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Ang Lee tackles war drama in ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’

Oscar-winning director Ang Lee brought his latest movie “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” to his native Taiwan on Wednesday, a war drama the filmmaker has sought to turn into a strikingly immersive experience. The film, about a young U.S. private returning home for a victory tour following a battle in Iraq, was produced for a 3D presentation in 4K with ...

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Johnny Depp enters Rowling’s magical world in ‘Fantastic Beasts’ sequel

Johnny Depp has swashbuckled as a pirate, played a mad hatmaker and will next step into “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world of magic in the “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” sequel, film trade publications said Tuesday. Depp, 53, one of Hollywood’s top actors and box office draws, will co-star in the 2018 sequel to “Fantastic Beasts,” ...

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‘I’m not a robot’

Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber said his abrupt departure from the stage during a recent concert in England was an act of frustration and not anger as his screaming fans made it difficult to connect with them. The teen heartthrob dropped his microphone and walked off stage after begging fans to stop screaming between songs during an Oct. 23 concert ...

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Lady Gaga’s ‘Joanne’ debuts at top of Billboard album chart

Lady Gaga notched her fourth chart-topping album on Monday as her rock-infused record “Joanne” debuted at the top of the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart, outpacing new entries by Michael Buble, Pentatonix and Leonard Cohen. “Joanne,” the fifth studio album from Lady Gaga, sold 170,000 albums, 135,000 songs and was streamed nearly 26 million times in the past week, ...

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HBO drama thrusts Minneapolis Somalis into unwanted spotlight

An HBO television drama created by an Oscar-winning director and a Canadian-Somali rapper has infuriated many in Minnesota’s Somali community who say the show will perpetuate unfair stereotypes of Muslims. Touted as a window into the lives of Somalis in Minneapolis adjusting to life in the U.S. Midwestern city, many community members instead fear “Mogadishu, Minnesota” will stoke Islamophobia if ...

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Box Office: ‘Inferno’ Fizzles With $15 Million as ‘Madea’ Pulls Off Victory

This is how a franchise ends. “Inferno,” the latest big screen tour through Dan Brown’s historical conspiracy theories, flamed out at the weekend box office, earning a frosty $15 million. That’s a fraction of the $46.2 million that “Angels & Demons,” the previous film version of Brown’s novels, earned when it debuted in 2009, and it pales in relation to ...

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Charlize Theron honored at amfAR

Oscar winning actress Charlize Theron has been honored at AIDS chairty amfAR’s seventh annual Inspiration Gala in Los Angeles. Chelsea Handler, Heidi Klum, Jon Hamm, Cheyenne Jackson, Dita Von Teese, Kelsey Grammer and Jane Lynch were among those who gathered at the AIDS charity’s event. The event also paid tribute to Jeffrey Katzenberg, Chairman of DreamWorks New Media. Both he ...

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Amy Schumer pens essay after backlash on ‘Formation’

Comedian Amy Schumer writes an essay defending the video she made lip syncing and dancing to Beyonce’s song “Formation”. After a social media backlash, comedian Amy Schumer penned an essay defending the video she made dancing and lip syncing to Beyonce’s 2016 hit “Formation,” saying she made it out of admiration. “It was NEVER a parody. It was just us ...

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Ex-Miss Finland says Trump groped her

A former Miss Finland has accused U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump of groping her in 2006 when she was representing the country in the Miss Universe beauty contest. Ninni Laaksonen told the Ilta-Sanomat newspaper that the Republican presidential nominee had grabbed her behind before she appeared on a television show in New York with other contestants. “He really grabbed my ...

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I wouldn’t hire James Bond, British spy chief

Despite his unrivalled record for single-handedly saving the world from disaster while seducing beautiful women along the way, James Bond would not get a job as a British spy, the head of external intelligence agency MI6 has said. Alex Younger said real spies had to cope with complex moral and physical challenges in the most forbidding environments on Earth, which ...

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