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Best New TV Series Fight it out for Festival Title

One of the world's top television series festivals -- Series Mania -- opens in Paris Friday with "The Sopranos" creator David Chase chairing a jury that will choose the best of the new small-screen epics from across the globe.

The official competition, the first of its type for a festival aimed at the public as well as the TV industry, has eight new series including U.S. crime writer Harlan Coben's "The Five" competing for the Grand Prix.

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Lights, Camera, Action! Charlie Chaplin Museum Springs to Life

Imagine moving along the cogs within giant machinery like Charlie Chaplin in "Modern Times", or tumbling inside a cabin teetering on the edge of a cliff as he did in "Gold Rush".

That will be possible when an ambitious, immersive museum showcasing the life and works of the groundbreaking filmmaker opens in Switzerland on Sunday.

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First Ramones Exhibition Takes Punk to Queens Roots

Before The Ramones became international icons, the band's first press release in 1975 introduced the punk rockers to the world as working-class men from Queens.

Youngsters from the New York borough's neighborhood of Forest Hills "either become musicians, degenerates or dentists. The Ramones are a little of each," it informed.

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Ruling Clears Way for Katy Perry to Buy Hilltop Convent

A judge on Wednesday voided the sale of a former Catholic convent to a Los Angeles businesswoman, clearing the way for Katy Perry to purchase the hilltop property.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Stephanie Bowick ruled that attempts to sell the property to the businesswoman by members of an order of elderly nuns were improper.

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Bataclan Announces First Concerts since Paris Attacks in November

The team running the Paris concert hall where 90 people were killed in last year's jihadist attacks announced Wednesday a series of concerts would be held at the venue in November.

British singer Pete Doherty and the Senegalese star Youssou N'Dour and his Super Etoile de Dakar band will play the Bataclan on November 16 and 18 respectively, the managers said in a statement.

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Country Artists Condemn LGBT Laws, but Labels Silent

Several country music artists and songwriters have condemned proposed laws that critics say discriminate against LGBT people, but anyone looking for reaction from the record labels and production companies on Nashville's Music Row has heard only the sound of silence.

New laws in North Carolina and Mississippi have drawn the ire of businesses and celebrities alike, with Bruce Springsteen and Bryan Adams canceling shows in those states. Legislation dealing with the treatment of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people was vetoed by Georgia's governor, but bills are still being considered in Tennessee and South Carolina.

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Cosby Asks Court to Reseal Testimony about Affairs, Drugs

Lawyers for Bill Cosby are urging a court to reseal the actor's deposition testimony about extramarital affairs, Quaaludes and payments to women.

Cosby doesn't want the decade-old testimony used in the legal battles he's fighting with women who accuse him of sexual assault or defamation.

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Major Rise in Global Music Sales for First Time since 1998

The recorded music industry has enjoyed its first significant growth since the dawn of the Internet age, as streaming led digital to overtake physical sales, a global trade body said Tuesday. 

Recorded music revenue expanded by 3.2 percent in 2015 worldwide to $15 billion, fueled by an extraordinary growth in subscriptions to streaming services, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.

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Duchess' 'Marilyn' Moment Causes a Stir in India

One of India's top newspapers faced a social media backlash on Tuesday after it splashed a picture across its front page of Britain's Princess Kate suffering a "Marilyn moment" as her dress rose up in the wind.

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Fire Damages Tokyo's Famous Golden-gai Bar District

Dozens of fire trucks on Tuesday rushed to extinguish a blaze which gutted four buildings in a famed Tokyo bar district.

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