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‘Star Wars IX’ director exits project due to differing ‘visions,’ Lucasfilm says

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Can MoviePass save theaters? Its CEO says his business plan works

Vegging out on the couch watching movies streamed from services like Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu is the great American pastime. But one startup is going against the grain to get people out of their homes and into the theaters. Can MoviePass’...

By Seung Lee slee@ bayareanewsgroup.com|

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    ‘Western Weekend’ among movie screening events in the Los Angeles area

    Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, Santa Monica area Movie at Studio City Branch Library: “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” (2017), 2:30 p.m. Aug. 18. 12511 Moorpark St. 818-755-7873. www.lapl.org New Beverly Cinema: “The Spy Who Loved Me” (1977), 6:30, with “Moonraker” (1979), 9:05 Aug. 18-19; “Django Unchained” (2012), 11:59 p.m. Aug. 18. “E.T.: The...

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  • Movies & TV

    ‘Annabelle’ scares up $35M, jolting sleepy box office

    NEW YORK >> The “Conjuring” spinoff “Annabelle: Creation” scared up an estimated $35 million in North American theaters over the weekend, making it easily the top film and giving the lagging August box office a shot in the arm. The opening came close to matching the film’s predecessor, “Annabelle,” which opened with $37.1 million in October 2014. Warner Bros. could celebrate not only the month’s biggest debut but also having...

    By JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer|

  • Movies & TV

    Outdoor summer movie screenings among film events in the LA area

    Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, Santa Monica area El Capitan Theatre: Sing-along “The Lion King” (1994), 10 a.m., 1, 4 and 7 p.m. Aug. 11-13; dates through Aug. 20. Tickets $14; $11 ages 3-11; $23 VIP. 6838 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. 800-347-6396. elcapitantheatre.com Movie at Studio City Branch Library: “The Promise” (2016), 2:30 p.m. Aug. 11. 12511 Moorpark St.

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  • Box office receipts

    ‘Dark Tower’ tops slow box office weekend, ‘Detroit’ disappoints

    NEW YORK >> After a decade of development and several postponements, the long-awaited Stephen King adaptation “The Dark Tower” debuted with an estimated $19.5 million in North American ticket sales, narrowly edging out the two-week leader “Dunkirk.” The modest result for “The Dark Tower,” starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, was in line with expectations heading into the weekend but well shy of initial hopes for a possible...

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  • Entertainment

    6 ‘Game of Thrones’ theories about season 7, episode 4, ‘The Spoils of War’

    The fourth episode of this season’s “Game of Thrones” is called “The Spoils of War,” and HBO’s cryptic description reads: “Daenerys fights back. Jaime faces an unexpected situation. Arya comes home.” We’ll get to what all that may mean in a moment, — SPOILERS AHEAD — but first it should be noted that the series is racking huge up ratings for HBO with the opening episode now surpassing 30 million viewers. It...

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  • Entertainment

    TV review: ‘Mr. Mercedes’ captures Stephen King’s vibe

    Be warned that the Audience Network’s “Mr. Mercedes” — adapted from the Stephen King thriller — starts with a horrendous incident. It’s 2009, and a crowd of the unemployed, including a young mother and her baby, is waiting in the predawn hours to get into an Ohio job fair. Suddenly, a Mercedes that has been idling off in the mist revs its engine and roars into the defenseless crowd, causing mayhem and carnage with the deaths of 16 people.

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  • Movies & TV

    ‘Lion King’ sing-alongs among movie screening events in the LA area

    Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, Santa Monica area El Capitan Theatre: Sing-along “The Lion King” (1994), 10 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. Aug. 4-6; dates through Aug. 20. Tickets $14; $11 ages 3-11; $23 VIP. 6838 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. 800-347-6396. elcapitantheatre.com New Beverly Cinema: “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” (1982), 6:30, with “Star Trek IV: The...

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  • Entertainment

    HBO hacked: Was ‘Game of Thrones’ script taken?

    HBO became the latest Hollywood entertainment company to fall victim to a major cyber attack as hackers reportedly gained access to episodes of a number shows, along with a “Game of Thrones” script. The premium cable network on Monday confirmed the attack in a statement: “HBO recently experienced a cyber incident, which resulted in the compromise of...

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  • Box office receipts

    ‘Dunkirk’ conquers ‘Emoji,’ ‘Atomic Blonde’ at box office

    LOS ANGELES >> “The Emoji Movie” survived negative reviews but couldn’t conquer “Dunkirk,” which had enough fight left to conquer the box office for a second weekend in a row. Down only 44 percent from its first weekend, director Christopher Nolan’s World War II film earned $28.1 million to take first place, according to studio estimates on Sunday. “Dunkirk” has grossed $102.8 million domestically to date. Sony...

    By LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer|

  • Entertainment

    6 ‘Game of Thrones’ theories about season 7 episode 3 ‘The Queen’s Justice’

    The third episode of this season’s “Game of Thrones” is called “The Queen’s Justice,” and the HBO logline says this: “Daenerys holds court. Cersei returns a gift. Jaime learns from his mistakes.” What should we keep in mind as we watch? Here...

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