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Benedict Cumberbatch hails unsung hero in ‘The Imitation Game’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Like many people, British actor Benedict Cumberbatch knew very little about Alan Turing, the genius mathematician he portrays in “The Imagination Game,” who helped to hasten the end of World War Two by cracking Germany’s wartime … Continue reading

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Lebanese singer Sabah dies at 87

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanese singer Sabah, one of the leading Arab performers of her generation, has died at the age of 87, her family said on Wednesday. Born Jeanette Feghali and known to her fans as the “singing bird”, Sabah … Continue reading

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Canadian celebrity radio host charged with sexual assault: police

TORONTO (Reuters) – A celebrity radio host at the heart of one of Canada’s biggest sex scandals has been charged with sexual assault and will appear in court later on Wednesday, police said. Toronto police said in a statement that … Continue reading

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‘Wizard of Oz’ Cowardly Lion suit, Casablanca piano go for millions

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Cowardly Lion costume worn in the film “The Wizard of Oz,” including the sculpted likeness of actor Bert Lahr’s face, was auctioned for nearly $3.1 million. Hollywood memorabilia sold by Bonham’s auction house on Monday … Continue reading

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Shia LaBeouf appears in N.Y. court in disorderly conduct case

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Actor Shia LaBeouf made a brief appearance in a New York court on Tuesday to show he was in compliance with a treatment program after he pleaded guilty in September to a disorderly conduct violation for … Continue reading

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Authorized documentary on Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain to air on HBO

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The first documentary made with the cooperation of Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain’s family will be released in 2015, U.S. premium cable network HBO said on Tuesday. “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck” will be directed by Brett … Continue reading

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Canada radio host drops lawsuit against broadcaster in sex scandal case

TORONTO (Reuters) – The celebrity radio host at the heart of one of Canada’s biggest sex scandals has dropped his lawsuit against his former employer, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp, and will pay its legal costs, the public broadcaster said on … Continue reading

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‘Birdman’ soars ahead in Independent Spirit Award nominations

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Existential black comedy “Birdman” led the Independent Spirit Awards nominees on Tuesday, as thriller “Nightcrawler,” coming-of-age chronicle “Boyhood” and civil rights drama “Selma” followed with five nods each. “Birdman,” which follows the journey of a washed-up … Continue reading

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Jolie says she likes directing

LONDON (Reuters) – Angelina Jolie says she prefers working behind the camera instead of in front of it, but on Tuesday at the London premiere of her searing prisoner-of-war drama “Unbroken,” she added that she is not giving up acting … Continue reading

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Cuba to stage ‘Rent’

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba will stage its first Broadway musical in more than 50 years when “Rent” starts a three-month run on Dec. 24, producers said on Monday. The Nederlander entertainment group finally succeeded after trying for several years to … Continue reading

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