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Russian artist on trial for torching security service HQ door

Moscow - Russian performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky went on trial Thursday for setting fire to the door of the country's security service headquarters, a charge that risks three years in prison.

Mourners pay final tribute to celebrated Malian photographer

Bamako - Hundreds of mourners gathered in the Malian capital to pay their final respects to the late photographer Malick Sidibe, who won international acclaim with his vibrant black-and-white images which captured daily life in his native country.

Iconic African photographer Malick Sidibe dies at 80

Bamako - Pioneering Malian photographer Malick Sidibe, whose powerful black and white images of local life won him international acclaim and top awards, has died aged 80, his family said Friday.

NZ pupils' throats cut for real in Sweeney Todd play mishap

Wellington - Two pupils at an exclusive New Zealand school were hospitalised with neck wounds when a production of "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" became all too real, officials said Thursday.

Russian artist Pavlensky declared 'sane' after spy agency protest

Moscow - Radical Russian artist Pyotr Pavlensky, famous for protest performances that involve intense physical suffering, has been declared sane after a month in psychiatric hospital, he said Thursday.

Russia rejects nomination of jailed artist Pavlensky

Moscow - The organisers of Russia's top state art prize on Tuesday rejected the nomination of artist Pyotr Pavlensky for his performance setting fire to the headquarters of the Russian security service.

Review: Tarragon Theatre's Mustard is a must-see Toronto play Special

Toronto - By adding fantastical elements and excellent acting to the production, Tarragon Theatre's latest show Mustard is one of the most interesting pieces of Toronto theatre I've enjoyed in awhile.

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.
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Model of a library in Lyon’s Miniature Model and Cinema museum (detail 15"x10")
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The Célestins Theater in Lyon France (detail)
The fourth annual Luminato arts festival officially kicked off at downtown Toronto s Yonge-Dundas Sq...
The fourth annual Luminato arts festival officially kicked off at downtown Toronto's Yonge-Dundas Square.