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Undercover French politicians sample ‘real life’ for TV show

PARIS (Reuters) – Eight French politicians will disguise themselves as citizens struggling with real-world problems in a TV show aimed at narrowing the gap between France’s often remote political elite and the public they are elected to serve. But “Mr … Continue reading

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Polish prosecutors question Polanski over U.S. extradition request

KRAKOW (Reuters) – Polish prosecutors said on Thursday they had interviewed filmmaker Roman Polanski in connection with a U.S. extradition request over a 1977 sex crime conviction, but decided not to detain him, the Polish state news agency reported. Polanski … Continue reading

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Scotland’s ‘Young Fathers’ are surprise Mercury Prize winners

LONDON (Reuters) – Little-known Scottish hip-hop trio Young Fathers beat the bookies to take home the 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Prize for best album with their debut release “Dead”. The group itself was ambivalent about the importance of the award and … Continue reading

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Book Talk: Black music, white culture and a legendary U.S. highway

BOSTON (Reuters) – Author Dennis McNally accompanied the Grateful Dead as a publicist and historian on the band’s “long strange trip,” and he chronicled Jack Kerouac, the Beat Generation author of “On the Road.” For his latest book, “On Highway … Continue reading

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Vice Media teams up with Canada’s Rogers to build Toronto studio

TORONTO (Reuters) – Vice Media, a maker of edgy videos popular with younger viewers, has teamed up with Rogers Communications Inc to build a studio in Toronto to produce news, documentaries and other content with Canadian filmmakers. The C$100 million … Continue reading

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Frances McDormand’s face does the talking in ‘Olive Kitteridge’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Frances McDormand’s “rubber face” – ruddy, wind-burned, creased and contorted – says as much as the dialogue in “Olive Kitteridge,” HBO’s miniseries about a New England family and its caustic matriarch. And the 57-year-old Oscar-winning actress … Continue reading

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Slipknot tops Billboard album chart as Swift eyes big debut

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Heavy metal rockers Slipknot took the lead on the weekly U.S. Billboard chart on Wednesday, a week ahead of Taylor Swift’s projected year’s biggest album opening. “5: The Gray Chapter,” the second chart-topping record for Iowa-based … Continue reading

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Coen Brothers tap Clooney, Johansson for all-star studio comedy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Oscar-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen will turn their wit on the complex workings of Hollywood’s studios in a comedy featuring George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson and Channing Tatum, Universal Pictures said on Wednesday. “Hail, Caesar!,” scheduled … Continue reading

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Rap’s Suge Knight, comedian Katt Williams arrested in robbery case

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Hip-hop mogul Marion “Suge” Knight and comedian Katt Williams were arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of stealing a camera from a celebrity photographer in Beverly Hills last month, the Los Angeles County District attorney said on … Continue reading

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Indian film-maker hopes to take gay issues out of the closet

MUMBAI (Reuters) – An Indian director is hoping her new film will throw a spotlight on gay rights in a country where homosexuality remains taboo and little progress has been made on repealing a colonial-era law banning gay sex. “Margarita, … Continue reading

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