WINTERSET, Iowa (AP) — Like many rural communities, the central Iowa city of Winterset has an idyllic town square, variety stores and a historic movie theater. But Winterset also has a unique claim to fame: It's the birthplace of John Wayne, and a new museum opening here is celebrating the late actor's life, career and local connections. More »New museum in John Wayne's Iowa hometown celebrates his life
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CANNES, France (AP) — Josh Brolin used the Cannes Film Festival not only as an opportunity to promote his new film, but to reveal his new fiancee. More »CANNES WATCH: Josh Brolin shows off fiancee on Cannes carpet
By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - When actor George Clooney was handed a script to play an angry, 55-year-old man in the Walt Disney Co film "Tomorrowland," his first thought was, "Why did you write that for me?" Clooney, 54, is known for portraying suave, charismatic leading men, but for "Tomorrowland," out in theatres on Friday, the actor told Reuters he revelled in playing grumpy old guy Frank Walker. Q: How will the utopia of "Tomorrowland" resonate in a time of numerous dystopian movies? More »A Minute With: George Clooney on 'Tomorrowland' and yelling at kids
Hundreds of statues have been moved from the historic Syrian city of Palmyra to locations safe from Islamic State militants who managed to infiltrate it on Wednesday, the country's antiquities chief told Reuters. Maamoun Abdulkarim said "small groups" of militants had entered the central city, and called on the Syrian army, opposition and international community to save the UNESCO World Heritage site. "Hundreds and hundreds of statues we were worried would be smashed and sold are all now in safe places," he said. More »Syrian antiquities chief says statues moved from Palmyra
By Michael Roddy CANNES, France (Reuters) - An 82-year-old Michael Caine gets a massage and 77-year-old Jane Fonda's wig falls off and her makeup is streaked by tears in "Youth", a Cannes competition film that shows what a drag it is getting old no matter how wealthy you are. Both actors, as well as co-star Harvey Keitel, 76, said on Wednesday after a screening of Italian director Paolo Sorrentino's film, set among wealthy retirees in a posh Swiss resort, that there was no disguising who they are at this age. Caine said he hadn't minded the massage scene. More »Caine, Fonda act their ages in Cannes old-age film 'Youth'
CANNES, France (AP) — Chinese director Jia Zhangke had some musical inspiration for his Cannes entry "Mountains May Depart": the Pet Shop Boys. More »CANNES WATCH: Pet Shop Boys power Jia Zhangke's Cannes entry
MADRID (AP) — Princess Leonor, heir to the Spanish throne, has celebrated her first communion in a low-key ceremony that broke with tradition. More »Spain's Princess Leonor breaks tradition with 1st communion
CANNES, France (AP) — Paolo Sorrentino's bittersweet age drama, "Youth," features a tour de force performance by Michael Caine as a retired conductor reflecting on the passing of time and memories of his wife, a former singer. More »Veterans Caine, Keitel, Fonda shine in "Youth"
CANNES (AP) — Michael Caine was in top form at a press conference for his latest film, "Youth," by Paolo Sorrentino — and had journalists in fits of laughter with his witty responses. Here are some of the highlights: More »Michael Caine has press in fits of laughter in Cannes
As Rolling Stone Magazine put it, when David Letterman began, the most popular show on television was Dallas and the Fonz was still on air. Because Letterman's genius was his subversion of the format from the very beginning. Letterman never seemed happy with the chat show programme he found himself in. More »David Letterman Will Be Sorely Missed
By Estelle Shirbon LONDON (Reuters) - A British concert pianist whose autobiography was banned because it contained harrowing details of childhood rape that could psychologically harm his son will be allowed to publish the book after the Supreme Court overturned the ban on Wednesday. The memoir by James Rhodes had been banned by a lower court after his ex-wife argued that reading it would damage their 11-year-old son, who has been diagnosed with Asperger's. Free speech activists denounced this as a dangerous precedent that would help others obtain bans on things they found offensive or distressing. Rhodes, 40, was repeatedly raped by a boxing coach at his school over several years, starting when he was six, and struggled for years with depression, addiction and self-harm before forging a successful career in classical music and television. More »UK Supreme Court overturns ban on abused pianist's memoir
ROMNEY, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia teacher has been suspended without pay for showing part of the erotic movie "Fifty Shades of Grey" to students as a reward for good work. More »Teacher suspended after showing 'Fifty Shades' to students
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CANNES, France (AP) — From "M.A.S.H." to "Three Kings," the humor that erupts amid the horrors of war has been a tough but tempting subject for filmmakers. More »Cannes entry 'A Perfect Day' finds comedy in conflict of war
By Mike Davidson CANNES, France (Reuters) - After a five-year hiatus to embrace motherhood, Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan marked her return to the big screen by taking on one of her most demanding roles, playing a mother whose child is kidnapped in thriller "Jazbaa." A former Miss World and one of the most successful actresses in Bollywood, Rai Bachchan said the film stretched her as an actress, with each day posing new challenges to overcome. "That to me just seemed tough, demanding, gruelling, challenging and, thereby, so interesting." Rai Bachchan, 41, was named Miss World in 1994, often features on "most beautiful" lists and is one half of a Bollywood supercouple with actor husband Abhishek Bachchan, son of Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan. More »Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai returns to cinema with 'Jazbaa'
By Darren Staples SLIGO, Ireland (Reuters) - Prince Charles spoke on Wednesday of the murder of his great uncle Lord Mountbatten in Ireland 36 years ago and called him "the grandfather I never had." Speaking ahead of his first visit to the site where the Irish Republican Army (IRA) killed Mountbatten by exploding a bomb on his boat in 1979, Charles said Ireland had endured a history of much pain and resentment where blame was always too easily attributed. Mountbatten's death, he added, had given him a profound understanding of the agonies borne by so many people affected by the country's troubled past. More »Charles talks of murdered 'grandfather I never had'
The Internet is the most important front in China's ideological battle against "Western anti-China forces", the country's military newspaper said on Wednesday, adding that online controls were essential to the government's survival. Calls to reject Western thought and values have grown stronger under President Xi Jinping, who has urged more "ideological guidance" at universities and the study of Marxism. Like many officials before him, Xi is steeped in the long-held belief of the ruling Communist Party that loosening control could bring chaos and the break-up of China. More »Internet the key front in China's battle with Western hostile forces - military paper
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, the world's biggest telecommunications equipment maker, on Wednesday became the latest tech giant to present its own take on the 'Internet of Things' (IoT), centred on an operating system designed to allow household and business appliances to communicate with each other online. At an event in Beijing, Huawei executives showcased its "Agile IoT" architecture, including an operating system called LiteOS to control basic devices. ... More »Huawei stakes claim in 'Internet of Things' market with new operating system
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