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Universal Plans $3 Billion Beijing Theme Park

U.S. entertainment firm Universal Parks & Resorts will invest more than $3.0 billion with a Chinese partner to open a movie theme park in Beijing in 2019, the city government and state media said Monday.

The park, which will feature characters and scenes from Hollywood blockbusters such as Harry Potter and the Transformers franchises, will be located in the city's eastern district of Tongzhou, the city government's news office said on its verified account on Sina Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter.

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Esquire Names Penelope Cruz 'Sexiest Woman Alive'

Penelope Cruz is Esquire's "sexiest woman alive."

Cruz is the 11th woman to be given the title by the magazine. Previous honorees include Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry, Rihanna, Charlize Theron and Scarlett Johansson.

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'Gone Girl' Tops Box Office for Second Weekend

Four new films couldn't catch "Gone Girl" at theaters this weekend.

The Fox thriller starring Ben Affleck as a man whose wife goes missing is poised to top the box office for a second week with $26.8 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday.

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In Donetsk Theater, a Refuge from Ukraine's Tragedy

After the bombs, the fur coats. After the air raids, the air kisses. After six months of war, even the fighters attending an opening night at the Donetsk theatre traded in weapons for a rare moment of refinement.

The steps of the Donetsk National Academic Ukrainian Musical and Drama Theatre, empty for months, rang out over the weekend as 700 well-heeled theatregoers rushed up to enjoy a long-delayed debut to the season. 

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Rare French-made Animation Film Showcases Home Talent

A rare feature-length animation film produced entirely in France, "Yellowbird" premiered on Sunday at the London Film Festival, a heartwarming tale of an orphaned bird leading a migration across the world.

The story was inspired by airlines which flew thousands of swallows across the Mediterranean in 1974 after the birds began dying en masse before they could migrate due to an early winter.

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Top Film Director: Audiences Following Best Characters to TV

A troubled detective hunting a serial killer in rural Louisiana, a chemistry teacher with inoperable lung cancer reinvented as a drugs kingpin, a bisexual woman doing jail time for aiding and abetting her drug mule ex-girlfriend.

Hollywood's David Fincher says all the most interesting characters have gone to television -- and audiences have followed them.

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'Game of Thrones' Starts Shooting in Spain

Film crews on Friday began shooting part of the fifth season of popular U.S. fantasy television series "Game of Thrones" in the southern Spanish city of Seville, delighting local authorities who expect a tourism boost.

Onlookers held up umbrellas to protect themselves against driving rain as they tried to look over a pastel coloured synthetic canvas set up around the gardens of the Real Alcazar palace. The barrier was set up to keep plot details of the Home Box Office series secret.

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Katy Perry Lined Up for Super Bowl Gig

Katy Perry will perform at the half-time show for American football's Super Bowl championship, one of the nation's most watched TV spectacles, Billboard reported Friday.

The music industry Bible, gave no details about the planned event, but according to a Wall Street Journal report in August, pop diva Perry had been on a shortlist of potential Super Bowl performers that also included Coldplay and Rihanna.

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Bjork Plans New Album with Arca

Bjork, three years after her wildly ambitious "Biophilia" multimedia project, says she is working on a new album co-produced by the Venezuelan DJ Arca.

The Icelandic musical icon, known for her sweeping vocal range and conceptual imagery, apologized in a Facebook message for missing the London premiere of the "Biophilia Live" film and said she was "already working on her next album," which will be out in 2015.

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Busan Organizers Defend Airing S.Korea Ferry Disaster Film

Organizers of Asia's largest film festival defended their decision to air a controversial film on the South Korean ferry tragedy as the event, visited by a record number of people, drew to a close Saturday.

The world premiere of the Korean documentary "Diving Bell" (or "The Truth Shall Not Sink with Sewol") cast a long shadow at the 10-day 19th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF).

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