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Sunday, 20 October 2013 11:43

"Gravity" holds top spot at the box office

NEW YORK (AP) — Topping the box office for the third straight week, the space adventure "Gravity" continues to be the box-office juggernaut of the fall.

The film, starring Sandra Bullock, earned $31 million over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. The Warner Bros. film has now made more than $170 million in three weeks.

Tom Hanks' Somali pirate docudrama "Captain Phillips" also held in second place at the box office, taking in $17.3 million in its second week.

"Gravity" and "Captain Phillips," both likely Oscar contenders headlined by veteran stars, were able to best the horror film remake "Carrie" in its debut weekend. The Sony film opened with $17 million.

The WikiLeaks drama "The Fifth Estate" opened poorly, taking in a paltry $1.7 million. Sylvester Stallone's "Escape Plan" debuted with $9.8 million.

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Monday, 25 February 2013 01:36

"Argo" wins best picture Oscar

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ben Affleck's Iran rescue thriller "Argo" has won best picture at the Academy Awards.

Chris Terrio won the Adapted Screenplay award for "Argo."

Jennifer Lawrence won the leading actress Oscar for "Silver Linings Playbook." And Daniel Day Lewis won best actor for his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln.

Christoph Waltz won best supporting actor from the Academy Awards for his performance as a refined bounty hunter in Quentin Tarantino's outlandish slavery epic "Django Unchained."

Anne Hathaway won the Oscar for best supporting actress for her teary, show-stopping performance in "Les Miserables."

Ang Lee won the Academy Award for best director for his "Life of Pi."

The Original Screenplay Oscar went to Quentin Tarantino's for "Django Unchained."

The foreign-language prize went to Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke's old-age love story "Amour."

Adele's "Skyfall" has won the Academy Award for best original song, a first for a James Bond theme.

The 85th Academy Awards aired live Sunday night from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles with host Seth MacFarlane.
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