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Ancient site linked to Caesar’s murder to open to public

ROME — A complex of ancient temples in Rome that are linked to the scene of Julius Caesar’s murder will be opened to the public. The below-street-level temple ruins at Largo Argentina in downtown Rome is visible to pedestrians peering … more

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Alita: Battle Angel

Set centuries in the future, an abandoned cyborg (with a human brain still intact) is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido, a compassionate cyber-doctor who remakes and gives her the name Alita. She has no memory but when threatened she becomes a deadly fighting machine. Alita is put to the test in the local gladiatorial contest of Motorball and attracts the attention of the ruler of the sky-city, Zalem.

“Twenty years in gestation, James Cameron’s long-cherished manga adaptation Alita: Battle Angel finally reaches the big screen with help from director Robert Rodriguez and Peter Jackson’s digital effects team. [It] Never really takes flight.” -Stephen Dalton –The Hollywood Reporter

“Despite offering a riveting, high-energy origin story, “Alita” lacks a genuine ending and this leaves the narrative frustratingly unfinished.”-James Bernadelli –Reelviews

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Julia Roberts to receive George Eastman Award for movie work

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Actress Julia Roberts will be this year’s recipient of the George Eastman Award, given to honor contributions to the art of cinema. The George Eastman Museum in Rochester says it will honor the “Pretty Woman” and “Steel … more

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No plan for Smollett to do follow-up police interview Monday

CHICAGO — Attorneys for “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett say there are no plans for him to meet with Chicago detectives Monday for a follow-up interview about his reported assault. Anne Kavanagh is a spokeswoman for Smollett’s lawyers. She says in … more

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AP Interview Branson hopes concert saves Venezuelan lives

CARACAS, Venezuela — Billionaire Richard Branson says that he hopes that the concert he’s throwing to rally humanitarian aid for Venezuela will help draw global attention and saves lives by raising funds for “much-needed medical help.” Branson told The Associated … more