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Waititi to direct new ‘Star Wars’ film

  LOS ANGELES (AFP) — New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi will write and direct a new “Star Wars” film, Disney announced Monday. Waititi has shot from indie acclaim to mainstream Hollywood success in recent years, overseeing Marvel superhero smash hit …

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Tom Hanks in hospital after testing positive for coronavirus

GOLD COAST, Australia (AFP) — Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson have tested positive for coronavirus while in Australia for a film project, the Oscar-winning US actor said Thursday. Hanks and Wilson, both 63, were in isolation in hospital …

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Rapist Weinstein jailed for 23 years

  By Thomas Urbain Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison by a New York judge Wednesday for rape and sexual assault in a landmark case for the #MeToo movement. Justice James Burke ignored the …

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BTS cancel Seoul concerts as coronavirus spreads in S. Korea: agency

SEOUL, South Korea (AFP) — K-pop megastars BTS on Friday canceled four concerts they were due to hold in Seoul in April, their agency said, as the coronavirus outbreak spreads in South Korea. The country has so far confirmed more …

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Coronavirus forces BTS to stream album press conference from empty hall

SEOUL, South Korea (AFP) — South Korea’s coronavirus outbreak forced K-pop superstars BTS to Livestream a conference promoting their new album from an empty hall Monday, with members urging fans to take care of themselves. The country has so far …

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BTS to release new album with 4 million pre-orders

SEOUL, South Korea (AFP) — K-pop superstars BTS were releasing their new album Friday, breaking records even before it came out as the country’s most pre-ordered album of all time, with its lead single the first track to make its …

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Pneumonia forces Elton John to cut short Auckland gig

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AFP) — Elton John has tearfully apologized to fans after cutting short a concert in New Zealand due to illness, with the British superstar saying he was suffering from “walking pneumonia”. The 72-year-old, who is in the …

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‘Parasite’: South Korea’s barrier-breaking satire

by Claire LEE SEOUL, South Korea (AFP) — South Korean thriller “Parasite” — a dark comedy about modern poverty and wealth that has brought down language barriers to open new audiences to foreign film — can now call itself a …

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Brad Pitt back on top with Oscar win

by Jocelyne ZABLIT HOLLYWOOD, United States (AFP) — Brad Pitt’s Oscar win on Sunday marks a fitting comeback for the veteran actor whose personal life, rather than his on-screen roles, has dominated headlines in recent years. Pitt won the golden …

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Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas dead at 103

  LOS ANGELES (AFP) — US silver screen legend Kirk Douglas, the son of Jewish Russian immigrants who rose through the ranks to become one of Hollywood’s biggest-ever stars, has died, his family said Wednesday. He was 103. One of …

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Joaquin Phoenix wins best actor Bafta for ‘Joker’

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Joaquin Phoenix on Sunday won a Bafta for his brooding performance as the troubled man who would become Batman’s arch-nemesis in dark comic book tale “Joker”. He beat Leonardo DiCaprio (“Once Upon a Time… In …

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Grammys gala begins with love letter to late NBA star Kobe Bryant

by Maggy DONALDSON LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — The 2020 Grammys kicked off Sunday with an emotional tribute to the late NBA legend Kobe Bryant, whose sudden death in a helicopter crash left Los Angeles in tears on music’s …

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