Clooney`s Preachy `Tomorrowland` Tanks at the Box Office


Despite the fact that Disney’s latest film “Tomorrowland” cost $190 million to make, was cleverly marketed, had a coveted Memorial Day weekend release date, and counts among its cast members major A-lister George Clooney, the environmentally correct movie has turned out to be a debut dud.

Falling far short of its Hollywood expectations, the film managed to garner only $33 million in its three-day opening and disappointedly took in a lower than expected $40 million over the four-day holiday span, barely edging out “Pitch Perfect 2” in its second high-note week.

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Savvy Marketing Helps `Pitch Perfect 2` Drown Out `Mad Max`


This weekend’s box-office results have sent shock waves through Tinseltown, with “Pitch Perfect 2” bringing in an unexpected $70 million plus in ticket sales.

Not only did the a capella face-off film eclipse the big budget action movie “Mad Max: Fury Road,” it also became the first film to unseat the superhero blockbuster “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

“Pitch Perfect 2” made record-breaking news as well for having the largest take for a cinematic musical opening and the biggest debut weekend for a first time feature film director, in this instance, Elizabeth Banks.

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Natalie Portman to Star in Hollywood Biopic on Ruth Bader Ginsburg


Despite the times in which our country finds herself, it is somewhat mystifying that an individual, who has used the highest of judicial posts to further radical abortion views, shares perspectives held by high profile ill-famed eugenicists, and has conveyed negative statements regarding the U.S. Constitution, holds a seat on the High Court bench.

Equally mystifying is that such an individual would be the honored subject of a major upcoming Hollywood biopic, but it is true. The life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who Forbes once named as among the “100 Most Powerful Women,” will evidently be immortalized on film.

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Hollywood Loses Faith but Finds Religion


In a media world that has largely become more and more antagonistic toward religion, an interesting trend appears to be emerging in the entertainment business.

A number of films, some of which are currently in various stages of production, contain content that is appealing to faith-oriented individuals, particularly those who are committed to Christianity.

Entertainment industry studios have been witness to the high profit margins experienced by faith-based movie fare such as “Son of God,” “Heaven Is for Real,” and “God’s Not Dead,” all of which exceeded expectations last year.

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Anxiety in Hollywood over Clinton Allegations


The recent allegations surrounding Bill and Hillary Clinton are giving Hollywood a serious case of nerves and may be placing in jeopardy Hillary’s fledgling presidential candidacy.

The entertainment community was initially shaken by the questions that had arisen regarding the former Secretary of State’s use of a private email account during her official tenure.

More recently, though, stories about the Clinton Foundation and Hillary’s husband’s intriguing tally of speaking fees while she simultaneously served in the Obama Cabinet have some Hollywood insiders searching for 2016 presidential alternatives.

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Critics Slam Family Friendly `Mall Cop 2`


Kevin James, who is best known for his lead character role of Doug Heffernan on the hit syndicated television sitcom “The King of Queens,” has additionally appeared in a number of major film releases including “Grown Ups,” “Hitch,” and “Paul Blart: Mall Cop.”

In real life, James is married, has four children, and is a committed Catholic believer. He has appeared on the Catholic television network EWTN and has shared some of the details of how his faith has informed his life and influenced him as a professional in the entertainment industry.

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NBC`s `American Odyssey`: Anti-Corporate and Anti-Free Speech


NBC has launched a new television series called “American Odyssey,” which is based on the premise that an American company that has been funding Islamist terrorist groups is covering up the scandal by using private military contractors who are ready and willing to attack U.S. soldiers.

According to trailers for the series and posters that are being used for marketing purposes, “American Odyssey” purports to be a dramatic thriller similar to Showtime’s “Homeland.” In fact, NBC has released a publicity photo of its female star, Anna Friel, who is shown wearing a blue headscarf and looking quite similar to “Homeland” actress Claire Danes, who in that show’s publicity photos wears a headscarf as well.

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A Defamation Trial for HBO`s `Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel`


A trial is set to begin on April 13, 2015, which has implications for the credibility of the American media and sports news figures.

HBO is the defendant in a defamation lawsuit, which is headed to trial in federal court, over a 2008 episode of “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.”

During a segment of Gumbel’s show, it was reported that a sporting equipment maker, Mitre Sports International, manufactured soccer balls using child labor. Mitre makes the exclusive soccer ball of the English Premier League as well as the one used in Major League Soccer.

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Hollywood Stars Express Opposition to Religious Freedom Law


Hollywood has typically been a place where the famed have frequently been known to be adherents of alternative belief systems, ones for which they seek tolerance, acceptance, and even religious freedom.

Of late, though, a segment of the celebrity community has been focusing its attention on a recently signed Indiana piece of legislation, Senate Bill 101, which is titled the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Indiana’s governor Mike Pence has signed the bill into law, and the legislation has the specific design of prohibiting government from interference with an individual’s right to freely exercise his or her religion.

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The Future of Entertainment: Augmented Reality


Entertainment’s future has arrived, and it has come in the form of a developing technology known as augmented reality.

Most are already familiar with virtual reality in which technology is utilized to enable a simulated world to supplant the real one. Virtual reality immerses an individual into a complete digital environment without said person having any cognizance of the world that is surrounding him or her.
Currently, the most recognized virtual reality devices are headsets made by Facebook’s Oculus Rift or Sony’s Morpheus.

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