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S. Koreans are the world's top moviegoers: CGV

SEOUL, Dec. 22 (Yonhap) -- South Koreans make up the largest group of moviegoers in the world, a local cinema chain said, quoting data from a foreign media research company. South Koreans saw an average of 4.12 movies per person in theaters this year, making the country the world's no. 1 for the first time, the local cinema chain CGV said, quoting recent data from Britain's Screen Digest, one of the world's leading media-focused research companies.

S. Koreans are the world's top moviegoers: CGV

SEOUL, Dec. 22 (Yonhap) -- South Koreans make up the largest group of moviegoers in the world, a local cinema chain said Sunday, quoting data from a foreign media research company. South Koreans saw an average of 4.12 movies per person in theaters this year, making the country the world's no. 1 for the first time, the local cinema chain CGV said, quoting recent data from Britain's Screen Digest, one of the world's leading media-focused research companies.

Exhibitor Cineplex considers taking its food outside movie theatres

TORONTO - Cineplex is counting on Canadian moviegoers to indulge their appetite for concession snacks outside the movie theatres. Chief executive Ellis Jacobs says it may take several years, but the company wants to grow its gourmet popcorn stand Poptopia, and burger and fries label Outtakes, to other places you buy fast food, such as shopping mall food courts. "For us it's about taking those brands and continuing to develop them ... with the total intention of going beyond," he said Tuesday in an interview after the company's latest financial results.

Bed down to reinvent cinema in New York

If box office takings have stagnated in recent years, one US cinema is wooing back film lovers with big, fat, leather recliners... reminiscent of well, beds. Deep and luxuriously comfortable, the plush reddy-brown chairs with movable foot rest are creating a buzz at one tarted-up New York cinema on the Upper West Side. Similar to first-class airline seats, the movier goer can at the touch of a button maneuver the foot rest until they are sprawled out, sun-lounger style.

US toilet restaurant rides 'poop' publicity wave

A restaurant billed as America's first toilet-themed eatery has just opened in Los Angeles -- and is packing in diners after a wave of free publicity for the concept, said to be imported from Asia. The Magic Restroom restaurant, where customers sit on ceramic bathroom bowls and eat from toilet-shaped tableware, did brisk business on its first fully open weekend. Some might wonder who would want to eat surrounded by reminders of where the food ends up. But Friday's grand opening was by all accounts a huge success, fueled by media interest from around the world.

Restaurant co-owner charged in alleged hidden-camera case

VANCOUVER - A warrant is out for the arrest of a restaurant co-owner who authorities allege observed or recorded people "in a place in which they could reasonably be expected to be nude." Two former employees of the restaurant say they were told by a co-owner not charged in the matter that he discovered a USB-key-sized camera on Dec. 18, 2012 while cleaning around the toilet in the co-ed washroom used by patrons and staff of the now-closed upscale establishment.

Is moving away for school a rite of passage worth going into debt for?

TORONTO - Many university students recall the rambunctious pub nights, late-night cram sessions and laundry-strewn dorm rooms of campus life with nostalgic fondness. But this cultural rite of passage can be pricey. Erin Andrews, 22, said living away from home — including three years in residence and one year in off-campus housing — has added almost $20,000 to her debt load. But the fourth-year kineseology major at Memorial University in Newfoundland has no regrets.

Twisters keep returning, but Oklahoma still short on shelters

By Mary Wisniewski and David Bailey (Reuters) - The people of central Oklahoma know all too well the destructive power of a tornado, but when a big one rolled toward the town of Moore again on Monday, residents had few basements and storm shelters to run to when the alarm sounded, officials said.

Text of Pistorius affidavit at bail hearing

South Africa's star athlete Oscar Pistorius stands accused of killing his 29-year-old model girlfriend on Valentine's Day. Here are the some of the key points in his affidavit seeking bail at a court hearing on Tuesday: "I fail to understand how I could be charged with murder, let alone premeditated murder, as I had no intention to kill my girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. "We were deeply in love and I could not be happier. I know she felt the same way. She had given me a present for Valentine's Day but asked me only to open it the next day.

Estonians pop into saunas and ice holes in marathon event

Hundreds of people popped into as many saunas and ice holes as possible on Sunday in an all-day marathon event in Estonia. A total of 600 participants in four-man teams took part in the annual European Sauna Marathon in the southern town of Otepaa, with a goal of visiting every sauna in record-time. "Fantastic event. We took part in the sauna marathon because it's a great way to see so many tourism resorts here in one day, so we know what to pick when we return for a longer holiday," Joosep Merelaht, 22, told AFP.
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