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Overseas slice of ‘Pi’ flips Hollywood formula

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This film image released by 20th Century Fox shows Suraj Sharma as Pi Patel in a scene from "Life of Pi."  With 11 Academy Awards nominations, second only to “Lincoln” with 12, and the sort of global box-office receipts normally reserved for superheroes, “Life of Pi” is one of the most unusual megahits ever to hit the big-screen.  (AP Photo/20th Century Fox)

In mathematical terms, divide the circumference of the world by its diameter, and you have pi. In Hollywood terms, add a United Nations mix of ingredients and you have the blockbuster “Life of Pi.”

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Jones, Hathaway win SAG supporting prizes

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Actress Anne Hathaway arrives at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday Jan. 27, 2013. Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Tommy Lee Jones of “Lincoln” and Anne Hathaway of “Les Miserables” claimed the first prizes of the night Sunday at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, winning supporting-acting honors that boost their prospects for the Academy Awards.

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‘Skyfall,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ win SAG stunt awards

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British actor Daniel Craig (R), French actress Berenice Marlohe (L), British director Sam Mendes (2nd L) and US producer Barbara Broccoli (2nd R) pose as they arrive for the German premiere of the new James Bond movie "Skyfall" in Berlin on October 30, 2012. AFP FILE PHOTO

The James Bond adventure “Skyfall” and the fantasy TV series “Game of Thrones” have picked up prizes for best stunt work from the Screen Actors Guild.

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Stars begin arriving at Golden Globes Awards

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Actor Michael J. Fox (L), actress Tracy Pollan (C) and Mr. Golden Globe Sam Fox (R) arrive for the Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills on January 13, 2013. AFP / FREDERIC J. BROWN

Stars from film and television began arriving Sunday for the Golden Globes Awards ceremony, looking beautiful but feeling frigid as they battled crisp temperatures on the red carpet.

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Oscar snubs leave Globes with also-ran nominees

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Actress Megan Fox (L) and actor Brian Austin Green arrive at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 13, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.   Jason Merritt/Getty Images/AFP

Hollywood’s Golden Globes features quite a different cast than next month’s Academy Awards.

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‘Lincoln’ leads Oscars with 12 nominations

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Actress Emma Stone and 2013 Oscar host Seth MacFarlane present the 85th Academy Awards nominations for Best Picture on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2012 in Beverly Hills, Calif. The 85th Annual Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, Feb. 24 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP Photo

The Civil War saga “Lincoln” leads the Academy Awards with 12 nominations, including best picture, director for Steven Spielberg and acting honors for British-born Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones.

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‘Chainsaw 3-D’ carves out No. 1 debut with $23M

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This undated publicity film image from Lionsgate shows Dan Yeager  starring as Leatherface in a scene from "Texas Chainsaw 3-D," releasing in theaters on Friday, January 4, 2013.  AP/Lionsgate, Justin Lubin

It took Leatherface and his chainsaw to chase tiny hobbit Bilbo Baggins out of the top spot at the box office.

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Film fans hand Hollywood record cash

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In this file photo of a publicity film image released by Disney, Iron Man, portrayed by Robert Downey Jr., left, and Captain America, portrayed by Chris Evans, are shown in a scene from "The Avengers."  AP/DISNEY

The big deal for Hollywood is not the record $10.8 billion that studios took in domestically in 2012. It’s the fact that the number of tickets sold went up for the first time in three years.

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AP critics pick the year’s best movies

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This image released by Warner Bros shows Alan Arkin, left, and actor-director Ben Affleck on the set of "Argo." Affleck was nominated Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 for a Golden Globe for best director for the film. The 70th annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on Jan. 13. AP Photo/Warner Bros., Claire Folger

“Argo” — Directing just his third feature, Ben Affleck has come up with a seamless blend of detailed international drama and breathtaking suspense, with just the right amount of dry humor to provide context and levity. He shows a deft handling of tone, especially in making difficult transitions between scenes in Tehran, Washington and Hollywood, but also gives one of his strongest performances yet in front of the camera. The story of a rescue during the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis sounds like eat-your-vegetables cinema, and mixing it with an inside-Hollywood comedy sounds impossible, but Affleck and screenwriter Chris Terrio pull it all off.

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‘Twilight,’ Bond, ‘Lincoln’ lead record weekend

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This film image released by Summit Entertainment shows Kristen Stewart, left, and Robert Pattinson in a scene from "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2." AP/Summit Entertainment, Andrew Cooper

Bella Swan, James Bond and Abe Lincoln have combined to lift Hollywood to record Thanksgiving holiday revenue at the box office.

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‘Hotel Transylvania’ checks in with $43M debut

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This film image released by Sony pictures shows Dracula, voiced by Adam Sandler, left, and Johnnystein, voiced by Andy Samberg in a scene from "Hotel Transylvania." AP/Sony Pictures

Adam Sandler’s monster mash-up “Hotel Transylvania” has brought the weekend box office back to life after a late-summer slump.

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Kristen Stewart braves crowds for ‘On the Road’

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This Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012 photo released by Starpix shows actress Kristen Stewart at the gala premiere for "On the Road" during the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto. AP/Starpix, Marion Curtis

It’s been tough for Kristen Stewart to be back out in public after revelations of an affair that led to her breakup with “Twilight” co-star Robert Pattinson.

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