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By James Davey LONDON (Reuters) - Primark, the fast-growing clothing chain owned by Associated British Foods , is to enter the United States, it said on Wednesday, becoming the latest British retailer to attempt to crack the American market after success in Europe. Shares in AB Foods rose 9.1 percent on the back of the U.S. initiative, a small rise in first half profit and reiteration of full-year guidance. AB Foods said Primark, which currently trades from 271 stores in nine countries in western Europe, will open its first U.S. store in Boston, Massachusetts, towards the end of 2015. Negotiations are under way to open more stores in the north east of the U.S. through to the middle of 2016.
AL-EIN REFUGEE CAMP, West Bank (AP) — An American director's short film about an Israeli army raid in a Palestinian refugee camp ends with a surprise — literally involving a rabbit, though not one pulled from a hat. The story told in "The Warren" is meant to question the ways Israelis and Palestinians see each other as a result of their long-running conflict.
The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday April 14, to Sunday April 20, via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The International Indian Film Academy is holding its annual awards ceremony in Tampa starting Wednesday.
Paul Walker's brothers are on the set of "Fast & Furious 7" to help finish the late actor's work in the film, and Vin Diesel shared a photo of the pair. In the pic, Vin can be seen talking to Caleb and Cody Walker, who share the Walker blond hair and striking eyes. Vin captioned the pic, which he posted to his Facebook page, with a message about the Walker family. "When I heard the news, I left the production, grabbed a plane and took my family and Michelle back to LA... drove directly to his parent's house," Vin wrote on Monday.
By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - A random drive down an unfamiliar road and a chance encounter with a stranger force a soft-spoken bank employee to reassess his life and acknowledge his true self in the new indie drama "Boulevard," starring Oscar winner Robin Williams. Williams, 62, most familiar to audiences as a sharp-witted, fast-talking comedian, shows his darker, more intense side in "Boulevard," which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival that runs through April 27. "He is an older man, long married, who essentially comes out of the closet at an age when most couples have settled into the tedium of a kind of combative relationship," said Geoffrey Gilmore, Tribeca Film Festival's chief creative officer. Williams' character, Nolan Mack, must choose between hiding the secret he has suppressed for decades and continuing his life with a woman he loves and respects, or dealing with it and upending the only life he has ever known.
NEW YORK (AP) — When Chris Pratt tweeted a shirtless photo of himself to flaunt the shape he had gotten into for "Zero Dark Thirty," he got a "giant ball of criticism" from his friends. It also helped land him the lead in one of the summer's biggest movies.
By Piya Sinha-Roy and Dana Feldman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A man who has sued "X-Men" filmmaker Bryan Singer claiming he had raped him as a teenager named three more Hollywood executives in lawsuits filed on Monday, alleging sexual abuse and rape and seeking damages exceeding $10 million. Michael Egan, 31, who was an aspiring teen actor in Los Angeles, said television executives Garth Ancier and David Neuman and entertainment firm executive Gary Goddard were part of an underage sex ring in Hollywood in late 1999 and 2000 that had abused Egan.
NEW YORK (AP) — By now, some young musical theater fans have received an email from Stephen Schwartz asking them to stop illegally downloading sheet music from any of his shows. Or anyone's show, for that matter.
Bollywood this week throws its premier awards event for the first time in the United States, which has quietly become the leading overseas market for India's prolific film industry. The International Indian Film Academy on Wednesday kicks off four days of festivities in Tampa culminating in an awards ceremony Saturday that will bring out Bollywood's glitterati and Hollywood legend John Travolta. While Bollywood is known for its extravagant song-and-dance routines, its expansion into the United States has been more understated. Indian films are increasingly shown in mainstream US cinemas which set aside specific screens and times.
A restored version of "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" marking the slasher film's 40th anniversary will be shown in Cannes next month as part of the Directors' Fortnight. Tobe Hooper's 1974 horror movie about a group of friends who run into a family of cannibals was originally banned in several countries due to its violence. An independent event started by the French Directors' Guild in the late 1960s, the Fortnight runs alongside the main May 14-25 Cannes Film Festival with the aim of discovering new talent and saluting the work of established directors.