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Russia halts release of Hollywood movie that shows Kremlin coup

MOSCOW: Russia blamed bureaucracy rather than censorship for a decision to halt the release of a Hollywood movie that tells the fictional story of U.S. troops rescuing a Russian president from a Kremlin coup. The thriller “Hunter Killer” was due to hit screens in Russia on Nov. 1, but the release was pulled, prompting allegations from Kremlin critics that it was censored because its plot undermines President Vladimir Putin’s strongman image. Last year, Russia banned screenings of the dark comedy “The Death of Stalin”…

Motorbike crash casualty Gerard Butler on a year of pain

LOS ANGELES: He has cultivated an image as a tough guy over two decades of starring in action thrillers but no role could have prepared Gerard Butler for his excruciating motorbike crash. The 48-year-old Scot -- best known as hard-as-nails Spartan leader Leonidas in 2006 action fantasy "300" -- was riding in Los Angeles in October when his motorbike and a car collided, sending him somersaulting into the air. "I fractured five bones in my right foot and had a microfracture in each foot and a pinched nerve and a bruised…