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Mark Cuban, Ann Coulter Join Cast of ‘Sharknado 3′ as President and Vice President

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Dallas Mavericks owner and entrepreneur Mark Cuban will play the President of the United States with political commentator and author Ann Coulter joining him as Vice President in “Sharknado 3,” Syfy and The Asylum announced Monday. Previously announced cameos in the latest installment of the popular Syfy film franchise include Bo Derek as May, the mother of movie lead April (Tara Reid); Jerry Springer, appearing as Mr. White, a manic tourist; Nsync member Chris Kirkpatrick as a pool lifeguard; and Chris Jericho, who will portray Bruce the roller coaster ride operator. Also Read: 23 Best & Worst Oscars Moments of 2015 (Photos) Featuring stars Ian Ziering, »


- Joe Otterson

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Box Office: ‘Focus’ Tops Weak Crop of Competitors With $19.1 Million

1 March 2015 7:46 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Focus” topped the weekend box office charts with $19.1 million, but the heist film didn’t make off with as much loot as many analysts expected.

The film had been projected to earn between $21 million and $23 million, so cue breathless stories about whether or not Will Smith’s fastball has lost some heat. The debate may be excessive. “Focus” shows the limits of star power generally, not Smith’s particularly.

Charisma lacks the punch it did 10 years ago, particularly given that advances in digital technology and the growth of fanboy culture mean films can’t just be films anymore to succeed at a high level. They must be events. Would “Focus” have performed better had George Clooney starred in it or Brad Pitt?

“With all big stars, it depends on the movie they’re framed in,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak. “If you put Will Smith in a »


- Brent Lang

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‘Fifty Shades’ Becomes Universal’s Highest-Grossing R-Rated International Release

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Sex, even of the kinky variety, apparently knows no boundaries and crosses all borders.

Fifty Shades of Grey” has become Universal Pictures’ highest-grossing R-rated international release with $338.4 million, topping the $330 million made by “Ted.” The erotic drama topped foreign charts for the third consecutive week, adding $36 million from 59 territories to its haul.

Globally, the film should hit $500 million next week — an impressive return on the $40 million Universal spent to make Christian Grey’s red room come to life on screen.

Domestically, the film has slowed down, dropping more than 50% in its third week to $10.9 million. Due to its steamy subject matter, “Fifty Shades of Grey” has been banned in much of the Middle East. There are two territories left in its international rollout — India and Egypt.

Focus,” the weekend’s top Stateside grosser, pulled in $12.2 million across 31 international markets. The heist film with Will Smith and Margot Robbie has opened »


- Brent Lang

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Ethan Hawke and Denzel Washington Team for 'Magnificent Seven' Remake

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According to THR, Ethan Hawke is in "final negotiations" to board Fuqua's "The Magnificent Seven" starring Denzel Washington. Hawke and Washington made box office bank back in 2001's "Training Day," which earned both actors Academy Award nominations and Washington an Oscar win for Best Actor. Screenwriters John Lee Hancock ("Saving Mr. Banks") and Nic Pizzolatto (a double WGA winner for HBO's "True Detective") base their script on Kurosawa's 1954 "Seven Samurai" written by Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto and Hideo Oguni. That tale of seven gunslingers banding together to protect a destitute village from blood-seeking bandits was first remade in 1960 as "The Magnificent Seven" directed by John Sturges and starring Steven McQueen. Chris Pratt and Hailey Bennett also boarded the project, which MGM began developing back in 2012 alongside a spate of other titles from its studio library including the forthcoming »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Westboro Baptist Church Missed Leonard Nimoy’s Funeral Because They Couldn’t Find It

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Westboro Baptist Church had every intention to picket “Star Trek” actor Leonard Nimoy‘s Los Angeles funeral on Sunday, but the congregation, known for spewing caustic and intolerant rhetoric at high-profile funerals, was unable to attend because the location of the services were kept private. “Leonard Nimoy‘s funeral is today, but nobody is sharing Where. So Westboro And @WilliamShatner can’t attend :(,” the church wrote in a Twitter message accompanying a Vine video of a man holding a neon “Love Thy Neighbor Equals Rebuke” sign. See Video: Leonard Nimoy’s Best Roles Collected: Mr. Spock and Beyond The »


- Travis Reilly

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Watch What Happens When Someone Sticks Mentos to Their Body and Gets Into a Bathtub Full of Coke

30 minutes ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

If you read the title of this article and thought: "well, he probably made a big ol' mess," then you're right. But let's dig a little deeper into the latest thing taking over the Internet that has nothing to do with the color of a dress. This viral video, which has over six million views, shows a young guy named Hajime having a regular evening hanging out and taping Mentos to his body with tape. You know, as one does. Hajime then fills his entire bathtub with Coke Zero, which was a bold choice, in our opinion. And then with the world watching with bated breath, he got right in. Thankfully, there wasn't an explosion akin to Homer opening the beer that Bart shook up with a paint mixer. »

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‘Training Day’ Reunion: Ethan Hawke Joins Denzel Washington in ‘Magnificent Seven’

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Nearly 15 years after they first worked together on “Training Day,” Ethan Hawke is nearing a deal to reteam with Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua on MGM’s “The Magnificent Seven,” TheWrap has learned. Chris Pratt and Haley Bennett co-star in the film, which was written by “True Detective” creator Nic Pizzolatto and John Lee Hancock. Also Read: Chris Pratt in Talks to Join Denzel Washington in ‘The Magnificent Seven’ The remake follows seven elite gunmen who agree to protect a small Mexican town from a gang of outlaws. Roger Birnbaum will produce “Magnificent Seven,” which was originally based on Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven. »


- Jeff Sneider

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Cindy Crawford, 49, Steps Out in Malibu Without Makeup, Reportedly Threatens Lawsuit Over Retouched Photo—Get the Scoop!

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Cindy Crawford's still got it! The supermodel stepped out in Malibu on Feb. 26—less than a week after her 49th birthday—looking fresh and au naturel for an errand run. During the outing, Crawford appeared comfortable in a casual-chic look that featured a loose-fitting tee, denim and an unfussy 'do, which she wore pulled back with a pair of brown oversize sunglasses. If you're wondering how Cindy keeps her skin looking so youthful in her late forties, well, she'll tell ya! The star opened up to The Violet Files in October about her non-secret secret to keeping fresh-faced near 50. "The secret is that there is no secret," she said. "Do all the stuff we know: »


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Headcanon accepted: Peggy Carter's secret lady admirer

42 minutes ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

“Agent Carter” was a really fun show that just happened to deal with both superhuman spy shenanigans And everyday interactions between two working girls trying to survive in a post-war world that wanted women to kindly crawl back into the Suzy Homemaker box. But while Peggy has made friends with actress/waitress Angie Martinelli in-universe, perhaps there is something more happening here. After all, in 1946 a lesbian couldn’t exactly be overt in her attempts to woo the petite, dark, and mysterious woman who walked into her Automat diner. Image Credit: Commander's Princess  In the world of headcanon, one glance is all it takes to turn two acquaintances into soulmates. “Agent Carter” hands us Peggy/Angie on a silver platter. By the end of Season One, they are living together in one of Howard Stark’s many dens of iniquity. With the way Angie acts around Peggy, it isn’t »

- Donna Dickens

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Jonathan Deckter Leaves Im Global, Joins Voltage

42 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In an expansion move, Nicolas Chartier’s Voltage Pictures has hired Im Global President Jonathan Deckter.

Deckter will take over running all day-to-day business operations of Voltage Pictures as well as serve as president/COO. Chartier will continue in his role as CEO and oversee all production-related activities along with Zev Foreman and Craig Flores.

Voltage has financed “Killer Joe,” “The Company You Keep,”  “The Hurt Locker” and “Dallas Buyers Club.”

Voltage recently completed “Fathers and Daughters,” directed by Gabriele Muccino, starring Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried and Aaron Paul, and “Good Kill,” directed by Andrew Niccol, and starring Ethan Hawke. Its upcoming releases also include “The Secret Scripture,” directed by Jim Sheridan with Rooney Mara, and “Knock Knock,” directed by Eli Roth, with Keanu Reeves starring.

“Over the past ten years we have built Voltage from a small two person venture into what it is today,”” Chartier said. “By adding »


- Dave McNary

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Lacey Spears Found Guilty of Poisoning 5-Year-Old Son to Death with Salt

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Lacey Spears, the mother accused of poisoning her son with salt, has been found guilty of murder, People has learned. She was charged with second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter in the death of her 5-year-old son Garnett, who died Jan. 23, 2014. Spears, 27, documented her son's battle with a mysterious illness at length on social media. Prosecutors say she enjoyed the "attention and sympathy" she received from having a sick child. "Although her son was incredibly special, he was not sick - he was not sick until his mother made him sick," prosecutor Doreen Lloyd said in her opening statement. "Lacey Spears »

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Lacey Spears Found Guilty of Poisoning 5-Year-Old Son to Death with Salt

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Lacey Spears, the mother accused of poisoning her son with salt, has been found guilty of murder, People has learned. She was charged with second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter in the death of her 5-year-old son Garnett, who died Jan. 23, 2014. Spears, 27, documented her son's battle with a mysterious illness at length on social media. Prosecutors say she enjoyed the "attention and sympathy" she received from having a sick child. "Although her son was incredibly special, he was not sick - he was not sick until his mother made him sick," prosecutor Doreen Lloyd said in her opening statement. "Lacey Spears »

- Tara Fowler, @waterfowlerta

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‘Downton Abbey’ Star Maggie Smith Says Season 6 May Be the Last

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Maggie Smith will be leaving her role as the Dowager Countess on Masterpiece Theater’s “Downtown Abbey” after Season 6, and she says that might be the show’s final season. Smith told the Times of London on Sunday that the time frame of the show would suggest the end is near. “They say this is the last one, and I can’t see how it could go on,” Smith said. Also Read: ‘Downton Abbey’ Executive Producer Talks Season 5 Finale, Teases Show’s Future “I mean, certainly can’t keep going,” she added. “To my knowledge, I must be 110 by now. »


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Ethan Hawke and Denzel Washington Reteam on ‘Magnificent Seven’ (Exclusive)

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It’s been over a decade since Ethan Hawke, Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua patrolled the mean streets of Los Angeles in “Training Day” and it looks like that team is looking to head to the wild west for their next collaboration.

Sources say the Oscar-nominated Hawke is in final negotiations to join Washington in MGM’s “Magnificent Seven” remake with Fuqua directing.

Chris Pratt and Haley Bennett are also on board to star.

The 1960 original, itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai,” starred Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen. It centered on seven gunslingers who protect an oppressed Mexican village from a group of outlaws.

The script was most recently reworked by John Lee Hancock, with “True Detective” creator Nic Pizzolatto writing the previous draft.

MGM is hoping the pairing of Hawke with Washington leads to the same success the two saw on their crime drama, which »


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Veronica Roth’s Divergent Follow-up Will Be Star Wars–esque

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When you've already explored a postapocalyptic Chicago, the only logical next step is to follow up with a galaxy far, far away — or so seems the case for Veronica Roth. The author of the Divergent trilogy has announced another new series, via HarperCollins Children's Books, "in the vein of Star Wars." The two books, slated for 2017 and 2018, will "tell of a boy's unlikely alliance with an enemy." "Both desperate to escape their oppressive lives, they help each other attain what they most desire: for one, redemption, and the other, revenge," Roth says. As long as there's weird daddy issues involved, we're in. »


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14-Year-Old Girl Shot and Killed over Facebook Fight

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A 14-year-old girl was shot and killed in Birmingham, Alabama, on Friday night after a fight that started on Facebook turned deadly. Police say Kierra'onna Rice was one of a group of girls who agreed to meet in a park for a planned brawl, Al.com reports. But the fight, which allegedly started weeks ago on Facebook, ended up claiming the 14-year-old's life when two male suspects fired into the crowd of feuding girls, according to Wiat. "This was an absolutely senseless killing," Birmingham Police Lt. Sean Edwards told Al.com. "They took it upon themselves to fire recklessly into a crowd. »


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14-Year-Old Girl Shot and Killed over Facebook Fight

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A 14-year-old girl was shot and killed in Birmingham, Alabama, on Friday night after a fight that started on Facebook turned deadly. Police say Kierra'onna Rice was one of a group of girls who agreed to meet in a park for a planned brawl, Al.com reports. But the fight, which allegedly started weeks ago on Facebook, ended up claiming the 14-year-old's life when two male suspects fired into the crowd of feuding girls, according to Wiat. "This was an absolutely senseless killing," Birmingham Police Lt. Sean Edwards told Al.com. "They took it upon themselves to fire recklessly into a crowd. »


- Tara Fowler, @waterfowlerta

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Kevin Bacon on Why The Following Season 3 Is a Brand New Chapter

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If you've never seen a single episode of The Following, then tonight's season three premiere is the perfect time to start watching. Even though two full seasons of drama and action have already come and gone, this new season opens a brand new chapter of the hit Fox show. Beginning with a massive time jump, FBI agent Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) has put his obsession with serial killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) in the past, and now that Joe's on death row awaiting his execution, Ryan believes he'll never have to see him ever again. He's happy, has a new lease on life, and has truly moved on from the darkness in his past...that is, until one of his secrets threatens to bring all that pain and »


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Bill O’Reilly Questioned Further as Mother Jones Releases Falklands War Report (Video)

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Mother Jones’ David Corn and Daniel Schulman released the video report from Bill O’Reilly‘s 1982 Falklands war coverage Monday, claiming it shows further contradictions between O’Reilly’s version of being in a “war zone” and what was actually happening on the ground in Buenos Aires. The video, close to two minutes, features O’Reilly’s voice over images of a violent riot in Buenos Aires after the Argentine junta surrendered to the British. Also Read: Jon Stewart Laughs at Bill O’Reilly Allegations: ‘No One’s Watching Him for the Actual Truth’ (Video) O’Reilly reports of coins »


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Jessie James Decker Pregnant, Expecting Baby No. 2 With Husband Eric Decker: See the Adorable Announcement!

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Looks like somebody's excited to be a big sister!  Jessie James Decker is pregnant with her second child, E! News confirms. The 26-year-old beauty, whose husband is NFL star Eric Decker, announced the news via her Instagram account on Monday, sharing an adorable family photo alongside the exciting news.  "Vivianne is so excited because she is going to be a big sister! We are over the moon about having another baby!!!" the soon-to-be mother of two captioned the aww-worthy shot.  Eric and Jessie's wee one will join 11-month-old daughter Vivianne Rose in the family fold.  "I just love just everything about it," Decker previously gushed to E! News »


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