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Congo rumba star Koffi Olomide arrested over kicking controversy

Kinshasa - Star Congolese rumba singer Koffi Olomide, who was expelled from Kenya at the weekend after allegedly kicking one of his dancers, was arrested Tuesday at his home in Kinshasa, police said.

Security fears loom over Bayreuth opera fest

Frankfurt - Germany's legendary Bayreuth opera festival dedicated to the works of Richard Wagner opens Monday, but security fears and off-stage drama threaten to cast a long shadow over the 140-year-old event.

Comic-Con day one: Trolls, Trump and 'totalitarianism'

San Diego - Oliver Stone warned that Pokemon Go was part of a march toward "totalitarianism" as the start of San Diego Comic-Con saw filmmakers expound on their political viewpoints.

The last VCRs will be made in Japan this month

In the age of streaming video and online media, it's difficult to imagine that some people still watch films on VHS. One Japanese company is still producing VCRs to play cassettes though. Later this month, it will build its last, ending VHS for good.

Twitter stirs debate after banning editor for insults

Washington - Twitter found itself embroiled in controversy Wednesday after banning an editor at the conservative Breitbart website for fueling a stream of abuse that drove "Ghostbusters" star Leslie Jones to quit the social network.

Latest US drama 'Shooter' shelved after attacks

Los Angeles - American network USA postponed sniper drama "Shooter" in the wake of the police killings in Louisiana, the latest in a string of releases hit by real-life violence.

After Prince death, Chaka Khan seeks help for painkiller addiction

New York - Funk legend Chaka Khan has revealed that she is seeking treatment for addiction to painkillers, which cost the life of her friend and musical partner Prince.

Aerosmith's Joe Perry collapses at New York concert

New York - Aerosmith's hard-rocking guitarist Joe Perry collapsed during a concert in New York and was said Monday to be in a stable condition in hospital.

'Finding Dory' sinks competition at box office for third week

Los Angeles - Pixar's "Finding Dory" swam past the competition at the box office during the holiday weekend, besting a handful of new releases including Steven Spielberg's "The BFG," industry figures showed Tuesday.

'Deer Hunter' director Michael Cimino dead at 77

Washington - Michael Cimino, director of the Oscar-winning Vietnam-era film "The Deer Hunter," has died at the age of 77, several sources said.

Golden age Hollywood starlet Olivia de Havilland turns 100

Paris - Screen legend Olivia de Havilland, who turns 100 on Friday, is the last surviving star from "Gone with the Wind" and one of the last great stars of Hollywood's bygone golden era.

Oscars organizers invite women, minorities in diversity push

Los Angeles - Almost half the 683 people invited this year to join the organization that bestows the Oscars are women and nearly as many people of color, the body announced in a bid to honor its vow to push for more diversity.

'Ghostbusters' backlash reflects Hollywood's sexism problem

Los Angeles - An all-female reboot of "Ghostbusters" hits theaters next month amid a savage backlash by Internet trolls that has thrown the spotlight back onto Hollywood's gender discrimination problem.

Chicago police on lookout for Sinead O'Connor after suicidal report

Chicago - Officers were on the lookout for Irish singer Sinead O'Connor, after receiving a tip that she may be in a suicidal state, the Chicago Police Department told AFP.

Jury out in Led Zeppelin copyright case

Los Angeles - A US jury will deliberate for a second day Thursday on whether Led Zeppelin poached the opening to "Stairway To Heaven" from an obscure Los Angeles rock band.

U.S. film industry says 'hola' to Havanawood

Los Angeles - Hollywood has been clamoring to capture Cuba's colorful charm since a thaw in frosty Cold War relations, but the islanders say the boom comes with their own underfunded film industry in crisis.

Same-sex kiss cut from Singapore staging of Les Miserables

Singapore - A kiss between two male actors in a production of Les Miserables in Singapore has been cut after complaints from the public.

Back to back: Dutch expo reveals art's surprising side

Den Haag - For centuries many have pondered what lies behind the Mona Lisa's enigmatic smile, but it was more of a rhetorical question. Now art lovers can literally discover what the back of Da Vinci's masterpiece looks like.

Singer Christina Grimmie dies in Orlando shooting: police

Miami - Singer Christina Grimmie, who starred in NBC's "The Voice," died Friday after being shot at a concert in Orlando, Florida by an unidentified gunman, who then killed himself, police said.

Microsoft suspends development of Xbox One TV DVR feature

Ten months ago, Microsoft announced it would turn the Xbox One into a complete TV streaming box by adding support for TV DVR. After going quiet on the feature recently, the company today confirmed development is "on hold" as it prioritizes gaming.

Playboy Mansion sold to Twinkies chief

Los Angeles - The Playboy Mansion, the legendary party house where Hollywood's elite cavorted with scantily-clad "bunnies," is being sold to the billionaire Twinkies owner who lives next door, a spokesman said Monday.

Prince death ruled a painkiller overdose

New York - Prince died from an accidental overdose of painkillers, autopsy results showed Thursday, confirming the pop icon as the highest-profile victim of the US epidemic of opioid abuse.

U.S. comic finds humor in abyss of mental illness

Washington - What on earth could be funny about contemplating suicide? Or suffering from bipolar disorder or OCD?Lots, says American comedian Maria Bamford, who's been there, is still fighting and draws on her ordeal to make people laugh.

Viacom independent directors vow to fight any attempted ouster

San Francisco - The battle for power at media group Viacom is heating up, with six independent investors vowing to fight any attempt to oust them.

Depp and Australia minister renew war of words

Sydney - A war of words between Johnny Depp and an Australian minister reignited Wednesday with Barnaby Joyce claiming he was the Hollywood star's Hannibal Lecter after being told he looked as if he was "inbred with a tomato".

Cosby will stand trial for sex assault, judge rules

Norristown - Disgraced US megastar Bill Cosby must stand trial over accusations that he sexually assaulted a woman after plying her with wine and pills at his Philadelphia home 12 years ago, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Cosby returns to court to hear sex assault evidence

Norristown - Disgraced television legend Bill Cosby returned to court Tuesday to hear evidence that he sexually assaulted a woman after plying her with drugs at his Philadelphia home, a crime for which he could be jailed 10 years if put on trial and convicted.

Oil riches help keep alive bedouin poetry

Abu Dhabi - The Middle East's poetry equivalent of "Pop Idol" is helping to keep alive an age-old tradition using bedouin dialect, which is barely understood outside the Arabian Gulf.Apart from the glory, a Kuwaiti student took home five million dirhams ($1.

German comedy favoured to win top Cannes prize for woman director

Cannes - The Cannes film festival ends Sunday with a German comedy, a movie about a bus driver poet and a Romanian meditation on morality the favourites to lift its top prize, the Palme d'Or.

British stars from Cumberbatch to Knightley back staying in EU

London - British stars including Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley and Patrick Stewart urged voters to back staying in the European Union in a joint letter on Friday.
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