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Protest plan derails Thai showings of Hunger Games

  BANGKOK (AP) — A cinema chain in Thailand’s capital has canceled all screenings of the latest “The Hunger Games” movie after a student group planned a protest at a theater against the country’s military coup. Activists said Wednesday that police pressured the theaters to halt the showings. Opponents of the May military coup have [...]

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Protest plan derails Thai showings of Hunger Games

  BANGKOK (AP) — A cinema chain in Thailand’s capital has canceled all screenings of the latest “The Hunger Games” movie after a student group planned a protest at a theater against the country’s military coup. Activists said Wednesday that police pressured the theaters to halt the showings. Opponents of the May military coup have [...]

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Massive movie poster collection going to auction

  NEW YORK (AP) — A massive single-owner collection of vintage movie posters covering nearly the entire history of feature films — from 1907 to the present — is going on the auction block as one lot next month. It belongs to Morris Everett Jr., who began collecting posters and lobby cards 53 years ago. [...]

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Director Jolie wants ‘Unbroken’ to be tale of hope

  SYDNEY (AP) — Angelina Jolie says she took on the challenge of filming “Unbroken,” which has defeated many before her, because she wanted to create a story of hope. The second-time director is in Australia promoting the new film, the survival story of Olympic and World War II hero Louis Zamperini. “I wanted to learn from [...]

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Review: Revolution gathering in ‘Mockingjay

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — All is not well in Panem. At the conclusion of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” Katniss’s (Jennifer Lawrence) force-field shattering arrow left the society in turmoil. The desperate act was perceived as subversion, inciting populist uprisings and devastating counter attacks by the governing elite. Thus, revolution is on the horizon [...]

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Paddington Bear film gets parental guidance rating

  LONDON (AP) — British film authorities have managed to find mild adult content in a film version of the famous Paddington Bear children’s books — a development the bear’s 88-year-old creator says leaves him “totally amazed.” The British Board of Film Classification gave “Paddington” a parental guidance rating, saying it contains “dangerous behavior, mild [...]

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Bono, Affleck stay silent in PSA on Ebola response

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bono, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman and “The Walking Dead” actress Danai Gurira are among celebrities playing the waiting game in a new online campaign calling for a unified response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. In a video posted Wednesday, stars such as Will Ferrell, Thandie Newton [...]

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‘Mockingjay’ stars reflect on growing up together

  NEW YORK (AP) — Sitting down to interview Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, stars of the blockbuster “Hunger Games” franchise, feels a bit like hanging out with three siblings. While Hutcherson ponders a question, Lawrence and Hemsworth are surreptitiously playing a game of hand-slap, Lawrence pulling her hand free just in time. [...]

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Aniston ready for a 3rd ‘Horrible Bosses’ movie

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jennifer Aniston said she pushed her sex-crazed dentist character as far as she could in in “Horrible Bosses 2,” but she’s willing to try again in a third installment. Asked if another sequel is in the works, the actress replied, “I don’t know,” she said. “It’s up to you all.” [...]

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Mbatha-Raw says ‘Beyond’ film shows power of self

LOS ANGELES (AP) — British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw has had a busy 2014. Earlier this year, she starred in “Belle,” based on a true story about a mixed-race woman who was raised in British aristocracy in the 18th century. Now, the 31-year-old actress has transformed herself into a hot new pop star in “Beyond the [...]

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Film Awards honor Oscar hopefuls; ratings dismal

LOS ANGELES (AP) — About halfway through the first televised Hollywood Film Awards, Chris Rock took the stage to accept a trophy for his film “Top Five.” ”Wow, do you feel the excitement in the room?” he asked facetiously. The remark elicited the first real laughter of the night from an otherwise restrained audience. The [...]

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