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Last Update on August 03, 2015 07:07 GMT

BOX OFFICE

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The latest installment in the "Mission: Impossible" movie series has won the box office race in its debut weekend. "Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation" took in $56 million over the weekend -- and in the process showed that Tom Cruise remains a bankable Hollywood star. The film franchise has been around for two decades now -- but the newest edition is the second-highest opening for a "Mission film." Opening weekend audiences were 62 percent male and 82 percent over the age of 25.

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001-w-31-(Jamie Friar, AP correspondent, with film clips)--It's a mission "possible" for Tom Cruise. The AP's Jamie Friar has the weekend box office results. ((opens with sound)) (3 Aug 2015)

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DWAYNE JOHNSON - HULK HOGAN

BEVERLY HILLS, California. (AP) -- Dwayne Johnson isn't ready to verbally body slam Hulk Hogan for a sex tape in which Hogan uses racial slurs. Johnson -- who wrestled as The Rock -- says the remarks were different from the nature of those he heard when he and Hogan spent time together. Johnson says his dad helped train Hogan when he was trying to break into the wrestling biz. As for the comments, Johnson acknowledges that people have -- as he put it -- "talked trash, you know, especially in private." He says, however, in his experience with Hogan, he didn't know him to harbor racist views.

GAME OF THRONES - END GAME?

BEVERLY HILLS, California -- All good things must come to an end. And a network official is suggesting that the end may be drawing close for "Game of Thrones." The head of HBO programming says producers of the show expect to keep it going three more years. Season six is in production now -- and the HBO programming chief says producers want to wrap things up after two more seasons. However, Michael Lombardo didn't rule out the possibility that the production team might put together a "prequel" season -- because there is enough material to sustain one.

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"DOWNTON ABBEY" - FUTURE

BEVERLY HILLS, California. (AP) -- Fans loved the TV series. But will "Downton Abbey" make it as a movie? The producer of the hit series says a movie based on the show is at least a possibility. Gareth Neame says there is no firm plan to move the show to the big screen -- but it could be done. He says by ending the TV version of the drama before the 1929 stock market crash, there would be plenty of material to sustain a possible movie. The TV show's sixth and final season begins airing in January on PBS.

DOWNTON ABBEY - ROSE PARADE

BEVERLY HILLS, California. (AP) -- It isn't set in America. But "Downton Abbey" is getting an honor as part of a traditional event here in the "colonies." The show will have its own float in the upcoming Rose Parade. A PBS official says the float will be a tribute to the show, which begins its final season on Jan. 3 -- two days after the annual New Year's Day event.

VALERIE HARPER - UPDATE

OGUNQUIT, Maine (AP) -- She's feeling better -- but not well enough to go keep working for now. A playhouse in Maine says Brenda Vaccaro will replace Valerie Harper in a stage production. Harper had held down the role of Millicent Winter in "Nice Work If You Can Get It" -- until last week, when she took ill and had to be hospitalized briefly. She has since been discharged-- but playhouse officials say they want her to continue resting and relaxing with her family.

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