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Serbs blast Jolie film

Serb screenings of Angelina Jolie's directorial debut have attracted just a handful of viewers, say local media -- "more than the movie deserves," one daily reported Friday.

"In the Land of Blood and Honey" -- a drama set in the Bosnian war about a Serb soldier who finds his ex-lover, a Muslim woman, among sex slaves in a camp -- has triggered mixed emotions in the postwar Balkans.

It received a standing ovation in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo, but has sparked outrage among Serbs, who have blasted the movie as propaganda designed to portray them as the 1992-95 Balkan wars' bad guys.

Serbian newspaper reports Friday described the film's opening as a "fiasco." Only 12 people attended the earliest screening in a movie theater in central Belgrade, some of whom left before the end, reports said.

In stark contrast to Serbia, thousands have so far seen Jolie's movie in both Croatia and Bosnia. In both countries, Jolie attended red-carpet premieres along with top dignitaries.


Danza hosts talent show

Actor Tony Danza says he's disheartened by the reality of major budget cuts this year in the district of a Philadelphia high school where he starred in a reality TV show.

To help, Danza hosted a fundraising talent show at Northeast High School on Thursday evening. He previously spent a year as an English instructor there for the A&E program "Teach."

Danza says education cutbacks send "a message to the kids that they really don't matter."


Maher makes $1 million pledge

Faux news host Stephen Colbert isn't the only comedian with a super PAC connection. Political satirist Bill Maher got into the act Thursday night, pledging $1 million to a political committee supporting President Barack Obama.

Maher announced during a Yahoo-webcast special, "CrazyStupidPolitics," that he was giving $1 million to Priorities USA Action, a super political action committee backing the president. Even as he made his sizeable pledge, Maher mocked the committee's "tongue-twister name," joking that it was dreamed up by Borat, the English-addled Eastern European comic creation of Sacha Baron Cohen.


Celebrity birthdays

Sunday: Singer Fats Domino is 84. Singer Michael Bolton is 59.

Monday: Actress Joanne Woodward is 82. Singer Josh Groban is 31.

Tuesday: Actor Charles Durning is 89. Actor-director-dancer Tommy Tune is 73.

Wednesday: Actor Dennis Farina is 68. Actor Antonio Sabato Jr. is 40.

Thursday: Singer Harry Belafonte is 85. Singer Roger Daltrey is 68. Actor Alan Thicke is 65.

Friday: Author John Irving is 70. Singer Lou Reed is 70. Actress-comedian Laraine Newman is 60. Singer Jon Bon Jovi of Bon Jovi is 50.

Next Saturday: Bluegrass musician Doc Watson is 89. Actress Jessica Biel is 30. Guitarist Joe "Blower" Garvey of Hinder is 28.

-- From News and wire services