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'The Judge', with Duvall and Downey, to open Toronto Film Festival

TORONTO - "The Judge", starring Robert Duvall and Robert Downey Jr, will open the annual Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 4, the festival said on Friday.

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New York judge adjourns disorderly conduct case against actor LaBeouf

NEW YORK - A judge on Thursday adjourned until September the disorderly conduct and harassment case against actor Shia LaBeouf, who was charged with disturbing a Broadway theatre performance in June. | Video

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'Shakespeare in Love' adapter revels in rave reviews in London

LONDON - The Disney-backed stage adaptation of the hit film "Shakespeare in Love" won nearly across-the-board rave reviews in London this week, to the relief of its creators who are pleased that their big gamble looks set to pay off. | Video

24 Jul 2014

Venice film festival to kick off with black comedy 'Birdman'

ROME - Mexican director Alejandro Inarritu opens this year's Venice film festival with the premier of "Birdman", a black comedy that heads a 55-strong selection leaning heavily towards war and recession, festival director Alberto Barbera said on Thursday.

24 Jul 2014

Beckett link brings 'Happy Days' back to Northern Irish town

ENNISKILLEN Northern Ireland - The man who brought an opera to Britain's biggest rock festival is using the enigmatic plays of Samuel Beckett to lure tourists back to a town better known for one of Northern Ireland's worst 'Troubles'.

24 Jul 2014

'Weird Al' Yankovic parodies his way to top of Billboard chart

LOS ANGELES - "Weird Al" Yankovic, the parody singer and cult figure, on Wednesday earned his first No. 1 album on the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on the strength of several viral videos released online. | Video

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'The Book of Life' takes No. 1 spot on U.S. bestsellers list

NEW YORK - "The Book of Life," the final novel of the time-traveling trilogy written by Deborah Harkness, shot straight to the top of the U.S. bestsellers list on Thursday.