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'Hobbit' battles 'Unbroken,' 'Into the Woods' to second box office win

NEW YORK - The last movie of Peter Jackson's three "Hobbit" films rode to a second consecutive win atop U.S. and Canadian weekend box office charts, selling $41.4 million worth of tickets to triumph over new releases "Unbroken" and "Into the Woods."

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Crime and lawsuits cloud new 'American Sniper' movie

DALLAS - The real-life story behind Hollywood's "American Sniper," rolled out this holiday season, has been a dark tale of lawsuits and a pending murder trial for the man accused of gunning down the movie's hero.

U.S. 26 Dec 2014

Sony's 'Interview' draws U.S. moviegoers who trumpet free speech

NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES - "The Interview," the Sony Pictures film about a fictional plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, opened in more than 300 movie theaters across the United States on Christmas Day, drawing many sell-out audiences and statements by patrons that they were championing freedom of expression. | Video

Tech, Media, North Korea, World 26 Dec 2014

Jackie Chan says feels ashamed of son's drug abuse

BEIJING - Hong Kong kung fu movie star Jackie Chan feels ashamed of his son's drug abuse and hopes that one day he will speak out about the dangers of taking drugs, state news agency Xinhua reported.

24 Dec 2014

Taylor Swift's '1989' reclaims top of U.S. Billboard 200 chart

LOS ANGELES - Taylor Swift's album "1989" reclaimed the top spot on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart on Wednesday, besting rapper Nicki Minaj's new release "The Pinkprint."

24 Dec 2014

Los Angeles judge denies Polanski bid to close 1977 child sex case

LOS ANGELES - A Los Angeles judge has declined a bid from attorneys for Roman Polanski to close the 1977 child sex case against the Oscar-winning director, a court spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

24 Dec 2014

Book Talk: War on Afghan frontline, by a female soldier

KABUL - Chantelle Taylor is a former combat medic who fought in one of Britain's bloodiest battles in Afghanistan and wrote about her experience as a rare woman on the front line.

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