ROME (AP) — A new amusement park outside Rome celebrates the world of cinema, taking visitors back to the golden age of Italian film production when the Rome-based Cinecitta Studios — still in operation — were known as "Hollywood on the Tiber."
French film director Luc Besson was over $5 million richer on Monday after his film "Lucy" starring Scarlett Johansson as a woman with a super-powered brain topped the North American box office at the weekend. Shares in film making company Europacorp, in which he holds a 44 percent stake or some 12.94 million shares, climbed 7.5 percent to 4.15 euros each, valuing his holding at 53.7 million euros ($72.1 million), up by 3.75 million ($5.04 million) from Friday's stock market close. "Lucy" collected $45 million at the weekend, Europacorp said in a statement, outmuscling "Hercules", which took in $29 million for second place. Gilbert Dupont analyst Jean-Baptiste Sargeant said even though royalties would not come through for two or three years, "Lucy's" strong showing would have an instant image-related impact for Europacorp.
After two videos issued last month directly by the Capitol, followed by two "living portraits" of Peeta and Joanna last week, the latest teaser trailer for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" has been unveiled. While perhaps less realistic, the new teaser trailer offers a closer look at what's really going on in the districts. In "Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1," Jennifer Lawrence returns as Katniss, who steps up to fight alongside her countrymen in the rebellion. Liam Hemsworth ("Expendables 2") and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman ("The Master") also play members of the uprising against the Capitol.