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‘Transporter Refueled’ Takes Friday, But ‘War Room’ & ‘Compton’ Are Duking It Out For No. 1 – Saturday AM Update

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2ND UPDATE, Saturday 8:47 AM Refresh for updates: The Friday grosses were so low last night, some studio box office analysts couldn’t call the top four films for Friday because the numbers were so close. As we rub the eyes, it looks like EuropaCorp’s The Transporter Refueled won the day with $2.4M, however, many don’t think the fourth action series title has enough diesel to last in the top spot throughout the whole weekend making an estimated $7.1M for 3-day and $8.8M… Read

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Eddie Redmayne On ‘The Danish Girl’: Transgender Community “Galvanized Me” – Venice

attends a photocall for 'The Danish Girl' during the 72nd Venice Film Festival at Palazzo del Casino on September 5, 2015 in Venice, Italy.

The Danish Girl sees Eddie Redmayne transform from Einar Wegener to Lili Elbe in the story one of the first people to undergo gender reassignment surgery. The actor, who won an Oscar for another sort of physical transformation in last year's The Theory Of Everything, today called both roles “a dream come true." For The Danish Girl, he consulted people of all ages from the transgender community, saying it was “the most brilliant education… Their kindness and support… Read

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‘Rabin, The Last Day’ Trailer: Amos Gitai On Assassination Of Israeli PM – Venice

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Israeli helmer Amos Gitai is in competition here in Venice with Rabin, The Last Day. The political thriller centers on the official investigation into the 1995 assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. November 4 will mark 20 years since the killing by a 25-year-old right-wing Israeli who opposed the peace process that Rabin embraced. The film combines staged re-enactments with actual news footage of the shooting and its aftermath. The trailer above includes… Read

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‘Suffragette’, ‘Malala’, ‘Carol’, Aretha Prove Women Rule – Telluride Film Festival

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You might say it was Woman Power out in force that dominated the Telluride Film Festival’s first day Friday, although Suffragette co-star Meryl Streep balked when I used that term with her. “I am so tired of hearing about female empowerment,” she told me at the Focus Features party at Arroyo following the World Premiere of the film at the Herzog Theatre Friday night. “I just want women to be included.” Indeed. And they certainly were in the first day’s programming led by… Read

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‘King Of The Nerds’ Cancelled After Three Seasons On TBS

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The reality competition series hosted by Robert Carradine and Curtis Armstrong won’t be returning for a fourth cycle. TBS has ended King Of The Nerds after three seasons. Armstrong announced the news on Twitter: Dearest nerds! Deeply sorry to announce that @KingofNerdsTBS will not be returning for a 4th season. Hard to find words now. #nerdsrule — Curtis Armstrong (@curtisisbooger) September 4, 2015 The cancellation decision, confirmed by TBS, comes after TNT and TBS… Read

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‘Public Morals’ Binge Alert: First Season Available For TNT Subscribers Over Labor Day Weekend

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Binge-hungry Public Morals fans will have plenty to munch on this Labor Day weekend. TNT is making available the entire first season on-demand for subscribers beginning at noon Saturday through Monday evening. All 10 episodes of Ed Burns’ 1960s-set police drama will be available via TNT On Demand, tntdrama.com and the Watch TNT mobile app, as well as on participating TV providers’ platforms and apps. Turner Broadcasting System announced last month that it would release… Read

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Summer Box Office Poised To Be 2nd-Best Ever, So Why Isn’t Everybody Happy?

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Despite all the great news about how this summer’s $4.36 billion box office is a 7% boom over last year’s dumpy ticket sales, several studios aren’t sharing the wealth in a season where Universal and Disney ruled 60% of stateside ticket sales. As of today, summer 2015 currently ranks third behind 2013’s record $4.77B and 2011’s $4.405B, however pundits think it will fly past that latter figure by the end of Labor Day. In a year that’s on course to potentially hit a record… Read

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‘Arrow’ Season 4 Trailer: Oliver Queen Leaves Starling City Behind

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We’re getting a look at a new extended trailer for the upcoming Season 4 of Arrow that was released today at Dragon Con. It gives us some of the first clues as to what happens to Oliver Queen after he leaves Starling City behind and a glimpse of some of the new cast members that will be featured this season: Neal McDonough as Damian Dahrk, Echo Kellum (Curtis Holt/Mr. Terrific), Parker Young, Jeri Ryan, Matt Ryan reprising his NBC role as Constantine, Alexander Calver and… Read

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Aretha Franklin Stops Tonight’s Telluride ‘Amazing Grace’ Screening; TIFF Still On – Update

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UPDATE, 3:28 PM: Judge John Kane has granted Aretha Franklin a temporary restraining order against tonight’s screening of Amazing Grace at the Telluride Film Festival. The TRO (read it here) stops any unspooling of the film by Telluride for the next two weeks while the lawsuit the Queen of Soul filed earlier today progresses. “We're proceeding with plans to screen Amazing Grace at TIFF,” TIFF Docs Programmer Thom Powers told Deadline today. The film showing Franklin’s… Read

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Culture Clashes, Missed Connections In Plays By A.R. Gurney & Deborah Zoe Laufer – Reviews

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The line between homage and ripoff confronts and confounds artists all the time: “Good artists copy, great artists steal,” Picasso famously said (practicing what he preached). It’s true in journalism and academia as well; we appropriate the work and sometimes even the lives of others to bend to our own purposes. Informed Consent, a new play by Deborah Zoe Laufer given a heavy-handed production by Liesl Tommy at off-Broadway’s Duke on 42nd Street, approaches theft with… Read

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Dennis Haysbert New Voice Of NBC News’ ‘Meet The Press’ Opening

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Chuck Todd celebrates his one-year anniversary as moderator of NBC’s Sunday Beltway show Meet The Press this weekend with the unveiling of the show’s new open. And it features a new voice: Dennis Haysbert. To note the occasion, NBC News sent out a video looking at MTP opens over the decades. In addition to Haysbert’s debut, Sunday’s program will include an interview with former Secretary of State Colin Powell, talking about President Obama’s Iran nuclear… Read

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Relativity Bankruptcy: U.S. Trustee Opposes Employee Bonuses

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Relativity faces a major new obstacle in its effort to pay bonuses to five key employees, as well as 80 unidentified non-inside employees, while the studio’s under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The U.S. Trustee, who represents the Justice Department in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court proceeding, opposed the studio’s proposals, it said in a filing. Last month the studio said that its key employees “possess intimate knowledge of [Relativity’s] operations and are vital to the… Read