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Angelina Jolie to direct Richard Leakey biopic 'Africa'

LOS ANGELES - Actress and filmmaker Angelina Jolie has been hired to direct "Africa," a feature film about paleoanthropologist and conservationist Richard Leakey and his campaign against ivory poachers that threaten Africa's elephants.

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Banana peel study, ugly art research win Ig Nobel spoof awards

BOSTON - Researchers who measured the slipperiness of banana peels, the ability of pork strips to stop nosebleeds, and the reactions of reindeer to humans in polar bear suits were among the winners of this year's Ig Nobel prizes for comical scientific achievements.

19 Sep 2014

Critics enamored with Broadway revival of "Love Letters"

NEW YORK - In an age of instant messaging, digital communication and fleeting relationships, the revival of "Love Letters," a play about an enduring friendship recorded with pen and paper, is still capturing hearts on Broadway.

19 Sep 2014

Sophia Loren, Italy's national icon, turns 80 with book of memoirs

ROME - Sophia Loren, Italy's national cinema icon and eternal diva, turns 80 this week and is marking the milestone with a book of memoirs revealing details of her rags-to-riches life.

18 Sep 2014

The horror of genocide needs to be shown - UK film director

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The surviving prisoners didn’t know what to expect when British troops entered the Nazi concentration camp at Bergen-Belsen in northwest Germany on April 15, 1945.

19 Sep 2014

Judge dismisses wig lawsuit against rapper Nicki Minaj

ATLANTA - A judge has dismissed a $30 million federal lawsuit by a celebrity hair stylist who accused rapper and former "American Idol" judge Nicki Minaj of stealing his designs for the colorful wigs that helped boost her career.

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Movie Review: Daawat-e-Ishq

"Dawaat-e-Ishq" is one of those infuriating films that seem to go on for ever, getting more monotonous by the minute. For a movie that is supposedly about food, there is surprisingly little of it on screen.

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