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Week in Review & This Week in Entertainment: Aug. 24

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‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Sets All-Time Cable Ratings Premiere Record AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead,” the much-anticipated companion series to megahit zombie drama “The Walking Dead,” opened to monster — and record-setting — ratings of its own own Sunday night. Vin Diesel Teases Third ‘xXx’ Movie Vin Diesel is looking to bring back his Xander… Read more »

The New Apple TV Could Be As Much As $200

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The next Apple TV could be a lot pricier than the company’s existing streaming box: Apple is planning to introduce a new version for either $200 or $150 by October, according to a report from 9to5Mac. An Apple spokesperson declined to comment. Apple is expected to announce a new version of its streaming box at a September… Read more »

Box Office: Chinese Crowds Lifting ‘Terminator Genisys’ Into Hit Territory

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“Terminator Genisys” is clawing its way from flop territory into profitable terrain thanks to a big lift from Chinese audiences. The critically derided cyborg sequel has earned a disappointing $89.4 million in the U.S., but it’s putting up huge numbers in the People’s Republic. The fifth film in the “Terminator” series topped foreign charts for… Read more »

Epix Movies Are Leaving Netflix, Coming to Hulu

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UPDATED: Netflix customers soon will no longer be able to stream high-profile films like the “Hunger Games” movies and “Transformers: Age of Extinction” — while Hulu’s subscribers will be gaining access to them. Netflix said it won’t renew its deal with Epix in a blog post Sunday by chief content officer Ted Sarandos. The deal will expire at… Read more »

European Film Industry Focuses on Twin Threats: Netflix and Digital Single Market

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Is Netflix the enemy for European film industry folk? You could be forgiven for thinking so after attending two debates staged by the Sarajevo Film Festival’s industry program, CineLink, earlier this month. The discussions, which attracted a range of movie biz professionals from across South-East Europe, as well as others from further afield, set out… Read more »

How ‘War Room’ Became a Biblical Box Office Smash

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Outside of evangelical circles, the names Alex Kendrick and Stephen Kendrick are likely to be met with blank stares. But thanks to low-budget hits like “Fireproof” and “Courageous,” the brothers have transformed themselves into Steven Spielbergs of Christian cinema. Their names above the title are enough to open movies that are firmly pitched to the… Read more »

Michael Jordan’s ‘Space Jam’ Uniform to Be Up for Auction

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If you want to be Like Mike, you might be in luck — if you’ve got at least $10,000 to burn. Fans of Warner Bros.’ 1996 movie “Space Jam” can bid on Jordan’s Tune Squad uniform that the basketball star wore during the filming of the live action-toon mix starting Oct. 1 (though beware: “signs… Read more »

Oliver Sacks, Neurologist Who Wrote ‘Awakenings,’ Dies at 82

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Oliver Sacks, the British neurologist who wrote the book that inspired the 1990 Robin Williams-Robert De Niro movie “Awakenings,” died of cancer Sunday at his home in New York City. He was 82. Sacks had a gift for explaining complicated scientific concepts related to his study of brain functions to general readers. “Awakenings,” his first… Read more »

Box Office: ‘War Room’ Stuns With $11 Million, Zac Efron’s ‘We Are Your Friends’ Tanks

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The box office underwent a religious conversion this weekend as Christian crowds flocked to “War Room,” lifting the low-budget salute to prayer above the Zac Efron drama “We Are You’re Friends” and the Owen Wilson thriller “No Escape.” Filmed for a mere $3 million and distributed by Sony’s Affirm division, “War Room” more than tripled… Read more »

‘Hannibal’ Finale: A Last Supper That’s Not Fully Satisfying (SPOILERS)

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“Hannibal” has likely had its last supper, concluding a somewhat ungainly third season that delved further into its literary underpinnings. Assuming there’s no stay of execution, the NBC series goes down as one of the most meticulously produced – and hunger inducing – in the recent annals of network TV, one that finally appeared to… Read more »

‘Hannibal’ Finale Postmortem: Bryan Fuller Breaks Down That Bloody Ending and Talks Revival Chances

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Spoiler warning: Do not read on unless you’ve seen the “Hannibal” season three finale, “The Wrath of the Lamb.” Bryan Fuller’s “Hannibal” takes its leave from broadcast television in exactly the same manner in which it entered — full of style, subversiveness and some of the most cinematic imagery ever presented on the small screen. Even… Read more »