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Updated: July 24, 2014 11:58:08 AM PDT
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There are six chances this coming week to be happy. "Despicable Me 2," the sequel nominated for the 2013 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and for Best Original Song "Happy" (written and sung by Pharrell Williams), is coming to a park near you.   Read More...
 
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SAN DIEGO (AP) - Like Batman responding to a beaming Bat signal in the sky, fans are streaming to San Diego for the 45th annual Comic-Con pop culture extravaganza. The four-day festival celebrating film, TV, video games, comic books, costumes and other popular arts kicks off with a preview Wednesday night and goes full force Thursday at the San Diego Convention Center.   Read More...
 
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When he finished his birthday dinner at Lucille's Smokehouse Bar-B-Que, where he is a well-known regular, Gabriel Iglesias went over to another one of his local hangouts, a theater on Carson Street in Long Beach. As he approached the Edwards theater, the 300 or so people who had been waiting for him starting chanting.   Read More...
 
"Lucy" may look like a hard-driving action film or yet another one of Scarlett Johansson's super-powered heroine movies. It is those things. But it is so much more. Luc Besson's production takes on big questions about the brain, what it means to be human and the nature of the universe - paired with automatic weapons and scary driving.   Read More...
 
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The largest pop culture and comic book event of the year will descend on San Diego this week, with more than 100,000 fans expected to fill the San Diego Convention Center and surrounding historic Gaslamp Quarter for Comic-Con International from Thursday through July 27.   Read More...
 
The Batmobile made its first appearance in Detective Comics No. 27, the first Batman story; it originally was a simple red convertible with no special features. The vehicles went through many changes over the years in the comics, adding batlike designs and accessories.   Read More...
 
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The monkey business is a good business to be in at the box office. "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" roared to $73 million on its opening weekend, one of the summer's best debuts, according to studio estimates Sunday. The 20th Century Fox sequel easily surpassed the $54.8 million opening to 2011's "Rise of the Planet of the Apes."   Read More...
 
The month-long Old Pasadena Film Festival opens Saturday night with what is widely heralded as one of the best bad movies ever made - "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes."   Read More...
 
Four young Englishmen board a train on their way to give a televised concert, perform an impromptu song in the baggage car, have witty encounters "in a train and a room, and a car and a room, and a room and a room" and finally sing to an audience of screaming, happy fans. If you're of a certain age or love the band you know immediately that's the plot of "A Hard Day's Night" starring The Beatles.   Read More...
 
The story sounds apocryphal, but Michael Bay has told it often enough that now it has slipped into something of legend.   Read More...
 
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NEW YORK - Eli Wallach, the raspy-voiced character actor who starred in dozens of movies and Broadway plays over a remarkable and enduring career and earned film immortality as a conniving, quick-on-the-draw bandit in the classic Western "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," has died. He was 98.   Read More...
 
Independent Film Festival 3 days of screenings, parties & artist programs that celebrates independent filmmaking. *Films competing in narrative feature, documentary & short film categories will be eligible for Jury and Audience awards in which winners will have the opportunity to screen their film for industry professionals working in international film production & distribution.   Read More...
 
On Thursday, July 10th, Carson Daly (The Voice) and Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project) will join Television Academy Chairman and CEO, Bruce Rosenblum at 5:40 AM PT to announce the 66th Primetime Emmy┬« Awards Nominations.   Read More...
 
Country life goes from bad to worse in "Runoff," an American indie that could have made some interesting moral points about agribusiness practices, but gets plowed under by a series of melodramatic events.   Read More...
 
How many times can you kill Tom Cruise? Not literally, but in the case of Emily Blunt's character Rita in "Edge of Tomorrow," the toughened war hero gets to dispatch Cruise's character   Read More...
 
Summer is the time to bust out of the cineplex for a special screening at a uniquely L.A. venue. Catch a Western on an Old West movie set, see a summer classic atop a downtown parking structure, or a Hollywood classic in a cemetary for movie stars. Or, beat the heat by seeing family film "Frozen" at one of the more than 20 community parks.   Read More...
 
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BERLIN (AP) - Swiss artist H.R. Giger, who designed the creature in Ridley Scott's sci-fi horror classic "Alien," has died at age 74 from injuries suffered in a fall, his museum said Tuesday. Sandra Mivelaz, administrator of the H.R. Giger museum in Gruyeres, western Switzerland, told The Associated Press that Giger died in a hospital on Monday.   Read More...
 
The story is familiar — after some ego-smashing setbacks, a person or group achieves great success, then falls victim to the demons that come with fame and fortune. Super Duper Alice Cooper,” a documentary by Sam Dunn and Reginald Harkema to be released nationwide Wednesday, is a loud, colorful and cleverly woven story about the group and its most visible personality that set the standard for metal rock and wild live shows.   Read More...
 
Johnny Depp showed off a diamond engagement ring that he called a "chick's ring" on Monday indirectly confirming rumors of his engagement to actress Amber Heard.   Read More...
 
Footage of the sci-fi drama "Transcendence" previewed at CinemaCon in Las Vegas shows an eerily convincing Johnny Depp as a terminally ill scientist turned unruly machine in the Wally Pfister film that asks: What if we could upload a human mind into a computer?   Read More...
 
 
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