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How ‘Jurassic World’ Became One of the Biggest Blockbusters of All Time

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The Fourth of July weekend, traditionally one of the most competitive of the movie-going year, was supposed to be a face-off between two very different franchises. In the big-budget blockbuster slot we had a new Terminator film, the fifth in the series (and the third to open on Independence Day weekend); the low-budget up-and-comer was Channing Tatum and his crew of “male entertainers” in Magic Mike XXL. But those movies didn’t end up battling it out for the top slot.
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“I Ain’t Got Nothing Left to Give You”: Dev Hynes’ “Do You See My Skin Through the Flames?” Is Compulsory Listening

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If you follow Dev Hynes, aka Blood Orange/Lightspeed Champion/one-third of Test Icicles, on Twitter, you’ll know that he’s had a great deal to say about the state of race relations in America of late, especially in the wake of the Charleston massacre. As of this weekend, he has put those thoughts to music and released them via his Soundcloud page, in the form of an extraordinary track entitled “Do You See My Skin Through the Flames?”
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Stunning Staircases to Nowhere Created By Artists and Architects

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The award-winning Monument Valley is a puzzle game that uses architectural mazes and structures to lead its character through optical illusions in various levels. It’s an M. C. Escher drawing come to life, featuring interlocking bridges, rotating structures, and staircases that lead to nowhere. Inspired by the beautifully designed best seller, we looked at real-life staircases to nowhere created by artists and architects around the world.
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Dustin Hoffman Declares, “It’s the Worst that Film Has Ever Been”

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Dustin Hoffman has joined the increasing number of film veterans who’ve come out saying that television is currently in a far healthier — and more compelling place — than film. In an interview with The Independent, the 77-year-old actor — who’s also taken to directing in recent years — said, “I think right now television is the best that it’s ever been. And I think that it’s the worst that film has ever been – in the 50 years that I’ve been doing it, it’s the worst.”
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Paul Feig Tweets Photos of New ‘Ghostbusters’ Uniforms and Proton Pack

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It’s Manhattan, you want to look your best, but you also need to be practical and factor in the occupational hazard  of being covered in slime. So, the dark grey, no-frills jumpsuit it is. Paul Feig (who’s directing the upcoming female Ghostbusters remake) shared a picture of the new team of said busters’ (Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones’) uniforms, as well as the  the latest “proton pack”, which looks possibly even more rustic than its first iteration, invented by Dr. Egon Spengler.
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Watch: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Julia Roberts and Nicole Kidman Puzzle Over a Murder in ‘Secret in Their Eyes’ Trailer

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You may be puzzling over a remake of the 2009 Argentine film (which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film) Secrets in their Eyes. Now with the first trailer, you can feel united with the film’s characters, who are also going through a serious bout of befuddlement: of course, as in the original, their form of confusion is over the details of a specific murder, while yours may be more generally over the prolonged death of originality in American cinema.
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Robert Redford Tells UN General Assembly to “Save the World Before It’s Too Late”

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Robert Redford told the United Nations at a general assembly yesterday, “This may be our last chance” to curb the damage of greenhouse gases on the planet. Redford was responding to this December’s climate conference in Paris, where environmentalists hoped an agreement would be reached by developing and developed nations to rein in greenhouse gas emissions that are warming the planet.
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The 5 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘While We’re Young,’ ‘Danny Collins’

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For my money, the biggest event of the week, new release-wise, is the long, long, long-awaited DVD/Blu-ray unveiling of the Decline of Western Civilization trilogy, but let’s not downplay the rest of the week’s crop. Over on Netflix, we’ve got a solid documentary on a musical legend; Criterion has a new edition of a deliciously odd Czech classic; and two of the spring’s most interesting indies arrive on Blu-ray, along with a surprisingly moving Al Pacino vehicle.
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Those Bastards Will Remake ‘Back to the Future’ Over Robert Zemeckis’s Dead Body

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A few days ago, Vox’s Todd VanDerWerff tweeted, “We should probably thank the gods there’s not a new Back to the Future coming this fall, with Marty’s kid traveling back to 1985.” It’s the kind of a perfect tweet/encapsulation of the industry at this moment, inasmuch as it’s a terrible idea that any studio executive would greenlight in a New York minute.
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Chris Farley Joked, Kanye Rapped, and Shia LaBeouf Attempted Something in Between: Links You Need to See

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Chris Farley was known for his hilarious portrayals of the likes of an energetic motivational speaker, a Chippendale’s dancer, a lunch lady, Jerry Garcia, Meat Loaf and Newt Gingrich on SNL; he’s also known for having died — like SNL cast member John Belushi — at the young age of 33 of a drug overdose. A trailer for the new documentary I am Chris Farley has surfaced today, and the film seems to look deeper into the potentially destructive weight of sudden fame coupled with an insatiable desire to entertain (via the accounts of other comedians like Mike Meyers, Adam Adnsler, Bob Odenkirk, Bob Saget and David Spade).
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