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‘Stronger,’ new movie about marathon bombing, hits theaters

Jake Gyllenhaal, Jeff Bauman

BOSTON (AP) — A new film starring Jake Gyllenhaal as Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman is hitting theaters nationwide. “Stronger” captures Bauman recalibrating his life after losing both legs in the April 2013 bombings near the marathon finish line. Tatiana Maslany plays Bauman’s then-girlfriend, Erin Hurley. It’s based on Bauman’s 2014 memoir of the same name. The movie premiered ... Read More »

Key figure in Northern Ireland peace work subject of film

BOSTON (AP) — The U.S. premiere of a documentary about Roman Catholic politician John Hume and his efforts in the Northern Ireland peace process is being held in Boston. A screening of “In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America” is the opening-night film of the Boston Film Festival that starts Friday. Narrated by actor Liam Neeson, the film ... Read More »

4 detained in probe linked to film on Russian czar’s affair

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian police have detained four people suspected of an arson attack linked to a movie about the last Russian czar’s affair with a ballerina, officials said Thursday. “Matilda,” which is set to be released in October, has sparked harsh criticism from hard-line nationalists and some Orthodox believers in Russia, who see it as blasphemy against the emperor, ... Read More »

Bernie Casey, pro football player turned actor, dies

Bernie Casey

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bernie Casey, a professional football player turned poet, painter and actor known for parts in films such as “Revenge of the Nerds” and “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka,” has died. He was 78. Casey died Tuesday in Los Angeles after a brief illness, his talent agent Erin Connor said. Born in West Virginia in 1939 and ... Read More »

Japanese video gaming adapting new tech for familiar titles

CHIBA, Japan (AP) — The Japanese video game industry is finding its way out of the doldrums by adapting new technology for decades-old titles. And that energy was evident at the annual Tokyo Game Show, which opened to media Thursday before opening to the public over the weekend. “Our old fans used to play Japanese games, and those people are ... Read More »

‘Breakfast Club’ actor Hall pleads no contest to assault

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Breakfast Club” actor Anthony Michael Hall has pleaded no contest to shoving a neighbor who fell and broke his wrist. The 49-year-old Hall entered the plea in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Wednesday to one misdemeanor count of assault likely to produce injury. He was immediately sentenced to 40 hours of community service and three ... Read More »

Linda Hamilton set to return to ‘Terminator’ franchise

NEW YORK (AP) — Linda Hamilton is returning to the “Terminator” franchise for the first time since 1991’s “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.” “Terminator” creator James Cameron announced Hamilton’s casting at a private event in Los Angeles on Tuesday night, the Hollywood Reporter reported. Paramount Pictures, which is distributing the planned sequel, confirmed the news Wednesday. Cameron is producing the sequel, ... Read More »

Boxer LaMotta, immortalized in ‘Raging Bull,’ dies at 95

MIAMI (AP) — Jake LaMotta, the former middleweight champion whose life in and out of the ring was depicted in the film “Raging Bull,” for which Robert DeNiro won an Academy Award, has died, his fiancee said Wednesday. He was 95. LaMotta died Tuesday at a Miami-area hospital from complications of pneumonia, according to fiancee Denise Baker. The Bronx Bull, ... Read More »

The top 10 movies on the iTunes Store

iTunes Movies U.S. charts for week ending September 17, 2017: iTunes Movies US Charts: 1. Baby Driver 2. Transformers: The Last Knight 3. The Mummy (2017) 4. Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie 5. Life 6. Wonder Woman (2017) 7. Stephen King’s It 8. Baywatch 9. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 10. Rough Night iTunes Movies US Charts — ... Read More »

Leonardo DiCaprio foundation awards $20M in eco-grants

Leonardo DiCaprio

NEW YORK (AP) — Leonardo DiCaprio announced Tuesday that his eco-focused foundation has given more than $20 million this year in fresh grants to more than 100 organizations around the world. From lion recovery and mangrove restoration to the defense of indigenous rights and better access to affordable solar energy, the actor announced the grants ahead of his appearance at ... Read More »