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New 'Game of Thrones' Actors Revealed at Comic-Con

They traveled a long way from the continent of Westeros to get there, but cast members of HBO's "Game of Thrones" at a Comic-Con panel remained tight-lipped on spoilers.

Fans on Friday were told they would not get any plot details about the upcoming fifth season.

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Comic-Con Gets First Look at 'Mockingjay' Trailer

The trailer for the next film in the popular "Hunger Games" series is making its premiere at Comic-Con.

Fans gathered Friday at the Capitol Gallery in downtown San Diego, where holographic versions of victors Peeta Meelark and Johanna Reyes offered visitors a silent welcome before the minute-long teaser trailer was shown.

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Halle Berry Lends Star Power to Fight Hunger in Nicaragua

Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry lent her star power to combat rural hunger during a trip to Nicaragua for the U.N. World Food Program, officials here said Friday.

Government authorities said the Hollywood starlet visited two rural schools in the town of El Cua, some 250 kilometers (150 miles) north of the capital city Managua.

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U.S. Star Malkovich Hits out at Sydney Opera House

U.S. actor John Malkovich has hit out at Sydney's famous Opera House, saying the acoustics were so hideous they "would do an aeroplane hangar a disservice".

The thespian and star of movies including "Burn After Reading" and "Dangerous Liaisons" performed at the iconic building in the 2011 Sydney Festival production "The Giacomo Variations", which was booed and critically savaged.

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Maillot Brings Sexy 'Shrew' to Scandal-Hit Bolshoi

Shakespeare's 16th-century Padua is a far cry from Jean-Christophe Maillot's scintillating new "Taming of the Shrew" at the Moscow Bolshoi.

Instead, for his debut this month at the scandal-hit theater, the French-born choreographer has devised a sensual and modern version of the comedy, with a minimalist stage set and music woven together from film scores.

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Taliban-Era Radio Announcer Rides Crest of the Airwaves

Once a deadpan radio announcer under the Taliban, Masood Sanjer has gained renown for being a thorn in the side of accountability-dodging Afghan officials, exemplifying hard-won media freedoms that are at stake in a pivotal year.

His radio talk show "Safai Shahar" (cleaning the city) is something of a cross between a public helpline and a kangaroo court, enabling callers around Afghanistan to vent their civic grievances over the airwaves -- from broken sewage drains to crime and corruption.

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Chinese Firm Files Transformers Lawsuit

The owners of a Chinese nature park have filed a lawsuit against the makers of the latest Transformers film because it failed to include the park's logo, a court said on Friday.

The Transformers films are wildly popular in China, and Chinese companies from milk producers to banks have flocked to have their products endorsed in the latest installment.

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Ex-Investment Banker Turns to Bollywood Script Writing

An Indian investment banker turned wildly successful novelist is taking a career turn in Bollywood, with a screenplay he says will tackle social issues in the same vein as the books that made him a youth icon.

Chetan Bhagat shot to fame with his coming-of-age tale "Five Point Someone" in 2004 -- written at night while he kept up his financial day job -- which became a huge commercial hit and spawned a raft of Indian campus novels.

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Pacino, Dafoe Set for Venice Film Festival

This year's Venice Film Festival will tackle topics from the financial crisis to drone warfare, and feature performances from Willem Dafoe, Al Pacino and Ethan Hawke.

Organizers on Thursday announced a 20-strong competition lineup that includes Ramin Bahrani's subprime mortgage drama "99 Homes," with Andrew Garfield and Laura Dern, and Andrew Niccol's "The Good Kill," starring Hawke as a dissatisfied drone operator.

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DiCaprio Raises $25 Million at French Charity Gala

Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio has raised more than $25 million (18 million euros) at a charity gala in France for his foundation which aims at protecting the environment and endangered species.

The fundraiser late Wednesday in the chic Riviera seaside resort of Saint-Tropez included an auction of Hollywood and rock and roll memorabilia and works by Damien Hirst and Pablo Picasso.

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