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'Hunger Games,' 'Divergent' pushed aside for new Comic Con fare

SAN DIEGO - Young adult film franchises have dominated the conversation at San Diego's annual Comic Con gathering in recent years, but as the buzz-building convention kicked off on Thursday, the absence of established blockbusters has allowed studios to push new fare targeting a similar audience.

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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

Arts 24 Jul 2014

N.Y. Met Opera threatens to lock out musicians in labor dispute

NEW YORK - New York's Metropolitan Opera said it will lock out its musicians and other unionized employees next week if a new contract agreement is not reached, in an escalation of a labor dispute that threatens to derail an entire opera season.

Arts 24 Jul 2014

Tax credit shortfall costs California TV, movie production revenues

SAN FRANCISCO - A growing number of TV series and film crews have left California in search of tax credits elsewhere, causing $2 billion in revenue losses over the past four years to a state that is home to Hollywood and the U.S. production industry, a report said on Thursday.   

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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 toward war and recession, festival director Alberto Barbera said on Thursday.

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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.

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Book Talk: "The Incarnations" sweeps across Chinese history

TAIPEI - "The Incarnations," the third novel by British author Susan Barker, depicts China's transformation across millennia, as two repeatedly reborn souls encounter each other at various points through history.

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