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    New Harry Potter book sells 3.3 million copies in 10 days in North America

    It's been almost 20 years since he made his debut, but it turns out J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter still has that magic touch. The new book, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” sold more than 3.3 million copies in the U.S. and Canada, publisher Scholastic announced Wednesday. More than half of those...

  • 'No Man's Sky,' arguably the world's largest video game, asks if bigger is better

    'No Man's Sky,' arguably the world's largest video game, asks if bigger is better

    Fourteen minutes and 54 seconds. I’m on a distant planet and I need to get to my spaceship. Yet "No Man's Sky" is telling me that the vessel is a 14-minute, 54-second hike away. So I settle into the couch. But after three minutes of strolling through a salmon-colored rocky surface — and admiring...

  • How Disney outsider David Lowery turned 'Pete's Dragon' into a hit

    How Disney outsider David Lowery turned 'Pete's Dragon' into a hit

    At first glance, director David Lowery was an unlikely choice to revive Disney’s 1977 animated classic  “Pete’s Dragon” as a live-action movie. The oldest of nine brothers and sisters, the 35-year-old Lowery was raised by parents who didn’t buy into the world of Walt. He’d never even been to Disneyland...

  • Marvel's 'Luke Cage' trailer puts the new hero in his classic comic book tiara

    Marvel's 'Luke Cage' trailer puts the new hero in his classic comic book tiara

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  • How 'Suicide Squad' got that pricey, monster soundtrack

    How 'Suicide Squad' got that pricey, monster soundtrack

    It’s fairly uncommon these days for a movie soundtrack to generate massive excitement, let alone sales. With occasional exceptions like “Frozen” and “Guardians of the Galaxy,” the days of platinum-selling soundtrack albums like “Saturday Night Fever,” “Purple Rain” and “The Bodyguard” are largely...

  • Watch the tiny world of Laika come to life at Universal Studios Hollywood

    Watch the tiny world of Laika come to life at Universal Studios Hollywood

    One thing Laika films understands is how to pack a whole lot of substance into a teeny, tiny world. Each stop-motion, animated film from “Coraline” to “Boxtrolls” came with their own, hand-crafted universe. And now those small worlds are coming to California. Check out this exclusive preview of...

  • Get to know the faces of the 'Suicide Squad'

    Get to know the faces of the 'Suicide Squad'

    Who are the members of the “Suicide Squad”? Even those without encyclopedic knowledge of DC Comics characters are familiar with villains such as the Joker, but most of the new bad guy roster consists of characters who are not household names —at least not yet.  Directed by David Ayer, “Suicide...

  • Who is Harley Quinn? How 'Suicide Squad's' pigtailed antihero went from sidekick to Margot Robbie superstar

    Who is Harley Quinn? How 'Suicide Squad's' pigtailed antihero went from sidekick to Margot Robbie superstar

    Harley Quinn Smith, 17-year-old daughter of film director Kevin Smith, has gotten comments about her distinctive name ever since she can remember. “ ‘Oh cool, you’re named after Harley Davidson,’ ” she said people often respond after she introduces herself. “ ‘Are your parents huge motorcycle enthusiasts?’...

  • The ultimate Joker showdown: Will Jared Leto be greater than Heath Ledger and Jack Nicholson?

    The ultimate Joker showdown: Will Jared Leto be greater than Heath Ledger and Jack Nicholson?

    This is no laughing matter. With the theatrical release of “Suicide Squad” fast approaching, there has been much buzz about Jared Leto’s performance as the infamous Batman foe, the Joker. There is even talk that his performance is the best interpretation of the maniacal villain yet.  With such...

  • 'Suicide Squad' director David Ayer on unleashing his movie into the 'Roman arena' of fandom

    'Suicide Squad' director David Ayer on unleashing his movie into the 'Roman arena' of fandom

    After years of showcasing square-jawed, spandex-clad do-gooders, the superhero genre is breaking bad. With “Suicide Squad,” in theaters Friday, writer-director David Ayer set out to flip the script on the comic-book genre with an edgy, darkly comic story of a ragtag band of supervillains brought...

  • New animated series 'Transformers: Combiner Wars' targets a very specific audience: adults

    New animated series 'Transformers: Combiner Wars' targets a very specific audience: adults

    In the newest Transformers series, “Transformers: Combiner War,” the beloved onetime Autobot leader Optimus Prime and evil Decepticon leader Megatron are no longer in charge, relics in a new age of peaceful co-existence between the long-battling sides of Transformers.  For those who have not kept...

  • The Player: 'Abzu,' one of the year's best games, is more undersea 'Fantasia' than 'Grand Theft Auto'

    The Player: 'Abzu,' one of the year's best games, is more undersea 'Fantasia' than 'Grand Theft Auto'

    There are peculiar stone structures in the shape of sharks throughout the game “Abzu.” They exist not to be investigated or warn of foreboding territory ahead. Instead, these objects are built for meditating. Have a seat, they beckon, and take in marine life. Play voyeur to a whale, a jellyfish,...

  • Cheryl Boone Isaacs reelected as president of the motion picture academy

    Cheryl Boone Isaacs reelected as president of the motion picture academy

    Cheryl Boone Isaacs has been reelected to a fourth term as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Boone Isaacs, a veteran Hollywood marketer, was reelected Tuesday night by the organization’s 54-member board of governors. The first African American president of one of Hollywood’s...

  • Critics deem 'Suicide Squad' a 'disappointing disaster'

    Critics deem 'Suicide Squad' a 'disappointing disaster'

    Reviews for “Suicide Squad,” the latest Warner Bros. superhero offering, and would-be savior of the the summer, have started pouring in, and they are decidedly lackluster. The tepid reaction likely comes as a disappointment to DC fans hoping for redemption after “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”...

  • Exclusive 'Con Man' Season 2 trailer debut channels 'The Right Stuff'

    Exclusive 'Con Man' Season 2 trailer debut channels 'The Right Stuff'

    “Con Man,” the adorably meta comedy web series about one actor’s struggle to get off of the convention circuit, and into mainstream Hollywood is coming back for a second season. And here’s the first sneak peek of Season 2 starring Alan Tudyk with all “the wrong stuff.”  “Con Man” director, writer...

  • 'The Tick' shows off his new look on Amazon's revival

    'The Tick' shows off his new look on Amazon's revival

    The giant blue superhero the Tick has been a comic, an animated series and even a live action television series. And now the comedy series will live on yet again, 15 years after the last iteration, because everything old is new again, thanks to the power of nostalgia.  Created by artist Ben Edlund,...

  • Watch out for dysentery: 'Oregon Trail' computer game returns as a card game

    Watch out for dysentery: 'Oregon Trail' computer game returns as a card game

    Eighties and '90s kids, “The Oregon Trail” is back — this time as a card game. The new version, created by Pressman Toy Co., is based on the classic video game designed to teach about the perils of 19th century pioneers' journeys West and is sold only at Target stores, the retailer said in a news...

  • Inside the ‘Suicide Squad’ star tour and why Warner Bros. needs the movie to work, and work big

    Inside the ‘Suicide Squad’ star tour and why Warner Bros. needs the movie to work, and work big

    Last Saturday, director David Ayer stood on the convention floor at Comic-Con, wearing a baseball hat that read “Make Mexico Great Again,” shaking his head in disbelief. All around him at an autograph signing event for his new supervillain mash-up movie, “Suicide Squad,” fans screamed and clamored...

  • For the love of monsters: An insider tour of Guillermo del Toro's Bleak House before his LACMA show

    For the love of monsters: An insider tour of Guillermo del Toro's Bleak House before his LACMA show

    Guillermo del Toro is anxious. It’s not the blue-faced vampire head baring a mouthful of mangled teeth that’s making the filmmaker nervous. And he’s hardly intimidated by the Frankenstein looming in the hallway. Quite the contrary, these creatures inside the Los Angeles suburban home he calls Bleak...

  • 'Westworld' creators on love, violence and human nature

    'Westworld' creators on love, violence and human nature

    HBO’s “Westworld,” a sci-fi/western based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 film, made a buzzy debut at the Television Critics Assn. summer press tour Saturday in Beverly Hills. For months the premium cable network has kept information about “Westworld” a closely-guarded secret. But this week the details...

  • Pop culture's burlesque Bosch: Mad magazine's Jack Davis set the bar high in comic art and movie posters

    Pop culture's burlesque Bosch: Mad magazine's Jack Davis set the bar high in comic art and movie posters

    Jack Davis put a funny face on the pop culture of the 20th century. A great caricaturist and comic-book artist in a great age of caricature and comic art, Davis, who died Wednesday at age 91, was a charter-class member of Mad magazine and created covers for TV Guide and Time, record album jackets...

  • 'iZombie's' Rob Thomas explains how he got Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas on the show

    'iZombie's' Rob Thomas explains how he got Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas on the show

    Fact, the showrunner from “iZombie” (who previously found fame as the creator of “Veronica Mars”) is named Rob Thomas. This makes him name twins with lead singer from the ’90s rock band Matchbox Twenty, Rob Thomas. So naturally the singer’s cameo on the series was bound to happen, we just didn’t...

  • The complicated, controversial history of 'Batman: The Killing Joke'

    The complicated, controversial history of 'Batman: The Killing Joke'

    On July 25 and 26, Warner Bros. Animation’s “Batman: The Killing Joke” — based on the 1988 graphic novel written by “Watchmen’s” Alan Moore with career-defining artwork by Brian Bolland — played in 1,325 theaters across the country, grossing $3.7 million. The $3.1 million it made on its first day...

  • First look at Supergirl and Superman together

    First look at Supergirl and Superman together

    The second season of “Supergirl” is doubling down on the number of superheroes. And with the addition of Superman we now have twice the capes. Together, the CW show’s stars, Melissa Benoist and Tyler Hoechlin, revealed a first look at the Superman suit.  Superman, played by Hoechlin (“Road to Perdition,”...

  • Attend a free, early screening of 'Kubo and the Two Strings' with Hero Complex

    Attend a free, early screening of 'Kubo and the Two Strings' with Hero Complex

    From the creators of “Coraline,” “ParaNorman” and “The Boxtrolls,” “Kubo and the Two Strings” is Laika’s next contribution to the tiny-world film industry. The fantasy is set in ancient Japan and features the voices of Charlize Theron, George Takei and Matthew McConaughey.  Laika is known for its...

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