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Sarah Palin Launches Online-Video Channel

variety.com — Sarah Palin -former governor of Alaska, erstwhile candidate for VP of the U.S. and polarizing public figure - has unveiled a new subscription-based Internet network that promises direct access to her and her supporters.

Quentin Tarantino ‘The Hateful Eight’: Confirms He’s Still Directing

variety.com — Quentin Tarantino fans, rejoice: The director announced at Comic-Con that post-Civil War film " The Hateful Eight " is still happening. "The Hateful Eight" has had a colorful life so far. Back in January, pages from the screenplay had leaked, and Gawker posted a story pointing to them.

‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Top Foreign BO With ‘Transformers 4′

variety.com — It was apes over autobots at the global box office this weekend, as " Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" ended " Transformers: Age of Extinction 's" dominance of the international charts. Twentieth Century Fox's sci-fi sequel racked up $54.4 million from 12,000 screens in over 60 countries.
Jul 27, 2014

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Comic-Con: Guillermo Del Toro on His New Film and Call Out to Fans

variety.com — He's got the greenlight for " Pacific Rim 2," is editing "Crimson Peak," is a producer on "The Strain" and "Book of Life" and a writer on "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies."
Jul 27, 2014

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Box Office: ‘Lucy’ Outmuscles ‘Hercules’ With $44 Mil.

variety.com — Scarlett Johansson overpowered Dwayne Johnston at the weekend box office, as " Lucy" racked up $44 million compared to " Hercules '" $29 million bow. It's a big win for Johansson, solidifying her as an action star to rival Angelina Jolie. "Lucy" ranks as her largest non-Marvel opening, edging out 2009′s "He's Just Not That Into You" ($27.8 million).
Jul 27, 2014

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variety.com — When it premiered on July 27, 1984, the rock drama " Purple Rain" announced the arrival of a major movie star in Prince Rogers Nelson, a flamboyant 26-year-old musician better known by the royal mononym Prince.
Jul 27, 2014

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Jul 27, 2014

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2′ Release Date

variety.com — Marvel has slated the "Guardians of the Galaxy" sequel for July 28, 2017, the studio announced at Comic-Con on Saturday. More to come. Follow @Variety on Twitter for breaking news, reviews and more

Comic-Con: Marvel Ready to Take Movies ‘To Another Place’

variety.com — With " The Avengers: Age of Ultron," " Ant-Man" and a sequel to " Guardians of the Galaxy " already announced, it was Marvel newcomer Elizabeth Olsen who put it best on Marvel's Comic-Con panel: "It feels like the beginning; it feels like we're taking it to another place."
Jul 27, 2014

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Jul 26, 2014

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Mark Hamill Return to Star Wars

variety.com — Mark Hamill didn't think he would ever return to the "Star Wars" universe. Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker in the original "Star Wars" films - with the first dating back to 1977 - told BBC News that he though the original cast's story arc had wrapped long ago.