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    Actor Robrt Pattinson, star of the new film "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" poses at the film's Los Angeles premiere November 16, 2009.

    LOS ANGELES - Vampire romance "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" will open in Imax specialty venues at the same time as the Summit Entertainment threequel unspools in thousands of other theaters June 30.

    A first sequel in the fanged franchise, "New Moon," has rung up more than $256 million so far domestically since bowing November 20.

    "'Twilight' moviegoers will have a whole new way to experience this next installment of the series, with the enhanced image and sound quality of the Imax experience," Summit distribution chief Richie Fay said.

    Imax Filmed Entertainment president Greg Foster said the specialty circuit is "poised to take advantage of the rapidly growing fan base devoted to this dynamic, cutting-edge series."
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    Actresses (L-R) Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman and Fergie, stars of director Rob Marshall's new film "Nine", pose at a special screening of the film in Los Angeles, California December 9, 2009.

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    Actresses (L-R) Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman and Fergie, stars of director Rob Marshall's new film "Nine", pose at a special screening of the film in Los Angeles, California December 9, 2009.

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    Actresses Penelope Cruz (L) and Nicole Kidman, stars of director Rob Marshall's new film "nine", pose at a special screening of the film in Los Angeles, California December 9, 2009.

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    Actresses (L-R) Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman and Fergie, stars of director Rob Marshall's new film "Nine", pose at a special screening of the film in Los Angeles, California December 9, 2009.

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    Actresses (L-R) Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman and Fergie, stars of director Rob Marshall's new film "Nine", pose at a special screening of the film in Los Angeles, California December 9, 2009.

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    Actress Nicole Kidman, star of director Rob Marshall's new film "Nine" arrives at a special screening of the film in Los Angeles, California December 9, 2009.

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    U.S. actor Johnny Depp waves at a photo session prior to a news conference to promote his movie "Public Enemies" in Tokyo December 9, 2009.

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    U.S. actor Johnny Depp greets his fans upon his arrival at Narita International Airport, east of Tokyo, December 8, 2009. Depp arrived in Japan on Tuesday to promote his movie "Public Enemies".

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    Rihanna got so emotional making her new album she had to keep leaving the studio.

    The 21-year-old singer - who was assaulted by her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown at a pre-Grammy Awards party in February - has revealed the recording process for LP 'Rated R' was very personal because of the subject matter of the songs.

    Rihanna said: "It's the closest album to me, to my heart. I opened up a lot on it and got a little vulnerable and let my emotions out on it. Everything's documented on the album."

    It's only now the album is finished that Rihanna can listen to it without getting upset.

    She said: "I'm able to listen back to it now but in the beginning it was really weird. I couldn't listen to demos or anything. It was too deep for me. I kept leaving the studio when people wanted to listen to the songs."

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    Lady Gaga once had a fear of sex.

    The 23-year-old singer - who is currently single - said the songs on her new album 'The Fame Monster' were written at a time when she was experiencing a phobia of intimacy.

    She said: "I'm just really happy being single at the moment, working on my music and travelling. I think there is a time for that but it's just not now for me. And anyway, I have no confidence when it comes to men.

    "Each song represents a different monster I have encountered on my travels; a fear of sex, a fear of alcohol, a fear of love, a fear of death, it goes on...

    "I'm so proud of my new music but I feel during all this time - while my dad was having open heart surgery - it was a really difficult time for me personally and that is what this album is all about."

    Lady Gaga has previously revealed that her new song 'Telephone' is about her strict work ethic and fear of fun.

    She told MTV: "Something that I have or fear is never being able to enjoy myself."

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    Thomas Gottschalk, the TV presenter of German game show "Wetten Dass" (Bet it...?), listens to British actor Hugh Grant during the show in Bremen December 5, 2009.

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    British actor Hugh Grant (R) jokes with comedian Anke Engelke, dressed as her character Anneliese, during the German game show "Wetten Dass" (Bet it...?) in Bremen December 5, 2009.

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    British actor Hugh Grant (R) jokes with comedian Anke Engelke, dressed as her character Anneliese, during the German game show "Wetten Dass" (Bet it...?) in Bremen December 5, 2009.
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    British singer Robbie Williams performs during the Miss France 2010 pageant in Nice, southeastern France, December 5, 2009.

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  • MILAN: Juventus match winner Claudio Marchisio (pictured) said beating Serie A champions Inter Milan 2-1 on Saturday was a huge morale boost for the title race. 

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    The Italy midfielder, who had just returned from knee surgery, produced a fabulous finish just before the hour to cut Inter's lead to four points over AC Milan and five over Juve.

    "For morale we really needed to beat Inter because it is very difficult to stay behind this Inter side," the 23-year-old, who rose up through Juve's youth ranks,said.

     

    "Now we have to continue on this path. We can't lose lots more points if we want to win the scudetto. However, Milan are in great form."

    Most of the build-up to the big match in Turin centerd around Inter's Mario Balotelli and the fact Juve fans have often chanted racist songs about the striker.

     

    Authorities had threatened to suspend the game if there was further racist abuse but Juve fans largely behaved, even if Marchisio thought substitute Balotelli did not help himself.

    "I like him but he must improve aspects of his behavior," he said. "Today, after three incidents, he threw himself to the floor. However, our fans behaved well, and I'm happy for that."

    Juve's rookie coach, Ciro Ferrara, quickly turned his attention to Tuesday's Champions League home match with Bayern Munich, where a point will put them through to the last 16.

    "We deserved the victory but now we have to think about Tuesday. There are certain games that stimulate great players. It has been great to beat the champions," he said.

    Inter coach Jose Mourinho was sent to the stands during the match and did not do post-match interviews, leaving goalkeeper Julio Cesar to complain about the lack of penalties when Walter Samuel and Diego Milito went down.

    Inter must beat the Russian side at the San Siro to guarantee a place in the Champions League knockout round.

    (China Daily)

  • INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana: Sprinter Tyson Gay's resolutions for 2010 are simple - stay injury-free, run super-fast and put on some great shows against Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt.

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    Tyson Gay of the U.S. warms up before the 12th men's 100 metres heats during the world athletics championships at the Olympic stadium in Berlin, August 15, 2009. 

    "I'm not training yet," said Gay, who underwent groin surgery five weeks ago. "I have about three more weeks of rehab, then I'll get back into the swing of things."

    That includes challenging Bolt, the reigning world and Olympic champion and world record-holder at 100 and 200 meters. US star Gay spoke with Bolt a few weeks ago in France.

    "He's cool," Gay said on Saturday. "He asked me how my surgery went and told me to get back healthy. He said, 'We have to put on a great show next year, so get ready to run'."

    Gay and Bolt are set to meet in three IAAF Diamond League competitions next year.

    "I'm not sure yet which meets I'm going to run because my season has been set back a few months," Gay said.

    While Gay realizes the importance of racing against Bolt, he tries to treat his main rival like any other foe.

    "Once we step on the track you're the enemy," Gay said. "I want to beat you. You want to beat me."

    Former 100-meter world champion Gay was presented with the Jesse Owens Award at USA Track and Field's annual convention on Saturday. Gay also won the honor in 2007 after taking three gold medals at the World Championships in Osaka.

    Gay matched or lowered his US 100m record three times this year, capping his seaosn with a 9.69-second performance in September.

    At the World Championships in Berlin, Gay finished second to Bolt's 9.58 world record, taking the runner-up spot in 9.71.

    Nagging groin injuries forced Gay out of the 200 at Berlin and led to his operation.

    "I had pubalgia surgery. Basically it means both my groins were shredded and they had to get repaired," Gay said.

    "Some people call it sports hernia surgery but mine was different. They actually cut both sides of my groin and re-stitched them back together."

    Since tying the 100 world record in 2008 at 9.77, Gay has been nagged by injuries.

    "Now that I'm older and more mature, I understand it's not cool to be hurt and have nagging injuries, so I definitely want to stay healthy and run super-fast every time I step on the track."

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  • MADRID: Cristiano Ronaldo won and missed a penalty, scored a goal and was then sent off as Real Madrid came back to beat Almeria 4-2 at home in La Liga on Saturday.

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    Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo removes his shirt to celebrate a goal during their Spanish first division soccer match against Almeria at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid December 5, 2009.

    Manuel Pellegrini's side looked to be cruising when Sergio Ramos headed them in front after 31 minutes but the visitors netted twice in four minutes midway through the second half.

    Gonzalo Higuain levelled for Real in the 74th before their Portugal winger Ronaldo flung himself over Almeria goalkeeper Diego Alves to win a disputed penalty in the 81st.

    Alves saved the spot kick but Karim Benzema converted the rebound and Ronaldo made it 4-2 two minutes later, picking up a yellow card as he celebrated by taking his shirt off.

    In the last minute, Ronaldo kicked Almeria's Juanma Ortiz after a tussle for the ball, earning his second yellow card and was dismissed.

    Second-placed Real move on to 31 points, two behind undefeated leaders Barcelona who have also played 13 matches and face Deportivo Coruna away in the late game.

    Earlier, third-placed Sevilla were held 1-1 at home by 10-man Real Valladolid, bringing their La Liga title credentials into question for the second week in a row.

    Manolo Jimenez's side have 27 points, having now dropped four points at the Sanchez Pizjuan in consecutive home games.

    After lowly Malaga held them to a 2-2 draw last weekend, it was Valladolid's Angolan striker Manucho who put the visitors ahead with a superb diving header in the 33rd on Saturday.

    Valladolid had Borja Valero harshly sent off for a late tackle after 39 minutes and just before the break Sevilla levelled when Luis Fabiano netted from the penalty spot.

    But the hosts were unable to make the extra man count.

    Diego Forlan and Sergio Aguero fired Atletico Madrid to a 2-0 win at bottom club Xerez for their first away win of the campaign and their second victory in a row.

    Improving Atletico, who finished with 10 men after Alvaro Dominguez was sent off late on, climbed to 11th with 13 points.

    (Agencies)