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  • ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ lights up box office with $135 million

    November 25, 2013 6:47 AM 66

    The action sequel is expected to bump ‘Thor: The Dark World’ from the No. 1 slot. Lionsgate has released early numbers on what's expected to be one of the biggest November openings ever. "Catching Fire" has grossed $70.5 million domestically and $64 million internationally, bringing its total to $135 million, the studio reported Saturday. Numbers were from Friday's

  • Ad campaign (lip) glosses over 'Hunger Games' message

    November 25, 2013 4:28 AM 75

    The disturbing marketing strategy by Lionsgate and CoverGirl turns an epic story about class inequality into a platform for the villains. Last spring, CoverGirl announced a makeup line called the Capitol Collection, a marketing tie-in with the "Hunger Games" film franchise, based on the novels by Suzanne Collins. The makeup is supposed to draw its users

  • ‘Catching Fire’ Wins at Weekend Box Office

    November 25, 2013 4:14 AM 76

    Hollywood expected “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” to deliver huge ticket sales, and it did not disappoint: North American theaters generated $161.1 million in ticket sales between Thursday and Sunday, according to studio estimates. Many box-office analysts have viewed “The Hunger Games” as a successor to “Twilight” — an extremely popular movie series

  • Jason Statham talks ‘Homefront’

    November 25, 2013 1:34 AM 63

    Jason Statham’s back doing what he does best: kicking butt and taking names in Homefront, out Wednesday. Instead of the one-man wrecking crew the Brit has played in movies like The Transporter, The Expendables and Parker, Statham is Phil Broker, a single dad (and ex DEA agent) fighting to protect his daughter from backwoods meth addicts — played by (believe

  • Aesop's fantastic fables - On Stage

    November 25, 2013 1:12 AM 200

    FABLES of old are puppeted into life through a deceivingly simple set, a rambunctious duo and cast of irresistible characters – made from paper bags, newspaper and cardboard boxes. Puppet-master from New York Jim West has made a mastery out of transforming simple morals into entertaining and humorous fun, in his production Aesop’s Fables, which runs at PJ Live Arts @ Jaya One in Selangor

  • Friday, November 29

    November 24, 2013 1:07 PM 67

    This is the final episode of this highly popular ABC/HBO Asia-produced detective series. Set in 1960s Singapore, it is a murder mystery that takes place against the backdrop of the end of rule by the British empire and the early days of the war in Vietnam. Shot mostly in Indonesia, this is a high-quality drama, with a stellar cast led by Joan Chen and Don Hany. The feeling

  • News | The Star Online

    November 24, 2013 12:48 AM 61

    AS FAR as multi-disciplinary artists go, Lang Leav’s first love is books. She makes them, lovingly handcrafting and binding the pages. Inside are a magical array of characters. Large, innocent round faces with rouged lips and eyes that seem to be both dead and dreaming, staring out at you in intricate pastels. The Sydney-based artist makes limited edition

  • Book review: ‘The Goldfinch,’ by Donna Tartt

    November 24, 2013 12:17 AM 86

    “Chance makes the thief,” Theodore Decker’s friend Boris tells him, an adage that often proves true in Donna Tartt’s rich and rewarding third novel, The Goldfinch. At the center of the story is a charming, mysterious 1654 masterpiece of the same name, “a yellow finch, against a plain, pale ground, chained to a perch by its twig of an ankle,” by Dutch

  • Weekend picks for book lovers

    November 24, 2013 12:17 AM 69

    Spend your weekend with the award-winning 'The Good Lord Bird.' What should you read this weekend? USA TODAY's picks for book lovers include James McBride's National Book Award-winning novel The Good Lord Bird, and a new biography of choreographer Bob Fosse. No one thinks of John Brown, the radical abolitionist who waged a violent holy war to end slavery

  • GET A LIFE: Powered from within

    November 23, 2013 11:50 PM 90

    SIXTY per cent of girls stop doing what they like because of poor self-esteem. This means, how we think of ourselves gets in the way of us achieving our full potential. This is a statistic researched by Dove, Unilever’s beauty care brand. I fret every time I’m about to go on stage. What would people think of me? I know women who have eating disorders