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'Noah' stays dry to top US cinema box office

"Noah," the big screen adaptation of the biblical tale starring Russell Crowe in the lead role, topped the North American Box Office at the weekend, estimates showed Sunday. The action drama, which reunites Crow with Jennifer Connelly whom he starred alongside in "A Beautiful Mind" in 2001, earned $44 million, easily holding off last week's top earner "Divergent," which took second spot with $26.5 million.

'Divergent' pulls away from box-office rivals

Sci-fi thriller "Divergent" pulled apart from rivals at the North American box office in its first weekend, as "Muppets Most Wanted" went in at number two, industry estimates showed Sunday. Raking in an estimated $56 million, "Divergent," the dystopian tale of a young woman in a futuristic society, is based on the popular young adult novel of the same name. The film easily beat out the latest Muppets installment, which earned $16.5 million in its first weekend, figures from Exhibitor Relations showed.

Disney's 'Aladdin' unleashes a genie on Broadway

By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - It has a flying carpet, a cave full of treasures and show-stopping songs, but critics said on Friday the Broadway debut of Disney's "Aladdin" lacks the magic of the original Oscar-winning animated film. The tale of the street urchin Aladdin, who wins the heart of Princess Jasmine, unleashes the Genie from the lamp and battles the evil Jafar, was the top-grossing film of 1992, and picked up Academy Awards for best original score and song for "A Whole New World."

Crowe and 'Noah' filmmakers attend papal audience

Hollywood's Russell Crowe, star of the big budget biblical epic "Noah", attended Pope Francis's general audience in St. Peter's Square on Wednesday, but did not get the pontiff to agree to a screening of the film. The actor famed for playing a Roman gladiator in Ridley Scott's 2000 film tweeted pictures of himself at the audience with the makers of the blockbuster, appearing pleased to be back in "a city where they treat me like a prodigal son". "Ciao Roma, my love for your eternal light just grows deeper. Thank you holy father for the blessing," he said on Twitter.

Winslet honored on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet was honored with a star on the storied Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday -- hours after an earthquake jolted Tinseltown awake. The "Titanic" star joked that the pre-dawn 4.4 magnitude quake, which was felt strongly across the Los Angeles area, occurred just as she was getting ready with a breast pump for her three-month old son. "I had no idea that this was going to be such a well attended event," she said, referring to the quake as she accepted the honor on Hollywood Boulevard, noting that the shaker "frightened me quite a lot actually."

Pre-dawn quake jolts jittery Los Angeles

Los Angeles was jolted awake Monday by a shallow earthquake with a magnitude of 4.4 that jangled nerves in the West Coast but caused no major damage or casualties. Car and burglar alarms went off and a few objects fell off shelves after the tremor, which struck just before dawn with its epicenter some 20 miles (32 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles, at a depth of only five miles. It was the most significant shaking caused by an earthquake in southern California since one with a magnitude of 5.5 in 2008.

Pre-dawn quake jolts jittery Los Angeles

Los Angeles was jolted awake Monday by a shallow earthquake with a magnitude of 4.4 that jangled nerves in the West Coast but caused no major damage or casualties. Car and burglar alarms went off and a few objects fell off shelves after the tremor, which struck just before dawn with its epicenter some 20 miles (32 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles, at a depth of only five miles. It was the most significant shaking caused by an earthquake in southern California since one with a magnitude of 5.5 in 2008.

'Mr Peabody

Animated children's film "Mr Peabody & Sherman" took top spot at the North American box office this weekend, industry estimates showed Sunday. The critically acclaimed Fox movie, based on characters from the 1960s television cartoon "Rocky and Bullwinkle" follows the adventures of a super-intelligent canine who adopts a human infant. The movie, which features the voice of "Modern Family" star Ty Burrell as the heroic talking canine Mr Peabody, took $21 million on its second week of release, figures from Exhibitor Relations showed.

Amid economic crisis, a silver lining for Greek filmmakers

The economic crisis that has devastated Greece has also spurred the country's filmmakers onto a prize-winning renaissance in a rare success story from the eurozone nation. The same recession that brought misery to tens of thousands of families since 2009 has fueled demand for tales out of Greece -- prompting the nation's filmmakers not only to adapt to the new economic realities but also rack up awards in the process.

UK's House of Commons to open doors to Meryl Streep

Britain's House of Commons will open its doors to a commercial film crew for the first time next month in a bid to raise cash, welcoming Meryl Streep for a movie about the suffragettes, officials said Tuesday. The Oscar-winning actress is appearing alongside Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter in the British film "Suffragette", the fictional tale of one woman's fight for the right to vote.
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