Dre-a culpa

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."

Comedy gold

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.

Maximum 'Force'

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.