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‘The Master’ opens strong at the box office

Paul Thomas Anderson’s cult drama ‘‘The Master’’ commanded a huge following in its opening weekend, smashing records on just a handful of screens. The Weinstein Co. release made $729,745 in five theaters in New York and Los Angeles for a record-setting per-screen average of $145,949, according to Sunday studio estimates. The film, which just won several of the top awards at the Venice Film Festival and will open in more cities in upcoming weeks, stars Philip Seymour Hoffman as a charismatic cult leader and Joaquin Phoenix as his wayward protege. The No. 1 film at the box office was ‘‘Resident Evil: Retribution,’’ which took in an estimated $21.1 million in its debut. (AP)

Minaj, Urban join ‘Idol’

The ‘‘American Idol’’ judges’ panel is now complete with the naming of singer-rapper Nicki Minaj and country crooner Keith Urban. The Fox network officially tapped the pair with an announcement Sunday and also settled the status of Randy Jackson. He will stay put as the sole remaining original ‘‘Idol’’ judge, scotching rumors he might assume a different role on the talent show. The trio will join pop star Mariah Carey at a judges’ panel now expanded to four members. (AP)

‘Thrones’ wins six Emmys

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The fantasy series ‘‘Game of Thrones’’ was the big winner Saturday at the creative arts Emmy Awards. The HBO saga received a leading six trophies, including best special visual effects and best costumes for a series, at the ceremony that recognizes technical and other achievements. Others honored were four TV series guest stars, including Kathy Bates for CBS’ ‘‘Two and a Half Men’’ and Jimmy Fallon as host of NBC’s ‘‘Saturday Night Live.’’ On the drama side, Emmys went to Jeremy Davies for his appearance on FX’s ‘‘Justified’’ and Martha Plimpton for her turn on CBS’s ‘‘The Good Wife.’’ Discovery Channel’s ‘‘Frozen Planet,’’ PBS’s “Great Expectations,’’ and ‘‘Saturday Night Live’’ each won four Emmys. (AP)

Big surprise

“I’m surprised we won. I’m surprised the show is even on TV.” - Weymouth’s Rob Corddry, to The Hollywood Reporter after winning a Creative Arts Emmy for “Childrens Hospital”.

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