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'Birth of a Nation' launches voter registration initiative

'Birth of a Nation' launches voter registration initiative

NEW YORK — Fox Searchlight will hold voter registration enrolment in theatre lobbies ahead of screenings of the Nat Turner slave rebellion drama "The Birth of a Nation.

Dustin Hoffman & Judi Dench receive Int'l Emmy nominations

NEW YORK — Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench received International Emmy nominations Monday for their roles in the BBC One TV movie "Roald Dahl's Esio Trot.
Viola Davis describes becoming Rape Foundation advocate

Viola Davis describes becoming Rape Foundation advocate

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Viola Davis said Sunday that her own experiences with sexual assault led her to become an advocate for the Rape Foundation and encouraged others to visit treatment centres so they'll become supporters. "You must," she said.

Christopher Plummer to present Gordon Pinsent with Stratford Festival Legacy Award

TORONTO — Two Canadian acting legends will be in the spotlight Monday night as Christopher Plummer presents a special honour to Gordon Pinsent. Pinsent is being recognized as this year's recipient of the Stratford Festival's Legacy Award.

New and established authors in the running for Scotiabank Giller Prize short list

TORONTO — The works of literary newcomers and established authors are all vying for spots on the Scotiabank Giller Prize short list slated to be announced Monday morning.
Matt LeBlanc signs 2-series deal to host BBC's 'Top Gear'

Matt LeBlanc signs 2-series deal to host BBC's 'Top Gear'

LONDON — The BBC says former "Friends" star Matt LeBlanc has signed a two-series deal to host its popular car show "Top Gear." The broadcaster announced Monday that LeBlanc will front the program when it returns for a 24th series in 2017.
Train, buttocks among contenders for art's Turner Prize

Train, buttocks among contenders for art's Turner Prize

LONDON — A model train and bare buttocks are among artworks nominated for the prestigious Turner Prize. Work by four shortlisted artists went on display Monday at London's Tate Britain gallery.
'Magnificent Seven' rides Denzel's star power to $35M debut

'Magnificent Seven' rides Denzel's star power to $35M debut

NEW YORK — Movie stars don't open movies anymore? Tell that to Denzel Washington and Tom Hanks. The pair, once co-stars in "Philadelphia," have together dominated the last three weeks of the box office.
Jane Pauley replacing Osgood at 'Sunday Morning'

Jane Pauley replacing Osgood at 'Sunday Morning'

NEW YORK — Jane Pauley is becoming a morning television host again — this time at a much more relaxed pace. CBS said Sunday she will replace Charles Osgood as anchor of the "Sunday Morning" telecast.

Country singer Jean Shepard dies; was Grand Ole Opry staple

NASHVILLE — Jean Shepard, "the grand lady of the Grand Ole Opry" who had a long recording career as an influential female in country music, died Sunday, according to an Opry spokeswoman. Shepard was 82.