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The DVD Wrapup: Born to Be Blue, Sing Street, Boss, Hardcore Henry, Criminal, Opry Classics, Last Diamond, Invitation, Ozland and more

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This spring, jazz lovers were given the rare opportunity to sample films about two of the greatest trumpet players in American musical history. And, while neither Robert Budreau’s Born to Be Blue or Don Cheadle’s Miles Ahead would pass a lie-detector test, both are well-made testaments to the players’ unique talents and well-documented idiosyncrasies. Performances by Ethan Hawke and Don Cheadle in the lead roles are wonderful and the soundtracks do justice to the artists’ legacy. The Chet Baker we meet in Born to Be Blue has already scaled the heights of his art – largely off-screen – and is starring as himself in an unfinished biopic, presumably being made in Italy. Budreau uses black-and-white flashbacks to describe Baker’s past and color for the period following the brutal 1966 attack that seriously threatened his career and required of him that he relearn the mechanics of playing the trumpet. In this, he receives the tireless support of a composite African-American girlfriend (Carmen Ejogo), who finally must face the reality that, when forced to choose between heroin and love, an addict will always pick his love for junk.

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The Weekend Report

Weekend Estimates 2016-07-24 at 9.58.19 AM

It was another Kirk at the can as Star Trek Beyond steered the latest Enterprise to an estimated $59.4 million. Two other new national releases duked it out for positions four and five with the slightest edge for the horror entry Lights Out with $21.2 million. The animated franchise Ice Age: Collision Course was right behind at $20.8 million.

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Friday Box Office Estimates

Friday Estimates 2016-07-23 at 8.35.37 AM

In the weekend of familiar franchise entries, the headline will read “Sky Still Falling,” though Star Trek: Beyond could become modestly profitable because through international, and Ice Age: Collision Course will be a significant moneymaker, the last Ice 2012) pulling in $716m from international alone. Another nearly certain cash machine is Lights Out, a James Wan special for WB that was cheap enough to produce that even with marketing and the customary large horror drop-offs, domestic theatrical can put the film in profit. Strong launch of Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie by Searchlight at $2100 per screen on 313 as well as for Don’t Think Twice, Mike Birbiglia’s follow-up to Sleepwalk with Me.

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The DVD Wrapup: A Perfect Day, Daughter of Dawn, Bridgend, Kill Zone 2, Muriel, Crimes of Passion, Bad Moon and more

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The DVD Wrapup: Everybody Wants Some!!, Allegiant, Belladonna, Van Gogh, Mecanix, Green Room, With Child, Dark Horse and more

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this bradley cooper thing has me so upset im burning all his dvds
I have a list of celebrities that support Socialism I refuse to spend another $ on. Add this one. Boycott them all.

American Sniper Random Fans Disapprove Of Bradley Cooper Attending DNC

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“The first thing he’d ask when a new actor came on set was, “Did you eat?” That was a big thing for him: ‘Get him some food!’ You thought you were in somebody’s kitchen, having a cup of coffee. That sets the mood.”
Hector Elizondo On Being Garry Marshall’s “Lucky Charm” On All 18 Features

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There are too many mediocre shows on television, but at a time when the industry has glut of series that fail to have an impact, we’ve been able to give fans what they want: adventurous storytelling with original voices.”
Netflix To Spend More Than $6 Billion On Originals And Acquisitions

“The only ones I would really want to work with are Martin Scorsese and Woody Allen. If one of their films were suitable for me, it would be like touching the sky with my hand.”
“I am fine filming in Spanish, thank you,” Says Argentine Great Ricardo Darín

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Do you know about Pokémon Go?
No. I don’t know what Pokémon Go is and what all these things are. You’re talking to somebody who made his first phone call at age 17. You’re talking to someone who doesn’t have a cell phone, for example, for cultural reasons. Tell me about Pokémon Go. What is happening on Pokémon Go?

It’s basically the first mainstream augmented reality program. It’s a game where the entire world is mapped and you walk around with the GPS on your phone. You walk around in the real world and can catch these little monsters and collect them. And everybody is playing it.
Does it tell you you’re here at San Vicente, close to Sunset Boulevard?

Yeah, it’s basically like a Google map.
But what does Pokémon do at this corner here?

“To make work out of your own imagination is an invitation to a lot of unforgiving hard slog, failure, satisfaction which doesn’t last long, more failure, discontent, maybe a prize, a bit more satisfaction, self doubt, dissatisfaction, lots more hard work and so on and so on. But anyone who’s persisted and written something and got to the end and even better had it published or performed learns quickly that the hard slog, the frustrations, the blind alleys and dead ends and scenes that don’t work and great ideas that turn to dust are in fact a big part of the work. The reward for the agony is not the ecstasy of Chuck Heston finishing the Sistine Chapel but still more agony that might also include some kind of not pleasure exactly, maybe a brief, terrible joy.”
~ Australian playwright Michael Gow

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