Primark targets U.S. with first store openings

Fashion - 3 hours 37 min ago

A shopper passes demonstrators outside clothing retailer Primark in London April 27, 2013.REUTERS/Suzanne PlunkettBy 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.

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Some drama off-camera in Mideast conflict film

Movies - 7 hours 58 min ago

In this photo taken Sunday, April 20, 2014, American director James Adolphus, 36 talks to the Associated Press during an interview in the West Bank city of Ramallah. The 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 preconceptions Israelis and Palestinians hold about each other in their long-running conflict.(AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)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.

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Drew Barrymore welcomes second baby girl

Movies - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 19:49

Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman Welcome Daughter FrankieLOS ANGELES (AP) — Drew Barrymore is now a mommy of two.

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Indian film awards arrive in Tampa, Fla., but why?

Movies - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 18:30

FILE - This July 6, 2013 file photo shows Bollywood actors Sridevi and Prabhu Deva, left in yellow, performing during the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards in Macau. The IIFA is holding its annual awards ceremony in Tampa this week. The city is an unusual choice for the awards extravaganza, but tourism officials hope it will be an economic boon to Tampa, which has hosted four Super Bowls and the Republican National Convention. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The so-called Bollywood Oscars have been held in Macau, Singapore, London and now . Tampa?

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Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks

Movies - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 17:20

FILE - This May 18, 2013 file photo shows Hannah Hooper, left, and Christian Zucconi of Grouplove performing as part of Party in the Park at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. Grouplove's, “Ways to Go,” was the most viral track on Spotify, from Monday, June 10, to Sunday, June 16, via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify. (Photo by Robb D. Cohen/RobbsPhotos/Invision/AP, file)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.

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Jamie Dornan Tired Of Tying Women Up

Movies - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 16:35

Jamie Dornan attends the Irish Film And Television Awards on April 5, 2014 in Dublin, Ireland -- Getty Images

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Summer movie preview: Bay reboots 'Transformers'

Movies - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 16:20

 Age of Extinction." (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, Andrew Cooper)NEW YORK (AP) — Summer is the season of Michael Bay.

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Indian film stars, Bollywood Oscars come to Fla.

Movies - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 16:15
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The International Indian Film Academy is holding its annual awards ceremony in Tampa starting Wednesday.
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Vin Diesel Shares Pic Of Paul Walker Brothers On 'Fast 7' Set

Movies - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 15:59
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.
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Julia Roberts' 'Heartbreak' Over Half-Sister's Death

Movies - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 14:59

Julia Roberts arrives at the 86th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood -- Getty ImagesJulia Roberts has opened up about the death of her half-sister, Nancy Motes. "It's just heartbreak," she told The Wall Street Journal magazine, tearing up when asked about Motes.

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Robin Williams confronts deep-rooted secret in drama 'Boulevard'

Movies - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 14:58

Williams speaks at a panel for the television series "The Crazy Ones" during the CBS portion of the Television Critics Association Summer press tour in Beverly HillsBy 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.

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Summer preview: Chris Pratt enters a new 'Galaxy'

Movies - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 14:50

This image released by Disney - Marvel shows Chris Pratt in a scene from "Guardians Of The Galaxy." (AP Photo/Disney - Marvel)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.

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Man accusing 'X-Men' director of sex abuse sues more Hollywood execs

Movies - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 13:30

Plaintiff Michael Egan attends a news conference at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles, CaliforniaBy 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.

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Coulson denies hearing hacked Daniel Craig message

Movies - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:34

Andy Coulson, former former Editor of the now closed News of the World newspaper arrives at the Central Criminal Court, the Old Bailey, in London where she appears to face charges related to phone hacking Tuesday, April, 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)LONDON (AP) — Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson on Tuesday denied a claim that he listened to a hacked voicemail left by actress Sienna Miller for James Bond star Daniel Craig.

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'Wicked' composer, others fight sheet music piracy

Music - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 11:46

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2009, file photo, acclaimed Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz is seen in Santa Barbara, Calif. Schwartz is asking musical theater fans to stop illegally downloading sheet music from any of his shows The award-winning composer of the Broadway smash, “Wicked,” wants people to know that it’s stealing. (AP Photo/Michael A. Mariant, File)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.

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List of films in Cannes Directors' Fortnight

Movies - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 11:41

Quinzaine des réalisateurs (Directors' Fortnight) 2014 posterHere is a list of the feature films selected for the Directors' Fortnight sidebar to the main competition at next month's Cannes Film Festival.

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With awards, Bollywood shows growing imprint in US

Movies - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 11:27

"Dhoom 3" is nominated for best picture at the International Indian Film Academy awards.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.

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Restored 'Texas Chain Saw Massacre' gets Cannes slot

Movies - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:44

Original 1974 movie poster for "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre"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.

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