the Riverdale cast in the recurring role of Ms. Wright, the district attorney who will be prosecuting the ginger hunk in Season 3 for the murder of Shadow Lake denizen Cassidy, it was announced at the show’s San Diego Comic-Con panel on Sunday.

According to the CW drama’s official description, Ms. Wright is “savvy and eloquent,” and “with a conviction in mind, she will weave together disparate moments of Archie’s young life to portray him as a dangerous, violent
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Sequels Dominate as Denzel's 'Equalizer 2' Edges Out 'Mamma Mia!' Sequel at Top of Box Office

Sequels Dominate as Denzel's 'Equalizer 2' Edges Out 'Mamma Mia!' Sequel at Top of Box Office
A different kind of record was set this weekend in that it was the first weekend ever where eight of the top ten films at the weekend box office were sequels. Of those eight, two of the weekend's new follow-up films are locked in a tight race at the top with Sony's The Equalizer 2 pulling off a surprise upset, edging out Universal's Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, which looked as if it might top $40 million at one point over the weekend, but settled down well below that mark. Overall, the weekend showed a slight improvement over last weekend while falling ~7% behind the same weekend last year. At the top of the box office, Sony's release of The Equalizer 2, starring Denzel Washington and directed by Antoine Fuqua, delivered an estimated $35.8 million, topping the $34.1 million opening for the first film. The film's second place performance comes as
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Elmarie Wendel Dies: ‘3rd Rock From The Sun’ Actress Was 78

Elmarie Wendel Dies: ‘3rd Rock From The Sun’ Actress Was 78
Actress Elmarie Wendel, best known for her role as the eccentric Mrs. Dubcek on NBC’s long-running sitcom 3rd Rock From The Sun, has died. Her daughter, actress J.C. Wendel, confirmed her mother’s death on Instagram (see below). No cause of death was given. Wendel was 78. Wendel began her career on the stage in New York City in both Broadway and off-Broadway productions. She joined the national touring company of Annie, which brought her to Los Angeles, and a successful…
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Luc Besson's Film School Faces Closure

Luc Besson's Film School Faces Closure
Luc Besson’s cinema school appears to be another casualty of the director’s legal and financial troubles.

In an email sent Monday morning, founding director Laurent Jaudon said that he was leaving the school effective immediately.

“I’m sure our paths will cross soon and, until then, I wish you luck in all your projects,” he wrote. Jaudon also changed his LinkedIn profile to read, “a director without a school but with lots of students.”

The cryptic message follows weeks of speculation after prospective students began to share rejection letters on Twitter last week after ...
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China Box Office Propels ‘Skyscraper’ to $75 Million Overseas

China Box Office Propels ‘Skyscraper’ to $75 Million Overseas
Can China save “Skyscraper” from collapsing at the box office?

Dwayne Johnson’s disaster drama collected $75 million internationally this weekend, propelled by a $45 million bow in China. Along with $11 million this weekend in North America, “Skyscraper” has pocketed $176.8 million globally. The film, which is set in Hong Kong and features a number of Asian actors, was virtually engineered for its international appeal. Universal and Legendary have been banking on strong returns overseas to make up for the disappointing domestic number, where it has made $46 million in two weeks.

To compare, Johnson’s latest, “Rampage,” opened in China with $55 million. Though it got a slow start, the video game adaptation went on to earn $99 million in North America and $326 million overseas.

Skyscraper’s” top abroad openings this weekend include Colombia with $1.3 million, India with $1.3 million, and Peru with $900,000. It saw strong holdovers in Mexico ($1.7 million), Korea ($1.4 million), Russia ($1.4 million), and Malaysia ($1.2 million).

Though “Mamma Mia!
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HFPA, Dick Clark Productions Near New Golden Globe Awards Rights Deal With NBC

After testing the market, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and Dick Clark Productions are nearing a new long-term rights agreement with NBC for the Golden Globe Awards.

Multiple sources close to the situation said the HFPA and Dcp are close to finalizing an eight-year deal with a significant fee hike over the roughly $21 million NBC has paid in the last few years for the annual kudocast. On Monday, the HFPA unveiled the Globes timetable for the 2019 awards, which is similar to the past few years with nominations announced Dec. 6 and the ceremony at the Beverly Hilton held on Jan. 6.

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Lenny Kravitz Maps North American Tour for ‘Raise Vibration’

Lenny Kravitz Maps North American Tour for ‘Raise Vibration’
Lenny Kravitz will take his upcoming new album Raise Vibration on the road this fall with a North American tour.

The eight-gig trek kicks off September 21st in Atlanta and concludes at Los Angeles’ Palladium on October 8th. Tickets for the tour go on sale July 27th; a free CD copy of Raise Vibration, due out September 7th, accompanies each ticket purchase, with fans also given the option of upgrading to a vinyl copy of the album.

Ahead of Raise Vibration, Kravitz has shared the singles “It’s Enough” and “Low.
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Kim Gordon: My Five Favorite Breakup Songs

Kim Gordon: My Five Favorite Breakup Songs
Kim Gordon isn’t typically a list maker. “It’s sort of the thing I hate but once I start getting into it, it’s like, ‘Oh, yeah, this is fun,'” she says with a laugh. “I started out with the theme of classic breakup songs, but then it kind of morphed into the general relationship songs.”

Mostly, she came up with the theme because she thought it would be easy. “I listen to a lot of melancholy music,” she says, laughing. But it could have gone another way.
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‘Fox & Friends First’ Accidentally Booked an Anti-Trump Democrat and It Didn’t Go Well (Video)

Things did not go as planned on “Fox & Friends First” Monday after the show accidentally booked an anti-Trump Massachusetts state senator, who used the opportunity to berate Trump directly over immigration.

On set, hosts Rob Schmitt and Jillian Mele were blindsided when their guest revealed that she was not pro-Ice democrat Ann Kirkpatrick, but instead local Massachusetts legislator Barbara L’Italien.

“Good morning. I’m actually here to speak directly to Donald Trump,” said L’Italien. “We have to stop abducting children and ripping them from their parents’ arms, stop putting kids in cages, and stop making three-year-olds defend themselves in court.”

Also Read: Kimberly Guilfoyle Out at Fox News

Both Mele and Schmitt appeared stunned and continued to address L’Italien as Kirkpatrick.

“Again, my name is Barbara L’Italien,” she corrected “And I refuse to believe that our only options are open borders or traumatizing children.”

After
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TV Ratings: ‘Ghosted’ Goes Out on Quiet Note

TV Ratings: ‘Ghosted’ Goes Out on Quiet Note
The series finale of “Ghosted” aired on Fox Sunday night, with the comedy series falling week-to-week in the overnight ratings.

Airing at 9:30, “Ghosted” drew a 0.4 rating in adults 18-49 and 1.1 million viewers. That is down in both measures from last week, tying the show’s series low in the key demo and narrowly avoiding a series low in total viewers. The comedy starring Craig Robinson and Adam Scott debuted in the fall to a solid 1.4 and 3.6 million viewers before falling off around its third episode.

Earlier on Fox, “One Strange Rock” drew a 0.3 and 940,000 viewers, followed by repeats until “Ghosted.
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Wavescape Film Fest Rides High With 14th Edition

Wavescape Film Fest Rides High With 14th Edition
Durban — Forty-two years after leaving apartheid South Africa, Cape Town-born helmer and indie film pioneer Michael Oblowitz had a single question for the crowd gathered Sunday night for the opening of the Wavescape Surf Film Festival in Durban: “How’s the surf?”

On a chilly, blustery night, with waves crashing along the Bay of Plenty on the palm-lined stretch of Durban waterfront dubbed the Golden Mile, close to 1,000 movie-goers turned out to unfurl picnic blankets, bundle into their ski parkas, and sip South African pinotage during the African premiere of Oblowitz’s acclaimed surf documentary, “Heavy Water: The Life and Times of Nathan Fletcher.”

The California transplant, who learned the ropes of filmmaking alongside the likes of Jim Jarmusch and Kathryn Bigelow in the gritty, indie New York scene of the 1970s, was a fitting choice to open Wavescape’s 14th edition, running parallel to the Durban Int’l. Film Festival.
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Hear Rhett Miller Talk Depression, New Christmas Album on ‘Walking the Floor’

Hear Rhett Miller Talk Depression, New Christmas Album on ‘Walking the Floor’
An alt-country lifer, Rhett Miller has fronted the Old 97’s for 25 years, maintaining an acclaimed solo career along the way. He’s no less busy today than he was during his band’s infancy, with a handful of projects – including an Old 97’s Christmas album, an upcoming solo record and a book of kids’ poetry – all filling a gloriously crowded plate. Miller talks about it all of it during his interview with Walking the Floor‘s Chris Shiflett.

Below are several highlights from today’s episode, which makes its premiere at Rolling Stone Country.
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Why ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’s’ Box Office Opening Is Still a Win

Why ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’s’ Box Office Opening Is Still a Win
“Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” might not have nabbed the box office crown, but its domestic debut is still something to sing about.

Universal’s jukebox musical launched with a solid $76.4 million globally, including $34 million in North America and $43.4 million overseas. If its predecessors’ lengthy theatrical run is any indication, the future of the “Mamma Mia!” sequel looks promising.

“Mamma Mia!” — the 2008 adaptation of the hit stage musical — launched slightly behind its follow-up with $27 million. That film, which opened a decade to the month before the follow-up, had long legs at the box office, playing throughout the summer before closing its run in November. Along the way, it generated a massive $465 million internationally and $609 million worldwide. Impressive for most films, but especially given its $52 million production budget.

It’s been a summer flooded with Spandexed heroes and gun-toting vigilantes. Sure, it’s a break from watching the bleak and dreary news cycle,
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Ratings: ‘Big Brother’ Is Sunday’s Top Show, But ABC Wins Primetime With Fun and Games

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Ratings: ‘Big Brother’ Is Sunday’s Top Show, But ABC Wins Primetime With Fun and Games
Big Brother” was Sunday’s top-rated show, but its host network CBS was unable to overcome ABC’s game show lineup in terms of primetime averages.

ABC was first in ratings with a 0.9 rating/4 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 4.8 million, according to preliminary numbers. After a rerun, “Celebrity Family Feud” at 8 p.m. posted a 1.1/5 and 6 million viewers — that’s the largest overall audience for any show on broadcast last night. At 9, “The $100,000 Pyramid” had a 0.9/4 and 5.1 million viewers. At 10, “To Tell the Truth” got a 0.8/4 and 3.9 million viewers.

CBS was second in ratings with a 0.7/3 and in viewers with 4.4 million. At 7, “60 Minutes” received a 0.7/3 and 7.5 million viewers. “Big Brother” at 8 landed a 1.4/7 and 5.4 million viewers. Repeats followed.

Also Read: Ratings: 'Trial & Error' Season 2 Premieres More on the 'Error' End

NBC was third in ratings with a 0.5/2 and in viewers with 3.6 million.
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Bob Dylan 1960s Live Rarities Collection Gets Wide Release

Bob Dylan 1960s Live Rarities Collection Gets Wide Release
A two-cd set of live Bob Dylan recordings taped at concerts between 1962 to 1966 previously available only in Japan will be released worldwide on July 27th. Live 1962 – 1966: Rare Performances from The Copyright Collections begins with solo acoustic tunes taped at Gerde’s Folk City in New York’s Greenwich Village in 1962, continues with major moments from his folk career (including Dylan’s 1963 headlining show at Carnegie Hall) and concludes with songs from his legendary 1965/66 electric tour where he enraged folk purists by playing with a rock band.

The songs are
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Area President Falls Asleep on Caps Lock Key, Threatens Historic Suffering

Area President Falls Asleep on Caps Lock Key, Threatens Historic Suffering
President Trump spent most of Sunday tweeting about the Witch Hunt from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey – nothing out of the ordinary. But just before midnight, Trump smashed the caps lock key and fired off a strongly worded warning to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. “Never, Ever Threaten The United States Again Or You Will Suffer Consequences The Likes Of Which Few Throughout History Have Ever Suffered Before,” the president wrote. “We Are No Longer A Country That Will Stand For Your Demented Words Of Violence & Death. Be Cautious!
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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Stars Respond to James Gunn’s Firing: ‘I Love All Members of my Gotg Family’

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Stars Respond to James Gunn’s Firing: ‘I Love All Members of my Gotg Family’
Guardians of the Galaxy” stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Michael Rooker have weighed in on the firing of the franchise’s director James Gunn.

On Sunday, Pratt quoted a Bible verse from the Epistle of James in the New Testament: “Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters. Let every person be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger.”

Saldana, who like Pratt doesn’t mention Gunn by name in her tweet, wrote, “It’s been a challenging weekend I’m not gonna lie. I’m pausing myself to take everything in before I speak out of term. I just want everyone to know I love All members of my Gotg family. Always will.”

Also Read: Chris Pratt Goes Biblical in James Gunn Comments

Rooker, who played outlaw Yondu Udonta in the first two films of the franchise, said he would be quitting Twitter “over the ongoing bulls
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Peach Music Festival 2018: 10 Best Things We Saw

Peach Music Festival 2018: 10 Best Things We Saw
The Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton, Pennsylvania, has hosted a deep and diverse lineup for the Peach Music Festival since the event was launched by the Allman Brothers Band in 2012, but the seventh annual rendition provided the most colorful bill yet. From Allman Brothers co-founder Dickey Betts and South Carolina soul rockers the Marcus King Band to Nashville songwriter Nicki Bluhm and jam titans Moe., the Peach served up four freewheeling days of inspired music. Here are the 10 best things we saw. (Photos courtesy of the Peach Music Festival
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Sean Spicer’s Book Is Tanking in Amazon Pre-Order Sales

Sean Spicer’s Book Is Tanking in Amazon Pre-Order Sales
Sean Spicer added his name to a growing list of former White House officials who are writing books about their stories from their time in the Trump administration.

Sales, however, for the former Trump press secretary’s new book, “The Briefing,” have been less than stellar. As of this writing, pre-order sales on Amazon for Spicer’s book ranked 1,047 on the site’s sales charts.

The soft opening comes despite a lengthy promotion tour, which included a fancy D.C. book launch party where all-access tickets cost $1,000. The news is particularly embarrassing for Spicer given that books from Fox NewsJeanine Pirro and Gregg Jarrett rank at #1 and #9 respectively.

Also Read: Sean Spicer Talk Show in the Works at Debmar-Mercury

Reps for Spicer’s publisher, Regnery, did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap. In his morning newsletter, CNN media reporter Brian Stelter took a moment to mock
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