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  • Reel China: U.S. film producers are engaging the Chinese

    Reel China: U.S. film producers are engaging the Chinese
    China bought $91.9-billion worth of U.S. goods last year, including boatloads of medical devices, precious metals and electrical equipment. But when it comes to America's most celebrated cultural export — Hollywood movies — crossing China's borders has proved more difficult than climbing the Great Wall.
  • Muriel Frances Gerdom, of Bel Air, celebrated her 100th birthday Sept. 9

    Muriel Frances Gerdom was born on Sept. 9, 1912 in Highlands, N.J. She moved to Havre de Grace in 1919. Her family was one of the first families to make the move from Sandy Hook Proving Ground in New Jersey to Aberdeen Proving Ground, where her father...

    Hollywood's holiday movies: More gloom than glad tidings

    My colleague Ben Fritz, the Obi-Wan Kenobi of box-office reporters, has been keeping track of the gloomy box-office news for Hollywood's end-of-the-year releases, noting that the flops ("Gulliver's Travels" and "How Do You Know") and the underperformers...

    The strange trajectory of Hollywood movies: Fizzling in U.S. but skyrocketing overseas

    U.S. movie flops like 'Gulliver's Travels' are big hits around the world -- what's going on?

    'Hunger Games,' 'Amazing Spider-Man' sequels set far in advance

    If the film business is akin to playing poker, two Hollywood studios are making bets on a hand they haven’t yet been dealt. Lionsgate and Sony Pictures have announced release dates for sequels to “The Hunger Games” and “The...