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Booming Turkish TV drama captures hearts and minds worldwide and boosts tourism

Under the sweltering Turkish sun, tourists wander through sets that recreate Ottoman and Byzantine-era castles, take selfies with actors in traditional Ottoman costumes and watch horseback stunt performances. Among them is Riia Toivanen, 22, a devoted fan of Turkish television drama who traveled to Istanbul from Finland with her mother to delve into the realm of her beloved shows.

Some 8,000 miles (12,800 kilometers) across the globe in Villa Carlos Paz in Argentina, 66-year-old retired teacher Raquel Greco watches an episode of a Turkish romantic comedy, surrounded by memorabilia from her once-in-a-lifetime trip to Istanbul where she visited landmarks she knew from years of watching Turkish shows.

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IOC and Saudi Arabia agree on 12-year deal for video gaming Esports Olympics

Saudi Arabia and the IOC are teaming up for their first commercial deal together with the oil-rich kingdom set to host the Esports Olympics that launch next year.

The gaming partnership will be for 12 years "with Olympic Esports Games held regularly," the International Olympic Committee said in a statement Friday. The value was not stated.

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Scarlett Johansson lends star power to earthbound 'Fly Me to the Moon'

" Fly Me to the Moon " is better than it looks.

This is not a slam against the marketing campaign for the space race rom-com about a straight-laced NASA man and the Madison Avenue marketing savant brought in to sell the mission to the moon. It's more about the state of theatrical moviegoing.

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From 'Red October' to '30 Rock,' a look at Baldwin's career on eve of shooting trial

Hollywood has never known exactly what to do with Alec Baldwin, so it has done a little of everything with him.

Before the horrific 2021 shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the Western "Rust" put his career in question, he took on, and sent up, a wide spectrum of variations of masculinity. He has shifted from playing heroes to scoundrels to thugs to gentle father figures to office alpha males to a " Boss Baby."

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Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet are officially divorced

Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet are officially divorced.

A Los Angeles County judge's dissolution of the marriage of the two actors, who had already been separated for years, took effect Tuesday.

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Photo of Messi with Lamine Yamal as a baby resurfaces after almost 17 years

When Joan Monfort took photos of Lionel Messi with a baby for a charity calendar almost 17 years ago, he knew the long-haired young man would make it big in soccer.

He could not have imagined the little boy would as well.

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BTS' Jin to take part in Paris Olympics as torchbearer from South Korea

Jin, the oldest member of K-pop supergroup BTS, will be an Olympic torchbearer at the Paris games after recently completing his mandatory military service.

The 31-year-old singer is expected to represent South Korea in the torch relay in hopes of spreading the message of "harmony" and "peace," according to a statement. He finished his 18-month military service last month.

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Fireworks light up US skies as Americans endure searing heat to celebrate July Fourth

Millions of people in the U.S. celebrated and suffered under heat warnings Thursday as they flocked to beaches and traveled in droves to toast their nation's birth with July Fourth parades, cookouts and the always anticipated fiery splashes of color in the evening sky.

In Washington, neon bursts of light illuminated the night above the National Mall. The Boston Pops performed a musical fireworks spectacular at that city's Hatch Memorial Shell. And at parades all across the country, from Brattleboro, Vermont, to Waco, Texas, to Alameda, California, revelers dressed up in red, white and blue and waved the Stars and Stripes in commemoration of Independence Day.

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Hunter Biden sues Fox News over explicit images featured in a streaming series

Hunter Biden accused Fox News in a lawsuit of unlawfully publishing explicit images of him as part of a streaming series.

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Movie Review: Eddie Murphy returns to Beverly Hills, which is good enough for everyone

Judge Reinhold is in a truck barreling down the highway chased by angry cops when he turns to Eddie Murphy at the wheel and says something we're all feeling, "God, I missed you, Axel."

We all really did, but we get the sarcastic and sweet Axel Foley once again in Netflix's "Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F," exactly 30 years since "1994's Beverly Hills Cop III." Is the new movie any good? Who cares?

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