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‘Terminator’, ‘Mission: Impossible’ Both Cruise Past $300M Overseas; ‘Compton’ Tops In UK, Germany – Intl Box Office

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Refresh for latest… As summer draws to a close in many markets, and with no major new wide releases, this was destined to be a somewhat slower weekend at the international box office. But milestones continue to be passed with good news again for Paramount and Skydance. After opening in China last Sunday, Terminator: Genisys made a big return to the offshore charts, landing at No. 1 for the second weekend in a row. With $23.6M from 25 markets total this frame, the overseas… Read

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‘Grandma’ Feisty In 2nd Weekend, ‘The Second Mother’ Strongest Newcomer: Specialty B.O.


Specialty newcomers took a hit this weekend with mostly slow debuts, although two pictures, Roadside/Lionsgate’s Z For Zachariah and IFC Films’ Queen Of Earth, presumably found their primary audience on-demand. Oscilloscope opened The Second Mother in a few locations, grabbing the highest theater average among new limited release titles this weekend. Last week’s specialty star, Sony Pictures Classics’ Grandma, held solid in an expansion with the weekend’s highest… Read


LA Bid For 2024 Olympics Up For City Council Vote On Tuesday


The Los Angeles City Council is expected to vote Tuesday on whether to pursue bidding for the 2024 Olympics. A winning bid would be extremely valuable for NBC, which has U.S. broadcast rights to the Games through 2032.If the council gives its approval, the USOC could announce within hours that L.A. has been chosen as the American bid city, the LA Times reported. A council committee reached an agreement with the U.S. Olympic Committee on Friday and moved it to the full… Read


Richard Cabral On Reversing Latino Stereotypes In ‘American Crime’ – Emmys

Richard Cabral in American Crime

From the moment he stepped up to audition for John Ridley's anthology series American Crime, for a role that on paper was familiar to him, Richard Cabral hoped to bring new light to a Latino archetype often misaligned in the media. As Hector Tontz, the gang member implicated in a vicious, drug-related murder, Cabral did just that, and in the process earned a Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Emmy nomination. Hector is one of the few characters at the end of… Read

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‘Compton’ Fends Off ‘War Room’ From No. 1, But Faith-Based Film Finds Its Flock With $11M – Final Sunday Update

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5TH UPDATE, Sunday 10AM after 7:48 AM post: Despite the holy B.O. threat of Sony/Affirm’s faith-based title War Room this weekendUniversal/Legendary’s hip hop biopic Straight Outta Compton continued to spin records at No. 1  with a studio reported figure of $13.2M, making it the third Uni film this year after Furious 7 and Jurassic World to hold the top B.O. spot for three weekends in a row. Overall, it’s the fourth film this year to complete that feat after Warner Bros… Read


Hackers Up Attacks On Media, Showbiz


Computer hackers’ efforts to penetrate and disrupt media and entertainment networks were up sharply in the quarter that ended June 30, major Internet security company Verisign reported. Media and entertainment companies represented 20% of Verisign’s work in the quarter to thwart or minimize attacks such as the 2014 assault on Sony Pictures Entertainment, according to Rapid TV News. Verisign said the largest attack targeted online video services with denial-of-service… Read


‘Community’ Stunt Coordinator Ben Scott On Choreographing Bits For Laughs – Emmys

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Stunt coordinator Ben Scott has followed up such SAG Award-winning work in X-Men: First Class with his now Emmy-nominated role in the stunts for Yahoo!'s Community. The comedy came with a certain set of challenges. "This one scene we did required one of our leads to wear six, good-sized bullet hits," Scott says. "I was telling him some information on the gag and he looked at me and said, 'What squibs are you talking about?' I had to laugh and take a breath." Laughing… Read


William H. Macy On ‘Shameless’ Season 6: “It’s All About Pregnancy” – Emmys

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Playing ultimate drunk Frank Gallagher on Showtime's Shameless, William H. Macy has snagged, so far, noms for a Critics' Choice, a Globe and two Emmys. This past season, Macy had the added challenges of directing an episode–it included a sex scene and a shooting–and figuring out how to portray Frank in a rare phase of sobriety. This year he'll also be cheering on his wife Felicity Huffman at the Emmys, since she's nominated for her role in ABC's American Crime. Macy tells… Read


Kyle Jean-Baptiste, Overnight History-Making Broadway Star at 21, Dies In Home Accident

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UPDATED SUNDAY MORNING  Kyle Jean-Baptiste, a 21-year-old New York actor who made his Broadway starring debut July 23 in Les Miserables as the youngest – and Broadway’s first African-American – Jean Valjean died Friday night in a home accident, falling from the fourth-story fire escape of his mother’s Brooklyn apartment. The accident occurred as Jean-Baptiste sat with a friend on the fire escape, then stood up, slipped and fell backwards. His performed his final turn in Le… Read


‘Downton Abbey’ Season 6 Trailer: UK Start Date Set For Final Sojourn At The Estate

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ITV has dropped a promo for the final season of its flagship period drama, Downton Abbey. The network also confirmed today that Season 6 will kick off on September 20 in the UK. Not much has been publicly revealed about the upcoming farewell, other than it being set in 1925. The teaser above does presage more change at the Abbey as Robert Crawley (Hugh Bonneville) tells Mr Carson (Jim Carter), “If I could stop history in its tracks, maybe I would. But I can’t, Carson, for… Read


Emmys: Jon Hamm, Allison Janney, Christine Baranski And Other Double-Nominees – Photo Gallery

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Sometimes working double-time has its rewards. Five actors received multiple nominations this year, in some cases by segueing seamlessly between comedy and drama. Allison Janney became the queen of multitasking when she won two Emmys last year for the same two roles she's nominated for again this year. Will there be more double-wins come Emmy night on September 20?  Read


Martin Scorsese Short ‘The Audition’ Won’t Be Ready For Venice Film Festival

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Martin Scorsese’s short film The Audition will not be screening at the Venice Film Festival next month after all. The festival said today that because of “unexpected technical problems” the roughly 17-minute short will not be ready in time for the September 2-12 fest. The film features Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt in a promotion for a pair of casinos in Asia. Separately, the festival confirmed the screening of Heaven Can Wait by Ernst Lubitsch for… Read