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French Entertainment Industry Demands 50 Mn Euros in Govt. Aid over Paris Attacks

France's live entertainment industry -- which has been badly hit by the Paris terror attacks -- demanded 50 million euros ($53 million) in state aid Tuesday to help it get over the crisis.

The industry group Prodiss welcomed the four million euros promised by Culture Minister Fleur Pellerin days after the November 13 attacks on a string of targets including the Bataclan concert venue where 90 people died, but said it was not enough.

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In Algeria, Heavy Metal Bangs up against Tradition

They came from all over conservative Algeria, clad in black leather, studded bracelets and even the traditional Muslim veil to revel in a rare heavy metal concert.

Organized earlier this month in the eastern city of Constantine -- designated this year's Capital of Arab Culture by the Arab League and U.N. cultural agency UNESCO -- the two-day Fest 213 brought together metal fans from across this North African country.

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'Wizard of Oz' Dress Sells for $1.56 Mn in New York

A dress worn by Hollywood screen siren Judy Garland in "The Wizard of Oz" as the character Dorothy sold for $1.56 million in New York on Monday, Bonhams auction house said.

The dress was chief highlight in a sale of nearly 400 pieces of Hollywood memorabilia organized by the auction house and Turner Classic Movies that netted total sales of more than $4 million.

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Final 'Hunger Games' Movie Opens to Franchise Low

The fourth and final "Hunger Games" movie ruled the North American box office over the weekend but failed to do as well as the two previous films in the series, industry figures showed Monday.

"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 2" raked in $102.7 million in ticket sales in its opening weekend in the United States and Canada, box office tracker Exhibitor Relations said.

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Celine Dion Leads Music World in Mourning Paris

Celine Dion on Sunday led the music industry in an emotional tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks, as the American Music Awards heard appeals for a peaceful world.

The Canadian singer sang Edith Piaf's classic "Hymne a l'Amour" ("Hymn to Love") in French at the star-studded ceremony in Los Angeles, which went ahead barely a week after the assault on a concert hall and other civilian targets across Paris.

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Colombian Bombshell Vergara, Actor Joe Manganiello Tie the Knot

Colombia-born film star Sofia Vergara, America's highest-paid TV actress, tied the knot Sunday in what the entertainment world called the celebrity wedding of the year.

The "Modern Family" star pledged her eternal love to fellow actor Joe Manganiello at "The Breakers" a swank Palm Beach resort, before of a gathering of friends and family, the culmination of a weekend-long wedding celebration.

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Final 'Hunger Games' Movie Rules North American Box Office

The fourth and final movie in the Hunger Games franchise -- the saga that turned Jennifer Lawrence into a Hollywood mega-star -- ruled the North American box offices over the weekend, early results showed Sunday.

"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2" raked in $101 million in ticket sales in its opening weekend in the United States and Canada, according to ticket sales tracker Exhibitor Relations. 

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Eagles of Death Metal Singer Recalls Bataclan Carnage

Jesse Hughes, the Eagles of Death Metal singer who was performing at the Bataclan theater in Paris when gunmen attacked November 13, said many spectators died attempting to protect their friends.

"A great reason why so many were killed is because so many people wouldn't leave their friends. So many people put themselves in front of people," he said in an excerpted interview with Vice.com.

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French Rocker Johnny Hallyday Says Willing to Fight IS

Veteran French rock star Johnny Hallyday said Sunday he would have gladly taken up a weapon to fight jihadists had he not been a singer, in the wake of the Paris attacks.

"If I weren't a singer, I would pick up a weapon and go fight them," the 72-year-old musician told Le Parisien newspaper after the attacks, which were claimed by the Islamic State group.

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Adele Album on Track for Record Sales

The long-awaited new album by Adele, "25," looks set to break the modern record for first week sales, the makers of the benchmark U.S. chart said Saturday.

Billboard, the music industry journal that publishes weekly charts, said that "25," released on Friday, appeared likely to sell at least 2.5 million copies in the United States.

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