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Justin Lin to direct third 'Star Trek' film

FILE - In this April 18, 2013 file photo, Justin Lin arrives at the Cinemacon Big Screen Awards red carpet and receives Director of the Year Award at Caesars Palace, in Las Vegas. Lin is set to direct the third installment in Paramount’s "Star Trek" franchise, his rep confirmed Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. Lin is no stranger to franchises, having directed several of Universal’s “Fast & Furious” films, including the massively successful “Fast & Furious 6,” which made over $788 million worldwide in 2013. (Photo by Al Powers/Powers Imagery/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The USS Enterprise is about to get a little faster. "Fast & Furious" director Justin Lin is taking the helm of the third installment in Paramount's "Star Trek" franchise.


Joe Cocker, raspy-voiced singer, dies at 70

British singer Joe Cocker speaks after receiving the trophy for Category 'lifetime achievement award music' during 48th Golden Camera award ceremony in BerlinBy Eric Kelsey (Reuters) - Joe Cocker, whose distinctive raspy voice and soulful musical renditions made him a favourite of his peers with hits like Beatles' cover "With a Little Help from My Friends" and "You Are So Beautiful," died on Monday. He was 70. The British rock singer, famous for flailing his arms during performances, lost a long battle with lung cancer, said his label, Sony Music Entertainment, in a statement. ...


Box office: 'Hobbit' finale sends 'Exodus' fleeing

NEW YORK (AP) — The finale of Peter Jackson's "Hobbit" trilogy, "The Battle of the Five Armies," marauded through the multiplexes during the weekend before Christmas, taking in $54.7 million. Since opening Wednesday, the Warner Bros. release has made $89.1 million, according to final box office figures Monday.

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