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Movie Review: ‘Homefront'

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"Homefront" should be a lot more fun than it is. Jason Statham and James Franco squaring off over meth with a script by Sylvester Stallone? Sounds like a guilty pleasure, right? Unfortunately, the result is a rather rote action thriller that only comes alive during the well-staged fight scenes. Fortunately, there are quite a few of them. Statham is Phil Broker, a DEA agent who has retired to a small town in Louisiana with his young daughter (Izabela Vidovic). His last big takedown _ the bust of a Shreveport drug ring and biker gang _ went awry with the son of the drug lord dying in a hail of bullets. So, Brooker, a single dad, decides ... more

'12 Years a Slave' Leads Spirit Awards Nominations

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LOS ANGELES - The race to Oscar has officially begun, as the slavery exploration "12 Years a Slave" was nominated Tuesday for a leading seven Spirit Awards, which honor independent film. The Steve McQueen-directed drama is up for best feature, best director, best actor (Chiwetel Ejiofer), best supporting actress (Lupita Nyong'o), best supporting actor (Michael Fassbender), best screenplay (John Ridley) and best cinematography (Sean Bobbitt). With six nominations, Alexander Payne's black-and-white comedy "Nebraska" is also in the running for best feature, best director, best actor for Bruce Dern, best supporting actress for June Squibb, b... more

Movie Review: ‘Frozen’

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Instead of the bygone damsels in distress - yes we're talking about you Cinderella, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty - the female royals of "Frozen," Disney's latest animated wonder, are feisty, forward and independent. Strong female leads are fitting, as "Frozen" marks the first time a female has occupied the director's chair in the 76 years of Disney animation features. Jennifer Lee, who wrote Disney's "Wreck-It Ralph," as well as the screenplay for "Frozen," co-directed the icy 3-D adventure with Disney veteran Chris Buck ("Tarzan"). Inspired by the 19th century fairytale, "The Snow Queen," by Hans Christian Andersen, "Frozen" marks ano... more

Obama: US Movies, TV Help Shape World's Culture

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GLENDALE, Calif. - President Barack Obama says thanks to television and movies, the rest of the world has had a front-row seat for America's march toward progress. Obama is trumpeting the entertainment industry at DreamWorks Studios near Los Angeles. He says entertainment is part of diplomacy and what makes the U.S. a world power. Obama says millions may never set foot in the U.S., but through entertainment they've experienced a part of what makes the U.S. successful. He says, quote, "We have shaped a world culture through you." Obama is crediting television shows like "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "Will and Grace" and "Modern Family" fo... more

Hollywood's Arnon Milchan Says He Was Israeli Spy

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JERUSALEM - Stories about Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan's alleged double life have been circulating for years. Now, the Israeli businessman behind hits like "Pretty Woman," "Fight Club" and "L.A. Confidential" has finally come forth with a stunning admission - for years he served as an Israeli spy, buying arms on its behalf and boosting its alleged nuclear program. In a far-reaching interview aired Monday with Israel's Channel 2 TV's flagship investigative program "Uvda," Milchan detailed a series of clandestine affairs in which he was involved and particularly how he helped purchase technologies Israel allegedly needed to operate nuc... more

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