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China Box Office: ‘Arrival’ Lands on Top of Deathly Quiet Weekend

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Putting on a desperately unconvincing performance, newly released sci-fi drama “Arrival” landed on top of the Chinese box office over the Jan. 20-22 weekend. It topped the chart on only one of those three days, Friday, and limped to a total of just $7.49 million. Returning for its second week, “Passengers” was on top of… Read more »

Week in Review & This Week in Entertainment: Jan. 16

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Miguel Ferrer, ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ Actor, Dies at 61 Miguel Ferrer, the character and voice actor who appeared in shows including “NCIS: Los Angeles” and “Crossing Jordan,” and films such as “RoboCop” and “Iron Man 3,” died on Thursday of throat cancer. He was 61. CNN Declines to Air White House Press Conference Live CNN… Read more »

Al Gore: ‘There’s Hope’ for Climate Change Solutions in ‘An Inconvenient Sequel’

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A decade after Al Gore debuted his climate change documentary “An Inconvenient Truth,” he’s hitting Sundance to talk about its follow-up, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.” Joined by directors Jon Shenk and Bonnie Cohen and executive producer Jeff Skoll at the Variety Studio presented by Orville Redenbacher, Gore said the new film isn’t all doom… Read more »

Sundance Film Review: ‘To the Bone’

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Point a camera at someone in the far, far distance, but keep the focus trained on the foreground, and that person takes on an almost extra-terrestrial quality, like some sort of spun-sugar stick figure, or a walking skeleton. “To the Bone” opens with just such a shot: That reed-thin silhouette advancing toward us is Ellen… Read more »

‘Saturday Night Live’ Host Aziz Ansari to Donald Trump: ‘Don’t Tweet About Me Being Lame’ (WATCH)

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Comedian Aziz Ansari was given the plum gig of hosting “Saturday Night Live” the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration, and in his nearly nine-minute monologue, he squarely took aim at the new president. “Pretty cool to know he’s probably at home right now watching a brown guy make fun of him, right?” said Ansari. The “Master of… Read more »

Sundance Cancels Three Screenings Over Power Outage

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It’s already been an eventful couple of days at the Sundance Film Festival. The festival suffered a power outage at the Redstone theater on Sunday, causing screenings of “Mars Generation,” “Dolores,” and the buzzy “Landline” to be canceled, according to a Sundance Twitter account. It’s not immediately clear what caused the outage, and the festival… Read more »

With ‘Split,’ Horror and M. Night Shyamalan Remain Box Office Draws

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The North American box office received a major boost this weekend from a pair of reliable sources: the horror genre and M. Night Shyamalan with “Split,” his 12th film. Overall moviegoing jumped 29 percent to $148 million this weekend, led by a surprisingly strong $40.2 million debut for “Split.” Universal’s forecasts before the weekend had been… Read more »

Luke Bryan to Sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl

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Country music singer Luke Bryan has been tapped to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl. His performance, which marks his first time appearing at the Super Bowl, will come as part of the pregame show. Super Bowl LI will be played at NRG Stadium in Houston on Feb. 5. The announcement was made by the… Read more »

Maggie Roche, Singer With Neo-Folk Trio The Roches, Dies at 65

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Maggie Roche, one of the three Roche sisters neo-folk singing trio known for their quirky lyrics and rich harmonies, died Saturday of cancer. She was 65. The Roches’ Facebook page posted a statement from Suzzy Roche, saying “She was a private person, too sensitive and shy for this world, but brimming with life, love, and talent…. Read more »