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Highmore goes a little 'Psycho' as 'Bates Motel' starts second season

By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - While most college students often use their year abroad to embrace the culture and nightlife of new countries, British actor Freddie Highmore opted to play one of the most notorious fictional serial killers, Norman Bates. Highmore, 22, plays a teenage version of Norman Bates who helps his erratic mother run a hotel in modern-day Oregon in the A&E series "Bates Motel," which returns for a second season on Monday.

'Canadian Psycho' collapses at pre-trial

A former porn actor accused of murdering and dismembering a Chinese man collapsed in court on Tuesday, said Canada's public broadcaster CBC. Luka Rocco Magnotta, 30, reportedly asked for a break in the preliminary hearing in which a judge must decide if there is enough evidence for a trial, stood up and collapsed on the courtroom floor. The so-called "Canadian Psycho" has pleaded not guilty to first degree murder and other charges, including committing indignities to a body and harassing Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Judge denies 'Canadian Psycho' bid for closed-door pre-trial

A preliminary hearing for the so-called "Canadian Psycho," a former porn actor accused of murdering and dismembering a Chinese man, will remain open to the public, a judge ruled Tuesday. Lawyers for Luka Rocco Magnotta, 30, had asked for the pre-trial proceedings, in which Judge Lori Renee Weitzman must decide if there is enough evidence for a trial, to be held behind closed doors.

'Canadian Psycho' in court for pre-trial hearing

The most high-profile Canadian criminal case in years lands in a Montreal court on Monday as a former porn actor appears to face charges of slaying and dismembering a Chinese student. Luka Rocco Magnotta, 30, made worldwide headlines last year after allegedly filming himself murdering his victim and performing lewd acts with the body before posting the footage online. Monday marks the start of a preliminary hearing, in which a judge decides whether there is enough evidence to prosecute.
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