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A Minute With: Jon Voight on his second act, on smaller screen

BEVERLY HILLS Calif. (Reuters) – When Jon Voight joined the growing list of top-flight film actors on television last year as a small-time Boston gangster on drama “Ray Donovan,” he felt the role of the aging family patriarch take him … Continue reading

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Four Americans on Man Booker long list as prize widens its reach

LONDON (Reuters) – American writers hold four of the 13 slots on the Man Booker Prize 2014 long list announced on Wednesday, the first year the prestigious literary award has been open to all authors writing in English and published … Continue reading

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Peaches Geldof’s death was drugs-related, coroner rules

LONDON (Reuters) – The death of Peaches Geldof, the daughter of musician and Band Aid founder Bob Geldof, was drugs-related, a coroner ruled on Wednesday. The 25-year-old socialite died at her family home in Kent, southest England in April while … Continue reading

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Toronto film fest unveils premieres as scheduling criteria tightens

TORONTO (Reuters) – Noah Baumbach’s “While We’re Young” and Ed Zwick’s “Pawn Sacrifice” will be among the world premieres at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, one of the top movie showcases and a favored platform to unveil Oscar contenders. … Continue reading

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L.A. gently weeps as George Harrison tree is felled by beetles

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A tree planted in memorial to late Beatles guitarist George Harrison following his death in Los Angeles in 2001 has been killed by bark beetles amid California’s epic drought, a local official said on Tuesday. The … Continue reading

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U.S. House passes satellite TV law reauthorization bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday voted to reauthorize a law allowing satellite providers such as Dish Network Corp and DirecTV to bring in TV signals from other markets when subscribers cannot pick up local stations. … Continue reading

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Douglas, Keaton get second chance at love in ‘And So It Goes’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Michael Douglas is more accustomed to playing dashing leading men and corporate types, so he took a deep breath when offered the role of an ornery widower with a second chance for love in the romantic … Continue reading

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Singer Billy Joel to be honored with U.S. Gershwin Prize

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter Billy Joel, who penned hit tunes such as “Piano Man” and “New York State of Mind,” will receive the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, the U.S. national library said on … Continue reading

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Oklahoma TV station apologizes for giving rapper the boot

OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) – An Oklahoma City television station has apologized to a popular music artist and said it made a mistake when it booted the hip hop artist off its Monday “Oklahoma Live!” morning show after producers found out … Continue reading

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Modern ‘Medea’ in London stars Potter film’s Helen McCrory

LONDON (Reuters) – Helen McCrory of Harry Potter fame is a chain-smoking Medea and pop duo Goldfrapp provides a riveting score for a new staging in London of Euripides’s 2,500-year-old play that may not be the “Medea” of all time … Continue reading

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