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Movies

Release date of Steve Jobs film “Jobs” starring Ashton Kutcher delayed

A film by the name of “Jobs” was being made on the life history of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs who died in 2011. According to Hollywood Reporter, the film was scheduled to be released on April 19 but now has been pushed back because of marketing reasons. The news was confirmed by its creators today.

'Roommate' beats 'Sanctum' at box office on Super Bowl weekend

It seems horror excites Americans more than an underwater thriller, if box office performance over the Super Bowl weekend is to be taken into account.

British actor Henry Cavill to play 'Superman'

British actor Henry Cavill has been chosen to play the role of iconic superhero, 'Superman,' in the new movie by Warner Bros. Pictures and set to release in December 2012.

'Narnia' takes No. 1 spot at box office

Los Angeles -- "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader," directed by Michael Apted, took in $24.5 million during the weekend for the No. 1 U.S. spot.

"The Tourist," starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, settled into the No. 2 spot with $17 million at the weekend box office.

The animated "Tangled" was a strong No. 3 with more than $14.55 million.
All estimated gross box office figures are from the studios via Box Office Mojo.

Cooling down a little bit was "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1," No. 4 for the weekend with $8.5 million.

No talks on Focus Features sale to Gores

Hollywood -- Universal Pictures denied media reports that it was in negotiations to sell its specialty film division Focus Features

A Universal representative told The Hollywood Reporter the reported talks with investors Alec and Tom Gores had not gone past an informal proposal and, according to The Reporter's sources, no discussions about a potential deal were scheduled.

Focus Features was behind this year's release "The Kids are Alright" and scored its biggest success in 2005 with "Brokeback Mountain."

The Reporter said Saturday that while Focus runs its own releases, it is tied to Universal for financing, administration and ancillary

Last Nielsen picture to get DVD release

New York -- Screen Media Films says it has acquired "Stonerville," the final movie of late Canadian actor Leslie Nielsen.

Co-starring Pauly Shore, Patrick Cavanaugh and Phil Morrishe, the film is to be released Jan. 11 on DVD, the company announced Thursday.

It tells the story of comedian and self-proclaimed "King of YouTube" Slam Slamsky, who wants to make it big in mainstream advertising, even though his sense of humor and frequent pot use are not exactly in sync with the stuffy suits he meets, Screen Media said in a synopsis.

Snipes surrenders to begin prison sentence

Philadelphia -- Film star Wesley Snipes surrendered as ordered Thursday and is to begin his three-year sentence for tax evasion in a Pennsylvania prison, officials told TMZ.

"Wesley Snipes has self-surrendered to the minimum security Federal Prison Camp at the Federal Correctional Institution McKean, in Bradford, Pa.," said Traci Billingsley, chief public information officer for the Bureau of Prisons.

"Wesley Snipes has arrived and is at the prison facility in Pa.," added prison spokesman Ed Ross, TMZ said.

80-year-old fined for trashing newspaper

New York -- An elderly woman says she was hit with a $100 fine for tossing a newspaper into a city trash bin outside her Manhattan apartment building.

Delia Gluckin, 80, tossed the paper into the city litter basket on her way to the subway station downtown when she was approached by a woman in a blue uniform, the New York Post reported Wednesday.

"I thought she was going to ask for directions. She said, 'You just dropped garbage in there.' I said, 'I didn't, it was just a newspaper,' and I offered to take it out," Gluckin said.

Sanitation cop Kathy Castro wrote Gluckin a ticket for putting "improper refuse" in a city litter basket marked "litter only" and "no household trash."

Pascal extends contract with Sony

Culver City, Calif. -- Sony Corp. of America says it has extended Amy Pascal's employment agreement with Sony Pictures Entertainment where she is co-chairman.

Together with Michael Lynton, chairman and chief executive officer, they are responsible for overseeing all lines of business for the studio, including motion pictures for Columbia Pictures, Screen Gems and TriStar Pictures; worldwide television production and distribution; home entertainment; and digital productions for Imageworks and Sony Pictures Animation.

J. Lo is the new face of L'Oreal Paris

Paris -- U.S. singer and actress Jennifer Lopez has been named a global brand ambassador for L'Oreal Paris, the beauty-product company announced Monday.

Lopez, who signed on as a judge for the new season of "American Idol," also said recently she is creating a line of clothes and accessories for Kohl's department stores, and will serve as a celebrity spokeswoman for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.