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Film fans in Asia want light fun, make Oscars wait

n this photo taken Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, a woman looks at an advertisement for the U.S. film "Cloud Atlas" at a movie theater, in Shanghai, China. Tens of millions of film fanatics are entering theaters around Asia during the long Lunar New Year holiday, but Hollywood can’t count on them to boost the box office for its mostly serious Oscar nominees. Even with the Academy Awards buzz at a peak barely two weeks before the ceremony, patrons are opting for lighter fare. AP Photo

Lights, camera, laughs. Tens of millions of film fanatics are entering theaters around Asia during the long Lunar New Year holiday, but Hollywood can’t count on them to boost the box office for its mostly serious Oscar nominees. Even with the Academy Awards buzz at a peak barely two weeks before the ceremony, patrons are opting for lighter fare.

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China’s New Year shows to star Celine Dion, Psy

South Korean rapper Psy. AP

China’s hugely popular Lunar New Year television galas aim to woo even more viewers this year with foreign megastars including Celine Dion and “Gangnam Style” pop sensation Psy, state media said Thursday.

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