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'Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation' crushes competition

It was a good weekend for Tom Cruise and "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation." The film not only won, it beat expectations.

'Vacation' takes to the road; Cruise relies on another 'Mission'

"Vacation" started early and it may be a rough road as it continues. Even with the early start, it will not overcome the other newcomer, "Mission: Impossible - Rouge Nation."

Box office charts are changing fast

With the fast pace in which "Jurassic World" climbed the box office charts, it is time again to look at them and see where it has landed.

'Pixels' plays lower than expected as 'Ant-Man' wins again

"Pixels" proved not worthy of a box office title as it fell to "Ant-Man." Adam Sandler has lost his luster as his new video game action film fell flat.

Karachi artists reclaim city walls from hate graffiti

Karachi - For years Karachi's walls have been spattered with the bloodstains of murder victims and scrawled with graffiti touting everything from sectarian hatred to quack cures for erectile dysfunction.

'Ant-Man' crawls to the top

UPDATE 7.21.15: It turns out both "Ant-Man" and "Minions" came in a bit smaller than the Sunday estimates. "Ant-Man" came in at $57.1 million while "Minions" saw a $49.3 million weekend haul.

'Ant-Man' arrives and will battle 'Minions' for top spot

After an impressive first weekend win, "Minions" will be tough to beat. But, "Ant-Man" is here and the buzz has been good. The buzz, however, is still solid for those pesky "Minions."

Austrian artist angers activists with dead animal show

Vienna - Animal rights activists have filed a complaint against Austrian enfant terrible Hermann Nitsch over his current exhibition in Sicily featuring dead animals on crucifixes, a spokeswoman for the artist said Thursday.

Emmy nominations announced

Los Angeles - The 67th Emmy Awards will be handed out Sept. 20, but first come the nominations. They were announced today (July 16). "Game of Thrones" leads all shows with 24 nominations.

Making millions with 'Minions' is too easy

Making money with "Minions" was easy for Universal this weekend as the yellow wise-crackers won the box office. They made it look too easy.

Move over, 'Minions' are here

For Universal studios, the summer has been real nice. First "Jurassic World" took the box office by storm and now come the "Minions."

Holiday dents movie box office

UPDATE: 7.6.15 - As was noted, as the actual box office figures were updated, it showed something different. "Inside Out" did inch by "Jurassic World" over the July 4 holiday.

Op-Ed: Little art Gallery in California wine country celebrates 1st year Special

Sonoma - Despite the woes of the economy and the rising cost of real estate and retail space, not far from the center of town is an art gallery called Studio 35. Rather ordinary from its cottage-like exterior, it has become a center for the arts in Sonoma.

Elvis Presley honored with new Music Icons stamp

Even though Elvis Presley already had a stamp produced in his honor, there is another one on the way. Today, the United States Post Office revealed the next stamp.

Crowded box office over holiday weekend

The Fourth of July holiday has started in the states with Tuesday showings of "Terminator: Genisys" and "Magic Mike XXL."

The dinosaurs do it again

It was not expected to win and it played out that way. "Ted 2" finished third as "Jurassic World" wins again. The win marks the third week in a row for the dinosaurs.

'Ted 2' is not in it to win the weekend

A bear and a dog will try to knock down dinosaurs as the box office has plenty of animals competing for attention. It is still likely that "Jurassic World" will win for a third time.

Berlin Philharmonic chooses Russia's Petrenko as chief conductor

Berlin - The prestigious Berlin Philharmonic, regarded as one of the world's best orchestras, tapped 43-year-old Russian Kirill Petrenko as its new chief conductor, it announced in a surprise move Monday.

'Jurassic World' holds off 'Inside Out'

'Jurassic World' held off 'Inside Out" to hold on to the top spot at the box office. Pixar's "Inside Out" put up huge numbers but still could not get past the dinosaurs.

'Inside Out' takes on 'Jurassic World'

Usually when an animated movie is set to open, all eyes would be on that film. It is the family films that easily take the box office crown.

'Jurassic World' has best global opening ever

UPDATE 6.15.15: The weekend actuals are out and "Jurassic World" now holds the title for the best opening ever, domestically. It also takes home the foreign and global titles as well.

'Jurassic World' to stomp over the competition

UPDATE: "Jurassic World" took in $18.5 million on Thursday night as it tries to open to a June record. That means it needs to beat the $116 million that "Man of Steel" opened with, domestically.

China media calls on Ai Weiwei to change politics after rare show

Bejing - A Chinese newspaper with close links to the Communist Party on Thursday called on famed artist Ai Weiwei to abandon his "previous politics" after the dissident was allowed to stage a rare exhibition in China.

'Spy' wins but 'San Andreas' stays solid

A weekend that fell in line with projections is what it looked like at the box office. That may seem like a boring idea, but it means a lot.

Can 'Spy' knock down 'San Andreas'?

The box office is trying to heat up as the Hollywood summer season rolls along. "Entourage" is out early and grabbing some buzz, but it will not likely win when the weekend is over.

'San Andreas' cracks open huge win

"San Andreas" shook up the box office and crushed the rest of the field with its win. It did what many films are doing of late - over-achieving with the win.

'San Andreas' set to strike; eight minutes of 'Aloha' released

A disaster is about to invade theaters in the form of "San Andreas." The new film will take aim at destroying California, as a major earthquake strikes the San Andreas fault.

Summer’s coming, and Portland is ready with its concerts

Portland - Portland, also known as the "City of Roses," is well-known for its climate, scenery and mood. Plus, with summer approaching, the city is also known as a great place to catch a concert, whether that be in a theater, ballroom or in the open air.

'Tomorrowland' pulls past 'Pitch Perfect 2'

UPDATE: 5.25.15 - It was a weekend when the numbers needed to be updated. "Tomrrowland" took in $41.74 million while "Pitch Perfect 2" grabbed $38.5 million for the four-day holiday weekend.

'Tomorrowland' likely to unseat 'Pitch Perfect 2'

As "Pitch Perfect 2" enters its second weekend, it will be interesting to see how much it drops. Sure, that does not sound like a positive start to a box office report, but that is one headline going into the weekend.
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