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"Grande Bellezza" Director Gets Freedom of Rome

"The Grand Beauty" director Paolo Sorrentino on Friday was made an honorary citizen of Rome, the backdrop for his Oscar-winning film.

Part ode to the architectural and artistic glory of the Italian capital, part indictment of the decadence of its elite, Sorrentino's film has won a string of awards culminating in the Oscar for the best foreign film last month.

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U.S. Judge Revokes Rapper Chris Brown's Probation

U.S. rapper Chris Brown was arrested Friday for allegedly breaching his probation stemming from the troubled singer's notorious 2009 assault of then-girlfriend Rihanna, police said.

The TMZ celebrity news website said the 24-year-old was taken into custody after being booted out of a rehab facility in Malibu for substance abuse and anger management, where he has spent the last four months.

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Hollywood Skin Guru Accused of Plotting to Kill Rival

A Hollywood skin-care expert with celebrity clients including Jennifer Aniston and Nicki Minaj has been arrested for allegedly plotting to have a business rival killed, according to police.

Dawn DaLuise, 55, is accused of trying to hire a hitman to kill Gabriel Suarez after mistakenly concluding that he was behind cyber-stalking rape threats against her, investigators said this week.

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Paris Hilton Inaugurates Manila Urban Beach Club

Paris Hilton unveiled her first real estate project Thursday in metropolitan Manila and said she wants to follow in the footsteps of her great-grandfather and grandfather, who created and led a luxury hotel empire.

Hilton inaugurated the urban Paris Beach Club, which she designed in collaboration with Philippine developer Century Properties. The bean-shaped, three-story club fronting a man-made beach is within the resort-themed Azure condominium community in Paranaque City.

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Royal Editor: Diana Gave me Leaked Phone Info

A journalist on trial in Britain's phone hacking scandal testified Thursday that Princess Diana provided him with information on the royals, including a phone directory, as part of her feud with her estranged husband, Prince Charles.

Former News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman said Diana handed over the data after her separation from Charles, when she was going through a "very, very difficult time" and was looking for media support. Diana and Charles separated in 1992 and divorced four years later. She died in a Paris car crash in 1997.

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Lady Gaga at SXSW: Sausages, Vomit and Inspiration

Lady Gaga kicked off 24 hours in the spotlight at South By Southwest in typically memorable fashion.

The pop provocateur began her appearance at Stubb's BBQ on Thursday night during the annual music festival and conference by roasting herself on a spit like a gutted pig as her dancers basted her with barbecue brushes — and then things got really weird.

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Marcia Gay Harden Talks Role of 'Fifty Shades' Mom

Since being cast in the film adaptation of "Fifty Shades of Grey," Jamie Dornan, who plays the S&M-loving billionaire Christian Grey, has largely stayed out of the public eye.

Aside from being spotted on the streets of Vancouver, British Columbia, while filming the movie, the 31-year-old Dornan hasn't walked any red carpets or really talked about the role.

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With Help from Thousands, 'Veronica Mars' Reborn

Rob Thomas knew he might make movie history by using Kickstarter to crowd-fund his "Veronica Mars" film. But he wasn't prepared for the posters.

Of all the prizes offered to donors of "Veronica Mars" — everything from a digital copy of the script for $10 to a walk-on cameo for $10,000 — the most taxing was autographing the cast-signed posters promised to more than 5,000 backers. It took several hand-cramping days and constant shuttling of boxes from one signee to the next.

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Neil Young Brings his Digital Music Vision to SXSW

Neil Young loves quality sound and he's willing to pay for it. Turns out a lot of others are, too.

Young easily doubled his goal when fans contributed nearly $2 million in 24 hours to a Kickstarter campaign to fund his high-quality service, PonoMusic. It was an auspicious start for a somewhat quixotic effort the singer has mostly funded himself so far. After initially targeting audiophiles who remember warm sound, Young hopes to eventually draw younger listeners as he tries to right what he considers wrong decisions made over the years when production moved from analog to digital.

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Kanye, Jay Z Steal the Show in SXSW Performance

Samsung got its money's worth from Jay Z and Kanye West.

Two of rap's top stars combined for a powerful, hit-filled two-hour show Wednesday night and Thursday morning during South By Southwest, allowing Samsung to steal some of iTunes' luster at the annual music conference and festival.

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