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'My quest': Priyanka Chopra brings Bollywood to Toronto

Toronto - No Indian star has made a bigger splash in Hollywood than Priyanka Chopra -- and the "Baywatch" actress told AFP she is on a quest to shatter myths about Bollywood, including its approach to sex.

Natalie Portman joins Hollywood space race with 'Lucy in the Sky'

Toronto - NASA may have grounded its space shuttles, but more Hollywood A-listers than ever are exploring the final frontier, with Natalie Portman launching one of two astronaut movie premieres at Toronto's film festival.

Battle over Marvel comic gay kiss is defused by Brazil court

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's Supreme Court on Sunday made it illegal to ban any LGBT publication, after a lower court allowed conservative mayor to confiscate comic books at the Rio Book Fair containing content he considered "inappropriate" for minors.

Tom Hanks and J-Lo strippers raise pulses at Toronto fest

Toronto - Scantily-clad strippers and softly-spoken kids' TV stars were on show Saturday as the Toronto film festival hit its stride with a wide range of hotly anticipated premieres.

Mary Poppins shocker: 'I swear a lot' admits Julie Andrews

Venice - Mary Poppins, cover your ears.Hollywood legend Julie Andrews shocked the world Tuesday by confessing that she has something of a filthy mouth."I do swear a lot.

Scorned in China, the Hong Kong singer who chose politics over career

Fpo - Denise Ho has been pulled from concerts, her records are banned in China and she has been smeared as "poison", but the Cantopop star says standing with the Hong Kong pro-democracy movement outshines all the damage to her career.

Dutch port city of Rotterdam to host Eurovision 2020

Den Haag - It must be Rotterdam, not anywhere... Dutch broadcasters announced on Friday that the port city will host the 2020 edition of the glitzy Eurovision song contest.

Polanski film premieres in Venice as scandal rages

Venice - Roman Polanski's new film premieres in Venice Friday after the defiant director lashed out at critics and as fury over his inclusion in the festival cast a shadow over the star-studded celebration of cinema.

Darth Vader helmet among Hollywood treasures in $10 mn auction

Los Angeles - Darth Vader's helmet from "The Empire Strikes Back" is among a vast collection of coveted Hollywood treasures going under the hammer next month, with experts predicting it could fetch nearly $500,000.

Star-studded Venice opens under cloud of controversy

Venice - The glitzy Venice film festival opens Wednesday with fury over the inclusion of controversial directors Roman Polanski and Nate Parker adding to criticism about a lack of women directors in the running for its top prize.

Weinstein to hear new accusations against him

New York - Fallen movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, indicted over two sexual assault allegations, is to be informed of new allegations against him Monday that could delay his trial and complicate his defense.

Star Wars and Marvel TV shows lead vast Disney streaming lineup

Anaheim - Disney lifted the lid on three live-action Star Wars series for its much-hyped new television streaming service Friday, including Ewan McGregor's return as Obi-Wan Kenobi, as the company revealed a vast lineup for its Netflix rival.

Dwayne Johnson returns to top of Forbes best-paid actor list

Los Angeles - Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has reclaimed his position as the world's highest-paid actor, according to a Forbes rich list otherwise dominated by the cast of Marvel's record-breaking "Avengers" films.Former professional wrestler Johnson raked in $89.

Rape rows risk taking sheen off starry Venice film festival

Venice - The star-studded Venice film festival opens Wednesday with a row raging about the inclusion of controversial directors Roman Polanski and Nate Parker.

'Don't take the brown antacid': aging hippies flash back to Woodstock

Knoxboro - Fifty years ago Thursday Les Poinelli was hitch-hiking to the now storied Woodstock music festival he'd heard about on the radio -- and hopped in the car where he would meet his wife.

Disneyland Shanghai sued over 'double standards'

Shanghai - A Chinese student is suing American giant Disney alleging double standards because the company bans visitors to its Asian theme parks from taking their own food.

Woodstock, pinnacle of the hippie dream, turns 50

New York - A freewheeling weekend of indulgence. A New York farm transformed by idealistic youths into a mid-size city. A celebration of rock music and utopian ideals.

Matt Rife talks stand-up comedy and digital age of entertainment Special

Stand-up comedian and actor Matt Rife chatted with Digital Journal about his latest endeavors and being a comic in this digital age.

Andrew McCluskey talks about the Royal Princess Prep Company

Multifaceted entertainer Andrew McCluskey chatted with Digital Journal about being a part of the Royal Princess Prep Company, where he plays multiple characters.

Lebanon cancels gig by gay-friendly band for fear of 'bloodshed'

Beirut - A top Lebanese music festival Tuesday cancelled for security reasons a concert by a band accused of offending Christians, in a move activists decried as an attack on freedom of expression.

Swedish prosecutor says US rapper ASAP Rocky to be tried for assault

Stockholm - A Swedish prosecutor said Thursday that US rapper ASAP Rocky will be tried for assault over a June street brawl in a development likely to infuriate fans already indignant over his three weeks in custody.

Janet Jackson in Saudi concert boycotted by Nicki Minaj

Jeddah - Janet Jackson, 50 Cent and Chris Brown were among artists who performed Thursday at a concert in Saudi Arabia that rapper Nicki Minaj pulled out of citing human rights concerns.

For Russian director, facing trial, art is 'resistance'

Avignon - For Russian theatre and film director Kirill Serebrennikov some one-and-a-half years of house arrest and a serious court case have been no obstacle to artistic creation.

Cuba's aging rockers finally earn their due

Havana - For decades, their songs were banned, and even called the "music of the enemy." But Cuba's rockers have finally found their place in a nation where salsa, rumba and reggaeton usually reign.

Mattel unveils David Bowie Barbie doll

Los Angeles - A limited edition David Bowie Barbie was unveiled Thursday by toymaker Mattel to honor the 50th anniversary of the release of the iconic singer's hit single "Space Oddity.

Rip Torn, 'Larry Sanders Show' star, dead at 88

New York - Oscar-nominated actor Rip Torn, best known for his roles in the cult TV series "The Larry Sanders Show" and the Hollywood blockbuster "Men in Black", died at the age of 88 on Tuesday, his publicist said.

World can see museum restore Rembrandt's 'Night Watch'

Amsterdam - Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum on Monday began the biggest ever restoration of Rembrandt's "The Night Watch", building a giant glass case around the famed painting so the world can see the work carried out live.

Brazilian bossa nova pioneer Joao Gilberto dead at 88

Rio De Janeiro - Joao Gilberto, the legendary Brazilian musician and songwriter who pioneered the lilting, melodious music known as bossa nova, has died, his son Joao Marcelo announced Saturday.The legend was 88. The cause of death was not immediately known.

Brazilian bossa nova pioneer Joao Gilberto dead at 88

Rio De Janeiro - Joao Gilberto, the legendary Brazilian musician and songwriter who was a pioneer of the lilting, melodious music known as bossa nova, has died, his son Joao Marcelo announced Saturday.He was 88. The cause of death was not immediately known.

Hollywood producer charged in Malaysia over 1MDB scandal

Kuala Lumpur - The Malaysian producer of Hollywood film "The Wolf of Wall Street" and stepson of the country's disgraced ex-leader was Friday charged with illegally receiving almost $250 million from state fund 1MDB.
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