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The Rock Rolls Over His Previous Solo Bows With Est. $46.5M ‘San Andreas’ Opening – Late Night Friday B.O.

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Update, Friday, 11:20PM: With an estimated $17.5M today, San Andreas marks the highest opening day for a Dwayne Johnson solo project on the B.O. Richter scale, and the pic is bound to quake the action star's previous opening weekend records outside his thespian duties on the Fast & Furious franchise with an estimated $46.5M. Today’s B.O. for San Andreas bests the first days and weekends of previous Rock hits, The Scorpion King ($12.6M Friday/$36.1M FSS), Hercules… Read

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Penny Johnson Jerald Departs ‘Castle’

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Penny Johnson Jerald won’t be returning to ABC’s Castle. She joined the series as Captain Victoria Gates in 2011. She tweeted the news tonight. Penny Johnson Jerald To my Castle fans around the world, as of late yesterday I am surprised and saddened to learn that I will no (cont) http://t.co/ShjcoiU61Z — Penny Johnson Jerald (@btwprod) May 30, 2015 ABC previously confirmed Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic were returning to the series for Season… Read

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‘Hot Girls Wanted’ Trailer: Amateur Porn Doc Debuted Today On Netflix

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This Rashida Jones-produced documentary looks at the amateur porn industry and the young women it attracts as performers. Directed by Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus, Hot Girls Wanted looks at the lives of several 18- and 19-year-olds and how they were recruited — plus how reality stacks up against their expectations as they decided to pursue this line of work. The picture debuted at this year’s Sundance Film Festival where it was picked up by Netflix. Bauer, Gradus and… Read

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Russell Wolfe Dies: Producer Of ‘God’s Not Dead’ Was 50

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Filmmaker Russell Wolfe, one of the producers of the successful indie Christian movie God’s Not Dead, died this week in Scottsdale, AZ. Wolfe, who was 50, died from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Wolfe was a co-founder of the faith-based production company Pure Flix. God’s Not Dead, released last year, grossed more than $60 million and was made for a reported budget of $2 million. Wolfe was diagnosed with ALS in December 2013 while the movie was in production, according… Read

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Game Over For Disney’s ‘Tron 3′

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The digital gladiatorial games will no longer take up space on anyone’s hard drive, as sources have confirmed that Disney has cancelled Tron 3. Although the film apparently never had been officially greenlighted, we’ve heard that it had been in development for several months. In fact, as recently as early April, reports had it that stars Olivia Wilde and Garrett Hedlund were set to reprise their Tron: Legacy roles, with director Joseph Kosinski on board to direct. While… Read

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‘2016: Obama’s America’ Co-Director Slaps $10M Lawsuit On ‘God’s Not Dead’ Producers For Allegedly Lifting Idea

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Over a year after its release and with a sequel supposedly in the works, the faith-based hit starring Kevin Sorbo has been hit with a lawsuit claiming producers took its premise in bad faith. John Sullivan and Brad Stine today sued Pure Flix Entertainment and its CEO David A.R. White, seeking at least $10 million in damages and alleging that God's Not Dead was based on a “faith-based Dead Poets’ Society” concept called Proof that they came up with back in 2009. "God's Not… Read

Business

SAG Foundation Offers Aid To Flood Victims

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The SAG Foundation is offering emergency assistance to SAG-AFTRA members affected by the terrible floods in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. "The SAG Foundation hopes all local SAG-AFTRA members are safe and their homes intact," the nonprofit wrote on its website. "However, for SAG-AFTRA members and families who have been affected by the severe flooding, the SAG Foundation offers an emergency assistance fund to help in this time of need." To qualify for assistance… Read

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Oscars: With Cannes Behind Us, Serious 2015 Contenders Start To Come Into Play

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As I have slowly emerged during the past week from my French fog into the harsher realities of Hollywood, the likely effect of the 68th Cannes Film Festival on this year’s Oscar race has come more into focus. I consider Cannes a “soft start” to the awards season, not as key obviously as the fall trifecta of Venice/Telluride/Toronto but one that puts some early players in the game. Last year in the official Competition, Foxcatcher managed to win a Best Director prize for… Read

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‘The Wicked + The Divine’ Comic To Be Adapted As TV Series By Universal TV

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On the heels of The Wicked + The Divine comic by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie and Matt Wilson landing three Eisner Award nominations, including best new series, the breakout books are headed to TV. Universal Television has optioned the rights to the property for Matt Fraction and Kelly Sue DeConnick’s Milkfed Criminal Masterminds; they will produce the project through the pod deal they recently inked with the studio. In addition to adapting their own comics and… Read

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Rob Morrow To Play Barry Scheck In ‘The People Vs O.J. Simpson’

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Rob Morrow (Texas Rising) is the latest to join the cast of FX's American Crime Story: The People Vs O.J. Simpson. He will play Barry Scheck, the co-founder of the Innocence Project who is called upon by O.J.’s defense team for his DNA expertise. The miniseries takes a look at the O.J. Simpson trial told from the perspective of the lawyers that explores the chaotic behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuvering on both sides of the court, and how a combination of prosecution… Read

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‘Aquarius’ Off To Modest Ratings Start, ‘500 Questions’ Ticks Up In Finale

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UPDATE PM: Encouraging ratings uptick in the finals for new NBC drama Aquarius (1.1 in 18-49), which will rely on digital viewing as the network is making the whole season available for streaming. PREVIOUS AM: The performance of new NBC drama Aquarius won’t be judged by on-air ratings as it is introducing a new broadcast model, with all 13 episodes made available online after last night’s two-hour premiere on the network. The Charles Manson series starring David Duchovny… Read

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James Frey Sci-Fi Book Proposal Has Fox 2000 & Publishers In Launch Mode

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EXCLUSIVE: Here’s a tasty one to end the week. I’m hearing that James Frey has hatched a proposal for an untitled science fiction space franchise: book publishers are hot and bothered, and Fox 2000 is in talks to set it up as a feature with Marisa Paiva overseeing for the studio. The working title is Space Runners, but I don’t have any more specific information than that. This would be produced by Joe and Anthony Russo, who’d be producing with Frey. They are already… Read