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Film director faces probe over Taiwan naval base ploy

Acclaimed Taiwanese director Doze Niu faces prosecution for allegedly using false papers to take a Chinese cinematographer onto a Taiwanese naval base to scout film locations, the military said Thursday. Niu and award-winning cinematographer Cao Yu are accused of violating a law that bans Chinese nationals from entering military facilities, the navy said. The navy said it had decided to withdraw all assistance to Niu for his upcoming movie "Military Paradise" and would report the case to prosecutors to start a formal investigation.

Abbie Cornish learned Spanish for "The Girl"

Los Angeles, Mar 4 (EFE).- Abbie Cornish, considered one of the best young actresses in Hollywood, learned Spanish and gave up five months of her personal life for "The Girl," a movie about the relationship between a Texas woman and a little Mexican girl who lost her family trying to cross the border illegally. Cornish, who has appeared in such films as "Bright Star," "Sucker Punch" and "Limitless," plays Ashley, a single mom who had custody of her son taken away by social services.

Wong Kar Wai martial arts epic opens 63rd Berlinale

The 63rd Berlin film festival opens Thursday with a gala screening of Chinese director Wong Kar Wai's martial arts epic about the mentor of kung fu superstar Bruce Lee. Wong, who is also leading the Berlinale's jury this year, is using the event as a launch pad for the worldwide release of "The Grandmaster", which has opened in China to rave reviews and a box office bonanza.

S. Korean air force parodies 'Les Miserables'

The South Korean air force has posted a "Les Miserables" video parody on YouTube, complete with snow-shovelling airmen, a lovelorn military service conscript and a vindictive superior officer. The 14-minute video, entitled "Les Militaribles", has garnered more than 400,000 views in just a few days and even received a Twitter nod from one of the stars of the Hollywood version, Russell Crowe.

S. Korean air force parodies 'Les Miserables'

The 14-minute video, entitled "Les Militaribles", has garnered more than 400,000 views in just a few days and even received a Twitter nod from one of the stars of the Hollywood version, Russell Crowe.
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