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March 24, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
Tim Warner, chief executive of Cinemark Holdings Inc., admits he'd never heard of the popular science fiction series "Doctor Who. " So the Montana native was skeptical when executives at BBC Wordwide approached him about the idea of screening a simulcast of the 50th anniversary episode of the cult-classic British TV series in Cinemark theaters across Latin America and the U.S. In late November, hundreds of "Whovians" showed up at more than...
March 23, 2014 | By Steve Chawkins
He was a neurosurgeon, a shipping magnate, a pompous headmaster, an autocratic father: He was the self-inflated, often weaselly authority figure whose long, narrow, aristocratic face was as well-known in films and television as his name was obscure. James Rebhorn, a journeyman character actor seen most recently as the father of super-spy Carrie Mathison on "Homeland," died Friday at his home in South Orange, N.J., of melanoma, his wife Rebecca Linn said. He was 65. Rebhorn had more than 100 TV and movie credits, including roles in "Scent of a Woman" and "My Cousin Vinny" - both released in 1992 - and "Meet the Parents" (2000)
March 22, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
In his new rapid-fire spelling-bee comedy, "Bad Words," Jason Bateman opens his mouth in more ways than one. When a young Indian boy is talking too much, his 40-year-old spelling-bee contestant, Guy Trilby, tells the boy to "point his curry hole" in another direction. When a chubby kids calls him a weirdo, he fires back, "Your chair called me for help. " Some of his vicious quips are funny; others less so. But the pleasures in "Bad Words" aren't the jokes themselves. It's the idea of the jokes - or, more specifically, the idea that someone can make jokes that others won't.
March 21, 2014 | Ryan Faughnder
Beverly Hills-based RealD Inc. has signed an agreement with China's Wanda Cinemas that would double RealD's screen count in one of the world's biggest film markets.  Wanda Cinemas, a subsidiary of Dalian Wanda Group, said Friday it would install 780 sets of  RealD's 3-D cinema equipment over the next three years. Wanda has already installed about 800 RealD 3-D sets in its theaters. Shares of RealD increased 41 cents, or about 3.7%, to $11.54 in midsession trading on the New York Stock Exchange.  FULL COVERAGE: Reel China China's rapidly growing film business last year hit $3.6 billion in box-office revenue, up about 27% from 2012.
March 20, 2014 | Salvador Rodriguez
The Holy Grail screen protector can defend against key scratches, scissor stabs and five-foot drops, but do not use it to stop a bullet. The accessory, created by Seattle company Sir Lancelot's Armor , went on sale this week. The company boasts that the Holy Grail, made from "bulletproof" laminated tempered glass, is the perfect defense for tablet and smartphone users looking for protection for their device without giving up style points by purchasing a bulky case. The Holy Grail is available for numerous top-flight devices, ranging from Apple's latest iPhone and iPads to Samsung's Galaxy S and Galaxy Note smartphones.
March 20, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
George R.R. Martin's "Game of Thrones" -- known to longtime fans as the "Song of Ice and Fire" book series -- is enjoying big success on television screens. But it might also be destined for something bigger: the movies. Martin told the Hollywood Reporter that a big-screen feature -- with a hefty budget -- might be what it takes to bring the story to its grand conclusion. "It all depends on how long the main series runs," Martin said. "Do we run for seven years? Do we run for eight?
March 15, 2014 | By Susan King
Billy Crudup, 45, who played a charismatic '70s rock musician in Cameron Crowe's 2000 comedy "Almost Famous," J. Edgar Hoover in Michael Mann's 2009's "Public Enemies" and the very blue superhero Dr. Manhattan in Zack Snyder's 2009's "Watchmen," stars as a dedicated New York detective with an ex-con big brother in the new film "Blood Ties. " The film opens March 21 in theaters and also debuts that day on VOD. Set in the 1970s, the crime thriller revolves around the brutal and loving relationship between two vastly different brothers.
March 13, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Samsung's Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is a powerful tablet with a huge screen rivaling that of laptops. But don't think of it as replacing your laptop anytime soon. The South Korean tech giant has packed the Galaxy Note Pro with an enormous 12.2-inch screen and numerous software features meant to let users perform the same types of tasks that they could on a computer, such as running one app on top of another at the same time. Samsung says it made the tablet so users can be productive and look professional holding it. The tablet features Samsung's stitched faux-leather back cover that the company has begun to use on many of its products.
March 13, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO -- California's landmark “green chemistry” program is about to go public with a first list of consumer products that might need to be reformulated or pulled from retailers' shelves altogether. The state Department of Toxic Substances Control has identified three groups of goods as “priority” candidates because they contain hazardous compounds that could pose dangers to people or the environment. -- Tris phosphate, or TDCPP, is used in children's foam padded sleeping products, such as nap mats, as a fire retardant.
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