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Spitfire tribute as UK says goodbye to WWII icon Vera Lynn

Ditchling - Two Royal Air Force Spitfires staged a ceremonial fly-past Friday as thousands of people turned out to pay their last respects to British World War II icon Vera Lynn.

'Devil Went Down to Georgia' country star Charlie Daniels dies

New York - Charlie Daniels, a musical force who melded country music and southern rock, showcasing his blistering fiddle skills on hits like "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," died Monday. He was 83 years old.

Weinstein victims to receive $19 million payout

New York - Women who suffered sexual misconduct and workplace harassment by convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein are set to receive almost $19 million as part of a class action lawsuit, New York's attorney general announced Tuesday.

Hollywood French film festival postponed to 2021

Los Angeles - Hollywood's French film festival will not take place this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, organizers said Tuesday, as cases continue to surge in the United States.

France's Assa Traore honored at BET Awards

Washington - International activist Assa Traore, whose brother Adama was killed in French police custody four years ago, was given the BET Global Good award on Sunday.

Hey, You! Rolling Stones warn Trump of legal action over song use

London - British rock legends The Rolling Stones have threatened legal action against Donald Trump for the US president's use of their song "You Can't Always Get What You Want" at campaign rallies.

'Dixie' nixed by Dixie Chicks: Band rebrands over links to Confederacy

New York - The country trio Dixie Chicks are now simply The Chicks, dropping a nickname for the Confederate-era South from their band name.

Cobain 'Unplugged' guitar sells for record $6 million at auction

Los Angeles - The guitar that grunge rock icon Kurt Cobain played during his legendary 1993 MTV Unplugged performance sold Saturday for a record $6 million, the auction house said.

Aiming big: Ivory Coast's 'Dallas' pitches for African following

Abidjan - The stakes are big, and so are the egos. Two clans, the Desvas and the Ahiteys, are fighting it out for control of the local cocoa industry... and boardroom thuggery, love, betrayal and guns are the tools of their trade.

Bollywood stars attend Rajput's funeral as death sparks mental health debate

Mumbai - Bollywood stars joined family members for the funeral Monday of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, whose death aged 34 has sent shock waves through the Indian film industry and rekindled a national debate about mental health.

Mexican 'Three Amigos' try to help amid virus

Mexico - A trio of Oscar-winning Mexican film directors known as "The Three Amigos" launched a fund on Thursday to help workers in their industry hit hard by COVID-19.

'Gone with the Wind' removed from HBO Max after racism protests

Los Angeles - "Gone with the Wind" was removed from the HBO Max streaming platform Tuesday, as mass protests against racism and police brutality prompt television networks to reassess their offerings.

Cirque du Soleil walks a tightrope through pandemic

Montr - Its shows canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an already heavily indebted Cirque du Soleil's fight for survival has invited an intense backstage battle to try to save the Canadian cultural icon.

Chatting with Shuzzr: Reggae-Dancehall entertainment publicist Special

Reggae-Dancehall entertainment publicist Shuzzr chatted with Digital Journal's Markos Papadatos about being a publicist in the digital age, opened up about his own struggles, and he furnished his advice for young and aspiring PR professionals.

No screams please: Japanese funfairs prepare for virus era

Apo - No screaming on the rollercoaster, socially distant spooks in the haunted house and please refrain from high-fiving your favourite superhero: welcome to Japanese amusement parks in the coronavirus era.

Galaxy of African stars hold virtual coronavirus concert

Abidjan - Senegalese superstar Youssou N'Dour and Grammy-winner Angelique Kidjo were among a galaxy of African talent brought together for a virtual concert to raise awareness of the coronavirus pandemic.

Pakistan goes wild for blockbuster Turkish drama

Islamabad - Dubbed the Muslim "Game of Thrones", a drama about the makings of the Ottoman Empire has sent Pakistan wild this Ramadan, smashing television records but exposing the country's lack of original content.

French screen legend Michel Piccoli dead at 94

Paris - Michel Piccoli, one of the most original and versatile French actors of the last half century, has died aged 94, his family said Monday.He died "in the arms of his wife Ludivine and his children Inord and Missia after a stroke", the family told AFP.

Taylor Swift to broadcast special Paris concert

New York - The coronavirus forced Taylor Swift to cancel her 2020 tour dates, but fans will still get a chance to see the pop star in concert in a special set to air this month.

Star filmmakers draw inspiration from Russia lockdown

Moscow - The coronavirus pandemic might have brought the film industry to a halt but Andrei Konchalovsky, one of Russia's most renowned film and theatre directors, is as busy as ever.

Reinvent the reel: Hollywood mulls new measures to restart shooting

Los Angeles - Movie moguls, directors and lawyers are searching for radical solutions to reopen Hollywood as soundstages gather dust and studio profits slide weeks after cameras stopped rolling due to coronavirus.

Top US theater chain pulls Universal films over streaming row

Los Angeles - The leading US movie theater chain said Tuesday it will no longer play any Universal Pictures movies on its screens as a row over the record-breaking release of "Trolls World Tour" on streaming platforms sharply escalated.

Virtual mega-concert featuring Stones, Swift celebrates health workers

New York - A virtual concert packed with A-listers -- from The Rolling Stones to Taylor Swift to Billie Eilish -- entertained fans around the world with a show celebrating health workers, as billions shelter at home due to coronavirus.

Saudi executes Yemeni over Spanish theatre group stabbing

Apo - Saudi Arabia on Thursday executed a Yemeni man convicted over a knife attack on a Spanish theatre group, the interior ministry said, amid a controversial push to ease decades-old restrictions on entertainment.

John Prine, revered American folk songwriter, dies of coronavirus complications

New York - John Prine, an American folk legend widely considered one of his generation's most influential songwriters, died following complications of coronavirus Tuesday, his publicist told AFP on behalf of his family. He was 73 years old.

Cut! Coronavirus pegs back Ramadan soaps

Dubai - Missing scenes, unfinished episodes and sets sanitised against coronavirus -- much-loved Ramadan television soaps are struggling to keep the cameras rolling just weeks before the Islamic holy month.

Country folk icon John Prine in 'critical' condition with coronavirus

Washington - Grammy-winning American singer John Prine has been hospitalized for coronavirus and is in "critical" condition, his family said Sunday.

Apocalypse delayed? 'Walking Dead' finale postponed by virus

Los Angeles - When will this apocalypse finally be over?That is the question being asked by "The Walking Dead" television fans, after producers revealed they had not been able to finish making the popular zombie show's series finale due to coronavirus.

Tom Hanks 'better' after virus quarantine Down Under

Gold Coast - Hollywood megastar Tom Hanks said he and wife Rita Wilson were on the mend Monday, after two weeks in hospital and self-isolation with the coronavirus.

Country music legend Kenny Rogers dies at 81

Los Angeles - Country music legend Kenny Rogers, who helped bring the genre into the mainstream during a career spanning six decades, has died at the age of 81, his family announced.
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