Pop Culture: Movies
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Inside Out" and "Jurassic World" are still drawing significant audiences to theaters even in their second and third weekends at the multiplex, leaving little room for newer fare like "Ted 2.   Full Story
 
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There's an early scene in "Magic Mike XXL" that hints at what this much ballyhooed sequel woulda, coulda, shoulda been.   Full Story
 
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Author Tess Gerritsen has dropped her lawsuit against Warner Bros. over similarities between the 2013 film "Gravity" and her 1999 book, she wrote in a statement Monday, citing brutal emotional and financial costs.   Full Story
 
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WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Jada Pinkett Smith wasn't exactly sure what she was getting into when she signed on for "Magic Mike XXL," but she certainly didn't expect to come out of a movie about male strippers with some new theories on her own marriage.   Full Story
 
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A foul-mouthed Teddy bear is no match for a pack of dinosaurs. Seth MacFarlane's "Ted 2" opened far under expectations with $32.   Full Story
 
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jo-Raquel Tejada remembers one of the first times that she had to take a stand for her identity.   Full Story
 
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — After widespread criticism of the film academy's overwhelmingly white slate of Oscar nominees this year, the organization has announced a roster of potential new members that skews younger and more diverse.   Full Story
 
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WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — When Jada Pinkett Smith got the call from her agent about the "Magic Mike" sequel script, there was something she needed to know: Her part as Rome, the owner of a male strip club, was written for a man.   Full Story
 
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VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California medical examiner's office confirmed Thursday that Oscar-winning composer James Horner was the pilot killed in a plane crash this week, and the death has been ruled an accident.   Full Story
 
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It's officially summer. What better time for a heartwarming caper movie about a troubled but noble Texas teen, his troubled but noble dog, and those crazy mean gun smugglers they tangle with?   Full Story
 
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NEW YORK (AP) — "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane dismisses the notion that comedy has become more politically correct these days.   Full Story
 
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BEIJING (AP) — "Twilight" director Catherine Hardwicke said Thursday she is making a sweeping romantic epic set in an ancient Silk Road city located in present-day western China.   Full Story
 
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NEW YORK (AP) — "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane dismisses the notion that comedy has become more politically correct these days.   Full Story
 
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NEW YORK (AP) — Shia LaBeouf has received stitches to his head and hand after injuring himself on the North Dakota set of the film "American Honey.   Full Story
 
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — Parents and children settled into their seats for a new animated Disney film got a quick jolt when a horror movie came on the southwest Ohio screen instead.   Full Story
 
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UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (AP) — "Fast & Furious" star Vin Diesel traded the franchise's signature muscle cars for a new kind of ride.   Full Story
 
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — Parents and children settled into their seats for a new animated Disney film got a quick jolt when a horror movie came on the southwest Ohio screen instead.   Full Story
 
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NEW YORK (AP) — He refuses to go quietly into that good night. Larry Kramer continues to rage. The playwright and activist turns 80 on Thursday and neither recent illness nor the glow of a new marriage has softened the urgency of his demands.   Full Story
 
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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — When it comes to canine stars, like their human counterparts, sometimes it's all about the look.   Full Story
 
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"Ted 2" asks a question that we never needed, or particularly wanted, to know the answer to: Is Ted, the magical, foul-mouthed, pot-smoking teddy bear, a person in the eyes of the law?   Full Story
 
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NEW YORK (AP) — From slave-era church outfits and Little Richard to the South Bronx and Dapper Dan the knockoff king of Harlem, the roots of hip-hop culture stretch beyond the music.   Full Story
 
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — From the swelling-sea songs of "Titanic" to the space symphonies of "Apollo 13" to the bagpipes of "Braveheart," James Horner's singular sound graced some of the biggest moments in the history of movies.   Full Story
 
Celebrity colleagues and admirers of film composer James Horner tweeted their reactions to his death in a plane crash at age 61: ——— James Cameron and Jon Landau, in a statement: "The Avatar community has lost one of our great creative lights with the passing of James Horner.   Full Story
 
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I come to praise the portmanteau. Anthologies, omnibuses, whatever you want to call them: Those cinematic conglomerations of disconnected or slightly interwoven stories are what I'm talking about.   Full Story
 
iTunes Movies U.S. charts for week ending June 22, 2015: iTunes Movies US Charts 1. Kingsman: The Secret Service 2.   Full Story
 
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NEW YORK (AP) — "A million dollars isn't cool," said Justin Timberlake as Sean Parker in "The Social Network.   Full Story
 
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Spidey search is over. Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures announced Tuesday that "The Impossible" star Tom Holland would be taking over the role of Peter Parker and the web-slinging superhero in the next Spider-Man film, set to hit theaters on July 28, 2017.   Full Story
 
WASHINGTON (AP) — No actor or actress can match Meryl Streep's 19 Academy Award nominations, and only Katharine Hepburn has bested her three Oscars for acting.   Full Story
 
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — James Horner, who composed music for dozens of films and won two Oscars for his work on "Titanic," died when his plane crashed in Southern California, his agents confirmed Tuesday.   Full Story
 
NEW YORK (AP) — An old screenplay by Stanley Kubrick is being developed as a trilogy by "World War Z" director Marc Forster.   Full Story
 
 
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