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Fans Line Up in Hollywood as Latest ‘Star Wars’ Film Nears

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA—"Episode VII: The Force Awakens," the latest chapter in filmmaker George Lucas’ "Star Wars" saga, is expected to be one of the highest-grossing films of all time. Even though it won’t be in theaters until December 17, devoted fans are lining up to see it. “It’s a classic movie, so we all want to see from where it left off to where it's going to go,” said "Star Wars" fan Andrew Porters. "Myself and Caroline, my fiancee, we flew for 12 hours to come across , and a lot of other people have come from all over America to…
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This Day In History

This Day In History: February 7, 1964

On February 7, 1964, the Beatles, a British rock-and-roll quartet that had just scored its first No. 1 hit six days before with "I Want to Hold Your Hand," made their first visit to the United States. At Kennedy, the "Fab Four" were greeted by 3,000 screaming fans who caused a near riot when the boys stepped off their plane and onto American soil. Beatlemania had begun. Two days later, Paul McCartney, age 21, Ringo Starr, 23, John Lennon, 23, and George Harrison, 20, made their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. Although it was difficult to hear the performance over…
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Rene Russo reveals lifelong battle with bipolar disorder

After years in television and film, Rene Russo confessed to struggling with lifelong bipolar disorder. "Bipolar medication," the 60-year-old actress told Queen Latifah after the daytime talk show host asked her and fellow guest Jake Gyllenhaal to detail an obstacle they've had to overcome in their lives. "Yea I pretty much hit a wall and then my mom said my whole childhood, 'You're stop and go,'" she confessed about battling the disorder since her early years. "That was it for me." Russo, who appears on "The Queen Latifah Show" in an episode set to air Oct. 30, was there promoting her new film "Nightcrawler" and ended…
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“Gone Girl” Leads Weekend Box Office

Powered by strong reviews, an established fan base and intense conversation on social media platforms, “Gone Girl” generated an estimated $38 million at North American theaters over the weekend, a huge result for an R-rated drama. “Gone Girl,” which cost 20th Century Fox and New Regency about $60 million to make, was directed by David Fincher from a screenplay adapted by Gillian Flynn from her best-selling book; Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike star.   The No. 2 ticket seller over the weekend was also bigger than expected: “Annabelle,” a horror prequel that cost New Line, a division of Warner Bros.,…
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Superhero Overload? 8 Major Comic Book Movies Planned for 2017

While much has been written about 2015 as a perfect storm of tentpoles, including sequels to Star Wars, The Avengers, Mission: Impossible, The Hunger Games, Jurassic Park, Fast & Furious and Terminator, 2017 is shaping up to become a showdown of superhero movies. Disney’s Marvel Studios, Warner Bros.’ DC Entertainment and 20th Century Fox so far have plans to release seven films featuring comicbook-based crime fighters combined that year, a record. Sony is developing an eighth that has not yet been dated. And they’re not expected to be small titles, either. Marvel alone has three planned for prime dates in…
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Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara Are Dating

That was fast: PEOPLE's Hottest Bachelor may already be off the market. Joe Manganiello is spending time with Sofia Vergara, a source confirms to PEOPLE, creating what could be the sexiest couple in Hollywood, new as the relationship may be. "They just started to hang out," the source says. Reps for both actors had no comment. The news comes just after Manganiello, 37, raved about the Colombian bombshell in an interview with PEOPLE for the Hottest Bachelors issue. "You're gonna get me in trouble. I don't want to be like a home-wrecker. This person is engaged," he said of Vergara,…
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Jennifer Lopez returns to the Bronx for a free concert to kick-off national music series

She may love to talk about riding the 6 train in the Bronx, but somehow J. Lo never found the time to play a full show in her home borough before Wednesday. For the multi-media star's maiden performance on her original turf, she appeared at Orchard Beach in Pelham Bay Park. The free concert kicked off a national music series, sponsored by State Farm Insurance. During the 90-minute event, Lopez did her best to make up for the lost time, running through every one of her zippy hits, as well as some tracks from her upcoming album, "," out June…
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How Disney Found A New Meaning For ‘True Love’

Once upon a time, in a studio far, far away, there worked a few filmmakers, who finally figured out how to be progressive. In retelling Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Snow Queen,” they broke records with the tale of “Frozen.” That success was shortly followed by the less beloved but no less relevant re-envisioning of “Sleeping Beauty” known as “Maleficent.” Both films present strong females and invert the traditional Disney narrative. Most important, though, each deconstructs “true love’s first kiss,” redefining the age-old trope and subverting the idea that all women need a man to save them. It’s quite clear that…
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‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Will Feature Some Original Cast Members

If you haven't seen X-Men: Days of Future Past in theaters yet, there will be plenty of spoilers below, so read on at your own risk. While the end credits scene of X-Men: Days of Future Past helps set up X-Men: Apocalypse, the story helps broaden the X-Men universe in general, merging several cast members from the original X-Men trilogy with the 2011 prequel X-Men: First Class. Director Bryan Singer revealed in January that X-Men: Apocalypse will be more of a sequel to X-Men: First Class, featuring the younger version of the mutants set in the 1980s. During a recent…
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Just How Big is the Markup on Movie Theater Food?

We all know that movie-theater food is expensive: The concession stand employees should give you your large Coke before they ring it up, just so you can do a proper spit take when you hear the price. This is just a fact of life we have to accept, like sticky theater floors and shared-armrest jousting. But it’s worth asking: Just how overpriced is movie food? To find out, we turned to the guy who wrote the book on the subject: Richard B. McKenzie, professor emeritus at the UC Irvine Merage School of Business and author of Why Popcorn Costs So…
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