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  • Gerard Butler attends a screening of FilmDistrict's "Olympus Has Fallen" on Monday, March 11, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

    'Olympus Has Fallen' box office: Hollywood fooled again

    Biblical drama isn’t the only entertainment genre with a stealth market invisible to Hollywood. Here’e another: patriotic action thriller. “Olympus Has Fallen,” an unapologetically flag-waving action spectacle centered around a North Korean plot to seize the White House and take the president hostage, took in $30.5 million at the box office over the weekend, beating consensus prerelease expectations in Hollywood by about 50 percent.

  • This film image released by FilmDistrict shows Gerard Butler in a scene from "Olympus Has Fallen." (AP Photo/FilmDistrict, Phil Caruso)

    Gerard Butler on new film's North Korean villains: 'We wanted to make these guys suffer'

    “Olympus Has Fallen,” opening Friday, is a high-concept, patriotic action picture starring the rugged Gerard Butler (“300”), who also produced. At the movie’s center is an act of theatrical political terror — the siege of the White House and the hostage-taking of the President — perpetrated by North Korea.

  • US actress Parker hails EU as example for America

    American actress Sarah Jessica Parker praised the EU on Tuesday for winning the Nobel Peace Prize for pacifying Europe and uniting its different cultures after World War II, and she said the bloc should serve as an example to the United States, given the divisions its recent elections have brought to the surface.

  • 'Skyfall,' 'Guardians' duel for box-office win

    James Bond is in a box-office photo finish with Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny over what looks to be the last slow weekend of the holidays.

  • Sarah Jessica Parker, Butler host Nobel concert

    Sarah Jessica Parker and Gerard Butler are adding to the star wattage at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert.

  • FILE- This April 26, 2006 file photo shows Sam Shepard and Jessica Lange as they arrive to the premiere of his new movie, "Walker Payne," during the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. Jessica Lange and Sam Shepard have separated after nearly 30 years together. A publicist for Lange confirmed the split Monday. People magazine first reported the separation, reporting that the two concluded their relationship almost two years ago. (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff, FILE)

    Taking Names: Gerard Butler roughed up while filming surfing movie

    Gerard Butler is OK after being held underwater by some big waves while filming for a movie about a surfer at Mavericks, a famed Northern California surf break known for treacherous, stories-high waves.

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