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Patrick Dempsey returns to Maine for cancer fundraiser

After hitting the red carpet this month for the release of his new movie, actor Patrick Dempsey has returned to his home state for a cancer fundraiser.

The Maine native, who plays a starring role in the new romance-comedy, "Bridget Jones's Baby," participated Saturday in a cancer survivor walk with his three children and two sisters.

The bike-and-run "Dempsey Challenge" raises money for The Dempsey Center. Dempsey and his sisters created the center in 2008 in partnership with the Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.

They were inspired by their mother, Amanda, who died of cancer in 2014.

Dempsey said before the event that he's energized and inspired by the Lewiston-Auburn community. Last year, the event drew nearly 4,000 participants and raised $1.2 million.

"It's what keeps us motivated to keep working year round to expand and improve our services so we can help more people here in Maine and someday around the country," he said.

The event typically draws other celebrities and sports figures. This weekend's participants included NASCAR champ Bobby Labonte and several professional cyclists.

It's been a busy period for Dempsey, who became widely known as Dr. Derek "McDreamy" Shepherd on TV's "Grey's Anatomy." After leaving the show, he went to London to film "Bridget Jones's Baby." He's also reprioritizing his life to refocus on his marriage and family.

He said returning to his home state helps to keep him grounded.

"It's an experience that never leaves you and one I find myself connecting with and drawing from more and more as I raise my own children," he said.

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This story has been corrected to show the name of the center is The Dempsey Center, not The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing.

'Godspeed' heads list of Golden Horse Award nominees

The Taiwanese dark comedy "Godspeed" took home eight nominations for next month's 53rd annual Golden Horse Awards, with the nominees announced in Taipei on Saturday.

"Godspeed" was nominated for awards including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Cinematography. The movie, which stars veteran Hong Kong actor Michael Hui and Taiwanese talk show host Lin Yu-chih, is about a taxi driver who unknowingly becomes the driver for a drug dealer. The two go on a trip to southern Taiwan and encounter mishaps and adventures along the way.

The romance drama "Soul Mate," by upcoming Hong Kong director Derek Tsang, received seven nominations. Adapted from a popular novel, the film is about two young girls in China who became best friends but later fall in love with the same guy. The film's nominations include Best Director and two nominations for Best Actress.

"The Road to Mandala," ''The Summer Is Gone" and "Soul on a String" received six nominations apiece.

The Golden Horse Awards, which will be handed out Nov. 26 in Taipei, are one of the most prestigious film awards for Mandarin-language cinema, with movies from Taiwan, China and Hong Kong fighting for honors.

'Godspeed' heads list of Golden Horse Award nominees

The Taiwanese dark comedy "Godspeed" took home eight nominations for next month's 53rd annual Golden Horse Awards, with the nominees announced in Taipei on Saturday.

"Godspeed" was nominated for awards including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Cinematography. The movie, which stars veteran Hong Kong actor Michael Hui and Taiwanese talk show host Lin Yu-chih, is about a taxi driver who unknowingly becomes the driver for a drug dealer. The two go on a trip to southern Taiwan and encounter mishaps and adventures along the way.

The romance drama "Soul Mate," by upcoming Hong Kong director Derek Tsang, received seven nominations. Adapted from a popular novel, the film is about two young girls in China who became best friends but later fall in love with the same guy. The film's nominations include Best Director and two nominations for Best Actress.

"The Road to Mandala," ''The Summer Is Gone" and "Soul on a String" received six nominations apiece.

The Golden Horse Awards, which will be handed out Nov. 26 in Taipei, are one of the most prestigious film awards for Mandarin-language cinema, with movies from Taiwan, China and Hong Kong fighting for honors.

Pakistan stops showing Indian movies over Kashmir tensions

Pakistani cinemas have stopped showing Indian films after India banned Pakistani actors from its movie industry amid soaring tensions between the two nuclear-armed rivals over Kashmir, cinema owners said Saturday.

Nadeem Mandviwala, who owns nearly a dozen cinemas in Karachi and Islamabad, said that he and other distributors have agreed to stop showing Indian films until relations improve. He said the ban is a private initiative.

The move came after the main association of Indian film producers and exhibitors adopted a resolution Thursday banning Pakistani actors from working on their films.

The latest tensions were sparked by a militant attack on an Indian army base in Kashmir that killed 18 Indian soldiers. Both countries claim the Himalayan territory, which is split between Indian and Pakistani-controlled zones.

Mandviwala said every year up to 80 Indian films are shown at Pakistani cinemas and earn millions from the Pakistani market.

But opinions on the ban are divided among Bollywood personalities.

A top Indian actor, Salman Khan, earlier told reporters in New Delhi that artists are not terrorists. These are two different subjects. "They come to our country after acquiring a visa, and it's our government who allows them with the work permit in our country," Khan said of Pakistani artists. He immediately won support from actor Om Puri and producer-director Shyam Benegal.

Their statements came after the Indian Motion Pictures' Artists Association adopted a resolution earlier this week demanding a ban on all Pakistani actors and technicians until the situation returned to normal.

Producer-director Pahlaj Nihalani and actor Anupam Kher supported the association's decision. They are well-known supporters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party.

Earlier in the week, a Mumbai-based regional party, the Maharashtra Navnirman Samiti asked Pakistani actors and artists to leave India within 48 hours or be pushed out in the wake of the Kashmir attacks.

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Associated Press writers Ashok Sharma in New Delhi, Riaz Khan in Peshawar and Zaheer Babar in Lahore, Pakistan contributed to this report.

Pakistan stops showing Indian movies over Kashmir tensions

Pakistani cinemas have stopped showing Indian films after India banned Pakistani actors from its movie industry amid soaring tensions between the two nuclear-armed rivals over Kashmir, cinema owners said Saturday.

Nadeem Mandviwala, who owns nearly a dozen cinemas in Karachi and Islamabad, said that he and other distributors have agreed to stop showing Indian films until relations improve. He said the ban is a private initiative.

The move came after the main association of Indian film producers and exhibitors adopted a resolution Thursday banning Pakistani actors from working on their films.

The latest tensions were sparked by a militant attack on an Indian army base in Kashmir that killed 18 Indian soldiers. Both countries claim the Himalayan territory, which is split between Indian and Pakistani-controlled zones.

Mandviwala said every year up to 80 Indian films are shown at Pakistani cinemas and earn millions from the Pakistani market.

But opinions on the ban are divided among Bollywood personalities.

A top Indian actor, Salman Khan, earlier told reporters in New Delhi that artists are not terrorists. These are two different subjects. "They come to our country after acquiring a visa, and it's our government who allows them with the work permit in our country," Khan said of Pakistani artists. He immediately won support from actor Om Puri and producer-director Shyam Benegal.

Their statements came after the Indian Motion Pictures' Artists Association adopted a resolution earlier this week demanding a ban on all Pakistani actors and technicians until the situation returned to normal.

Producer-director Pahlaj Nihalani and actor Anupam Kher supported the association's decision. They are well-known supporters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party.

Earlier in the week, a Mumbai-based regional party, the Maharashtra Navnirman Samiti asked Pakistani actors and artists to leave India within 48 hours or be pushed out in the wake of the Kashmir attacks.

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Associated Press writers Ashok Sharma in New Delhi, Riaz Khan in Peshawar and Zaheer Babar in Lahore, Pakistan contributed to this report.

Police stop Schwarzenegger riding bike in Munich station

A police officer in Germany got himself an unusual souvenir after finding none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger breaking the rules at Munich's main train station.

Federal police say the officer stopped Schwarzenegger's bodyguard and then the movie star and former California governor himself riding bikes Friday along the station's platforms.

Police said Saturday that Schwarzenegger apologized, explaining he was having trouble walking, and offered to take a picture with the officer.

A police statement noted that "after brief small talk with the federal police officer, the 'Terminator' left the main station through the north entrance."

It said Schwarzenegger walked away, pushing his bike.

Police stop Schwarzenegger riding bike in Munich station

A police officer in Germany got himself an unusual souvenir after finding none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger breaking the rules at Munich's main train station.

Federal police say the officer stopped Schwarzenegger's bodyguard and then the movie star and former California governor himself riding bikes Friday along the station's platforms.

Police said Saturday that Schwarzenegger apologized, explaining he was having trouble walking, and offered to take a picture with the officer.

A police statement noted that "after brief small talk with the federal police officer, the 'Terminator' left the main station through the north entrance."

It said Schwarzenegger walked away, pushing his bike.

Dokken Play First Classic-Lineup Reunion Show: Video, Set List

Watch video and get the full setlist from Dokken's first-ever classic lineup reunion show.

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Sanders and Giuliani among guests on Sunday's news shows

Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:

ABC's "This Week" — Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

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NBC's "Meet the Press" — Giuliani; Robby Mook, campaign manager for Democratic presidential nominee.

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CBS' "Face the Nation" — Pre-empted by NFL coverage.

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CNN's "State of the Union" — Sanders, Giuliani.

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"Fox News Sunday" — Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.; Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J.

Philadelphia Orchestra goes on strike, cancels opening gala

The Philadelphia Orchestra has gone on strike, canceling an opening night performance that about 1,000 people had come to hear.

Philly.com reports (http://bit.ly/2dgQZRh ) that the 96 musicians and two librarians who belong to American Federation of Musicians Local 77 decided to strike about an hour before curtain time on Friday. Last-minute efforts to reach an agreement failed during back stage talks.

Orchestra president Allison B. Vulgamore appeared on stage about 20 minutes before the concert was to begin and told the audience there would be no performance because a labor agreement wasn't in place for "one of the world's greatest orchestras, if not the greatest."

After the audience left the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, musicians came out carrying picket signs.

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Information from: Philly.com, http://www.philly.com/

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