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Porn production moratorium ends after testing

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California-based trade group for the adult film industry has lifted a moratorium on production spurred by a feared HIV exposure on an out-of-state film set. The Free Speech Coalition ended the five-day production hold Monday, saying in a statement that testing has been completed and “the performer pool has not [...]

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Cost of making ‘Hobbit’ movies up to $745 million

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The movie trilogy “The Hobbit” has so far cost nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars to make as the epic continues to set new benchmarks for studio spending. Financial documents filed this month in New Zealand, where the three movies are being made, show production costs through March had reached 934 million New Zealand [...]

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Police contacted actress before she was found dead

AUBURN, Wash. (AP) — Suburban Seattle police say they contacted actress Misty Upham, known for her roles in “August: Osage County,” ”Frozen River” and “Django Unchained,” several times before she was found dead in a ravine last week. Auburn police said Tuesday that officers contacted Upham four times since July 2013, and each time she [...]

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Review: A twist on the man-child romp in ‘Laggies’

Lynn Shelton is a curious, Pacific Northwest-bred hybrid of high-concept and low production value. She has made a specialty out of deconstructing sitcom-y setups: two pals trying to follow through on a dare to make a gay porno (“Humpday”); a man betwixt two interested sisters, one of them a lesbian, in a remote cabin (“Your [...]

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Shatner, ‘Star Trek’ director to meet about role

NEW YORK (AP) — “Star Trek” may be the next frontier for William Shatner — again. Shatner, who played the original James T. Kirk, says he’s meeting soon with Roberto Orci, who’s directing “Star Trek 3,” to discuss reprising his Kirk in the rebooted franchise. “I had a talk with him the other day,” says [...]

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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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