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Michael Blake, ‘Dances With Wolves’ Screenwriter, Dies at 69

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Writer Daniel Blake, who won an Oscar for penning the script of “Dances With Wolves,” has died, his manager and producing partner Daniel Ostroff has confirmed. He was 69. According to Ostroff, Blake died peacefully in Tucson, Ariz., after battling a long illness. Blake wrote the novel “Dances With Wolves” in 1988, before it was… Read more »

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Heads for $195 Million Opening in U.S.

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Disney and Marvel Studio’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is headed for a projected $195 million U.S. opening weekend — a formidable figure but not enough to match the $207.4 million opening weekend record for 2012’s “The Avengers.” Saturday’s total appeared to be in the $57 million to $60 million range — slightly below earlier expectations,… Read more »

Service Outages Reported Ahead of Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight

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Just ahead of one of the biggest fights in boxing history, dozens are taking to Twitter to complain of cable outages and other problems before Saturday’s Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight. Customers of Time Warner Cable, DirecTV and Charter have been complaining about issues. Charter acknowledged the problems on its Twitter account on Saturday. “We are… Read more »

Film Review: ‘Horizons’

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An almost spiritual celebration of classical ballet, as practiced by three generations of Cuban terps, Eileen Hofer’s “Horizons” pays tribute to the discipline and dedication it takes to dance, while offering the added bonus of a glimpse at contempo life in a country that still remains largely shielded to American eyes.

Home Entertainment Spending Rises Again in Q1

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Buoyed by a more than 20% increase in electronic sales and streaming, home entertainment spending is again trending upward, with consumer spending in the first quarter of 2015 coming in at an estimated $4.6 billion, up 0.23% from spending in the first three months of 2014. The gains were due primarily to continued double-digit growth in subscription… Read more »

Philip S. Goodman, Writer & Director for Film, TV, Dies at 89

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Philip S. Goodman, a writer and director for film, television and stage, died May 2 at his home in New York City. He was 89. Goodman wrote episodes of 1950s and ’60s TV shows such as “Profiles in Courage,” “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” and “Johnny Staccato.” He directed the 1963 feature  “We Shall Return” (United Pictures… Read more »

‘Scandal’ Cast Teases the Final Episodes of Season 4

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With only two episodes left in “Scandal’s” fourth season, the cast eagerly hyped what’s to come during a panel at the Directors Guild of America on Friday evening in Hollywood. “This finale episode, I mean, I just… I turned to Shonda [Rhimes]. I was like, ‘Where do we go from here? Are you for real?… Read more »