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‘Guardians’ tops Labor Day, summer box office


The intergalactic misfits of “Guardians of the Galaxy” are the summer’s box-office superheroes.

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Guardians of the Galaxy’ rockets to top of box office

This undated image released by Disney - Marvel shows, from left, Zoe Saldana, the character Rocket Racoon, voiced by Bradley Cooper, Chris Pratt, the character Groot, voiced by Vin Diesel and Dave Bautista in a scene from "Guardians Of The Galaxy". AP

Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” the critically acclaimed science-fiction superhero romp, skyrocketed to the top spot at the North American box office over the weekend, estimates showed Sunday.

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China shuts down Beijing Independent Film Festival

Li Xianting, founder of the film fund and a film critic. YouTube screengrab

Chinese authorities shut down an independent film festival on its opening day Saturday, a rare venue for the showing of films that may be critical of the government in a country with tight controls, organizers said.

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Japanese stars mesmerize fans

EMI TAKEI thanks supporters at the premiere.JILSON SECKLER TIU

Whenever Japanese actor Takeru Satoh uttered a word, fans screamed his name, never mind that they couldn’t tell what he was saying. The mere mention of Kamen Rider Den-O, his TV persona, brought a wave of cheers from fans, much to the 25-year-old actor’s amusement.

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Lav Diaz’s epic ‘Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon’ wins top prize at Locarno fest

Lav Diaz

Filipino filmmaker Lav Diaz’s five-and-a-half-hour epic “Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon (From What is Before)” won the top prize at the 67th Locarno International Film Festival. The awards ceremony was held in Switzerland, Saturday evening (Swiss time).

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