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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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4-Day Comic Con Festival Kicks Off in San Diego

Like Batman responding to a beaming Bat signal in the sky, fans are streaming to San Diego for the 45th annual Comic-Con pop culture extravaganza.

The four-day festival celebrating film, TV, video games, comic books, costumes and other popular arts kicks off with a preview Wednesday night and goes full force Thursday at the San Diego Convention Center.

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Review: 'Lucy' Won't Stretch Your Brain Capacity

So let's start with the enticing premise of Luc Besson's "Lucy," starring Scarlett Johansson: Human beings only use 10 percent of their brain capacity. Imagine what it would be like if we could access all of it?

Well, wow. It would be sort of like ... nothing new. Because, it turns out, in real life, humans pretty much DO use their whole brains.

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Film Charts Detroit's 'Slow Motion Catastrophe'

When film director Steve Faigenbaum grew up in Detroit, the city pulsated to the sound of Motown and car manufacturing.

Today, the once mighty city, which declared bankruptcy in 2013, is a nightmarish vision of urban decay that draws young people from all over the world to buy a house for $1,000.

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First Superman Comic Book to Go Up and Away at eBay

A purportedly pristine copy of the first Superman comic book could fetch millions of dollars when it goes up, up and away in an auction at online marketplace eBay.

A copy of Action Comics #1 in which the Kryptonian superhero made his debut in 1938 will be offered in an eBay auction that opens on August 14 and run for ten days.

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'Glee' Star Naya Rivera Marries Ryan Dorsey Months After Big Sean Split

Only three months after calling off her engagement to rapper Big Sean in April, "Glee" star Naya Rivera married actor Ryan Dorsey this past weekend in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, People magazine reports.

The nuptials took place Saturday in front of a small group of close family.

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