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Modern 'Medea' in London stars Potter film's Helen McCrory

LONDON - Helen McCrory of Harry Potter fame is a chain-smoking Medea and pop duo Goldfrapp provides a riveting score for a new staging in London of Euripides's 2,500-year-old play that may not be the "Medea" of all time but is certainly one for this age.

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Play it again: 'Casablanca' piano to be sold at auction

NEW YORK - An iconic piano featured in Rick's Cafe Americain in the 1942 Hollywood classic "Casablanca" is expected to be the highlight of a sale of film memorabilia in New York in November, Bonhams auction house said on Monday.

Arts 21 Jul 2014

U.S. rapper Nas has London crowd spellbound with 'Illmatic'

LONDON - Many in the crowd at the Lovebox Festival in London this weekend were not yet born when U.S. rapper Nas released his groundbreaking “Illmatic” two decades ago, but they seemed to know all the lines anyway.

Music, People 21 Jul 2014

'Apes' rules North American box office for second straight weekend

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK - Sci-fi sequel "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" beat a new horror flick, an animated family film and an adult comedy to keep its grip on the U.S. and Canadian box office title for a second straight weekend.

Film 20 Jul 2014

Actor James Garner of 'The Rockford Files' dead at 86

LOS ANGELES - Actor James Garner, best known for his prime-time television roles as the wisecracking frontier gambler on "“Maverick" and as an ex-con turned private eye on "“The Rockford Files," has died at age 86, Los Angeles police confirmed early on Sunday. | Video

People, Television, Media 20 Jul 2014

Ed Sheeran tops British album chart, sets 2014 record

LONDON - Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran topped the British album chart for a fourth consecutive week on Sunday, setting a record for the longest run in the top spot this year, the Official Charts Company said.

Music 20 Jul 2014

In superhero gender bend, Marvel unveils Thor as a woman

- Comic book superhero character Thor, who first appeared in 1962 and is based on the Norse hammer-wielding god, will now be a woman, publisher Marvel Comics said on Tuesday. | Video

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