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SeaWorld says backlash following 'Blackfish' has affected its revenue

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For months after the release of Blackfish, a documentary about the negligent treatment of orca whales in captivity, SeaWorld denied allegations that negative press was affecting earnings or attendance. Now, as the company failed to hit an expected revenue mark in its second quarter, it’s admitting that the backlash, likely fueled in part by Blackfish, is taking its toll.

In a press release picked up by New York Magazine, SeaWorld noted a relative decline in revenue compared to the same quarter in 2014, which it links to many causes, among them the belief that “attendance in the quarter was impacted by demand pressures related to recent media attention surrounding proposed legislation in the state of California.” That legislation, the “Orca Welfare Safety Act,” garnered more than 1.2 million signatures (and had the support of Blackfish director Gabriela Cowperthwaite), and proposed to outlaw the keeping of killer whales in captivity.

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Lauren Bacall: The real winner in 1953's 'How to Marry a Millionaire'

In the opening credits of 1953’s How to Marry a Millionaire, the onscreen billing order ran Betty Grable, Marilyn Monroe, and then Lauren Bacall—though it was advertised with Monroe billed first (the success of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes earlier that year put her well on her way to swooning super-stardom). Either way, Bacall came last.

But that didn’t stop the late actress from stealing the movie.

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Lauren Bacall remembered: A video tribute

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When she died on Tuesday night, Lauren Bacall left behind an incredible work record—and a mythic Hollywood persona.

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This week's cover: A tribute to Robin Williams, plus our Fall Movie Preview

A sparkplug performer at the microphone and a chameleonic talent on screen, Robin Williams improvised his way into Hollywood fame. In this week’s issue, Entertainment Weekly looks back at the career highlights and personal lows of the Oscar-winning actor. Williams, who died in an apparent suicide on Monday at age 63, struggled for much of his life with both substance abuse and depression.

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Warner Bros. is reportedly developing two different 'Aquaman' movies

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And so Warner Bros’ incipient superhero universe continues its aggressive expansion. The Hollywood Reporter claims the studio is currently developing an Aquaman movie—a movie that will likely star Jason “Khal Drogo” Momoa and which is something we should all theoretically be looking forward to, because Aquaman is a cool character, and everyone who thinks Aquaman is a lame character is themselves lame and should be punished by getting forcefully Clockwork Orange‘d through a full-series Entourage marathon. READ FULL STORY

Sorry, Montana: Jeff Bridges is not running for Senate

Some Montana-based Jeff Bridges fans recently launched a petition to get the Big Lebowski star to run for the U.S. Senate. But Bridges doesn’t think he’s the man for the job—or at least, his wife doesn’t think he is.
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Where to stream Robin Williams' essential performances

Robin Williams, who died yesterday at age 63, was Peter Pan to some, Mrs. Doubtfire to others, and a beloved actor to many. Fortunately, if you want to revisit his work or see him play his role as an alien on ’70s sitcom Mork and Mindy for the first time, subscription services like Netflix and Hulu Plus offer several of his works for instant streaming.

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Meryl Streep remembers Robin Williams on 'Today'

While doing press for her role in The Giver, actress Meryl Streep took a moment to reminisce about the late Robin Williams.

“He was such a generous soul,” said Streep to host Matt Lauer. Streep looked back fondly on Williams’ boundless energy and commented on the actor’s friendship with fellow actor Christopher Reeve. READ FULL STORY

Robin Williams, remembered: A video tribute

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In his life, Robin Williams followed his Dead Poets Society dictum: “Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.”

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See a moving Robin Williams salute at 'Good Will Hunting' bench

A Robin Williams fan in Boston celebrated the late actor Monday night by leaving a message at the bench where Williams and his costar Matt Damon filmed a pivotal scene from the 1997 movie Good Will Hunting. Williams won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance in the film.

“Sorry guys, I went to see about a girl,” the chalk-written message reads, a paraphrase of one of Williams’ better known lines from Hunting. Below that is what Williams’ character says at the end of the park bench scene: “Your move, chief.” The outlines of two ghostly footprints stand above the words, marking the place Williams once sat.

See the photo, via Twitter user @PlunkettPrime (and ABC News producer Meredith Frost), below.

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