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Cutting-Edge Ballet Rocks Russia's Bolshoi

A modern ballet with music by cult U.S. rock band The White Stripes has wowed Bolshoi Theater audiences, helping the company shake off a conservative image as it plans a return to its historic home.

"Chroma", British choreographer Wayne McGregor's 2006 exploration of the influence of psychology on movement, is a sharp contrast to the 19th-century narrative ballets that have been the staple of the Bolshoi repertoire.

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French Chefs Doff Hats to Spain's Adria

Catalan chef Ferran Adria, who is closing his legendary Spanish eatery elBulli on Saturday, has won acclaim over two decades there from perhaps the sternest of culinary judges -- the French.

Adria's avant-garde cooking grabbed the attention of fellow cooks across the border, who hail him as a genius and an artist, while bemoaning the poor imitations his groundbreaking cuisine has spawned.

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Hug-a-Porn-Star Draws Crowds to Hong Kong Comic Fair

A Japanese porn star's hugging contest, as well as covetable limited edition action figures, is drawing record crowds of manga-crazed youngsters to Hong Kong's annual comic fair.

Hundreds of excited teens camped out for days so they could be among the first inside the venue, turning elevated walkways leading into the city's convention centre into makeshift homes.

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Amy Winehouse Left Trove of Unreleased Music

People close to Amy Winehouse say she left a trove of unreleased music, but no decision has been made about whether it will be released.

Spokesman Chris Goodman says there is "plenty" of material, but there have been no discussions yet about releasing anything.

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Unrest Outside Hollywood Rave Film Premiere

Police fired beanbags to disperse revelers who threw bottles and other objects on Hollywood's main tourist drag Wednesday, outside the premiere of a rave-inspired documentary.

Two people were arrested and three police cars damaged outside Graumann's Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard, where "Electric Daisy Carnival Experience" was being screened, a police spokeswoman said.

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String of Hits Brings Smile Back to Bollywood

Bollywood has had a better start to the second half of 2011 after a tough first six months of empty cinemas and postponed releases caused by clashes with major cricket tournaments, analysts say.

Long queues and "house full" signs have returned to cinemas in India's entertainment capital Mumbai and across the country since the start of June for a string of films that have proved a hit with audiences.

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Lauryn Hill: Rohan Marley not Father of 6th Child

After the birth of her sixth child, Lauryn Hill wants to clear up two things: Rohan (RO'-han) Marley didn't abandon her while she was pregnant, and he's not the baby's father.

The blogosphere has been abuzz after word came last week that the reclusive Grammy winner had a baby boy. Marley, the father of her five other children, sent a message on Twitter "forwarding all well wishes to Ms. Hill on the birth of her new son." That tweet, along with pictures showing him in an embrace with another woman, created speculation.

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Jeopardy! Host Injured after Chasing Burglar in SF

"Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek says he snapped his Achilles tendon while running after a burglar who had stolen cash, a bracelet and other items from his San Francisco hotel room.

The 71-year-old Trebek tells KGO-TV that he also injured his other leg while falling down during the chase early Wednesday. He was on crutches later Wednesday when he hosted the National Geographic World Championship at Google headquarters in Mountain View.

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'General Suleiman' Song Lands Musician in Jail

Lebanese vocalist and musician Zeid Hamdan was briefly detained on Wednesday for slander over a song posted on YouTube in which he urges President Michel Suleiman to "go home."

"General prosecutor Saeed Mirza ordered Zeid Hamdan detained for a song posted more than 18 months ago," Zeid’s lawyer Nizar Saghiyyeh told Agence France Presse.

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Hugh Hefner's Ex-Fiancee Explains Split

Hugh Hefner's 25-year-old former fiancee took a parting shot at the Playboy founder Tuesday, saying she had never been turned on by him and they only had sex once.

Crystal Harris, who called off the California nuptials with the 85-year-old in June, said she had never seen her former husband-to-be naked.

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