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‘I Touched All Your Stuff’ Trailer: Stranger Than Fiction, Or True Crime

I Touched All Your Stuff

“It all started with the hippos.” That’s the kind of sentence that usually suggests a whimsical journey of self discovery, but in this instance it’s the introduction to what happens when adjectives like “picaresque” are combined with “completely full of it”. I Touched All Your Stuff concerns the bizarre, true story of Oregonian Chris Kirk, a con artist who became intrigued by the hippos living on the former compound of deceased drug lord Pablo Escobar, and ended up in… Read

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‘Queen Of The Desert’ Trailer: Nicole Kidman, Damian Lewis, Robert Pattinson

Queen Of The Desert

“Who the bloody hell is this Gertrude Bell?” asks one of the men determining how to conquer and divide the Middle East. “She’s the maker of kings.” And the subject of writer-director Werner Herzog’s latest movie, which concerns a significant female power player in the history of that troubled part of the world. Nicole Kidman plays Bell — a traveler, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer, and political attaché (aka spy) for the British Empire at the dawn of the… Read

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Diana Douglas Dies: Actress, 92, Was Kirk Douglas’ First Wife And Mother of Michael And Joel Douglas

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Actress Diana Douglas, mother of Michael Douglas and Joel Douglas, died today at the Motion Picture and Television Home in Woodland Hills, CA. The first wife of actor Kirk Douglas, she was 92 and died of cancer, her husband of 15 years Donald A. Webster said. Diana Douglas had a long career in movies, TV and in theater. She appeared in 22 films. Her final feature film was the Fred Schepisi-directed It Runs in the Family, which also starred Kirk, Michael, Joel and grandson… Read

Box Office

‘Inside Out’ Swats Dinos From First, ‘Terminator’ Tanking In Third – Saturday AM Box Office

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Updated, Saturday 8:45AM after 1:09 AM post: This July 4th weekend certainly isn’t one for the record books, and moviegoers skipping the beach apparently have more interest in watching the big summer holdovers — Disney Pixar’s Inside Out and Universal’s Jurassic World — than the new titles, Warner Bros.’ Magic Mike XXL and Paramount’s Terminator Genisys.  Last night, IO was narrowly beating JW, $11.8M to $11.7M with the outlook that it was another dead heat. This morning… Read

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‘USS Indianapolis’ Production Delayed After Vintage Plane Waterlogged

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Beachgoers at Orange Beach on the Alabama Gulf Coast got a surfside view this week when a vintage Navy PBY plane used during filming of USS Indianapolis: Men Of Courage landed offshore and began to take on water. No one was injured and the pilot and co-pilot were rescued safely. Production on the movie, which stars Nicolas Cage, Thomas Jane, Matt Lanter and Tom Sizemore, was halted temporarily during efforts to save the flying boat that ultimately broke apart during… Read

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New ‘Ant-Man’ UK TV Spot Shrinks, Grows, Rehashes

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It’s entirely coincidental, since today isn’t exactly a holiday for the Brits, but we’ll call it a July 4 diversion anyway. Here’s a brand new UK TV spot for Marvel’s upcoming heist-heavy Superhero shindig, Ant-Man. There’s plenty you’ve seen before, though this trailer has some expanded scenes that reveal a bit more context for previously seen stuff. Particularly, we have a closer idea of what Cory Stoll’s Yellowjacket is unhappy about. Enjoy, and if you can, enjoy it… Read

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Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ Director Search Continues Without Ava DuVernay

Ava DuVernay Keynote - 2015 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival

Marvel has been absolutely mum on the matter of just who might end up helming the Black Panther film adaptation, planned for 2018, but that hasn’t stopped the wild speculation train from barreling out of the station full speed. Case in point, recent rumors over the last month claiming that Selma director Ava DuVernay was a frontrunner for the job. A cool idea to be sure — Selma is fantastic. But though DuVernay did talk to Marvel, she’s confirmed in an interview with Essen… Read

Business

Is Chicago’s “Netflix Tax” A Web Scourge Or One Way To Level The Playing Field?

LOS GATOS, CA - JANUARY 22:  A sign is posted in front of the Netflix headquarters on January 22, 2014 in Los Gatos, California. Netflix will report fourth quarter earnings today after the closing bell.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

This week the City of Chicago amended its amusement tax rules among others to include a 9% “cloud tax” on digital entertainment streaming services. Taking effect September 1, it will include everything from rentals of shows, movies, videos, music and games to e-commerce transactions to online gambling. That of course means services like movie and TV hub Netflix and music services like Spotify will be officially taxed inside the Windy City’s limits. The city would collect… Read

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‘A.D. The Bible Continues’ Over: There Will Be No Season 2 On NBC

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A.D. The Bible Continues will not be continuing. NBC is not commenting, but it is understood that the network has opted not to go forward with a second installment of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s follow-up to their blockbuster miniseries The Bible. I hear the cast has been informed of the decision. Given the success of The Bible and Burnett’s track record, while A.D. was initially announced as an event series, it had been envisioned as a potentially continuing… Read

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‘Creed’-Inspired Change.Org Petition Successfully Trolls, Wins Internet

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If you were wowed this week by the excellent first trailer for Creed, the upcoming Rocky spinoff starring Michael B. Jordan, you’re not alone. The story of how the son of Rocky’s rival/best friend/trainer Apollo (who died in 1985’s Rocky IV) becomes a boxer in his own right looks fantastic. But lost in the outpouring of praise is the fact that the mononym “Creed” already belongs to the now-defunct Christian/Alternative band led by Scott Stapp. Won’t someone think about… Read

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‘Big Brother’ Ratings Top Night Of Holiday Declines, ‘Hannibal’ & ‘Rookie Blue’ Even

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With most of America getting ready for the long Fourth of July weekend, primetime television took a bit of a backseat last night. Almost everyone was down and so was overall usage among adults 18-49, which took an 8% decline from last week. Let's actually give shout-outs where shout-outs are due: the still cancelled Hannibal (0.4/1), the second week of the sixth season of Rookie Blue (0.6/2), and Beauty And The Beast (0.2/1) all bucked the trend to stay even with their… Read

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‘Humans’ Series Premiere Ratings Grow To 2.5M In L+3

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AMC’s sci-fi drama Humans clocked 2.5 million total viewers in Live+3 for its June 28 series premiere, up 43% from Live+Same Day. In the key demos, it scored 1.2 million adults 25-54, up 50% from Live+SD, and 1.0 million adults 18-49, up 52% from L+SD, according to Nielsen stats. As noted previously, the debut of Humans was just over 30% of what it got in the UK when the Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley-written series launched there on June 14. The first showing of the… Read