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Paris Hotels Allow Guests to 'Pay What You Want'

Five Paris hotels on Monday launched a scheme allowing guests to "pay what you want" in an experiment that may be extended if successful.

The three- and four-star hotels taking part in the scheme are located in the city's 9th and 11th districts -- a little away from the city's tourist centres. The owners are bullish about the prospects and confident that clients will not abuse the scheme.

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N. American Box Office Goes Bananas for 'Apes'

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" clung tight to the top of the North American box office for a second week in a row, final figures showed Monday.

The "Apes" saga, based on the Pierre Boulle sci-fi tale of humans and primates clashing to survive, earned $36.3 million in its second week out, for a total of $139 million during its two weeks in theaters so far, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

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Party as Britain's Little Prince Celebrates First Birthday

Britain's Prince George was to celebrate his first birthday on Tuesday with a party fit for a future king as his parents thanked well-wishers the world over for their support.

Prince William and his wife Catherine were to throw a private bash at their Kensington Palace home in London to mark the occasion, with royalty and close friends in attendance.

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Reports: Turkey Stops Airing Spy Drama after Threat by IS

Turkey's state television channel stopped broadcasting an ambitious TV drama series about the country's spy agency following warnings from police about a possible jihadist threat, local media reported on Monday. 

TRT stopped airing the "Kizilelma" ("The Red Apple") just three weeks after Turkish national police urged the company to take measures against the threats the drama could pose by drawing the wrath of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants, the Milliyet daily reported on its website. 

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Movie Review: Sex Tape (2014)

Written by Anthony Sargon

What started out as a great summer for R-rated comedies is quickly turning into a mixed bag. While flicks like 22 Jump Street and Neighbors have been embraced by the general public, others like Tammy and A Million Ways to Die in the West have been less reliable. Sex Tape, I’m sad to say, is largely devoid of any laughs, and wastes a mostly talented cast (I say mostly because I quite dislike Cameron Diaz) and a clever premise on lazy, unfunny, and obnoxious jokes.

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Movie Review: Boyhood (2014)

Written by Anthony Sargon

It’s simple: you have never seen a movie like Boyhood before, and you likely never will again. Shot over a 12-year period with the same cast, Richard Linklater’s latest is the definition of a masterpiece, and it’s hands down the best movie of the year, and one of the most memorable cinematic experiences you will ever have.

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Britain's Kate to Visit Malta on First Solo Trip Abroad

Catherine, the wife of Britain's Prince William, is to make her first official solo trip abroad with a visit to Malta in September, Kensington Palace announced Monday.

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Movie Review: The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

Written by Anthony Sargon

I didn’t get a chance to watch 2013′s The Purge in theaters, but caught in on home video a few weeks ago with some friends. While I wasn’t all that impressed with the film itself, the concept was certainly intriguing, especially for someone like me who absolutely hates the United States’ gun culture. While certainly flawed, The Purge: Anarchy is a significant improvement over its predecessor, and is one of this summer’s most pleasant (well, kind of) surprises.

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Stats Don't Lie: Shakira Most 'Liked' Pop Star on Facebook

Colombian pop star Shakira has become the first person to reach more than 100 million fans on Facebook, becoming the most "liked" celebrity on the social network in the process. 

The multi-lingual singer, who recently performed at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Brazil World Cup, stands ahead of rivals Eminem and Rihanna, who have amassed 91.9 million and 89 million fans respectively.  

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Batman Will Not Appear in Fox's 'Gotham' Series

Yes, the new Fox series "Gotham" will feature a young Bruce Wayne, but don't expect him to turn into the caped crusader.

Creator Bruno Heller told journalists Sunday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour that "If there is a superhero on this show, it's Gotham."

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