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Pope Francis invites comedians including Whoopi Goldberg to Vatican

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Pope Francis, who says he regularly prays "Lord, give me a sense of humor", will welcome comedians from around the world to a cultural event in Italy to "celebrate the beauty of human diversity," the Vatican said on Saturday. Whoopi Goldberg, Jimmy Fallon, Conan O'Brien and Chris Rock will be… Read

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'Home Alone' house being sold

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The home of Kevin McCallister's hijinks is changing hands. And if the new owner wants to watch “Home Alone,” there's a movie theater inside, one of many upgrades since the suburban Chicago property was renovated and expanded in 2018. Sale of the Winnetka house, portrayed in the 1990 film, is… Read

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Tokyo firm involved in 'Evangelion' TV series in 1990s goes bust

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Gainax Co, a Tokyo company involved in the creation of the original Japanese TV anime series of the "Evangelion" franchise in the 1990s, has gone bankrupt. Staff in the early days of the company, launched in 1984, included Hideaki Anno, who created the TV series and later directed many blockbuster… Read

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Trump film 'The Apprentice' made noise in Cannes, but it still lacks U.S. distributor

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Two weeks after its much-anticipated premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, a film about Donald Trump in the 1980s is still seeking distribution in the United States. In Cannes, “The Apprentice" unveiled a scathing portrait of the former U.S. President as a young man. The film, starring Sebastian Stan, chronicles… Read

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Black Music Month has evolved since 1970s

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Every June since the 1970s, across the United States, musicians, fans and industry professionals celebrate Black Music Month. It's an opportunity to highlight the contributions of Black artists and position Black art at the center of American culture across popular music and beyond. Black Music Month 's origins trace back… Read

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Dolly Parton plans musical on her life using her songs to land on Broadway in 2026

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Broadway has had great success with “Hello, Dolly.” Now get ready for “Hello, I'm Dolly.” Dolly Parton is writing new songs to go along with some of her past hits and co-writing a stage story inspired by her life for a stage musical that she hopes to land on Broadway… Read

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Thailand warns 'Jurassic World' producers over filming impact

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Thai officials have given "Jurassic World" producers a stern warning not to damage beaches and national parks when they film the next installment of the blockbuster franchise in the kingdom. Hollywood star Scarlett Johansson has reportedly been lined up to star in the seventh movie in the long-running dinosaur series.… Read

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'Baby Reindeer' inspiration sues Netflix for $170 mil

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A British woman who claims she was the inspiration for the stalker in the smash Netflix hit "Baby Reindeer" sued the streamer Thursday, demanding $170 million in damages. Fiona Harvey has identified herself as the real-life "Martha," the delusional, violent and abusive woman at the center of Richard Gadd's global… Read

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Harry Potter offers magical boost to UK tourism

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Sam Thorne guides Harry Potter fans through the gothic streets of Edinburgh, where controversial author JK Rowling dreamt up the boy wizard more than three decades ago. The Scottish capital attracts lovers of the bespectacled schoolboy from across the world, boosting the UK economy and helping generate billions of pounds… Read

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It's Christmas in June for Ottawa filmmakers

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It's Christmas in Ottawa, with filmmakers this spring and summer capturing couples smooching under mistletoe, reindeer running amok and Santa Claus leaving presents under evergreens lavishly decorated with lights and ornaments. The Canadian capital has become a hub for holiday films, with more than a dozen each year, or one-third… Read

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