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‘Fury’ blasts ‘Gone Girl’ from top of box office

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — The bloody World War II drama “Fury” blew past “Gone Girl” at theaters this weekend, October 17th-19th. “Gone Girl” was tops at the box office for two weeks before Brad Pitt and his rag-tag group of tank mates in “Fury” blasted the film to second place. Sony’s “Fury” captured $23.5 [...]

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Police: Body found near river could be actress

  SEATTLE (AP) — Police in the Seattle suburb of Auburn said Thursday that they believe they have found the body of missing actress Misty Upham, known for her roles in “August: Osage County,” ”Frozen River” and “Django Unchained.” A woman’s body was found in a ravine near the White River around 1 p.m. Thursday, [...]

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Pitt comfortable with oldest son seeing ‘Fury’

WASHINGTON (AP) — While the World War II drama “Fury” depicts a gruesome look at war through the exploits of a tank crew in Nazi Germany, Brad Pitt feels his 13-year old son, Maddox, can handle the content. “He’s a World War II buff,” Pitt told The Associated Press on Wednesday night on the red [...]

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Lawmaker wants to name tunnel after Robin Williams

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California lawmaker said he plans to introduce a resolution to rename a tunnel north of the Golden Gate Bridge after the late comedian Robin Williams. The Waldo Tunnel is in Marin County, where Williams grew up and lived before committing suicide at his home there in August. Democratic State Assemblyman [...]

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Review: ‘Fury’ a barrage of heavy-handedness

The relentless barrage of heavy-handedness in David Ayer’s World War II tank drama “Fury” begins immediately. A lone horseman approaches on the grim horizon of a foggy, corpse-strewn battlefield. Out of the muck leaps a man who pulls the rider down and savagely bludgeons him in the eye. Ayer, a veteran of the Navy and [...]

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Celeb birthdays for the week of Oct. 19-25

Oct. 19: Artist Peter Max is 77. Actor Michael Gambon is 74. Actor John Lithgow is 69. Singer Jeannie C. Riley is 69. Singer Patrick Simmons of The Doobie Brothers is 66. Talk-show host Charlie Chase is 62. Singer-keyboardist Karl Wallinger of World Party is 57. Singer Jennifer Holliday is 54. TV host Ty Pennington [...]

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Gone Girl’ retains No. 1 spot at box office

“Gone Girl” didn’t disappear from the top spot at the weekend box office. The Fox thriller starring Ben Affleck as a man whose wife goes missing came in first place in its second weekend with $26.4 million in ticket sales, bringing its domestic total to $77.9 million. Universal’s vampire tale “Dracula Untold” featuring Luke Evans [...]

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Simmons moves to head of the class in ‘Whiplash’

NEW YORK (AP) — After playing the cowboy artist Charlie Russell, some called him Kid. After “Brigadoon” in summer stock, his cast mates called him Tommy. “J.K., Jake, Kim, Kimble. Never my first name. Never Jon or Jonathan. It changed a lot, especially when I started doing theater, because I had groups of friends from [...]

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Answering the ‘Birdman’ signal, Keaton soars again

  NEW YORK (AP) — When Michael Keaton met Barack Obama shortly before Obama would become president, the then-senator had a question for the actor. “Why don’t you make more movies?” It’s a quandary that has long bedeviled moviegoers just as it has, so it seems, heads of state. Why did the roundly beloved Keaton [...]

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Katie Holmes reprising Jackie O role in miniseries

  NEW YORK (AP) — Katie Holmes will once again play Jackie Kennedy Onassis in a TV miniseries. The actress has signed on to star in “The Kennedys-After Camelot,” a follow-up to “The Kennedys” miniseries for ReelzChannel. It’s based on a book by Randy Taraborrelli. The four-hour miniseries will begin production next year and is [...]

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China bans old, new works by wayward entertainers

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities have ordered television stations, cinemas, online entertainment sites and other outlets not to show works by entertainers found to have been involved in vice crimes such as using drugs or visiting prostitutes, state media reported Thursday. Although the industry’s regulating agency — the State Administration of Press, Publication, [...]

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