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NEW YORK (Reuters) - British actor Rupert Grint, best known as wizard Ron Weasley in the "Harry Potter" film franchise, makes his Broadway debut as a young, wunderkind director alongside a stellar ensemble cast in the show business comedy, "It's Only a Play."

(Reuters) - Burning Man, the week-long arts and culture festival that brings attendees from around the world to the Nevada desert, canceled its first day on Monday as rare rain storms drenched the area, organizers said.

DUBAI (Reuters) - Poet Simin Behbahani, a champion of women's rights and free speech whose lyrical verse captured the hopes and disappointments of Iranians since the 1979 revolution, died on Tuesday at the age of 87, official media reported.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Robin Williams was suffering from the early stages of Parkinson's disease along with severe depression at the time of his apparent suicide, his widow said on Thursday, drawing public attention to the correlation between the diseases.

SARAJEVO (Reuters) - Sarajevo's film festival, founded as an act of defiance while the city was besieged during the 1992-95 Bosnian war, marks its 20th anniversary on Friday with its biggest line-up of movies.

Sports News

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Top seeds Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic were forced to take a backseat to America's latest tennis sweetheart on Thursday, as 15-year-old Catherine Bellis hogged the Flushing Meadows limelight once again.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Eighth seed Andy Murray, who overcame cramping in his first-round victory, roared past unseeded German Matthias Bachinger in straight sets on Thursday to reach the third round of the U.S. Open.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova will take center stage at the U.S. Open on Friday but Flushing Meadows is slowly turning into a Williams family affair with the sisters eager to add to their grand slam collections.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Cinderella grand slam debut of 15-year-old Catherine Bellis ended in the second round of the U.S. Open on Thursday when she was beaten by emerging Kazakh talent Zarina Diyas in three sets.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Fifth seed Milos Raonic blasted his way into the third round of the U.S. Open, pounding 26 aces past Peter Gojowczyk on his way to a 7-6 (4) 5-7 6-4 7-6 (3) win on Thursday.

Science News

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A solution to the longstanding mystery of why rocks move erratically across an isolated patch of California's Death Valley finally emerged on Thursday, when researchers published a study showing the driving force was sheets of wind-driven ice.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A solution to the longstanding mystery of why rocks move erratically across an isolated patch of California's Death Valley finally emerged on Thursday, when researchers published a study showing the driving force was sheets of wind-driven ice.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A solution to the longstanding mystery of why rocks move erratically across an isolated patch of California's Death Valley finally emerged on Thursday, when researchers published a study showing the driving force was sheets of wind-driven ice.

CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. (Reuters) - NASA’s new heavy-lift rocket, designed to fly astronauts to the moon, asteroids and eventually Mars, likely will not have its debut test flight until November 2018, nearly a year later than previous estimates, agency officials said on Wednesday. NASA is 70 percent confident of making a November 2018 launch date, given the technical, financial and management hurdles the Space Launch System faces on the road to development, NASA associate administrators Robert Li

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The frailty of remembrance might have an upside: When a memory is recalled, two research teams reported on Wednesday, it can be erased or rewired so that a painful recollection is physically linked in the brain to joy and a once-happy memory to pain.

Movie Reviews

In being brave, scrappy, and not quite as funny as it thinks it is, Gillian Robespierre’s controversial romcom mimics its heroine, a down-on-her-luck Brooklyn comedian (Jenny Slate) struggling to tell a straight-laced one-night stand that she’s become pregnant. We’re in Girls territory here, with awkward, confessional dark comedy that slyly mocks hipster self-absorption while indulging in it. Its raw edges, grungy setting, and matter-of-fact tone about abortion mark it out from sunnier unplanned-preggo comedies like Juno or Knocked Up. Fizzing with neurosis and nervous gags, Jenny Slate’s winning odd-couple romance with a gawky Jake Lacy carries the movie over the odd comic misfire.

Not to be confused with the classic 1975 Gene Hackman detective yarn of the same name, Night Moves is the latest from US indie filmmaker Kelly Reichardt. Just as her last effort, 2010’s Meek’s Cutoff, was nominally a western so this, superficially, is a thriller, focused on a trio of eco-terrorists who plot to blow up a hydroelectric dam in Oregon. Making up this radical threesome: Josh (Jesse Eisenberg), an environmentalist disillusioned with working on a commune; spoilt little rich kid Dena (Dakota Fanning), who bankrolls their scheme, and older ex-Marine Harmon (Peter Sarsgaard), an explosives expert with a cloudy past. The first half sees them prepare, with Reichardt and her usual co-writer Jonathan Raymond meticulously showing their characters assemble every element needed: a boat, fake IDs, even 500lbs of ammonium nitrate fertilizer. Arguably it recalls Jules Dassin’s Rififi (1955), the daddy of all heist movies, such is the close attention to detail and throbbing tension. Needless to say, when Josh and co. achieve their objective, Reichardt doesn’t go all Michael Bay on us. Almost anti-Hollywood in its approach, Night Moves isn’t about spectacle; rather, the second half concentrates on the emotional fallout that these characters must contend with as they come to terms with the bloody consequences of their actions. Unfortunately, it’s here that the movie starts to stultify. Paranoia, guilt and regret percolate through these characters, but more often than not the experience of watching them is less than edifying. When flashes of violence erupt, they are less than credible – conventional, even. With a cast of indie mainstays (Matt Malloy, James Le Gros) backing up good work from the main three, Night Moves is still an intriguing effort – not least because Reichardt has delivered one of her more accessible movies to date, without compromising. If only she’d sustained it until the (very) bitter end.

Imagine a racially charged Outback Chinatown and you have the measure of this terrific Aussie noir written, shot, directed, edited and scored by Ivan Sen. As Aaron Pederson’s aboriginal detective returns home to investigate a murder, he discovers a township driven by corruption, where the fug of meth and malaise has made life lose all value. Deliberately paced and expertly acted by a weathered ensemble including Hugo Weaving, Mystery Road also boasts some of cinema’s most gorgeous magic-hour photography even if, elsewhere, light is in perilously short supply.

Director John Erick Dowdle’s (Quarantine) first-person fear ride may feature wobbly wailings and calamitous cameramen, but before you write off As Above, So Below as just another found-footage horror, it’s at least trying something new. As much action adventure as horror, this tale of a female archaeologist (Perdita Weeks) who bumbles through a portal to hell in the catacombs of Paris boasts sporadically electrifying visuals but a frustratingly messy mythology. Not as scary as The Blair Witch Project or as claustrophobic as The Descent, AASB is an admirable Indiana Bones misfire.

Pretence is a key theme in Don McKellar’s provincial comedy, a remake of Québécois hit Seducing Doctor Lewis. The film, alas, is merely phony. Brendan Gleeson plays a former fisherman who leads a fraudulent bid to seduce a city GP (Taylor Kitsch) into moving to his depressed harbour village so that a factory can bring jobs there. Locals pretend to like the GP’s favourite sport (cricket) and drug (cocaine), drolly. But McKellar’s take on class is a fib too far: low-grade laughs can’t sweeten the sour message that any crap job will placate working folks. Think: Local Zero.

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Book Reviews

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE CONFESSION, by John Grisham2. WORTH DYING FOR, by Lee Child3. AMERICAN ASSASSIN, by Vince Flynn4. THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST, by Stieg Larsson5. SIDE JOBS, by Jim Butcher

Top 5 at a Glance1. LIFE, by Keith Richards with James Fox2. BROKE, by Glenn Beck and Kevin Balfe3. EARTH (THE BOOK), by Jon Stewart and others4. THE LAST BOY, by Jane Leavy5. AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MARK TWAIN, VOL. 1, by Mark Twain

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson2. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, by Stieg Larsson3. THE FINKLER QUESTION, by Howard Jacobson4. LITTLE BEE, by Chris Cleave5. CUTTING FOR STONE, by Abraham Verghese

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE LOST SYMBOL, by Dan Brown2. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson3. THE RECKLESS BRIDE, by Stephanie Laurens4. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, by Stieg Larsson5. 61 HOURS, by Lee Child

Top 5 at a Glance1. EAT, PRAY, LOVE, by Elizabeth Gilbert2. INSIDE OF A DOG, by Alexandra Horowitz3. STONES INTO SCHOOLS, by Greg Mortenson4. THE GLASS CASTLE, by Jeannette Walls5. THREE CUPS OF TEA, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

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