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Jordan Peele on how 'Get Out' defied the odds to become a full-blown cultural phenomenon

Jordan Peele knew “Get Out” had a shot. The reviews were glowing. The tracking was strong. The buzz was decidedly buzzy. All signs pointed to at least a decent-sized success for a modestly budgeted movie with no major stars.

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'Zootopia' lawsuit claims Disney stole original idea from 'Total Recall' screenwriter

“Zootopia” proved to be a runaway hit when Walt Disney Co. released the animated movie last year, grossing more than $1 billion worldwide and eventually winning an Academy Award.

Now Disney is being sued by a screenwriter who alleges that the Burbank-based entertainment giant stole his original idea and copied his designs for the movie’s animal characters.

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Shirley MacLaine talks about Oscars, Robert Osborne and her new film

Shirley MacLaine is on a roll. She became a trending topic on Twitter and Facebook when she appeared at last month’s Oscars with Charlize Theron. Earlier this year, she received the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. Career Achievement Award and this month was honored at the Texas Film Awards in Austin with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Looking beyond 'Transformers,' Hasbro wants to create its own Marvel-sized movie universe

Ten years ago, Hasbro dusted off its ’80s action figure line Transformers and turned it into a blockbuster movie that was so successful it has spawned four sequels and counting.

In the franchise, the shape-shifting Autobots and Decepticons are sentient machines who engage in extreme warfare.

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'Beauty and the Beast' roars to historic $170-million debut

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” brought so many guests to movie theaters this weekend that the live-action remake became the biggest box-office opener so far of the year, and the seventh-best debut of all time.

The picture brought in an impressive $170 million, well above analyst expectations of $130 million to $150 million.

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New video: 'Julieta's' mother-daughter story is surprisingly muted for Pedro Almodóvar

New on Blu-ray

“Julieta” (Sony DVD, $26.99; Blu-ray, $30.99)

Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar is well-known for his colorful melodramas, so it may take a while to adjust to the muted tones of this mother-daughter saga.

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