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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Rules

A few weeks ago, this column was skeptical that Marvel's 'Guardians of the Galaxy' could reach $300 million. Now, it seems impossible that it won't. Thanks to ecstatic word of mouth, killer marketing and only one genuinely successful box office challenger (that would be 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'), Marvel's oddball space opera has managed to spend three of the past four weekends at the number one spot at the box office, giving it enough momentum to officially become the highest grossing film of 2014.

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Labor Fest 2014 Today in Grand Rapids’ Ah-Nab-Awen Park

Hard to believe September is here, isn't it? Seems like the summer went awfully fast.

But here it is, Labor Day. And if you're looking for something to do today, I'd like to point you toward Ah-Nab-Awen Park in Grand Rapids for Labor Fest 2014!

Labor Fest runs from 11 a

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Re/Max of Grand Rapids’ Grand Rapids Balloon Festival Gets Aloft Friday, Saturday in Wyoming

The first annual Grand Rapids Balloon Festival launches on Friday and Saturday.

Twenty-one hot air balloons from across the midwestern U.S., including the iconic Re/Max balloon, are taking part, according to festival organizer Re/Max of Grand Rapids.

The festival includes goings-on starting at 6 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Saturday on the grounds of the corporate headquarters of Gordon Food Service, 1300 Gezon Parkway SW in Wyoming.

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98.7 WFGR’s September 2014 Top Songs Playlist

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‘Game of Thrones’ Nude Scene Already Causing Controversy For Season 5

Because it just wouldn't be a new 'Game of Thrones' season without some controversial nudity, it seems that production of season 5 may have hit something of a snag with the Croatian church. Bewaring potential spoilers of a major book scene, find out what 'Game of Thrones' star may be forced to cover up for an impending outdoor nude scene!

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RECALL: Various Model In-Wall Air Conditioner/Heat Pumps

Here's another recall to tell you about.  This will likely not apply if you're a homeowner, but may be more important if you're in a condo, apartment or own residential or commercial property.

A recall has been issued for certain Amana, Century, Comfort-Aire, Goodman and York International "Terminal Air Conditioner/Heat Pump" units

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Grand Rapids’ Grand Crossings Bridge Walk on Labor Day

The yearly Grand Crossings Bridge Walk is set for Monday morning in downtown Grand Rapids.

The walk will start at 8 a.m. at Ah-Nab-Awen Park at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and will be led by Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell.

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‘Rosewater’ Trailer: Jon Stewart’s Directorial Debut Is Not What You’d Expect

Our first look at Jon Stewart's directorial debut has arrived in the 'Rosewater' trailer, showcasing a side of this funnyman we've never seen before. After years of making us laugh and sigh as the host of 'The Daily Show,' the beloved comedian has stepped behind the camera with a film that doesn't look like it has a single laugh in its entire running time, but it looks harrowing and fascinating all the same.

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New Netflix Instant Releases — September 2014

The time has come yet again to welcome some new additions to Netflix Instant, which means even more options to add to queue -- and even more hours of endless browsing and indecision, if you're anything like most of us. There's tons of great stuff coming to the service this month, so read on for our guide to the newest releases hitting Netflix Instant this September.

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Esquire: Brewery Vivant Has One of ‘Weirdest Brewery Locations In America’

Grand Rapids has gotten noticed for a lot of things in recent years: art, health care, beer, and much more.

Now, our "weird" brewery locations are getting attention, too.

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Robert Downey Jr. Says ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ is Best Marvel Movie Yet

Marvel Studios and the character of Tony Stark/Iron Man transformed Robert Downey Jr. from a has-been into one of the biggest movie stars on the planet, so it's not surprising that he'll sing their praises outside the context of the movies he stars in. However, he recently took it a big step further, declaring 'Guardians of the Galaxy' to be the best Marvel movie yet. Yep, even the ones that he's not in.

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‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ Has Officially Resumed Filming

For awhile there, it looked like 'Star Wars: Episode 7' was in trouble. Harrison Ford had broken his leg in a freak Millennium Falcon accident and there were rumors that the production was going to be shut down for weeks! Months! Forever!!! And then Harrison Ford got better and the only real damage to the schedule was a two-week break where everyone made ice bucket challenge videos and refused to answer questions to prying reporters on red carpets.

And now, 'Star Wars: Episode 7' has officially resumed filming.

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