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U.S., Canada lift global box office as international sales flat

LOS ANGELES Worldwide movie ticket sales increased by 1 percent to a record $38.6 billion in 2016 as theaters in the United States and Canada rung up higher sales and overseas returns were flat, according to industry statistics released on Wednesday.

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LA sheriff's office apologizes to Wyclef Jean for handcuffing incident

LOS ANGELES Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department apologized on Tuesday for briefly detaining Grammy-winning hip hop artist Wyclef Jean in handcuffs during a robbery investigation, after Jean said he was "treated like a criminal" by law enforcement officers. | Video

People, U.S. Mar 21 2017

Idina Menzel happy to 'Let It Go' for world tour

LOS ANGELES Broadway star Idina Menzel says she has not yet grown tired of singing her big hit "Let It Go," even as she embarks on a 50-city world tour. | Video

Mar 21 2017

Barber-turned-rapper crowned 'Afghan Star' in talent show

KABUL A barber-turned-rapper has been crowned the winner of an Afghan talent show that offered its audience some relief from daily stories of insurgents and suicide bombs. | Video

Afghanistan Mar 22 2017

'I Am Not Madame Bovary' wins best film at Asian Film Awards

HONG KONG, Chinese film "I Am Not Madame Bovary" took home three awards at the 11th Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong on Tuesday, winning best film, best cinematographer and best actress. | Video

Film Mar 21 2017

'Gay moment' stays put as Malaysia to release 'Beauty and the Beast' without cuts

KUALA LUMPUR Walt Disney blockbuster "Beauty and the Beast" will be released in Malaysia this month without any cuts, the company said on Tuesday, after censors had earlier asked for the removal of a "gay moment" in the movie.

Film Mar 21 2017

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