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Jerry Lewis, Comedy Legend, Dead at 91

21 hours ago | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Jerry Lewis, an actor and auteur who was one of the most influential forces in American comedy, died Sunday morning at his Las Vegas. He was 91.

"Legendary entertainer Jerry Lewis passed away peacefully today of natural causes at 91 at his home with family by his side," his family said in a statement to the Las Vegas Review-Journal writer John Katsilometes. No cause of death was announced.

In a career that spanned vaudeville, radio, television, film and philanthropy, Lewis established the persona of a manic, juvenile jokester, which belied darker, more self-lacerating elements below the surface, »

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'Hitman's Bodyguard' Tops Weekend with $21M+ Opening as 'Logan Lucky' Falls Short

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

Lionsgate and Summit's action-comedy The Hitman's Bodyguard finished ahead of pre-weekend expectations and took the #1 spot at the weekend box office while WB and New Line's Annabelle: Creation scored a second place finish over its sophomore frame. The weekend wasn't too kind, however, to Bleecker's Logan Lucky, which did manage to finish third, but was unable to crack double digits from over 3,000 locations. As for the weekend overall, the top twelve narrowly escaped becoming the worst weekend of 2017 by less than $1 million by combining for $81.5 million. As of right now, this means the month of August is currently pacing 34% behind August last year while the summer season is pacing 12.8% behind last year. With an estimated $21.6 million, Lionsgate's release of The Hitman's Bodyguard finished #1 at the box office. This outperforms Mojo's pre-release forecast and is just a shade below historical averages for a film of this size and genre from Lionsgate. »

- Brad Brevet <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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‘Game of Thrones’ Spinoff Series Will Be ‘Recognizable as a Past Event’ to Readers, Says Screenwriter

19 August 2017 2:47 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Not much is known about the different “Game of Thrones” spinoffs in development in HBO, though it has been confirmed that all four are prequels and will feature no existing characters. Courtesy of an IGN interview with Jane Goldman, who’s writing one of the proposed spinoffs, we now know that hers will be “recognizable as a past event” to those familiar with Westeros.

Read More:‘Game of Thrones’ Spin-offs: George R.R. Martin Still Co-Writing Two of Them, But Nothing Will Be Ready for A Long Time

Though she emphasizes that she “can say absolutely nothing” in terms of plot details, the “Kick-Ass” screenwriter responds in the affirmative when asked if her spinoff will feature any magic or supernatural elements. Goldman is developing the show alongside George R. R. Martin, and says that she’s “had the pleasure of going to spend some time with him and working on things »

- Michael Nordine

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Warner Bros. Touts $1B ‘Conjuring’ Universe With ‘Annabelle: Creation’ Success

18 August 2017 3:46 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

So many “universes” since the Marvel Universe brand. Universal touts its Monsters universe and yes, Warner Bros. has one, too, now. It’s call The Conjuring universe. After the successful box office launch of New Line Cinema's latest horror offering Annabelle: Creation, Warner Bros. just announced that James Wan and producer Peter Safran's Conjuring “universe” of films have reached the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box  office. Annabelle: Creation opened to $35M… »

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‘Super Troopers 2’ Lands Spring 2018 Release Date

18 August 2017 11:24 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fox Searchlight has set an April 20, 2018, release date for “Super Troopers 2” — 17 years after the original.

Jay Chandrasekhar is directing the comedy sequel, as he did on the original. Filmmaking team Broken Lizard raised $4.4 million in a 30-day crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo in 2015 that saw more than 50,000 contributors. It was one of the most successful crowdfunding campaigns for a movie along with the $5.7 million raised by fans for the “Veronica Mars” movie starring Kristen Bell.

Donation incentives for “Super Tropers 2” on the first day included a producer title for $10,000, a speaking actor role for $10,000, a trip to the ballpark with the main actors for $15,000, and the patrol car to be used in the filming for $35,000. “Super Troopers 2” met the initial goal of $2 million (set by Fox Searchlight) in 26 hours.

Super Troopers 2” reunites all five Troopers from the original film — Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, and Erik Stolhanske. The »

- Dave McNary

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John Boyega Hints Again at Possible Cameos by Princes William and Harry in ‘Jedi’

18 August 2017 8:47 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

John Boyega has hinted again that heirs to the British throne Prince William and Prince Harry and actor Tom Hardy have cameos in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s “Today” program Friday morning to promote Kathryn Bigelow’s “Detroit,” Boyega was asked about the rumors he fueled when last on the show – that the two royals had secret cameos in “The Last Jedi” as stormtroopers – and whether the princes had lines.

“I think they took that scene out,” Boyega said jokingly, then added: “I’ve had enough with those Prince William secrets, man. They came on set; they were there, man. Tom Hardy was there, too – I said it. I’m sick of hiding this.”

The actor, who plays former stormtrooper Finn in the sequel trilogy, said questions had dogged him ever since the rumors first began circulating in April 2016, when William and Harry visited the “Jedi” set (pictured). “Every time I get »

- Robert Mitchell

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Game of Thrones Season 8 to Start Filming in October

20 August 2017 8:07 AM, PDT | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

The eighth and final season of HBO's Game of Thrones will begin filming this October, actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has revealed.

He said as much while promoting his newest film Shot Caller in an interview with Collider, revealing, "I knew what was going to happen for the first three seasons. After


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- Amanda Bell

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How to Follow the Solar Eclipse on Facebook and Snap

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

If you can’t make it outside to actually check out the solar eclipse, don’t worry, because Facebook and Snap have you covered. Facebook has partnered with Nasa for a live stream of the eclipse, starting at noon Et. The event will be highlighted from several different locations, including the International Space Station, on Nasa’s Facebook page. No fancy glasses are necessary. News organizations are turning to Facebook to broadcast the eclipse, too, with NBC News, CNN and Time all showcasing it on their own Facebook Live streams. Also Read: Numbers Confirm That Snap 'Spectacles' Aren't Cool If »

- Sean Burch

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Can I Really Go Blind Watching the Solar Eclipse?

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

On Monday, a total solar eclipse will be visible in the United States, and if you’re planning on catching a glimpse of one of nature’s wonders you’re going to need some special viewing glasses or risk serious damage to your eyes, including blindness. According to Vox (and common sense), looking directly at the sun — eclipse or not — can permanently damage your eyes, literally burning a hole through them. You’ll need super-dark glasses (think dark welder’s glasses) that will filter out all but .003 percent of light. Ordinary sunglasses do not provide sufficient protection. “The light from the sun is. »

- Rasha Ali

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Bonnie Tyler Talks Singing ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ During Actual Eclipse (Video)

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

Seems like we need Bonnie Tyler more than ever. It came to light last week that Tyler, who’s on a cruise ship that’s going to pass in the area of totality (under a full eclipse), will be performing her famous hit “Total Eclipse of the Heart” in what is the most appropriate use of the song in its entire history. Ahead of the historic event, the singer spoke with “Good Morning America” Monday morning about her performance and even gave a little preview of what’s to come. Also Read: How to Livestream the Solar Eclipse “I’m »

- Carli Velocci

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Chinese Companies Turn to Resetting Relationship With Hollywood

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

Chinese companies talked about not wanting to be regarded as the latest in a series of foolish foreign investors in Hollywood. But it took the intervention of Chinese President Xi Jinping to bring to an end a 3½-year acquisition frenzy which saw Dalian Wanda and other players strike deals that raised eyebrows on both sides of the Pacific.

Last week’s official declaration by Beijing ruling out investments in overseas film, entertainment and sports properties marks a resetting of the relationship between Chinese and U.S. companies in those sectors, analysts say. Call it China-Hollywood 2.0.

“They mean business this time. This is not a policy that will change right after the [Communist] Party Congress this autumn,” Alex Wong, director of asset management at Ample Capital, told Radio Television Hong Kong.

The entertainment industries in both China and the U.S. must adjust to a new reality no longer based on acquisitions and asset values. Instead, »

- Patrick Frater

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Universal Music Group Partners With ‘Beat Bugs’ Producers for Three New Music-Based Series (Exclusive)

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

Universal Music Group (Umg) has partnered with production company Grace/Beyond (Gb) to develop three new music-based television series, Variety has learned exclusively.

Grace/Beyond’s principal partners — Josh Wakely (pictured above), Mikael Borglund and Trevor Roy — all serve as executive producers on the Netflix animated series “Beat Bugs,” which features re-imagined versions of Beatles’ classics by music superstars including P!nk, Sia, Eddie Vedder, Rod Stewart, and many others. Wakely also created the series.

“I think there’s an extraordinary hunger with these iconic artists and emerging artists for music-based content,” Wakely told Variety. “I think people are eager to experience music in all manner of ways and I got to experience and execute that with ‘Beat Bugs.’ To have access to Universal Music’s catalog is like being a kid in a toy store. Every day I wake up with a new idea for another artist.”

The first of the three new series is currently »

- Joe Otterson

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The Stars of 'Dirty Dancing': Where Are They Now?

36 minutes ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

It's been 30 years since Baby and Johnny fell in love during their summer at Kellerman's.

Dirty Dancing hit the big screen on Aug. 21, 1987 and in honor of the beloved film's anniversary, The Hollywood Reporter takes a look at what some of the movie's most notable stars have been up to since they had the time of their lives.

Sadly, Patrick Swayze and Jerry Orbach died in 2009 and 2004, respectively. But read on to see what Jennifer Grey, Kelly Bishop and others are up to now.


- Rebecca Cohen

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How Well Do You Know 'Dirty Dancing'?

36 minutes ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

It was 30 years ago, on Aug. 21, that Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze first twirled into theaters in Dirty Dancing, a spicy summer romance.

Though three decades have passed, fans still remember the famous lift and Swayze’s character insisting that “nobody puts Baby in a corner.”

The young lovers meet at Kellerman’s, an upscale summer resort where Johnny Castle (Swayze) works as a dance instructor and Baby Houseman (Grey) is visiting with her family. Baby ends up at a party for the staff and Johnny catches her eye. As she swoons over him during the hot summer days, he »

- Rebecca Cohen

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Watch John Oliver Explain Why America Is Overdue for a 'Nuclear Toilet'

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Threats of nuclear war are scary enough, but as John Oliver illustrated on Sunday's Last Week Tonight, the United States' lack of a "nuclear toilet" – a central repository for nuclear waste – makes that idea much worse. The U.S. currently hosts enough nuclear energy waste to fill "one football field, 20 feet high." For decades, those toxic materials have been stored at ill-equipped facilities and in some cases, dumped into the ocean. In either case, public contamination due to a leak is alarmingly high. 

"One out of three Americans live within 50 miles of high-level nuclear waste, »

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Jay-z Breaks Silence About Elevator Brawl With Solange Knowles: ‘We Had One Disagreement Ever’

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

Jay-z has spoken out about the 2014 elevator fight with his sister-in-law Solange Knowles after the Met Gala for the first time, more than three years after the incident took place. “We had one disagreement ever. Before and after we’ve been cool,” Jay-z said in a recent interview with Rap Radar hosts Elliott Wilson and Brian “B.Dot” Miller. “She’s like my sister. I will protect her. That’s my sister, not my sister-in-law. My sister. Period.” He added, “We’ve always had a great relationship. I fought my brothers and argued with my brothers my whole life. It just so happens, »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Do I Really Need Special Glasses to Watch the Eclipse?

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

On Monday, a total solar eclipse will be visible in the United States, and if you’re planning on catching a glimpse of one of nature’s wonders you’re going to need some special viewing glasses. A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun and fully blocks the sun — it’s a pretty big deal because the last one that was visible in the contiguous U.S. happened 38 years ago. The previous one occurred in 1918. You’re most likely going to want to step outside and take a peek at what the sun and the moon are. »

- Rasha Ali

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John Oliver Tackles Our Nuclear Waste Problem, Which Now Includes Radioactive Alligators (Video)

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

If an ill plagues our society, count on John Oliver to cover the issue — especially if it is one literally making society ill. On Sunday, HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host tackled America’s nuclear waste problem, which basically boils down to the fact that for decades now, we’ve had no real place to dump the dangerous stuff. What’s getting out is making people sick, which should make readers feel the same way. As Oliver simply posed the crux of the issue: “Why do we not have a nuclear toilet?” Also Read: 'Weird Al' Yankovic Joins »

- Tony Maglio

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The Defenders Recap: Nowhere to Hide

52 minutes ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The Hand isn’t an interesting villain. »

- Oliver Sava

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AMC’s Shudder Takes U.S., U.K. Rights on Six FrightFest Titles

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

Six upcoming horror titles have been acquired for a mix of North American and U.K. rights by Shudder, the horror Svod service run by AMC Networks, it announced Monday. The acquisition comes ahead of the U.K.’s FrightFest horror festival, which runs Aug. 24-28, and will see all six features make their U.K. premieres.

The acquisition includes all rights in North America, U.K. and Ireland for surreal U.S. sci-fi romance “Sequence Break” (pictured), from director Graham Skipper, as well as Austrian director Stefan Ruzowitzky’s “Cold Hell.”

Shudder has taken streaming rights in North America and Canada to Chris Peckover’s Christmas-themed title “Better Watch Out,” starring Virginia Madsen, which Universal is scheduled to release theatrically in the U.K. Dec. 8.

The service has added all rights for U.K. and Ireland to the U.S. streaming rights it acquired during the Cannes Film Festival in May for Joe Lynch’s “Mayhem »

- Robert Mitchell

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