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‘Dory’ Posts Record Second Weekend For Animated Movie As Fireworks Die For ‘Resurgence’; ‘Shallows’ Chomps $16M+

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5TH UPDATE: Sunday AMAt a time in Hollywood when studios are dusting off old blockbuster classics like Star Wars and Jurassic Park and re-energizing them, 20th Century Fox's Independence Day: Resurgence alienated generations of fans this weekend, with an estimated $41.6M. No amount of advance marketing, from a Super Bowl spot to parading the entire cast at CinemaCon, could save this film from its plight in the states as audiences yearned to see an engaging movie star in… Read

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Politicon: Larry Wilmore-Led Panel Talks Voter Discontent & Zings Trump

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Larry Wilmore ventured far from his NYC studio to the heart of Pasadena to moderate the Deconstructing ’16 panel at Politicon. In one of the larger convention center halls, he dissected this year’s unusual election and its effects on the democratic process with Democratic strategist James Carville, former Obama administration consultant Van Jones, Democratic strategist Paul Begala, Republican commentator S.E. Cupp, and veteran Republican strategist Mike Murphy. The… Read

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Titus Welliver On ‘Bosch’, Broadening The Scope And Shooting In LA – Awardsline

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"The one thing now that speaks volumes about the books is that I can read them on airplanes or on the beach, but I can't read those books the way I read other books in bed at night before I go to sleep, because I can't stop reading them until they are done," says Titus Welliver of Michael Connelly's best selling Harry Bosch novels. Welliver's appreciation for the books on which Amazon's Bosch series—starring the Good Wife alum as the jazz-loving, idiosyncratic and intense… Read

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‘Bloodline’ Star Linda Cardellini On Meg’s Turn To The Dark Side In Season 2 And Hopes For Season 3 – Awardsline

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From the beginnings of her career, to her recent, sparkling roles in everything from Mad Men to Avengers: Age of Ultron to oddball indie darling Welcome to Me, Bloodline star Linda Cardellini's work in film and television has so often been met with an unusual sort of fan fervor. Examining Cardellini's substantial resume, her career-transforming role as Lindsay Weir—in Judd Apatow's short-lived 1999 comedy series Freaks and Geeks—stands out in this regard. Canceled in the… Read

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‘Horace And Pete’: How Louis C.K. Landed An All-Star Cast – Emmys

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Horace and Pete was one of 2016’s nicer surprises, a bittersweet, working class dramedy made in secret by creator-star Louis C.K. that debuted to almost no fanfare on his website earlier this year. But one of the biggest surprises was the stellar cast he assembled to star with him, including Steve Buscemi, Alan Alda, Edie Falco, Steven Wright, Kurt Metzger, and Jessica Lange. Not bad for a production C.K. funded himself. At a recent Awardsline screening for Horace and Pete… Read

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‘Gilmore Girls’: Rory Gilmore Drops In On Michelle Obama To Discuss Let Girls Learn

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As advertorial tie-ins go, this one isn’t so hard to like. As part of the ramp up to the return of Gilmore Girls later this year on Netflix, Alexis Bledel appeared in this video with First Lady Michelle Obama, posted earlier today on Twitter. Helping the First Lady promote her Let Girls Learn initiative, Bledel, in-character as Rory Gilmore, shows up to the White House to drop off a massive number of books for the initiative, treating the great classics of western… Read

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Bill Cunningham Dies: The New York Times Fashion Photographer Was 87

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Bill Cunningham, the New York Times‘ ubiquitous man-on-the-street photographer whose life and work was the subject of Richard Press’ acclaimed 2010 documentary Bill Cunningham New York, died Saturday in New York at 87. His death was confirmed by the Times, which disclosed that he’d recently been hospitalized following a stroke. Though technically a fashion photographer, Cunningham’s tireless work for the newspaper’s Style section was noted – and loved – for its social… Read

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‘Crossroads Of History’ Creator Elizabeth Shapiro On Humor In Tragedy And How The Present Is “History’s Waistline” – Awardsline

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Crossroads Of History might be the funniest show you’re not watching. Made in partnership with Maker Studios and Trium and debuting earlier this year as part of The History Channel’s new late night comedy block, the series offers up bite sized chunks of comedy – 10 minutes or so each – drawn from some of the strangest, most tragic or just downright obscure moments from human history, reenacted by a roster of acclaimed comedians. But before you draw comparisons to shows… Read

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Liev Schreiber On ‘Ray Donovan’: “L.A. Is One Of Those Places You Can Hide In Plain Sight” – Awardsline

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“In some ways, Ray Donovan is about how difficult it is for a man—a grown man—in our society," suggests Liev Schreiber of the acclaimed Showtime series about the elite Hollywood fixer. "Of course, this character was created by a woman, and the idea of what we as a society see as a real man is a completely prehistoric idea. And an arcane construct, if that really exists," he adds, with a shout-out to Donovan creator Ann Biderman. With Katie Holmes and Ian McShane joining… Read

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‘Now You See Me 2’ Conjuring Record China Weekend Bow For Lionsgate – Intl Box Office

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Lionsgate on Friday had its biggest opening day ever in China with Now You See Me 2, and is now looking at a record three-day. The sequel to the 2013 summer hit pulled $14.8M out of its hat yesterday in the Middle Kingdom — a magical increase of 790% in local currency and 679% in U.S. dollars versus the first film. Through Saturday, the two-day total is $36.4M (240.4M rmb) sending the film to a potential $50M China weekend which would be Lionsgate’s biggest ever opening… Read

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‘Hamilton’ Raises Benjamins For Hillary

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Lin-Manuel Miranda won’t be in the house in the title role but Hamilton is once again lending the Democrats a Broadway hand with a July 12 fundraiser for Hillary Clinton. With the ex-Secretary of State’s campaign having bought out the Richard Rodgers Theatre for the unusual Tuesday matinee, tickets are going from $2,700 to $100,000 a pop (for event co-chairs). Presumptive nominee Clinton will be in attendance for the fundraiser, which comes two-weeks before the Democrats… Read

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‘Game Of Thrones’: “Winter” Is Coming And There Will (Probably) Be Blood

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Tomorrow night sees the final episode of Game of Thrones‘ sixth season, “Winds of Winter,” directed like last week’s epic “Battle of the Bastards” by Miguel Sapochnik. The title refers to the still-unreleased sixth novel in George R.R. Martin’ A Song of Ice And Fire series, but reveals nothing specific. Given the fast pace of the season and the important events unfolding, it’s likely serious changes are inbound. Which means, as it always does, the certain death of several… Read