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'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Scores Second Biggest Opening With $187.7 million

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - "Avengers: Age of Ultron" scored the second-biggest domestic opening in history this weekend, kicking off summer blockbuster season with a mammoth $187.7 million debut. | Video

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Soul singer Ben E. King, famous for song 'Stand By Me,' dies at 76

NEW YORK - Soul and R&B singer Ben E. King, famous for his deep, velvety baritone voice and the classic hit song "Stand by Me," died of natural causes in New Jersey at the age of 76, his representative said on Friday. | Video

Arts, Music, People, 01 May 2015

British crime writer Ruth Rendell dies aged 85

LONDON - British crime writer Ruth Rendell, best known as the creator of Detective Chief Inspector Wexford, died in hospital on Saturday at the age of 85, her publisher said.

Arts 02 May 2015

Hollywood royalty ready for fighters to rumble

LAS VEGAS - With security beefed up at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, the rich and famous settled into their expensive seats shortly before the welterweight showdown between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao began on Saturday.

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'Star Wars' standalone film loses its director

LOS ANGELES - The rebooted "Star Wars" franchise hit a bump on Friday as filmmaker Josh Trank, who was selected to direct one of the upcoming standalone films, said he was stepping down from the project to pursue other "creative opportunities."

Film, People, 01 May 2015

Olympic champion Bruce Jenner sued for wrongful death in car crash

LOS ANGELES - Olympic champion and reality television star Bruce Jenner was sued for negligence and wrongful death on Friday by relatives of a woman killed in a car crash involving the former athlete on a Southern California highway in February. | Video

U.S., People 02 May 2015

Ann Packer explores as she writes in 'Children's Crusade'

NEW YORK - Novelist Ann Packer’s latest novel, "The Children’s Crusade," is a modern family epic, as big and tangled as the California live oak at the center of its characters’ lives.

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