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'Heaven Knows What' takes top prize at Tokyo film festival

TOKYO - Joshua and Benny Safdie's "Heaven Knows What," the story of a young heroin addict who finds love in the streets of New York, took the top prize at the Tokyo International Film Festival on Friday.

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Inspiration for Harry Potter nemesis Umbridge revealed on website

LONDON - As a Halloween treat for her fans, J.K. Rowling has revealed that the much-hated character Dolores Umbridge from her "Harry Potter" stories is based on a teacher to whom she took an instant dislike - but whose name she has not disclosed.

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A Minute With: Egyptian actor Amr Waked on making movies at home and abroad

ABU DHABI - Egyptian actor and film-maker Amr Waked, equally at home in Cairo and Hollywood, says the time is ripe for a host of other Arab stars to make it big abroad.

People 30 Oct 2014

Undercover French politicians sample 'real life' for TV show

PARIS - Eight French politicians will disguise themselves as citizens struggling with real-world problems in a TV show aimed at narrowing the gap between France's often remote political elite and the public they are elected to serve.

Television, France, 30 Oct 2014

Vice Media teams up with Canada's Rogers to build Toronto studio

TORONTO - Vice Media, a maker of edgy videos popular with younger viewers, has teamed up with Rogers Communications Inc to build a studio in Toronto to produce news, documentaries and other content with Canadian filmmakers.

30 Oct 2014

Scotland's 'Young Fathers' are surprise Mercury Prize winners

LONDON - Little-known Scottish hip-hop trio Young Fathers beat the bookies to take home the 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Prize for best album with their debut release "Dead".

Music 30 Oct 2014
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Book Talk: Alan Cumming believes in putting everything out there

BOSTON - Scottish actor Alan Cumming has won accolades for his performances, including current stints as a manipulative Chicago political operative on TV's “The Good Wife” and a revival of his Tony-winning role in the Broadway musical “Cabaret.”

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