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Inside the box office doom loop

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Column: Hollywood's high-pressure expectations game has created a box office doom loop Click to view images

How Hollywood's absurdly high expectations — on big-budget franchises, familiar IP, opening weekend and more — led to the current box office crisis.

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How Napster created a monster that became bigger than the music industry Click to view images

When it launched on June 1, 1999, the peer-to-peer music sharing service responded to a real need. It also heralded a troubling new ethic in tech that still shapes our world today.

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Jessica Lange on playing 'wildly emotional characters' and finding roles that still fit Click to view images

An interview with Jessica Lange, who received a Tony nomination for her performance in Paula Vogel's "Mother Play" and stars in the new HBO film "The Great Lillian Hall."

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30 years after Nicole Brown Simpson's murder, her sisters tell her story in docuseries Click to view images

Denise, Dominique and Tanya Brown say they decided to speak about their sister in a new Lifetime docuseries to preserve her memory and to humanize the sibling they loved.

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Ricky Martin is livin' the good life back in front of the camera in 'Palm Royale' Click to view images

"I'm happy to go wherever the wind takes me," the actor-singer says of taking on new roles.

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How Maria Friedman and Jonathan Groff cracked the riddle of Sondheim's 'Merrily' Click to view images

Jonathan Groff, star of the Broadway revival of "Merrily We Roll Along," and director Maria Friedman explain how they cracked Stephen Sondheim's problematic musical.

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Asha Puthli was nearly India's first disco star. She's now 79, and her tour's selling out Click to view images

Puthli, an Indian jazz prodigy, was a Studio 54 star and friends with Warhol. Record labels let her down. Fifty years later, she's bigger than ever.

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