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No Good Deed Goes Unpunished at the Box Office

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Actor Idris Elba of poses at the Guess Portrait Studio during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2013 in Toronto. Larry Busacca—Getty Images

The Idris Elba film took the no.1 spot this weekend

No good deed ever goes unpunished — unless you’re talking about the movie No Good Deed, which took the No. 1 spot at box offices this weekend and seems to be doing just fine.

The film, starring Idris Elba as an escaped convict who invades the home of a young mother (Taraji P. Henson), earned a $24.5 million in ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada, while Dolphin Tale 2 swam behind it in the second spot with only $16.5 million, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Part of No Good Deed‘s success — the move was only expected to gross in the mid-to-high teens – could be attributed to its marketing team, which “hit it out of the park” on social media with the #TweetToEscape campaign, according to Rory Bruer, Sony Pictures’ distribution president.

Meanwhile, the Chris Pratt-lead Guardians of the Galaxy continued its intergalactic victory lap with another $8 million this weekend, bring its U.S. -Canadian gross to $305.9 million and its global gross to $612 million.

[Los Angeles Times]

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Cops Detained Django Unchained Actress for ‘Showing Affection’

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Actress Daniele Watts attends the People StyleWatch Denim Party at Palihouse on September 20, 2012 in West Hollywood, Calif. David Livingston—Getty Images

The partner of Daniele Watts says he suspects the LAPD thought she was a prostitute

Django Unchained actress Danièle Watts says she was detained and handcuffed by police officers near Studio City, Calif., after “showing affection, fully clothed, in a public place,” according to a Thursday Facebook post she wrote the day the incident took place.

Watts, who has also appeared in Showtime’s Weeds and FX sitcom Partners, had been kissing her partner, Brian James Lucas, when two officers approached them and asked for identification. Lucas offered his ID when asked, according to his own Facebook post about the exchange, but Watts, who was on the phone with her father and believed she had done nothing wrong, refused and was consequently handcuffed and detained in the back of a police car.

Lucas wrote in his account that, based on the questions police asked, he believes the police mistook Watts for a prostitute and contended that race was a factor (she is black, he is white). He also included a photograph of a cut he says Watts sustained from the handcuffs.

“As I was sitting in the back of the police car, I remembered the countless times my father came home frustrated or humiliated by the cops when he had done nothing wrong,” Watts wrote. “I felt his shame, his anger, and my own feelings of frustration for existing in a world where I have allowed myself to believe that “authority figures” could control my BEING… my ability to BE!!!!!!!”

California law does not require people to show identification to police if they’re simply walking down the street, according to Steve Meister, the legal analyst for CBS affiliate KCAL9. But if police do have reasonable suspicion, they are allowed to detain someone in order to identify them. The LAPD declined to comment to CBS and did not respond to requests for comment from Entertainment Weekly.

TIME Music

Kanye West Halts Show Urging Fan in Wheelchair to Stand Up

Realizes mistake too late

Kanye West is used to getting his way, and when he doesn’t — well, you wouldn’t like him when he’s angry.

“I decided I can’t do this song, I can’t do the rest of the show until everybody stands up,” West said this weekend during one of his concerts in Sydney, Australia, on the tail end of his Yeezus tour. “Unless you got a handicap pass and you get special parking and sh-t.”

Actually, some of his fans did qualify for a handicap pass, special parking and all. It just took Kanye a long time to realize it. West held up his show and singled out two fans who remained seated (and whom were even initially booed by the rest of the audience for seemingly refusing to get up.) “This is the longest I’ve had to wait to do a song, it’s unbelievable,” a frustrated West told the crowd.

Mr. Kim Kardashian eventually figured out the error of his ways after one fan nearly pulled an Aviva Drescher, the Daily Beast reports, and waved a prosthetic limb around the air; concert-goers near the second fan, who was in a wheelchair, tried to signal the fan’s disability to West, who waited for some additional verification before continuing the show. “Now if he is in a wheelchair, then it’s fine,” West said during the exchange, which you can watch in full above.

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The Simpsons’ Groundskeeper Willie Wants an Independent Scotland

"I've lived in America most of my life, so I've seen first-hand how not to run a country."

As the debate over Scottish independence heats up ahead of the Sept. 18 referendum, the world is finally hearing from key figures in global politics — like The Simpsons‘ Groundskeeper Willie, the self-professed “prodigal son” of Scotland and the groundskeeper at Springfield Elementary School.

While Willie tries to be diplomatic about the close vote, it’s clear he’s on the side of independence — if only so he can throw his name into the pile as a potential leader. His platform? “I’ve lived in America most of my life,” he says, “so I’ve seen first-hand how not to run a country.”

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Is Beyoncé Pregnant Again? Jay Z Drops a Hint

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Beyonce performs during the On the Run tour at the Stade de France in Paris on Sept. 12, 2014 Myrna Suarez—Parkwood Entertainment/WireImage

Rapper reportedly changed "Beach Is Better" lyric from "I replace it with another one" to "'Cause she pregnant with another one"

Jay Z sparked rumors Friday that his wife Beyoncé may be pregnant with a second child, after reportedly changing the lyrics to one of his songs while on tour in Paris.

While performing “Beach Is Better” on his On the Run tour in Paris, the rapper reportedly replaced the lyric “I replace it with another one” with “‘Cause she pregnant with another one” according to People.

If it’s true Jay Z did change the lyrics on the song, it would seem to be a pretty heavy hint that Beyoncé is pregnant with a little brother or sister for 3-year-old Blue Ivy: tabloids widely picked up the rumor and the Internet was abuzz Saturday with speculation about another Bey-by.

Reps for the couple didn’t immediately respond to People’s query about whether Beyoncé is indeed pregnant, and it’s not clear whether or not Jay Z even changed the lyrics to his track. Without clear audio proof — though an Instagram post has an alleged recording — the rumor might just be wishful thinking posted on social media by some starry-eyed audience member.

But it wouldn’t be the first time the couple has made an onstage announcement about their family. Beyoncé broke the news about her first pregnancy at the VMAs in 2011.

[People]

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See James Gandolfini’s Career in Photos

Look back at the late actor's life, as immortalized through his work

James Gandolfini’s last movie, The Drop, hit theaters Sept. 12. Here, see his many roles throughout his career.

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Chris Brown Gives Ray Rice Advice So He Doesn’t ‘Become a Monster’

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Chris Brown enters the H. Carl Moultrie I Court House of the District of Columbia Kris Connor—Getty Images

"I’ve been down that road," said the R&B singer, who pled guilty to felony assault of his then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009

The indisputable, visual evidence of abuse. The victim’s decision to stay. The high profile nature of what is usually a hushed crime. It was inevitable that Chris Brown’s 2009 assault of then-girlfriend Rihanna would be compared to indefinitely-suspended NFL player Ray Rice’s abuse of then-fiancée, now wife Janay Rice.

Although Rihanna hasn’t provided comment, she has been directly impacted by Rice’s abuse. CBS pulled her planned performance of “Run This Town” from the NFL pre-game show.

Interestingly, it is Brown who has spoken up about Rice’s act of abuse, as a man who has “been down that road before.” The main takeaway? Seek therapy, as Brown does twice a week, or else “you’ll become a monster.”

Here’s what Brown said to MTV News’ Sway Conway Thursday:

I think it’s all about the choices you make. With me, I deal with a lot of anger issues from my past – not knowing how to express myself verbally and at the same time not knowing how to cope with my emotions and deal with them and understand what they are.

So I think help is great. I still talk to my therapist twice a week, and it helps me to…if I’m frustrated and I’m dealing with something, to vent and say what I’m going through so I can hear from an actual clinical person, ‘this is how you should react,’ or ‘it’s good to feel this way because feelings, emotions, and energy are supposed to come and go. It’s not supposed to stay there, you’re not supposed to keep it inside, because it’ll bottle up and you’ll become a monster.

For me, dealing with my anger issues and understanding myself and the life I’ve been through, where I’m headed and where I want to be has helped me focus on what’s really important and not F up. For anybody who’s going through that situation or anybody who’s dealing with it — it’s all about the choices. Every situation is different but it’s all about the choices you make and how you control your anger.

To Ray, or anybody else — because I’m not better than the next man — I can just say I’ve been down that road. I deal with situations and I’ve made my mistakes too, but it’s all about how you push forward and how you control yourself.

As an act of solidarity with Janay Rice, who has been critiqued for choosing to stay with her husband, thousands of women have courageously shared their stories of abuse and the inherent complexity of their decision not to leave under the powerful hashtag #WhyIStayed. Robin Givens wrote her own account of staying with an abuser on TIME.

Hearing directly from abusers, however, is rare.

While Brown’s openness does not erase his crimes, it opens up a very important conversation that needs to be had on the other side of the table as well.

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Watch Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj Perform ‘Flawless’ Together in Paris

See the A-listers and paid sisters in action

Mayday, Mayday, earth to Instagram: It’s the queen of rap, slayin’ with queen Bey.

After dropping the “Flawless” remix earlier this summer, Beyoncé brought Nicki Minaj out on stage on Friday during one of the Paris stops on her On the Run Tour with husband Jay Z to give the track its live debut. It’s not the first time Minaj has made a surprise appearance during a collaborator’s set, but as with any other Beyoncé surprise, it looks like Mrs. Carter has been planning this for awhile — note the lyrics from Minaj’s guest verse popping up on the stage’s big screen.

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Review: Tove Lo Is Far From Sunny on Queen of the Clouds

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Sharp lyrics and finely tooled production power one of the year's strongest pop releases

You many not know 26-year-old Tove Lo by name, but you’ve probably heard her voice: “Habits (Stay High),” the debut single from the Swedish singer-songwriter, is currently climbing the upper reaches of the Billboard Hot 100, nearly 18 months after its initial release back in March 2013. If “Habits” has had a slow burn, it’s nonetheless earned its spot on radio: the song is a hazy paean to post-breakup debauchery that sounds like nothing else in the mainstream. (Except maybe her fellow Scandic siren Robyn — if Robyn were addicted to cough syrup.) “Habits” sets the tone for Lo’s timely first album Queen of the Clouds (out Sept. 30 on Island Records), which announces her arrival as pop’s messiest, most winsomely addled diva. Assisted by throbbing, gloomy production, Lo uses her little-girl voice to wonderfully discordant effect on electropop anthems about heartbreak and headaches — the kind that follow a night of reckless partying.

But make no mistake: there’s a razorlike precision to these songs that belies her rough-around-the-edges persona. Lo (real name: Tove Nilsson) is an acolyte of super-producers Max Martin and Shellback, who have helped helm singles for superstars like Britney Spears, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift, and it shows in her songcraft. Clouds is roughly divided into three parts — The Sex, The Love and The Pain — although that conceit doesn’t totally stand up, as most of the songs touch all three. The tracks all have a satisfying stomp and crash, but it’s her lyrics that shine brightest, trading in pop clichés but flipping them in the same breath.

Lo can be vulgar, as on the lusty “Talking Body,” which sets a scabrous singalong hook against some of Shellback’s irresistibly catchy production, but that sexiness is shot through with frustration; she owns her desire, full-throttle. “Moments,” meanwhile, is ostensibly a love song, though it works on tongue-in-cheek self-deprecation: “I might get a little drunk… but on good days I am charming as f–k,” she sings. And for all her self-medicating tendencies, she easily turns plaintive: “I’m not on drugs, I’m just in love,” she insists on “Not On Drugs.” Best of all is the madcap stampede “Timebomb,” with talky lyrics and a chorus that explodes like a confetti cannon. (No surprise that it claims Klas Ahlund as a co-writer, since he had a hand in Robyn’s heartbreaking “Be Mine!”, a song with similar happy-sad tones.)

In a year where pop has been pretty toothless, Lo has a sharp bite — and the hooks are commercial enough to give her a fighting chance at stateside stardom. Taken all at once, Queen of the Clouds packs an unusually heady buzz.

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Mandy Moore to Play a Doctor on Red Band Society

The show premieres September 17

Mandy Moore will be appearing regularly on FOX’s upcoming Steven Spielberg-produced teen-hospital-dramedy Red Band Society, The Wrap reports.

The A Walk to Remember and Tangled actress (and singer) will play Dr. Erin Grace, the chief of staff at Ocean Park Hospital, in the show, which follows patients in a pediatrics wing.

Red Band Society premieres Sept. 17 at 9:00 p.m.

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