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Comic-Con gets first look at 'Mockingjay' trailer
SAN DIEGO

Comic-Con gets first look at 'Mockingjay' trailer

Friday, July 25, 2014
The trailer for the next film in the popular "Hunger Games" series is making its premiere at Comic-Con.
 
Ken Burns turns his lens on Roosevelt dynasty
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.

Ken Burns turns his lens on Roosevelt dynasty

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
For 30 years, Ken Burns has found the Roosevelt family "irresistible."
 
Working late in life, directors refuse to say cut

Working late in life, directors refuse to say cut

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Visiting a retired Frank Capra at his Sierra Nevada hideaway, Clint Eastwood was baffled.
 
'Apes' rule for second week in a row
NEW YORK

'Apes' rule for second week in a row

Sunday, July 20, 2014
The summer box office continued to lack mojo, as the R-rated “Sex Tape” failed to turn on moviegoers on a weekend where “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” maintained its rule.
 
Polanski’s ‘Venus in Fur’ an inside job

Polanski’s ‘Venus in Fur’ an inside job

Friday, July 18, 2014
The combination of director and subject material in “Venus in Fur” is wickedly perverse, just as it should be. Polanski and David Ives’ award-winning play are a match made if not in heaven, then surely in some demon’s dungeon.
 
‘Tape’ needs to be erased from viewers’ memory

‘Tape’ needs to be erased from viewers’ memory

Friday, July 18, 2014
The cinematic equivalent of herpes, “Sex Tape” is an uncomfortable embarrassment to raunchy comedies everywhere. Fortunately, no medication is required after being exposed to it: The effects are not permanent, only painful.
 
Unpolished sequel falls well short of original

Unpolished sequel falls well short of original

Friday, July 18, 2014
The clever conceit behind James DeMonaco’s 2013 sleeper hit “The Purge” was not that American society had resolved its crime/inequality/population problems with an annual free-pass-for-murder “purge;” it was that this hell night came home to roost on isolated, gated suburbanites, ostensibly liberal people above this annual bloodletting, immune to its impact, but benefiting and even profiting from the mayhem — until it invades their community and their homes.
 
Something for the kids

Something for the kids

Friday, July 18, 2014
There’s a cheerful simplicity about the animated “Planes: Fire & Rescue.”
 
'Apes' sequel rocks with $73M opening
NEW YORK

'Apes' sequel rocks with $73M opening

Sunday, July 13, 2014
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” roared to $73 million on its opening weekend, one of the summer’s best debuts, according to studio estimates Sunday.
 
'Transformers' stays No. 1 on weak holiday weekend
NEW YORK

'Transformers' stays No. 1 on weak holiday weekend

Sunday, July 6, 2014
The Fourth of July went off like a dud at the box office, as the Michael Bay sequel “Transformers: Age of Extinction” and the Melisa McCarthy comedy “Tammy” led the weakest summer holiday weekend in at least a decade.
 
Latest 'Transformers' movie has biggest opening of year
LOS ANGELES

Latest 'Transformers' movie has biggest opening of year

Sunday, June 29, 2014
“Transformers: Age of Extinction” ruled the box office, with a $100 million opening weekend.
 
Eli Wallach, veteran character actor, dies at 98
NEW YORK

Eli Wallach, veteran character actor, dies at 98

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Eli Wallach, the raspy-voiced character actor who starred in dozens of movies and Broadway plays has died. He was 98.
 
'Think Like a Man Too' heads slow weekend at the movies
NEW YORK

'Think Like a Man Too' heads slow weekend at the movies

Sunday, June 22, 2014
The Las Vegas ensemble comedy “Think Like a Man Too” topped a slow weekend at the summer box office with $30 million, besting blockbuster holdovers from last week and Clint Eastwood’s new Four Seasons musical “Jersey Boys.”
 
'22 Jump Street' wins battle of popular sequels
LOS ANGELES

'22 Jump Street' wins battle of popular sequels

Sunday, June 15, 2014
In a summertime battle of sequels, a pair of kooky cops beat out flying dragons for the top spot at the North American box office, but the dragons soared internationally.
 
Daughter: Actress Ruby Dee dead at 91
NEW YORK

Daughter: Actress Ruby Dee dead at 91

Thursday, June 12, 2014
Her long career brought her an Oscar nomination at age 83 for best supporting actress for her role in the 2007 film "American Gangster." She also won an Emmy and was nominated for several others. Age didn't slow her down.
 
 

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