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'Justice League' must battle film critics as well as villains
Saving Metropolis and Gotham City from the clutches of super-villains might be enough pressure for the average caped crusader but the cast of the forthcoming "Justice League" film also face another equally-terrifying foe: film critics. The film is the latest installment from the DC comics stable of super-heroes - a series which, with the notable exception of this summer's "Wonder Woman," has met with a less than positive critical response and has failed to match the box office of rival Marvel's biggest super-hero offerings.
Apple orders Witherspoon, Aniston drama in TV push
Apple Inc has ordered two seasons of a dramatic series that stars Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston and looks at the lives of people working on a morning television show, a company spokeswoman said on Wednesday. The series is among the first projects the iPhone maker has acquired for its plunge into original television programming, where it aims to compete with established players such as Netflix Inc and Time Warner Inc's HBO.
Brother Love? Puff Daddy? Call me what you want, says Sean Combs
Two days after declaring he had changed his name again, this time to Brother Love, rapper and producer Sean Combs says it was all just a joke. Combs, 48, who has gone by the names Puffy, Diddy and Puff Daddy, made headlines over the weekend by announcing on Instagram that he would answer only to the name Brother Love.
'Glengarry Glen Ross' revival examines the dark side of cutting deals
In an age where a real-estate salesman has assumed the highest political office in the United States, a new revival of David Mamet's Pulitzer Prize-winning "Glengarry Glen Ross" in London is highlighting the dark side of the art of the deal. The play, which first premiered in London's National theater in 1983, charts two days in the life of a group of desperate Chicago real estate salesmen and chronicles the moral compromises they are willing to make in order to make a sale.
Greta Gerwig explores complexities of growing up in 'Lady Bird'
"Why won't you call me Lady Bird? You promised that you would." That is the line that popped into actor and filmmaker Greta Gerwig's head one day and went on to become the opening statement from the precocious teenage heroine of her directorial debut, "Lady Bird."
Sony pulls Spacey film from festival, going ahead with December release
Sony Pictures on Monday withdrew a movie starring Kevin Spacey from a Los Angeles film festival following sexual misconduct allegations against the actor, but said it was going ahead with a planned U.S. movie theater release in December. "All the Money in the World," about the 1973 kidnapping of teenager John Paul Getty III, features Spacey as his grandfather, the late U.S. oil billionaire Jean Paul Getty.
Fox held talks to sell most of company to Disney: CNBC
Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox has held talks to sell most of its film and television assets to Walt Disney Co, which would gain new programming and expand its international reach, CNBC reported on Monday. Fox's shares jumped 9.9 percent to close at $27.45 on Nasdaq, and Disney shares climbed 2.0 percent to $100.64 on the New York Stock Exchange.
While the poor collector gently weeps, Hendrix, McCartney guitars go up for auction
Collectors who want to own a piece of music history - Fender, Gibson and Guild guitars used by the likes of Tom Petty, Paul McCartney and Jimi Hendrix - will have to be ready to put up some serious cash next month in New York City. That is when Guernsey's auction house, on Dec. 2 at Bohemian Hall, will put up for sale guitars, saxophones, session tapes and other music memorabilia associated with some of the most famous musicians of the 20th century. The auction follows Guernsey's sale of Jerry Garcia's "Wolf" guitar in May for $1.9 million.
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