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Justin Lin to direct third 'Star Trek' film
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The USS Enterprise is about to get a little faster. "Fast & Furious" director Justin Lin is taking the helm of the third installment in Paramount's "Star Trek" franchise....

Box office: 'Hobbit' finale sends 'Exodus' fleeing
NEW YORK (AP) -- The finale of Peter Jackson's "Hobbit" trilogy, "The Battle of the Five Armies," marauded through the multiplexes during the weekend before Christmas, taking in $54.7 million. Since opening Wednesday, the Warner Bros. release has made $89.1 million, according to final box office figures Monday....

British singer Joe Cocker dies of lung cancer
NEW YORK (AP) -- Joe Cocker, the raspy-voiced British singer known for his frenzied cover of "With a Little Help From My Friends," the teary ballad "You Are So Beautiful" and a contorted performing style uncannily parodied by John Belushi on "Saturday Night Live," has died. He was 70....

Donny and Marie Osmond extend Las Vegas show dates
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Sibling singers Donny and Marie Osmond will be singing at the Flamingo Las Vegas at least through the end of 2015....

As dust clears, what's next for Sony?
ATLANTA (AP) -- The Sony hacking attack continues to deliver more dramatic plotlines than any fictional movie, but meanwhile the movie studio must move forward and tackle the next steps in minimizing the mess. Will Sony eventually release "The Interview" in some form? In theaters, on DVD or online? And what recourse does the company have against the North Korean-linked hackers?...

Angelina Jolie's latest incarnation: filmmaker
NEW YORK (AP) -- In a life that has been notable for its many metamorphoses - screen starlet, Goth vixen, United Nations ambassador, mother of six, breast cancer awareness advocate - Angelina Jolie's latest incarnation is as filmmaker....

Review: Don't bet on this oddly lifeless 'Gambler' remake
"If you're not a genius, don't bother," the English professor played by Mark Walhberg in "The Gambler" blithely tells his students. That should be one clue that you're not gonna like this guy....

NYC theater plans live reading of 'The Interview'
NEW YORK (AP) -- Sony may have scrapped the release of the movie "The Interview," but it will be in at least at one theater in New York City - onstage, that is....

Jolie on 'Unbroken,' the Coens and acting with Pitt again
NEW YORK (AP) -- For more than 50 years, Hollywood has flirted with bringing Louis Zamperini's story to the big screen. In her second movie as director, Angelina Jolie has finally filmed the story of an Olympic runner who in World War II was a castaway at sea for 47 days before being found and put in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp. Here are excerpts from a recent interview with Jolie in which she reflected on the challenges of "Unbroken," the collaborators who helped her and the experience of working again with husband Brad Pitt for their recently shot drama "By the Sea."...

Review: A charming cast anchors the dark 'Into the Woods'
This is one Disney film that's definitely not a light fairy tale....

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