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“Insurgent” Seizes Top Spot; “The Gunman” Misfires

Posted on March 25, 2015 at 11:01 am

By LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sean Penn’s “The Gunman” was no match for the rebel kids of “Insurgent.” The second installment in the “Divergent” series easily topped the box office with $54 million from 3,875 theaters, according Rentrak estimates Sunday. Penn’s geopolitical thriller stumbled with only $5 million. While the second films in both the “Hunger Games” and the “Twilight” series boasted opening weekend gains

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  • “The Sound Of Music” Film Clebrates A Golden Anniversary

    Posted on March 18, 2015 at 9:04 am

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    The hills are alive with the sound of a big, lucrative anniversary. The 1965 Oscar-winning film adaptation of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical “The Sound of Music” is celebrating its 50th birthday this year and its star Julie Andrews can’t quite believe it. “This is a lovely moment to mark. I’ve been saying all along it’s like a very bad joke because surely it was only 30 years ago —

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  • Horoscopes 3-19-15

    Posted on March 18, 2015 at 9:00 am


    AQUARIUS (Jan 20– Feb 18): Some misunderstandings could cause confusion at home today, Aquarius. Your natural tact and diplomacy will certainly come in handy. Artistically, you may be inspired to work on a painting or short story that’s been in your head for a while. Even though you don’t pay much attention to your artistic abilities, they may be responsible for some new career opportunities coming your way.   PISCES

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  • “Cinderella”

    Posted on March 11, 2015 at 1:08 pm


    “Cinderella” Associated Press In this age of revisionist, modernized Disney fairytales, where we’ve learned that some of our favorite characters really aren’t what they seemed, the striking thing about the studio’s sumptuous new live-action “Cinderella” may not be what it is, but what it isn’t. It isn’t revisionist. It isn’t modernized. The good guys are still good, the bad still bad. Prince Charming? Still VERY charming, not a “Frozen”-style cad.

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  • Will Smith’s ‘Focus’ Tops Box Office

    Posted on March 4, 2015 at 9:32 am


    ASSOCIATED PRESS Will Smith’s con-man caper “Focus” dethroned “Fifty Shades of Grey” at the box office, but the film’s modest $19.1 million opening still left questions about the drawing power of the once unstoppable star. According to studio estimates Sunday, Warner Bros.’ “Focus” easily topped all competitors on a weekend with little competition at North American multiplexes. In second place was the Colin Firth spy thriller “Kingsman: The Secret Service,”

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  • Writers@Work Welcomes Bragg and Weaver

    Posted on February 25, 2015 at 11:16 am


    Listening to oral storytelling during his childhood while growing up in the Appalachian foothills of Alabama helped Rick Bragg hone his writing abilities. As a Pulitzer Prize winner for feature writing, a best-selling author, newspaper writer, and current journalism professor at the University of Alabama, Rick Bragg comes to Chattanooga State Community College as its featured author during the award-winning Writers@Work series April 13-17. “My grandfather on my daddy’s side

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  • “The Duff”

    Posted on February 25, 2015 at 10:53 am


    Associated Press All teen comedies owe some debt to John Hughes and Amy Heckerling. The milieu of suburban teenage life that they explored decades ago has defined the genre since. The social divisions, the boredom, the dances, the irrepressible awkwardness and the irrational dreaminess of high school students never before seemed so accessible, and so neatly packaged with a perfect soundtrack — even if their scope was rather limited to

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