'Guardians' rallies summer box office with $11.2 million opening night


LOS ANGELES - The "Guardians of the Galaxy" stormed into the box office with a $11.2 million opening night, Walt Disney Co said on Friday, and could outperform expectations if it keeps drawing viewers with a new leading man, strong reviews and social media buzz.

Alzheimer's documentary 'Alive Inside' pushes for music therapy

LOS ANGELES - Michael Rossato-Bennett initially thought it was the worst job he had ever taken.

Health, Music, 7:41am EDT

Director Michael Bay extends deal with Paramount Pictures

- Viacom Inc's unit, Paramount Pictures, said director and producer Michael Bay extended his first-look agreement with the studio by three years.

31 Jul 2014

'Sharknado 2' creates feeding frenzy on Twitter, record audience for Syfy

LOS ANGELES - Flying sharks chomping through New York City drew a record audience for Syfy's "Sharknado 2: The Second One," and became the most tweeted-about TV movie on social media, the U.S. cable network said on Thursday.

Television, Media 31 Jul 2014

Paris porno cinema makes lone stand against the Web

PARIS - In a shabby cinema tucked away in a backstreet of central Paris, a crowd of aging devotees are putting up quiet resistance to the might of on-line pornography.

31 Jul 2014

A minute with: Chris Pratt on going from slob to film heartthrob

BURBANK Calif. - Chris Pratt could have just stuck with his humorous sidekick roles and indulged in the eating and drinking that accompanies marital bliss with wife and fellow actor Anna Faris.

30 Jul 2014

James Brown biopic 'Get On Up' revels in drama and dance moves

NEW YORK - At first Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer thought she was seeing early concert footage of James Brown but then was told it was a screen test by Chadwick Boseman to play the "Godfather of Soul" in the new biopic "Get On Up."

29 Jul 2014

Paramount Pictures apologizes for tweeting Ninja Turtle 9/11 poster

SYDNEY - Paramount Pictures film studio apologized on Wednesday for a poster for its upcoming film "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles", showing the four characters jumping down from an exploding skyscraper underscored with a Sept. 11 release date.

30 Jul 2014

'Die Hard,' 'Flower Drum Song' actor James Shigeta dies aged 81

LOS ANGELES - Actor James Shigeta, best known for his roles in "Die Hard," and "Flower Drum Song," has died, a representative for the actor said on Tuesday. He was 81.

People, 29 Jul 2014

Marvel cranks up sarcasm and 70s sound for 'Guardians of Galaxy'

BURBANK Calif. - A lead actor known for playing the slovenly sidekick, a director who only made small films, a talking raccoon and a 1970s pop music soundtrack - together they form an unlikely tableau for a mega-budget space adventure movie.

28 Jul 2014