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'Mad Men' Creator Knew How Series Would End from Start

Matthew Weiner, the creator of "Mad Men" -- whose final run of episodes premieres next weekend -- says he knew how the series would end, even before it had started.

At a Beverly Hills press conference, he said the series, which has occupied nearly a third of his life, had exceeded his wildest dreams.

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DR Congo Chef Reaches Stardom after Return to Roots

Racism and the financial meltdown kept Congolese master chef Christian Yumbi down and out in Belgium. Back at home, the gourmet innovator has finally won the stardom he fought for.

"I did my best (in Belgium): I studied, opened my own business, married a Belgian woman, and spoke Flemish. But despite all that, I always felt like a foreigner there," said Yumbi, who in 2014 won the pan-African television contest "Star Chef".

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'Home' Comfy Atop North American Box Office

Animated children's flick "Home," about an unpopular space alien forced to flee his own kind, took up residence over the weekend at the top of the North American box office, estimates showed Sunday.

The computer-generated movie, featuring Jim Parsons as the voice of "Oh" the extraterrestrial and Rihanna as his Earthling friend, landed $54 million in its first weekend out, box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations reported.

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Moore Denies Racism in Comments on next Bond

James Bond legend Roger Moore insisted Saturday he had said nothing racist about fellow British actor Idris Elba -- tipped to play the superspy next -- in a French magazine interview.

The 87-year-old star, who played the suave British agent in seven films from 1973 to 1985, insisted his meaning had been lost in translation.

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Death Threats Made to BBC Chief after Clarkson Axe

British police were on Sunday investigating death threats against BBC director-general Tony Hall following his decision to drop popular "Top Gear" presenter Jeremy Clarkson.

Scotland Yard police headquarters confirmed it was examining allegations made on Wednesday, when Hall confirmed Clarkson's contract would not be renewed at the end of March after he hit a producer.

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Bieber Set for Mayweather's Ring Walk

Pop music star Justin Bieber says he'll be at Floyd Mayweather's side when the unbeaten American walks to the ring on May 2 to take on Manny Pacquiao in their welterweight world title super-fight.

Bieber, a friend of Mayweather who has accompanied the fighter to the ring at other fights, told celebrity website that he would be part of the boxer's entourage for the long anticipated bout with Filipino ring icon Pacquiao in Las Vegas.

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Early Morning Dance Parties Take off in U.S.

Partying before breakfast? It's not everyone's cup of tea. But it is the concept behind "Daybreakers," early-morning raves becoming increasingly popular in the United States.

At 6:30 am one recent morning, some 250 young -- and old -- dance enthusiasts gathered in downtown Los Angeles to strut their stuff before many people have even got out of bed.

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Pentangle Guitarist John Renbourn Dies at 70

The masterful acoustic guitarist John Renbourn, a founding member of the Pentangle in the 1960s, has died at his home in Scotland. He was 70.

His manager, Dave Smith, called Renbourn "a huge character." He said he believes Renbourn suffered a fatal heart attack.

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Vin Diesel Says Oscars Weighted against Action Films

Vin Diesel said Friday that the latest "Fast & Furious" film deserves a best picture Oscar but has two strikes against it when it comes to the Academy — it's an action flick and it's a sequel.

"Do I shy away from aiming high? No, I don't," said the 47-year-old actor, who has appeared in virtually all of the "Fast & Furious" action films based around fast cars. He spoke to The Associated Press while in Beijing to promote the new film.

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Oscar-winning Cotillard to Take Joan of Arc to New York

French actress Marion Cotillard will play Joan of Arc with the New York Philharmonic in a production of Arthur Honegger's oratorio, the orchestra announced Thursday.

Cotillard, who won an Oscar for portraying singer Edith Piaf in the movie "La Vie en Rose," will perform in "Joan of Arc at the Stake" for the New York Philharmonic's season finales from June 10-13.

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