Arts & Life

2:45pm

Thu February 7, 2013
Asia

Move Over James Bond, China Has An Unlikely Box Office Champ

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 7:32 am

The surprise hit Lost in Thailand, a road comedy that cost less than $5 million to make, has become China's highest-grossing domestic film.
Enlight Pictures

Movies are big business in China, and 2012 was another record year: Theaters raked in about $2.7 billion, pushing China past Japan to become the world's second-largest market.

Those blistering sales were expected; China's ultimate box-office champ, however, was not.

Hollywood blockbusters usually do well in China. And last year, competition was stiff, including a new installment of Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible franchise, as well as Skyfall, the latest James Bond flick.

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1:00pm

Thu February 7, 2013
Arts & Life

Put That Book Down For A Second, Denver Hits #5 On The Most Literate City List

An unidentified reader takes in a book at the Wester Reading Room at the Denver Central Library from 2011
Nikky Southerland Flickr - Creative Commons

10:28am

Thu February 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Makeup Artist Who Created Yoda Dies; Stuart Freeborn Was 98

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 3:28 pm

One of makeup artist Stuart Freeborn's best-known characters, Yoda.
Tim Whitby Getty Images

The makeup artist who gave Star Wars' Yoda and Chewbacca their out-of-this-world looks, and helped bring to life other memorable characters such as the apes in 2001: A Space Odyssey, has died.

Stuart Freeborn was 98. According to The Associated Press, his granddaughter Michelle Freeborn "said he died Tuesday in London from a combination of ailments due to his age."

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10:09am

Thu February 7, 2013
The Salt

Chain Restaurants Boost Sales With Lower-Calorie Foods

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 12:54 pm

Ordering the small fries? You're part of a trend.
iStockphoto.com

Lower-calorie foods are driving growth and profits for chain restaurants, according to fresh research, suggesting that people are making smarter choices when it comes to burgers and fries.

We're still ordering the burger and fries, mind you. But we're going for smaller portions and shunning sugary drinks. French fry sales dropped about 2 percent from 2006 to 2011, while sales of lower-calorie beverages rose 10 percent, the study found.

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8:42am

Thu February 7, 2013
The Salt

Why Lebanese Love Their Raw Kibbeh

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 8:57 am

Kibbeh nayeh, a dish that combines raw meat, bulgur and onion, is "the definitive Lebanese festive food," says Kamal Mouzawak, founder of Beirut's first organic farmers market.
Maureen Abood

Growing up, I never knew I was eating raw meat. Or maybe it was just that I didn't think "raw" was something worth noting. I simply knew that kibbeh nayeh was incredibly good.

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