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This weekend the movie “Fifty Shades of Grey” will inspire thousands of adventurous date nights, animate umpteen giggle-filled ladies’ nights – and alienate an awful lot of people. E.L. James’ trilogy of erotic novels – essentially a Cinderella story with spanking – has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide. The tale of a virginal college student swept away by a kin…

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Sam Taylor-Johnson had been working in secrecy for months when she finally got an opportunity to play footage of her new film for a fresh-eyed viewer – Beyoncé. The London-born director is making one of the most anticipated movies of 2015, an adaptation of E.L. James’ best-selling novel “Fifty Shades of Grey,” the first in a trilogy that ignited a guilty-pleasure publishi…

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By Saba Hamedy Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES – Despite three new releases, “American Sniper” will likely hold down the top spot at the box office. The war drama shattered several box office records and surpassed tracking expectations over the busy four-day Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. In its second weekend in wide release, the film could add between $40 million …

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Paul King, the writer and director of the new British family film “Paddington,” recalled the dread that came over people’s faces when he mentioned he was doing a movie about the adorable young bear that has enchanted children for nearly six decades. People were anxious, King said, that their childhood memories of author Michael Bond’s sweet and comical adventures of the y…

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Five years after Chris Brown’s assault on his then-girlfriend, Rihanna, the R&B star continues to exercise some dubious judgment about the words he uses in his music. “I’ll calculate a home invasion,” he sings in “Add Me In,” a track from his new album; later, Brown promises to show a woman “what it means to be a victim of love.” Listening to these tunes (and many oth…

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Director Mel Brooks spent a lot of money on white handkerchiefs while making his 1974 tour de farce, “Young Frankenstein.” “I gave everybody in the crew a white handkerchief,” said the 88-year-old comedy legend during a recent phone interview. “I said, ‘When you feel like laughing, put this in your mouth.’ Every once in a while, I’d turn around and see a sea of white hand…

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“Ghostbusters” director Ivan Reitman came up with the seminal tag line “Coming to Save the World This Summer” for the film’s prerelease poster as a way of “focusing that this movie is perhaps larger than you expect.” The quirky horror comedy starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver and Rick Moranis about a group of university parapsy…

If Hollywood seemed a tad quieter than normal this past weekend, there was a good reason: Like moths to a porch light – or Batman to the Bat Signal – film and television creators, executives and stars were drawn en masse to downtown San Diego in an effort to drum up excitement for their upcoming wares at the annual Comic-Con International pop-culture expo. The unveiling o…

LOS ANGELES – Optimus Prime and his fellow Autobots can turn from cars into heavily armed giant robots and save the day on-screen, but even they won’t be able to transform this summer’s lackluster box office.Despite this past weekend’s $100-million opening for Michael Bay’s critically maligned “Transformers: Age of Extinction, …