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'Don't Breathe' resuscitates the end-of-summer box office

LOS ANGELES -- Breathing life into what was expected to be a slow end-to-the-summer box-office season, Sony Pictures' "Don't Breathe" overperformed, leaving three-time box-office champ, Warner Bros.' "Suicide Squad," in the dust.

The low-budget horror movie raked in a surprising estimated $26.1 million in the U.S. and Canada, well surpassing ...Read more

Venezuela plans Chavez film, TV series to go up against Sony show

BOGOTA, Colombia -- It's socialism vs. capitalism, north vs. south, Hugo Chavez vs. Hugo Chavez -- at least on the small screen.

Cash-strapped Venezuela announced this past week that it's making a movie and a television series based on the life of the late president Chavez to compete against commercial projects in the works.

In May, California...Read more

Fast-moving 'Hands of Stone' light on its feet

You can measure the progress of immigrants in American society by the names of boxing champions. The Irish ruled at the start of the 20th century: Sullivan, Corbett, Ryan, Jeffries. Then came the Jews: Rosenbloom, Leonard, Baer. They were followed by the Italians (Marciano, Graziano) and African-Americans (Joe Lewis and everyone after him).

By ...Read more

What's opening in theaters next week

MOVIES

Opening Friday:

"The Light Between Oceans" (PG-13): Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander are a married couple living on a remote island in Australia after World War I in this adaptation of M. L. Stedman's best-selling novel.

"Morgan" (R): Luke Scott (son of Ridley) makes his directorial debut with this horror thriller about a ...Read more

Disney's first black animator looks back in the incisive doc 'Floyd Norman: An Animated Life'

Like the man himself, "Floyd Norman: An Animated Life" is genial on the surface but lets us go a little deeper into an unusual life than we might have expected.

Now over 80, Norman is a genuine pioneer, the first African American artist hired by Disney.

He is, as documentary directors Michael Fiore and Erik Sharkey put it, a bit of a Forrest ...Read more

Murphy takes a dramatic detour

On a recent afternoon, Eddie Murphy reflected on how much the world around him has changed in the past few years.

"It's not just comedy -- it's a brand-new world," Murphy mused in the restaurant of a Beverly Hills hotel, dressed all in black, his manner far more serious and composed than his often outsized, extroverted comic persona might ...Read more

'Oceans” Fassbender and Vikander seek a private romance

NEW YORK -- Michael Fassbender tensed up for the briefest instant when the topic of his relationship with Alicia Vikander, both his co-star and his girlfriend, arose.

Then he relaxed and offered a Zen thought. "People will make the presumptions they want to make. If you start to defend anything, it becomes, 'Methinks the lady doth protest too ...Read more

A date with lots of destiny

Henry Fonda as a dishy "Young Mr. Lincoln" hanging out with Marjorie Weaver's Mary Todd notwithstanding, first dates for future occupants of the Oval Office may not seem like ideal romantic movie material. But "Southside With You" shows how and why it can be done.

Set on Chicago's South Side in 1989 and inspired by the actual first date between...Read more

Around the Remote: "MTV Video Music Awards", "The Strain", more

DON'T MISS: MTV Video Music Awards -- Adele, Drake, Kanye West, Justin Bieber and Britney Spears are all expected to be in the house for this year's ceremony, which is being held at Madison Square Garden for the first time. But unless Kanye does something ridiculous again, the night's real star figures to be Beyonce. Queen Bey leads everyone ...Read more

'Night's' Muslim vision

The crime and justice drama "The Night Of" that's become HBO's newest addictive thriller features an American Muslim character so complex that it's still anyone's guess as to whether he's innocent or guilty of a crime that kicked off the series eight episodes ago

The miniseries, which concludes Sunday, created an unusually layered portrait not ...Read more

As 'The Night Of' signs off, star Bill Camp reflects on the 'subtle beast' of his character

After watching HBO's eight-episode mystery "The Night Of," which wraps up with a 95-minute finale Sunday night, there's something you might not expect from Bill Camp, who portrays the laconic, thoughtfully intense NYPD Det. Dennis Box.

Though he speaks with a similarly thoughtful cadence as his character, Camp also has a tremendous laugh, which...Read more

Fede Alvarez and Sam Raimi plumb new depths of horror in 'Don't Breathe'

Two small objects were stacked on a worktable in the East Hollywood office of filmmaker Fede Alvarez on a recent morning, one prop each from his first two features. From his feature debut, 2013's "Evil Dead," was a midsized book, crafted and distressed to look like the mystical ancient tome known as the "Necronomicon." From his new film "Don't ...Read more

HLN drops Dr. Drew from its prime-time lineup

The doctor is out at HLN.

CNN's sister cable channel is dropping addiction expert Dr. Drew Pinsky's nightly prime-time show, "Dr. Drew," on Sept. 22.

The program, which has aired on HLN since 2011, is the latest casualty of an overall revamp at the channel aimed at returning it to its news roots. HLN, formerly known as CNN Headline News, ...Read more

Capsule reviews of feature films

BAD MOMS. 2.5 stars. Mila Kunis stars as a stressed-out working mother who teams with two similarly overtaxed women (Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn), rebelling against a hissy PTA prez (Christina Applegate) in a mildly amusing, moderately raunchy, mostly schematic comedy from the writers of "The Hangover" franchise. 1 hr. 41 R (profanity, sex, ...Read more

Paisley Park likely to open for public tours in October

It may not be like Elvis Presley's Graceland, but Prince's Paisley Park complex could open as a museum in partnership with the King's estate on Oct. 6, the trustees for Prince's estate announced Wednesday. The opening would be one week before a planned memorial concert at U.S. Bank Stadium.

"Opening Paisley Park is something that Prince always ...Read more

Jamila Woods is a genre-blurring multitasker

Jamila Woods has spent most of her life multitasking, so juggling writing, education, community work and an increasingly high-profile music career doesn't faze her.

"It's important to immerse myself in one thing at a time to do it well, but I could never do one thing only," Woods says. "I will always be a poet and a singer, because I'm ...Read more

Living Colour's social commentary game still strong

One day in the mid-'90s, while Living Colour's Vernon Reid was taking a break outside Unique Recording Studios in New York, the Notorious B.I.G. pulled up in a gray Mercedes. "I'm looking at him: 'That's Biggie.' Next thing I know, he steps up: 'What's up? Who is you?' " recalls Reid, who'd been playing guitar on singer Madeleine Peyroux's "...Read more

'Southside With You' is a near-perfect love story, date movie

Movies about presidential history tend to be academic affairs, treating the great men with dramatic gravitas and decorum. What a special delight it is to follow one through a moment in his life when he is a sympathetic, relatable young civilian whose top diplomatic mission is winning over the great girl he just met.

That's the treat handed to ...Read more

What to expect on the third season of FX's 'The Strain'

LOS ANGELES -- The FX horror series "The Strain" has followed Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), the former head of the Center for Disease Control, through two seasons as he's investigated a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. The third season opens with New York City being a battleground ...Read more

Sharon Jones bio hits right notes

She's 60 years old, under 5 feet tall, a bit rotund and a soul-singing sister through and through. When she first appeared onstage, music industry mavens told Sharon Jones, the voice of the funk/rhythm and blues supergroup Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, that she was "too short, too black, too fat and too old," to make it. They failed to see that ...Read more