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Disney Parks Chairman Hints at More Marvel Attractions to Come

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“Guardians of the Galaxy” Mission Breakout! may be the first of many Marvel-themed attractions to find a home at Disney’s California Adventures. Walt Disney Parks and Resorts chairman Bob Chapek made the announcement during the opening of the attraction — which replaces the old Tower of Terror ride — Thursday night. In place of a… Read more »

LA Screenings: Procedural Dramas, ‘Young Sheldon’ Draw Interest From International Buyers

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International TV buyers who gathered on studio lots this week for the annual LA Screenings market were glad to see the broadcast networks embracing procedural dramas for the coming season. New dramas such as CBS’ “SWAT” and “SEAL Team,” ABC’s “Deception” and “For the People,” Fox’s “The Resident” and NBC “The Brave” and “Reverie” were… Read more »

Snapchat Has Bought a Drone Startup With Hollywood Connections

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Snap, the company behind Snapchat, has acquired a small Venice, Calif.-based drone startup dubbed Ctrl Me, which counted some Hollywood studios among its clients. Buzzfeed first reported about the acquisition Friday afternoon, and Variety has since learned from a source familiar with the deal that it actually happened late last year. Buzzfeed reported that the acquisition… Read more »

‘Wonder Woman’ Gal Gadot on Playing First Lead Female Superhero: ‘Growing Up, I Had Superman and Batman’

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Wonder Woman has been around for nearly eight decades, but the superhero has never flown into theaters for her own title movie — until now, with Gal Gadot’s “Wonder Woman,” the final film of DC Comics’ trinity, which will be released on Jun. 2. “Wonder Woman” being showcased on the big screen as a big-budget summer… Read more »

Cannes Film Review: ‘Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts’

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At the age of 36, Indonesian director-writer Mouly Surya has made the first Satay Western, and a flamingly feminist one at that. Following a widow on an empowering course to seek justice for robbery and rape, “Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts” is a revenge fantasy rooted in Indonesia’s gender conditions, complex regional culture and… Read more »

Week in Review & This Week in Entertainment: May 22

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Fox News Says Sean Hannity Will Return to Show Fox News Channel lent support to its best-known anchor Sean Hannity, saying Thursday that the popular host would return to its air next week following a Memorial Day holiday vacation – an effort to tamp down speculation that a controversy currently enveloping Hannity could escalate further…. Read more »

How ‘The Get Down’ Compared to ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘The Crown,’ ‘Vinyl’ in Viewer Demand

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Netflix had never canceled an original scripted drama series — until this week. On Wednesday, the streaming service pulled the plug on “The Get Down,” one of the most expensive series in television history, with a first season that cost at least $120 million for 10 episodes. Despite recent assurances that creator Baz Luhrmann that… Read more »

Chris Cornell’s Los Angeles Funeral Attended by Bandmates, Metallica, Brad Pitt, Dave Grohl

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Beneath an overcast sky, Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell was laid to rest Friday in a private ceremony at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Along with the singer’s wife Vicky and their two children, a wide variety of people from various stages of his life were present to pay tribute, ranging from his Soundgarden bandmates and musician friends… Read more »

Former Warner Music Chief Edgar Bronfman Jr. Bullish on Biz in the Streaming Era

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Former Warner Music Group Chairman/CEO Edgar Bronfman Jr., who stepped down from the post in 2012 after selling the company to a group led by Russian billionaire Len Blavatnik’s Access Industries, has always been a believer in the music industry, putting up his own fortune to prove it. Now, the emergence of subscription streaming services… Read more »