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‘Child 44′ Flops: The Trouble With Adult-Geared Films in a Blockbuster Era

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At a time when the box office is dominated by popcorn flicks, the failure of “Child 44″ is a perfect example of the challenges facing movies geared toward adult audiences. The moody thriller about the search for a serial killer in Soviet Russia earned a paltry $600,000 domestically in its opening weekend and a meager… Read more »

Watch: Kanye West Crashes Coachella With Surprise Set

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Leave it to Kanye West to shake up Coachella. The two-weekend music festival is no stranger to surprise guests, with West now joining the ranks of musicians to show up on stage unexpectedly. The rapper appeared during the Weeknd’s late Saturday night set, joining Abel Tesfaye as he performed a vocal-only cover to West’s hit… Read more »

Second Stage Theater Locks in One More Spot for Nonprofit Theater on Broadway

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Second Stage Theater, the Off Broadway nonprofit producing company, has finalized the purchase of Broadway’s Helen Hayes Theater, ending a legal standoff over the purchase timeline and upping the nonprofit theater presence on Broadway from five theaters (of 40) to six. Second Stage, the 36-year-old company that has launched commercial successes including “The 25th Annual Putnam… Read more »

‘Outlander’ Stars Talk Claire’s Choice, Geillis’ Sacrifice in ‘The Devil’s Mark’

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In the April 18 episode of “Outlander,” titled “The Devil’s Mark,” Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Geillis (Lotte Verbeek) found themselves accused of witchcraft, and it didn’t take long before the suspicions and superstitions of their eighteenth century captors led to the pair being declared guilty and sentenced to burn at the stake. It was a… Read more »

‘Furious 7′ Director James Wan Honored at Paradigm Bash

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The top tier of studio execs — plus Vin Diesel– showed up in force Thursday night to fete “Furious 7″ director James Wan on the eve of the blockbuster becoming the fastest film to top $1 billion in worldwide box office. Paradigm chairman and CEO Sam Gores hosted the bash at his home in Beverly… Read more »

PopPolitics: The Clinton-Inspired Humor of ‘Veep’ (Listen)

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Armando Iannucci, who recently announced that he will be leaving “Veep” after its fourth season ends on HBO, teased the season finale as ending with a “spectacular problem.” Iannucci says he’s planning to pursue movie projects, and has been talking with Sony about a sci-fi comedy, as well as to HBO about another project. David… Read more »

Jonathan Crombie, ‘Anne of Green Gables’ Actor, Dies at 48

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Jonathan Crombie, who co-starred in the “Anne of Green Gables” movies, has died. He was 48. Crombie’s sister told CBC News that her brother suffered a brain hemorrhage and died in New York City on Wednesday. The actor played love interest Gilbert Blythe in CBC’s Anne of Green Gables miniseries. “He was funny, he was sweet,”… Read more »

Cannes: Miguel Gomes’ ‘Arabian Nights’ to Screen in Directors’ Fortnight

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“Arabian Nights,” a three-part, six-hour-plus drama from the Portuguese director Miguel Gomes (“Tabu”), will make its world premiere in the Directors’ Fortnight section of the Cannes Film Festival, the Fortnight has announced. Likely to clock in as the longest entry at Cannes this year, the film was apparently highly regarded by the official selection committee and had… Read more »