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Colin Farrell has never read 'Harry Potter' books

Los Angeles, Oct 24 : Actor Colin Farrell never read the "Harry Potter" books before starring in "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them".

The Irish actor plays the role of Percival Graves, the director of security at the Magical Congress of US, in the eagerly awaited-new movie, which is based on J.K. Rowling's book by the same name.

Farrell shared that he has never read Rowling's most popular books but is a self-confessed fan of the "Harry Potter" film series, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

"There are a few films where in they're on the television, I just can't turn them off, they're just so comforting and any 'Harry Potter' series qualifies as one of those films.

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3 dead, 12 wounded in gunfire at Los Angeles restaurant

Los Angeles : An early morning argument at a Los Angeles restaurant apparently triggered gunfire that left 3 people dead and 12 wounded, authorities said Saturday.

Police who arrived at the scene in a working class neighborhood dotted by tall palm trees found shell casings and blood throughout the restaurant, located west of downtown Los Angeles.

Two possible suspects were being questioned.

Los Angeles Police Department Officer Mike Lopez said a preliminary investigation found a party was underway at 12:30 am today in the restaurant, operating out of a converted home, when an argument started.

A man and woman left, then returned, and the restaurant erupted in gunfire.

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Chris Pratt scolds fan who curses him

Los Angeles, Sep 22 : Actor Chris Pratt confronted a fan who cursed at him after failing to get his autograph.

In a video posted on tmz.com, Pratt can be seen walking out of the Los Angeles International Airport and getting surrounded by a bunch of fans asking him to sign autographs as he made his way to his SUV. He managed to sign some, but decided to stop when he got into his car.

One man who didn't get Pratt's autograph expressed his disappointment by cursing at the actor, who then rolled down his window to scold him.

"You're cussing me out for not signing for you," Pratt asked.

"You should be nicer, you have a cross on your chest and you're cussing me out? I made you guys a bunch of money just now. Come on man don't be a jerk," he added.

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When Trump talks, it helps terrorists: Hillary

Los Angeles, Aug 24 : Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton says the way US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump talks, it indirectly supports terrorists.

Clinton, who made her third appearance on the popular talk show "Jimmy Kimmel Live!", spattered with humour and witty comebacks and discussed the ongoing presidential elections with the show's host Kimmel, putting to rest rumours about her poor health, reports mic.com.

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Ariana Grande, Ricky Alvarez part ways

Los Angeles, Jul 27 - Singer Ariana Grande and Rickey Alvarez have called it quits after a year.

The 23-year-old "Dangerous Woman" hitmaker is "happy to be single," reported E! online.

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American Airlines rejects Gogo internet over ViaSat for its new fleet of planes

Los Angeles, June 6 : After suing Gogo Inc, a major provider of in-flight broadband Internet service, the American Airlines has shut the operation of the internet provider for its new fleet of aircrafts.

Now, the California-based communications company ViaSat has replaced Gogo Inc and secured an agreement to provide internet service for American Airlines' future fleet of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, the Verge quotes the Los Angeles Times.

The communication company is expected to enter service in September, 2017.

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Trump too dangerous to be entrusted with nuclear codes: Hillary

Los Angeles, June 3 : Lambasting presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's ability to lead the United States, Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton branded the former "too dangerous and unstable to be entrusted with nuclear codes", and warned of an economic crisis if he were to reach the White House.

Clinton, former secretary of state, made the assault while addressing a crowd in San Diego on Thursday.

"Donald Trump's ideas aren't just different, they're dangerously incoherent. They're not even really ideas, just a series of bizarre rants, personal feuds and outright lies. He is not just unprepared. He is temperamentally unfit to hold an office that requires knowledge, stability and immense responsibility," the Guardian quoted her as saying.

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Michelle Obama again flaunts Naeem Khan's creation

Los Angeles, May 14 : US First Lady Michelle Obama impressed fashion lovers with a blush-coloured gown designed by Indian-American fashion designer Naeem Khan at the Nordic State Dinner hosted by President Barack Obama on Friday night.

She completed the look with her hair in an updo and chandelier earrings, reports eonline.com.

While greeting guests in the White House's North Portico, the president told reporters that his wife "looks great". She playfully replied: "He stepped on my dress".

Actress Demi Lovato served as the evening's performer while several famous faces enjoyed the dinner. They included Aziz Ansari, Miranda Kerr, Tracee Ellis Ross, Al Roker, Connie Britton, David Letterman and Will Ferrell.

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Germany: Three injured in explosion at Gurdwara

Los Angeles, Apr. 17 : At least three people were injured after an unknown person allegedly set off a minor explosion at a Gurdwara in Germany last night.

Quoting the Associated Press, Buzzfeed reported that a 60-year-old man was critically injured in the explosion which blew out several windows of the gurdwara, in the northwestern city of Essen.

A 47-year-old man and a 56-year-old man also sustained minor injuries.

The local police claim that a masked person was seen fleeing the area shortly after the explosion, however, they added that there was no evidence so far that the attack had any links to terrorism.

Three people were detained, but were released later as the investigation continued, police said.

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Academy CEO apologises to members of Asian descent

Los Angeles: Academy CEO Dawn Hudson has issued an apology to 25 members, including Ang Lee, George Takei and Sandra Oh, who signed a letter of protest against "racially insensitive jokes" in last month's Oscars ceremony.

Hudson called their concerns 'valid' and promised that "future Oscar telecasts (will) be more culturally sensitive," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The brief response that was emailed to the members, acknowledged their criticisms, which centred on a skit in which host Chris Rock introduced three Asian children as Academy accountants and some comments by presenter Sacha Baron Cohen.

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SHOCKING! Muslim women escorted off plane in US for "staring" at crew member

Los Angeles: In a shocking incident, two Muslim women were escorted off of a plane by police after a cabin crew member accused them of "staring" at her.

The pair had flown from Boston to Los Angeles in the US without incident but were singled out after the JetBlue passenger plane landed, witnesses said.

Passengers said they had heard a member of cabin crew tell a coworker that she "did not appreciate" being stared at by the women, "The Sun" reported. "The flight attendant had casually relayed to a coworker that she did not appreciate being stared at - she did not

seem rattled or scared - just smug," said Sharon Kessler, who was on board the flight.

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New season of 'Game of Thrones' will be naughtier!

Los Angeles: Actor Liam Cunningham has revealed that 'Game of Thrones' season six will be "bigger, badder, bolder and naughtier".

Cunningham, who plays Ser Davos Seaworth in the fantasy series, admitted that from what he has seen and filmed, the new season is set to be even raunchier and more violent than ever before, read a statement.

"We just finished filming at the end of December," he said.

"I've seen a bit of it and it's looking really good. It's bigger, badder, bolder and naughtier. It's probably more violent, so there will be magnificent drama."

The show maintains a strong Irish influence as it also stars Dublin actor Aidan Gillen and is filmed largely in Belfast.

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3D technology applied to new Oscar statuettes

Los Angeles, Feb 17 - This year's Oscar statuettes will look a little bit different with a new manufacturer for the first time in 34 years, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Tuesday.

The Academy announced that Polich Tallix Fine Art Foundry, based in Rock Tavern, New York, will exclusively create its iconic Oscar statuettes, starting with the 88th Academy Awards, Xinhua reported.

Since 1982, the statuettes have been made by Chicago-based R. S. Owens & Co. According to the Academy, the switch will take the statuette back to its "roots", being hand-cast in bronze before receiving its 24-karat gold finish.

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Rihanna cancels Grammy performance – Here’s why

Los Angeles - Singer Rihanna, who was slated to perform at the 58th annual Grammy Awards here, has cancelled her appearance.

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Bold slits, bright shades shine at 2016 Grammys red carpet

Los Angeles: From Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga to Demi Lovato and Bella Hadid, female stars raised the hotness quotient at the 58th Grammys with long slit dresses in shades of red and pink, which was otherwise dominated by safe black-and-white ensembles.

Swift went bold with a two-piece dress, combining an orange bandeu with pink skirt, marked by a high slit. In a striking similarity to Swift's outfit was singer Kimberly Schlapman's red-and-pink off-shoulder long gown.

Gaga, who went modest with her ensemble at Golden Globes, seemed to have gone back to her old flamboyant ways with a deep blue, bejeweled dress that slit up to her thigh. The look was highlighted by her flaming reddish- orange hair.

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