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In Algeria, heavy metal bangs up against tradition

Constantine - They came from all over conservative Algeria, clad in black leather, studded bracelets and even the traditional Muslim veil to revel in a rare heavy metal concert.

'Wizard of Oz' dress sells for $1.56 mn in New York

New York - A dress worn by Hollywood screen siren Judy Garland in "The Wizard of Oz" as the character Dorothy sold for $1.56 million in New York, Bonhams auction house said.

Foo Fighters dedicates free release to Paris

New York - Foo Fighters on Monday released a free mini-album dedicated to the victims of the Paris attacks, voicing hope that music can offer a bit of joy amid tragedy.

Celine Dion leads music world in mourning Paris

Los Angeles - Celine Dion on Sunday led the music industry in an emotional tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks, as the American Music Awards heard appeals for a peaceful world.

California university revokes Bill Cosby degree

Los Angeles - A California university has joined a growing number of schools in stripping disgraced US comedian Bill Cosby of his honorary degree over the sex scandal engulfing him.

Charlie Sheen reveals he is HIV-positive

Washington - US actor Charlie Sheen, as well known for his on-screen work as his off-screen debauchery with drugs, booze and prostitutes, revealed Tuesday he is HIV-positive -- and paid millions of dollars in hush money.

France says show must go on with call to go to cafes and concerts

Paris - France declared that the show must go on Monday, with the public urged to go back out to bars, concerts and restaurants in defiance of the terror attacks on Paris.

U2 cancel Paris concert after attacks

Los Angeles - Irish rock band U2 canceled a Paris concert planned for Saturday following a series of attacks in the French capital which killed more than 120 people.

Topless pioneer Carol Doda dies in San Francisco at 78

San Francisco - Pioneering topless performer Carol Doda, who sang, danced and stripped at a San Francisco nightclub that used a giant neon likeness of her to illuminate its doorway, died Wednesday at 78.

Ex 'Top Gear' host Jeremy Clarkson, BBC sued by punched producer

London - A television producer who was punched by former "Top Gear" presenter Jeremy Clarkson is suing him and the BBC for racial discrimination, the broadcaster reported Friday.

Trump hosts 'Saturday Night Live' to cheers and jeers

New York - Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump said he had a "lot of fun" hosting the iconic US sketch comedy show "Saturday Night Live" -- despite protests over his appearance and mixed reviews about his performance.

France still in thrall to its 'sacred monster' Alain Delon

Paris - France celebrates the 80th birthday of its greatest screen seducer Alain Delon this weekend with all the circumstance usually accorded to an ageing monarch, still unsure whether he is the lost boy who who never grew up or a cold-hearted heartbreaker.

Adele leads music industry hopes in busy year-end

New York - Adele's long-awaited album is leading a flurry of major releases in the coming weeks that could determine whether 2015 marks a rebound for a slow-growing recorded music industry.

Supersized Kazakhs battle to drop pounds in hit TV show

Almaty - Gulmira Jumagulova, a 125-kilogramme (275-pound) contestant on a popular Kazakhstan fat camp reality show, is still haunted by the words of a boyfriend who dumped her mid-pregnancy."He told me 'I could never introduce you to my relatives.

New York police union calls for boycott of Tarantino films

New York - New York's largest police union has demanded a boycott of Quentin Tarantino films after the Oscar-winning director protested against the deaths of unarmed suspects at police hands.

Spanish ruling party slush fund scandal hits the silver screen

Madrid - An unusual film based entirely on testimony by a former treasurer of Spain's ruling party who admitted running a slush fund has opened in cinemas ahead of a year-end general election.

'Star Wars' fans crash ticket sites as new trailer premieres

Los Angeles - The Force is calling to moviegoers, and they are eager to let it in.

Singer Stromae 'delighted' at Rwanda homecoming

Kigali - Belgian pop star Stromae said Saturday he was "delighted" but also emotional to be back in Rwanda, the birthplace of his father, who was killed in the 1994 genocide.

French film-maker Besson ripped off 'Escape from New York': Court

Paris - French film-maker Luc Besson was found guilty earlier this year of plagiarising cult classic "Escape From New York" with his sci-fi thriller "Lockout", according to documents seen by AFP on Friday.

School admin politics exposed in Ruderman's satirical novel Special

Winchester - Ian Ruderman's satirical novel, The Peculiar Grace of a Shaker Chair, pokes fun at the unspoken bureaucratic nonsense that happens within the administrative walls of an educational institution.

Playboy to stop publishing nude photos

Washington - Playboy, the adult magazine that launched in 1953 with a sultry Marilyn Monroe on its cover will stop publishing the photographs of the fully nude women so closely associated with it.

Hollywood star Randy Quaid arrested trying to enter U.S.

New York - American actor Randy Quaid and his wife have been arrested trying to cross into the United States from Canada, police said Saturday, the latest twist in a bizarre long-running saga.

'Americans destroy others': Actor Depardieu rails against U.S.

Paris - Gerard Depardieu played a Frenchman desperate to do anything to live in America in the 1990 movie "Green Card", but in a new interview, he shows little love for the US."The US?

Model files sexual assault suit against Bill Cosby

Los Angeles - A 25-year-old model filed a lawsuit against disgraced US comedian Bill Cosby alleging he sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion in 2008.

Swazi princess weaves royal raps in defence of monarchy

- Sitting on a cushion under a tree on a hot and dusty farm with a reality TV show crew standing by, Swaziland's royal princess Sikhanyiso Dlamini lays down a quick-fire rap."Where's my next breath? The one that you promised me.

Can 'Jurassic World' pass 'Titanic'?

The movie box office continues to change as 2015 plays on. The domestic box office chart currently has five movies in the top 50.

'Hotel Transylvania 2' checks in and serves up a winner

UPDATE: "Hotel Transylvania 2" booked even more than the weekend estimate. It took in $48.4 million while "The Intern" left work earlier than before. "The Intern" nabbed $17.7 million, according to the actuals.

Pop stars, world leaders rally to end poverty

New York - Some of the biggest names in music and politics from Beyonce to European prime ministers rallied in a concert aimed at mobilizing action to eradicate extreme poverty.

'Possible gunman' shut down U2 concert in Stockholm: Police

Stockholm - A U2 concert at Stockholm's Globe Arena was cancelled Sunday evening after a gunman was believed to be in the crowd, according to police and media reports.

Jon Hamm, Viola Davis win best drama actor Emmys

Los Angeles - Jon Hamm won his first Emmy, taking home the prize for best actor in a drama series for his portrayal of seductive, mysterious 1960s ad man Don Draper on "Mad Men.
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