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‘Divergent’ film finale to be released in 2 parts

This image released by Summit Entertainment shows Shailene Woodley, left, and Theo James in a scene from "Divergent." Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. says the final book of its "Divergent" trilogy will be made into two parts, following the lucrative formula it has used for "Twilight" and is repeating for "The Hunger Games." (AP Photo/Summit Entertainment, Jaap Buitendijk, file)

Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. said the final book of its “Divergent” trilogy will be made into two parts, following the lucrative formula it has used for “Twilight” and is repeating for “The Hunger Games.”

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Captain America fights way to top of North American box office

This image released by Marvel shows Robert Redford, left, and Chris Evans in a scene from "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." AP FILE PHOTO

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” conquered the North American box office in its debut weekend, becoming the top-earning movie so far this year, industry estimates showed on Sunday.

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A ‘Philippines Day’ at HK int’l film fest

FDCP chair Briccio Santos and acting Philippine Consul General Rosanna Villamor-Voogel (1st and 2nd from left, respectively) accept the donation from HKIFF executive director Roger Garcia and actress Catherine Deneuve (1st and 2nd from right, respectively).
 Photo courtesy of the Film Development Council of the Philippines

Organizers of the 38th Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) marked its first “Philippines Day” on March 30 by donating HK$25,000 (P145,132.25) to the Philippine Red Cross for the rebuilding of areas ravaged by Supertyphoon “Yolanda.”

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Bob Thomas, dean of Hollywood reporters, dies

In this Oct. 6, 1954 file photo, Associated Press reporter Bob Thomas, center, and other media wait outside the Beverly Hills house of Marilyn Monroe, after reports that the movie star's marriage to baseball star Joe DiMaggio was breaking up. Thomas, the longtime Associated Press reporter who kept the world informed on the comings and goings of Hollywood's biggest stars, died of age-related illnesses Friday, March 14, 2014 at his Encino, Calif., home, his daughter Janet Thomas said. He was 92. AP

Bob Thomas, the longtime Associated Press writer and dean of Hollywood reporters who covered a record 66 Oscar ceremonies, reported on the biggest stars, from Clark Gable to Tom Cruise, and filed AP’s bulletin that Robert F. Kennedy had been shot, died Friday. He was 92.

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Directing ‘Bad Words’ was ‘privilege’ for Jason Bateman

In this Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 photo, actor and director Jason Bateman poses for a portrait at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles, Calif. Bateman directs and stars in the film, "Bad Words," which has a limited release on Friday, March 14, 2014. AP

After audiences see Jason Bateman’s new movie, “Bad Words,” the actor, who makes his feature-film directorial debut with the comedy, will have one question: “Do I need to apologize?”

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No retirement in sight for Jerry Bruckheimer

In this Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 photo, Jerry Bruckheimer poses for a portrait at his office in Santa Monica, Calif. After more than two decades with Disney, where he produced the juggernaut “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “National Treasure” film franchises among many box-office hits, Bruckheimer begins a new partnership with Paramount in March 2014. At Disney’s behest, he closes his previous chapter with a photo book as outsized as some of his productions: “Jerry Bruckheimer: When Lightning Strikes - Four Decades of Filmmaking” is a 10-pound, 300-page chronicle of his career in pictures. AP

On a quiet morning amid the awards-season rush, Jerry Bruckheimer’s shaggy golden retriever, Harper, is easily the most animated in the building.

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Lost in translation: Hollywood movies given quirky titles

Cartoon, March 02, 2014

So the joke is lost in translation when a witty remark is paraphrased to cross the language barrier. Just as well, titles of Hollywood hit movies don’t always translate well due to cultural differences or nuances in language.

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2 more PH films in Rotterdam


Apart from Lav Diaz’s short film “Prologo sa Ang Dakilang Desaparecido,” two more Filipino movies will be shown at the Rotterdam International Film Festival: Adolfo Alix Jr.’s “Alamat ni China Doll” and Jet Leyco’s “Bukas na Lang Sapagkat Gabi Na.”

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Popular Chinese microfilm turned into a movie

Chinese film director and actor Xiao Yang, right, and actor Wang Taili, left, speak on stage as they promote their new movie “Old Boys: The Way of the Dragon” in Beijing Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. AP

A pivotal online microfilm, “Old Boys,” which was watched by tens of millions and helped to establish the genre in China, is being made into a feature-length movie.

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Nominees for British Academy Film Awards

British actors Helen McCrory, left, and Luke Evans pose for photographers ahead of the EE British Academy Film Awards Nominations announcement, in London, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. AP

Nominations in the main categories for the British Academy Film Awards, announced Wednesday

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Sherlock Holmes is free, US judge rules

In this film image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Noomi Rapace, left, and Robert Downey Jr. are shown in a scene from "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows." AP PHOTO/WARNER BROS. PICTURES

The beloved British detective Sherlock Holmes is now free to be reimagined in the United States after a federal judge ruled that licensing fees are no longer required.

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Twice ‘X’-rated film tops Cinema One fest

“BUKAS Na Lang Sapagkat Gabi Na” team, led by Jet Leyco (third from right) receives the best picture (Currents) award.

In his acceptance speech at the Cinema One Originals Film Festival awards, filmmaker Jet Leyco sarcastically dedicated the (Currents section) best film triumph of his entry, “Bukas Na Lang Sapagkat Gabi Na,” to the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board.

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