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"12 Years a Slave" wins top prize, first Indian-American wins Miss America pageant

Monday, Sep 16, 2013 - 01:27

Sept. 16 - The latest celebrity news including ''12 Years a Slave'' wins big at the Toronto International Film Festival and Miss New York is first Indian-American to win Miss America. Roselle Chen reports.

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"12 Years a Slave," the true story of a free black man sold into slavery in 1840s Louisiana, won the top prize at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday (Sept. 16). Toronto's People's Choice award, which in the past has gone to Oscar best picture winners such as "The King's Speech" and "Slumdog Millionaire," and last year went to multiple winner "Silver Linings Playbook," will likely only increase Oscar buzz around the film. Nina Davuluri won the Miss America pageant during this year's 2014 Miss America competition on ABC, becoming the first Indian-American to wear the crown, which went to Miss New York for the second year in a row. The field was narrowed to Davuluri and Miss California Crystal Lee, the first runner-up. Just before the results were announced, Davuluri said, "We are making history right here as Asian-Americans." Comedian Billy Connolly has been operated on for prostate cancer and diagnosed with early-stage Parkinson's disease. The operation was successful, but he was additionally diagnosed with the incurable degenerative disease. Low-budget horror sequel "Insidious: Chapter 2" grabbed moviegoers searching for a Friday the 13th scare, making more than $41 million (USD) in ticket sales in its first three days. "The Family," starring Robert De Niro, finished in second place with $14.5 million. Last weekend's box office champ, sci-fi sequel "Riddick," starring Vin Diesel, fell to third place with $7 million in ticket sales.

"12 Years a Slave" wins top prize, first Indian-American wins Miss America pageant

Monday, Sep 16, 2013 - 01:27

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