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Nothing working in Hollywood: Big studios forced to cut losses, pulling flops from theaters at a fast pace

It's a bizarre season in Hollywood. Almost nothing is "working," and the studios can't afford to waste any more money hoping things will turn around. They're pulling flops from theaters earlier than usual.

This weekend, for example, Warner Bros. is putting out a white flag on "Blade Runner" after three tough weeks. They've cut the number of theaters showing Denis Villeneuve's beautiful film by 855. So far, "Blade Runner" has made just $66 million. Audiences have not clamored to it. And now, week by week, Warners will quietly take it away.

Warner's isn't alone. Universal is pulling Tom Cruise's "American Made" from 539 locations after a month in release. The Doug Liman directed thriller has made just $43 million. Good reviews haven't helped push Cruise fans to theaters. One problem was lack of promotion since Cruise wasn't available. Also, audiences may have just soured on him after "The Mummy" and other flops. With both studios, it wasn't for lack of trying.

Comment: It appears that people are finally getting enough of Hollywood's offerings, feeling disgusted by the perversity of the industry, as well as the continual rehashing of old films and thinly veiled CIA-backed war propaganda - it's well past time!


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Britain's most tattooed man wants to legalize all extreme body mods (VIDEO)


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Britain's most tattooed man says the law on extreme body art is totally out of date and urgently needs updating. Current legislation labels him a "victim of consensual abuse," which he calls "ridiculous."

King Of Ink Land King Body Art The Extreme Ink-Ite (he has officially changed his name by deed poll), or 'Body Art' to you and me, was awarded the title of Britain's most tattooed man after spending a total of 600 hours under the needle.

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Czech President calls for European '2nd Amendment' to protect against terrorists

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Czech president Miloš Zeman has said Europeans should "have the courage to invest in our own guns" in order to guard against international terrorism, like millions of U.S. citizens have.

The elder statesman - a veteran of the Prague Spring uprising against the old Communist regime as well as the Velvet Revolution which finally brought it down - made his comments in an address to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, an intergovernmental forum which predates the quasi-federal European Union by several years.

"The level of international crime is growing because of Islamic terrorism," he said, in response to a question from an Armenian politician.

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Air Force suspends colonel after he 'refuses to affirm gay marriage'

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Col. Leland Bohannon, seen here with his family, was suspended from command over his views, according to his attorney.
The Air Force has punished a highly-decorated and respected colonel after he refused to publicly affirm the same-sex spouse of a retiring subordinate.

Col. Leland Bohannon, who was on the verge of being promoted to a one-star general, was suspended from command and orders were handed down recommending he not be promoted.

"His career is likely over and he will likely have to retire as a colonel instead of as a general," First Liberty Institute attorney Michael Berry told the Todd Starnes Show.

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Perversely timed: Woody Allen's new movie has adult-teen sex scene


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Woody Allen's upcoming movie contains some awkward scenes involving an older man having sex with young starlets, considering the current firestorm about sexual misconduct sparked by the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

We're told that a plotline in the untitled Allen flick, which is currently filming in New York, centers around a middle-aged man who is sleeping with a much younger woman, among other actresses, and, according to the script, "makes a fool of himself over every ambitious starlet and model."

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Possible serial killer on the loose "terrorizing" neighborhood in Tampa, Florida


Anthony Naiboa was shot and killed in Tampa, Florida, on Oct. 19, the third person killed in 10 days.
A serial killer might be on the loose in Tampa, Florida.

Police are warning people not to walk alone at night in the Seminole Heights neighborhood after a third person in 10 days was shot to death on Thursday night.

As CBS News correspondent Manuel Bojorquez reports, police seem certain their murders are all connected, even though the victims did not appear to know one another.

Frightened residents did what they could to reclaim the streets of the neighborhood Friday night, chanting "Whose streets? Our streets!" a day after 20-year-old Anthony Naiboa was found shot to death on a sidewalk.

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Egyptian crackdown on LGBT community leaves many asking if it's time to leave

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Hamed Sinno, left, lead singer with the Lebanese rock band Mashrou' Leila, and guitarist Firas Abou Fakher in Beirut in April 2016.
For Mostafa, a gay Egyptian man in his mid-20s, seeing rainbow flags flying at an open-air rock concert in the Arab world's most populous nation was thrilling. But he had a feeling it wouldn't end well.

Dozens of people have been arrested and put on trial in Egypt in the ensuing crackdown. Some were also beaten and subjected to invasive physical exams, spreading panic in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender circles.


Many of Mostafa's friends are deleting their profiles on cellphone dating apps and scrubbing their social media accounts, which police have long used to ensnare people suspected of being gay or transgender. Some who were at last month's concert have gone into hiding. There has even been talk of fleeing the country.

"The problem is that no one can tell the limit of this crackdown and how far it might go," said Mostafa, a community activist who asked to be identified by one name, for fear that he too might be swept up by police. "There was an incredible amount of hate speech by the media and by people on social media. Everyone I know is depressed and fearful."

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'This is about a shy cat': Fake plane bomber defies Sweden ban to rescue feline friend

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Deportation from Sweden for making a plane bomb threat did not stop a Russian man from attempting to re-enter across the border. His lawyer claims the man came back solely for his beloved cat, stuck in a pet hotel and by nature scared of strangers.

The 52-year-old man, whose name has not yet been revealed, was detained October 12 in the Lernacken suburb of the city of Malmö, Swedish newspaper Sydsvenskan reported on Saturday.

The man had apparently been banned for life from Sweden after making a bomb threat on board a flight from St. Petersburg to Helsinki. As a result, the plane was diverted to the Swedish capital Stockholm.

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'Like a college campus': Facebook security chief slams company's safeguards in leaked internal phone call

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Facebook faces the same cyber threats as a large defense contractor but runs its own security "like a college campus" - that's the judgement of the company's top security chief, according to a leaked internal phone call.

Alex Stamos, the social media giant's chief security officer, made the remark during an internal discussion with employees on the threat to the company's network posed by hackers.

A recording of the call was later leaked to the website ZDNet on Thursday.

"The threats that we are facing have increased significantly and the quality of the adversaries that we are facing," Stamos said. "Both technically and from a cultural perspective, I don't feel like we have caught up with our responsibility."

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Barbara Walters tells child sex abuse victim "you're damaging an entire industry" for speaking out on Hollywood pedophilia


'I was molested and passed around': Corey Feldman describes his ordeal at the hands of Hollywood pedophile ring and says Corey Haim was just eleven years old when he was first raped

Corey Feldman has shared shocking details about the rampant sexual abuse he and other young actors were forced to endure during their years in Hollywood.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Feldman discusses how he was repeatedly molested by adult males in the industry, saying these men would pass many young stars 'back and forth to each other.'

He also reveals that his closest friend, Corey Haim, was raped when he was just 11 by a producer, the start of a long cycle of sexual abuse that Feldman believes led to his friend's problems with drugs and alcohol later in life.

Haim would struggle with drugs up until his death in 2010 at the age of 38, a death that Feldman blames on the men who abused the actor.

Feldman's comments come just days after another former child star, Elijah Wood, also gave an interview talking about the pedophilia problem in Hollywood.

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