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No theaters, no money: Haiti labors to keep cinema alive

Jacmel - In the Haitian port city of Jacmel, watching a film is something of a labor of love.

Afghan talent show singer finds fame as Justin Trudeau's double

Kabul - An Afghan talent show contestant's striking resemblance to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has turned him into an unlikely celebrity in the war-torn country -- and potentially given him the winning edge.

Blistering barnacles! Tintin rides again... aged 90

Paris - Jumping jellyfish! Tintin may be 90 years old Thursday, but the boy hero is about to get himself into a whole new snake pit of scrapes.

'Bohemian Rhapsody' rocks Golden Globes with surprise coda

Los Angeles - "Bohemian Rhapsody" pulled a major upset at the close of the Golden Globes on Sunday, taking home the final two top prizes to put itself into the Oscars conversation along with "Green Book" and "Roma.

Stars sparkle on Golden Globes red carpet

Los Angeles - A year ago, the Golden Globes red carpet was a total blackout as Hollywood's A-listers drew attention to the problem of sexual harassment in entertainment and other industries.

Hollywood kicks off the 76th Golden Globes Awards

Los Angeles - Hosts Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh kicked off the Golden Globes on Sunday, with hit music romance "A Star Is Born" the frontrunner at the year's first and sassiest awards gala.

'A Star Is Born' leads pack for Golden Globes

Los Angeles - Hollywood's A-listers will hit the red carpet Sunday for the Golden Globes, the glitzy start to the entertainment industry's awards season, with popular music romance "A Star Is Born" the overwhelming favorite for top honors.

List of key Golden Globe nominees

Los Angeles - Here are the nominees in key categories for the 76th Golden Globe Awards, which will be handed out Sunday in Beverly Hills.

Netflix draws fire for blocking satire critical of Saudi Arabia

Washington - Netflix drew fire from human rights activists Wednesday after agreeing to block an episode of a satirical comedy show from its service in Saudi Arabia over comments critical of the kingdom and its crown prince.

Netflix censorship risks helping Saudi crackdown: Amnesty

Dubai - Netflix's decision to pull an episode of a show critical of Saudi authorities risks facilitating a crackdown on freedom of expression in the kingdom, Amnesty International said Wednesday."Saudi Arabia's censorship of Netflix...

Netflix drops satire episode critical of Saudi Arabia

Washington - Netflix has removed an episode of a satirical comedy show from its service in Saudi Arabia over its criticism of the kingdom, following a legal request by officials in Riyadh.

Notable deaths in 2018

Paris - From soul diva Aretha Franklin to astrophysicist Stephen Hawking and former UN chief Kofi Annan, here are some of the notable figures who passed away in 2018:- January -- 15: Dolores O'Riordan, singer-songwriter of Irish band The Cranberries, drowned a...

As TikTok videos take hold with teens, parents scramble to keep up

Paris - Millions of teenagers seeking their 15 seconds of fame are flocking to TikTok, but many of their parents are only now learning about the express-yourself video app -- often to their dismay.

Judge refuses to dismiss sex assault charges against Weinstein

New York - A US judge ruled on Thursday that the sexual assault case against Harvey Weinstein can go ahead, rejecting a defense motion to dismiss the charges facing the disgraced Hollywood mogul who has become the face of the #MeToo movement.

Judge refuses to dismiss sex assault charges against Weinstein

New York - A US judge on Thursday refused to dismiss sexual assault charges against disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, and set the next hearing in the case for March.

Gosling goes behind the camera for DRCongo book

Washington - Actor Ryan Gosling is best known for films as diverse as "La La Land" and "First Man" but he recently moved behind the lens for a passion project -- taking photos in the crisis-hit Democratic Republic of Congo.

Jazz legend Nancy Wilson dead at 81

Washington - Nancy Wilson, a Grammy-winning singer who performed everything from jazz ballads to pop songs during a career spanning decades, has died at the age of 81.

Bolivian youth orchestra plays for the future

- When Mariel Chura joined a youth orchestra at age 14, she did not even know what a viola was. Seven years later, she loves the instrument, which has offered her an escape from the hardships of everyday life in Bolivia's biggest coca-producing area.

Probe into Russian filmmaker Sokurov closed after Putin 'intervenes'

Sanktpeterburg - Russian police on Friday closed a probe into alleged embezzlement by a foundation set up by acclaimed director Alexander Sokurov to help young filmmakers, after President Vladimir Putin reportedly intervened.

Can more nominees help Grammys boost diversity?

New York - Cardi B, Drake and Ariana Grande are top contenders for Friday's Grammy nominations, with an expansion of the four big categories that could mean more recognition for women and minorities on music's biggest night.

Kevin Hart out as Oscars MC over anti-gay tweets

Los Angeles - US comedian and actor Kevin Hart abruptly withdrew from hosting the Oscars Thursday night amid flack for past homophobic and anti-gay tweets.

Hollywood awards season kicks off with Golden Globes noms

Los Angeles - Hollywood's annual carnival of awards shows begins Thursday with the nominations for the Golden Globes -- the starting gun in the race for the Oscars.

US comedian Kevin Hart to host Oscars

Los Angeles - US comedian and actor Kevin Hart announced on Tuesday that he would be hosting the 91st Academy Awards in February."For years I have been asked if I would ever Host the Oscars and my answer was always the same...," Hart wrote in an Instagram post.

Iraq's Mohamed al-Daradji battles inner demons through film

Los Angeles - The Iraq War may have ended in 2011, but for filmmaker Mohamed al-Daradji, the conflict that tore his country apart remains very much part of his everyday life.

Bollywood's T-Series to take YouTube top-spot from PewDiePie

Mumbai - A Bollywood music giant is on course to overtake controversial Swedish vlogger PewDiePie at the top of the YouTube channel subscribers chart in the coming days in a new landmark for India's digital rise.

The modern artists for whom the ancient Dutch bells toll

Utrecht - When a musical legend dies, a tribute can often be heard ringing out from the most unexpected of places: the tallest church tower in the Netherlands.

Cultural renaissance sweeps Latvia for centenary

Riga - With homegrown books and films topping sales in Latvia after decades of foreign cultural domination, the small Baltic state is in the throes of a cultural renaissance as it marks 100 years of independence.

Aidan Park talks about comedy show, technology and Margaret Cho Special

Comedian Aidan Park chatted with Digital Journal about his comedy show, his plans for the future, and the digital transformation of the entertainment industry.

Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee dead at 95: US media

Los Angeles - Marvel legend Stan Lee, who revolutionized pop culture as the co-creator of iconic superheroes like Spider-Man and The Hulk who now dominate the world's movie screens, has died. He was 95 years old.

Crazy in love? The Japanese man 'married' to a hologram

Apo - Akihiko Kondo's mother refused an invitation to her only son's wedding in Tokyo this month, but perhaps that isn't such a surprise: he was marrying a hologram.
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