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Stephen Chin's 'War Dogs'; TV content in Cuba; 'Ben Hur' flops big

Published August 22, 2016 at 2:36 PM PDT
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Screenwriter, Stephen Chin, traveled to Iraq in order to write "War Dogs" with authentic detail.
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Screenwriter, Stephen Chin, traveled to Iraq in order to write "War Dogs" with authentic detail.

As a fledgling screenwriter, Stephen Chin traveled to war-torn Iraq and lived to tell some of his stories in "War Dogs"; Cubans get current TV programming from the U.S. and other countries illicitly, but openly, through a home-delivery service; Paramount's woes continue with its big budget remake of a famous period film.

Former lawyer Stephen Chin's career as a producer was moving along, but he really wanted to be a writer.
With "El Paquete Semanal," or "The Weekly Package," a courier with a hard drive visits homes and delivers current content from the U.S. and throughout Latin America.
The parent company's woes have taken a toll at the studio. Its latest release, "Ben-Hur," cost $100 million to make, but only brought in $11.4 million on its opening weekend.
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