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Sony’s ‘Interview’ lands on pay TV and in 580 theaters


LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Sony Pictures Entertainment added more viewing options for its provocative comedy “The Interview,” making the film available through U.S. pay television operators and nearly doubling the number of independent theaters that will show the movie. The film, blamed for triggering a massive cyberattack on Sony s …

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Swift’s ‘1989’ edges out ‘Frozen’ for year’s top-selling album


LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Taylor Swift stole the crown from the princesses of “Frozen” in the final week of 2014 as her pop-centric “1989” became the top-selling album of the year, Billboard reported on Wednesday. In the nine weeks since its release, “1989” sold 3.66 million copies, clipping the 3.53 …

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UAE follows Egypt, Morocco in banning Moses epic


Dubai (AFP) – The United Arab Emirates said Tuesday that it will not allow the screening of Hollywood s Biblical epic “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” mirroring similar bans by Egypt and Morocco. The National Media Council, charged with vetting films for release in the UAE, said the Ridley Scott movie …

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Pakistan says ‘Homeland’ insulting to terror fight


ISLAMABAD (AFP) – The latest season of US TV spy drama “Homeland” is ruffling feathers among Pakistani officials who are unhappy at the unflattering portrayal of the country s powerful spy agencies. Season four of the hit series starring Claire Danes as troubled CIA agent Carrie Mathison revolves around feared …

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‘Interview’ cashes in at N. American box office


LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Controversial comedy “The Interview” scored almost $18 million in online rentals and purchases, entertainment giant Sony said, following an embarrassing cyberattack and threats. The low-brow, R-rated comedy featuring Seth Rogen and James Franco revolves around the fictional assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. Sony initially …

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Ronson and Mars funk their way back to top UK music chart


(Reuters) – English DJ Mark Ronson returned to the coveted number one spot in the British singles chart on Sunday with his track “Uptown Funk”, featuring U.S. singer Bruno Mars, the Official Charts Company said. The single, made for Ronson s upcoming fourth studio album “Uptown Special”, also broke Britain …

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British chef Jamie Oliver ‘turned down hobbit role’


LONDON (AFP) – British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has revealed that he was offered the role of a hobbit in exchange for cooking director Peter Jackson a birthday meal, but rejected the chance due to work committment. The British cook told US actress Kate Hudson about the deal with the …

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Box Office: ‘Hobbit’ wins, ‘Interview’ has strong VOD sales


LOS ANGELES (AP) – Audiences had their pick of genres over the Christmas weekend, but despite a host of fresh arrivals, splashy holiday fare like “Unbroken” and “Into the Woods” proved no match for “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.” The Seth Rogen comedy “The Interview,” meanwhile, wowed …

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‘Interview’ rakes in more than $15 million online


Los Angeles (AFP) – Controversial low-brow comedy “The Interview” scored more than $15 million in online rentals and purchases, entertainment giant Sony said, following an embarrassing cyberattack and threats that led the company to pull the film from theaters. The madcap R-rated comedy featuring Seth Rogen and James Franco revolves …

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The top films at the North American box office


LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Following are the top 10 movies at North American box offices for the three days starting Dec. 19, led by “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” according to studio estimates compiled by Reuters. 1 (*) The Hobbit………………………..$56.2 million 2 (*) Night at the …

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