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Burton, Depp wind up in ‘Wonderland’

‘Alice in Wonderland’ hits theaters next Friday. LOS ANGELES — Tim Burton, girlfriend Helena

‘SHUTTER ISLAND’ Scorsese overdresses absurd pulp story

Martin Scorsese clearly had a ball making “Shutter Island,” which seemingly hurls everything the

‘Avatar,’ ‘Hurt Locker’ lead Oscar nominations

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — The science-fiction sensation “Avatar” and the war-on-terror thriller “The

Worst of the worst: ‘Land of the Lost,’ ‘Transformers’

LOS ANGELES — “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” made a fortune. “Land of the Lost” tanked.

Despite numbers, ‘Nine’ falls short

Title-wise, the musical “Nine” registers half a digit higher than “81‚Ñ2,” the Federico Fellini

10 Best Pic nominees this year means Oscar outlook is up in the air

Academy Awards organizers have shaken up their show by doubling the best-picture category to 10

Creator of exotic ‘Avatar’ found inspiration for aliens on Earth

LOS ANGELES — James Cameron offers what may be the most exotic planet full of aliens ever put on

‘Up in the Air’ leads list of Golden Globes nominees

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — The recession-era tale “Up in the Air” led Golden Globe film contenders

Eastwood, Freeman are back in the saddle

Director Clint Eastwood sees a lot of similarities between Nelson Mandela and Morgan Freeman.

Can James Cameron deliver titanic results with ‘Avatar’?

LOS ANGELES — A colossal budget, visionary technology and a down-to-the-wire workload on a film

‘Paranormal Activity’: Where will it appear next?

LOS ANGELES — The critics have spoken. Here’s what more than a few have to say: “Scariest movie of

‘Ice Age’ flick: It’s yawn of the dinosaurs

There’s more action and cuddly creatures for kids to love in “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” than

‘Transformers’: Worst-reviewed $400M hit?

LOS ANGELES — After just five days, “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” is halfway to $400 million

‘Dark Knight’ upped ante for ‘Spider-Man’

CANNES, France — Like other superhero fans, Sam Raimi agrees that “The Dark Knight” raised the bar

‘Love Guru’ leads list of ’08’s worst movies

LOS ANGELES — Voters for 2008’s worst movies love Mike Myers. They really love him. Myers’ comedy

‘Doubt’ leads pack with 5 nods for SAG Awards

LOS ANGELES — The Catholic school drama “Doubt” led contenders Thursday for the Screen Actors Guild

Golden Globes nominations kick off new awards season

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and “Frost/Nixon” led the Golden

Vampire tale seeks to take blockbuster bite

It’s not your typical teen soap. LOS ANGELES — Girl-meets-boy stories are not the usual stuff

Will economy make crowds shun gloomy Oscar flicks?

11Hope is often lacking in Academy Awards contenders such as “Milk,” films that tend toward bleak,

Holiday-season film highlights: Bond, Nixon and a vampire

The ‘Madagascar’ gang gets things started. LOS ANGELES — Nixon’s back. So are Kate and Leo,

Kevin Smith has earned his stripes

The ‘Zack & Miri’ filmmaker was pleased to have landed actor Seth Rogen. TORONTO — The

Stone’s ‘W.’ depicts private, human Bush

Stone hopes the film will prompt pre-election reflection. LOS ANGELES — Oliver Stone thinks

Kinnear finds his niche in characters with nasty side

The actor can be seen in two movies this fall, including ‘Ghost Town.’ TORONTO — When Greg

Pitt and Clooney dumb down for Coens’ ‘Burn After Reading’

The filmmaking brothers say dummies make for good characters. TORONTO — Joel and Ethan Coen

‘X-Files’ stars believe in their audience

LOS ANGELES — Some Mulder and Scully fans were dubious when the title for the new movie based on

3-D cinema makes for a thrilling ‘Journey’

Veteran visual-effects supervisor Eric Brevig makes the most of the 3-D technology. Hollywood

Ledger earns Oscar buzz

He could become the seventh actor to earn a posthumous nomination. LOS ANGELES — Jack

Carell and Hathaway share ‘Smart’ spotlight

The actors discuss their fit with the revived characters, Max and Agent 99. LAS VEGAS — Steve

Fur flies at ‘Kung Fu Panda’

CANNES, France — Fur might be a politically incorrect fashion statement on the red carpet at the

Lacey Rosser and Jason Coulter will wed in June rite

X AUSTINTOWN — Keith and Linda Rosser, 685 Purdue Ave., announce the engagement of their daughter,

Clinton a clone of ‘pander bear’

WASHINGTON — A year ago last March, the Republican National Committee had fun sending someone in a

Summer wedding for Sarah Knebel and Jeri Hull

X Plans are being announced for the upcoming marriage of Sarah Ann Knebel, a daughter of Kevin and

Stephanie Skaggs, Thomas Buck to wed in July

X CORTLAND — Afonda Chojnacki of Cortland is announcing the engagement and upcoming marriage of her

Indy’s back after 19 years

Bringing Indiana Jones back took more than a decade of debate. LOS ANGELES — Marion Ravenwood

Conversation and counseling could cause change

Dear Annie: I am 62 and have been married for three years to “Ken,” who is 68. We’re both retired.

American Axle, union close to deal

A proposed American Axle settlement would include closing two plants. DETROIT (AP) — Striking

“Oil and gasoline and food prices may all top out some time in the next few months.”

“Oil and gasoline and food prices may all top out some time in the next few months.” Mark Zandi

Jets begin flying more slowly to save millions on fuel costs

The slower speeds add a few minutes to flight time. NEW YORK (AP) — Drivers have long known that

Guidelines will help prevent garbage disposal problems

Dear Heloise: As a single man living alone, I would like to see a list of do’s and don’ts for the

Things at a standstill

Whatever the question is, Washington is not the answer, at least not for the rest of this year. The

Liberty Township is late in acknowledging that death of woman merits inquiry

Liberty Township is late in acknowledging that death of woman merits inquiry Sometimes it takes

Jets begin flying more slowly to save millions in fuel costs

The slower speeds add only a few minutes to flight times. NEW YORK (AP) — Drivers have long known

‘Star Wars’ kid Abrams aims to reinvent ‘Star Trek’ world

The director wouldn’t give up a lot of details about the new movie. LOS ANGELES — J.J. Abrams

SUMMER OF REPRISES Hollywood brings back Indy, Batman, Narnia, X-Files, ‘Sex’

Among the offerings are new films about superheroes and some favorite old TV shows. LOS

‘Harold & Kumar’ sequel delivers scattered laughs

Like the first movie, this one is pretty lame. The poster for “Harold Kumar Escape From

‘88 Minutes’ proves a big, tedious mess

Al Pacino offers a subdued performance rather than his usual overacting. Bad news: Al Pacino’s

What a ‘Country’: Coen’s are poised for a sweep

The oddball duo received four nominations for their bleak film. LOS ANGELES — You know it’s a

‘No Country for Old Men,’ ‘Blood’ lead Academy Awards nominations

If the writers’ strike isn’t resolved by Feb. 24, attendance will be low at the ceremony.

‘Atonement’ leads list of nominees for Globes

No clear front-runners have emerged in the run-up to the Academy Awards. BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.

Giamatti’s Santa is weary, stressed

LOS ANGELES — In Hollywood, Santa Claus comes in all stripes, from the childlike Edmund Gwenn in



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