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Old cinemas find new life in Lebanon as cultural hubs


With paint peeling from the ceiling and crumbling plasterwork, renovating an abandoned picture house in the northern Lebanese town of Tripoli is more than a dream for Qassem Istanbouli.

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Stakes are high for Luc Besson’s intergalactic leap into ‘Valerian’


Introducing a brand new multi-million dollar intergalactic adventure film based on a French comic book strip during a summer box office dominated by superheroes and sequels may be considered a big risk to take by an independent filmmaker.

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Streaming TV apps grapple with password sharing


More than one-fifth of young adults who stream shows like “Game of Thrones” or “Stranger Things” borrow passwords from people who do not live with them, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, a finding that suggests media companies are missing out on significant revenue as digital viewership explodes.

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Jane Austen letter critiquing ‘prosy’ contemporary at auction

Portrait of Jane Austen

Jane Austen once wrote that a large income was the best recipe for happiness. Now a private letter written by the author to her niece could well make someone very happy indeed.

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Slovenian comic’s parody has Merkel dancing with ‘zombie’ refugees


A Slovenian comic who has attracted millions of online hits with extravagant musical parodies of such figures as Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump and the pope gives Angela Merkel the same satirical treatment in a clip released on Monday.

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Canada’s Yukon seeks ‘backups’ after toe used in cocktail stolen


The theft of a famed cocktail ingredient, a mummified human toe, has spurred the northern Canadian territory of Yukon to launch a tongue-in-cheek campaign for an “insurance” toe, in case the digit gets stolen again.

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Facebook in talks to produce original TV-quality shows: WSJ


Facebook Inc (FB.O) is in talks with Hollywood studios about producing scripted, TV-quality shows, with an aim of launching original programing by late summer, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.

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Ron Howard enters ‘Star Wars’ after Han Solo movie directors depart

Ron Howard

Oscar-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is stepping into a galaxy far, far away for the upcoming “Star Wars” Han Solo spin-off movie, Lucasfilm announced on Thursday, after the film’s production was thrown into upheaval by the surprise departure of its directors.

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By Jiminy: Belgian start-up puts crickets on the menu


A Brussels start-up is hoping to stir a culinary revolution in Belgium by pushing crunchy crickets as a protein alternative to meat.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd sues ex-drummer over movie about 1977 plane crash

FILE PHOTO - Singer Kid Rock (L) performs with Johnny Van Zant (R) and his band Lynyrd Skynyrd on ABC's 'Good Morning America' in New York, U.S. on August 22, 2008. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo

Surviving members of Lynyrd Skynyrd have filed a lawsuit against the Southern rock band’s former drummer to halt the production of a movie depicting the 1977 plane crash that killed lead singer Ronnie Van Zant.

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