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TV miniseries ‘Texas Rising’ takes big-screen approach

AP Photo/Prashant Gupta LOS ANGELES (AP) — The success of “Hatfields & McCoys” and “The Bible” inspired the History channel to go Texas-sized big with its new miniseries. “Texas Rising,” a 10-hour saga about the fight for independence...
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Harvey Keitel’s hunger still strong in Sorrentino’s ‘Youth’

AP Photo/Thibault Camus CANNES, France (AP) — The aging stars of “Youth” are slowly rousing the morning after a late night in Cannes celebrating the premiere of Paolo Sorrentino’s latest film. “Private Micklewhite! Private Micklewhite!” Harvey...

Venice officials shut down mosque-inside-church art exhibit

MILAN (AP) — Venice officials have ordered the closure of a working mosque in an ex-church, set up as Iceland’s exhibit for the 56th Venice Biennale contemporary art fair. The Icelandic pavilion was closed Friday after Venice city officials withdrew authorization for...
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Cannes favorite Nanni Moretti explores loss in ‘My Mother’

AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau CANNES, France (AP) — Director Nanni Moretti is pleased to hear that some audience members came out of “Mia Madre,” his new movie about a filmmaker whose mother is dying, and immediately called their own moms to say “I love...
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CANNES WATCH: ‘Arabian Nights’ canine named Cannes’ top dog

AP Photo/Markus Schreiber CANNES, France (AP) — A small white dog named Lucky has taken the award for Cannes’ best performance on four legs. The maltipoo – a cross between a Maltese terrier and a poodle – was awarded the Palme Dog at the film festival on...
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Long lines likely for Las Vegas public viewing of B.B. King

AP Photo/John Locher LAS VEGAS (AP) — Fans in Las Vegas are expected to line up for hours to view the body of blues legend B.B. King, and later to celebrate his legacy at a musical tribute organized by his daughter. The viewing Friday begins a weeklong series of memorials...

Nazi-looted painting from Gurlitt art trove to go on sale

LONDON (AP) — A painting that was seized by the Nazis and only recently returned to the Jewish owner’s heirs is going on auction. Max Liebermann’s “Two Riders on a Beach” was discovered in 2012 in the long-hidden art trove hoarded by German collector...

Czech reality show lets family experience Nazi occupation

PRAGUE (AP) — A new reality show in the Czech Republic has let a family of seven experience what it was like living under Nazi occupation during World War II. The Czech public broadcaster said the family members, chosen from 400 applicants, were brought back in time to...
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CANNES WATCH: Longoria a success behind the camera

AP Photo/Joel Ryan CANNES, France (AP) — There’s been much talk at the Cannes Film Festival about how to boost the ranks of women directors and producers. Eva Longoria is a good example of a success story. Though she gained fame for “Desperate Housewives,”...
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Ex-house sitter agrees to stay away from actor Luis Guzman

AP Photo/Gus Ruelas ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man who used to house-sit for character actor Luis Guzman has agreed to stay at least 300 feet away from him. The Caledonian-Record reports (http://bit.ly/1LsvLIz ) that Guzman alleged in court documents that Joda...