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THE DEVIL, DILLON & DOG DAYS: In his latest column, I.B. Bad describes late August as “a time period that’s long been considered a graveyard by those in the film industry.” For proof, one needs only to look at the weekend’s paltry studio offerings. The Last Exorcism, a low-budget horror flick from Lionsgate, edged out the Sony/Screen Gems action movie Takers (whose cast features Matt Dillon and T.I.) $21.3 million to $21 million in the U.S. and Canada, according to Hollywood.com. Now, these are respectable numbers for the dog days, but these two movies will be forgotten by the time Hank Jr. breaks out “All My Rowdy Friends” to kick off the NFL season Sept. 9. Avatar: Special Edition, on 3-D and Imax screens only and with nine minutes of new footage, grossed just $4 million and failed to crack the top 10. (8/30a)

MAYBE, JUST MAYBE:
MOBILE PHONES,
IMMOBILE HUMANS
Lenny Beer needs to cut down on his screen time. (9/30a)
RAINMAKERS: MICHAEL RAPINO, NATION BUILDER
A tease for the upcoming edition, eh? (9/30a)
THE DEATH OF PRINT JOURNALISM: GRAMMY PREVIEW EDITION
Gimme an "H." Gimme another "H." (9/30a)
NEAR TRUTHS: PARANOIA STRIKES DEEP—INTO YOUR LIFE
IT WILL CREEP*
A high-revving column (9/30a)
YOUR TOP 20 IS
FULLY LOADED
Prediction: There will be 20 albums in the Top 20 this week. (9/30a)
GRAMMY TALK
We're full of it.
AFRICAN POP
Getting global with it.
IT'S PRETTY SMOKY
And this time it's not from our bong.
WHAT COMES AFTER TIKTOK?
Shorter videos! Weirder trends!
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