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Big Movie Weekend Brief

Here’s a brief look at the new movies opening this weekend:

The Expendables 3 — Virtually every big action star from the past 30 years is featured in this sequel, which pits The Expendables team against one of its co-founders — the evil Conrad Stonebanks, played by Mel Gibson. Sylvester Stallone, Harrison Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Antonio Banderas, Jet Li, Wesley Snipes, Dolph Lundgren, Kelsey Grammer, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Kellan Lutz and Ronda Rousey also star. Rated PG-13.

The Giver — Based on the Lois Lowry novel of the same name, Brenton Thwaites plays a young man in a post-apocalyptic world who discovers his society’s dark past from The Giver — the keeper of memories, played by Jeff Bridges. The cast also includes Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, Alexander Skarsgard and Taylor Swift. Rated PG-13.

Magic in the Moonlight — In Woody Allen’s latest film, Colin Firth plays a magician who tries to expose a psychic — Emma Stone’s character — as a fake in 1920s France. Eileen Atkins, Marcia Gay Harden, Hamish Linklater, Simon McBurney and Jacki Weaver also star in the romantic comedy. Rated PG-13.


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Daniel Radcliffe Reveals Inside Info About Harry Potter

J.K. Rowling may carefully protect the hidden secrets of her Harry Potter series, but it seems she has less control over the actor who played him.

In a recent webcast for Vogue, Daniel Radcliffe revealed the one thing he has learned about the boy wizard, Potter had perfect vision.  He goes on to say Potter “didn’t really need glasses.” and ”That was just a fashion statement”.

During the interview, he divulged several items such as, he would title his autobiography “Bring on the Empty Broomsticks,” he once waxed a unmentionable part of his body for a role, and he would have killed to star in Guys and Dolls.


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Dancing With the Stars 2014: Pro Dancers Announced

Fan favorite and five-time Dancing With the Stars champion Derek Hough along with Mark Ballas, Cheryl Burke, Val Chmerkovskiy, Karina Smirnoff and Tony Dovolani are returning to the DWTS dance floor.

The countdown to season 19 of the hit ABC show on Sept. 15 is officially on.  As the buzz builds around who will be part of the celebrity cast, the lineup of professional dancers has been announced.

Returning pros Peta Murgatroyd, Emma Slater, and Witney Carson will have three newbies, Artem Chigvintsev, Keoikantse “Keo” Motsepe and Allison Holker, joining the pro ranks.

Fans will have to wait until Sept. 4 to find out who the celebrity competitors will be. The cast will be revealed live on GMA. Until then, which celebrities do you think could be paired up with these professional dancers?

The two-hour premiere of Dancing With the Stars airs Monday, Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.


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Robin Williams Dead of Suspected Suicide at the Age of 63

Actor and comedian Robin Williams is dead of a suspected suicide at the age of 63.

According to a release from the Marin County Sheriff’s Office in California, a 911 call made Monday morning at approximately 11:55 a.m. reported that a male adult — Williams — was found unconscious and not breathing inside his home in Tiburon. Shortly afterward, emergency personnel arrived on the scene. Williams was pronounced dead at 12:02 p.m.

The Sheriff’s Office Coroner Division suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia, but an investigation into the cause of Williams’ death is ongoing.

Williams’ rep said in a statement obtained by ABC News, “Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”

Williams’ wife, Susan Schneider, said in a statement, “This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”

It was announced in early July that Williams had entered a rehab facility to help maintain his sobriety. Previously, he had reportedly struggled with cocaine and alcohol addiction.

As for his future projects, Williams was attached to a third Night at the Museum film and a second Mrs. Doubtfire movie.


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Dwayne Johnson’s Mom and Cousin Survive Head-On Collision

Dwayne Johnson’s mother and cousin survived a serious head-on collision with a drunk driver, according to the actor.

On Sunday, Johnson posted a photo on Instagram of the car crash. “My mom & cousin…were struck head on by a drunk driver this week – they lived,” Johnson wrote in the post, referring to his mother, Ata, and his cousin, WWE NXT Diva Lina Fanene.

Johnson continued, “First reaction is to find the person who did this and do unrelenting harm to them. But then you realize the most important thing is my family lived thru this and we can hug each other that much tighter these days. Hug your own family tighter today and be grateful you can tell them you love them.”

The photo shows two wrecked cars and an emergency worker standing nearby.  According to TMZ, the wrecked Cadillac Escalade in the photo was a gift from the actor to his mom.

It’s not known when the car accident occurred.  On Aug. 8, Fanene posted a photo of Johnson visiting her in the hospital.


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