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Everything you need to know about that Netflix ‘Strong Black Lead’ spot you saw during the BET Awards

During the BET Awards on Sunday, Netflix aired a new photo and video featuring 47 black talent from the streaming platform’s series and films. Inspired by the iconic “A Great Day in Harlem” photo from 1958, Netflix’s Strong Black Lead arm gathered the likes of Spike Lee, Ava DuVernay, Lena Waithe and Justin Simien among others on the Universal Studios backlot for their own “A Great Day in Hollywood.”

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'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' takes $150-million chomp out of the box office

Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment's "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" dominated the box office this weekend, knocking Disney-Pixar's behemoth "Incredibles 2" into second place.

The $170-million dinosaur blockbuster posted $150 million in North American receipts, beating analysts' predictions of $130 million to $140 million, according to figures from measurement firm ComScore.

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Indie Focus: Finding new paths in 'Damsel,' 'Half the Picture' and 'Eating Animals'

Hello! I'm Mark Olsen. Welcome to another edition of your regular field guide to a world of Only Good Movies.

When filmmaker Milos Forman died earlier this year, there seemed to be a tremendous outpouring of affection and tribute from other filmmakers in particular.

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L.A. movie openings, June 28-29

June 28

The Domestics

A husband and wife navigate the murderous tribal divides of a post-apocalyptic world. With Kate Bosworth, Tyler Hoechlin, Sonoya Mizuno, Lance Reddick, David Dastmalchian, Lee Perkins. Written and directed by Mike P. Nelson. R.

June 29

Black Water

Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren join forces as captives held by the CIA on a submarine.

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Netflix fires chief communications officer over use of racial slur

Netflix has fired its chief communications officer after determining that he had used a racial slur on at least two occasions in the workplace.

Company CEO Reed Hastings said in a memo to employees Friday that he dismissed Jonathan Friedland after deciding that what he said wasn’t “in line with our values as a company.”

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George Carlin's comedy 'stuff' finds new homes in a DVD anthology — and in a museum

The late, influential comic George Carlin once told The Times that the three ingredients that made up his comedy were “English language and wordplay; secondly, mundane, everyday observational comedy — dogs, cats and all of that stuff; and thirdly, sociopolitical attitude comedy.”

One of his most famous routines, “A Place for My Stuff,” definitely falls into the second category.

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