Faith-based `War Room` Conquers Box Office

Another faith-based surprise is changing the Hollywood calculus.

With its $11 million weekend, the Christian film “War Room” surpassed all box-office expectations, coming in a close second to the blockbuster hit “Straight Outta Compton”; this despite the fact that “War Room” was only being shown in 1,135 theaters as opposed to some major release competition that was being projected on 2,000 to 3,100 screens. The handwriting was on the wall for the film when the “War Room” tally reached $3.9 million for the combined Thursday and Friday night showings.

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`Big Bang` Star Mayim Bialik`s Un-Hollywood Faith

Mayim Bialik has achieved a high level of fame in recent years for her portrayal of Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler on the mega-hit television show “The Big Bang Theory.”

If her TV character’s scientific intellectualizing sounds surprisingly authentic, it is because Bialik’s acting expertise actually mirrors her professional credentials.  In addition to being a neuroscientist on the small screen, she is one in real life as well, having earned both an undergraduate degree and Ph.D. from UCLA in the field.

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Hollywood Support for Presidential Candidates Is Up for Grabs

Hollywood loves a good story, and this summer’s top one, politically speaking, is the rise of surprise 2016 presidential candidates.

Many experts are dumbfounded as they observe the sagging poll numbers of candidates thought to be inevitable nominees, e.g., Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush. Meanwhile, those once considered outliers, particularly Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, are contenders who are trending upwards.

Hillary supporters are dealing with a summer of drooping favorable ratings, swirling questions about Bill and Hillary’s foundation donors, and a criminal probe of Hillary’s stewardship of classified information while serving as Secretary of State.

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Donald Trump`s Star Power Alters the Course of the GOP Primary

A seminal moment recently took place in the media as viewers tuned-in to watch the first GOP primary debate, which was held in Cleveland, Ohio and televised via the Fox News Channel (FNC).

The astonishing 24 million viewers that watched the debate made it the highest-rated cable news broadcast ever, the highest-rated non-sports cable program of all time, and the highest-rated telecast in the twenty year history of FNC.

Fox News drew three-times the audience it had amassed for any previous primary debate. In the 2012 presidential election season, the cable channel rounded up a respectable 3.2 million viewers, a number that now appears minuscule when compared to the 24 million that engaged this time around.

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Michael Bay`s Benghazi Film May Shake Up the Presidential Primaries

Paramount recently announced the release date for “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” which is an action movie produced and directed by Michael Bay.

The upcoming film will make its debut on January 15, 2016, which is a significant date in presidential politics since the Iowa Caucuses are slated to be held about two weeks after the film hits the theaters.

It also happens to be the same weekend that Clint Eastwood’s movie “American Sniper” made its 2015 wide release debut. Due to the content of the film and its potential effect on Hillary Clinton’s presidential ambitions, Bay’s movie, much like Eastwood’s “Sniper,” is likely to be a topic of discussion on numerous cable television programs and an array of talk radio shows in the lead-up to its release and beyond.

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China Goes to Hollywood

Hollywood is in the midst of a major investor makeover.

In a way that has never really been seen before, cash from China is flowing into the Entertainment Capital of the World, and coming along with it are influence on industry content, power over project production, and control of media messaging.

Start-up entertainment companies have been popping up with seasoned chief executives at their helms, particularly heads that were formerly in charge of prominent Hollywood studios.  Additionally, some high-profile entertainment companies have been increasingly looking to overseas business entities for financial assistance and greater access to foreign markets.

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Replacement Search Is On for Exiting `View` Co-host Nicolle Wallace

ABC’s daytime talk show “The View” has had a great deal of host turnover in its eighteen season run.

Back in 2014, when producers of the show were looking for a replacement for conservative co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck, reports circulated that someone with ideological positions that could provide some counterbalance to the perspectives of Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell was being sought.

Names of potential co-host candidates that surfaced were not particularly representative of conservative thought, though, especially in regard to many of the issues typically raised for discussion on the show. Individuals purportedly under consideration at the time included U.S. Sen. John McCain’s daughter Meghan McCain, former GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman’s daughter Abby Huntsman, and columnist-commentator S.E. Cupp.

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Ariana Grande and the Law

Ariana Grande has been on a career roll. She has enjoyed a string of chart-topping hits, accrued a huge fan base, and secured a starring role in a high-profile television show, which is set to air soon.

All of her success aside, the pop singer may now have caused irreparable damage to her brand, and in the process, earned herself a serious rap sheet.

In our ultra-technologically advanced society, most people realize that public places are, more often than not, under surveillance 24/7. However, in a single visit to a Southern California donut shop, Grande somehow let that factoid slip her celebrity mind.

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Cash-strapped Chicago Desperately Seeks Revenue by Taxing the Cloud

“If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street. If you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat.
If you get too cold, I’ll tax the heat. If you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet.”
–George Harrison

The Windy City has done the Beatles’ “Taxman” lyrics one better by going after streaming concerns, which happen to include Netflix, Spotify, Xbox Live, and Apple Music, among others.

As brick-and-mortar retail outlets are on the decline and costs of online services are on the rise, cash-strapped municipalities burdened with upside down financial statements have been eyeing the Internet for some relief.

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Lessons in Finance from the Famous

Success in the music, sports, and entertainment industries is frequently marked by an increase in personal financial resources. The material enhancements often occur to such a heightened degree and in such a rapid manner that the celebrated beneficiaries are left unprepared to effectively deal with their circumstances without the assistance of professional guidance.

Many well-known celebrities have found themselves in financial ruin, despite having had huge amounts of money placed within their hands.

Actor Nicolas Cage, boxer Mike Tyson, rapper MC Hammer, actress Kim Basinger, and singer Willie Nelson are a few examples of some of the famed individuals who unfortunately ended up with their balance sheets in negative territory.

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