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‘Bates Motel’ casts Rihanna in Janet Leigh role

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SAN DIEGO (AFP) – The horror television series “Bates Motel” has cast pop star Rihanna in its final season, the show revealed during its panel at the Comic-Con fan convention on Friday. The 28-year-old diva will play Marion Crane, the role made famous by Janet Leigh in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho,” …

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Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s ‘Song of Lahore’ bags Audience Choice Award

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Pakistani filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s documentary film ‘Song of Lahore’ was awarded with the Audience Choice Award at the London Indian Film Festival held by the Bagri Foundation, reported Dunya News. The film, which was co-directed by Andy Schocken along with Chinoy, was based on the music community of Lahore during …

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Magic lights up Warner Bros’ Comic-Con panel, superheroes reign

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SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – Oscar-winning actor Eddie Redmayne brought the wizarding world of “Harry Potter” to real life briefly on Saturday, as he helped hand out wooden wands to the 6,500-plus audience at a Comic-Con panel and made everyone perform a spell. Redmayne, the lead actor of “Fantastic Beasts and …

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Marvel sprinkles some movie magic at Comic-Con

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SAN DIEGO (AFP) – Marvel gave fans a glimpse of its ever-expanding “Cinematic Universe” at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, in a robust response to rival Warner’s own star-studded presentation earlier in the day. Marvel, which sat out last year’s convention, introduced a new company logo and played host to …

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Edward Snowden talks film debut and dramatizing his life in ‘Snowden’

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SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – When former NSA contractor-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden met with Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone to discuss a movie on his life, he never thought he would be making his own film debut. Stone had initially interviewed Snowden to include him in DVD outtakes, Snowden said via video link …

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Olympics: Russia facing Rio Olympics, paralympics ban

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Russia on Friday made a last-ditch bid to avoid a blanket ban at the Rio Games over state-run doping as a fresh batch of drug test failures from Beijing 2008 and London 2012 rocked the Olympics. However, as they launched a desperate rearguard action, the International Paralympic Federation (IPF) announced …

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Athletics: Bolt eases to victory, Harrison hurdles to glory

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Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt promised on Friday he will be physically ready for next month s Rio Olympics — on the night Kendra Harrison broke the 28-year-old 100 metres hurdles world record. Bolt, running at the track where he achieved the individual Olympic sprint double and the 4x100m relay for …

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IOC announces 45 failed tests from Beijing and London

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LAUSANNE (Reuters) Forty-five athletes have failed dope tests after their samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Games were reanalyzed, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Friday. The results are from a second wave of retests and take the total number of athletes who tested positive for …

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Tennis: Karlovic beats Johnson to reach Washington final

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(AFP) – Ivo Karlovic, seeking back-to-back titles on different surfaces at age 37, advanced to the ATP and WTA Washington Open finals on Saturday by defeating US fifth seed Steve Johnson 6-4, 6-4. The 35th-ranked Croatian blasted 14 aces to reach Sunday s championship match as on-court temperatures cracked 140 degrees …

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Football: England’s Euro exit can be motivation for future- Allardyce

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New England manager Sam Allardyce told his players to use their shock Euro 2016 exit at the hands of Iceland as motivation for the future on Saturday. The 61-year-old was named on Friday as the successor to Roy Hodgson, who resigned after his team bowed out of the Euros in …

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