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Movie Review: "Annie" Is A Charming Christmas Crowd-Pleaser

Thu, Dec 18, 2014 | Filed in: Film / Movie Reviews

"Annie" movie review by Adrian Vina - LATF USA

In 1998, rapper Jay Z sampled "It's The Hard Knock Life" from the Broadway musical Annie, which was made into a classic film in 1982. I think it’s safe to say that it must not have been too long after that song became a mega-hit that someone had the idea of remaking "Annie" all together for a modern audience. It took over fifteen years for that idea to come to fruition, but surprisingly, what could have been a simple cash grab, trading on name recognition, or an iconoclastic “gritty” remake, is actually a truly delightful movie-going experience. The new "Annie" is infused with the spirit of the original, while adding its own modern flair.

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Google News Shuts Down In Spain Due To New Legislation

Thu, Dec 18, 2014 | Filed in: Breaking News

GoogleWhile many may think that Google has all of the internet power and dominates worldwide, that is not the case. The online empire's news service has been shut down in Spain.

Available to more than 70 international editions and covering 35 languages, Google news no longer meets the guidelines of Spanish Law.

As posted on Google Europe Blog, They will "have to close Google News in Spain...This new legislation requires every Spanish publication to charge services like Google News for showing even the smallest snippet from their publications, whether they want to or not."

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Movie Review: "Night At The Museum: The Secret Of The Tomb" Doesn't Dig Up Many Surprises

Wed, Dec 17, 2014 | Filed in: Film

"Night At The Museum" movie review by Lucas Mirabella 

The kid-friendly exploits of everyone’s favorite museum security guard come to a predictable close with Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, the third film in a franchise whose premise was barely juicy enough to justify one film, let alone three. 

Back again for another round of magical shenanigans are all the usual suspects – Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan, Ricky Gervais, late greats Mickey Rooney and Robin Williams – and some fresh faces too, including Rebel Wilson, Dan Stevens (“Downton Abbey”) and Ben Kingsley. Although the gifted cast earn some decent laughs, the action sequences are spirited and the special effects don’t disappoint, “Secret of the Tomb” ends the franchise with a whimper, mostly as a result of uninspired writing and a general staleness that hangs over it all.

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Hacking Scandal: Sony Pictures Pulls Christmas Release Of "The Interview"

Wed, Dec 17, 2014 | Filed in: Film

[BREAKING] Reports say North Korea was behind Sony hacking.

Variety reported that Sony Pictures Entertainment will pull the release of "The Interview" on Christmas Day.

In the midst of a severe hacking scandal, in which hackers have threatened theaters who planned on screening the film, released Sony employee salaries and private company emails between executives and producers... canceling the film's release is long overdue. The film's production costs were a total of $42 million. 

The statement reads:

“In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film The Interview, we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release. We respect and understand our partners’ decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers.

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Cuba Releases U.S. Prisoner After 5 Years, New Cuban & U.S. Relations Underway

Wed, Dec 17, 2014 | Filed in: Breaking News

Alan Gross - Cuba and U.S. releasePhoto: NBC News - U.S. Prisoner Alan Gross

In an historical deal, the United States and Cuba have come to an agreement regarding the release of prisoners on both government ends.

According to the White House, in 2009, Alan Gross was arrested for his efforts to help ordinary Cuban citizens have greater access to information through the Internet. Cuba has agreed to release Gross. In return, the U.S. has signed off on the release of three Cubans accused of spying and imprisoned in the United States, officials said.

Formal ties between America and Cuba were severed in 1961. At that time the U.S. government sponsored an attempt by Cuban exiles to assault Cuba and overthrow Fidel Castro and the communist government he led.

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