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Josh Groban beats Tim McGraw to top of Billboard 200 album chart
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Singer Josh Groban scored his third No. 1 on Wednesday as his latest album shot to the top of the Billboard 200 album chart, edging out new entries from Tim McGraw and rock band Coheed and Cambria. "All That Echoes," Groban's sixth studio album, sold 145,000 copies in its first week, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan, making it the singer's third chart-topping album since 2007's holiday set, "Noel."
Quirky comedy film "Prince Avalanche" charms Berlin
BERLIN (Reuters) - Cinema has a new odd couple in "Prince Avalanche", a low-budget film set in the remote, fire-ravaged forests of Texas and starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch as an unlikely pair of workers painting markings on a seemingly endless road. The tedium of their work allows space for them to argue, bicker, compete and bond in David Gordon Green's oddball remake of a 2011 Icelandic movie called "Either Way".
Beyonce shows marriage, miscarriage and Blue Ivy in documentary
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Beyonce is letting fans into her private life, introducing daughter Blue Ivy to the world and talking about motherhood, marriage and miscarriage in a new documentary. The 31-year-old pop singer and her rapper husband, Jay-Z, 43, one of music's most influential couples, have guarded their privacy fiercely.
Eric Church leads line-up for country music awards
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) - Singer-songwriter Eric Church grabbed the lead in one of the biggest events in country music on Wednesday with seven nominations for the Academy of Country Music Awards while country-pop darling Taylor Swift received five nods. Church, 35, was nominated as Male Vocalist of the Year and received his second consecutive nod for Album of the Year, this time for his widely acclaimed 2011 album "Chief", in the 48th annual Academy of Country Music Awards.
Pregnant Kate's "rounded belly" pictures make a splash overseas
MILAN (Reuters) - An Italian magazine ignored the protests of Britain's royal family on Wednesday to publish pictures of Prince William's pregnant wife Kate in a blue bikini on a private island. The gossip magazine Chi, owned by former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, defended its decision to splash pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge showing off her "rounded belly" by implying they were taken in public.
New proof said found for "original" Mona Lisa
GENEVA (Reuters) - New tests on a painting billed as the original version of the Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci's 15th century portrait, have produced fresh proof that it is the work of the Italian master, a Swiss-based art foundation said on Wednesday. The tests, one by a specialist in "sacred geometry" and the other by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, were carried out in the wake of the Geneva unveiling of the painting, the "Isleworth Mona Lisa", last September.
Bolshoi Ballet chief's sight recovering after acid attack
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The sight of the Bolshoi Ballet's artistic director is improving after an operation in Germany to save his vision following an acid attack, Russia's chief ophthalmologist said on Wednesday. The January 17 assault put the spotlight on the bitter rivalries at the Bolshoi, one of the world's leading theatres, and in the fiercely competitive world of ballet.
Review of "literary blah" memoir wins 2013 mauling award
LONDON (Reuters) - A review belitting award-winning British novelist Rachel Cusk's memoir of her bitter divorce as "poetic whimsy and vague literary blah" has won an annual prize for most competently trashing a literary work. The "Hatchet Job of the Year", run by British literary criticism website The Omnivore, was set up to promote integrity and wit in literary journalism and is awarded to the "angriest, funniest, most trenchant book review".
A Minute With: Michael Haneke and the story behind "Amour"
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Austrian director Michael Haneke said his stark drama "Amour," which has scored a surprising five Oscar nominations including for Best Picture, was inspired by his own experiences dealing with an aged aunt facing death. The unflinching take on devotion, growing old and illness has also picked up Oscar nominations for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Foreign Film and Best Actress for Emmanuelle Riva's performance as bed-ridden Anne.