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Movie review: ‘Zoolander 2’ is a hot mess (+video)

A film cannot live on celebrity cameos alone. But “Zoolander 2” is certainly going to try. Because cameos are low in calories, and “Zoolander 2” hates calories, because they make you fat, and “Zoolander 2” hates fat because it means you’re a terrible person. But not as much as “Zoolander 2” hates male models, who are dumb and useless. This appears to be the thought process of the sequel to the stupid-funny cult comedy of 2001 that parodied the world of fashion, in all of its petty extravagances and vanities. While the first made endearing dim bulb Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) an oft-quoted comedy icon, the too little, too late sequel is definitely not so hot right now.

Ballet star Violette Verdy dies at age 82

Violette Verdy, the French-born New York City Ballet star and one of the leading ballerinas of the 20th century, who was also the first female director of the Paris Opera Ballet and a distinguished dance professor, died Feb. 8 in Bloomington, Indiana. She was 82.

Josefina’s lyrics dig deep into the psyche

Hailing from Buenos Aires, Josefina Asconape (who performs simply as Josefina) spent her childhood and most of her adult life living in different countries. Among the many she has spent time in (everywhere from Italy to China to Japan to Belgium), Paris appears to be the most influential in her pursuit of music. In France, she began her musical tenure singing jazz standards and French songs.

Why ‘Hail, Caesar!’ lost the weekend box office battle (+video)

The Coen Brothers were no match for “Kung Fu Panda.” During its opening weekend, Ethan and Joel Coen’s comedy “Hail, Caesar!” brought in a ho-hum $11.4 million compared to the kiddie movie’s second week take of $21 million. The good news is the budget for “Hail, Caesar!” wasn’t huge, at $22 million. Still, the numbers are a bit of a shock given the much-shared marketing clip of Channing Tatum doing a song-and-dance number, the big-name cast and the rosy reviews.

Joe Alaskey, ‘voice of many childhoods’ as Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, dies at 63 (+video)

Joe Alaskey lived through his characters. “Even at 3 years old,” he once said, “I was always looking for a pair of sunglasses or people’s cigar butts to grab to do characters, and that led into me working on impressions, and that led into theater.”

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