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Tribeca Film Festival: ‘Abortion: Stories Women Tell’ gets personal — on each side of the debate

Tribeca Film Festival: ‘Abortion: Stories Women Tell’ gets personal — on each side of the debate

May 3, 2016


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By Lisa Fung Los Angeles Times (TNS) NEW YORK — Te’Aundra was 19, working two waitressing jobs and attending community college when she got the news: She had received a basketball scholarship to Kentucky State University. Her life was about to change. So she quit her jobs, gave 30-day notice on her a...

‘Jungle Book’ adds to box-office streak

May 3, 2016


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By Tre’vell Anderson Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — For the third straight week, Disney’s “The Jungle Book” bested all others at the box office, pushing its worldwide gross to almost $700 million and continuing a hot streak for the Burbank entertainment giant. The studio’s retell...

Animal activists brace for ‘Finding Dory’ impact on tropical fish

April 28, 2016


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TNS NEWSFEATURES By Paul Brinkmann Orlando Sentinel (TNS) ORLANDO, Fla. — Animal welfare activists and pet shop owners fear a wave of interest in tropical fish and the possible decimation of key species after the June release of Disney Pixar’s “Finding Dory.” The cartoon movie is a sequel ...

Melissa McCarthy’s ‘The Boss’ edges ‘Batman v Superman’ at box office

April 12, 2016


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By Josh Rottenberg Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — In this weekend’s photo-finish box office race, Melissa McCarthy showed Batman and Superman who’s boss — but just by a nose. McCarthy’s R-rated comedy “The Boss” opened at the top spot with an estimated $23.48 million in the U.S...

‘Batman v Superman’ expected to dominate at box office again

‘Batman v Superman’ expected to dominate at box office again

March 30, 2016


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By Ryan Faughnder Los Angeles Times (TNS) Warner Bros. Entertainment’s DC Comics film strategy faces another important test as “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” enters its second weekend at the box office. The Zack Snyder-directed action movie, starring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill, is expecte...

Nicholas Sparks makes serious ‘Choice’

Nicholas Sparks makes serious ‘Choice’

February 11, 2016


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By Rick Bentley The Fresno Bee (TNS) LOS ANGELES — Nicholas Sparks has his brother to thank for his book “The Choice,” which has been turned into a feature film. When the author, who has done more for romance than Cupid, was coming up with the idea about a mismatched couple who deal with big and sm...

Dana Fox created smart story with ‘How To Be Single’

Dana Fox created smart story with ‘How To Be Single’

February 11, 2016


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By Rick Bentley The Fresno Bee (TNS) Producer-writer Dana Fox has a different philosophy than some of her peers when it comes to creating entertainment. She doesn’t believe movie fans are stupid. “Moviegoers are very astute and that’s why you have to be smarter when writing scripts and you...

A look at the short films up for Oscars

February 4, 2016


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By Steven Rea The Philadelphia Inquirer (TNS) War and conflict (ethnic, religious, domestic) dominate the field in the live-action short-films competition for the 2016 Academy Awards. Although “Ave Maria,” from Arab Israeli filmmaker Basil Khalil, is comedic in tone, its depiction of the war...

A closer look at the ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ cast

A closer look at the ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ cast

February 4, 2016


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By Rick Bentley The Fresno Bee (TNS) Here’s a look at some of the actors in “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”: BELLA HEATHCOTE Plays: Jane Bennet You know her from: “Dark Shadows,” Neighbours,” “In Time” On the film action: What I love about this is that they have taken all these things th...

Take a ride with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube

Take a ride with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube

January 14, 2016


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By Colin Covert Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (TNS) MINNEAPOLIS — Take two of America’s most popular actor/writer/producers, one a stadium-packing comedian, the other a global rap phenomenon, team them up for a rapid-fire cop comedy and what do you get? When “Ride Along” costs $20 million to make and earns...

‘Star Wars’ is latest film to show why Hollywood wants you to buy tickets in advance

December 20, 2015


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By Ryan Faughnder Los Angeles Times (TNS) Alexis Ramsey spent 45 minutes online buying opening night tickets for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” when they went on sale in October, desperate not to miss out on what’s widely expected to be the movie event of the year. And she’s not even a “Star ...

Female-directed films rule a weekend box office topped by ‘Spectre,’ ‘Peanuts’

November 17, 2015


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By Tre’vell Anderson Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — Women owned this past weekend’s theaters as directors of three high-profile premieres opened across the country — Jessie Nelson’s “Love the Coopers” and Patricia Riggen’s “The 33” nationwide and Angelina Jolie Pitt’s “B...

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