Dr. Dre, who for years said his abusive treatment of women "ain't no big thing," has changed his tune with the release of the N.W.A. biopic "Straight Outta Compton." In a statement to the New York Times, he says, "Twenty-five years ago I was a young man drinking too much and in over my head with no real structure in my life. However, none of this is an excuse for what I did. … I apologize to the women I've hurt. I deeply regret what I did and know that it has forever impacted all of our lives."
Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer are writing a movie in which they'll play sisters. … Vin Diesel says he'll be back for a third "xXx" film. … Bryan Cranston and James Franco will antagonize each other in the comedy "Why Him?" … Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to reteam with M. Night Shyamalan in his next film. They previously collaborated on "Signs" and "The Village." … Anne Hathaway will star in "The Shower," in which baby-shower guests are called on to thwart an alien invasion. … The extended version of "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," due on Nov. 17, will be rated R rather than the original's PG-13. Wait — there's an extended version?
Waiting for 'Mascots'
Christopher Guest is back with the mockumentary "Mascots" on Netflix, premiering in 2016. Many of the usual suspects are on board. … Shonda Rhimes ("Grey's Anatomy," "Scandal") and Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins ("Trophy Wife") are developing the divorce comedy "Splitsville" for ABC. Rhimes also is working on a "nun drama" for the network. … Joy Behar is returning to "The View." … Amazon will produce a "Galaxy Quest" series, based on the 1999 movie. … Hulu has ordered Season 2 of "Difficult People." … USA delayed the season finale of "Mr. Robot" because a plot point was too similar to the real-life shooting of two TV journalists.
We knew that "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is going to be big. Now we know it's going to be really, really big: All Imax screens in North America will be reserved for the film for a full month after its opening in early December.