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April 10, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
A flock of tropical birds will play the villain to Captain America at the box office.   The 3-D computer-animated family comedy "Rio 2" and last weekend's No. 1 movie "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" are each expected to gross around $40 million in ticket sales in the United States and Canada Friday through Sunday, according to people who have seen pre-release audience surveys. A $40-million debut for "Rio 2," the latest release from 20th Century Fox's animation company Blue Sky Studios, would likely put it neck-and-neck with the red-white-and-blue-clad hero for the top of the box-office charts.
April 10, 2014 | By John M. Glionna
The father of a North Carolina prosecutor who authorities said was kidnapped for “retaliatory” reasons was rescued unharmed in Atlanta after a raid by an elite FBI hostage-rescue unit, authorities said. During his five-day ordeal, Frank Arthur Janssen, 63, was tied up in a suburban Atlanta apartment while the group suspected in his kidnapping sent his wife a picture of him tied up, with threats to torture and dismember him, authorities said Thursday. Janssen was kidnapped Saturday from his home in Wake Forest, N.C. John Strong, special agent in charge of the FBI's Charlotte, N.C., office, told reporters Thursday that Jannsen was rescued late Wednesday when the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team stormed the apartment.
April 8, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - An Australian ship hunting for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has picked up two more transmissions similar to those of the jet's "black boxes," and the coordinator of the search said Wednesday the "pings" were helping to narrow the search area significantly. The vessel Ocean Shield, towing an acoustic detection device lent by the U.S. Navy, recorded pings of five and seven minutes' duration Tuesday afternoon and evening, said Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, who is coordinating the search efforts from Perth, Australia.
April 5, 2014 | By Chris Barton
Is it summer already? "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" posted blockbuster numbers in its first full day in theaters, taking in more than $37 million on Friday, according to estimates. That number builds on the $10.2 million the film pulled in from Thursday night and midnight showings, and places it on pace for a weekend gross of $90 million, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys. Starring Chris Evans as the shield-bearing superhero and Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, the latest entry from Disney'sMarvel Studios is the 3-D sequel to 2011's "Captain America: The First Avenger.
April 5, 2014 | By Bob Pool
Gregory Kelly is a small-scale historian who is out to memorialize big-time Southern California landmarks, one by one. There's the miniature Watts Towers, an elaborate depiction of Newport Beach's Balboa Pavilion and a proportionally correct model of Silver Lake's Music Box Steps - all tucked in Kelly's crowded Tustin hobby shop. Not bad for a man who had never even built a plastic model airplane before deciding at age 20 to open his own shop in a building owned by his father.
April 2, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING -- - The Aaron Paul driving film "Need for Speed" remained ahead of the pack at the mainland China box office for the third week in a row, racking up an additional $12.7 million in the seven days ending Sunday and bringing its total gross in the territory to $55.2 million. The animated “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” -- known in China as “Genius Glasses-Wearing Dog” -- captured second place, taking in $7.1 million in its first three days in theaters, figures from Shanghai-based film consulting firm Artisan Gateway showed.
April 2, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
As expected for some time, Amazon on Wednesday unveiled its Fire TV, an Internet video-streaming set-top box that will compete against the likes of Apple TV, Roku and Google Chromecast. Though Amazon was expected to announce a small dongle similar to Chromecast and the new Roku Streaming Stick, the company instead revealed a black rectangular box about the same size as the Apple TV and Roku's various set-top devices. The new box will retail for $99 and is on sale now . Amazon Fire TV comes with a small control, just like Roku and Apple TV. But unlike its rivals, Amazon Fire TV's remote comes with a microphone that users can speak into to search for content with their voice.
March 30, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
Director Darren Aronofsky's biblical epic “Noah” sailed at the weekend box office as the film opened at No. 1 with an estimated $44 million in ticket sales. The film, which cost about $130 million to make, solidly met expectations, according to Paramount Pictures, which  had initially forecast a $30-million opening weekend. "Noah" already has generated about $95 million overseas. “It was a fantastic result,” said Megan Colligan, Paramount's president of domestic marketing and distribution.
March 29, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Director Darren Aronofsky's biblical epic "Noah" was the top film at the box office on Friday, taking in an estimated $15.2 million from 3,567 screens. The $130-million film, starring Russell Crowe as the Old Testament figure, opened to $1.6 million in ticket sales from midnight screenings Thursday on 3,000 screens in the U.S. and Canada. With its Friday take, the film is expected to earn around $40 million for the weekend. That puts it ahead of projections by its studio, Paramount Pictures, which had forecast a $30-million opening weekend.
March 29, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING - Stepping up its role in the hunt for the elusive Malaysia Airlines flight 370, China reported Saturday that one of its Ilyushin IL-76 aircraft Saturday reported seeing "three suspicious objects" in the south Indian Ocean that could be wreckage from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The official New China News Agency, which has a reporter on the search plane, described the objects as red, white and orange and wrote that a marker had been dropped...
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