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Melanie Griffith, Amanda Seyfried to Star Onstage

Actors often complain about short rehearsal times, but some of entertainment's biggest names — including Melanie Griffith, Amanda Seyfried, Uzo Aduba, Peter Dinklage, Nina Dobrev and Pablo Schreiber — are about to have virtually none.

They'll be appearing next month in the 14th annual benefit "The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway," which asks over a dozen actors, six writers and six directors to come up with six original short plays over the course of a day. Proceeds help the Urban Arts Partnership.

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Pregnant Kate Back at Work after Morning Sickness

The Duchess of Cambridge has resumed her royal duties after spending more than two months out of the public eye while suffering from acute morning sickness.

Kate and her husband Prince William welcomed the president of Singapore to London at the start of a state visit Tuesday. She greeted President Tony Tan and his wife Mary at the Royal Garden Hotel and told them "I've been looking forward to getting out of the house, that's for sure."

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China Communist Body Ponders Action against Hong Kong Stars

The powerful Youth League of China's ruling Communist party has opened a poll on possible sanctions against Hong Kong celebrities who support the city's pro-democracy demonstrators -- including boycotts, bans and Internet censorship.

The former British colony's vibrant film and music scenes have made its performers stars on the mainland. But celebrities including actors Chow Yun Fat and Anthony Wong have reportedly praised the protesters, who are labelled as criminals by Beijing.

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'Fury' Wins War at N. American Box Office

Brad Pitt's new war movie "Fury" slayed its way straight to the top of North America's box office, knocking "Gone Girl" out of first place, industry data showed Monday.

The gory World War II film, which has already been turned into a video game, earned $23.7 million in its opening weekend, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

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American Fashion Designer Oscar de la Renta Dies at 82

Legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, whose beautiful clothes defined American elegance for generations and were beloved by first ladies and Hollywood stars, died Monday. He was 82.

His company website bore only his trademark signature in white against a navy blue background.

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Cost of Making 'Hobbit' Movies up to $745 Million

The movie trilogy "The Hobbit" has so far cost nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars to make as the epic continues to set new benchmarks for studio spending.

Financial documents filed this month in New Zealand, where the three movies are being made, show production costs through March had reached 934 million New Zealand dollars ($745 million).

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'Little Apple': The Hit Song all of China is Singing

Has China found its own "Gangnam Style"? From Beijing parks to Shanghai skyscrapers and in Guangzhou factories to karaoke rooms in Macau, people are singing "Little Apple" -- a song apparently so catchy it has even won over the army and police.

Calling themselves the "Chopsticks Brothers", Xiao Yang and Wang Taili are neither brothers nor composers, but are responsible for a hit that has become a nationwide phenomenon.

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Brad Pitt War Film Wraps up London Film Festival

Brad Pitt was bringing the London Film Festival to a storming conclusion Sunday with "Fury," David Ayer's mud- and blood-splattered tale of a tank crew in the closing days of World War II.

The film offers a brutal depiction of combat, but Pitt says filming it has made him a better father to his six children with Angelina Jolie.

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Iconic 'Easy Rider' Chopper Sells for $1.35 Million

The iconic Harley-Davidson chopper-style motorbike ridden by Peter Fonda in the 1969 classic "Easy Rider" film sold for $1.35 million at auction this weekend.

The "Captain America" bike, complete with authenticating documents including a letter from Fonda, was sold late Saturday at entertainment industry auction house Profiles in History, said spokeswoman Sabrina Propper.

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Comedians Honor Jay Leno with Top U.S. Humor Prize

The joke was on Jay Leno as comedians saluted the former "Tonight Show" host Sunday when he received the top U.S. humor prize.

Jimmy Fallon, Jerry Seinfeld and Wanda Sykes celebrated Leno's famous work ethic and poked fun as he received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center in Washington. Garth Brooks, Kevin Eubanks and Chelsea Handler also paid tribute.

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