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‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ Tops Foreign Box Office

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Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass” topped the foreign box office, earning a respectable $65 million this weekend from nearly 80 foreign territories. However, the fantasy adventure is still staring at a write-down after bombing domestically, where it earned a meagre $28.1 million in its opening weekend. By the time it ends its run, the… Read more »

China Box Office: ‘Alice’ Looks at $26 Million Opening

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Hollywood movies occupied the four top spots at the Chinese box office over the weekend, but their scores and the combined cumulative performance were on the low side of ordinary by recent standards. “Alice Through The Looking Glass” opened in top spot with a three day weekend total of $26.3 million, deposing “The Angry Birds… Read more »

PopPolitics: Trump and the Politics of Mass Distraction (Listen)

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Donald Trump actually delivered a speech on energy policy this past week, but it was overshadowed by coverage of protests outside his rallies and his own invoking of ’90s scandals involving Bill and Hillary Clinton. Does a news environment of discord and disarray still work in his favor? On the latest edition of Variety‘s “PopPolitics”… Read more »

Week in Review & This Week in Entertainment: May 23

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‘Glee’ Star Mark Salling Indicted for Child Pornography Mark Salling, who played Puck on “Glee,” was indicted on Friday for possessing child pornography, Variety has learned. ‘The Voice’ Crowns Season 10 Winner NBC’s “The Voice” unveiled its Season 10 winner on Tuesday night, crowning Alisan Porter the latest champion of the popular singing competition. ‘Game… Read more »

Johnny Depp: Anatomy of a Fallen Movie Star

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In a 2005 episode of “Entourage” a super-agent played by Malcolm McDowell tells Jeremy Piven’s Ari Gold that his eight-year-old daughter knew that Johnny Depp was going to be a star when she watched “Platoon.” “You showed her ‘Platoon’ when she was eight years old?” the hyper-caffinated Gold asks incredulously. The joke may be about… Read more »

Director John Carney Criticizes Keira Knightley’s Acting in ‘Begin Again’

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Often, when a film wraps and directors are asked about working with big actors, it’s all praise. It’s a different story, however, with “Begin Again” director John Carney and Keira Knightley. Carney, promoting his latest movie “Sing Street,” spoke about working with Knightley in 2013 drama “Begin Again,” saying he wouldn’t like to work with… Read more »

Box Office: ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Hits $65 Million, ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ Flops

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Fox’s “X-Men: Apocalypse” and Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass” squared off over Memorial Day weekend, but both blockbuster hopefuls emerged bruised from this box office clash of the titans. The latest X-Men adventure easily topped the weekend, earning an estimated $65 million. It is on pace to pull in over $76 million over the… Read more »

London Theater Review: ‘The Threepenny Opera’ with Rory Kinnear

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Born out of Germany’s economic meltdown in the 1920s, “The Threepenny Opera” puts the destitute and desperate onstage — a remarkable thing at the time. Rather than refresh its reality for our own financial crisis, director Rufus Norris and playwright Simon Stephens turn it into a (three)penny dreadful, as keystone cops chase red-striped robbers and… Read more »