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A Minute With: James Franco on villains and being James Franco

By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - James Franco has played a wizard, a doctor, a gangster rapper, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner and himself, all in the past year. In addition to acting, Franco is a teacher, a spokesman for the Italian fashion brand Gucci, a published author, artist and director. Does the 35-year-old actor ever feel like he's taking on too much?

'They killed, then paused for a drink': witness recounts mall horror

Fred Bosire, who works in the meat section of the supermarket at Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall, was having an ordinary, busy Saturday before the carnage began. A staffer at the Nakumatt supermarket located in the back of the complex, he was immediately trapped along with hundreds of colleagues and shoppers when gunmen marched in and raked the supermarket aisles with automatic weapons fire.

Williams-Mills back on track after cancer fight

By Justin Palmer MOSCOW (Reuters) - When Jamaican Novlene Williams-Mills takes to the track at the world championships in Moscow on Saturday she will do so as a flag-bearer for breast cancer sufferers everywhere. That the 31-year-old 400 meters runner is at the global showpiece is an inspiring story of will, courage and a burning desire to compete. A little over a month before last year's Olympics, Williams-Mills was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her mind in turmoil, she still ran in London and finished fifth.

'Crash Reel' director Lucy Walker: 'I didn't think we were going to have a happy ending'

By Steve Pond LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Lucy Walker would like to make one thing clear: "The Crash Reel" is not a snowboarding movie.

Google, Facebook, Salesforce.com talk about the future of innovation in Canada

TORONTO - A panel of technology heavyweights gathered in Toronto to talk about innovation in the country and how Canada could be primed to attract the world's best talent and grow its tech hubs. Google Canada's managing director Chris O'Neill argued that Canadian businesses need to be less timid, embrace risk and experiment earlier with web technologies. "Canadians, I like to say, like to be first to be second. So our mission is to get them over that hurdle," O'Neill said.

Tennis: Serena still wishes Stephens well

Serena Williams has insisted she is still a big fan of American prodigy Sloane Stephens despite being criticised by her compatriot in a recent interview. Stephens sprung a huge upset when she beat 15-time Grand Slam champion Williams in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open earlier this year. However, she claimed that Williams hasn't spoken to her since that match and had even gone to the lengths of unfollowing her on Twitter.

Book Talk-Dave Barry takes on strippers, drugs, Miami society wedding

By Nick Olivari NEW YORK, Jan 24 (Reuters) - A groom and his closest college friends descend on Miami for a high-society wedding but get waylaid by Haitian refugees, Russian gangsters, an angry stripper and a beautiful Cuban woman in author Dave Barry's latest book, "Insane City." Fortified with medical marijuana brownies and alcohol, the groom and his expanding tribe of societal misfits attempt to do the right thing by all concerned and still make the wedding.
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