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French-U.S. art dealer's multi-million fraud trial opens in Paris

Paris - Several members of the Wildenstein art-dealing dynasty went on trial in Paris on Monday charged with stashing hundreds of millions of euros in inheritance money out of reach of the French taxman.

Chinese artist Weiwei to create refugee memorial on Lesbos

Atenas - Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei on Friday announced plans to create a memorial on the Greek island of Lesbos to the plight of refugees, many of whom have lost their lives trying to reach Europe."A lot of people have lost their lives under the waves....

Can 'Jurassic World' pass 'Titanic'?

The movie box office continues to change as 2015 plays on. The domestic box office chart currently has five movies in the top 50.

'Hotel Transylvania 2' checks in and serves up a winner

UPDATE: "Hotel Transylvania 2" booked even more than the weekend estimate. It took in $48.4 million while "The Intern" left work earlier than before. "The Intern" nabbed $17.7 million, according to the actuals.

'Scorch Trials' slams its way past 'Black Mass'

It was not quite a scorching win for Dylan OBrien, but he did beat out Johnny Depp at the box office this weekend. O'Brien's "Maze Runner: Scorch Trials" beat out Depp and "Black Mass" to score a win.

'Game of Thrones' takes eight early Emmys; HBO grabs 29

Los Angeles - The 67th Emmy Awards will be handed Sept. 20. But, many winners were announced at a gala last night (Sept. 12) in downtown Los Angeles

'The Perfect Guy' squeaks by 'The Visit' at box office

The box office is coming alive a bit as the to newcomers beat studio projections and made it a battle. "The Perfect Guy" seems like the winner.

'War Room' to take over a weak holiday box office

As Labor Day weekend winds down, a small budget film will take down a three-time champ at the box office. It will not be pretty, though.

'War Room' puts up a fight but falls to 'Compton'

"Straight Outta Compton" may have won the box office crown again this weekend, but it was "War Room" that gets the glory.

Box office slowdown is typical now

"Straight Outta Compton" wins another weekend at the top of the box office as the newcomers fizzled. A box office slowdown is quite normal this time of year.

'Straight Outta Compton' plays well to all demographics

UPDATE: With the actual figures coming in Monday (Aug. 17) for the box office, it looks like "Straight Outta Compton" made $60.2 million.

Hollywood Foreign Press Association hands out grants

At times it seems that groups in Hollywood only hand out awards to themselves. However, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) gathered last night (Aug. 14) and handed out grants.

'Fantastic Four' falls flat as 'Mission' wins again

"Fantastic Four" did not do what other superhero films have done - conquer the box office. It flopped and let "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" retain the top spot at the box office.

'Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation' crushes competition

It was a good weekend for Tom Cruise and "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation." The film not only won, it beat expectations.

'Vacation' takes to the road; Cruise relies on another 'Mission'

"Vacation" started early and it may be a rough road as it continues. Even with the early start, it will not overcome the other newcomer, "Mission: Impossible - Rouge Nation."

Box office charts are changing fast

With the fast pace in which "Jurassic World" climbed the box office charts, it is time again to look at them and see where it has landed.

'Pixels' plays lower than expected as 'Ant-Man' wins again

"Pixels" proved not worthy of a box office title as it fell to "Ant-Man." Adam Sandler has lost his luster as his new video game action film fell flat.

Karachi artists reclaim city walls from hate graffiti

Karachi - For years Karachi's walls have been spattered with the bloodstains of murder victims and scrawled with graffiti touting everything from sectarian hatred to quack cures for erectile dysfunction.

'Ant-Man' crawls to the top

UPDATE 7.21.15: It turns out both "Ant-Man" and "Minions" came in a bit smaller than the Sunday estimates. "Ant-Man" came in at $57.1 million while "Minions" saw a $49.3 million weekend haul.

'Ant-Man' arrives and will battle 'Minions' for top spot

After an impressive first weekend win, "Minions" will be tough to beat. But, "Ant-Man" is here and the buzz has been good. The buzz, however, is still solid for those pesky "Minions."

Austrian artist angers activists with dead animal show

Vienna - Animal rights activists have filed a complaint against Austrian enfant terrible Hermann Nitsch over his current exhibition in Sicily featuring dead animals on crucifixes, a spokeswoman for the artist said Thursday.

Emmy nominations announced

Los Angeles - The 67th Emmy Awards will be handed out Sept. 20, but first come the nominations. They were announced today (July 16). "Game of Thrones" leads all shows with 24 nominations.

Making millions with 'Minions' is too easy

Making money with "Minions" was easy for Universal this weekend as the yellow wise-crackers won the box office. They made it look too easy.

Move over, 'Minions' are here

For Universal studios, the summer has been real nice. First "Jurassic World" took the box office by storm and now come the "Minions."

Holiday dents movie box office

UPDATE: 7.6.15 - As was noted, as the actual box office figures were updated, it showed something different. "Inside Out" did inch by "Jurassic World" over the July 4 holiday.

Op-Ed: Little art Gallery in California wine country celebrates 1st year Special

Sonoma - Despite the woes of the economy and the rising cost of real estate and retail space, not far from the center of town is an art gallery called Studio 35. Rather ordinary from its cottage-like exterior, it has become a center for the arts in Sonoma.

Elvis Presley honored with new Music Icons stamp

Even though Elvis Presley already had a stamp produced in his honor, there is another one on the way. Today, the United States Post Office revealed the next stamp.

Crowded box office over holiday weekend

The Fourth of July holiday has started in the states with Tuesday showings of "Terminator: Genisys" and "Magic Mike XXL."

The dinosaurs do it again

It was not expected to win and it played out that way. "Ted 2" finished third as "Jurassic World" wins again. The win marks the third week in a row for the dinosaurs.

'Ted 2' is not in it to win the weekend

A bear and a dog will try to knock down dinosaurs as the box office has plenty of animals competing for attention. It is still likely that "Jurassic World" will win for a third time.
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The Célestins Theater in Lyon France (detail)
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Bono at the Annual Meeting 2008 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 24, 2008
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Model of a farmhouse in Lyon’s Miniature Model and Cinema museum (detail 4"x5")
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James Picard at Alcatraz Island
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With paint donated from Sonoma Paint Center and others, participants in the "splatter paint party" had a fun time creating a grand piece of art that was later divided up into various sizes and sold to raise money for the "Art for Elders" program at Vintage Sonoma.
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ANDREW DASZ, ACTOR & FIGHT CHOREOGRAPHER
Model of a laundry in Lyon’s Miniature Model and Cinema museum (15 x10 )
Model of a laundry in Lyon’s Miniature Model and Cinema museum (15"x10")
The Long Night of Opera and Theater 2010 in Berlin
The Long Night of Opera and Theater 2010 in Berlin
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Toronto: Rhubarb's 35th annual arts extravaganza. Pictured: Jacob Zimmer in "The Fun Palace Radio Variety Show"
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British band Scritti Polliti
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The Célestins Theater in Lyon FRance
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Program for the 2010 winter season at the Célestins Theatre, Lyon France
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Sandstation 2010 in Germany
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Ronnie Barker, British comedian (1929-2005) in the celebrated 1966 TV sketch 'Class Report.' (L-R; John Cleese, Ronnie Barker, Ronnie Corbett)
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Model of a library in Lyon’s Miniature Model and Cinema museum (detail 15 x10 )
Model of a library in Lyon’s Miniature Model and Cinema museum (detail 15"x10")
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Gashanti Unity s Muna Ali (right) and Khadra Ali (left).
Gashanti Unity's Muna Ali (right) and Khadra Ali (left).
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Muna Ali (left) and Khadra Ali (right) standing beside a traditional hut during their trip to the Ho...
Muna Ali (left) and Khadra Ali (right) standing beside a traditional hut during their trip to the Horn.
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Model of a farm cart in Lyon’s Miniature Model and Cinema museum (detail 4 x6 )
Model of a farm cart in Lyon’s Miniature Model and Cinema museum (detail 4"x6")