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Fifth 'Pirates of the Caribbean' flick fights bloat

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The opening scene of the new "Pirates of the Caribbean" is a fitting metaphor for where we stand in this long franchise: A creaky old galleon is unceremoniously yanked up from the ocean depths and the only things aboard are cranky old ghosts. A weary, battered fifth chapter — "Pirates… Read

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Tom Cruise reveals 'Top Gun 2' to start filming soon

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The Danger Zone may have gotten old and dusty, but Tom Cruise says he's about to fly back in. The 54-year-old actor says the long-discussed sequel to "Top Gun" is a sure thing and should start shooting soon. Cruise made the announcement Wednesday in response to questions from anchors on… Read

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Ariana Grande suspends world tour, cancels some European stops

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Ariana Grande suspended her Dangerous Woman world tour and canceled several European shows Wednesday due to the deadly bombing at her concert in Manchester, England. Shows Thursday and Friday in London were canceled, along with concerts through June 5 in Belgium, Poland, Germany and Switzerland. Refunds will be granted, the… Read

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Newlywed Rei Kikukawa’s husband in hot water over multiple affairs, out-of-wedlock children

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Japanese TV presenter Rei Kikukawa’s multimillionaire businessman husband, whom she married only a month ago, is in hot water after weekly tabloid Shukan Bunshun reported this month that he has four children out of wedlock, two of whom were born in the same year to different women, while he also… Read

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'Saint,' 007 star Roger Moore dies at 89

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Actor Roger Moore, who earned international fame playing a suave adventurer in "The Saint" on TV in the 1960s and then as British secret agent James Bond in seven movies, died of cancer on Tuesday at the age of 89, his family said. His 12 years as action man 007,… Read

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'Star Wars' at 40: The Force is still strong

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The date was 1977, and no one had yet worn a copper bikini to bed, made "whooshing" lightsaber noises with a broomstick or yelled "May the Fourth be with you" at strangers. But that was all about to change as a 33-year-old Californian filmmaker named George Walton Lucas Jr. prepared… Read

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Some musicians cancel concerts after Manchester blast

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The suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England has shaken the music world, with some artists canceling upcoming gigs and others planning to go ahead as scheduled. Blondie canceled a Tuesday night concert in London "as a mark of respect for the victims of the terrible attack"… Read

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Not just 'Sgt. Pepper': Many 1967 musical firsts echo today

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"Sgt. Pepper" was only the beginning. Half a century after the Beatles' psychedelic landmark, it stands as one of many musical astonishments of 1967 that shaped what we listen to now. It was a year of technical, lyrical and rhythmic innovation, of the highest craftsmanship and most inspired anti-craftsmanship. The… Read

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Why Korea's 'film noir' movies are wowing Cannes

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Beyond the gleaming towers of modern high-tech Seoul, it is the dark past of South Korea's years of dictatorship, violence and upheaval that have inspired the country's staggering rise as a cinematic powerhouse. No fewer than five South Korean movies are showing in the elite selection of this year's Cannes… Read

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New 'Twin Peaks' wins praise, piques curiosity

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"Twin Peaks," David Lynch's noir soap opera about murder in small-town America, returned on Sunday after 26 years away, prompting an outpouring of joy -- and a collective scratching of heads. The cable network Showtime aired parts one and two of a new 18-episode run of the famously surreal series… Read

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