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Italian Director to Shoot First Film about Pope Francis

An Italian director best known for telling complex on-screen love stories will begin shooting the first film about Pope Francis in Argentina later this year, Italian radio reported on Thursday.

Daniele Luchetti said he would start filming the biopic in October, after he had become fascinated by the pontiff's openness on various issues.

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Police Say Kennedy Intruder Was Seeking Katy Perry

A man accused of breaking into a home in the Kennedy compound and telling authorities he was looking for singer Katy Perry has been sent to a mental health facility for evaluation.

James Lacroix, 53, appeared in court Wednesday on a breaking and entering charge. A not guilty plea was entered for him, but a formal arraignment was delayed until Aug. 13.

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Oscar Winner Howard to Make New Beatles Film

Oscar-winning director Ron Howard will make a new authorized documentary about the Beatles' touring years, with the backing of the Fab Four's music label Apple Corps, they said Wednesday.

The two surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are giving their "full cooperation" to the movie, as are John Lennon and George Harrison's widows, Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison, the filmmakers said.

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'Ted' Creator Accused of Copying Foul-Mouthed Bear

A production company is suing US comic Seth MacFarlane for breach of copyright, claiming he based his foul-mouthed character in hit movie "Ted" on an abusive teddy bear created years before.

Bengal Mangle Productions say MacFarlane's Ted, who drinks, takes drugs and likes prostitutes, is based on the title character in "Charlie the Abusive Teddy Bear," an online show dating from 2009.

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Ioan Gruffudd Plays Revealing Role in 'Forever'

Ioan Gruffudd is used to playing extraordinary characters, but his latest comes with a special challenge.

In the "Fantastic Four" movies, he was the brainy shapeshifter Mister Fantastic. In ABC's upcoming series "Forever," the Welsh actor plays a man who is fated to die and be reborn over and over — and each time he comes back, he's naked.

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Hearing Set in Justin Bieber's Florida DUI Case

A hearing will be held to determine whether Justin Bieber will be tried on charges of driving under the influence and resisting arrest.

The hearing Wednesday in Miami is meant for prosecutors and Bieber's lawyers to tell a judge if they're ready for trial, or if there is a plea deal in the works. Trial for the 20-year-old pop star is currently set for July 28.

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Goddess of Thunder? Thor Undergoes Sex Change

He is famed as the God of Thunder, but Thor is to change sex, launching an "all-new era" for the comic book icon, its publishers said Tuesday. 

Marvel Comics will introduce the female Thor in its latest comic series in October, it announced, stressing that the new Thor is not "She-Thor" or "Thorita." 

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At Elvis Fest, Impersonations are Reverent Tribute

The white-suited, chest hair-baring, blue contact-wearing men posing with fans outside the showroom of the former Las Vegas Hilton don't want to be called Elvis impersonators.

The correct term is Elvis tribute artist — or ETA for short — to distinguish their studied performances from the dime-a-dozen characters trolling the Strip.

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Golden Globe Producers, Organizers Settle Lawsuit

The organization that puts on the Golden Globe Awards and the company that produces the telecast have resolved their long-standing court battle over rights to the show.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and dick clark productions announced Monday that the 2010 lawsuit has been settled. The terms were not revealed.

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Actress Kruger Jumps for Joy over World Cup Win

German-born actress Diane Kruger says watching Sunday's World Cup final she couldn't eat, drink or sit down the entire match.

Kruger says the game was so intense. And when Germany finally beat Argentina 1-0 in overtime, she was "jumping up and down." She watched the match with friends in New York.

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