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Cirque Chief Gambles on 'Millionaires' Poker'

Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte and the World Series of Poker announced plans Thursday for a special 2012 tournament that would require a record $1 million entry fee.

Eleven percent of the fee for the contest, which he described as a "very interesting game of millionaires," would be donated to Laliberte's anti-poverty nonprofit foundation One Drop.

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Singer Shania Twain Gets Walk of Fame Hollywood Star

Canadian country pop diva Shania Twain was honored with a star on Hollywood's storied Walk of Fame on Thursday, and voiced surprise that she had come so far.

"I mean, why is a girl from Timmins, Ontario, standing here, getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame?" the Grammy-winner asked. "I really don't know... it's a small miracle, to be honest, that I am here today."

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Goblins Battle Elves in Tolkien reenactment

A black-clad goblin lets out a piercing roar and two lines of fighters pour into a shallow ravine, thrusting spears and waving axes.

It looks violent but take a closer look and the axe-blades are made of carpet and the spears and arrows have soft tips.

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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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