Sophia Loren, Italy's national icon, turns 80 with book of memoirs


ROME - Sophia Loren, Italy's national cinema icon and eternal diva, turns 80 this week and is marking the milestone with a book of memoirs revealing details of her rags-to-riches life.

Mexico lawmakers seek to fine Miley Cyrus for flag spank while twerking

MONTERREY - A Mexican state legislature has asked the country's federal government to fine singer Miley Cyrus after one of her dancers spanked Cyrus's backside with a Mexican flag as she "twerked" during an independence day performance.

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Reese Witherspoon finds lessons in 'The Good Lie'

WASHINGTON - Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon chose a subdued role in her latest film "The Good Lie," a drama about Sudanese refugee children who end up in America, but there is nothing small in what she hopes to convey.

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Singer Patti LaBelle takes stand in civil trial

HOUSTON - Singer Patti LaBelle took the stand on Wednesday in a federal civil trial and denied telling her 400-pound bodyguard to attack a man standing too close to her luggage at the Houston airport in March 2011.

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A Minute With: Ethan Hawke on lessons from Robin Williams

TORONTO - It has been more than 25 years since a young Ethan Hawke stepped on his desk to salute his teacher, portrayed by Robin Williams, in "Dead Poets Society."

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Flautist Galway tells awards audience of his 'bug' for practicing

LONDON - James Galway, known as "the man with the golden flute", attributed his success in part to his "video-game-like" style of practicing as he received a lifetime achievement award at the Gramophone Classical Music Awards on Wednesday.

Music, 17 Sep 2014

Biography of late comedian Joan Rivers to be published in 2016

NEW YORK - A biography of legendary comedian , who died earlier this month, will be published in 2016, publisher Little, Brown and Company said on Wednesday.

17 Sep 2014

Rapper Lecrae leads debut-filled top ten of Billboard 200 chart

LOS ANGELES - Rapper Lecrae earned his first chart-topping album on the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, leading seven new records in the top ten of the chart.

Music, 17 Sep 2014

Singer Taylor Swift leads People Magazine's best-dressed list

- Pop star Taylor Swift, who has adopted a sexier look on red carpets, was named People magazine's best-dressed celebrity of the year on Wednesday. | Video

17 Sep 2014

China prosecutor approves arrest of Jackie Chan's son on drug charge

BEIJING - Chinese prosecutors have approved last month's arrest of Jaycee Chan, son of kung fu movie star Jackie Chan, after a suspected drugs offence, the state-owned Beijing News reported on Wednesday, meaning he can now be formally charged.

Life, 17 Sep 2014