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U.N. appoints Wonder Woman as honorary ambassador amid outcry

The United Nations named the comic-book superhero Wonder Woman as an honorary ambassador on Friday to fight for gender equality, amid criticism that the scantily clad fictional character was an inappropriate choice. At a ceremony at the U.N. headquarters, U.N. Under-Secretary-General Cristina Gallach announced the appointment. The new ambassador for the empowerment of women and girls has been known for ...

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Tom Cruise’s ‘Jack Reacher’ expected to dominate U.S. box office

LOS ANGELES – Tom Cruise’s action-packed thriller “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” is expected to top the North American box office on Sunday, edging out new Halloween-themed films. Paramount Pictures’ “Jack Reacher” is expected to open with $19 million, according to film tracker BoxOfficeMojo.com, while Lionsgate’s Tyler Perry Halloween spoof “Boo! A Madea Halloween” is expected to scare up $17.3 ...

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“Star Wars” actress takes on diverse role for Kazakh documentary

LOS ANGELES – Donning a different mantle from her breakout central role in the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, British actress Daisy Ridley took to the red carpet as both narrator and executive producer for the documentary “The Eagle Huntress”. The story of a 13-year-old girl who trains to become the first female eagle hunter in Kazakhstan in decades, “The ...

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Pakistan’s newest celebrity, a handsome tea vendor, rejects film talk

An 18-year-old tea vendor who became Pakistan’s hottest new celebrity when his photo went viral on the Internet says he has no plans for an acting career – though he is flattered by the attention. Arshad Khan became an overnight sensation this week when a photographer’s Instagram shot of him working at his tea stall was shared tens of thousands ...

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British director Ken Loach debuts ‘I, Daniel Blake’ in London

eteran British director Ken Loach debuted his latest film in London on Tuesday, which explores how Britain’s social security system pushes a downtrodden carpenter and a single mother of two into poverty in the northeastern city of Newcastle. “I, Daniel Blake,” which opens in UK theaters on Friday and in U.S. theaters in December, stars comedian Dave Johns as joiner ...

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Hindu radical party protest against Pakistani actor

Workers of India’s right wing Hindu radical party, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) on Wednesday staged protest against screening of a Bollywood film featuring a Pakistani artiste, in Mumbai city of western Maharashtra state. ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ is scheduled to open in Indian cinemas on October 28, two days before Diwali, the country’s festival of lights. The film has run ...

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DiCaprio foundation would return gifts if from Malaysian fund in probe

Oscar-winner Leonardo DiCaprio’s charitable foundation would return gifts or donations made to him or his ventures if they were found to have come from Malaysian wealth fund 1MDB, which is being investigated on money laundering allegations, his representatives said on Tuesday. In his first comment on the multinational probe into the fund, DiCaprio said he was cooperating with U.S. authorities ...

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At 90, Chuck Berry to release first new album in four decades

Rock ‘n’ roll legend Chuck Berry celebrated his 90th birthday on Tuesday by announcing that his first album of new music in 38 years would be released next year. Called simply “Chuck,” the album will consist mostly of new, original material recorded and produced by Berry, his record company said.

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Emmy winner Allison Janney is honored with Walk of Fame

Emmy Award-winning actress Allison Janney received the 2,592nd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Monday. Joining her at the ceremony were Richard Schiff, Janney’s co-star on the White House drama “The West Wing,” and Chuck Lorre, a creator of her latest series, “Mom.” Janney, after thanking family and friends in attendance, noted the prized location of her star. “As ...

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Kick off fashion week in Tokyo

Japanese rock star and fashion designer Yoshiki kicked off the week-long Amazon Fashion Week Tokyo on Monday, taking to the stage to perform music as models strutted by on the runway in his futuristic kimono creations. Yoshiki, co-founder and drummer of rock band X Japan, played the piano and drums during the show for his brand Yoshikimono, which presented kimonos ...

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