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New Zealand Plans for Hollywood-Style Sign on Hold

Wellington Airport on Wednesday said it had put plans for a giant "Wellywood" sign on hold amid a public backlash against the idea in the New Zealand capital.

The eight-meter-high (26-foot-high) sign across a hillside owned by the airport was designed as a Hollywood-style tribute to Wellington's film industry, which has created blockbusters such as "The Lord of the Rings".

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Oscar-Winning Morricone Heads Rome Film Festival Jury

Oscar-winning composer Ennio Morricone, author of the film scores for "Spaghetti Westerns" starring Clint Eastwood in the 1960s, will head up the jury for the Rome film festival, organizers said on Wednesday.

Morricone, 82, who started out as a jazz trumpeter, has also worked with celebrated directors Brian De Palma and Giuseppe Tornatore and has received two Grammy Awards and two Golden Globes in a career spanning half a century.

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Global Luxury Brands Flock to Hong Kong Bourse

Some of the world's top luxury brands are set to list on the Hong Kong bourse to tap China's deep capital markets -- and draw more customers -- as demand for premium goods soars in Asia, analysts say.

The city's profile as a luxury magnet was boosted in January when Prada said it would list its shares in Hong Kong, after French cosmetics chain L'Occitane raised more than $700 million in the financial hub last year.

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Warner Bros Unveils Hobbit Film Names, Release Dates

U.S. film giant Warner Bros has revealed the titles of the two long-delayed upcoming "The Hobbit" movies, prequels to the Tolkien epic "Lord of the Rings" by Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson.

"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" is due to be released in December 2012, while "The Hobbit: There and Back Again" is slated for release 12 months later, the studio said on the project's Facebook page.

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Hackers Plant Tupac Hoax on U.S. News Website

The website of a U.S. public television news program said Monday its website had been targeted by hackers who planted a false story about rapper Tupac Shakur.

The website of the NewsHour program was briefly shut down, but the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) told visitors that "no personal information or email addresses were compromised in any way during the incident."

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Romanian "Sound" Takes Over Dance Music Scene

Like dancing and looking for new club music? Move over London and Ibiza, it's time to check out .... Romania.

Artists from this eastern European state have inched their way onto the international scene to beat out Lady Gaga for a big U.S. dance song award, score millions of views on YouTube and sell hundreds of thousands of singles.

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Bollywood Sequels: A Recipe for Success?

A glut of Bollywood sequels are due out in the coming months, prompting questions about whether the industry has run out of ideas or is just milking a successful formula in troubled times.

More than a dozen follow-ups are in the pipeline, including "Bheja Fry 2" (Brain Fry), a second "Dabangg" (Fearless), a third in the "Dhoom" franchise and another installment of the "Golmaal" series.

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Sean Kingston Injured in Miami Crash

"Beautiful Girls" singer Sean Kingston was injured when his personal watercraft slammed into a bridge in Miami, The Miami Herald reported Monday.

The newspaper said Kingston, 21, was intensive care after he and a female friend crashed into the Palm Island Bridge. The two were picked up by another boater after being thrown into the water after the crash, authorities told the newspaper.

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Ex-husband of Schwarzenegger's Lover Plans to Sue

The ex-husband of Arnold Schwarzenegger's lover told a Colombian magazine Sunday that he plans to sue the former governor, alleging that the birth certificate of the couple's love child was falsified.

Rogelio Baena, a Colombian native, was married to Mildred Patricia Baena, who was a housekeeper to the Hollywood star-turned California governor and his celebrity wife Maria Shriver.

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'Hangover' Hurls Up Huge Numbers with $86.5 Million Debut

Hollywood's hangover is a lot bigger the second time around.

"The Hangover Part II" hauled in $86.5 million in its first weekend, putting Hollywood on course to set a new revenue record for the long Memorial Day weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.

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