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Mama, The Last Stand, Broken City

As a rule, Hollywood loves to release its best prospects on three-day weekends. Not only does the extra day increase box office potential, but a better opening weekend means greater bragging rights for how well the product is doing. (Circular reasoning: If it is making money, it must be good and is therefore worth more marketing investment, even if it only seems to be doing well because the time frame is 50 percent bigger.)

Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day

On September 25, 1980, the Buffalo Evening News ran a full-page advertisement, announcing a November 1 performance by Led Zeppelin at the old War Memorial Auditorium. Unfortunately, by the time readers saw the ad, news was already spreading that John Bonham, the band’s drummer, had died in England that morning—after the band’s first rehearsal for the tour—the result of a fatal drinking binge. The tour was cancelled. By December, the remaining band members announced they were breaking up.

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