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Wanted: An orange cat to share a lasagna dinner with

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Parents are always looking for ways to make their kids happy and this wanted message below is no exception.

The pictured posted by lauren_jade44on Twitter featured an inquiry to BORROW an orange cat to have lasagna dinner with her Garfield loving four-year-old and two-year-old.

The message reads:

'WANTED: To BORROW an orange cat for 24-48 hours, to have lasagna dinner with Garfield-loving 4-year-old and 2-year-old children. Will return cat happy and cared for. Cat will not be required to eat lasagna if contraindicated. Please, no feral cats. And please take your cat back at the end. Not looking to adopt.

Thank you,
An increasing desperate (but not crazy) mom of two with no friends who own orange cats'

Image - Pexels not an actual 'found' cat

Nicki Minaj Album set for release

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Nicki Minaj is dropping a new album (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Just when you thought you'd seen all of the surprise-album-drop tricks, along comes a new one.

The release date of Nicki Minaj's new album, Queen, has been bumped at least twice, and earlier this month when she knocked it back another week from August 10 to the 17 due to a sample-clearance issue.

That had set her up for a battle with labelmate and collaborator Ariana Grande, whose new album drops on the same day.

But she surprised fans on Thursday night by announcing on her Queen Beats 1 Radio show that the album will actually drop on Friday, August 10 at noon.

Queen will be Minaj's fourth studio album, and her first album release since The Pinkprint in 2014, which received praise from fans and critics as like as well as certified platinum status twice by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Minaj has already released three singles from the album, Barbie Tingz, Chun-Li and Bed, the latter of which is a duet with Grande.

Minaj will also be headlining the 2018 Made in America music festival along with Post Malone, and the two-day festival will feature performances by Meek Mill, Diplo, Miguel, Janelle Monae, Alessia Cara at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia on September 1 and 2.

© RAW 2018

Green screen tattoo? We're not kidding...

Could this be the next big thing?

See this 'green screen tattoo' from Roy Rowlett as seen on YouTube and his Insta account.

The tattoo shows popular TV show characters Rick and Morty and the tattoo headline reads: 'It's called a green screen Morty'.

Since his Instagram post went up four days ago it's already had over 45,000 views on Instagram.

'They don’t all have to have such a big field of green. This one, we just wanted to have a big green portal.' 

Here is the creation without effects:

Here is the creation with effects:

Bertram is CUTENESS overloaded

Meet Instagram star Bertram (handle: bertiebertthepom)

Bertram has over 194,000 followers and there is no surprise why.

Recently Bertram received a special gift in the mail - his Halloween costume!

See below as he turns into Paddington Bear, the likeness is uncanny!

See more cuteness below!

 

I’m Central today, hot on a rock and cooling my rump #chocolatepom #pomeranian

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Princess makeovers at Disney aren’t just for the kiddies anymore…

Princess makeovers at Disney aren’t just for the kiddies anymore…

Have you always wanted to live like your favourite Disney character if only even for a day?

Now you can! The Walt Disney World salons are giving you a chance to transform your hair, makeup and your nails into inspired characters with one of their 'Character Couture Packages”.

See three transformations below:

 If you could who would you become for a day?

Brad Pitt: I've given Angelina millions

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Brad Pitt (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Brad Pitt says he's given estranged wife Angelina Jolie Pitt more than $US1 million and lent her another $US8 million since their separation, countering her assertion he's paid "no meaningful child support", according to court documents.

Pitt 's lawyers say on Wednesday in a two-page document filed in Los Angeles Superior Court that he "adamantly disputes the contention that he has not paid significant child support".

The document added that he loaned Jolie Pitt $US8 million ($A11 million) to buy her current home, and has paid over $US1.3 million in bills for the benefit of Jolie Pitt and their six children.

Jolie Pitt's lawyers said in their own court filing on Tuesday that Pitt has failed to live up to their informal financial arrangements and she'll seek a court order to get retroactive payments from him.

Pitt's lawyers said in documents they filed for him that Jolie Pitt's lawyers have made no mention that she had any problems with the amounts he has given her for the children. It's not clear what child support arrangements the couple has in place during the divorce process after splitting two years ago.

The two filings were rare unsealed public documents in the case that gave a glimpse into the slow-moving divorce of the 54-year-old actor Pitt and the 43-year-old actress and director Jolie Pitt.

Pitt's lawyers said the filing was utterly unnecessary and "a thinly veiled effort to manipulate media coverage" of the split.

Jolie Pitt's filing also said she wanted to have the couple's marriage dissolved by the end of the year by separating some of the lingering issues to be resolved later. Neither side specified what those issues were.

Pitt's lawyers answered that Pitt actually suggested expediting the divorce in this way and had already agreed to it.

Jolie Pitt's filing requested a case management hearing, which would take place privately in front of a judge, to discuss the issues of child support and finalising the divorce soon. Pitt's response said that a status conference that is already scheduled would serve the same purpose.

Jolie Pitt's lawyers did not immediately reply to an email seeking comment.

The Hollywood power couple had been together for 12 years and married for two when she filed for divorce in 2016. Jolie Pitt currently has primary custody of their children.

© AP 2018

Oscars introduce new popular film award

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An Oscar statue appears outside the Dolby Theatre for the 87th Academy Awards in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

Oscars chiefs say they are to create a new award category for popular movies and limit the annual, televised ceremony to three hours.

In a letter to members, the board of governors of the Academy of Motion Pictures also said it would present some of the 24 Academy Awards during commercial breaks in the televised broadcast.

The changes, to take effect with the February 2019 ceremony, mark a major shake-up in the most prestigious honours in the movie industry and follow years of declining audiences for the Oscars ceremony.

An earlier air date of February 9 has also been set for the 2020 instalment of the awards show.

The US TV audience for the 2018 Oscars in March was just 26.5 million viewers, the smallest in the history of the 90 year-old Academy Awards.

"We have heard from many of you about improvements needed to keep the Oscars and our Academy relevant in a changing world. The board of governors took this charge seriously," the board said in the letter, which was made available to media.

The Oscars tends to honour art house fare for its biggest prizes rather than box office hits like the "Star Wars" franchise or superhero movies.

Wednesday's letter did not give details of the new category recognising popular film, saying those would come later.

The Oscars ceremony regularly runs close to four hours, honouring winners for achievements like sound editing and costumes along with actors, writers and director.

"We are committed to producing an entertaining show in three hours, delivering a more accessible Oscars for our viewers worldwide," the board said.

It did not say which of the 24 awards handed out on Oscars night would be shifted to commercial breaks, but said they would be edited and aired during the broadcast.

© RAW 2018

China bans Winnie the Pooh film: report

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China has denied Disney's request to screen Christopher Robin, a movie that features the honey-loving bear Winnie the Pooh, a source familiar with the matter says.

It is unclear why the Chinese government denied the film and Chinese authorities do not provide reasons to Hollywood studios when they reject their movies, the source said.

However, the decision has revived online discussion as censors have in the past targeted the film's main character, originally conceptualised by English author AA Milne, due to memes that compare the bumbling bear to President Xi Jinping.

China's culture ministry declined to comment and referred questions to the State Administration of Radio and Television, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

China, the world's second-largest film market, limits the number of foreign-made films allowed into the country to 34 a year. It typically favours action-heavy blockbusters such as Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther, two of four Disney films that have played in China so far this year.

Netizens have in the past likened Pooh's appearance - namely his portly stature - to President Xi. A small number of people have even used Pooh as a symbol of resistance.

Popular memes compare images of Xi and former US president Barack Obama walking side-by-side to similar cartoon scenes including Pooh and his taller, leaner friend Tigger, a hyperactive tiger.

Other allusions include a popular comparison between a Winnie the Pooh car toy image and the Chinese leader presiding over a military parade from the back of a moving vehicle.

"Can I still say Winnie the Pooh?" posted several users on Weibo, a Chinese microblogging site testing censors by adding images of Xi and Pooh. The images, seen by Reuters had been blanked out on the site by Wednesday.

"If they don't let it into China, the joke is going to become huge," said another commenter.

© RAW 2018 Photo credit: AP Photo

A beautiful moment between a Walmart cashier and a disabled woman has gone viral.

A beautiful moment between a Walmart cashier and a disabled woman has gone viral.

Angela Peters who suffers from Cerebral Palsy went to get her nails polished but was refused service after being told her hands shake too much. Ebony Harris, a Walmart employee who learned of the situation and offered to paint Peters' nails for her instead.

The pair were snapped by Subway employee Tasia Smith, and the photo and story have since gone viral.

Here's the good news:

A post from Angela Jean Peters's FB:

Pink says next show will be Saturday

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Pop superstar Pink has postponed a fourth show in Sydney but is promising to be back on stage this Saturday following a stomach bug.

The American singer was admitted to hospital on Monday night with a gastric virus, having earlier been treated for dehydration.

In a post on Instagram on Wednesday, she confirmed her next show will be on Saturday - "and until then I will be drinking green tea, and spending time with my kids".

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Jolie wants divorce finalised by year end

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Angelina Jolie says she wants her divorce from Brad Pitt finalised before the end of the year.

The declarations came in a request for a case-management hearing filed on Tuesday by Jolie's lawyers in Los Angeles Superior Court.

The document says her lawyer will work with Pitt's lawyers to ensure the actors are single again in 2018.

The court filing contends Pitt "has paid no meaningful child support" since the couple's separation. It says he has failed to live up to their informal financial arrangements, and she'll seek a court order to get retroactive payments from him.

Pitt's lawyer Lance Spiegel did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Jolie filed for divorce nearly two years ago and currently has primary custody of their six children.

© AP 2018

Image Credit: Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File

Donald Trump's Walk of Fame star to remain

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The head of the organisation in charge of the Hollywood Walk of Fame says there are no plans to remove any stars from the landmark walkway after a request from the city council in West Hollywood for the removal of US President Donald Trump's star.

A resolution to request the removal of Trump's star was unanimously adopted by the West Hollywood City Council on Monday. The resolution cited "disparaging remarks about women, multiple allegations of abuse and efforts to cover up those instances".

It also said it based its decision on the Trump administration's separation of immigrant families at US-Mexico border and Trump's behaviour toward Russia despite the intelligence community's finding that it interfered in the 2016 election.

Leron Gubler, president of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which has jurisdiction over the Walk of Fame, issued a statement saying that while there is no plan to remove Trump's star, the request from the council will be referred to the chamber's executive committee for consideration.

The chamber has said in the past that it would never remove stars, according to news reports.

Trump's star was unveiled in 2007 for his work on the Miss Universe pageant. It has been the target of protests and has been vandalised more than once, most recently last month.

The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a series of more than 2600 terrazzo and brass stars on a public footpath on both sides of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street in the heart of Hollywood.

© DPA 2018 Photo credit: AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File

Rose Officially Cast as Batwoman on the CW

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Australian model and action star Ruby Rose who has appeared in films like the upcoming giant shark flick The Meg, xXx: Return of Xander Cage & John Wick: Chapter 2 has been cast as Batwoman!

The character of Batwoman will make her first appearance on TV in the annual DC superhero crossover event that happens on shows “Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl” and “Legends of Tomorrow” in December.

After that she will film a pilot for a “Batwoman” TV series set in the "Berlati" universe so called because of the amazing work that producer Greg Berlanti has done building it.

Rose is playing the Kate Kane version of the character who is described as "an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence and must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope".

Ruby Rose cast as Batwoman for US TV

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Australian actress Ruby Rose will be suiting up as the DC hero Batwoman for The CW Television Network in the US, Variety has learned.

As previously announced, the character will make her CW debut in the annual crossover event between four of the network's DC shows: "The Flash," "Arrow," "Legends of Tomorrow," and "Supergirl."

The CW is also currently developing a series based around the character, whose real name is Kate Kane. Armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, she soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city's criminal resurgence.

But don't call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a saviour, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham's symbol of hope.

Caroline Dries will serve as the writer and executive producer on that project. Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter will also executive produce via Berlanti Productions. Geoff Johns, who recently stepped down as the head of DC Entertainment, will also executive produce through his Mad Ghost Productions banner. Berlanti Productions will produce in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Rose first drew the attention of American TV viewers with her breakout role as Stella in "Orange Is the New Black."

She went on to appear in films like "Resident Evil: The Final Chapter," "xXx: Return of Xander Cage," "John Wick: Chapter 2," and "Pitch Perfect 3".

She will also star in the upcoming action-horror film "The Meg".

© RAW 2018

Jess Falkholt's last movie released in Oct

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Undated handout photo issued by photographer Sally Flegg of Home and Away actress Jessica Falkholt. Photo credit: Sally Flegg/PA Wire

The final work performed by Jessica Falkholt will be released in October, 10 months after she and her family were killed in a car crash on the NSW south coast.

The young adult film Harmony, directed by Corey Pearson, will open in Australian cinemas on October 4, with distribution also secured for China and the US, media reports said on Wednesday.

The former Home and Away star's mother Vivian and father Lars were killed instantly in the Boxing Day crash, while her 21-year-old sister Annabelle died three days later, with Jessica succumbing to her injuries three weeks after the crash.

© AAP 2018

Statham rules himself out as next Bond

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Jason Statham has ruled himself out of the running to be the next James Bond.

At the premiere of his latest movie The Meg in Los Angeles on Monday, the British actor was asked if he would be interested in playing 007 if Daniel Craig decides to step down after his fifth outing as the revered spy.

But Statham, best known for starring in action films such as Crank, Transporter and The Mechanic, threw cold water on the idea.

"No one is coming to me for that job," he said.

In The Meg, Statham, 51, plays a rescue diver tasked with saving a submarine crew trapped at the bottom of the ocean with a giant prehistoric shark.

He was joined on the red carpet by his fiancee, the British model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, 31.

The pair have a one-year-old son, Jack, and Statham joked about sneaking him into see The Meg.

He said: "When he's big enough we'll have to sneak him in under my jacket."

When questioned what fans can expect from The Meg, which is named after the giant extinct shark the megalodon, Statham said: "You are going to love people getting eaten. And people like us not getting eaten."

© PAA 2018 Photo credit: EPA/NINA PROMMER

A dream job for 60 lucky people

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Ferrero, which makes Nutella and delicious creations like Ferrero Rocher chocolates, has posted an ad for 60 non-professionals to become 'sensory judges', aka TASTE TESTERS.

Because the company is looking for its consumers, no experience necessary. The only requirement is that tasters have no allergies (to food) and be able to use a computer.

The publication says the ideal candidates are listed as people who would like to learn "how to taste cocoa, hazelnut powder and other semi-finished sweet products".

Does that sound like you?

Oh, and you must also be willing to relocate to Alba, Piedmont, Italy.

The Job posting is found here just make sure you have your translator at the ready!

 

The world is your oyster, and Nutella&GO! is your compass.

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Beyonce talks race and motherhood in Vogue

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Beyonce reveals all in a series of essays in September'€™s Vogue magazine. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

American singer Beyonce has talked frankly about race, motherhood and body image in a cover story for US fashion magazine Vogue.

The 36-year-old said her now one-year-old twins were born in an emergency Caesarian section because their health and her own was in danger.

They spent many months in intensive care, she said in the magazine's September issue.

She disclosed that when her twins, Rumi and Sir, were born on June 13, 2017 she weighed nearly 100 kg, in part because she was "swollen from toxemia" and had been on bed rest for over a month.

Toxemia is a blood pressure disorder that happens in pregnant women.

The mother-of-three recalled that after the birth of her first child, Blue Ivy, in 2012 she put pressure on herself to lose the baby weight quickly.

"Looking back, that was crazy," she said. "After the twins, I approached things very differently."

For example, she said she has been patient with herself and enjoyed her "fuller curves," and she wore no wigs and little makeup for a series of photos that accompany the article.

"To this day my arms, shoulders, breasts, and thighs are fuller. I have a little mommy pouch, and I'm in no rush to get rid of it," she said.

Her husband and the children's father, rapper and entertainment mogul Jay-Z, has been a "soldier" and a strong support system, Beyonce said.

"I am proud to have been a witness to his strength and evolution as a man, a best friend, and a father."

Beyonce, who has commented on racial issues in the US in the past, also revealed that she had discovered that she is descended from slaves.

"I researched my ancestry recently and learned that I come from a slave owner who fell in love with and married a slave. I had to process that revelation over time. I questioned what it meant and tried to put it into perspective."

The feature marked the singer's fourth time on the magazine's cover.

© DPA 2018

American Horror Story Season 8 "Hourglass" Teaser (HD)

American Horror Story Season 8 "Hourglass" Teaser (HD) is here!

'American Horror Story is an Emmy and Golden Globe-winning anthology horror drama series created and produced by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk and produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television.' TV Promos YouTube

Pink postpones another Sydney show

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A Pink concert sign is seen outside Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Monday, August 6, 2018. (AAP Image/Erik Anderson)

Pop superstar Pink has been forced to postpone another Sydney show as she recovers from a gastric virus in hospital.

Promoter Live Nation says Tuesday's performance at Qudos Bank Arena won't go ahead based on medical advice.

The American singer was admitted to St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney on Sunday night with dehydration but later discharged.

She was readmitted on Monday and diagnosed with a gastric virus.

"Pink remained in hospital overnight, continuing her treatment and recovery. She will be reassessed by her doctors today," Live Nation said in a statement on Tuesday.

The 38-year-old cancelled her first Sydney show on Friday night on doctor's orders, but battled through a performance on Saturday night.

© AAP 2018

Robert Redford says retiring from acting

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Robert Redford attends the premiere of Netflix's "Our Souls at Night" at the Museum of Modern Art on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)

Oscar winner Robert Redford says he is retiring from acting.

His upcoming film The Old Man & The Gun is likely to be his last, the 81-year-old told Entertainment Weekly in a story published on Monday.

Redford, best known for films such as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Out of Africa, plays a seasoned bank robber in the new movie, which is scheduled to debut in theatres in September.

"Never say never, but I pretty well concluded that this would be it for me in terms of acting, and (I'll) move towards retirement after this 'cause I've been doing it since I was 21," Redford told the magazine.

"I thought, well, that's enough. And why not go out with something that's very upbeat and positive?" he added.

In the film, Redford plays Forrest Tucker, a real-life career criminal who was caught robbing banks 17 times. Each time he was jailed but managed to escape.

"To me, that was a wonderful character to play at this point in my life," Redford said of Tucker, whose robberies spanned more than 60 years.

"It made me wonder: I wonder if he was not averse to getting caught so he that could enjoy the real thrill of his life, which is to escape?"

Redford got his big screen breakthrough in 1967 with a role in Barefoot in the Park opposite Jane Fonda, and he cemented his stardom with roles in classic movies such as The Sting and All The President's Men.

In 1980, he won an Academy Award for his directorial debut, Ordinary People, and in 2002 he received a Lifetime Achievement Oscar.

As for whether he will also retire from directing, Redford said: "We'll see about that."

© RAW 2018

US woman pays for Keith Urban's snacks

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Keith Urban (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

A woman who thought she was helping a down-and-out man pay for his food at a bowser in the US ended up footing the bill for country music star Keith Urban.

Ruth Reed says she met the Australian singer at a Medford Wawa in New Jersey ahead of his concert on Friday night in Camden.

Substitute teacher Reed says she had made a resolution to help Wawa customers and jumped at the chance when the man ahead of her was short a few dollars.

Reed says he thanked her and said his name was Keith. When she remarked that he looked like Keith Urban, he said he was.

Not believing him, Reed asked his bodyguard to confirm she was talking to the musician.

She says, "It was then I realised what an idiot I was."

© AP 2018

See as a rhinoceros rams SUV

A rhinoceros rammed and then chased a small SUV carrying visitors at a zoo park in central Mexico.

Josue Fernando Gonzalez Aguilar was visiting the Africam Safari on July 30, 2018, when he noticed a rhino heading towards a group of zebras when the animal changed his course and took an interest in the small SUV.

See the video below captured by Josue Fernando Gonzalez Aguila who was in a car just to the rear of the incident.

You have goat to be kidding me!

Things just goat serious in Boise, ID, U.S.A.

See below as a neighbourhood in Boise, ID became the scene of a Goatpocalypse after nearly 100 goats descended upon the gardens and lawns of the residential area.

The party is over!

See as loose goats are loaded onto a truck owned by “We Rent Goats".

John Crist is every parent at Disney

Comedian John Crist has put together a montage of his experience at Disney and it's taking the internet by storm.

See Crist's experience below at the 'happiest place on earth'.

Famous internet memes and what they look like today

While we can recognize our top internet memes right away, most of us don't spend time thinking about the people or story behind the photo.

Let's have a look at some of the top internet memes and listen to the story behind them.

Included are some of our faves:

  • Success Kid
  • Bad Luck Brian
  • Scumbag Steve
  • Disaster girl
  • Ermahgerd girl and more

See a huge selection of memes below thanks to TheRichest YouTube channel:

Magnum PI gets a TV reboot with a twist

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Jay Hernandez, left, and Perdita Weeks participate in the "Magnum P.I." panel during the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at the the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Magnum PI is getting a television reboot with Latino actor Jay Hernandez taking on the role of Thomas Magnum and Jonathan Higgins' character turning female with Perdita Weeks on the cast.

Executive producer Peter Lenkov said the CBS reboot will keep the spirit of the original 1980s hit crime series that starred the famously moustached Tom Selleck, while making it less of a boys' club.

"Thomas Magnum lived off of his charm - off of the good graces of his friends giving favours. He was also somebody who didn't use a gun [and] was the underdog in most of the situations he went into," Lenkov said on Sunday.

"We didn't want to do a clone of Tom Selleck, we just wanted to find the essence of what he brought to that character, which was charm."

Lenkov said he's confident Hernandez can deliver this in the new series, which will pay homage to Selleck's moustache.

"We're going to do things that are going to satisfy [the original audience] - make them happy. We're doing a homage to the 'stache," Lenkov said of the series which is due out in September in the US.

Having Weeks play the role of Higgins was another way they are updating the show.

"I thought it was a boys' club," Lenkov said of the original.

"If you're going to do it in 2018, you need a strong female lead."

Lenkov said he wanted to play with the "essence" of Magnum and Higgins butting heads on the surface, being "combative -- but in a fun way".

"I felt I could get more mileage out of a female character in the conflict role," he admitted, saying he didn't want to change the brotherhood of the other characters, such as Rick and TC (played by Zachary Knighton and Stephen Hill, respectively).

© RAW 2018

NEW 3D Globe Mode on Google Maps!

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Google has introduced a new update to Google Maps!

It’s official - Google Maps now depicts the Earth as a globe. Head to Google Maps and when you zoom all the way out, the Earth will now be displayed as a globe (previously shown as a flat surface).

"With 3D Globe Mode on Google Maps desktop, Greenland's projection is no longer the size of Africa." Google Maps

This change will allow users to more accurately view the Earth.

See it for yourself here!

Lovato focuses on sobriety after overdose

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After reaching a stable condition following a drug overdose last month, Demi Lovato says she now needs "time to focus on my sobriety and the road to recovery".

Lovato has written in an Instagram post that she has learned her addiction "is not something that disappears or fades with time."

"It is something I must continue to overcome and have not done yet," the pop star wrote on Sunday.

She thanked the staff at Cedars-Sinai hospital: "Without them I wouldn't be here writing this letter to all of you." She also thanked her fans for their support and wrote that she looks forward to "the day where I can say I came out on the other side."

 

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Lovato's post didn't confirm whether she had entered rehab or not but souces have told celebrity news website TMZ that those closest to her are urging she seek professional help.

However, the sources told TMZ they believe the overdose itself and the complications she faced during her hospital stay have sufficiently scared the former Disney star enough to seek a live-in facility for extended treatment.

Lovato has struggled with substance abuse for years, and the overdose comes from a relapse after six years of sobriety, which she revealed in June in her single "Sober". Since the news broke of her overdose, Lovato has received an outpouring of support from her fans, colleagues, and other Hollywood stars alike.

"Sober" has re-entered the Billboard 100 charts, receiving a 199 per cent streaming spike with 7.2 million US streams since the overdose.

The "Sorry Not Sorry" singer has received treatment for bipolar disorder, bulimia, and substance abuse in the past, and documented many of her struggles in her 2017 YouTube original documentary "Simply Complicated."

© RAW 2018

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Contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit their website at www.lifeline.org.au

Beyond Blue - https://www.beyondblue.org.au/ or 1300 22 4636

 

Celebs tweet on massive Lombok quake

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Photo taken on July 29,2018 shows buildings damaged following a powerful earthquake on the Indonesian resort island of Lombok, east of Bali. (Kyodo via AP Images)

Australian actress Teresa Palmer is among a number of celebrities holidaying on Bali who tweeted about a magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck on nearby Lombok island.

American model and television presenter Chrissy Teigen posted a series of brief updates on her Twitter profile. The Lip Sync Battle host initially wrote: "Oh my god. Bali. Trembling. So long.", before adding "Phewwwwww", indicating that the tremors had stopped.

Teigen, 32, is with her husband, singer John Legend, and their two young children Luna and Miles.

The former Sports Illustrated cover star revealed the house in which they are staying is elevated from the ground, which added to the terrifying experience.

Teigen wrote: "Oh man. We are on stilts. It felt like a ride. 15 solid seconds of 'holy s*** this is happening.

"I very calmly walked outside saying clutching baby saying 'I'm naked. I'm naked. I'm naked'. Like a naked zombie."

Teigen then confirmed that aftershocks from the quake had started to hit the area.

She wrote: "I'm either still trembling or these little quakes won't stop. I'm trying to be normal here!".

Teresa Palmer said she felt the earthquake from where she was staying in a tree house in Bali.

She tweeted: "We felt it here in Ubud and it was VIOLENT. We are staying in a tree house and it was swaying like crazy. Very scary. Stay safe everyone."

She added: "It was very scary and we are in Bali, I can't imagine how it must've felt to those closer to Lombok. Thinking of everyone affected."

Take That star Gary Barlow is also on holiday in Bali, and posted a message on Twitter assuring fans that he was fine.

"Thank you for your concern - we're all fine - a bit shaken up," he said.

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Plant lover looking for your next tattoo?

Are you a lover of nature and looking for your next tattoo?

See some of these beautiful creations below, just us they'll grow on you.

 

💜🔮#plantsportraitsseries

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See this time-lapsed video below of this realistic rose...

The Wiggles - Emma Watkins and Lachlan Gillespie have split

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Lachlan Gillespie and Emma Watkins (AAP Image/Joel Carrett)

Emma Watkins and Lachlan Gillespie have split after two years of marriage.

In the statement, the couple said that after six months of a trial separation they have decided to end their romantic relationship.

"We have, and continue to share, the most beautiful life together, but we wanted to let you know that privately for the last six months we have been navigating through a trial separation, and we have made the decision to separate as a couple."

"We have embraced this as a very positive change in our relationship. Our incredible friendship has been strengthened throughout this time and what we have discovered is that, more than ever, first and foremost we love and adore performing as Emma and Lachy in The Wiggles and having the privilege of celebrating this happiness with extraordinary families around the world."

 

⭐️ Lachy ⭐️ We have, and continue to share, the most beautiful life together, but we wanted to let you know that privately for the last six months we have been navigating through a trial separation, and we have made the decision to separate as a couple. Throughout that period, we have performed hundreds of shows together and that is always a continued source of joy for us both. We have embraced this as a very positive change in our relationship. Our incredible friendship has been strengthened throughout this time and what we have discovered is that, more than ever, first and foremost we love and adore performing as Emma and Lachy in The Wiggles and having the privilege of celebrating this happiness with extraordinary families around the world. We have chosen a different path to travel in our personal lives, but please know that we are stronger than ever and we can’t wait to see you at a show soon. We will not be commenting beyond this, and we thank you in advance for respecting our privacy. Lots of love, Emma and Lachy xx @lachy_wiggle

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A sign of happier times

"We have chosen a different path to travel in our personal lives, but please know that we are stronger than ever and we can’t wait to see you at a show soon."

 

It's out!! The Emma & Lachy Show DVD!! ✨

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Pimple Pete - The Pimple Popping Game

Love games?

Would you play this one?

Warning - this is not for the faint of heart. 

Pimple Pete is a board game for kids which features Pimple Pete who has some major issues with his skin and he needs your help.

Game synopsis:

'In this pimple popping board game from Spin Master, you must pop Simple Pete's zits without moving the face too fast or hard. Pimple Pete is spring loaded on the back. Move him too much and you risk popping the mega zit on his nose Simply spin the spinner and depending on the part of the face that you land on, you must carefully extract the corresponding pimple on Pimple Pete's face using only two fingers. The person who extracts the most pimples wins. You can fill Pimple Pet with water or any other liquid. If you shake Pimple Pete while surgically removing his pimples, the liquid will come shooting out of the mega zit.' Toy Buzz YouTube

See how it works

Are thin eyebrows coming back?

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Undated handout photo issued by Conde Nast of the front cover of British Vogue's September issue featuring Rihanna. The Barbadian singer-songwriter, actress and businesswoman was photographed by acclaimed fashion photographer Nick Knight and styled by Vogue's editor-in-chief Edward Enninful for the forthcoming edition, widely considered the most important issue of the year. Photo credit: Conde Nast/PA Wire

Rihanna is on the cover of British Vogue's September issue and while she is covered in beautiful flowers, with dark and glossy lips and captivating eyes we can't help but notice one major thing.

Her super thin EYEBROWS.

Now while this may seem like a small detail to some, many women across the globe are asking themselves that one question: Are thin eyebrows back?

The jury is still out if this is a positive/negative sign.

See the mixed reviews below.

 So what are your thoughts - are thin eyebrows coming back and if so are you in?

Is this proof of a higher beings?

It's not every day that you see a sight that stops you in your tracks.

Recently, however, there have been a number of unreal sightings including July 31 in Texas.

Texas Angel - Captured by Danny Ferraro, who was driving down the highway with his wife when he saw the amazing site.

See more sightings below.

Man Spotted Walking In The Clouds

Angel In The Sky Caught On Camera over Mexico

5 Angels Caught On Camera Flying & Spotted In Real Life!

So what do you think...

Best friends and brothers - our hearts are melting

We are SO in love with Frank and Tito, talk about a heartwarming story.

Frank's a Pitbull mix living in Hoboken and Tito is a Chihuahua, they are brothers (from another mother).

See as Frank carries Tito around (Tito can't walk very well) on their walks together.

 

For more Frank and Tito action:

See more on the story here:

Woman becomes a dog's guardian angel

Tia Maree Vargas has just become a dog's guardian angel after carrying him nearly 10km down a mountain.

Vargas was on her way down the mountain trail (after reaching the 11,106-foot summit of Table Rock in the shadow of the Grand Tetons, U.S. last month) when she saw Boomer, a large English Springer Spaniel limping alongside a couple of hikers who were trying to find the dog’s owner.

Unable to leave Boomer she hoisted the 24 kg dog up onto her shoulders and began the long decline to the bottom.

See how the story unravelled here:

Vargas has since created a GoFundMe page to help with Boomer's medical expenses.

"There has been a tremendous amount of people wanting to donate and help boomer. Right now we don’t know what his medical expenses will be. It’s a matter of waiting and seeing what happens. If we raise this amount and don’t end up needing it all I will donate it to another cause :) thank you for all the sweet messages and concern for me and Boomer. I usually don’t like to ask for help. Thanks everyone who encouraged me to start this go fund me page."

Just another reason to love Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has given us another reason to love him.

"Over the course of my career, my stunt double (and cousin) Tanoai Reed @samoanstuntman has broken multiple bones, severed tendons, torn ligaments & just been an overall dominating bad ass achieving several “Stuntman of the Year” honors.

All done with one goal in mind - deliver the best movie possible to the world.

I had this custom pick up truck delivered just in time to surprise him (he’s still recovering from a stunt injury) while we give what he thought was going to be an interview about our careers together.

As you’ll see the moment I put my hands on my hips, that’s the drivers cue to pull away and reveal the big surprise. Not only does Tanoai represent our family and my career with relentless commitment and passion. He also represents an entire Hollywood stunt community that is truly the backbone of our business.

Love you uso and thank you for the blood, sweat, tears and years. We’re just getting started. Enjoy your new truck!" The Rock's Instagram page

Watch the video below

 

SURPRISE! I love handing over keys🔑🎁 I love you brother and enjoy your new truck! Over the course of my career, my stunt double (and cousin) Tanoai Reed @samoanstuntman has broken multiple bones, severed tendons, torn ligaments & just been an overall dominating bad ass achieving several “Stuntman of the Year” honors. All done with one goal in mind - deliver the best movie possible to the world. I had this custom pick up truck delivered just in time to surprise him (he’s still recovering from a stunt injury) while we give what he thought was going to be an interview about our careers together. As you’ll see the moment I put my hands on my hips, that’s the drivers cue to pull away and reveal the big surprise. Not only does Tanoai represent our family and my career with relentless commitment and passion. He also represents an entire Hollywood stunt community that is truly the backbone of our business. Love you uso and thank you for the blood, sweat, tears and years. We’re just getting started. Enjoy your new truck! #LetsRoll 🤟🏾

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Inside Edition coverage

Kidman set for Gretchen Carlson role

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Nicole Kidman is in talks to play former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson in Annapurna's upcoming movie about disgraced Fox News Chief Roger Ailes and the women who took him down.

Kidman will join Charlize Theron, who will portray former Fox News host Megyn Kelly. Jay Roach is directing with The Big Short scribe Charles Randolph penning the script.

The film will tell the story of the ensemble of women who took on the toxic male culture of Fox News and helped depose its chief architect.

Carlson played a key role in this story as she was the first female to file a sexual harassment against Ailes after she was fired.

Theron will also produce, along with Beth Kono and AJ Dix via their Denver & Delilah banner.

Australian actress Kidman recently scored an Emmy for HBO's acclaimed show Big Little Lies, which is currently shooting its second season.

Her upcoming slate also includes Warner Bros.' Aquaman, Destroyer, and Boy Erased with Lucas Hedges.

She is also set to star in Warner Bros.' adaptation of The Goldfinch.

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Meet Maxdonna

Meet Vincent and Max.

Vincent Flouret, is a fashion photographer from Paris, France and Max is his 6-year old dog.

Recently Flouret's been working on a project which features Max (and Madonna).

'IT’S ALL ABOUT LOVE ❤️ LOVE for @madonna a constant source of inspiration, joy and self-confidence for me, LOVE for my beloved dog Max who is my daily uplifting Ray of light, LOVE for photography, my favorite way to express myself, LOVE for the others, by selling all the prints of this ‘Maxdonna’ exhibition to benefit Madonna’s charity @raisingmalawi' excerpt from max_et_vincent's Instagram page.

See 'Maxdonna' below as he replicates some well-known photoshoots from Madonna's lengthy career.

 

🤣🐶💛 FITTING #onset #maXdonna #erotica #madonna #tribute #vincentflouret

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❤️ #workinprogress #maXdonna #materialgirl

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Это самый чудесный креатив на свете😻😻😻 Французский фотограф Венсан Флоре (Vincent Flouret) @max_et_vincent сделал просто уморительную серию снимков самых известных фотографий певицы Мадонна и обложек ее альбомов. В главной роли снялась любимая собака Венсана по кличке Макс, собственно, проект носит имя "Максдонна" (Maxdonna). Идея этого проекта пришла Венсану в голову во время благотворительной съемки для организации City Shelters L.A., целью которой было фотографирование собак из приюта для их последующего пристройства в семью. А так как Венсан является давним фанатом Мадонны, то он решил, что фото Макса в ее образе порадуют и саму певицу и вообще, в целом всех (и он не ошибся) Кстати, как сказал сам Венсан Флоре, этот проект стал для него возможностью отвлечься от коммерческой деятельности и заняться чистым искусством. Меховым, добавим мы😃 Суперфотосет , а заодно и помощь фонду самой Мадонны "Raising Malawi", так как все средства от продажи печатных снимков Максдонны направляются именно в этот фонд. Ну, и на закуску😊 Мадонна настолько оценила творческий порыв фотографа, что даже разместила в своем инстаграм вариант обложки альбома "Like a Virgin" @madonna #vincentflouret #madonna #maxdonna #likeavirgin #ржака

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MERCI 💞

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Aust music quotas needed: copyright body

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Canadian singer Drake (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP, File)

Drake, Justin Bieber and Celine Dion are among musicians who have benefited from Canada's standard benchmark for how much local music is played on radio stations, and Australia could learn from it, an inquiry has heard.

Copyright collective APRA AMCOS chief executive Dean Ormston says it is concerning that under current regulations, how much Aussie music stations must play ranges from five per cent to 25 per cent depending on their genre - which they define themselves.

He has told a Senate inquiry into Australian content on broadcast, radio and streaming services that a standard quota would be better.

"All music-focused services ought to be subject to the full 25 per cent music quota, which is not only achievable, but which is also internationally reasonable," he said at a hearing in Sydney on Wednesday.

That would be similar to a standard 35 per cent quota for local music that applies to all commercial radio stations in Canada.

"This domestic policy underpins the enormous domestic and international success of Canadian artists such as Drake, Justin Bieber, The Weeknd (The Weeknd), Arcade Fire and Celine Dion," Mr Ormston said.

Whether or not a standard quota is introduced, Mr Ormston warned the current quotas need to stay, with any rolling back sure to have a "detrimental effect".

He said the authority is also speaking with on-demand streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music, about the concept of benchmarking playlists that are curated within Australia.

© AAP 2018

Altered Carbon set for a second season

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Australian actress/cast member Dichen Lachman, Swedish actor/cast member Joel Kinnaman, US screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis and Mexican actress/cast member Martha Higareda pose for a photo during a press conference for 'Altered Carbon' TV series.

Just six months after season one of Altered Carbon was released on Netflix, the announcement has been made that the hit sci-fi show will be renewed for a second season!

There are some big changes ahead…including a new lead actor, Anthony Mackie. Mackie has been cast as Takeshi Kovacs, previously played by Joel Kinnaman.

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Actor Anthony Mackie (AAP Image/Supplied by Entertainment One)

Altered Carbon (season two) will continue to delve into the sci-fi world, which spans hundreds of years across numerous time frames. The new season will continue to delve into the realms of mortality and explore the ideas of the human soul and identity. 

Are you ready for the new Kovacs?

 

Twitter: @AltCarb

Instagram duo challenge you to fall in love

Social Media is a powerful weapon - and this Instagram duo use it wisely.

Meet Daniel Rueda and Anna Devis, who are both photographers currently living in Valencia, Spain. 

See their unique style of storytelling below which includes minimalism, humour, beautiful colours and design, and a whole lot of creativity.

Inspired by architecture, shapes and clean lines - they too seem to have a tonne of fun while they are working.

What do you think of their images?

 

#WHPgetlost Those who love to travel know that plane tickets are rather expensive, that’s why I'm always dreaming about finding a magic umbrella to travel the world. I haven’t found any yet but, I already have some things I’d like to discus with Mary Poppins. For example, how does she keep her hair like that in the air, when I am already a mess while on the floor! Apart from that hairy situation, where would you like me to go if I ever find one? — A los que nos gusta viajar sabemos que los billetes de avión no son nada baratos, por eso, siempre estoy soñando con encontrarme un paraguas mágico para poder recorrer el mundo. De momento todavía no he encontrado ninguno pero ya tengo algunas preguntas que hacerle a Mary Poppins cuando me cruce con ella como, por ejemplo, ¿cómo hace para llegar tan bien peinada después de cada aterrizaje. ¡Si yo me despeino sin haber siquiera despegado! Pelo bueno, si me encontrase uno, ¿dónde os gustaría que volásemos la próxima vez?

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Watch Through The Lens | S04E08 below featuring:@drcuerda & @anniset

The Golden Bridge is one is for the bucket list

This bridge in Vietnam is wowing visitors and it’s not hard to see why.

The bridge is seemingly held by two giant hands and is known as the Golden Bridge located in Da Nang, Vietnam. 

It stands above sea level in the Ba Na Hills and is surrounded by incredible countryside.

Is this one for your bucket list?

 

Can't. Even. Deal. Meet Bertram the Pomeranian

Is Bertram the Pomeranian the cutest thing you have EVER SEEN?!

We can't get enough.

A photo is worth a million words so let's get to the point, check them out below.

 

Sleepy bear did too much hump 😴#pomeranian #chocolatepom #clearingthedrafts

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Cancer makes you focus on future: Douglas

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Actor Michael Douglas poses for photographers during a photo call to promote the film 'Ant-Man and the Wasp', in London, Tuesday, July 17, 2018. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

Michael Douglas says surviving cancer has made him focus more on the future than the past.

The Fatal Attraction star announced that he had been diagnosed with the life-threatening illness in 2010 and was treated with an aggressive form of radiation and chemotherapy for five months.

The 73-year-old, who is married to Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, said the experience has made him "pretty positive about the past" and focus more on his immediate future.

"We've all made our fair share of mistakes in anything, (but) I've got a pretty good track record," he said.

"I'm looking now at about 50 years in the business and all of that. I like my track record; I mean the ones I said 'no' to, I didn't make many mistakes, I was pretty right on those.

"As for the future, as a cancer survivor and somebody at this part in his career, you look pretty specifically as to how you want to conduct the next year of your life.

"You're not quite back in that 'be as it may, let it hit me'. You want to have direction.

"I choose when I want to work, when I want to spend time with my family, when I want to play golf. It's all in perspective."

Douglas, who plays Dr Hank Pym in the Marvel film Ant-Man and its forthcoming sequel Ant-Man And The Wasp, said he is "totally" surprised to be starring in blockbusters at this stage of his career.

"After the first one, my son was 15 at the time and he's an actor himself, and he was looking (at me) very seriously and he went 'This could be good for your career'," he said.

"I said 'Oh thank you'. He said 'You don't understand, Dad, there is a whole new generation out there for you. You should think about doing a sequel'.

"But he was right, you know. It's just a whole bunch of new kids out there and these Marvel films, the scope and the sizes of their successes is staggering in terms of the character-driven pieces that I've done all of my life, successfully, but nowhere near the mass of scale of these."

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Netflix backs Ansari despite allegations

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In this Jan. 11, 2018 file photo, Aziz Ansari arrives at the 23rd annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Netflix is standing by Master of None and Aziz Ansari despite a sexual-misconduct allegation against the comedian earlier this year.

Cindy Holland, a programming executive for the streaming service, said on Sunday there's been thought given to a third season for the comedy starring and co-created by Ansari.

She added that Netflix would "certainly be happy" to make another Master of None season with Ansari, but didn't commit to it or indicate what the production or release timeline might be. The show about a young, single actor in New York last aired in 2017.

Ansari in January was the subject of a lengthy article published on the website Babe.net accusing him of sexual misconduct. In the piece, a woman who went on a date with Ansari accused him of coercing her into sexual activity that she later found she was uncomfortable with.

Ansari, in a subsequent statement, acknowledged having consensual sexual activity with the woman and said that he had been "surprised and concerned" to learn of her discomfort.

The report sparked a public debate, with some saying the claim shed light on aggressive sexual behaviour and others dismissing it as a bad date that should have remained private.

Fielding questions from TV critics at a summer press tour, Holland said that she has not spoken directly with Ansari since the article was published. Season 2 of Master of None premiered on Netflix in May 2017.

AP/Variety

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Barber pranks kid in viral video

Barber pranks kid in viral video.

"My customer Vito scared the crap out of me last month with a fake cockroach on my counter, behind my back. I warned him I’d get even.

Here is the aftermath!" Jude Sannicandro

Video below - Language Warning.

The famous ear and Vito's fake roach

Man flies off waterslide onto rocky cliff

A man from Dallas, Texas, has been seriously hurt after flying out of a waterslide and landing onto a rocky cliff.

The incident happened at a private home over the weekend at Lake Travis and the whole thing was caught on video.

See below

Star Wars bittersweet sans Fisher: Hamill

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Mark Hamill has said it is "bittersweet" facing his final Star Wars chapter without his co-star Carrie Fisher.

The actor, 66, is set to reprise the role of Luke Skywalker in Episode IX of the space saga and it has been confirmed that unreleased footage of the late actress will also be used.

Hamill shared two images on social media of himself and Fisher, with the caption: "In Loving Memory of our princess Carrie Fisher."

"It's bittersweet facing my final chapter without her - She is simply irreplaceable," he wrote.

"I'm finding solace in the fact that she won't BE replaced & would love the worldwide outpouring of affection from those who loved her when they heard the news.

"#CarrieOnForever."

Filmmaker JJ Abrams said last week that Fisher would be in the next Star Wars film to give the latest trilogy a "satisfying conclusion".

Footage of the Princess Leia actress shot for 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be used in the ninth film in the space opera's core trilogies.

Fisher died in 2016 at the age of 60, after she finished work on The Last Jedi.

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Do you see a Donkey or a Zebra?

A zoo in Egypt has been accused of painting a donkey to look like a zebra after a photo of the animal appeared online.

Although there has been quite an uproar not all reactions are negative

Would you ever nail this?

This trend is not for the faint of heart...

In an ever-changing world of art and fashion meet the new trend in nail art.

Nail Sunny is listed on Insta as the #1 NailArt Chain In Russia

See some of their latest creations below...starting with this look which showcases coloured pencil crayons as nails.

 

Crayon nails ? #nailsunnytutorial video by @edo_movs

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1 or 2?

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Compilation of different nail art styles which is your favourite?

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Jelly nails - YAY OR NAY? #nailsunnytutorial video by @edo_movs

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The Sandlot - It's been 25 years and WOW do we feel old

It’s been over 25 years since the release of “The Sandlot,” a coming-of-age baseball film that was a cultural milestone for many 90s kids - especially North Americans.

Patrick Renna and Tom Guiry, aka Ham and Smalls, two of 'The Sandlot' stars, recently tweeted a photo of a young fan sporting a 'Sandlot' T-shirt featuring the movie's most memorable line: 'You're killing me Smalls'.

Since July 25, 2018, the tweet has seen nearly 30,000 re-tweets and has had over 128,000 likes.

See it below as well as an official catch up with all the cast!

The Sandlot’ Stars Reunite 25 Years After Release Of Classic Film

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Cast revealed for Charlie's Angels reboot

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Director Elizabeth Banks has found her angels.

Sources tell Variety that Sony has set Kristen Stewart, "Aladdin's" Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska to star in its reboot of "Charlie's Angels." Banks will also be joining the trio as Bosley.

Variety first reported that Stewart was being eyed for one of the leads prior to the other two being tapped.

Scott is set to star in the upcoming live-action "Aladdin," in which she plays Jasmine. The actress already had a rapport with Banks from working together on 2017's "Power Rangers." Scott starred as the Pink Ranger, with Banks as villain Rita Repulsa.

Balinska is a British actress best known for her work on "Midsomer Murders".

The most recent draft of the script is written by Jay Basu and Banks, based on earlier drafts by Craig Mazin and Semi Chellas.

Banks will also produce with her producing partner Max Handelman under their Brownstone Productions banner. Doug Belgrad is also a producer and will co-finance through his 2.0 Entertainment. Elizabeth Cantillon will also produce.

The movie's release date is September 27, 2019.

The film will focus on the next generation of Angels working for the mysterious Charlie. Since the original films, the Townsend Agency has grown considerably and gone global, providing security and intelligence services to a wide variety of private clients with offices and highly-trained teams worldwide. This film focuses on one of those teams.

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Actress Michelle Williams quietly marries

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US actress Michelle Williams has quietly married, telling Vanity Fair magazine she never gave up on love after the death of her partner Heath Ledger 10 years ago.

Williams, 37, the fiercely private Oscar-nominated star of Brokeback Mountain, told the magazine in an interview published on Thursday that she married American indie musician Phil Elverum at a private ceremony earlier this month in the rural Adirondacks region of upstate New York.

She described her relationship with Elverum, whose first wife died of pancreatic cancer, as "very sacred, very special".

Williams had a daughter, Matilda, with Ledger but the couple ended their three-year romance a few months before his 2008 death at age 28 of an accidental prescription drugs overdose.

"I never gave up on love," she said. "I always say to Matilda, 'Your dad loved me before anybody thought I was talented, or pretty, or had nice clothes.' Obviously I've never once in my life talked about a relationship but Phil isn't anyone else."

Williams spoke of how she and Matilda were hounded by media in the months after Ledger's death.

"I'll never forget going to the post office and seeing a sign hung on the wall for anyone with information about myself and my daughter, to please call this number. Um, so I took that down," she told Vanity Fair.

"When you're a single parent, and that element of provider and protection is missing, it's scary," she added.

The interview appears in the September edition of Vanity Fair.

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Buble and wife welcome baby daughter

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Singer Michael Buble and his wife Luisana Lopilato have welcomed a baby daughter.

The Argentine actress posted a black and white photo of the newborn's hand on Instagram.

She wrote in Spanish: "How to explain that our heart explodes with love? That there's not enough hours in a day to think about it.

"I thank God for making us this gift of life and happiness! Because looking in her eyes is looking at heaven itself!"

"We love you to infinity and beyond. We waited for you not only to grow as a family... you gave us light, hope, you are and will be our souls' life."

The couple are already parents to Noah, five - who has been battling stomach cancer - and another son, Elias, who was born in January 2016.

They announced Noah's diagnosis in November 2016, when he was three.

At the time Buble said they were "devastated" and were suspending work commitments to devote all their time to looking after him.

In April this year, Lopilato said the couple remained hopeful and were "looking forward to thinking about the future" and seeing their children grow.

During a recent show in London's Hyde Park, the Canadian jazz singer brought the little boy out on stage after telling the crowd there were "many moments" he thought he "might not come back" to showbiz.

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Reese Witherspoon & P!nk get real in support of Hello Sunshine

Have you heard of Reese's new project Hello Sunshine?

'Founded by Academy and Emmy Award-winning actress, producer, and entrepreneur Reese Witherspoon, Hello Sunshine is a media company dedicated to female authorship across all storytelling platforms, including film, television, books, social videos, and audio. We’re excited to connect women (and men) to narratives told from a distinctively female perspective.' YouTube channel Hello Sunshine.

Watch the video below which showcases Reese and Pink on their way to Venice Beach and P!nk opening up about being on tour with her kids.

Pink on the importance of speaking up

P!nk on flying

HBO greenlights Deadwood TV movie

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A scene from the television series Deadwood (AAP Image/Supplied)

"Deadwood" fans can exhale.

HBO says it has greenlighted a long-discussed movie based on the Western drama that ended a dozen years ago.

HBO programming chief Casey Bloys said on Wednesday that production is scheduled to begin in October.

An air date has yet to be set but it could debut in the northern spring of 2019, he said.

Bloys told a TV critics' meeting it was a logistical "nightmare" getting the ensemble cast's schedules to align, but it finally worked out.

The critically-acclaimed, award-winning "Deadwood" was set in the rough-and-tumble South Dakota mining town of the title.

The series aired from 2004-06 with stars including Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane and Molly Parker.

It was created by David Milch, known for his work on the contemporary police dramas "NYPD Blue" and "Hill Street Blues."

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Memoir of the Beast: Dickinson talks in Oz

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Bruce Dickinson from Iron Maiden performing live (Julien Reynaud/APS-Medias/ABACAPRESS.COM.)

For most people, simply being the beloved frontman for one of the biggest bands in the world would generate enough material for a one-man show, but Bruce Dickinson is spoiled for choice.

In addition to singing for heavy metal mainstays Iron Maiden, Dickinson famously is also an airline pilot rated to fly commercial passenger jets. He frequently flies his band's plane "Ed Force One" on tour.

He says he became a pilot to get a "proper job" outside of music, something that has also seen him take up fencing, novel and screenwriting and beer-brewing.

All of which gives him plenty of stories for his speaking tour in support of his autobiography "What Does This Button Do?" due to hit Australia in October.

The book surprised a lot of people who thought it was just going to be another one of those kiss-and-tell, rock-and-roll books, he says.

"I didn't want it to be that because there's a lot of things in my life that have nothing to do with rock and roll."

"Some of them are quite funny, some of them are quite poignant, but all of them are worth talking about as an entertainer, because it gives people a view through a different lens."

Dickinson says he created the one-man show after being asked by his publishers to do a few public readings of his autobiography, which he said sounded "boring."

Instead, he took inspiration from an unlikely source - British gadfly and public speaker Quentin Crisp, who did a series of speaking events in the early 1980s, one of which Dickinson went to.

"He was brilliant, erudite, very witty, but then towards the end of the show he took questions from the audience and organised them almost like a stand-up routine. And I thought that would be very interesting to do."

The shows will be a stripped down version of Dickinson's usual stage performance, both in terms of production - in place of Iron Maiden's trademark props and pyrotechnics is a simple projector screen - and in crowds.

Dickinson is used to performing in front of large crowds, and had just got off-stage from an Iron Maiden show in Bulgaria for 20,000 fans when he spoke to AAP, but the largest show on the speaking tour will be for around two thousand people in Melbourne.

He says standing by yourself on stage and telling stories is a different beast entirely to fronting a band.

"You can fall on your face in front of two thousand people and feel very stupid," he says.

Fortunately, he says that hasn't happened, as the depth of material he has to pull from, as well as audience questions "leading him up the garden path" have meant that no two shows are exactly the same.

All touch on his storied musical career as well as his extracurricular passions, and some have dealt with his diagnosis with tongue cancer in 2015, which has since gone into remission after aggressive chemotherapy, which he details in his memoir.

While he stresses his show isn't a stand-up act, he does try to put forward the funny side of things that have happened to him, even his cancer scare.

Dickinson says many audiences start out uncomfortable when the word "cancer" is mentioned, but he hopes he can show them a different way to look at things.

"By the end they're saying "well it doesn't seem so bad, maybe I should get a dose of cancer! See if it sorts me out, fixes my attitude on life!"

"There's a lot of stuff that goes on in life, and not all of it's nice, but that's life."

With even cancer not able to keep him quiet, fans of Dickinson will be well satisfied when he makes his way down under this October.

BRUCE DICKINSON | WHAT DOES THIS BUTTON DO? TOUR 2018

SYDNEY: Thursday 18th October - Enmore Theatre

MELBOURNE: Friday 19th October - Palais Theatre

CANBERRA: Sunday 21st October - Llewellyn Hall

NEWCASTLE: Tuesday 23rd October - Civic Theatre

BRISBANE: Wednesday 24th October - Eatons Hill Hotel

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Meet a super mum and her 76 ducklings

Meet this mama Merganser who has taken more than 70 ducklings under her wing!

Photographer Brent Cizek captured the amazing sight which he posted on Twitter July 22, 2018

See Brent's video of the brood in action

Announcing the second biggest LEGO set EVER!

Is this the ultimate Harry Potter fan gift?

We think so...check out LEGO's 6020 piece Hogwarts Castle which is the second biggest LEGO set EVER!

Hogwarts Castle is set to be released September 1!

 

According to shop.lego.com

The following will be included in the set:

'4 minifigures: Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, Salazar Slytherin and Rowena Ravenclaw, with a buildable minifigure display stand.

27 microfigures: Harry Potter™, Ron Weasley™, Hermione Granger™, Draco Malfoy™, Albus Dumbledore™, Professor Snape™, Professor McGonagall™, Remus Lupin, Professor Dolores Umbridge™, Argus Filch, Lord Voldemort™, Bellatrix Lestrange, 3 students from each of the 4 houses, 2 chess pieces and the Architect of Hogwarts™ statue and 5 Dementors, plus Aragog the spider and the Basilisk figures, and a buildable Hungarian Horntail dragon.

A buildable microscale model of Hogwarts™ Castle, hut of Hagrid™, Whomping Willow™ tree and 5 boats.

Hogwarts™ Castle features the Great Hall with buildable ‘stained glass windows’, house banners, benches, tables, flaming torches and moving staircases; potions classroom with racks of jar elements; Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom with assorted potion jars, gramophone and a closet containing a boggart; Chessboard Chamber with chess piece elements; Room of Requirement with assorted elements, including the Goblet of Fire and the vanishing cabinet; Chamber of Secrets™ with the Basilisk and Tom Riddle’s Diary; hidden Devils Snare room with vine elements; Gryffindor™ common room with fireplace and seating; Professor Dolores Umbridge’s office with desk, chair and pink furnishings; library with bookcase and desks; and Professor Dumbledore’s office with the Griffin statue entrance and Memory cabinet.

Hagrid’s hut features Aragog the spider and buildable pumpkins.

The Whomping Willow™ includes the buildable blue Flying Ford Anglia car in its spinning branches.
Also includes 5 buildable boats.

Take a seat in the Great Hall and feast with the Hogwarts™ professors and students!

Sneak your way into the Chamber of Secrets™ through the secret entrance and face the Basilisk!

Attend a Defence Against the Dark Arts class to learn how to protect yourself from dark magic!

Climb the moving staircase!

Study for your Ordinary Wizarding Level exams in the library.

Accessory elements include the Sword of Gryffindor™, Helga Hufflepuff´s cup, wands, potions, house banners, flames, a cauldron and 2 magnifying glasses.

Microfigure accessories include 2 chess statues and the Architect of Hogwarts™ statue.

Hogwarts™ Castle measures over 22” (58cm) high, 27” (69cm) wide and 16” (43cm) deep.'

Trump's Hollywood star smashed with axe

US President Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has been destroyed by a man with a pickaxe, the Los Angeles Police Department has confirmed.

The perpetrator is a 25-year-old man who immediately turned himself in to police and remains in custody, the LAPD said.

The man approached the scene around 3:30 am and started to smash the star with a pickaxe, authorities said.

 

 

This is the second time within less than two years that the star has been vandalised, the last time being in October 2016, when the now-president was running for office on the Republican ticket.

Trump was awarded the star in 2007 for his work on the NBC television show "The Apprentice."

James Otis, the man who destroyed Trump's star in October 2016, was sentenced to three years' probation, 20 days of community service and had to pay a $4,400 fine for the damage.

In January this year, the star was spray-painted with a swastika.

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Game of Thrones finale set for early 2019

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HBO will debut the final season of its international hit Game of Thrones in the first half of next year and it aims to start production on a prequel in 2019.

Casey Bloys, HBO's president of programming, speaking at a Television Critics Association event, declined to provide details on the eighth and final Game of Thrones season or to provide a more specific premiere date.

The Emmy-winning medieval fantasy series is HBO's biggest hit ever with some 30 million viewers in the United States and an army of devoted fans worldwide.

HBO, a unit of AT&T Inc, also is in the process of searching for a director and cast for a Game of Thrones prequel, Bloys said in response to questions. He said he hopes the prequel pilot will begin filming next year.

The network announced in June that it had ordered the pilot and would proceed with a full series if the pilot goes well.

The as yet untitled prequel will take place thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones. It was created by British screenwriter Jane Goldman with author George RR Martin, whose novel series A Song of Ice and Fire is the basis for the Game of Thrones television series.

It will chronicle "the world's descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour," and look at the secrets of the history of the warring families in the fictional kingdom of Westeros, the network has said.

HBO considered five different scripts before settling on the approach for the prequel.

"The reason we did multiple scripts is out of five, we'd be lucky to get one we are very excited about," Bloys said.

The remaining four scripts are either dead or still in the works, he said.

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Grande's mother sends support to Lovato

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Singer Ariana Grande has shared a message of support to Demi Lovato from her mother Joan after reports emerged Lovato has suffered a suspected overdose.

In her message Joan thanked Lovato for being there for her son Frankie, who revealed he had been sober for one year after turning to alcohol and prescription drugs to cope with the trauma he experienced after the bombing at his sister's concert in Manchester in May 2017.

"I am knocked down over Demi and I pray that she recovers quickly and finds sobriety again," Joan wrote.

"It is work, hard work, but with support and love, she will succeed!

"I know it, we are there for her in any way. She is a sweet, kind person, who has in my personal experience always shown love to everyone in my world.

"She was there for Frankie during his work with sobriety... and as we know he just celebrated his ONE year.

"She has always been so supportive of Ariana as well, sharing her experiences with the fame and celebrity and notoriety of growing up in a very public space."

Joan went on to urge people not to find self-worth in criticising other people and to remember that "not one fan base is better than the other".

Sharing her mother's message with her 56.8 million followers on Twitter, Ariana Grande wrote: "Mom wrote something beautiful. Check it out. Much love."

The God Is A Woman singer was one of many stars to rally around Lovato on social media following the reports, writing: "i love u @ddlovato."

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Hilarious maid of honour speech

Who doesn't love a wedding?!

One of the best parts of weddings are the speeches and this one takes the cake.

Listen as this maid of honour raps her speech to the soundtrack of Fresh Prince.

Lovato 'stable' after suspected overdose

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US singer and composer Demi Lovato performs in concert at the World Stage during the 8th edition of Rock in Rio Lisbon, at Parque da Bela Vista in Lisbon, Portugal, 24 June 2018. EPA/JOSE SENA GOULAO

Pop star Demi Lovato has been hospitalised in Los Angeles after suffering a suspected overdose, media reports say.

Representatives for the 25-year-old singer, who has spoken openly about cocaine and alcohol abuse, have not responded to requests for comment but People magazine has quoted an unidentified source as saying the "Sorry Not Sorry" singer is "okay and stable".

TMZ reported Lovato was found unconscious in her Hollywood Hills home and quoted law enforcement sources as saying she was treated with Narcan, an emergency treatment for suspected opioid and drug overdoses.

Los Angeles police said they responded to a medical emergency on Tuesday involving a woman on the Hollywood Hills street where Lovato reportedly has a home, but declined to name the person.

Last month Lovato released a song called "Sober" in which she sang: "Momma, I'm so sorry, I'm not sober anymore, And daddy, please forgive me for the drinks spilled on the floor, To the ones who never left me We've been down this road before, I'm so sorry, I'm not sober anymore."

Lovato rose to fame on Disney Channel shows "Camp Rock" and "Sonny with a Chance" 10 years ago, and forged a pop career with hits like "Skyscraper" and "Sorry Not Sorry."

In a 2017 YouTube documentary, "Simply Complicated," Lovato spoke about years of substance abuse, eating disorders, and drinking, saying she first started using cocaine when she was 17.

She entered rehab at the age of 18, where she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Lovato, who has some 69 million followers on Instagram, was in the midst of a US tour and due to perform in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on Thursday.

Her hospitalisation became the top trending item on Twitter on Tuesday, with fans and celebrities expressing concern and support.

Ellen DeGeneres, Ariana Grande, and country singer Brad Paisley are among those who have taken to social media to pen well wishes to the "Sober" and "Confident" artist.

"I love Demi Lovato so much," DeGeneres wrote on Twitter.

"It breaks my heart that she is going through this. She is a light in this world, and I am sending my love to her and her family."

Paisley tweeted, "Addiction is a terrible disease. There is no one more honest or brave than this woman."

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Lovato hospitalised after suspected OD

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Demi Lovato has been hospitalised in Los Angeles after a suspected heroin overdose.

According to law enforcement officials, the Los Angeles Police Department responded to a medical emergency at the 8000 block of Laurel View Drive in the Hollywood Hills, where Lovato's home is located.

TMZ, which was first to report the news, said Lovato is currently being treated at a local hospital. Her condition is unknown.

The Sorry Not Sorry singer, 25, has struggled with substance abuse for years. Lovato revealed in June that she had relapsed just months after celebrating six years of sobriety.

"To the ones who never left me / We've been down this road before / I'm so sorry, I'm not sober anymore," Lovato says in her recent single Sober off of her sixth album, Tell Me You Love Me.

Lovato has received treatment for bipolar disorder, bulimia, and substance abuse. She chronicled the daily struggles with recovery in the 2017 YouTube original documentary Simply Complicated. In the film, Lovato opened up about using cocaine for the majority of filming for her 2012 documentary Stay Strong.

She was set to play a show in Atlantic City on Thursday. She had just performed in California on Sunday.

Lovato's reps did not immediately respond to Variety's request for comment.

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What is the 'In My Feelings' challenge?

2018 has brought a brand new challenge to a town near you ‘In My Feelings’ challenge which is a popular dance craze that has been taking over the internet. There have been thousands of social media users (many of them celebs) showing the exact same dance moves to the soundtrack of Drake’s ‘In My Feelings’ release.

As of July 24, 2018, on Instagram alone there were
268,612 #inmyfeelingschallenge posts
575,721 #inmyfeelings posts

Still confused?

See some of our favourite renditions including an AMAZING rendition from Will Smith below. 

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What's Drake's reaction to Will Smith's vid?

Here are a few more gems

theshiggyshow posted this one day after Drake's Scorpion (album) dropped and many are giving him credit for the craze kicking off

 

#Mood : KEKE Do You Love Me ? 😂😂😂 @champagnepapi #DoTheShiggy #InMyFeelings

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‘Cats’ is coming to the big screen

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical ‘Cats’ is heading to a screen near you all thanks to Working Title and Universal. And the cast couldn’t be any more 'purrrr-fect’! Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, James Corden and Ian McKellen are all set to star in the film adaption.

The movie will tell the iconic 'Cats' story about the night the Jellicles tribe make what is known as “the Jellicle choice", and decide which cat will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new life.

Early reports have Jennifer Hudson playing Grizabella, the former “glamour cat” who sings the iconic showstopper “Memory”. 

A Star Is Born to premiere at Venice fest

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Bradley Cooper's remake of A Star Is Born, starring himself and Lady Gaga, is to have its world premiere at the 75th Venice Film Festival.

The festival announced the August 31 debut screening on Monday, after it had been rumoured for days. Warner Bros' new take on the classic tale that first hit the silver screen 81 years ago is scheduled for release in cinemas in the US in October.

The film will play out of competition at Venice, which is steadily gaining in prestige as an awards launching pad for Hollywood product. Another crowd-pleasing musically-themed movie, La La Land, as well as Gravity, Spotlight, and The Shape of Water, all launched from the Lido.

The hotly anticipated A Star Is Born finds four-time Oscar nominee Cooper (American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook) directing for the first time, and acting and singing as musician Jackson Maine, alongside Gaga, who plays struggling artist Ally. With Maine's encouragement, Ally's career ramps up, but their relationship suffers.

The new take on the story features tracks written by Cooper and Gaga together and in collaboration with musicians such as Lukas Nelson, Jason Isbell and Mark Ronson. Also appearing in the film are Andrew Dice Clay, Dave Chappelle and Sam Elliott.

All previous iterations of A Star Is Born have proven popular with the Academy. The 1937 original earned a best-actress Oscar nomination for Janet Gaynor; both Judy Garland and James Mason received nominations for their performances in the 1954 version; and the 1976 reboot with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson won the Academy Award for best song, for Evergreen.

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Mel B says Spice Girls' reunion this year

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Spice Girls star Mel B has confirmed the group's reunion will take place this year.

The singer, whose real name is Melanie Brown, said there is one member of the girl group who has been holding up proceedings.

When asked if all the band would be involved, she told ITV's Loose Women: "There's one that's been a bit difficult. But she's getting roped in."

Pressed if it will happen this year, she said: "Yes, yes. We are going to start this year and then go on till next year."

Earlier this year the singers confirmed plans to work together on new projects, sharing a snap of themselves at Geri Horner's house.

However, Victoria Beckham later denied that the Wannabe and Spice Up Your Life group were going on tour.

Brown previously told the show: "All five of us have signed with Simon Fuller... It's all very exciting.

"It's going to be a bit of everything. If it was up to me we'd go on tour immediately. Maybe we will soon... Hopefully."

The former X Factor judge said: "I've always said we're definitely touring. I think I've just been nagging them all a bit too much.

"I stopped nagging and then they all said 'yes'. I shut my mouth."

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Bowie's rejected demo tape up for auction

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Undated handout photo issued by Omega Auctions of the first-ever studio recording of David Bowie from 1963, when he was playing with The Konrads as a 16-year-old, which is part of a trove of memorabilia to be sold by former drummer of the band, David Hadfield. The unreleased tape was rejected by a record company and it was six years later before Bowie's career would take off with Space Oddity. The collection is set to go under the hammer in September at Omega Auctions, in Newton-le-Willows, in the music memorabilia sale. (Photo: Omega Auctions/PA Wire)

David Bowie's first known studio recording - which was turned down by a record company and later turned up in a bread basket - is due to be auctioned in the UK.

The 1963 demo tape featuring a 16-year-old Bowie, then named David Jones, with his first band The Konrads was rejected by record company Decca and the tape was never released.

Bowie quit The Konrads in the following months due to creative differences and six years later his career soared with Space Oddity's release.

The tape which includes Bowie singing "I Never Dreamed" is expected to fetch GBP10,000 ($A18,000) and forms part of a trove of memorabilia to be sold by former Konrads' drummer David Hadfield, who also managed the band.

He unearthed it, while moving house in the 1990s, in the loft of his garage, in a bread basket that once belonged to his grandfather.

Bowie was the band's saxophonist but it was decided that he should sing lead vocals for the tape.

"David had no inclination to become a singer at this point, his heart and mind were focused on becoming a world class saxophone player," Hadfield said.

"Our agent, Eric Easton, who also managed the Rolling Stones, asked us to do a demo so he could try and get us an audition at Decca."

Hadfield said in early 1963 he booked into RG Jones' small studio in Morden for the demo.

"We had decided that we would do a couple of guitar instrumentals and one original song," Hadfield said.

"I chose I Never Dreamed as it was the strongest, the other two were a bit weak.

"I also decided that David was the best person to sing it and give the right interpretation. So this became the very first recording of David Jones (Bowie) singing 55 years ago."

Auctioneer Paul Fairweather said the tape was a "significant recording, completely unique and of great historical interest, being the earliest studio recording of a fledgling musician who would go on to super stardom."

The collection goes under the hammer in September at Omega Auctions, in Newton-le-Willows.

© PAA 2018

A Backstreet Boys surprise

What do you get when you put the Backstreet Boys in an elevator?

A sing-a-long of course! 

See how it goes down when unsuspecting people are caught in an elevator with the BSB!  

Original post on TRL's FB page!

Dog sings Britney Spears

Matt Hardin recently caught his dog 'Riley' on film singing. After a closer listen it seems Riley's song is very similar to 'Toxic' by Britney Spears.

What do you think?

The Twittersphere thinks so...

Listen to the original below

Dogs - hilarious and sometimes a little bit dumb...

Sometimes dogs do the most hilarious (but also dumb) things and they are even better when caught on film.

See below:

Dog drinks water from a shadow

This dog doesn't realize the sliding door is open

Meet the dumbest dog on earth...

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

We're still confused about this one

Well that's one way to get around

A new dance move?

Toy surgeon saves the day!

I don't want to go home

A Sweet Home Alabama sequel? Oh please say YES!

Josh Lucas says he's open to doing a sequel of 'Sweet Home Alabama', can you think of anything better?

All we can hope is that Reese can find the time (and interest)!

Oh please say yes!

Original trailer:

TIME magazine's latest cover

On the back of Trump and Putin's recent summit in Helsinki, Finland, TIME magazine has morphed the two leaders for their latest cover. 

See the morph happen below:

For the latest on this listen to Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper as he reacts to the news that according to the White House Russian President Vladimir Putin may visit Washington later in the fall.

Our hearts are melting!

The internet is melting over this adorable little boy playing catch with his new best friend.

Chester Bennington, one year on

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Banners showing photographs of singer Chester Bennington, the frontman for the rock band Linkin Park, are displayed on the front of the Warner Bros. Records offices in Burbank, Calif., Friday, July 21, 2017. The Los Angeles County coroner says Bennington, who sold millions of albums with a unique mix of rock, hip-hop and rap, died in his home near Los Angeles, on the 20 July 2017. He was 41. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

 

 

July 20th marks the one-year anniversary since Chester Bennington passed and his friends, family and fans are paying tribute. 

 

Chester, In the past year, there hasn’t been a day that has gone by that I haven’t thought of you. I miss you, and it still hurts to not have you here. I chose not to speak at your memorial because I couldn’t formulate the words to adequately express how I felt... I chose not to speak at the Celebration of Life Concert honoring you because I knew I’d struggle to even be able to speak at all. And today, a year after your passing, I still struggle to try and eloquently express what you mean to your family, your friends, your fans... and to me. There is so much that I feel, and that I could say, and that I would want to say, and that I don’t know how to say... but one thing I know for certain, is that you are loved, and you are missed. Be Well My Friend, Dave

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Britney Spears' hit tops Now music charts

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US singer Britney Spears, center, performs during her concert in Tokyo. (Yoshika Horita/Creativeman Productions via AP)

Britney Spears' hit single Baby One More Time has been named the best song of the last 35 years.

The singer's break-out track was voted the best song over the years of the Now albums, which launched in 1983.

The number one single was also named best Now song of the 1990s, while Spears was named best Now female, beating the likes of Adele, Katy Perry and Beyonce.

Ed Sheeran was named best male in the Now 100 awards, which celebrate 100 Now albums, pushing George Michael into second place.

Little Mix triumphed in the best group category, defeating the Spice Girls, who came second, and Take That, who settled for third.

Bon Jovi's Livin' On A Prayer was named best song of the 1980s and Take That's Rule the World was best song of the 2000s, narrowly consigning Rihanna ft. Jay Z's Umbrella and Kylie's Can't Get You Out Of My Head into second and third positions respectively.

The prize for best Now collaboration was won by Ariana Grande, Jessie J and Nicki Minaj for Bang Bang, beating George Michael and Elton John for Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me.

Robbie Williams was previously announced as the greatest Now star of all time.

The singer holds the record for most appearances on the Now albums over the years, featuring 30 times including eight number one solo singles including Angels, Millennium and Rock DJ.

© PAA 2018

Airman who inspired Vietnam film, dies

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In this October 1987, file photo, Adrian Cronauer, a disc jockey on the Saigon-based Dawn Buster radio show from 1965-1966 whose experiences in the Vietnam War were chronicled in the movie "Good Morning, Vietnam," poses outside his home in Philadelphia, Pa. Cronauer died Wednesday, July 18, 2018. He was 79. Cronauer opened his Armed Forces Radio show with “Goooooood morning, Vietnam!” (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Adrian Cronauer, the man whose military radio antics inspired a character played by Robin Williams in the film Good Morning, Vietnam, has died. He was 79.

Mary Muse, the wife of his stepson Michael Muse, said that Cronauer died on Wednesday from an age-related illness. He had lived in Troutville, Virginia, and died at a local nursing home, she said.

During his service as a US Air Force sergeant in Vietnam in 1965 and 1966, Cronauer opened his Armed Forces Radio show with the phrase, "Goooooood morning, Vietnam!"

Williams made the refrain famous in the 1987 film, loosely based on Cronauer's time in Saigon.

The film was a departure from other Vietnam war movies that focused on bloody realism, such as the Academy Award-winning Platoon.

Instead, it was about irreverent youth in the 1960s fighting the military establishment.

"We were the only game in town, and you had to play by our rules," Cronauer told The Associated Press in 1987. "But I wanted to serve the listeners."

In the film, Williams quickly drops Perry Como and Lawrence Welk from his 6am playlist in favour of the Dave Clark Five.

Cronauer said he loved the movie but much of it was Hollywood make-believe.

Robin Williams' portrayal as a fast- talking, nonconformist, yuk-it-up disc jockey sometimes gave people the wrong impression of the man who inspired the film.

"Yes, I did try to make it sound more like a stateside station," he told The AP in 1989. "Yes, I did have problems with news censorship. Yes, I was in a restaurant shortly before the Viet Cong hit it. And yes, I did start each program by yelling, 'Good Morning, Vietnam!"'

The rest is what he delicately called "good script crafting."

Cronauer was from Pittsburgh, the son of a steelworker and a schoolteacher. After the military, he worked in radio, television and advertising.

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Liam Hemsworth, Miley Cyrus in video clip

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Liam Hemsworth has appeared to shut down rumours he has split from fiance Miley Cyrus.

The Hunger Games star shared a clip of him pranking the Wrecking Ball singer while driving together.

In a video on his Instagram story, the couple are dancing in the car with him at the wheel when he lets out a scream, which makes her jump.

Realising he is winding her up, she says: "I am going to beat the..." before Hemsworth says to the camera that he is "number one".

Reports have swirled that the couple had ended their engagement.

The pair first announced their plans to marry in 2012 after meeting on the set of The Last Song. They split in 2013 but got back together again in 2015.

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Giant Jeff Goldblum statue in London

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A statue of U.S actor Jeff Goldblum stands by the London Bridge in London, Britain, 19 July 2018. EPA/ANDY RAIN

Londoners and tourists alike have been bemused to find a giant statue of a bare-chested Jeff Goldblum next to the city's iconic Tower Bridge.

The 7.6-metre statue, depicting the actor in the reclining pose he made famous in Jurassic Park, is meant to mark the film's 25th anniversary.

Sky's subscription service Now TV installed the temporary 'Jurassic Jeff' statue on the south bank of the Thames Wednesday.

The outlandish stunt prompted many selfies and social media posts - though some Twitter users called it "far-fetched," pointing out that the movie wasn't filmed in London and nor is Goldblum a London native.

Goldblum played the scientist Ian Malcolm in Steven Spielberg's dinosaur thriller, and returned to the role this year for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

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Sir Tom Jones in hospital, cancels shows

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Sir Tom Jones performs at the Royal Albert Hall in London for a star-studded concert to celebrate the Queen's 92nd birthday. Photo credit: Andrew Parsons/Sunday Times/PA Wire

Sir Tom Jones is being treated in hospital for a bacterial infection, and has pulled out of a concert at Chester Racecourse in England.

He pulled out of a performance at Stansted Park on Wednesday due to being unwell.

A statement posted on the singer's official Twitter account on Thursday read: "It is with regret that we have to postpone Tom Jones' performance at Chester Racecourse this evening. This show will be rescheduled for Sunday 12th August.

"Sir Tom Jones has a bacterial infection for which he is being treated in hospital.

"The condition is being well managed and we are hoping for a speedy recovery. He is extremely sorry and disappointed not to be able to perform tonight, and sincerely apologises for inconveniences caused to the audience and all those who are involved in the event."

Sir Tom issued a follow-up statement, apologising for cancelling the two gigs and thanking his fans for their "support and understanding".

In a post on Twitter, he said: "I am so sorry for cancelling last night's show in Chichester, it's the worse (sic) feeling having to let down everyone who was coming as well as everyone who is involved in the event.

"I know many of you travel considerable distances and make plans with friends and family that take a lot of effort, and it is so disappointing when things don't go right.

"Although I can't perform again tonight at Chester Racecourse, the good news is that we can get another date in Chester on August 12, so hopefully I will see you there. Until then, a sincere thank you for your support and understanding."

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Joaquin Phoenix's Joker gets release date

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The Joker will unleash chaos in movie theatres in 2019.

Warner Bros has set an October 4, 2019, release date for its standalone Joker movie starring Joaquin Phoenix.

The studio made the announcement on Wednesday ahead of the start of Comic-Con.

Warner Bros indicated the Joker will have a dark tone.

It said the film, directed by Todd Phillips, is an "exploration of a man disregarded by society that is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale." Scott Silver co-wrote the script with Phillips.

The studio gave the greenlight to the origin movie earlier this month. Variety first reported that Phoenix was in talks to play the Clown Prince of Crime.

As soon as his deal was finalised, the studio set a September start date with a budget in the moderate $US55 million range.

Jared Leto most recently played the Joker in 2016's Suicide Squad and will be back for the superhero sequel. Warner Bros is also developing Leto's own standalone movie that will be separate from Phoenix's Joker project.

The Phoenix film will delve into what it took for the Joker to become a criminal mastermind.

Joker becomes the third title slated for October 4, 2019, joining Fox's thriller The Woman in the Window and Paramount's sci-fi Gemini Man.

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Pitt, DiCaprio refused Brokeback Mountain

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Gus Van Sant attends the LA Premiere of "Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot" at ArcLight Hollywood, Wednesday, July 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Director Gus Van Sant has revealed in an interview that both Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio passed on Brokeback Mountain, the gay love story that snagged eight Academy Award nominations in 2006 -- the most of any film that year.

Van Sant, who was approached to direct the film that was ultimately helmed by Ang Lee, recalled the lack of interest from actors in portraying the roles that earned Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger widespread acclaim and accolades.

"Nobody wanted to do it," Van Sant said.

"I was working on it, and I felt like we needed a really strong cast, like a famous cast. That wasn't working out. I asked the usual suspects: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Ryan Phillippe. They all said no."

Diana Ossana, who produced the film with James Schamus for Focus Features, confirmed Van Sant's casting revelations in an email.

"Yes, all those young gentlemen (at the time) turned down the project, for various reasons," she wrote. Ossana also adapted the script with Larry McMurtry from a short story by Annie Proulx.

Of the two leading men, Ledger's role was the more difficult to fill, according to Ossana.

"Casting Ennis in particular was the ultimate hurdle," she said.

Looking back on the lack of enthusiasm surrounding the film's casting process at the time, Van Sant said, "What I could have done, and what I probably should have done, was cast more unknowns, not worried about who were the lead actors."

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Film looks at designer's turbulent career

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In this May 13, 2008 file photo, British fashion designer Alexander McQueen arrives for the Los Angeles Alexander McQueen Boutique launch party in Los Angeles. A new documentary "McQueen" focuses on the late designer, who killed himself in 2010. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File)

A new documentary, McQueen, examines the turbulent life and brilliant career of Alexander McQueen.

The British designer took his own life eight years ago at age 40, when he was at the height of his influence in the fashion world.

The London fashion world didn't know quite what hit it when Alexander McQueen's dishevelled models staggered down the runway at his 1995 Highland Rape show.

It was exactly the reaction that McQueen, then in his 20s and subsisting on McDonald's and unemployment checks, was seeking.

How did a taxi driver's son from working-class London make the unlikely journey to the top of the fashion world, and what made him end it all at the height of his powers?

For filmmakers Ian Bonhote and Peter Ettedgui, the two questions proved irresistible; their resulting documentary, McQueen, opens this week.

The filmmakers say they approached nearly 200 sources, searching for any footage of McQueen's work.

The documentary includes scenes from McQueen's most famous and provocative runway shows, and rare, candid interviews with the designer. It also includes new interviews with a number of McQueen's associates and key family members, including his older sister and his nephew.

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Cher blasts Trump's behaviour with Queen

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Cher has criticised US President Donald Trump for his behaviour with the Queen during his visit to the UK.

The singing superstar said she was horrified by footage of their meeting at Windsor Castle last week, in which he walked in front of her while inspecting the guard of honour.

"Everybody hated him. I can only imagine that it's because she has so much dignity, but that he left her standing there, that is inexcusable, that is inexcusable," she said.

During the meeting, Trump inspected one of the Army's longest serving units, the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, in their red tunics and bearskins and the Queen gently corrected the choreography of the ceremony when he stopped after striding ahead.

Arriving at a screening of her new film Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, in aid of her animal rights charity Free The Wild, the singer also spoke about the importance of activism and protest after thousands took to the streets in response to Trump's visit to the UK.

"In America we can't figure it out because he [Mr Trump] just seems to steamroll over everybody and he just has this ongoing dialogue that you go 'What is happening?' she said.

"It's important that we try to do as many things as we can because he's in power and we don't give up."

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SBS chief steps down after seven years

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SBS chief Michael Ebeid is stepping down after more than seven years at the helm of the public broadcaster.

During his time with SBS, it has launched NITV and Food Network, and entered into long-term rights agreements for the FIFA World Cup and Tour de France, and deals for the English Premier League and A-League.

"My decision to step down has been one of the most difficult decisions I've made," Mr Ebeid said in a statement on Tuesday.

"Serving as the SBS managing director has been a real honour and privilege and I depart feeling confident that this is the right time for a new managing director to take the organisation forward."

He said SBS was the strongest it has been in more than four decades.

"Considering the struggle of societies globally to integrate diverse communities harmoniously, SBS today performs a critical role in the Australian community."

SBS board chairman Dr Bulent Hass Dellal paid tribute to Mr Ebeid: "He departs an organisation which is stronger, sustainable and backed by an important and valued purpose to contribute to the ongoing social and economic development of our nation through media services which foster greater understanding and encourage social cohesion."

An average 13 million Australians each month engage with the network's channels.

Mr Ebeid, who in 2017 was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to broadcast media and multicultural affairs, will leave on October 1.

He is expected to make an announcement in coming weeks about his next role.

The SBS board will immediately begin a recruitment process to replace him.

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Abba star reveals group's two new songs

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Members of the group ABBA, Benny Andersson, right, and Bjorn Ulvaeus (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

Abba star Bjorn Ulvaeus says two new songs - one a danceable pop tune and the other 'Nordic sad but happy at the same time' - from the Swedish foursome are on the way.

Ulvaeus revealed the details of the two new songs on the red carpet at the world premiere of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again in London on Monday.

The band had already announced they were getting back together to make new material ahead of their digital avatar tour.

"One of them is a pop tune, very danceable," Ulvaeus said of the new material.

"The other is more timeless, more reflective, that is all I will say. It is Nordic sad, but happy at the same time."

He said the singing of Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad lifted the sad song.

"I think that exuberant quality of the two ladies (Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad) together singing, that makes the saddest song a bit uplifting, anyway I think that is what happens and that is very organic, that isn't calculated, that just happened that way."

Bandmate Benny Andersson hinted he had a third song on his mind.

"Yeah it is but don't tell anyone. If we do a third one, it won't be out until we go on the road," he said, adding a third album was unlikely.

"Doing another album is like doing Mamma Mia 3, what is the point unless there is a good reason, good script, good environment? It is such a joyful experience, so that is a reason to do it."

Andersson also said he was determined that any sequel to Mamma Mia would have value that was more than just financial, so he wanted to wait until there was a good script.

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Johnny Depp settles lawsuit over finances

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Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp and his former business managers have settled duelling lawsuits over his business affairs, Depp's representatives say.

Depp's representatives in a statement on Monday said the terms of the agreement are confidential. A trial was scheduled to begin in Los Angeles in August.

A source close to The Management Group, the Los Angeles company that had handled Depp's affairs for 17 years until being fired in 2016, said it was "pleased with the settlement."

In a $US25 million ($A34 million) lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court in January 2017, Depp accused The Management Group of fraud, theft and financial mismanagement.

The Management Group filed a countersuit a month later seeking $US550,000 in unpaid fees and damages, and alleging that Depp was in financial turmoil because he had spent millions of dollars on cars, works of art, homes, wine and Hollywood memorabilia.

Depp was ranked by Forbes as Hollywood's highest paid actor in 2010 with earnings of $US75 million, mostly from the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie franchise.

The settlement came as promotions were gearing up for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, a spin-off sequel from the Harry Potter movies in which Depp plays a younger version of Grindelwald, who embodies the dark forces in the wizarding world.

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US lawmakers taken in by Sacha Baron Cohen

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In Sacha Baron Cohen's provocative new comedy show, American politicians are filmed backing a fictitious program to teach kindergartners how to use guns to defend themselves in school shootings.

In a seven-episode series launching on cable channel Showtime on Sunday, the British prankster takes on four different personas as he satirises the political and cultural life of the United States in the era of President Donald Trump.

In the first episode of Who is America?, previewed for media by Showtime, Baron Cohen poses as an Israeli anti-terror expert who gets two US congressmen to voice support for his fake "Kinderguardians" scheme for children as young as three.

The scheme includes a fake instructional video featuring children's songs and "gunimals" - weapons adorned with soft toys - that would purportedly help kids confront the school shootings that have plagued the US for the past decade.

Republican congressmen Dana Rohrabacher of California and Joe Wilson of South Carolina, along with former Senate Republican leader Trent Lott, who is now a lobbyist at a Washington law firm, are shown enthusiastically backing the idea, alongside gun rights advocates and a former congressman-turned-talk radio host, Joe Walsh.

Rohrabacher, Wilson and Lott did not immediately reply to requests for comment late on Saturday.

Walsh told CNN on Saturday that he was tricked into reading the words off a teleprompter.

"I'll probably laugh at myself" when the episode airs, Walsh told CNN, adding that he is a fan of Baron Cohen. "He's a funny guy because he gets people to say stupid things."

The show marks Baron Cohen's first television project in a decade after he launched his comedy career as subversive white English rapper Ali G., whose interviewees included Donald Trump and Newt Gingrich.

His 2006 faux documentary film Borat ridiculed Kazakhstan and Middle Americans.

In Who is America?, Baron Cohen also takes aim at the media and political correctness, with the comedian posing as a pony-tailed liberal radio reporter on a post-2016 election cycling tour, and a man in a disability scooter who purports to investigate fake news.

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A complete list of 2018 Emmy nominations

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Ryan Eggold, left, and Samira Wiley attend the 70th Emmy Nominations Announcement at the Television Academy's Wolf Theatre at the Saban Media Center on Thursday, July 12, 2018, in the NoHo Arts District in Los Angeles. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Invision for The Television Academy/AP Images)

Handmaids, robots, and royals have ruled this year's Emmy nominees.

HBO's "Game of Thrones" is leading the pack with 22 nods, the most for any series.

NBC's "Saturday Night Live" and HBO's "Westworld" trailed closed behind with 21 each.

Netflix has also surpassed HBO as the most nominated network or platform with 112 nominations to HBO's 108.

The 70th annual Primetime Emmys will be broadcast on September 17 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Here's the full nominees list:

DRAMA SERIES

"The Handmaid's Tale" "Game of Thrones" "This Is Us" "The Crown" "The Americans" "Stranger Things" "Westworld"

COMEDY SERIES

"Atlanta" (FX) "Barry" (HBO) "Black-ish" (ABC) "Curb Your Enthusiasm" (HBO) "GLOW" (Netflix) "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" (Amazon) "Silicon Valley" (HBO) "The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" (Netflix)

LIMITED SERIES

"The Alienist" "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story" "Genius: Picasso" "Godless" "Patrick Melrose"

LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES:

Jason Bateman ("Ozark") Sterling K. Brown ("This Is Us") Ed Harris ("Westworld") Matthew Rhys ("The Americans") Milo Ventimiglia ("This Is Us") Jeffrey Wright ("Westworld")

LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES:

Claire Foy ("The Crown") Tatiana Maslany ("Orphan Black") Elisabeth Moss ("The Handmaid's Tale") Sandra Oh ("Killing Eve") Keri Russell ("The Americans") Evan Rachel Wood ("Westworld")

LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES:

Donald Glover ("Atlanta") Bill Hader ("Barry") Anthony Anderson ("Black-ish") William H. Macy ("Shameless") Larry David ("Curb Your Enthusiasm") Ted Danson ("The Good Place")

LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES:

Pamela Adlon ("Better Things") Rachel Brosnahan ("The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel") Tracee Ellis Ross ("Black-ish") Allison Janney ("Mom") Lily Tomlin ("Grace and Frankie") Issa Rae ("Insecure")

LEAD ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE:

Antonio Banderas ("Genius: Picasso") Darren Criss ("The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story") Benedict Cumberbatch ("Patrick Melrose") Jeff Daniels ("The Looming Tower") John Legend ("Jesus Christ Superstar") Jesse Plemons ("USS Callister")

LEAD ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE:

Laura Dern ("The Tale") Jessica Biel ("The Sinner") Michelle Dockery ("Godless") Edie Falco ("The Menendez Murders") Regina King ("Seven Seconds") Sarah Paulson ("American Horror Story: Cult")

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES:

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau ("Game of Thrones") Peter Dinklage ("Game of Thrones") Joseph Fiennes ("The Handmaid's Tale") David Harbour ("Stranger Things") Mandy Patinkin ("Homeland") Matt Smith ("The Crown")

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES:

Alexis Bledel ("The Handmaid's Tale") Millie Bobby Brown ("Stranger Things") Ann Dowd ("The Handmaid's Tale") Lena Headey ("Game of Thrones") Vanessa Kirby ("The Crown") Thandie Newton ("Westworld") Yvonne Strahovski ("The Handmaid's Tale")

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES:

Louie Anderson ("Baskets") Alec Baldwin ("Saturday Night Live") Tituss Burgess ("Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt") Brian Tyree Henry ("Atlanta") Tony Shalhoub ("The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel") Kenan Thompson ("Saturday Night Live") Henry Winkler ("Barry")

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES:

Zazie Beetz ("Atlanta") Alex Borstein ("The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel") Aidy Bryant ("Saturday Night Live") Betty Gilpin ("GLOW") Leslie Jones ("Saturday Night Live") Kate McKinnon ("Saturday Night Live") Laurie Metcalf ("Roseanne") Megan Mullally ("Will & Grace")

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE:

Jeff Daniels ("Godless") Brandon Victor Dixon ("Jesus Christ Superstar") John Leguizamo ("Waco") Ricky Martin ("The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story") Edgar Ramirez ("The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story") Michael Stuhlbarg ("The Looming Tower") Finn Wittrock ("The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story")

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE:

Sara Bareilles ("Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert") Penelope Cruz ("The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story") Judith Light ("The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story") Adina Porter ("American Horror Story: Cult") Merritt Wever ("Godless") Letitia Wright ("Black Museum" (Black Mirror))

GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES:

F. Murray Abraham ("Homeland") Cameron Britton ("Mindhunter") Matthew Goode ("The Crown") Ron Cephas Jones ("This Is Us") Gerald McRaney ("This Is Us") Jimmi Simpson ("Westworld")

GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES:

Viola Davis ("Scandal") Kelly Jenrette (The Handmaid's Tale") Cherry Jones ("The Handmaid's Tale") Diana Rigg ("Game of Thrones") Cicely Tyson ("How to Get Away With Murder") Samira Wiley ("The Handmaid's Tale")

GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES:

Sterling K. Brown ("Brooklyn Nine-Nine") Bryan Cranston ("Curb Your Enthusiasm") Donald Glover ("Saturday Night Live") Bill Hader ("Saturday Night Live") Lin-Manuel Miranda ("Curb Your Enthusiasm") Katt Williams ("Atlanta")

GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES:

Tina Fey ("Saturday Night Live") Tiffany Haddish ("Saturday Night Live") Jane Lynch ("The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel") Maya Rudolph ("The Good Place") Molly Shannon ("Will & Grace") Wanda Sykes ("Black-ish")

REALITY COMPETITION:

"The Amazing Race" "American Ninja Warrior" "Project Runway" "RuPaul's Drag Race" "Top Chef" "The Voice"

VARIETY SKETCH SERIES:

"Saturday Night Live" (NBC) "Portlandia" (IFC) "Drunk History" (Comedy Central) "Tracey Ullman's Show" (HBO) "At Home with Amy Sedaris" (TruTV) "I Love You, America" (Hulu)

VARIETY TALK SERIES:

"The Daily Show With Trevor Noah" "Full Frontal With Samantha Bee" "Jimmy Kimmel Live" "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" "Late Late Show with James Corden "Late Show with Stephen Colbert"

TELEVISION MOVIE:

"Fahrenheit 451" (HBO) "Flint" (Lifetime) "Paterno" (HBO) "The Tale" (HBO) "Black Mirror: USS Callister" (Netflix)

STRUCTURED REALITY PROGRAM:

"Antiques Roadshow" (PBS) "Fixer Upper" (HGTV) "Lip Sync Battle" (Paramount) "Queer Eye" (Netflix) "Shark Tank" (ABC) "Who Do You Think You Are?" (TLC)

UNSTRUCTURED REALITY PROGRAM:

"Born This Way" (A&E) "Deadliest Catch" (Discovery) "Intervention" (A&E) "Naked and Afraid" (Discovery Channel) "RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked" (VH1) "United Shades of America With W. Kamau Bell" (CNN)

HOST OF REALITY/REALITY COMPETITION PROGRAM:

W. Kamau Bell ("United Shades of America With W. Kamau Bell") Ellen DeGeneres ("Ellen's Game of Games") RuPaul Charles ("RuPaul's Drag Race") Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn ("Project Runway") Jane Lynch ("Hollywood Game Night")

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Bourdain gets posthumous Emmy nominations

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Globe-trotting food chronicler Anthony Bourdain has received several posthumous Emmy nominations.

Bourdain's CNN series, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, got six nods, including two personally for Bourdain as executive producer, host and writer. A seventh nod went to his Explore Parts Unknown on cnn.com.

The 61-year-old took his life in early June in eastern France, where he was working on an episode of his show.

Also a celebrated author, Bourdain was known for using culinary traditions as a storytelling tool to explore cultures around the globe.

He won Emmy Awards from 2013 through 2016 for outstanding informational series or special for Parts Unknown.

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Aussie Strahovski scores Emmy nomination

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Australian actor Yvonne Strahovski has scored an Emmy nomination for her role in The Handmaid's Tale.

The news was not so good for Nicole Kidman at Thursday's Emmy nomination ceremony in Los Angeles. She was snubbed for her performance in Top of the Lake: China Girl, as was Naomi Watts for roles in Twin Peaks and the Netflix series Gypsy.

Top of the Lake: China Girl, shot in Sydney, also missed out in other categories, including best limited TV series while lead actress Elisabeth Moss failed to earn a nomination.

Moss was nominated for best actress in a drama series for The Handmaid's Tale, with Strahovski's nomination coming in the supporting actress category.

Strahovski will compete for the Emmy against two The Handmaid's Tale co-stars, Alexis Bledel and Ann Dowd, as well as Lena Headey (Game of Thrones), Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things), Thandie Newton (Westworld) and Vanessa Kirby (The Crown).

The Handmaid's Tale was one of the big winners with 20 nominations overall.

Game Of Thrones was the dominant series.

It has 22 nominations, followed by Saturday Night Live and Westworld with 21 each.

Netflix also showed its dominance over the traditional free-to-air and cable TV networks.

The streaming service led the nominations in totals by platform with 112. HBO had 108 and NBC 78.

The 70th Emmy Awards ceremony will be held at the Microsoft Theatre in downtown Los Angeles on September 17.

Other Australians who missed out on nominations included Portia de Rossi (Arrested Development), Hugo Weaving (Patrick Melrose), Elizabeth Debicki (The Tale) and Jim Jefferies (The Jim Jefferies Show).

The actresses who squeezed Kidman and Watts out of the supporting actress in a limited series category were: Adina Porter (American Horror Story: Cult); Penelope Cruz and Judith Light (The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story); Letitia Wright (Black Museum); Merritt Wever (Godless); and Sara Bareilles (Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert).

The mini-series that scored nominations ahead of Top of the Lake and Australia's other hope, Picnic at Hanging Rock, were: The Alienist; The Assassination of Gianni Versace; Genius: Picasso; Godless; and Patrick Melrose.

The nominees for best drama series were The Handmaid's Tale; Game of Thrones; This Is Us; The Crown; The Americans; Stranger Things; and Westworld.

Comedy series: Atlanta; Barry; Black-ish; Curb Your Enthusiasm; GLOW; The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel; Silicon Valley; and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

Lead actor in a drama series: Jason Bateman (Ozark); Sterling K Brown (This Is Us); Ed Harris (Westworld); Matthew Rhys (The Americans); Milo Ventimiglia (This Is Us); and Jeffrey Wright (Westworld).

Lead actress in a drama series: Claire Foy (The Crown); Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black); Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid's Tale); Sandra Oh (Killing Eve); Keri Russell (The Americans) and Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld).

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Jenner eyes self-made billionaire status

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Reality TV star Kylie Jenner is on track to becoming the youngest self-made billionaire in the United States thanks to the booming cosmetics company she launched two years ago, Forbes magazine reports.

Jenner, 20, half-sister of Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian, debuted Kylie Cosmetics in 2016 with $US29 ($A39) lip kits containing matching lipstick and lip liner, and has since sold more than $US630 million worth of makeup.

Forbes on Wednesday valued her company at nearly $US800 million, adding that Jenner owns 100 per-cent of it.

That with millions of dollars raised from TV programs, endorsements and after-tax dividends from her company, Forbes said Jenner was "conservatively" worth $US900 million. Another year of growth would make her the youngest-self made billionaire ever, male or female, the magazine said.

Jenner first grabbed the spotlight when she appeared on the 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' reality TV show with her mother and siblings. Forbes estimated that Kim Kardashian, who has her own cosmetics, clothing and mobile games lines, is worth $US350 million.

In an interview with Forbes, Jenner credited social media for helping drive her success.

"Social media is an amazing platform," she said.

"I have such easy access to my fans and my customers."

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Italian driver says Clooney hit his car

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Ambulance personnel tend to a man lying on the ground, later identified as actor George Clooney, after being involved in a scooter accident in the near Olbia, on the Sardinia island, Italy, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Mario Chironi)

The driver of a station wagon hit by George Clooney's scooter in Italy says he was waiting to turn when a scooter whizzed by, then the actor's slammed into him.

Italian news agency ANSA, reporting on Wednesday from Sardinia, quoted Antonello Viglino as saying he was "stationary on the roadway", ready to turn left, when two motorcycles came from the other direction on Tuesday morning.

Viglino, 67, says the first "avoided collision" but the second "slammed into me".

Clooney was treated at a hospital and released after a few hours to recover in Sardinia, where he's filming a TV miniseries.

Separately, Corriere della Sera daily quoted Viglino as saying "I didn't see anything, I had the sun in my eyes" and had just slightly moved into the opposite lane.

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Second man charged over XXXTentacion death

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Florida police have charged a second suspect with first-degree murder in the shooting death of up-and-coming rapper XXXTentacion last month.

Suspect Michael Boatwright, 22, was already in police custody on unrelated charges when officials charged him for an alleged role in killing XXXTentacion, whose real name is Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, while he was leaving a car and boat dealership in Deerfield Beach, about 65km north of Miami, on June 18.

XXXTentacion's hit Sad rose to No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts following his death and reached No.4 in Australia having previously peaked at No.9.

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Suspect Michael Boatwright, photo: Broward County Sheriff''s Office

 

Investigators said Boatwright had been arrested July 5 on unrelated drug charges and was being held at Broward County Jail. It was not immediately clear if he had retained a lawyer, according the Broward County Clerk of Courts.

Another suspect, 22-year-old Dedrick Williams, was charged last month with first-degree murder and is currently in police custody. Williams has pleaded not guilty, according to court officials.

"Just before4pm on June 18, Boatwright and another armed accomplice confronted Onfroy in an apparent robbery," the Broward County Sheriff's Office said in a Wednesday statement. "At least one of the suspects fired a gun, striking Onfroy. Both of the suspects fled in a dark-color SUV."

The rapper was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead, officials said.

XXXTentacion, who was born and raised in Plantation, Florida, released his debut album in August 2017. His second album ? debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200 album chart when it was released in March.

According to local media reports, he had spent time in jail and was awaiting trial on allegations of domestic violence against his pregnant girlfriend.

The investigation is ongoing and detectives said were still seeking a man named Robert Allen, a 22-year-old described as a person of interest in the case.

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Rapper Cardi B gives birth to baby girl

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Cardi B attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination exhibition on Monday, May 7, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Rapper Cardi B has given birth to her first child, a baby girl, with her rapper husband Offset, according to an announcement she posted to Instagram.

The parents named the child Kulture Kiari Cephus, Cardi B said on an Instagram post that featured a nude pregnancy photo of the 25-year-old Be Careful singer surrounded by flowers.

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The baby's name is an apparent nod to albums Culture and Culture II from Migos, the rap group of which Offset is a member. His real name is Kiari Cephus.

The birth came just weeks after Cardi B confirmed in a statement that she and Offset, 26, had been secretly married in September.

Cardi B's real name is Belcalis Almanzar. She announced that she was pregnant during an appearance on Saturday Night Live in April.

It is the fourth child for Offset, who has three other children from previous relationships.

 

Kulture :’)...no better feeling ❤️🌸

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Cardi B's debut album Invasion of Privacy hit the top of the US album charts in April and has stayed in the top 10 since then. It debuted at No.5 on Australia's ARIA charts.

Her single Bodak Yellow (Money Moves) made her the first solo female rapper to top the US charts since Lauryn Hill did it with Doo Wop (That Thing) in 1998.

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Ugliest dog dies weeks after winning title

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A 9-year-old English bulldog has died just weeks after winning the 2018 World's Ugliest Dog contest.

Owner Megan Brainard says Zsa Zsa died in her sleep on Tuesday.

Brainard says the dog was staying with her father and he found she had passed away when he got up in the morning.

Zsa Zsa - with her floppy tongue, crooked teeth and pink manicure - won the annual contest on June 23 in California.

Brainard says Zsa Zsa never really showed much excitement, but that she knew she was special.

Dogs in the annual competition flaunt their imperfections. The contestants included a blackhead-covered Chinese Crested-Dachshund mutt, a bulldog mix with excess wrinkly skin and a Pekingese named Wild Thang.

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Viswanathan joins Jackman's Bad Education

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Following her breakout role in the comedy Blockers, newcomer Geraldine Viswanathan is set to co-star with Hugh Jackman in the Automatik film Bad Education.

Allison Janney is also on board. "I Think We're Alone Now" scribe Mike Makowsky penned the script Cory Finley, who recently helmed the Sundance darling Thoroughbreds, will direct.

The screenplay, which insiders say is akin to the 1999 Reese Witherspoon movie Election, is based on true events that Makowsky experienced at his high school.

La La Land producer Fred Berger and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones of Automatik will produce alongside Eddie Vaisman, Julia Lebedev, and Oren Moverman of Sight Unseen. Makowsky is also producing the pic, which begins production in October.

The role was highly coveted among young female talent as it was seen as a great role for a rising star (sources say has tones of Reese Witherspoon in Election.)

Blockers is considered one of the bigger comedy surprise hits of the year and many believe Viswanathan was the one who came out as the winner among the young talent.

Viswanathan can be seen next in the Overbrook film Hala and also has the Netflix comedy The Package produced by Ben Stiller. On the TV side, she has the TBS series Miracle Workers.

She is represented by WME, 3 Arts, Mollison Keightley Management in Australia, and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern.

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Drake album shatters global records

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Canadian rapper Drake has shattered records with his new album Scorpion, which became the first to score one billion streams in its first week and also debuted at No 1 on the Billboard 200 album charts.

Drake's record company, Republic Records, said the 31-year-old musician, who was the biggest seller in 2016, was the first artist to reach one billion plus streams globally across all platforms in one week of release.

The previous record of almost 700 million streams was set in May by Post Malone's beerbongs & bentleys.

According to data on Monday from Nielsen Music, the 25-track double album Scorpion sold some 731,000 units in the United States for the week, making the soul-baring record the biggest seller of 2018 by far.

 

The Billboard 200 album chart tallies units from album sales, song sales (10 songs equal one album) and streaming activity (1500 streams equal one album).

Scorpion also gave Drake seven songs in the top 10 Billboard Hot 100 singles charts, Billboard said on Monday, led by Nice for What. That beat a record of five simultaneous songs by The Beatles in 1964 when the British band was at the height of its fame.

Scorpion made headlines on its June 29 release because Drake confirmed long-standing rumours that he had fathered a son, but he did not name the mother.

Streaming services in 2017 became the recording industry's biggest single revenue source, overtaking sales of physical albums and digital downloads. Rap officially surpassed rock in 2017 as the biggest music genre in the United States.

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Borat star returns satirical gaze to US

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Sacha Baron Cohen, the British comedian who ridiculed Kazakhstan and Middle America in Borat and satirised the fashion industry in Bruno, is heading back to television for the first time in a decade with a comedy series about the United States.

Cable channel Showtime says the seven episode Who Is America? will launch on Sunday in the US and on July 16 on Britain's Channel 4.

The announcement gave few details about the new series other than to say it will "explore the diverse individuals, from the infamous to the unknown across the political and cultural spectrum".

In a trailer, former US defence secretary Dick Cheney is pictured signing what is described as a water-boarding kit, and saying, "I hope you'll tune in next week for an interview with me".

 

Showtime chief executive David Nevins called Baron Cohen "the premier provocateur of our time" and said the series had been in the works during the past year.

It was not clear whether Baron Cohen, 46, would resurrect his cheeky alter ego Ali G., a white English rapper, whose interviews with subjects including Donald Trump and Newt Gingrich launched his comedy career some 20 years ago.

His award-winning 2006 faux-documentary film Borat, in which he played an anti-Semitic reporter from Kazakhstan who interacts with real Americans unaware they were being set up, earned some $US261 million at the global box office. Recent projects, including The Dictator and The Brothers Grimsby have been less successful.

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Weinstein faces charges from third woman

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Former movie producer Harvey Weinstein (C) is escorted into court in handcuffs to face new charges in State Supreme Court of committing forcible sex on a third woman, in New York, New York, USA, 09 July 2018. Weinstein is now facing a total of six charges, all felonies, connected to alleged sex crimes. EPA/JASON SZENES

Movie producer Harvey Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to charges of sexually assaulting a woman in 2006, the third criminal sex assault case brought against him, and his lawyer says he expects further charges to follow.

More than 70 women, mostly young actresses and other women employed in the movie business, have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct, including rape, in a series of incidents dating back decades.

The accusations against Weinstein sparked the (hash)MeToo movement that has seen hundreds of women publicly accuse powerful men in business, politics and entertainment of sexual harassment and abuse, lifting a shroud that had long shielded such behaviour.

Dressed in a dark suit and tie on Monday, the 66-year-old co-founder of the Miramax film studio was brought handcuffed into a Manhattan courtroom to face the latest charges.

New York state Supreme Court Justice James Burke rejected prosecutors' request to order house arrest for Weinstein, allowing him to remain free on the $US1 million ($A1.3 million) bail that has been in effect since he pleaded not guilty in June to charges he assaulted two other women, one in 2004 and one in 2013.

Weinstein was subdued throughout the hearing, pleading "not guilty" and responding "yes, sir" when the judge told him to stay away from his accusers. He walked to the courthouse with a copy of A Talent for Trouble, the 1997 biography of Ben-Hur film director William Wyler, according to CNN.

"Mr Weinstein is not a predator, he is not a rapist and I believe when this case is over we will ultimately see him to be exonerated," defence lawyer Benjamin Brafman told journalists after Monday's hearing.

Brafman said that prosecutors may file additional charges against Weinstein.

Prosecutor Joan Illuzzi said the number of Weinstein accusers "shows the breadth of the criminality here".

Prosecutors contend Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on the woman in 2006. The latest charges carry a maximum life sentence.

Earlier charges included two counts of rape and one count of criminal sexual act. Weinstein was charged after a months-long investigation by the New York Police Department.

After Weinstein was accused, his eponymous company Weinstein Co fired him and filed for bankruptcy, and he was expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Through his company and Miramax, Weinstein won plaudits and awards for movies including Shakespeare in Love, Pulp Fiction, Sex, Lies and Videotape, The Crying Game and The King's Speech.

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Depp sued for allegedly punching film crew

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Actor Johnny Depp is being sued for allegedly punching a location manager who was trying to enforce permit restrictions on the set of upcoming crime film City of Lies.

Gregg "Rocky" Brooks alleges the incident occurred on April 13, 2017, when Depp was filming outside the Barclay Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

The film, which was then called LAbyrinth, is based on the book of that name by Randall Sullivan, and chronicles police investigations of the deaths of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls.

According to Brooks, the production had a permit to shoot until 7pm outside the hotel, and until 10pm. inside. Brooks said he was asked to get the permit extended to accommodate Depp, who wanted to direct a longer version of the scene with two friends.

Brooks says he was able to get the permit extended twice but that at 11pm, the permit official said they would have to wrap it up.

Brooks says he told the director, Brad Furman, that shooting would have to halt. Furman allegedly replied: "Why don't you tell that to Johnny Depp?"

Brooks alleges that he went to get an on-set police officer to help him break the news to Depp, but that before he could do so, Depp accosted him, yelling, "Who the f*** are you? You have no right to tell me what to do!"

Brooks tried to explain that as location manager, he had to make sure the production was in compliance with city permits. Depp allegedly answered, "I don't give a f*** who you are and you can't tell me what to do!"

While screaming at Brooks, Depp allegedly punched him twice in the lower left side of his rib cage. Depp allegedly yelled, "I will give you $100,000 to punch me in the face right now!"

Depp's bodyguards had to intercede to keep him away from Brooks, according to the suit. Brooks alleges he could smell alcohol on Depp's breath.

Brooks said he was fired from the production three days later, when he refused to sign a release waiving his right to sue over the incident.

City of Lies is due to be released on September 7.

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Gay icon movie star Tab Hunter dies at 86

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Actor Tab Hunter arrives at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Luncheon in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Stars are mourning Hollywood heartthrob and gay icon Tab Hunter on social media.

The Damn Yankees and Battle Cry actor died on Sunday at age 86 in Santa Barbara, California, after a blood clot in his leg caused cardiac arrest, Allan Glaser, Hunter's partner of more than three decades, confirmed to Variety.

The news was announced on a Facebook page associated with the actor, but a cause of death was not included.

With his All-American good looks, wavy blonde hair, piercing blue eyes, and toothy smile, Hunter rose to the top ranks of Hollywood leading men in the 1950s and early 60's.

He appeared in macho roles and had chart-topping records such as Young Love. But at the height of his popularity he was dogged by rumours that he was gay. At one point, he was "outed" by the gossip rag, Confidential.

Hunter fell out of favour as the 1960's continued and a new breed of stars such as Dustin Hoffman and Al Pacino, actors who were often less corn-fed and polished, entered the mainstream. As tastes changed, Hunter did summer stock and dinner theatre, as well as appeared in spaghetti westerns.

He was rediscovered in middle age, however. Hunter was cast opposite Divine in Polyester, a low-budget John Waters comedy that gleefully sent up everything from alcoholism to foot festishism. The film helped introduce Hunter to a younger audience, some of whom were unfamiliar with his pin-up past.

Hunter came out as gay in 2005 with the publication of his autobiography Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star. In it, he wrote about studio publicity efforts to mask his homosexuality by linking him with co-stars and friends such as Debbie Reynolds and Natalie Wood. That book inspired a 2015 documentary by Jeffrey Schwarz, also called Tab Hunter Confidential.

Hunter became a symbol of the gay rights movement, but it was a role he took on reluctantly, saying in a 2015 interview with Slant that, "I just have never been comfortable talking about my sexuality. I think it was easier with [the documentary] because it was quite a few years later after the book. But it's still not my comfort zone. I was just brought up that way. I'm very old-fashioned."

Despite being publicly closeted for much of his life, Hunter had relationships with Psycho star Anthony Perkins and figure skater Ronnie Robertson.

Elton John, Zachary Quinto, William Shatner, and Diane Warren are among those who have taken to Instagram and Twitter to share their memories and condolences.

"RIP to the most handsome and special man," John wrote on Twitter. "'Young Love' forever."

 

#RIP to the most handsome and special man. “Young Love” forever. #TabHunter

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Quinto, who is producing a movie about Hunter's secret love affair with Perkins, penned a lengthy tribute to the late actor on Instagram, along with a black and white photo of a young Hunter, highlighting his ruffled hair and trademark toothy grin.

"So sad to wake up to the news of the passing of Tab Hunter," the Star Trek alumnus wrote. "I was honored to get to know him in the past year and am so grateful to have experienced his sheer joy and love of life. And what a life! Such a rich experience. Such a vital and generous nature. And such a pioneer of self-acceptance and moving through this world with authenticity as his guide. He will be missed greatly. May he rest in peace."

Shatner, who worked with Hunter on the 1950s television series Climax!, wrote a message to Hunter's loved ones on Twitter.

"Condolences to the family of Tab Hunter," he said.

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Justin Bieber, Hailey Baldwin 'engaged'

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Singer Justin Bieber is reportedly engaged to Hailey Baldwin after weeks of dating.

Following reports that the singer and the model, who have been in a relationship for around a month, became engaged in the Bahamas on Saturday night, Baldwin's father - actor Stephen Baldwin - appeared to confirm the news in a tweet before swiftly deleting it.

In the now-deleted tweet, Stephen wrote: "Sweet smile on my face! me&wife (Kennya) Always pray 4 Gods will!!

"He is moving in the hearts of JB&HB. Let's all pray for His will to be done. Love you 2 so much!!! (hash)Godstiming (hash)bestisyettocome."

He also tagged Bieber's parents Jeremy Bieber and Pattie Mallette and wrote "Congrats" while sharing a Bible verse.

According to American gossip site TMZ, two eyewitnesses claim to have seen Bieber, 24, ask for 21-year-old Baldwin's hand in marriage at a restaurant at a resort in the Bahamas.

Bieber's security team is believed to have told others at the restaurant to put their phones away before he popped the question in front of everybody there.

American entertainment site People quoted a source close to the couple as saying: "It's kind of a surprise, but kind of not.

"Justin has been extremely happy these past few weeks. He has known Hailey for a long time. This might seem sudden, but they know each other very well."

Bieber's father Jeremy also hinted at the engagement with a cryptic post on Instagram.

He shared a photo of the Sorry singer against a sunset, and wrote: "(at)justinbieber Proud is an understatement! Excited for the next chapter!"

 

@justinbieber Proud is an understatement! Excited for the next chapter!

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Bieber is said to have previously dated Baldwin in-between seeing pop star Selena Gomez.

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Khloe Kardashian stressed about work

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Khloe Kardashian says she is "very anxious" about returning to work following the birth of her daughter in April.

The US reality TV star, 34, welcomed True Thompson earlier this year, her first child with professional basketball player boyfriend Tristan Thompson, 27.

Kardashian, who runs her own fashion label, Good American, posted a video to Snapchat telling fans she was dreading going back to work on July 6.

"Tomorrow is my first day back to work. I've missed a feeding here and there with True, but I've never missed multiple feedings in a day so I have a ton of anxiety.

"I've been thinking about the sixth. Oh my God, I have to start work on the sixth and I've been getting just anxious about it. Today I'm very anxious. I don't know how I'm going to leave her all day tomorrow. That's freaking me out."

In another video, Kardashian added: "I don't know what to do because I love our routine together."

While pregnant, Kardashian was engulfed in scandal after allegations Thompson cheated on her with multiple women.

The controversy is expected to feature in the upcoming season of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, which is due to air in August.

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Defending champ Chestnut eats 74 hot dogs

Joey "Jaws" Chestnut has extended his reign as champion eater at the Nathan's Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest, downing a record 74 sausages and buns in 10 minutes to take home the coveted Mustard Belt for an 11th time.

Miki Sudo held on to her title as the top women's competitor at the annual Brooklyn eat-off, chomping 37 franks and buns to take home the top prize for an unprecedented fifth consecutive year.

"I found a vicious rhythm," the 34-year-old Chestnut said after the stuffing session on Wednesday. "I was feeling good today."

But while Chestnut ate 10 more dogs and buns than second-place finisher Carmen Cincotti, a judging error cast initial doubt over their totals after jurists didn't see the eaters were taking the dogs and buns from two plates.

Eric Gonzalez, the Brooklyn district attorney, certified the final tally and Chestnut's record of 74, two more than he consumed last year.

"At the end of the day, Joey Chestnut came in here and ate 74 hot dogs, broke a world record," said Cincotti, who celebrated his 26th birthday on Wednesday. "Apparently they were good dogs."

A total of $US40,000 ($A54,000) in prize money was up for grabs, with the first-place winners taking home $US10,000 each.

Sudo fell short of the 41 hot dogs she consumed last year, but easily beat out second-place finisher Mischelle Lesco of Tuscon, Arizona, who chowed down 28 wieners and buns.

Thousands of attendees, many donning mustard-coloured hot dog caps, braved the temperatures to witness the annual July Fourth competition on the Coney Island boardwalk. The outlandish tradition dates to 1972, though the company has long promoted what a former president acknowledged was a legendary start date of 1916..

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Spacey faces three new sex assault claims

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Scotland Yard is investigating three new sexual assault allegations against Kevin Spacey, dating as far back as 1996.

London police had earlier confirmed three other investigations against the Oscar-winning actor, bringing the total to six.

The three new accusations were first reported by TMZ, and confirmed by police to Variety. On February 8, a man reported that he had been sexually assaulted in 2008 in Lambeth, the borough of London where the Old Vic Theatre is located. Another man came forward on February 14, saying that he had been sexually abused in Gloucester in 2013.

The third allegation concerns a man who alleges he was assaulted in Westminster in 1996. Each of the cases is being investigated by the Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command of the Metropolitan Police. That includes the accusation from Gloucester, which is about 160 kilometres west of London.

The police launched the initial investigation in November, after receiving a report of a sexual assault that occurred in Lambeth in 2008. Another victim came forward that month to report an assault that occurred in Lambeth in 2005, and the third allegation in December concerned a case out of Westminster in 2005.

Spacey was artistic director of the Old Vic for 11 years, starting in 2003. In November, the theatre's board of trustees announced that 20 men had come forward with claims against Spacey. The board issued an apology, noting that a "cult of personality" around Spacey may have intimidated young actors from coming forward earlier.

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Oprah insists she won't run for president

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American television mogul Oprah Winfrey has reiterated she will not run for president, saying it would "kill" her, drawing a line over speculation about a potential 2020 bid.

In an interview with British Vogue, the actress and producer again addressed the subject after much talk on whether she would eye the White House following a rousing speech at this year's Golden Globe awards.

"In that political structure - all the non-truths, the bullshit, the crap, the nastiness, the backhanded backroom stuff that goes on - I feel like I could not exist," Winfrey told the magazine. She is featured on its August cover.

"I would not be able to do it. It's not a clean business. It would kill me."

Winfrey got a standing ovation when she spoke in support of victims of sexual misconduct in her acceptance speech for a Golden Globe for lifetime achievement, in which she praised women who exposed harassment and abuse in Hollywood and elsewhere.

"People talk about 'these are such dark times' but what if we shift the paradigm? Because I see it differently," Winfrey, referring to the (hash)metoo and Time's Up movements, told British Vogue, which published excerpts of her interview on its website.

"I see, 'Isn't this remarkable that we're waking up?' For years, women have endured craziness. This is what's happening to people. They're allowing themselves to not just become corroded, but to become hysterical. You've got to lean to the happiness."

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First look: Jimmy Barnes Documentary

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It's official - Jimmy Barnes is releasing a documentary on August 23rd. 

The documentary is based on the compelling novel, "Working Class Boy" that was released in 2016, which focuses on Barnes' life.

Watch the trailer below:

Jimmy reading an excerpt from the novel:

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New charges for film mogul Weinstein

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Harvey Weinstein has been charged with sex crimes against a third woman in New York, and could now face life in prison.

The disgraced film producer, 66, has already been charged with assaults on two other women in 2014 and 2003.

The Manhattan district attorney announced Weinstein has now been charged with offences alleged to have taken place in 2006.

A grand jury has charged the mogul with an additional count of criminal sex act in the first degree for a forcible sexual act, as well as two counts of predatory sexual assault.

The latter is one of the most serious crimes in New York's criminal code, a Class A-II felony which carries a minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

The new charges are in addition to those of rape in the first and third degrees, as well as criminal sexual act in the first degree, for forcible sexual acts against two women in 2013 and 2004, respectively.

Cyrus R Vance, Jr, the Manhattan District Attorney, said on Monday: "A Manhattan Grand Jury has now indicted Harvey Weinstein on some of the most serious sexual offences that exist under New York's Penal Law.

"This indictment is the result of the extraordinary courage exhibited by the survivors who have come forward.

"Our investigation continues. If you are a survivor of the predatory abuse with which Mr Weinstein is charged, there is still time to pursue justice."

Weinstein was first charged in May and at the time his lawyer said he intends to enter a plea of not guilty to the first two charges.

In a statement responding to the initial indictment, Benjamin Brafman said: "We remind everyone that an indictment is merely a formal accusation.

"Mr Weinstein intends to enter a plea of not guilty and vigorously defend against these unsupported allegations that he strongly denies.

"We will soon formally move to dismiss the indictment and if this case actually proceeds to trial, we expect Mr Weinstein to be acquitted."

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Grant Denyer is surprise Gold Logie winner

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Grant Denyer was the surprise winner of this year's Gold Logie award after a last-minute campaign run by comedian Tom Gleeson.

Denyer credited his axed show Family Feud with getting him through a tough time as he accepted the gong at the annual Logie Awards on the Gold Coast on Sunday night.

"I was pretty sad I was a bit lost and Family Feud came along and in fact I was very unwell, I was very unwell at that particular time. And Family Feud gave me a ladder out of that hole and I'm very lucky to have had it. It gave me my mojo back," Denyer said on stage.

A Current Affair's Tracy Grimshaw was expected to win the award but Gleeson started the #denyerforgold campaign which even had the support of Hollywood star Russell Crowe.

Earlier in the night, TV veteran Bert Newton made an off-colour joke about mentoring which he later shrugged off as an innocent remark.

Other winners on the night included Home and Away actor Ray Meagher, Hugo Weaving, Jessica Marais, shows Wentworth and Romper Stomper, while TV show 60 Minutes was inducted into the Logies Hall of Fame.

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Lauper focuses on youth homelessness

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Musician Cyndi Lauper is spearheading research into how state governments deal with youth homelessness - especially for LGBTQ youth. Lauper’s True Colors Fund released a report Thursday measuring how each state holds up on providing services such as housing and mental health for homeless youth. (Photo by RebeccaCabage/Invision/AP)

Years before reaching pop music stardom, Cyndi Lauper was down on her luck, broke and homeless.

The US star was in her late teens and ready to move out of home, but her parents wouldn't sign a lease for her own place. She found a job at a restaurant, but that didn't pan out either and she ended up living on the streets and in a shelter in Vermont.

"I felt like a failure because I couldn't even be a good waitress," Lauper recounted on Thursday.

She told of her experience with homelessness, which came nearly a decade before she became a pop superstar in the early '80s, while unveiling a nationwide report on youth homelessness.

The interactive report ranks how US states provide services such as housing and mental health for homeless youth based on a variety of criteria, including access to hormone therapy for transgender people and testing for sexually transmitted diseases.

It is a joint project between Lauper's True Colors Fund and the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty.

Washington and Massachusetts ranked first and second on the list, with California and Connecticut tying for third. The lowest ranking states are South Carolina, Alabama, Arkansas and Wyoming.

The report found that even in the top-ranked states, there's room for improvement in the availability of services, such shelters, counselling and training for identifying LGBTQ persons. They also said laws should be changed to decriminalise truancy and other policy changes are needed to keep vulnerable youth out of the juvenile justice system.

Lauper said the report can be used as a tool for advocates to make a direct change in the way service providers across the country can assist and ultimately prevent youth homelessness.

The singer said the fund will update its research annually.

Lauper, 65, is best known for hits like "Girls Just Want To Have Fun", "Good Enough" and "Time After Time." Her debut album "She's So Unusual" had four top-five hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1984.

It was the singer's own experiences with homelessness that inspired her to want to improve conditions for displaced youth, especially those from the LGBTQ community.

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The Nominees for the TV Week Logie awards

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GOLD LOGIE

Amanda Keller (The Living Room, Network Ten)

Andrew Winter (Love It Or List It Australia/Selling Houses Australia, Foxtel - Lifestyle)

Grant Denyer (Family Feud/All Star Family Feud, Network Ten)

Jessica Marais (Love Child, Nine Network; The Wrong Girl, Network Ten)

Rodger Corser (Doctor Doctor, Nine Network)

Tracy Grimshaw (A Current Affair, Nine Network)

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MOST POPULAR ACTOR

Aaron Jeffery (Underbelly Files: Chopper, Nine Network)

Erik Thomson (800 Words, Channel Seven)

Luke McGregor (Rosehaven, ABC)

Ray Meagher (Home And Away, Channel Seven)

Rodger Corser (Doctor Doctor, Nine Network)

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MOST POPULAR ACTRESS

Asher Keddie (Offspring, Network Ten)

Celia Pacquola (Rosehaven/Utopia, ABC)

Deborah Mailman (Cleverman, ABC)

Jessica Marais (Love Child, Nine Network; The Wrong Girl, Network Ten)

Julia Morris (House Husbands, Nine Network)

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MOST POPULAR PRESENTER

Amanda Keller (The Living Room, Network Ten)

Andrew Winter (Love It Or List It Australia/Selling Houses Australia, Foxtel - Lifestyle)

Carrie Bickmore (The Project, Network Ten)

Grant Denyer (Family Feud/All Star Family Feud, Network Ten)

Tracy Grimshaw (A Current Affair, Nine Network)

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GRAHAM KENNEDY AWARD FOR MOST POPULAR NEW TALENT

Dilruk Jayasinha (CRAM!, Network Ten; Utopia, ABC)

Matty Johnson (The Living Room, Network Ten)

Sam Frost (Home And Away, Channel Seven)

Sophia Forrest (Love Child, Nine Network)

Sophie Dillman (Home And Away, Channel Seven)

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MOST POPULAR DRAMA PROGRAM

Doctor Doctor (Nine Network)

Home And Away (Channel Seven)

Love Child (Nine Network)

Offspring (Network Ten)

Wentworth (Foxtel - Showcase)

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MOST POPULAR ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM

Anh's Brush With Fame (ABC)

Family Feud (Network Ten)

Gogglebox Australia (Foxtel/Network Ten)

Hard Quiz (ABC)

The Project (Network Ten)

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MOST POPULAR COMEDY PROGRAM

Have You Been Paying Attention? (Network Ten)

Here Come The Habibs (Nine Network)

Hughesy, We Have A Problem (Network Ten)

Shaun Micallef's Mad As Hell (ABC)

True Story With Hamish & Andy (Nine Network)

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MOST POPULAR REALITY PROGRAM

I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! (Network Ten)

Married At First Sight (Nine Network)

My Kitchen Rules (Channel Seven)

The Block (Nine Network)

Travel Guides (Nine Network)

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MOST POPULAR LIFESTYLE PROGRAM

Better Homes And Gardens (Channel Seven)

Gardening Australia (ABC)

Selling Houses Australia (Foxtel - Lifestyle)

The Checkout (ABC)

The Living Room (Network Ten)

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MOST OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES

A Place To Call Home (Foxtel - Showcase)

Doctor Doctor (Nine Network)

Harrow (ABC)

Top Of The Lake: China Girl (Foxtel - BBC First)

Wentworth (Foxtel - Showcase)

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MOST OUTSTANDING MINISERIES OR TELEMOVIE

Romper Stomper (Stan)

Safe Harbour (SBS)

Seven Types Of Ambiguity (ABC)

Underbelly Files: Chopper (Nine Network)

Wake In Fright (Network Ten)

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MOST OUTSTANDING ACTOR

Damon Herriman (Lance Gowland, Riot, ABC)

Ewen Leslie (Ryan Gallagher, Safe Harbour, SBS)

Hugo Weaving (Alex Klima, Seven Types Of Ambiguity, ABC)

Lachy Hulme (Blake Farron, Romper Stomper, Stan)

Rodger Corser (Hugh Knight, Doctor Doctor, Nine Network)

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MOST OUTSTANDING ACTRESS

Elisabeth Moss (Robin Griffin, Top Of The Lake: China Girl, Foxtel - BBC First)

Kate Atkinson (Vera Bennett, Wentworth, Foxtel - Showcase)

Kate Box (Marg McCann, Riot, ABC)

Leeanna Walsman (Bree Gallagher, Safe Harbour, SBS)

Pamela Rabe (Joan Ferguson, Wentworth, Foxtel - Showcase)

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MOST OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR

Aaron Pedersen (Frank Gibbs, A Place To Call Home, Foxtel - Showcase)

Alex Dimitriades (Doc Tydon, Wake In Fright, Network Ten)

Anthony Hayes (Mitch, Seven Types Of Ambiguity, ABC)

David Wenham (Jago Zoric, Romper Stomper, Stan)

Hazem Shammas (Ismail Al-Bayati, Safe Harbour, SBS)

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MOST OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Celia Ireland (Liz Birdsworth, Wentworth, Foxtel - Showcase)

Elsa Cocquerel (Michelle, Wolf Creek, Stan)

Jacqueline McKenzie (Gabe Jordan, Romper Stomper, Stan)

Jenni Baird (Regina Standish, A Place To Call Home, Foxtel - Showcase)

Nicole Chamoun (Zahra Al-Bayati, Safe Harbour, SBS)

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MOST OUTSTANDING CHILDREN'S PROGRAM

Crash The Bash (Foxtel - Nickelodeon)

Get Arty (Channel Seven)

Grace Beside Me (NITV)

Little J & Big Cuz (NITV)

Mustangs FC (ABC ME)

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MOST OUTSTANDING SPORTS COVERAGE

2017 AFL Grand Final (Channel Seven)

2017 Australian Open Men's Final (Channel Seven)

Bathurst 1000 (Network Ten)

Jeff Horn v Manny Pacquiao (Foxtel - MAIN EVENT)

The 2017/2018 Ashes (Nine Network)

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MOST OUTSTANDING NEWS COVERAGE OR PUBLIC AFFAIRS REPORT

"Don Burke Special" (A Current Affair, Nine Network)

"Escape From Salt Creek" (60 Minutes, Nine Network)

"Haiti Uncovered" (Sunday Night, Channel Seven)

"Pumped" (Four Corners, ABC)

"The Siege" (Four Corners, ABC)

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MOST OUTSTANDING FACTUAL OR DOCUMENTARY PROGRAM

Michael Hutchence: The Last Rockstar (Channel Seven)

Struggle Street (SBS)

The Queen & Zak Grieve (Foxtel - Crime + Investigation)

War On Waste (ABC)

You Can't Ask That (ABC)

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Source: TV Week

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Joe Jackson, father of Michael, dies at 89

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Michael Jackson's father, Joe Jackson arrives for the screening of 'Sicario' during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival, in Cannes, France, 19 May 2015 EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

Joe Jackson, the patriarch of an American musical dynasty who started his son Michael and his Jackson 5 brothers on the road to stardom has died at the age of 89, it has been reported.

Jackson, who lived in Las Vegas and had been estranged from much of his family, had been suffering from cancer, according to media reports.

TMZ.com first reported the death. Both TMZ and CNN cited a an unidentified source close to the family.

The Jackson family was often riven by legal battles, jealousies, money disputes, Joe's philandering and allegations of child molestation against Michael, as well as Michael's eccentric lifestyle.

Joe was estranged from Michael - who became one of the world's most successful and best-known performers - before the singer's 2009 death. He was also estranged from his wife, Katherine, and many of his other children, including another singing superstar, Janet.

Joe Jackson, who was born July 26, 1928, in Fountain Hill, Arkansas, had tried careers as a boxer and a guitarist with little success in the 1950s. He was working as a crane operator at a steel plant in Gary, Indiana, when he took note of the musical talents of his sons.

He called them the Jackson 5 and, with Michael as the precociously talented lead singer, they would become one of the world's top acts with a flashy stage show and irresistible pop songs. But it came at a price.

As the group's manager, Jackson put his sons through long, regimented rehearsals. Michael, who died in 2009 at age 50 of a drug overdose, told interviewer Oprah Winfrey that he was so afraid of his father that he would sometimes vomit when he saw him.

He said Joe presided over rehearsals with a belt.

"If you messed up during rehearsal, you got hit," Michael was quoted as saying in J. Randy Taraborrelli's biography.

"Once he ripped the wire cord off the refrigerator and whopped me with it... I would fight back and my father would kill me, just tear me up."

"I'm glad I was tough because look what I came out with," Joe Jackson said in a 2013 CNN interview. "I came out with some kids that everybody loved all over the world. And they treated everybody right."

The Jackson 5's big break came in 1967 when they won an amateur night competition at New York's historic Apollo theatre.

Two years later, the father signed his sons to a deal with Motown Records, which put them in the company of chart-topping acts such as the Supremes, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, the Temptations and Marvin Gaye.

Even amid all that talent, the Jackson 5 stood out. Michael's singing, dancing and charisma made him the focus of the group, which dominated the 1970s pop and R&B charts with No. 1 hits such as I Want You Back, ABC, The Love You Save, I'll Be There and Never Can Say Goodbye.

Joe Jackson eventually moved the family from Gary to a mansion in Encino, California.

In 1979, Michael broke from the group - as well as his father's management - and went to even greater acclaim with the landmark albums "Off the Wall" and "Thriller." His videos became entertainment trendsetters.

Joe Jackson managed daughter La Toya when she started her career in 1980 but she had little success - unlike Janet, who Jackson helped launch to stardom in 1982.

The children all eventually severed their management ties with their father but Janet paid tribute at the Radio Disney Music Awards in June 2018 by saying her "incredible father" had driven her "to be the best I can."

In July 2015, Jackson suffered a stroke while in Brazil to celebrate his 87th birthday. In March he released a pictorial book of memories called "Precious Moments: 60 Years in Show Business."

Jackson and wife Katherine married in 1949 and had 10 children - one of whom died shortly after birth - but lived apart in later years. Jackson also had a daughter out of wedlock.

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Marais pulls out of Logies: report

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Gold Logie nominee Jessica Marais is seen posing for a photograph at the TV Week Logie Awards Nomination Party at The Star Casino on the Gold Coast, Sunday, May 27, 2018. The 60th TV Week Logie Awards are being held on the Gold Coast for the first time in the history of the annual award for Australia's television industry. (AAP Image/Darren England)

The Logies will be going ahead on the Gold Coast without one of its stars after Gold Logie nominee Jessica Marais reportedly announced she wouldn't be attending.

Management for Marais advised Sydney media that the star of The Wrong Girl would not be going to the TV awards night because of her health.

The statement said Marais was disappointed not to be attending but asked for privacy for the actress.

She's also nominated for the Most Popular Actress Logie.

The Love Child star has spoken previously about her battles with mental health, telling TV Week she believes it's "important to talk about depression".

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Actor Rebel Wilson ordered to repay $4.1m

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Rebel Wilson (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Actor Rebel Wilson will be left with less than 12 per cent of the record $4.7 million defamation payout she was originally awarded, after being ordered to hand back the majority of funds.

And the Hollywood star still needs to deduct some legal fees from what's left.

Wilson was awarded a landmark payout in September 2017 after a defamation trial over a series of articles that made her out to be a liar.

But an appeal in early June found she was not entitled to $3.9 million in economic damages relating to a loss of income, which made up a portion of the damages.

The Court of Appeal on Wednesday ordered Wilson repay Bauer Media $4,183,071.45 - including $60,316.45 in interest - after the original judgment was set aside.

Bauer had been quick to handover the original $4,749,920.60 payout, making a transfer to Wilson within three weeks of the September 13 judgment.

The star said she planned to distribute the money to charity and the Australian film industry.

But on appeal Wilson did not dispute that the $4.1 million should be repaid.

She argued, however, the interest should be charged at the prevailing Reserve Bank cash rate of 1.5 per cent, rather than the two per cent sought by Bauer.

The appeal court disagreed and ordered interest be paid at the higher rate.

Wilson was also ordered to pay 80 per cent of Bauer's appeal costs.

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Barbie becomes a robotics engineer

Barbie, the world's most iconic doll, is venturing into coding skills in her latest career as a robotics engineer.

The new doll, launched on Tuesday, aims to encourage girls as young as seven to learn real coding skills, thanks to a partnership with the kids game-based computing platform Tynker, toymaker Mattel said.

Robotics engineer Barbie, dressed in jeans, a graphic T-shirt, denim jacket and wearing safety glasses, comes with six free Barbie-inspired coding lessons designed to teach logic, problem solving and the building blocks of coding.

The lessons show girls, for example, how to build robots, get them to move at a dance party, or do jumping jacks.

According to US Department of Commerce statistics, only 24 per cent of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) jobs were held by women in 2017.

Barbie has held more than 200 careers in her almost 60-year life, including president, video game developer and astronaut.

Tynker co-funder Krishna Vedati said in a statement that the company's mission to empower youth worldwide made Barbie an ideal partner "to help us introduce programming to a large number of kids in a fun engaging way".

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Adrift stars battle ocean, hunger in Fiji

A trip to Fiji usually involves relaxing days poolside or by the ocean at a resort, delicious and plentiful meals and relaxed sightseeing tours.

Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin, the stars of the new adventure-disaster film, Adrift, did not have that experience.

The Hollywood actors endured 14-hour shoot days for six tortuous weeks in the open ocean two hours off the coast of Fiji.

About 90 per cent of the film was shot on the ocean with filmmakers relying largely on natural light and battling whatever weather Mother Nature delivered.

There was seasickness.

There were no resort buffets.

Woodley and Claflin, to portray their marooned characters, starved themselves with diets restricted to broccoli, a can of salmon and two egg yolks.

Adrift is based on the true story of American woman Tami Oldham who embarks on an incredible fight for survival when a massive hurricane damages her yacht and leaves her stranded on the Pacific Ocean for 41 days.

Woodley plays Oldham and Claflin her boyfriend, Richard Sharp.

"We spent six weeks, 14 hours a day at least, on the water," said Adrift director Baltasar Kormakur, no stranger to making difficult films with Everest and The Deep on his credits.

"There's a real reason for it.

"First of all it gives you a real base of look and a real base of reality for the actors.

"It strips them down.

"You can't fake it on the water and when the ocean is throwing you around."

Claflin walked off the Tasmanian set of another film, The Nightingale, and flew to Fiji for Adrift.

Losing weight has been a regular requirement for the Englishman's roles, with Claflin required to do it for his roles in Me Before You and The Hunger Games.

"I was just over 15 stone (95kg) doing The Nightingale and by the end of Adrift I was under 12.5 stone (79kg)," he said.

Only Kormakur, an accomplished Icelandic sailor, and cinematographer Robert Richardson did not suffer from seasickness.

"With Sam, I will never forget," Woodley laughed.

"They yelled, 'We're rolling' and Sam leaned over, puked, came up, wiped his mouth, they yelled 'action' and he did the scene.

"They said 'cut', he leaned over again and puked."

* Adrift opens in Australia on Thursday, June 28.

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Bees Gees star Gibb receives knighthood

Australian-raised singer-songwriter and Bee Gees founder, Barry Gibb has been knighted for his services to music and charity.

The 71-year old, who began the hugely successful pop group with brothers Maurice and Robin in 1958, was knighted by Prince Charles as part of Queen Elizabeth's New Year's Honours list.

 

"It's the greatest honour you can receive obviously and I'm just blown away by the idea of it," the musician said on Tuesday at the ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

The palace tweeted a photograph of Gibb kneeling on a cushion as he was formally knighted by Charles laying a sword across his shoulder.

Gibb, the last remaining member of the band, was the oldest of the three brothers who enjoyed a succession of smash hits in the 1970s and 80s.

He said he hoped his brothers were proud of him.

"If I had spent my whole life writing songs on my own, it would have meant something else altogether.

"I hope and pray that they are aware of what has happened and that they are proud. I believe in that."

He said there is "no question" he would have loved to have shared this special day with his brothers.

Maurice Gibb died from complications following an operation to correct an intestinal blockage in 2003.

Robin Gibb, who had a lengthy battle with cancer, died in 2012.

The Bee Gees wrote some of the biggest hits of the disco era, including the soundtrack to the 1977 film Saturday Night Fever, which included the songs Stayin' Alive, Night Fever, and How Deep Is Your Love. Other hits were Words, Tragedy and You Win Again. They also wrote hits for other singers.

When his knighthood was announced in December, Gibb said he was "deeply honoured, humbled and very proud," paying tribute to his late brothers, twins Maurice and Robin.

"This is a moment in life to be treasured and never forgotten, Gibb said. "I want to acknowledge how responsible my brothers are for this honour. It is as much theirs as it is mine.

"The magic, the glow, and the rush will last me the rest of my life," he said.

The Gibbs were born on the Isle of Man, off northwestern England, and later Manchester before the family emigrated to Australia.

The brothers grew up in Redcliffe and Cribb Island in Queensland in the 50s and 60s. Their Australian success with Spicks and Specks saw them return to the UK in 1967 where their global careers took off after they hooked up with producer Robert Stigwood.

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Ben Simmons wins NBA Rookie of the Year

Australia's Ben Simmons has joined basketball royalty by winning the NBA Rookie of the Year Award.

He joins a "who's who" of the greats of the game with past winners of the coveted prize including Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain, LeBron James, Tim Duncan, Allen Iverson and Kevin Durant.

Australian-born Kyrie Irving also won the award in 2012.

"Wow," said Simmons, after a slow walk up to the stage at the ceremony in Los Angeles on Monday.

"I'd like to thank my family and friends to start with.

"I wouldn't be here without them."

Simmons, a 21-year-old born in Melbourne, beat the Utah Jazz's Donovan Mitchell and the Boston Celtics' Jayson Tatum to win what became a contentious battle debated furiously in the US media, on social platforms and among former and present NBA players.

Mitchell and other critics were vocal in questioning whether Simmons should be eligible for the award.

The Australian was injured the entire 2016/17 season with a foot fracture, but remained with the 76ers and worked out with the team until making his game debut the past season.

Mitchell and Tatum made their debuts the year they were drafted.

Mitchell wore pointed shirts to games toward the end of the regular season, including one that defined the word rookie as: "An athlete playing his or her first season as a member of a professional sports team."

The Jazz guard kept it up on Monday, arriving in a van for the ceremony with "ROOKIE?" on the side.

When Simmons was announced the winner Mitchell got out of his seat and hugged the Australian.

"I try not to let the media hype things up or fans or whatever it is just because I know I'm doing what I love and I do what I can on the floor," said Simmons, when asked about the criticism.

"That doesn't take anything away from Jayson or Donovan.

"They had excellent, amazing, tremendous seasons."

The award was decided by members of the US and Canadian sports media and Simmons likely benefited from the date votes had to be cast.

The deadline was back in April.

It was the end of the NBA regular season and when Simmons was leading the 76ers, without injured All-Star team-mate Joel Embiid, on a record win-streak and personally dropping triple-doubles that put him in the rare air of Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson.

It was after the vote deadline when Mitchell was sensational in the Jazz's playoff run and Tatum went head-to-head with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals.

In the playoffs Simmons was exposed by the Celtics for his inability to make and take mid-range and three-point shots.

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Pawn Stars' patriarch 'Old Man' dies at 77

Pawn Stars patriarch, Richard Benjamin Harrison, who was known as The Old Man, has died at age 77.

Gold & Silver Pawn's Facebook page posted Monday that Harrison was surrounded by "loving family" this past weekend and died peacefully.

The post said that fans would remember Harrison as a "sometimes grumpy (always loving, however), often wisecracking, and voice of absolute reason" on the History Channel reality show.

The Navy veteran opened the Gold & Silver Pawn store in Las Vegas with his son, Rick.

Pawn Stars premiered in 2009 and features the Harrisons interacting with customers who are trying to sell or pawn objects that often are unusual or have historic value.

Services are pending.

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Han Solo's blaster gun sells at auction

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This photo provided by Julien's Auctions shows character Han Solo's BlasTech DL-44 blaster from the Star Wars trilogy film "Return of the Jedi" (Lucasfilm, 1983) (Julien's Auctions via AP)

A gun used by Han Solo in The Return of the Jedi has sold for $US550,000 ($A738,708) at auction to the museum chain Ripley's Believe it or Not!, Julien's Auctions says.

The hero prop blaster gun used by Harrison Ford's character in the 1983 movie, a BlasTech DL-44, is one of the best-known weapons in the Star Wars universe.

The prop, which does not actually fire a powerful bolt of energy as depicted in the film, was made for the movie by the US art director on Return of the Jedi, James L. Schoppe. He was given the gun after filming ended, along with other mementoes that he has kept for 35 years.

The prop had a pre-sale estimate price of between $US300,000 ($A402,931) and $US500,000 ($A671,552) ahead of Saturday's auction in Las Vegas, which Schoppe attended, Julien's Auctions said.

"Star Wars" memorabilia are among the most sought-after pop culture collectibles. Luke Skywalker's original lightsaber prop sold for $US450,000 ($A604,397) last year and an R2-D2 droid used in several films sold for $US2.7 million ($A3.6 million).

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Kylie feels more content now she's 50

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Kylie Minogue says more things make sense now that she's 50.

The Australian pop star celebrated the significant milestone in May and in an interview with The Sun newspaper has covered her career, private life and also refused to rule out marriage.

"Yes, I'm more content. Some things have started to make sense. I mean, you accept it or you don't. And I think the best way to accept it is with open arms," Minogue said when asked if hitting the half century had made her feel any different.

"I say yes or no much quicker than I used to, which is probably good for everyone else as well."

In the interview, Minogue discussed her relationship with Paul Solomons, GQ magazine's creative director, and spoke about the prospect of marriage.

Earlier this year she made headlines after saying marriage was not for her following splitting from fiance Joshua Sasse in 2017.

But she now appears less sure, replying "I don't know" when asked again about walking down the aisle.

Minogue is one of the most successful artists of her generation and has so far celebrated 34 UK top 10 singles and sold more than 80 million songs around the world.

She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 and underwent surgery and chemotherapy to beat the disease.

Doctors gave her the all-clear in 2006.

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'Roseanne' TV show spinoff announced in US

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This March 23, 2018 file photo, from left, Whitney Cummings, Michael Fishman, John Goodman, Jayden Rey, Roseanne Barr, Sara Gilbert, Sarah Chalke and Emma Kenney arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of "Roseanne" in Burbank, Calif. ABC, which cancelled its "Roseanne" revival over its star's racist tweet. It will air a Conner family sitcom minus Roseanne Barr this fall. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

'Roseanne' is returning, but without its namesake.

America's ABC network has announced it has given a series order to "The Conners" - a spinoff series starring original "Roseanne" cast members John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson and Michael Fishman.

Roseanne Barr, who played the matriarch in the long running and recently revived and then cancelled show, won't be in the new series and ABC says she will also not have financial or creative input into it.

"The Conners" is slated to debut later this year and will take over the slot that "Roseanne" was set to occupy until it was abruptly cancelled last month after a racist statement made on Twitter by Barr.

Gilbert, Tom Werner, Bruce Helford, Dave Caplan, Bruce Rasmussen, and Tony Hernandez will serve as executive producers on the spinoff, which hails from Werner Entertainment.

"The Conners' stories demonstrate that families can always find common ground through conversation, laughter and love. The spinoff will continue to portray contemporary issues that are as relevant today as they were 30 years ago," an ABC spokesperson said in a statement.

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Famous gorilla Koko dies at 46

Koko the gorilla, whose remarkable sign-language ability and motherly attachment to pet cats helped change the world's views about the intelligence of animals and their capacity for empathy, has died in the United States at 46.

Koko was taught sign language from an early age as a scientific test subject and eventually learned more than 1,000 words, a vocabulary similar to that of a human toddler.

She became a celebrity and played along with the likes of William Shatner, Sting, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robin Williams and popular American TV personality Fred Rogers, a puppeteer known as Mr Rogers.

In her home preserve, where she was treated like a queen, she once ran around with Williams' eyeglasses and unzipped Rogers' famous cardigan sweater.

The Gorilla Foundation said the 127kg western lowland gorilla died in her sleep at the foundation's preserve in California's Santa Cruz mountains on Tuesday.

Koko was the not the first animal to learn sign language and communicate, but through books and media appearances she became the most famous. Yet there was debate in the scientific community about how deep and human-like her conversations were.

Koko appeared in many documentaries and twice in National Geographic. The gorilla's 1978 National Geographic cover featured a photo that the animal had taken of herself in a mirror.

"Koko the individual was supersmart, like all the apes, and also sensitive, something not everyone expected from a 'king kong' type animal that movies depict as dangerous and formidable," Emory University primate researcher Frans de Waal said in an email Thursday.

Koko watched movies and television with her handlers. Her favourite book was "The Three Little Kittens" and her favourite movies included the Eddie Murphy version of "Doctor Doolittle" and "Free Willy".

For her 25th birthday, she asked for and received a box of rubber snakes and in 1996 she asked to be a mother but did not achieve this despite attempts to introduce male partners. Instead, she had a series of kittens as pets.

Koko was born on July 4, 1971 at the San Francisco Zoo.

Francine Patterson was working on her doctoral dissertation on the linguistic capabilities of gorillas and in 1972 started to teach Koko sign language. Patterson and biologist Ronald Cohn moved Koko to their newly established preserve in 1974 and kept teaching and studying her, adding a male gorilla in 1979.

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Suspect charged in death of XXXTentacion

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XXXTentacion performs during the second day of the Rolling Loud Festival in downtown Miami on Saturday, May 6, 2017. Photo by Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald/TNS/ABACAPRESS.COM

A man has been arrested and charged with murder in connection with the death of up-and-coming US rapper XXXTentacion, who was gunned down in Florida.

Dedrick Williams, 22, was taken into custody on Wednesday evening, two days after XXXTentacion, whose real name was Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, was shot while leaving a motor sports dealership in Deerfield Beach, about 64km north of Miami.

The death of the 20-year-old rapper stunned the hip hop community and sparked tributes online.

Two men fled the scene in a dark SUV after one of them opened fire during a possible robbery attempt, investigators had said. It was not immediately clear if police were looking for a second suspect.

XXXTentacion, who was born and raised in Plantation, Florida, released his debut album in August 2017. His second album "?" debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200 album chart when it was released in March.

According to local media reports, he had spent time in jail and was awaiting trial on allegations of domestic violence against his pregnant girlfriend.

Police said Williams was also charged with probation violation for theft of a motor vehicle and driving without a valid licence. He was awaiting trial on Thursday.

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In this Tuesday, June 19, 2018, photo, fans and mourners of rap singer XXXTentacion gather for a memorial outside Riva Motorsports in Deerfield Beach, Fla., where the troubled rapper-singer was killed the day before. (John McCall/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

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Mel Gibson loses bid to block film release

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Actor Mel Gibson (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

Mel Gibson has lost a key round in his battle for control of "The Professor and the Madman" potentially clearing the way for the release of the star-crossed film about the origins of a dictionary.

The picture is based on Simon Winchester's book about the collaboration between Professor James Murray and William Minor, an inmate in a mental asylum, to create the Oxford English Dictionary. Gibson had long wanted to produce the film and in 2015 struck a production deal with Voltage Pictures.

The film was shot in late 2016, with Gibson playing the professor and Sean Penn in the role of the madman. But late in the production, shooting came to a standstill when Gibson and director Farhad Safinia insisted that certain scenes be shot in Oxford, England, instead of Trinity College in Dublin.


Gibson's company, Icon Productions, sued Voltage last year, alleging that the company had reneged on its deal by refusing to allow Safinia to complete the film. Gibson also sought to block Chartier from screening Voltage's cut of the film for potential distributors.

Voltage countered that Safinia had turned in a cut that exceeded the two-hour runtime required by their agreement.

Gibson's lawyers asked Judge Ruth Kwan to find that Voltage had violated the deal and turn the rights over to him but on Tuesday Kwan refused finding that Gibson's allegations did not amount to a breach.

"Plaintiff did not submit admissible evidence showing the existence of an actual controversy with Defendants," Kwan wrote.

The contract required that issues such as shooting locations and the budget were subject to mutual approval between Voltage and Gibson. But Kwan noted there are exceptions to that rule, such as if Gibson were in breach of the agreement, or if Gibson's actions posed unreasonable obstacles to releasing the film.

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Pete Davidson confirms Grande engagement

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This combination photo shows comedian Pete Davidson at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sept. 17, 2017, left, and singer Ariana Grande at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Nov. 20, 2016.(AP Photo)

Saturday Night Live cast member Pete Davidson has confirmed reports that he and American pop star Ariana Grande are engaged after dating for less than two months.

Davidson, 24, told talk show host Jimmy Fallon in an appearance on The Tonight Show on Wednesday that the rumours of the past week were correct.

"I did," Davidson said, when asked by Fallon whether he had got engaged.

"I feel like I've won a contest," he added about his romance with Grande.

Grande, 24, and Davidson went public about dating in late May through their social media accounts a few weeks after ending their previous relationships. Celebrity media reported last week that they were engaged.

The "Dangerous Woman" singer was spotted wearing a diamond ring on her engagement finger earlier this week and celebrity media reported on Wednesday that the couple had moved into a Manhattan apartment together.

Grande launched her career on the Nickelodeon TV show Victorious in 2009 and released her first studio album in 2013. She has gone on to become one of the most popular young artists in the United States, winning three American Music Awards.

In June 2017, she won plaudits for returning to the English city of Manchester for a benefit concert for the victims of an Islamic State suicide bombing that killed 22 people moments after Grande had finished a concert.

Davidson started his career as a stand-up comedian and joined popular satirical sketch show Saturday Night Live in 2014.

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Grande releases new song from next album

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Ariana Grande performs "Be Alright" during the "March for Our Lives" rally in support of gun control in Washington, Saturday, March 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Ariana Grande has released a new song from her highly anticipated upcoming album Sweetener.

The track, titled The Light Is Coming, features hip-hop star Nicki Minaj and is the second single from the new LP, following on from April's No Tears Left To Cry.

Grande, 24, announced the song's release on Twitter along with a teaser while also telling fans the album, due to be released on August 17, is now available for pre-order.

Sweetener is Grande's fourth studio album and her first since a terrorist attacked one of her concerts in Manchester in May 2017.

Earlier this week the singer revealed the LP's artwork, which features an upside-down colour headshot of the star on a beige background with the word Sweetener underneath.

As well as Minaj, the record will also have appearances from Missy Elliott and Pharrell Williams.

Grande previously revealed the album was named Sweetener because, in the wake of the Manchester Arena bombing, she wanted to tell fans you can make a bad situation better.

She told Time magazine: "When you're handed a challenge, instead of sitting there and complaining about it, why not try to make something beautiful?"

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Blanchett, Edgerton get ugly for campaign

Cate Blanchett's latest performance is as an ugly and endangered Australian Mary River turtle that sports a bright green mohawk hairdo and breathes through its genitals.

Her co-star is another Aussie A-Lister, Joel Edgerton, who plays an equally ugly ghost shark that is an animal kingdom oddity because its penis is on its forehead.

Hollywood actress Rosario Dawson, dressed in a costume that looks like it has been created by a bunch of kindergarten kids, is the star of the low budget production despite portraying an ugly singing, dancing, phytoplankton-sipping Australian ethmia clytodoxa moth.

"We put our egos aside," Dawson told AAP.

"We are really willing to do anything to get that attention because we need it."

The impressive cast, which also includes Teresa Palmer as a southern right whale, Samara Weaving as a ghost bat and Dan Wyllie as giant Gippsland earthworm, is part of new campaign by The Wilderness Society.

They star in a four-minute musical comedy video featuring puppet creatures, whacky and naughty lyrics and use of dollops of whale poo.

Dubbed "Save Ugly", the campaign is aimed at raising awareness of all the aesthetically-challenged creatures in Australia's ecosystems "that help make life possible, warts and all".

Cute, furry animals often get the most help and support.

The Wilderness Society hopes the music video will shine a light on the endangered Mary River turtle and other creatures that need help to survive.

The video was shot in just one day in Los Angeles.

"We need these different creatures," Dawson said.

"It is important to know the phytoplankton feeds off the excrement of whales.

"These tiny little things that we can't see with the naked eye capture more carbon than trees do."

Dawson joked Blanchett, a seven-time Oscar nominee and two-time winner, might even score another nod for voicing the turtle.

"I will be rooting for Cate Blanchett's turtle to accept on all of our behalf," Dawson said.

The video can be viewed at ugly.wilderness.org.au

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US rapper XXXTentacion dies after shooting

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US rapper XXXTentacion has died following a shooting in South Florida, the Broward County Sheriff's Office has confirmed.

A source had told Variety that the rapper, whose real name was Jahseh Onfroy, had been critically wounded.

TMZ is reporting that XXX had "no pulse" following the incident though Variety has yet to confirm those details.

A Broward County official only confirmed "a developing incident regarding a shooting" located in Deerfield Beach, about 70km north of Miami, in which an "adult male victim was transported to an area hospital."

In 2017, the hip-hop newcomer appeared on the cover of XXL Magazine's influential "Freshman" issue alongside Kamaiyah, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, PnB Rock, MadeinTYO, Playboi Carti, Amine, Kap G, KYLE and Ugly God. XXX won the fan vote to make the cover.

The 20-year-old Florida native had been embroiled in legal problems over his alleged beating of a pregnant girlfriend. The controversy has resulted in numerous articles calling for the greater music industry to not "co-sign," or endorse, his music, including one that was published by Pitchfork titled, "XXXTentacion Is Blowing Up Behind Bars. Should He Be?"

A June 5 feature on the rapper that appeared in Miami New Times chronicled the hip-hop star's rise to fame, delving deep into his unstable home life and trouble with the law. In the piece, XXX is quoted as saying that abuse allegations "can go off hearsay," and that, "women are almost more powerful than men."

In March, XXXTentacion's album "?" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. His previous release, called "17," landed at No. 2.

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Heather Locklear 'under psych evaluation'

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Heather Locklear arrives at the TNT 25th Anniversary Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

US actress Heather Locklear has been taken to hospital and is reportedly undergoing a psychiatric evaluation, authorities have confirmed.

Captain Garo Kuredjian of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office confirmed that both the sheriff's office and fire department responded to a call of a "medical emergency" on Sunday at the 4900 block of Summit View Drive. The individual was then transferred to a hospital for further treatment.

TMZ, which first broke the story, reported Locklear's mother called 911, claiming Locklear was acting erratically and threatening self-harm.

While Kuredjian could not confirm if the caller was a family member, he did say that it was not the patient who placed the call.

According to reports, Locklear was transferred to the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. The incident is being ruled as medical, not criminal, and Locklear is currently not being charged on any counts.

When contacted by Variety, Locklear's publicist noted that the actress is on hiatus, and had no further information.

The incident occurs almost four months after the Melrose Place star was arrested for domestic assault and battery on an officer.

Over the years, Locklear has sought treatment for depression and anxiety and reportedly went through drug rehabilitation after being taken to hospital from mixing prescription drugs and alcohol.

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Kidman signs lucrative Hollywood deal

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Nicole Kidman appears at the 7th annual AACTA International Awards in Los Angeles. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP, File)

Add movie mogul to Nicole Kidman's list of titles.

The Australian movie star, Oscar winner, two-time Emmy victor and four-time Golden Globe queen has inked a lucrative new deal with Amazon Studios to develop movie and TV series.

"Nicole is a force of nature as both an actress and a producer," Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke said on Thursday.

"She understands the focus of bringing addictive, entertaining and compelling television to our Prime Video customers as well as movies that will connect with film audiences.

"Stay tuned for many exciting projects to come in the very near future."

The first-look deal is with Kidman's production company, Blossom Films, which co-produced last year's multiple Emmy-winning HBO mini-series Big Little Lies.

Kidman won best actress and producing Emmys for Big Little Lies and is midway through shooting the second season.

"I'm excited to start working with Jen Salke and the Amazon team," Kidman said.

"Our goal at Blossom Films is to create important and entertaining content across multiple platforms and I can't think of better collaborators with which to accomplish this."

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Wilson vows to appeal overturned payout

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Hollywood star Rebel Wilson plans to challenge a court ruling that slashed her $4.5 million defamation payout to $600,000 after magazine publisher Bauer Media successfully appealed.

The Court of Appeal in Melbourne found it could not be proven Wilson missed out on film contracts as a result of a number of Woman's Day magazine articles painting her as a serial liar and so cut the entire $3.9 million economic damages payout.

But Wilson, who was not in court for the judgment on Thursday due to filming commitments in Europe, is unhappy with the outcome.

"I was hoping the Court of Appeal in Australia would deliver a reasonable judgement today," she tweeted on Friday.

"...ummmmm seeing as that HAS CLEARLY NOT happened I look forward to appealing!"

Wilson, who announced prior to the original defamation ruling the case wasn't about money, reiterated she had planned to give the payout from the case to "good causes", including charities.

"That's now $4 million less going to less fortunate Australians and leaves a billionaire corporation, proven guilty of malicious defamation, being able to get away with their seriously harmful acts for a very low pay day! Clearly not fair. Come on Australia," she tweeted.

The high-profile defamation suit was over several articles, published in 2015, saying the Pitch Perfect actress had lied to further her career.

Wilson said the articles damaged her reputation and that she lost feature film roles and future earnings as a result.

She won the suit and in September was awarded the largest defamation payout in Australian legal history.

The $4.5 million awarded by Supreme Court Justice John Dixon included $3.9 million in economic damages relating to a loss of income.

But Bauer Media appealed, saying it was excessive.

The appeals court on Thursday found there was no basis for Wilson to be awarded damages for the potential loss of roles.

"The evidence Ms Wilson relied upon was not sufficient to establish that there existed the valuable lost opportunities she contended," Justice Pamela Tate told the court.

"Ms Wilson was unable to establish that there was a causal connection between the defamatory publications, for which Bauer Media was responsible, and any loss.

"This court has therefore rejected Ms Wilson's claim that she suffered economic loss."

The Court of Appeal also reduced Wilson's non-economic damages from $650,000 to $600,000.

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Cobain's items to go on show in Ireland

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Kurt Cobain of the band Nirvana (AP Photo/Robert Sorbo, File)

An exhibition dedicated to late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain opens in Ireland next month, showcasing a selection of the grunge rock singer's belongings curated by his family.

From his sketches and drawings to clothing and a car, Growing Up Kurt Cobain will display dozens of Cobain's personal items, some of them never seen before by the public.

His daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, and mother, Wendy O'Connor, will be among the singer's relatives attending the opening at the Museum of Style Icons in Newbridge, 50km southwest of Dublin.

Cobain, who had Irish ancestry, died in 1994 at the age of 27 from a self-inflicted gunshot.

"I have always been the most intimately informed of who my father was by my grandmother and aunts," Frances Bean Cobain said in a statement.

"I am so ecstatic that their view of who Kurt was gets to be celebrated with Nirvana fans the world over."

Fans of Cobain, who popularised grunge rock in the early 1990s, will be able to see the striped green sweater he wore in the video for Nirvana's 1991 hit Smells Like Teen Spirit and his MTV Video award for the same song.

The singer's childhood drawings of cartoon characters, handwritten lyrics and powder-blue 1965 Dodge Dart car will also be on display.

"With this exhibition, we hope to bring the focus back to Kurt's roots, vision and artistic genius, to inspire everyone not to lose their creativity and childlike wonder," Cobain's sister Kim Cobain said.

The small museum in County Kildare has outfits worn by the likes of Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor and Grace Kelly on display, and has previously hosted exhibitions dedicated to Michael Jackson and Prince.

The museum's owner, William Doyle, who is also chief executive of jewelry and homeware maker Newbridge Silverware, said the idea of a Kurt Cobain exhibition stemmed from his friendship with the singer's family.

"The family have this feeling that they are bringing him back home," he said.

Growing Up Kurt Cobain opens on July 19 and runs until the end of September.

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The first teaser trailer for Tim Burton's live-action remake of the Disney classic Dumbo has arrived

Get your tissues ready - the first teaser trailer for Tim Burton's emotive Dumbo is here.

Dumbo marks the latest classic animated movie to be re-made as a live-action movie. 

From Disney and visionary director Tim Burton, the all-new live-action adventure “Dumbo” expands on the beloved classic story where differences are celebrated, family is cherished and dreams take flight. 

Circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) enlists former star Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) and his children Milly (Nico Parker) and Joe (Finley Hobbins) to care for a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughing stock in an already struggling circus. But when they discover that Dumbo can fly, the circus makes an incredible comeback, attracting entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton), who recruits Dumbo for his newest, larger-than-life entertainment venture, Dreamland. 

 

The original Dumbo was released back in 1941 and won the Oscar for for best scoring of a musical picture.

Starring Colin Farrell, Danny DeVito, Eva Green and Michael Keaton

Tim Burton’s all-new live-action Dumbo, coming to theatres March 2019. 

 

First teaser trailer for live-action remake of Disney's Dumbo has arrived

Get your tissues ready - the first teaser trailer for Tim Burton's emotive Dumbo has arrived.

Dumbo marks the latest classic animated movie to be re-made as a live-action movie. 

From Disney and visionary director Tim Burton, the all-new live-action adventure Dumbo expands on the beloved classic story where differences are celebrated, family is cherished and dreams take flight. 

Circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) enlists former star Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) and his children Milly (Nico Parker) and Joe (Finley Hobbins) to care for a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughing stock in an already struggling circus. But when they discover that Dumbo can fly, the circus makes an incredible comeback, attracting entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton), who recruits Dumbo for his newest, larger-than-life entertainment venture, Dreamland. 

 

The original Dumbo was released back in 1941 and won the Oscar for for best scoring of a musical picture.

Starring Colin Farrell, Danny DeVito, Eva Green and Michael Keaton

Tim Burton’s all-new live-action Dumbo, coming to theatres March 2019. 

 

Isla Fisher recalls "chasey" in Perth

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Isla Fisher attends the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema's 'TAG' on June 07, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Lionel Hahn/ABACAPRESS.COM.

Isla Fisher called it chasey.

Jon Hamm called it tag.

Fisher was raised in Perth and Hamm in Missouri, but despite the Hollywood stars growing up more than 17,000km apart, pursuing their friends around playgrounds and their neighbourhoods was a staple of their young lives.

Fisher, the red-haired Australian actress, 42, and Hamm, 47, best known for his Emmy-winning role in the TV drama series Mad Men, retreated back to their childhood memories for their new comedy film, Tag.

"We actually played chasey which was the Australian equivalent of America's tag," Fisher explained in a recent interview in Los Angeles.

"A bit later we did kiss chasey.

"You chase the boys and try to kiss them, but the only time I successfully kissed anyone they had a helmet on and I knocked my teeth on his helmet."

Tag is based on the true story of a group of American men who began playing a game of chasey or tag 28 years ago at their Spokane, Washington high school.

The game never ended.

Today they are aged in their 40s, most are married with children, they live in different parts of the US and have jobs ranging from a Catholic priest to a chief marketing officer at the upmarket US department store Nordstrom.

But, during the month of February each year their game of tag continues.

The player who is "it" travels cross-country without warning, uses disguises and ambush strategies to tag their friends, who are on high alert and tell family, friends, work colleagues and even security personnel to be on the lookout for suspicious people.

They credit the game for keeping their friendships strong for almost three decades.

The fun, private game among friends became a national story when the Wall Street Journal wrote about it in 2013.

Hollywood immediately saw the potential for a film and went into a frenzy to acquire the rights, with producer Todd Garner the eventual victor.

Tag's cast also includes Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner, Ed Helms, Jake Johnson and Hannibal Buress.

"I grew up with a single mum and living in apartment complex basically," Hamm, recalling his childhood, said.

"There were a lot of kids in the apartments so you just had this pack of kids that just every day after school used to meet up at a suggested spot and say 'What's today's game?' Hamm said.

"It was always some version of tag.

"We didn't have much money.

"We weren't rich.

"Often we'd end up standing on either side of a ditch and throwing dirt at each other."

Fisher and Hamm, just like the men who the Tag film is based on, remain good friends with the kids they grew up with back in their school days.

"My best friend Angie, we went to ballet class and primary school together," Fisher said.

Fisher and Angie were known as Whippy and White Fang around their Perth primary school playground.

Angie scored her nickname because of an odd tooth that grew high on her gum around the same time as the 1991 US adventure film White Fang was released.

"All of the boys just called her Fang, White Fang and Fanger," Fisher said.

"My nickname was Whippet, which became Whippy because I couldn't gain weight.

"I was so skinny.

"No matter how much I ate I always was just so skinny."

Tag releases in Australia on June 14.

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Raccoon that scaled US tower safely caught

A raccoon that became an internet sensation by climbing a 25-storey office tower in Minnesota has been safely trapped and will be released.

The forest creature was caught in a live trap on top of the UBS Plaza in St Paul early on Wednesday, said Chelsey DeMers, assistant general manager of the company Wildlife Management Services.

She said the animal is in good condition and is eating.

A company technician is expected to set the animal free at a site yet to be determined.

DeMers said the company would need permission to release it on public property, but could also set it free on private property north of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St Paul.

The raccoon's adventures caused a stir on social media as it scaled the tower on Tuesday, with many Twitter users voicing concern for its safety or joking about the drama as its climb was livestreamed by several broadcasters. The animal made it to the roof early on Wednesday, where the baited traps were waiting.

Nearby Minnesota Public Radio, which broke the story and closely followed the raccoon's climb from its headquarters less than a block away, branded the animal (hash)mprraccoon.

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De Niro a very low IQ individual: Trump

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Donald Trump has naturally taken to Twitter in response to Robert De Niro's bleeped out swipe at him at Sunday night's Tony Awards.

The US president endeavoured to diminish the actor's intelligence, writing: "Robert De Niro, a very Low IQ individual, has received to many shots to the head by real boxers in movies. I watched him last night and truly believe he may be "punch-drunk."

Trump went on to write: "I guess he doesn't realize the economy is the best it's ever been with employment being at an all time high, and many companies pouring back into our country."

He closed with: "Wake up Punchy!"

De Niro has been vocal of his disapproval of the Trump administration.

Before introducing his friend 'Jersey Boy' Bruce Springsteen to the stage, he immediately expressed his views on the president.

"I'm going to say one thing, f*** Trump. It's no longer 'Down with Trump.' It's f*** Trump."

As he spoke, he raised his fists into the air, taking in the shock, awe and admiration from the audience at Radio City Music Hall.

The theatre community in attendance gave him a standing ovation of support in a night that held deep political resonance not only for the sweeping wins for The Band's Visit but also the performance of the adored Seasons of Love by theatre students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

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Under the sea, is life really better?

A fierce woman named Svetlana is telling us all to stick out our tongues and pant as we lean forward. Without a single exchange of questioning glances, we're all doing it.

Svetlana is small, but the force of her will is enormous and she has us all enthusiastically panting, our bodies bent at 90-degree angles, tongues hanging out like labradors in the middle of a heatwave.

The bizarre scene, which is bathed in an eerie blue light, is made even more strange as sharks, stingrays and schools of fish glide by behind Svetlana.

Welcome to underwater yoga - and if you're just coming for the photo you're in for a rude shock.

On mats rolled out on the stone floor of the Lost Chambers Aquarium at Dubai's underwater hotel Atlantis The Palm, our group of 20 or so holidaymakers are put through our paces.

On three sides soaring glass windows offer unspoiled views into one of the largest aquariums in the world, home to more than 65,000 marine animals.

To get here we walked through a labyrinth of stone tunnels filled with tanks showing tiny clownfish, bobbing jellyfish and an albino alligator who is busily warming himself on a large rock. Above our heads, in a menacingly lit clear glass tank, a pod of pregnant lobsters were busy protecting their eggs.

For anyone with a level of fitness above rationalising that running for the bus counts as exercise, the session probably isn't that hard. For me, it's a challenge, but an oddly relaxing experience; the graceful sea animals and haunting music make it hard to pay attention to my screaming muscles.

In fact, the aquarium, which stretches along one side of the Dubai luxury resort, makes it hard to pay attention to much at all.

In the hotel's ritzy restaurant Ossiano, my eyes are torn between the bartender in front of me and the floor-to-ceiling windows into an aquarium that I've spent the better part of a day looking into.

I've ordered a Pearl Diver cocktail, which I immediately regret when I see how much work the bartenders have to do to create it.

Two of them are working in tandem, straining the mixture, shaping shaved ice into semi-circles, and placing a hard ball - that they warn you is filled with liquid - into oyster shaped glass dishes placed next to your glass.

When one of our party gets a shock from the liquid ball shooting down her throat, the bartender profusely apologises and gives her another.

Ossiano is the kind of place that thrives on the creation of extravagance, and the ridiculously attentive staff won't stand for any kind of sub-par experience. You're here for your taste buds to be pampered after all.

Unsurprisingly, the underwater restaurant specialises in seafood, holding the impressive moniker of serving Dubai's best for four years running. Every week its French chef serves up 40kg of seafood to guests who dine while gazing into a tank of marine life - which is superb, as long as you don't think about it too much.

It's a uniquely romantic experience and the restaurant has spurred more marriage proposals than any other spot at the hotel - one suitor splashing out over $A20,000 on dinner before getting down on one knee.

Across the tank from the underwater diners sit the resort's two famed underwater suites, whose bedrooms and master bathrooms also look into the 11-million litre aquarium.

Atlantis teems with people from every walk of life outside the doors of these suites, but inside it's remote and you feel like you're the only person on earth. Sitting in the deep bath and gazing into the tank is mesmerising until a 350-kilogram stingray glides past just centimetres from your face and your shriek spoils the serenity.

Relaxing, rich, romantic, remote - a few days spent living next to the ocean floor is a unique experience and a world away from the everyday.

In the classic Disney film The Little Mermaid, a red Jamaican crab named Sebastian sings that life is better under the sea and emerging out from under Atlantis into Dubai's searing heat, you begin to see his point.

IF YOU GO

GETTING THERE: Dubai is a 14-hour flight from Sydney and Brisbane and about 13 hours from Melbourne.

Emirates flies from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne to Dubai. Go to emirates.com.

STAYING THERE: Atlantis The Palm is a five-star hotel with great access to the beach, luxurious pool facilities and an action-packed water park. The resort is also home to world-class restaurants and bars. Prices start at approximately AUD$320 per night. For more, visit atlantisthepalm.com

PLAYING THERE: The hotel offers underwater yoga, an underwater restaurant and for the very brave an aqua trek where you can walk amongst the sharks and stingrays as you breathe through a bubble on your head.

The writer travelled as a guest of Atlantis The Palm, Dubai.

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Paul Hogan to star in 'Mr Dundee' Film

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Paul Hogan, Crocodile Dundee (AAP Image/Supplied by Tourism Australia) 

Iconic Australian actor, Paul Hogan is to star in upcoming feature film The Very Excellent Mr Dundee, production for which starts next month in Australia, Los Angeles and Vancouver.

Hogan recently thrilled and infuriated fans of the Crocodile Dundee film series in which he starred in the 1980s, by appearing in a short film that appeared to be a trailer for a new film in the franchise.

But the clip turned out to be a advertisement for Tourism Australia.

The Very Excellent Mr Dundee sees Hogan playing himself and on the brink of receiving a Knighthood for services to comedy.

"Don't do anything to mess this up," his manager tells him. However, despite all his best efforts, the next six weeks sees his name and reputation destroyed.

It is to be directed by Dean Murphy who is producing alongside Nigel Odel. International sales are to be handled by Los Angeles-based KMI.

No supporting cast has yet been announced.

"Watch this space as I've been honoured to have many of my friends and colleagues, whose work I adore, agree to join us for this hilarious new adventure," said Hogan in a statement.

Hogan has been largely absent from film and TV for much of the last decade, though earlier this year he appeared in That's Not My Dog!, an ensemble comedy celebrating the art of joke telling.

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Julia Roberts to produce film for Amazon

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Julia Roberts has come on board to produce and star in a feature drama based on Chris Cleave's novel, Little Bee, for Amazon Studios.

Actress-writer Kathleen Robertson is writing the adaptation of Cleave's 2008 novel -- about a young Nigerian asylum-seeker named Little Bee and British magazine editor Sarah O'Rourke, who would be portrayed by Roberts. The two meet during a conflict in the Niger Delta and are reunited in England several years later.

Roberts will produce under her Red Om Films production company along with her producing partners Lisa Gillan and Marisa Yeres Gill. Gil Netter will also produce.

Roberts recently starred in Lionsgate's hit drama Wonder, and will appear alongside Lucas Hedges in Peter Hedges' independent drama, Ben Is Back.

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Banksy unveils new artwork based on Brexit

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A woman poses with the work 'Vote to Leave' by British artist Banksy (valued at 350 Million GBP) during the media preview of Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, Britain 05 June 2018. EPA/NEIL HALL

Banksy has unveiled a piece of art based on Brexit and the EU referendum.

The anonymous street artist posted a picture of the work on social media.

He said he previously submitted an early version of it to the Royal Academy's summer exhibition under a pseudonym that was an anagram of Banksy, but that it was turned down.

The artwork is now in the gallery.

It features a Vote To Leave poster with a heart-shaped balloon covered in plasters hovering over the "e" and "a" in Leave, transforming the slogan into Vote To Love.

"I entered an early version of this into the RA summer exhibition under the pseudonym Bryan S Gaakman - an anagram of 'banksy anagram'," the artist said.

"It was refused.

"Then a month later I got a mail from the coordinator Grayson Perry asking me to submit something so I sent it again.

"It's now hanging in gallery 3."

Banksy is famed for his anti-war, anti-capitalism and anti-establishment artworks.

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De Niro drops F-bomb about Trump at Tonys

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Robert De Niro at the 72nd annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 10, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Michael Zorn/Invision/AP)

Oscar-winning actor Robert de Niro has issued an expletive-laden denunciation of US President Donald Trump during the live television broadcast of the Tony Awards ceremony.

De Niro appeared on stage at New York's Radio City Music Hall on Sunday to introduce rocker and Tony Awards performer Bruce Springsteen.

"I'm gonna say one thing. F*** Trump," De Niro said, without any preamble.

With the audience of theatre actors, directors and producers shrieking and rising to their feet in applause, De Niro said: "It's no longer down with Trump. It's f*** Trump."

 

He did not elaborate on his comment and switched immediately to a prepared introduction of Springsteen.

"Bruce, you can rock the house like nobody else," De Niro said.

"And even more important in these perilous times, you rock the vote, always fighting for, in your own words, Truth, transparency, and integrity in government. Boy, do we need that now."

The expletive, known as the F-bomb, was bleeped by the CBS network for millions of television watchers at home.

However, it was heard by those in the audience and journalists covering the awards show, which honours the best of Broadway theatre, and it quickly became the top trending item on Twitter.

De Niro is one of the most respected actors in the United States with two Oscar wins for "Raging Bull" and "The Godfather: Part II."

"Mr. De Niro's comments were unscripted and unexpected," CBS said in a statement. "The offensive language was deleted from the broadcast."

The White House did not immediately return a request for comment.

De Niro, a noted liberal, has been increasingly critical of Trump, a Republican, at smaller showbusiness events, but none have the high profile and audience of the Tony Awards.

The Tony Awards show was seen by some six million Americans last year.

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Andrew Garfield wins Tony Awards

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Andrew Garfield arrives at the 72nd annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 10, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Andrew Garfield has won the Tony Award for best leading actor in a play for his work as Prior Walter, the AIDS-stricken prophet at the centre of Angels in America.

In an emotional speech, Garfield said playing Walter was the biggest honour of his life.

"He represents the purest spirit of humanity and especially that of the LGBTQ community," he said.

"It is a spirit that says no to oppression. It is a spirit that says no to bigorty, no to shame, no to exclusion. It is a spirit that says we are all made perfectly and we all belong."

 

Also getting on the board early was Three Tall Women's Laurie Metcalf, who won her second Tony Award in as many years for best featured actress in a play.

She won the leading actress statue in 2017 for "A Doll's House, Part 2."

This year's Tony Awards are pitting several high-profile revivals and new shows against one another.

Mean Girls and SpongeBob SquarePants enter the evening with a leading 12 nominations apiece. They are followed closely behind by The Band's Visit and Angels in America, with 11 nominations each, and the two-part play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, with 10 nods.

My Fair Lady, Carousel, and The Iceman Cometh are other prominent contenders.

The telecast won't lack star power.

Nathan Lane, Denzel Washington, Michael Cera, Tina Fey, and Amy Schumer are all nominated and Bruce Springsteen, currently packing them in with his Broadway show, is expected to perform. He was honoured with a special Tony Award.

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Being gay limits Hollywood roles: Everett

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Rupert Everett says he lost out on three or four roles in big Hollywood films because he is gay.

The actor described the film industry as "aggressively heterosexual", adding that gay performers are treated like second-class citizens.

"There's tons of roles that I haven't got for lots of different reasons, some of them probably for not being a good enough actor or doing a lousy audition, all that counts," Everett said.

"But there were three or four big films, when I was successful, that the director and the other actors wanted me to be in and that I was absolutely blocked from by a studio, just for the fact of being gay."

The star of My Best Friend's Wedding and the St Trinian's films now serves as the writer, director and star of The Happy Prince, in which he plays Oscar Wilde living in exile after his release from prison.

"I think my career as a writer would not have happened if I had been heterosexual, active, working non-stop," he said.

"Maybe things are changing a bit now, things are loosening up and I hope they go further.

He thinks gay actors still exist for a "certain function".

"My function was as a gay best friend, a confidante, a kind of hairdresser, constantly there with the curling tongs, which is fair enough but as a performer there is not very far you can go with that before you bore everyone s**tless," he said.

The Happy Prince is released in London on June 15.

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Horn swollen but stoic after Vegas failure

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Jeff Horn, of Australia, fights Terence Crawford, right, in a welterweight title boxing match, Saturday, June 9, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

There was no tiger in his bathroom but a bruised and battered Jeff Horn woke up with one hell of a hangover in Las Vegas.

The former schoolteacher had been living a fairytale for the last 12 months but was jolted back to reality in ruthless fashion by Terence Crawford, who ripped the WBO welterweight championship from his grasp with a dominant display at the MGM Grand.

Humbled on the big stage the night before, Horn put on a brave front on a gloomy Monday morning (AEST) as he and his family began picking up the pieces.

The 30-year-old and his management have some big questions to ponder as they review what went wrong, and where they go next.

"I'm a bit frustrated and disappointed," Horn told reporters, his face swollen and purple after eating a barrage of Crawford's sharp punches.

"It is what it is. I've just got to rebuild from here.

"I'm not happy, but I'm happy it's all over at least and I'm not feeling too bad. I've felt worse after fights before."

Horn will have won some of his US critics over simply by absorbing punishment for so long from arguably the world's top pound-for-pound fighter.

But the lop-sided nature of the fight would have cemented the opinions of others who believe Horn was never a legitimate champion in the first place.

It's left Horn, who now has a 18-1-1 professional record, with a sense of unfinished business in America.

"I definitely don't want to leave here, losing a fight and then running," he said.

"I still feel like I've got plenty more to prove."

Who, where and when his next bout will take place is all to be determined.

Horn's contract with Top Rank is now up, meaning his promoter Dean Lonergan is free to explore options around the world.

It will be a difficult task trying to line up an opponent who is beatable enough to boost Horn's dented confidence, but good enough to keep him in the world title mix.

But Lonergan said he had no regrets about Horn's first Vegas experience.

"This is the reason we're in this business," he said.

"Let's not forget, two years ago we were fighting in local halls in Brisbane and Auckland... (now we're) fighting in Las Vegas and Jeff Horn's name is on the map."

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Terence Crawford, right, poses for photographers after defeating Jeff Horn, of Australia, in a welterweight title boxing match, Saturday, June 9, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

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Vince Vaughn arrested for drink-driving

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A booking photo released by the Manhattan Beach Police Department shows actor Vince Vaughn. (Manhattan Beach Police Department via AP)

Actor Vince Vaughn has been arrested on charges of DUI and resisting arrest, police in Manhattan Beach, California, have confirmed.

Vaughn was arrestedin the early hours of Sunday morning at a checkpoint and had a passenger in the car.

Vaughn's passenger was also charged with public intoxication. Both posted bail and have been released from jail.

The arrest occurred at 1am on Sunday and is Vaughn's first DUI arrest.

Vaughn was previously arrested in 2001 in Wilmington, North Carolina, following a bar brawl in which fellow actor Steve Buscemi was stabbed in the face, throat, and arm after intervening in a fight between Vaughn, screenwriter Scott Rosenberg, and a local man.

Vaughn was in the area while shooting Domestic Disturbance and was arrested for assault in the incident, but the charges were later dropped.

Best known for his work in mid-2000s comedies like Wedding Crashers, The Break-Up, and Dodgeball, Vaughn's latest film role was in 2017's Brawl in Cell Block 99. He can also be seen in the second season of HBO's True Detective as Frank Semyon.

He will appear in the upcoming WWE biopic Fighting With My Family, currently in post-production, which is set for a 2019 release.

Vaughn's representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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Warner Bros to release new Prince album

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Warner Bros Records has announced a new Prince album on what would have been the musician's 60th birthday.

The company said on Thursday that Piano & A Microphone 1983 from Prince's storied vault will be released on September 21 on CD, vinyl and digital formats.

Warner Bros says the album features Prince working through nine tracks in a private rehearsal recording at his now-demolished home studio in the Minneapolis suburb of Chanhassen.

Among the songs are 17 Days, Joni Mitchell's A Case of You, Strange Relationship, International Lover and Purple Rain, the title song of Prince's 1984 hit movie.

Also included is Prince performing the spiritual Mary Don't You Weep.

Prince was 57 when he died of an accidental fentanyl overdose at his Paisley Park recording complex in 2016.

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YouTube actor stabbed to death in New York

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An actor who appeared in a YouTube crime show has been found stabbed to death in his Bronx apartment.

Authorities say Tyrone Fleming was found dead around 5.30pm on Wednesday.

Fleming played Tye Banga on 848, a web series with nearly 20,000 subscribers.

Worried co-workers contacted his family after he failed to show up at his job at Con Edison, an energy company.

Friends and relatives described Fleming as a good man and a hardworking father of two.

The New York Police Department is investigating.

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Tom Cruise skydives for new film

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Tom Cruise has jumped off buildings, slid off skyscrapers and clung onto the outside of a plane during take-off in his roles as action movie hero.

Now he can stake a claim to being the first actor to perform a "HALO" skydive on camera: a "high altitude, low opening" jump, usually done only by highly-trained military professionals as a way of avoiding detection by the enemy.

The 55-year-old filmed the stunt for Mission: Impossible - Fallout, the latest instalment of the high-grossing action movies in which he plays agent Ethan Hunt.

 

In a video released ahead of the movie's release next month, Cruise leaps from the cargo door of a plane at 7600 metres - almost 8km - opening the parachute less than 600 metres from the ground, according to the filmmakers.

To prepare for the stunt, which carries a risk of decompression sickness, or "the bends", during the 320 km/h fall, Cruise trained in a custom-built wind machine and used a special helmet.

Cruise broke an ankle last year filming another stunt for Mission: Impossible - Fallout, when he jumped between two buildings and landed against a wall.

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Spandau Ballet introduce new singer

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Spandau Ballet have made a rapturous return to the stage introducing their new singer Ross William Wild at a very special club show at London's Subterania to prove that as the song goes they no longer 'find it hard to write the next line'. (Denis O'Regan/Supplied by WENN)

Spandau Ballet have returned to the stage with a new lead singer, following the departure of frontman Tony Hadley.

The 80s group introduced vocalist Ross William Wild at a show at London's Subterania, where they played hits such as To Cut A Long Story Short, True and Gold.

Wild joined the new wave band after Hadley announced he was quitting in July 2017.

The singer first met the group when he starred as Elvis Presley alongside Spandau bassist Martin Kemp in The Million Dollar Quartet musical in 2016.

Kemp said he told the band Wild "gave me goosebumps every night he sang", which led to him filling Hadley's spot.

He said the singer was "a perfect fit for Spandau".

Spandau songwriter Gary Kemp added: "Ross's great talent and passion has given us the confidence to continue playing the music we love. To quote one of our own songs, 'There's power in his voice and it makes us feel so sure...'."

Spandau Ballet was formed in 1979 and enjoyed huge success throughout the 80s.

The band split in 1990 but reunited nearly 20 years later in 2009, releasing a new album - Once More - and hitting the road again.

They have now announced a special one-off UK show at the Eventim Apollo Hammersmith on October 29.

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Gibson may shoot new film in Queensland

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Mel Gibson attends the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA, USA, on January 8, 2017. Image: Lionel Hahn/ABACAPRESS.COM

Hollywood star Mel Gibson could film his next movie in southeast Queensland after he met with Screen Queensland executives and toured the area.

The controversial Oscar-winner, whose acting and directing credits include Mad Max, Passion of the Christ and Hacksaw Ridge, was shown several potential film locations on Wednesday, The Courier Mail reports.

It has previously been announced Gibson will film the movie Destroyer, based on John Wukovits book, Hell From the Heavens: The Epic Story of the USS Laffey and World War II's Greatest Kamikaze Attack.

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Wizard Of Oz star Jerry Maren dies aged 98

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Original Munchkins Jerry Maren, Margaret Pellegrini and Karl Slover attend the "Wizard of Oz" 70th Anniversary Emerald Gala at Tavern on the Green in New York, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)

The Wizard Of Oz's 'oldest Munchkin' Jerry Maren has died at the age of 98.

The US actor, who starred opposite Judy Garland in the 1939 classic, died last week after years of suffering from dementia.

Maren had been living at a San Diego nursing care facility in his later years, website TMZ reported, and his funeral was held over the weekend at Forest Lawn in Hollywood.

Maren had a string of small roles in on the small screen during his long career, but he is most remembered for his role as a munchkin from the Lollipop Guild in The Wizard Of Oz.

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Lily Allen reveals she's finally divorced

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Lily Allen, who appeared thrilled as she revealed that her divorce from Sam Cooper was finalised three days ago.. The singer, who is thought to have separated from Cooper around two years ago after being married since 2011, also said that she and her ex-husband are still "really friendly". (Ian West/PA Wire)

Lily Allen appeared thrilled as she revealed that her divorce from Sam Cooper was finalised three days ago.

The singer, who is thought to have separated from Cooper around two years ago after being married since 2011, also said that she and her ex-husband are still "really friendly".

Allen told ITV's Loose Women about making her new album: "It was a bit of a weird circumstance for me.

"I went through a separation and a divorce, actually, now three days - yay!"

As the 33-year-old said "yay", she fist-pumped, and then laughed.

She added: "And so, me and my husband share custody of our kids - we do a week on and a week off, which actually is really useful for my work, because when he's got them, I can concentrate fully on my work in the studio."

She said the custody agreement was not something she and Cooper had discussed, adding: "We both love our kids, we're both still really friendly, our kids go to school equidistant between both our houses and so it just worked out like that."

Allen and Cooper have two daughters together - Ethel, six, and Marnie, five.

She and property developer Cooper tied the knot in July 2011 while she was pregnant with her eldest child.

The Smile hitmaker said her new album No Shame, which is released on Friday, has been influenced by her split from Cooper, and also includes a song from the perspective of her daughters.

Allen told Loose Women: "I wrote a song called Three from the perspective of my children, it's not about my day-to-day existence - it's more like when I leave to go on tour for periods of time."

She said that "half is what I imagine them to be thinking, and half what I project on to them".

Explaining one of the reasons behind the album's name No Shame, Allen said it's about "having the confidence to own my own narrative and my work".

"So often people like to attribute my success to the men behind me, whether it's Mark Ronson or the record company, and it's quite difficult as a woman to go 'No, I did this, this is my thing'.

"And sometimes we feel guilty and shameful for being successful, in some ways."

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Designer Spade found dead in NYC apartment

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Kate Spade during an interview in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Fashion designer Kate Spade has been found dead in her New York City apartment.

Spade was found by her housekeeper at her home on Park Avenue on Manhattan's Upper East Side, the New York Daily News reported, citing unnamed police officials. A note was reportedly found at the scene.

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Iconic fashion designer Kate Spade's body is moved from her Upper East Side apartment in New York City on June 5, 2018. (AAP Image/CrowdSpark/Oliya Fedun )

The 55-year-old was a co-founder of the designer label Kate Spade New York, which she later sold.

Spade was a former accessories editor at the now-closed Mademoiselle magazine before launching her design company, Kate Spade New York, in 1993. It began by selling handbags before expanding to include clothing, jewellery, bedding, legwear and fragrances.

Tapestry Inc, the handbag company formerly known as Coach, bought Kate Spade in May 2017 to tap millennials, who are drawn to the company's quirky satchels and colourful tote bags.

Spade herself didn't benefit from the sale as she had already sold her shares in the company more than a decade before.

The deal also turned Coach into a multibrand fashion house, a strategy that European counterparts such as Louis Vuitton have built their businesses on.

Kate Spade New York has over 140 retail stores across the United States and more than 175 shops internationally, according to the company's website.

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Photo by: John Nacion/STAR MAX/IPx Kate Spade's Store in New York City.

In 2016, Spade and her husband Andy, with whom she had a daughter, founded a new accessories label called Frances Valentine.

Andy is the brother of Hollywood actor David Spade, best known for roles in the film Joe Dirt and the 1990s sitcom Just Shoot Me.

The New York Police Department confirmed the designer's death under her birth name, Katherine Noel Brosnahan.

Ivanka Trump, a daughter of and adviser to US President Donald Trump, described Spade's death on Twitter as "a painful reminder that we never truly know another's pain or the burden they carry."

Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton was also among those paying tribute.

"My grandmother gave me my first Kate Spade bag when I was in college. I still have it. Holding Kate's family, friends and loved ones in my heart," she tweeted.

Singer Josh Groban wrote: "RIP Kate Spade. Love to her family."

Spade told National Public Radio (NPR) last year that she first discussed starting a handbag company with her husband while they ate at a Mexican restaurant in 1991.

"I said, 'Honey, you don't just start a handbag company,'" she said, "and he said, 'Why not, how hard can it be?'"

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Weinstein pleads not guilty to sex charges

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Former movie producer Harvey Weinstein arrives to face an indictment on two counts of rape in State Supreme Court in New York, New York, USA, 05 June 2018. Weinstein was arrested and charged last month with three felonies - first-degree rape, third-degree rape, and one out of a criminal sexual act in the first degree. EPA/JASON SZENES

Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to charges of rape and sexual assault in the first cases involving the disgraced producer to be tested in criminal court since scores of accusers emerged last year.

Weinstein, 66, entered his plea in Manhattan Supreme Court on Tuesday morning after a grand jury indicted him last week in two cases.

Weinstein left the court without speaking to reporters. Defence attorney Benjamin Brafman confirmed that his client had pleaded not guilty.

"Mr Weinstein has denied these crimes. He has never engaged in non-consensual sex with anyone," Brafman told reporters. "Rape is a reprehensible crime. It is equally reprehensible to be falsely accused of rape. In his view, he has been falsely accused of rape."

Weinstein turned himself in at a New York police station on May 25, and was taken to court in handcuffs for his initial arraignment. A judge ordered him released on a $1 million (A$1.3m) cash bail on condition that he surrender his US passport and agree to wear a location-tracking device. He was ordered to remain in New York state or Connecticut.

More than 70 women have accused Weinstein, the co-founder of the Miramax film studio and The Weinstein Company, of sexual misconduct, including rape, with some allegations dating back decades, all of which he has denied.

The accusations, first reported by the New York Times and the New Yorker last year, gave rise to the #MeToo movement, in which hundreds of women have publicly accused powerful men in business, government and entertainment of misconduct.

Other actresses who have publicly accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct include Uma Thurman and Salma Hayek.

"It's long overdue for him to face this," said Gloria Allred, an attorney who represents women accusing men of sexual harassment, said outside the court.

She said she has at least two clients who have accused Weinstein of sexual wrongdoing.

If convicted on the most serious charges, Weinstein could face between five and 25 years in prison.

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Toni Collette talks of why horror appeals

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This image released by A24 shows Toni Collette in a scene from "Hereditary." (A24 via AP)

It's been almost two decades since Toni Collette starred in The Sixth Sense.

The Australian actor, 45, was nominated for an Oscar for her turn as the mother of a young boy who sees dead people.

Now she is returning to the supernatural genre for her new film Hereditary, about a family battling malevolent forces that are trying to colonise their bloodline. It has already been hailed as one of the scariest films in years.

"I was sent this script and I was like, 'I'm going to have to do this' because it was just so brilliantly written," Collette says.

"It feels very fresh, very original, very raw and very surprising and I think as an actor and as an audience member that's what you want."

Collette plays artist Annie Graham, whose mother's death from cancer prompts her family to unravel cryptic secrets about their ancestry.

The result blends horror, dread and a deeply unnerving fear of the unknown.

"I just loved it," the Muriel's Wedding star says, "and then when I met Ari Aster, who wrote and directed Hereditary, he was just very clearly in control of what he was doing.

"He had such a vivid, strong, clear vision and I felt very much like I could trust him.

"I had to be very vulnerable as an actor and he was just so dedicated and aware of every single nuance in the movie and just completely married to the story.

"So when you have a director like that it makes you feel that you can try anything."

Some audiences have reacted so strongly to the film that there has even been crying and screaming in screenings, but all that is good news for Collette.

"It just means that they're drawn into the story, because in so many films you are able to sit back and not be a part of it.

"The point of storytelling is to be able to be absorbed by it, and I guess that's happening successfully, so that's a great thing.

"But there are moments of levity in the film and they come about naturally.

"I don't know whether Ari intended them or not because we all played it completely straight but maybe it was written in there."

The reaction has been so positive that it has become that rare thing - a horror film generating Oscar buzz.

"It's really flattering," she says modestly. "I'm just excited that people are excited about a movie and want to see it, to be honest.

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If the world is a scary and uncertain place, why are audiences still flocking to see terrifying tales?

"Maybe because it's worse than reality?" Collette suggests.

"But I think this isn't just a straight genre film. I think it's a combination of things, and I think that's probably something people are attracted to in this one.

"It's very much about a family that's grieving and there's a real honesty to it, as well as being horrific."

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Apple unveils new software upgrades

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Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during an announcement of new products at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Monday, June 4, 2018, in San Jose, Calif. Image: AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

Apple has unveiled software upgrades that would let older iPhones run faster, help parents limit their children's screen time and make its Siri voice assistant work more like a rival feature from Amazon.com.

Taken together, the moves announced at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose amounted to focusing on reliability and catching up with some competitors.

The latest version of Apple's operating system for the iPhone and iPad, iOS 12, will make older devices such as the iPhone 6 work better.

Software chief Craig Federighi said iOS 12 could carry out simple tasks, such as opening apps, up to twice as fast as its predecessor, iOS 11. The new system will work on a range of products that date back to 2013.

As the smartphone industry has matured, consumers have kept devices longer. Apple faced a backlash late last year when it emerged that the company slowed down some older iPhones with flagging batteries.

Other new features include parental controls to limit the time children spend in apps, as well as which apps they can use. Earlier this year, shareholders criticised Apple for contributing to computer overuse by children.

Apple also rolled out group video chat sessions with up to 32 users, putting it in direct competition with companies such as Cisco Systems and Microsoft's Skype.

The company broadened the ways that developers can work with Siri, allowing more in-app use.

Until Monday, Apple had let developers tap Siri for voice control of only a handful of apps such as PayPal and Uber. Amazon, by contrast, has been much more open in letting developers create custom phrases to control apps with its Alexa assistant.

New features help protect users' anonymity online. The company said its Safari web browser for both Macs and iPhones will protect users from being tracked without their permission by websites that use "like" or "share" buttons from social media companies.

Apple unveiled new steps to make it hard for advertisers to distinguish among users, building on its effort, begun last year, to prevent such tracking.

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Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering, speaks during an announcement of new products at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Monday, June 4, 2018, in San Jose, Calif. Image: AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

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Netflix show to showcase Parton music

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Country music superstar Dolly Parton speaks at the renamed My People Senior Activity Center in Sevierville, Tenn., Monday, May 7, 2018. Parton came for a dedication ceremony Monday to rename the facility in honor of her parents, Robert and Avie Lee Parton. Image: Brianna Paciorka/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP

Dolly Parton is making an anthology series based on her music.

The American country superstar, 72, will serve as singer-songwriter, co-star and executive producer on the Netflix programme.

She said: "As a songwriter, I have always enjoyed telling stories through my music.

"I am thrilled to be bringing some of my favourite songs to life with Netflix.

"We hope our show will inspire and entertain families and folks of all generations, and I want to thank the good folks at Netflix and Warner Bros TV for their incredible support."

The series will be comprised of eight episodes, with each based on a famous song by the singer.

It is due to premiere on Netflix in 2019.

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Richard Gere happy to be married again

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Undated Hello! handout photo of Richard Gere and his wife Alejandra Silva as they appear in this week's edition of the Hello! magazine. Issue date: Monday June 4, 2018. (Photo: Hello!/PA Wire)

Actor Richard Gere says he is the "happiest man in the universe" after marrying his third wife Alejandra Silva in April.

The Pretty Woman star, 68, tied the knot with the Spanish activist, 35, in an Indian-inspired ceremony at Gere's ranch outside of New York.

The couple arrived together at the ceremony in a tuk-tuk.

In an interview with Hello! magazine, Gere said: "I'm the happiest man in the universe.

"How could I not be? I'm married to a beautiful woman who is smart, sensitive, committed to helping people, who's fun, patient, who knows how to forgive, who's a great cook - and who makes the best salads in the world!

"Alejandra meditates, she's a vegetarian, a great mother, has the touch of an angel and she's also Spanish - the land of kings and queens, of Cervantes and Bunuel. You can't get any better than that."

The couple met after the Hollywood star stayed at a hotel Silva's family owns in Positano in Italy in 2014.

Silva is an activist who runs a charity that aims to eradicate homelessness in Spain. Her foundation hosted a screening of Gere's film The Dinner in 2017.

She revealed that Gere sent her flowers until she agreed to date him and he regularly writes songs for her.

Speaking about the first time they met, Silva said: "A friend introduced us, we looked at each other and felt a very strong connection.

"We couldn't stop looking at each other all night, and since then we haven't been apart."

Gere was previously married to supermodel Cindy Crawford from 1991 to 1995 and actress Carey Lowell from 2002-2016, with whom he had his 18-year-old son Homer.

Silva has a five-year old son from a previous marriage.

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Bill Clinton turns novelist with new book

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In this Monday, May 21, 2018, photo, former President Bill Clinton, left, listens as author James Patterson speaks during an interview about their new novel, "The President is Missing," in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

The book is officially fiction: the story of a president who disappears as he tries to prevent an apocalyptic cyber-attack.

The authors, Bill Clinton and James Patterson, swear it could happen.

"You're asking the Secret Service, in effect, to walk away from their duty," the former US president said, as he and Patterson discussed The President Is Missing, the thriller they worked on together that comes out this week.

"A big piece of it (the novel) was getting him out of the White House," Patterson said. "It would be irresponsible, but under the circumstances it was the responsible thing to do."

Prodded to collaborate by Washington attorney Robert Barnett, who handles book deals for both of them, Clinton and Patterson drew on their respective backgrounds in completing a 500-page novel that topped Amazon's best-seller list before publication.

Patterson is among the world's most popular and prolific fiction writers, and the novel is a characteristically fast-paced narrative, with brief chapters and dramatic plot turns.

Clinton, a newcomer to novel writing whose previous books include the million-selling autobiography "My Life," didn't need a lot of research to tell readers what it's like to sit inside the White House Situation Room or to be briefed on a possible terrorist attack, or to imagine slipping away entirely.

"Jim wanted it to be authentic," Clinton said.

"Which means: A, the physical setting has to be authentic. B, the procedures had to be authentic, and the interplay between the president and the staff and all the world leaders and everything had to have the feel of reality, and even how the Secret Service works."

The novel has received blurbs from Mary Higgins Clark, Walter Mosley and even "Hamilton" author Ron Chernow. The historian told The Associated Press in a recent email that he was initially "dubious" about the project, but was impressed by the "stylistic blend" of the two authors.

Both writers say they want the book to be a page-turner and thought provoking.

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Actors Laura Prepon and Ben Foster marry

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Actors Laura Prepon, left, and Ben Foster attend the premiere of "Una" at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Orange Is The New Black star Laura Prepon has married her actor partner Ben Foster.

The actress, 38, posted a message on Twitter announcing the couple's happy news.

It said: "Just Married! "Thank you for all the love and support.

"Wishing all of us the good stuff!"

A black and white photo from their nuptials shows Prepon clutching a huge bouquet of flowers, with her arm around Foster's shoulder.

Prepon and Foster, 37, have been romantically linked since 2016. The couple welcomed a daughter, Ella, in 2017.

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Cumberbatch saves UK cyclist from muggers

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British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, known for his portrayal of fictional crime-fighter Sherlock Holmes and comic book superhero Doctor Strange in the Marvel movies, has been hailed a hero for chasing away four assailants as they mugged a cyclist in London.

Cumberbatch, 41, jumped out of his taxi and ran to the aid of the man working for food delivery company Deliveroo as he was set upon by the muggers, the Sun newspaper reported.

"The cyclist was lucky, Benedict's a superhero," Cumberbatch's Uber driver Manuel Dias told the Sun. "Benedict was courageous, brave and selfless. If he hadn't stepped in the cyclist could have been seriously injured."

The attempted robbery took place on Marylebone High Street, just around the corner from Holmes' fictional home on Baker Street.

"One of the males attempted to grab the victim's cycle... He was then punched in the face, struck on the head and hit with his helmet," the Metropolitan Police said in a statement, adding that the incident took place in November last year.

"Nothing was reported stolen. The victim did not require hospital treatment. No arrests have been made," the statement added.

Cumberbatch, who has played the fictional detective in TV series Sherlock since 2010, has also starred in films such as The Hobbit, Avengers: Infinity War and The Imitation Game, where he portrayed British World War Two codebreaker Alan Turing.

Dias said the actor ran up to the assailants and pulled them away, shouting "leave him alone" before they fled.

Cumberbatch told the Sun he was not a hero.

"I did it out of, well, I had to, you know ," he was quoted as saying.

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Kardashian meets Trump to talk pardon

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This combination photo shows President Donald Trump and Kim Kardashian West. Kardashian West arrived at the White House for a meeting with presidential senior adviser Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law. She has urged the president to pardon Alice Marie Johnson, who is serving a life sentence without parole for a nonviolent drug offense. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Kim Kardashian West has met US President Donald Trump and his staff to talk about prison reform and make a star-powered case on behalf of a woman serving a life sentence for drug offences.

The reality TV star met Trump on Wednesday and it was reported she was there to ask for Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old grandmother who is serving a life sentence for a first-time non-violent drug offence, to be pardoned.

Following the meeting, Trump tweeted a picture of the pair inside the Oval Office.

He captioned the image: "Great meeting with @KimKardashian today, talked about prison reform and sentencing."

It is unknown exactly what was discussed during the meeting but afterwards Kardashian West tweeted her thanks to the president and said she hoped Johnson would be freed.

"I would like to thank President Trump for his time this afternoon. It is our hope that the President will grant clemency to Ms. Alice Marie Johnson who is serving a life sentence for a first-time, non-violent drug offense," she wrote.

Vanity Fair magazine first reported that Kardashian West was due to speak to Trump and his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, who oversees the administration's push to overhaul the nation's prison system.

Kardashian West is thought to have been involved in private discussions with Kushner and his wife Ivanka Trump for several months.

Johnson is serving a life sentence in prison without parole after being convicted of drug-related charges in 1997.

In an interview with Mic, Kardashian West said she had been moved by Johnson's story after seeing a video by the news website on Twitter.

Kardashian West's husband, the rapper Kanye West, has drawn criticism for his support of the president.

Trump last week granted a rare posthumous pardon to boxing's first black heavyweight champion, clearing Jack Johnson's name more than 100 years after what many saw as his racially charged conviction.

The boxer's pardon had been championed by actor Sylvester Stallone, who brought the story to Trump's attention in a phone call.

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If we aren't all equal, nobody is: Lauper

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Cyndi Lauper has spoken about how important it is to continue to fight for civil rights, saying: "If we are not all equal, nobody is."

The Girls Just Wanna Have Fun singer, who co-founded a fund that works to end homelessness among LGBT youth, said it is important to see light at the end of the tunnel.

"When we had (Kinky Boots) on in Chicago, people were on the steps of the White House protesting for civil rights," she told England's Press Association.

"I grew up in the civil rights era, I don't think it ever goes out of style.

"I think if we are not all equal, nobody is. They always turn it on you or me or somebody else, and then you're in trouble."

Referring to the TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood's novel in which fertile women are stripped of their rights, ritualistically raped and forced to bear children, she said: "Look at The Handmaid's Tale, I can't even watch that, I get so upset."

Lauper, who was the first solo female composer ever to win a Tony award for Kinky Boots, is in the UK ahead of the show's national tour.

Addressing a lyric in the show which says "you can change the world if you change your mind", the American star said: "Try my country. They have always got to blame somebody when things don't go right and it's always a stupid blame.

"We've had bad times in the 50s, we got through it.

"You've just to see the light at the end of the tunnel and know that you can't be complacent and you've got to speak up and civil rights is very important."

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Drug maker replies to Roseanne Barr tweet

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Pharmaceutical company Sanofi has slapped back at Roseanne Barr after she blamed sleep aid Ambien for an offensive tweet, saying "racism is not a known side effect" of its products.

The tweet led the ABC network to cancel its hit revival of the Roseanne sitcom, whose popularity President Donald Trump has cited as evidence his supporters, who include Barr, want shows that speak to their concerns.

Barr sparked widespread anger, including at ABC, with a since-deleted tweet comparing Valerie Jarrett, an adviser to President Barack Obama, to an ape. Barr wrote that if the Islamist political movement "muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby = vj."

Late Tuesday and into Wednesday morning Barr called that message "unforgiveable."

"It was 2 in the morning and I was Ambien tweeting-it was memorial day too-i went 2 far & do not want it defended-it was egregious Indefensible," she wrote in a message that has since been deleted. "I made a mistake I wish I hadn't but...don't defend it please."

Sanofi responded Wednesday morning.

"People of all races, religions and nationalities work at Sanofi every day to improve the lives of people around the world," its US arm said on Twitter. "While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication."

The original Roseanne ran from 1988 to 1997, featuring a blue-collar family, the Conners, with overweight parents struggling to get by. It was praised for its realistic portrayal of working-class life.

The current incarnation was ABC's biggest hit of the 2017-2018 season, drawing an average 18.7 million viewers, second only to The Big Bang Theory.

Trump himself weighed in on the cancellation on Wednesday, noting Disney CEO Bob Iger had called Jarrett but did not contact him when ABC aired controversial statements about his presidency.

"Bob Iger of ABC called Valerie Jarrett to let her know that "ABC does not tolerate comments like those" made by Roseanne Barr," he tweeted. "Gee, he never called President Donald J. Trump to apologize for the HORRIBLE statements made and said about me on ABC. Maybe I just didn't get the call?"

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SZA claims voice is 'permanently injured'

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Rising R&B star SZA has returned to Kendrick Lamar's TDE Championship Tour at Madison Square Garden after missing several dates to swollen vocal chords, but apparently, the performance made her condition worse.

In a series of since-deleted tweets after her set, she claimed that her "voice is permanently injured."

"Tonight was the test. That settles that," she wrote in a series of posts archived by Vulture. "I just wanna be left alone my priorities are f--ed up. They been f--ed up. I need space goodbye."

"For anyone who hasn't seen this. I've been touring for 11 months. This didn't happen overnight," she continued. "I've been troubleshooting for a while now and Usually steroids and pushing through help. They don't this time. I'm not sick my voice just won't f--ing work. If I don't pause now I'll be forced to pause permanently. I'm genuinely sorry for every face, voice, and energy field I won't be touching! I'm literally taking as many steroids as I can to speed this up!! Its a waiting game and super weird to be blamed for stuff outta my control but I get it! again .. I'm sorry..I'll be right back. Pray for me or don't. Preciate u either way."

The tour, which is headlined by Lamar, caps off a solid year-plus of hard work for SZA, whose RCA debut dropped last June 9 and has since seen nearly non-stop touring and promotional work.

She was in Australia for January's FOMO festival as well as a performance at Sydney's Enmore Theatre and also appeared at the Grammys - where she was nominated for five awards but surprisingly did not win any - the same month.

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Paddington off to St Paul's in final book

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Paddington Bear poses for photographs on Millennium Bridge in front of St Paul's Cathedral in Central London, Britain, 30 May 2018. The photocall marked the launch of late British author Michael Bond's final book, titled Paddington at St Paul's'. EPA/WILL OLIVER

Dressed in his red hat and blue duffle coat, Paddington Bear heads to London's St Paul's Cathedral in late creator Michael Bond's last book about the much-loved children's character.

The author was working on Paddington at St Paul's before his death last year at the age of 91.

In his latest adventure, the marmalade-loving bear, prone to all sorts of mishaps, visits the famed London site where, in a commotion, he is mistaken for a member of the choir.

"Paddington was always part of our lives, he was never far from his mind," Karen Jankel, Bond's daughter said of her father on Wednesday at an event at St Paul's to promote the book's release on Thursday.

"I think when he came here, the idea of Paddington coming here sort of came to him and that... inspired him."

The book comes out 60 years after Bond's first story about the bear named after the London train station where he is found following his arrival from Peru, A Bear called Paddington.

Bond went on to write more than 20 Paddington Bear books, of which 35 million copies have been sold worldwide, inspiring two films.

Dressed in his usual attire, a Paddington Bear figure greeted visitors to the cathedral on Wednesday, where a memorial service for Bond was held in November, and children took part in an arts and crafts session.

"It would be nice to think that it would carry on for another 60 years," Jankel said of her father's legacy. "And maybe beyond that, you never know."

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ABC cancels Roseanne over racial tweet

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Walt Disney Co's ABC network has cancelled the popular US television comedy Roseanne after star Roseanne Barr provoked outrage by comparing a black former Obama administration official to an ape in remarks on Twitter.

The show, a revival of the 1990s hit Roseanne, was the ABC's most widely watched show for the TV season that ended last week.

President Donald Trump has cited its huge viewership as evidence his supporters, who include Barr, want shows that speak to their concerns.

"Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show," ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey said in a statement on Tuesday.

Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger added on Twitter: "There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing."

In a since deleted comment on Twitter, Barr compared former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, 61, to an ape. She wrote that if the Islamist political movement "muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby = vj."

Barr, 65, apologised "for making a bad joke" about Jarrett, who was born in Iran to American parents.

Jarrett, speaking at MSNBC's "Everyday Racism in America" townhall program on Tuesday, said Disney executive Iger had called her before the ABC announced the show's cancellation.

"I think we have to turn it into a teaching moment," Jarrett said at a taping that MSNBC released ahead of its scheduled broadcast.

"I'm fine. I'm worried about all the people out there who don't have a circle of friends and followers coming to their defence."

Hollywood talent agency ICM said in a statement on Tuesday it will no longer represent Barr.

Roseanne, ABC's biggest hit of the 2017-2018 season, drew an average 18.7 million viewers, second only to CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory, according to Nielsen data through to May 20.

The original Roseanne ran from 1988 to 1997. It featured a blue-collar family, the Conners, with overweight parents struggling to get by and was praised for its realistic portrayal of working-class life.

Reaction to Barr's comments by the show's supporting cast added to the pressure on ABC.

Sara Gilbert, who plays daughter Darlene on the series and served as a producer, said on Twitter that Barr's comments were "abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show."

Emma Kenney, who plays Gilbert's on-screen daughter Harris, said soon after the ABC cancelled the show that she had been planning to leave the series because of Barr's words.

"As I called my manager to quit working on Roseanne, I found out the show got cancelled," Kenney wrote on Twitter. "Bullies do not win. Ever."

Emmy-winning comedian and Roseanne consulting producer Wanda Sykes was the first prominent figure associated with the show to cut ranks, saying on Twitter she was quitting, hours after Barr's comments.

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Hobart Dark Mofo 'burial' splits opinion

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Aboriginal leaders in Tasmania are divided over an artist's plan to bring attention to colonial violence against the state's indigenous people by burying himself under a busy Hobart road.

Mike Parr will live without food in a small container under Macquarie Street in the city's CBD for three days next month as part of the Dark Mofo festival.

The road will be sealed above him and traffic will continue as normal.

Mr Parr will draw and meditate in the container, with air supplied by a fan.

Dark Mofo creative director Leigh Carmichael said the work would make a poignant statement about the Black War.

Governor George Arthur in 1826 declared martial law against Aboriginal Tasmanians to push them out of settled areas.

Up to 900 Aboriginal people and 200 colonists died in related conflict.

"It is a story that is not well known, but is ever-present, just beneath the surface of our contemporary culture," Mr Carmichael said.

Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre (TAC) CEO Heather Sculthorpe told AAP she agrees with the artist's intentions but not his method.

"We think it's a weird way to draw attention to these pretty bad aspects of the island's past," she said.

But Michael Mansell, a TAC spokesperson, released a statement on Tuesday saying the Aboriginal people of Tasmania support the work.

"(The) unusual method of making the point might raise eyebrows, but more importantly he might raise Tasmania's awareness of the mass killings of Aboriginals," he wrote.

"Instead of Tasmania putting its head in the sand it needs to openly talk about the past and how it affects people today.

"Mr Parr is making his contribution."

Ms Sculthorpe believes organisers didn't consult with the Aboriginal community.

"Good that it's bringing attention to Tasmania's past," she said.

"The fact it's sidelining the community and not enabling Aboriginal people to tell our own stories are things that we don't agree with.

"There should be more discussion about the facts of our history. About the massacres that occurred. All this is well documented."

Dark Mofo, produced by the Museum of Old and New Art, has a history of controversial performances.

In 2017, the festival copped criticism from animal rights groups over an animalistic sacrificial ritual that included a bloody bull carcass.

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Actor Cornelia Frances dies, aged 77

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The actress Cornelia Frances, who portrayed some of Australian television's most iconic characters, has died after a battle with cancer, aged 77.

Her death was announced on Seven on Tuesday,

She is best known for playing Morag Bellingham on Home and Away, Sister Scott on The Young Doctors and hosting The Weakest Link.

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Malian hero gets papers to stay in France

France will give residence papers to an illegal immigrant from Mali who scaled the facade of a Paris apartment block to save a boy who was about to fall from a fourth-floor balcony, President Emmanuel Macron says.

Video shows Mamoudou Gassama, 22, risking his life on Sunday as he climbed up the balconies to rescue the four-year-old who is clinging to a railing and glancing at the ground below, while horrified onlookers watched.

The video went viral and Gassama, who has been nicknamed "Spider-Man" for reaching the boy in time, was swiftly granted a meeting at the Elysee Palace.

"I did it because it was a child," French newspaper Le Parisien quoted Gassama as saying. "I climbed.... Thank God I saved him."

Macron congratulated Gassama for "an exceptional act" and said France would give him a job in the emergency services.

"We'll obviously be setting all your papers straight and if you wish it, we will start the process of naturalisation so that you can become French," he added on Monday.

Gassama told Macron he tried to cross the Mediterranean in March 2014 to reach Italy but was caught by police.

"What you have done corresponds with what firefighters do; if this fits your wishes, you could join the firefighters' corps so that you can do (such acts) on a daily basis," he said.

Gassama told Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo by phone on Sunday he arrived from Mali a few months ago and wished to stay in France.

"I replied that his heroic gesture was an example for all citizens and that the City of Paris will obviously be keen to support him in his efforts to settle in France," Hidalgo said.

The boy's father was arrested and told police he had left his son alone to go shopping and returned home later than planned because he was playing Pokemon Go, an enhanced reality game, on his smartphone.

"His behaviour constitutes an offence, failing to honour parental responsibilities, which carries a possible sentence of two years in jail," Molins said.

Gassama is being offered a spell of community service work at the Paris emergency services. An official website says the work pays about 480 euros ($A739) a month for a fixed 11-month period.

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Cameron's Titanic was excuse to see wreck

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James Cameron is seen during the media preview of the Challenging the Deep Exhibition at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney, Monday, May 28, 2018. The exhibition takes visitors to the ocean depths through the lens of deep-sea explorer and acclaimed film-maker James Cameron’s underwater cameras. Image: AAP Image/Peter Rae

It is one of the highest grossing films of all time but James Cameron says he only made Titanic as an excuse for 20th Century Fox to fund his dive to the wreck of the doomed ocean liner.

The Oscar-winning director was describing his life-long fascination with the deep ocean on Monday, captured in the new immersive exhibition "Challenging the Deep" at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney.

It's a fascination that's seen him make history as the only person to dive solo to the deepest spot on the planet - Challenger Deep.

Located in the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean, 320 kilometres southwest of Guam, Challenger Deep is 11 kilometres beneath the surface - deeper than Mount Everest is tall.

"It was certainly a pinch-me moment, that moment when the hatch closed and the lift bags came off," he told AAP.

"There's just me and the universe here... there's an out of body feeling to it."

All six-feet two-inches of Cameron clambered into a replica of the pilot capsule of a deep sea submersible he helped design and build and that took him to the ocean floor, as he gave a tour of the exhibition on Monday.

It's a space only a metre-or-so wide and missing the electrical equipment that left him with "barely room for an energy bar" and descending alone inside was an experience he describes as completely isolating.

"To me it was a zen kind of spiritual experience, to be that remote from humanity," he says.

"I got to observe, to bear witness to something that no one else has ever seen."

It's pitch black that far beneath the surface, and Cameron likens his underwater explorations to being dropped in the Nullarbor Plains with just a flashlight.

In his time exploring the ocean he says there have been some close calls. In fact, he almost didn't survive seeing Titantic for the first time.

"What really happened was that the Russians hadn't dived to Titanic in a few years and when we went there they were a little rusty and the guy piloting the sub nearly ran into the ship," he told AAP.

"We were going up this clay embankment and I had this strong feeling that the only place there's a clay embankment in the whole wreck site that I knew of... is the clay bank caused by the bow smashing into the bottom.

"Out of a cloud of silt from the thrusters slowing down this wall of rivets came at us."

It wasn't until he surfaced that Cameron says begun to feel the sheer tragedy of the wreck - realising he had just seen the exact spot where the band had played as the ship went down.

Cameron describes himself as more explorer than Hollywood heavyweight, but admits that being a good storyteller is an essential part of discovering the ocean.

"I don't go down there to find cool aliens to put into Avatar, I make Avatar to get money to recharge the treasury to build new vehicles to go on explorations," he says.

But it is that storytelling, and ability to bring back images from the deep, that he hopes will inspire the next generation and on Monday he got the ball rolling with students from Sydney Secondary College, teaching them to drive remotely operated underwater vehicles in Darling Harbour.

It's their generation, he explains, who have the potential to make important discoveries about the ocean floor - a surface humans know less about than they do of Mars.

"There will be wonders there greater than anything we will find on Mars," he says.

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Branson in training as space race heats up

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Sir Richard Branson is training to become an astronaut ahead of a space mission within months.

The billionaire, who is attempting to get his space tourism company Virgin Galactic off the ground, is in a commercial space race with tech entrepreneur Elon Musk and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

"We're talking about months not years - so it's close. There are exciting times ahead," Sir Richard told BBC Radio 4's You And Yours, to be broadcast on Monday.

"I'm going for astronaut training, I'm going for fitness training, centrifuge and other training so that my body will hopefully cope well when I go to space."

While Sir Richard believes Mr Musk is "doing fantastically well" in getting cargo into space and building bigger and bigger rockets, the real tussle is between the Virgin boss and Mr Bezos.

"I think we're both (Sir Richard and Mr Bezos) neck and neck as to who will put people into space first.

"Ultimately we have to do it safely. It's more a race with ourselves to make sure we have the craft that are safe to put people up there."

Sir Richard, 67, hopes to be one of those first space tourists.

He said his astronaut training is going well so far, and he's increased his fitness training by playing tennis four times a day.

"Instead of doing one set of tennis every morning and every evening I'm doing two sets. I'm going kiting and biking - doing whatever it takes to make me as fit as possible."

The Virgin founder is also taking part in gruelling centrifuge training which recreates the pressures the human body experiences during space flight.

All astronauts endure G-force training which simulates the experience of take-off and travel through the earth's atmosphere.

"If you're going to really enjoy the experience, the fitter you can be the better," he said.

Earlier this year Virgin Galactic completed a supersonic test flight of its SpaceShipTwo passenger rocket ship.

It was the first return to the air for the company since a crash in the Californian desert in 2014 in which one pilot was killed and another was injured.

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Kylie Minogue: Still spinning around at 50

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From girl next door to Nashville pop princess, Kylie Minogue has spent 30 years surviving and thriving in the music business.

As she approaches her milestone 50th birthday on Monday, the Melbourne-born pop star has had one of her most successful years to date.

Her 14th album, Golden, has become her sixth chart-topper in the UK, a place she's called home since the early 1990s and a country that's embraced her since her days as a TV soap star on Neighbours.

A career of this length could never have been predicted when she released The Locomotion in 1987.

Minogue's cover of the Little Eva hit gave her a first taste of pop success, and she was quickly enveloped into the British hit-making factory that was Stock Aitken & Waterman.

The songwriting trio wrote her follow-up single, I Should Be So Lucky, and by the time she was 20 Minogue had two number one singles under her belt.

"I love the moment of first hearing Locomotion on the radio," Minogue told Vogue Australia's May issue.

The singer recalls she was gathered around the radio with her family at the time.

"They said : 'We've got a new song in at number one... Locomotion,' and we were just like: 'Ahhh!'."

While the 90s were pure pop for Minogue, she truly found her groove in the 2000s.

After a few years languishing at the back-end of the charts, she released the disco-flavoured Spinning Around and danced in a pair of thrift-shop, gold hotpants, to become a chart-topping force to be reckoned with.

The synth-pop infused Can't Get You Out Of My Head came a year later and became her biggest hit to date.

However while Minogue has enjoyed enormous success on the music charts and collected a string of awards from the BRITs, ARIAs, and MTV along the way, there has been some personal pain too.

She's battled breast cancer and endured several high-profile relationship break-ups over the years, including her recent engagement with British actor Joshua Sasse which ended in 2017.

But Minogue wasn't prepared to just slink off into the night with a broken heart.

Instead, she poured her pain into a new, country-pop album, Golden, written in the home of country music, Nashville.

"I don't know where the year's gone. I think I was in studios for most of it and I really am feeling better than I have in such a long time," she told Vogue.

Minogue recently returned to work with Australian music mogul Michael Gudinski's Mushroom Group, a move that thrilled her long-time friend.

"To think she's doing it better than ever at 50! What she's achieved is almost unparalleled in this business," Gudinski told AAP as he prepared to fly to the UK to join Minogue's 50th birthday celebrations.

Gudinski, who signed Minogue when she was just 18, says he's proud of her success and attributes it all to her ability to re-invent herself as a pop artist, as well as create spectacular live shows.

"She never really sat back as Kylie. There's been different adaptations. She's been very, very smart because pop artists don't usually maintain such long careers," Gudinski said.

"She's absolutely Australia's greatest export. She is really like royalty in England.

"I think this renewed uplift in her career is going to bring much more. It's like we've only just begun phase four or five."

Former Countdown host Molly Meldrum is also full of praise for Minogue.

"I should be so lucky, so very lucky to have met Kylie while working on Neighbours together and she has been a great friend since," he told AAP.

Gudinski, whose Frontier Touring company has always been her promoter in Australia and New Zealand, hopes to entice Minogue and her Golden Tour - her first in three years - Down Under in 2019.

"I'm sure we'll get her back in the first few months of next year," Gudinski said.

"She's become renowned as one of the best live touring acts in the world. She's really taken musical theatre on the road.

"So really, she's the ultimate show girl."

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Musician Phil Emmanuel dies aged 65

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Australian musicians Tommy Emmanuel (left) and Phil Emmanuel at Bicentennial Park during the Tamworth Country Music Festival in Tamworth. Australian guitarist Phil Emmanuel, 65, has died after suffering an asthma attack. (AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy)

Australian guitarist Phil Emmanuel has died at the age of 65.

The musician died on Thursday evening in Parkes after a sudden asthma attack, according to reports.

"On behalf of the family, it is with great sadness that I announce the passing of our much loved brother, Philip Ernest Emmanuel," his brother Darcy told Fairfax Media.

"We are all devastated."

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Universal, MGM to distribute Bond 25

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Actor Daniel Craig will return as the British super spy in 2019's "Bond 25" (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)

After more than a decade at Sony Pictures, James Bond has a few new partners.

In a joint announcement, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said Universal Pictures will release the 25th installment of the super-spy franchise internationally, while MGM will handle the US release.

Daniel Craig will reprise his role as 007 in the film and Oscar-winner Danny Boyle will direct.

Sony's Bond contract expired in 2015 and many of the major studios competed for the chance to distribute the profitable franchise.

As per tradition Bond 25 will open a bit earlier in the UK, on October 25 2019, than in the US, where it will debut on November 8, 2019.

Production will begin in December 2018 at Pinewood Studios in London.

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Freeman apologises amid harassment claims

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Eight women have accused Morgan Freeman of harassment and inappropriate behaviour, according to a report by CNN.

In total, 16 people spoke to CNN about Freeman, eight who claim to be victims of either sexual harassment or inappropriate behaviour, and eight who said they witnessed Freeman's alleged misconduct.

A young production assistant who worked on Going in Style - the 2015 comedy starring Freeman, Michael Caine, and Alan Arkin - alleges the US actor subjected her to unwanted touching.

She also alleges that Freeman would comment on her figure and clothing on a regular basis, and that he would rest his hand on her lower back or rub her lower back.

In one instance, she said Freeman "kept trying to lift up my skirt and asking if I was wearing underwear." At one point, she recalled, "Alan made a comment telling him to stop. Morgan got freaked out and didn't know what to say."

Freeman issued an apology about two hours after the CNN article was published.

"Anyone who knows me or has worked with me knows I am not someone who would intentionally offend or knowingly make anyone feel uneasy," Freeman said in a statement. "I apologise to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected - that was never my intent."

Freeman's alleged behaviour extended beyond Going in Style. A female senior production staffer of Freeman's 2012 film Now You See Me reported a similar pattern of behaviour. She said Freeman sexually harassed her and other female assistants by commenting on their bodies.

"He did comment on our bodies," she said. "We knew that if he was coming by... not to wear any top that would show our breasts, not to wear anything that would show our bottoms, meaning not wearing clothes that (were) fitted."

The women accusing Freeman have worked with the now 80-year-old actor both on movie sets and at his production company Revelations Entertainment. They said they changed the way they dressed when they knew Freeman would be around to avoid his behaviour. Each of the women said they didn't report him, most citing that they feared for their jobs.

One female former employee said when she met Freeman for the first time on the set of Through the Wormhole, the actor looked her "up and down" before asking, "'How do you feel about sexual harassment?'"

A female manager at Revelations alleged that Freeman would "come over to my desk to say hi and he'd just stand there and stare at me. He would stare at my breasts."

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Pulitzer-winning author Philip Roth dies

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Author Philip Roth (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File).

Author Philip Roth, who was both hailed and derided for laying bare the neuroses and obsessions that haunted the modern Jewish-American experience, has died at the age of 85.

His death was confirmed by his literary agent, Andrew Wylie, who said Roth died Tuesday night of congestive heart failure.

Roth wrote more than 30 books, including the 1991 memoir Patrimony, which examined his complex relationship with his father and won the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Roth's best-known work was the 1969 novel "Portnoy's Complaint," a first-person narrative about Alexander Portnoy, a young middle-class Jewish New Yorker. The book featured several notorious masturbation scenes and a narrator who declared he wanted to "put the id back in yid."

The book was banned by many libraries in the United States and also declared a "prohibited import" in Australia, but was removed from the federal banned list in June 1971.

Roth's first published book was the 1959 novella and short-story collection Goodbye, Columbus, which won the National Book Award.

He won the Pulitzer Prize for 1997's American Pastoral, which examined the impact of the 1960s on a New Jersey family. He also received the National Medal of Arts at the White House in 1998.

Philip Milton Roth was born on March 19, 1933, in Newark, New Jersey. The son of an insurance salesman, Roth earned a bachelor's degree at Buckle University and a master's degree in English from the University of Chicago.

He dropped out of the doctoral program in 1959 to write film reviews for the New Republic before Goodbye, Columbus came out.

Roth taught comparative literature, mostly at the University of Pennsylvania. He retired from teaching in 1992 as a distinguished professor of literature at New York's Hunter College.

Roth had a long relationship with British actress Claire Bloom but their five-year marriage ended in divorce in 1995.

After more than 50 years as a writer, Roth decided that 2010's Nemesis, the story of a polio epidemic in the Newark, New Jersey, neighbourhood where he grew up, would be his last novel.

He then went back and re-read all his works "to see whether I'd wasted my time," he said in a 2014 interview published in the New York Times Book Review.

For his conclusion, he quoted Joe Lewis, the heavyweight boxing champion of the 1930s and '40s: "I did the best I could with what I had."

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Scientists examine Michael Jackson tilt

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Michael Jackson's gravity-defying 45-degree forward tilt was a combination of a stage trick and the pop legend's physical ability, scientists say.

The "mind-boggling" dance move, first seen in the 1987 Smooth Criminal video, was a clever illusion invented by the pop star.

Fans were amazed to see him repeat the feat live - and were completely fooled.

A team of three neurosurgeons wrote in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine: "Several MJ fans, including the authors, have tried to copy this move and failed, often injuring themselves in their endeavours."

A patent registered under Jackson's name reveals how the trick was achieved.

The pop legend designed a special shoe with a triangular slot in the heel which hooked onto a metallic peg that emerged from the stage floor at just the right moment.

This allowed Jackson to lean forward at a seemingly impossible angle without collapsing in an undignified heap.

The scientists were led by long-time Jackson fan Nishant Yagnick, from the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, India.

In their journal article they explain how most trained dancers with strong core strength can achieve no more than 25 to 30 degrees of forward tilt.

During the move, strain is shifted from the erector spinae muscles that support the spinal column to the Achilles tendon.

The researchers wrote: "This allows for a very limited degree of forward bending from the ankle joints, while keeping a stiff straight posture - unless you are Michael Jackson.

"MJ pulled off a gravity-defying 45-degree move that seems unearthly to any witness."

The authors stressed that despite the illusion, Jackson's physical abilities were nonetheless impressive.

They wrote: "Even with specially designed footwear and the support of the hitch member, the move is incredibly hard to pull off, requiring athletic core strength from strengthened spinal muscles and lower-limb anti-gravity muscles.

"Trick or not, new forms of dancing inspired by MJ have begun to challenge our understanding of the modes and mechanisms of spinal injury.

"Ever since MJ entertained us with his fabulous moves, throughout the world dancers have tried to jump higher, stretch farther, and turn faster than ever before."

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Image: In this Feb. 24, 1988, file photo Michael Jackson leans, points, sings, dances and struts during the opening performance of his 13-city U.S. tour in Kansas City. (AP Photo/Cliff Schiappa, File) 

No limits on Ledger scholarship candidates

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Young Australian actors from culturally diverse backgrounds, rural areas and with disabilities are being encouraged to apply for the annual Heath Ledger scholarship that is designed to open doors in Hollywood.

The $US30,000 scholarship is in its 10th year and has the backing of the Ledger family, the late Oscar winner's former partner Michelle Williams and members of Australia's acting elite including Naomi Watts, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman and Rose Byrne.

Last year's winner Mojean Aria has had success since with roles including the lead in SBS's upcoming crime thriller Dead Lucky, opposite Rachel Griffith, and Kriv Stender's new film Danger Close, opposite Travis Fimmell.

Los Angeles-based non-profit screen organisation, Australians in Film, and the Ledger family plan to cast a wide net to find the 2018 winner.

"We want this scholarship to open doors for Australian actors who otherwise wouldn't get the chance," Ledger's sister and AiF board member, Kate Ledger, said.

"Australia has an amazing variety of talent to showcase.

"We are especially encouraging actors of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, people from culturally diverse backgrounds, those from rural and remote areas, those with disabilities and people from the LGBTQI communities to apply."

Australian actor Eka Darville has been named as the 2018 scholarship ambassador.

The scholarship winner will be announced on September 20 at the Chateau Marmont, Hollywood, and will receive a long list of benefits including introductions to casting directors, two round-trip airfares from Australia to Los Angeles, $US10,000 towards a living allowance, rent and transport assistance in Los Angeles, acting, movement, voice and dialect classes, immigration services, headshot sessions and showreel editing.

The scholarship is open to actors aged 18 to 35 years and entries close on June 16.

Ledger died of an accidental prescription drug overdose in New York in 2008.

Australian winery Bird in Hand has become a major backer of the scholarship.

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The scholarship winner will be announced on September 20 at the Chateau Marmont, Hollywood, and will receive a long list of benefits including introductions to casting directors, two round-trip airfares from Australia to Los Angeles, $US10,000 towards a living allowance, rent and transport assistance in Los Angeles, acting, movement, voice and dialect classes, immigration services, headshot sessions and showreel editing.

The scholarship is open to actors aged 18 to 35 years and entries close on June 16.

Ledger died of an accidental prescription drug overdose in New York in 2008.

Australian winery Bird in Hand has become a major backer of the scholarship.

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Obamas pen deal to produce Netflix content -app

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Former US President Barack Obama and wife Michelle Obama will produce films and series for Netflix, giving the former first family a powerful media platform to shape their post-White House legacy.

Under the name Higher Ground Productions, the Obamas have the options to produce scripted and unscripted series, documentaries and feature films, the streaming service said in a statement.

Terms of the multi-year deal were not disclosed and Netflix did not say when Obama-produced content will be released or give any specific content plans.

The agreement with Netflix, which boasts some 125 million subscribers worldwide, will give the Obamas a voice outside of the traditional public speaking, books and charity work that recent ex-presidents have relied on.

"One of the simple joys of our time in public service was getting to meet so many fascinating people from all walks of life and to help them share their experiences with a wider audience," Barack Obama said in a statement.

"That's why Michelle and I are so excited to partner with Netflix - we hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world."

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement that the Obamas are "uniquely positioned to discover and highlight stories of people who make a difference in their communities and strive to change the world for the better."

"Barack and I have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire us, to make us think differently about the world around us, and to help us open our minds and hearts to others," Michelle Obama added.

Netflix has budgeted $8 billion (A$10.6b) for programming in 2018, which also includes licensed content. In the past year, Netflix has snagged successful TV producers Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy and is producing Martin Scorsese's next film starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino.

Barack Obama was the first guest on David Letterman's Netflix talk show in January.

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Harry, Meghan thank fans as pics released

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Official wedding photograph released by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex showing Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (C-L) and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (C-R) in the Green Drawing Room of Windsor Castle, in Winsor, Britain, 19 May 2018, posing with (L-R): Back row: Jasper Dyer, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales, Doria Ragland, The Duke of Cambridge; middle row: Brian Mulroney, the Duke of Edinburgh, Queen Elizabeth II, the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, Rylan Litt, John Mulroney; Front row: Ivy Mulroney, Florence van Cutsem, Zalie Warren, and Remi Litt.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have thanked the well-wishers who took part in their marriage celebrations as they released three official wedding pictures.

The couple, who wed on Saturday during a moving ceremony that reflected the diversity of modern Britain, are said to be feeling "so lucky" to have shared their big day with the thousands gathered in Windsor.

In one of the wedding photographs taken by Alexi Lubomirski the newlyweds are shown in a romantic pose on the east terrace of Windsor Castle still basking in the excitement of their wedding.

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In another image Harry and Meghan are pictured with the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the bride's mother Doria Ragland and the young bridesmaids and pageboys, including Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

The final image shows the duke and duchess with the young children again, who were an integral part of their big day.

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"The Duke and Duchess of Sussex would like to thank everyone who took part in the celebrations of their wedding on Saturday," a Kensington Palace spokesman said.

"They feel so lucky to have been able to share their day with all those gathered in Windsor and also all those who watched the wedding on television across the UK, Commonwealth and around the world.

"Their Royal Highnesses are delighted with these official portraits taken by Alexi Lubomirski and are happy to be able to share them today.

"They would also like to say thank you for all of the generous messages of support they have received."

Celebrity photographer Lubomirski, who also took the couple's official engagement pictures, said: "It has been an incredible honour and privilege to document The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's inspiring journey of love, hope and family; from the engagement photos, all the way through to the official wedding and family portraits on Saturday.

"This has been a beautiful chapter in my career and life, that I will happily never forget."

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Hillsong, Lamar win early Billboard awards

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Australian Christian group Hillsong Worship has joined Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran as early winners at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.

The main ceremony is scheduled to begin at the MGM casino's Grand Garden Arena on Sunday night (10am AEST Monday), but organisers announced the winners of numerous categories that will not feature in the main TV broadcast.

Hillsong Worship won the top Christian song category for What A Beautiful Name.

Hillsong Worship and another offshoot group from Sydney's globally popular Hillsong Church, Hillsong UNITED, were vying against each other in two other Billboard categories, top Christian artist and Christian album, but missed out.

MercyMe won top Christian artist and Alan Jackson took the Christian album award for Precious Memories Collection.

Lamar, Mars and Sheeran tied for the most overall nominations with 15 each.

Lamar took the early lead with six pre-ceremony awards, including top Billboard 200 album, top rap artist, top rap male artist and top rap album.

Mars follows Lamar with five early wins, then Imagine Dragons and Sheeran with four each.

Mars won for top R&B artist, R&B male artist, R&B tour, R&B album and R&B song.

Imagine Dragons received wins for top duo/group, rock artist, rock album and rock song.

Sheeran goes into the night's main ceremony with wins for top Hot 100 artist, song sales artist, radio songs artist and radio Song.

The Billboard nominees and winners are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital song sales, streaming, radio airplay, touring and social engagement based on the chart period of April 8, 2017 through March 31 this year.

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Xavier Rudd follows his own storm

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Friday, May 18, 2018 of musician Xavier Rudd posing for a photograph. Xavier Rudd will release his ninth studio album Storm Boy on May 25 and will tour Australia in August. (AAP Image/Supplied by Warner Music Australia)

There's something effortless about Xavier Rudd's music.

It's been six years since he released a solo studio album, because he waits patiently for those songs. A few years ago, while taking part in a ritual in the Amazon rainforest, a song just came to him.

"It sort of happens to me all the time. Songs just turn up when they're ready. I've never been someone who's sat down and tried to write a song, they just seem to come along when they're meant to," Rudd told AAP.

Storm Boy is his ninth studio album - a perfect companion to his previous work, praising the environment and calling for people to work together.

It opens with the anthemic Walk Away, encouraging people to let go of the things that are holding them back.

Protecting the environment, something Rudd feels passionate about, is also a running theme throughout all his music.

"I love the natural world. I grew up outside, I wasn't an indoors kid," he said.

"I love our earth and I have a real passion for it, so naturally I write a lot about that, it's what fuels me."

But on this album he's also praising humanity. He respects movements, such as #MeToo, where he can see people are bringing about change.

"I believe in those movements. I believe in people standing tall and wanting to make change and making that effort. I respect that because sometimes people feel like they can't but they can. People can do a lot," he said.

On the track Keep It Simple he urges people to walk together, hand in hand, because he believes in people power.

"We can get so much done together and be open, even in the environmental world, if all the various little groups that are doing great things in the planet linked arms and worked together you can make huge changes."

His ideas and songs may be idealistic, but it comes from a strong belief in what people can achieve, coming from his two decades spent touring the globe.

"I've spent the last nearly 20 years travelling around playing music and I've seen a lot and done a lot, and I guess I reflected," he says.

"Music is my journal so I don't have any preconceived ideas of what I want it to be. I just let it be what it is and it comes out the way it comes out."

*Xavier Rudd's album Storm Boy is out on May 25 and he will tour the country in August.

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Famous faces to spot at the royal wedding

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Patrick J. Adams, left, and Gabriel Macht in a scene from the series, "Suits." Co-starring with Markle in the series may have scored them invites to the Royal Wedding. (Shane Mahood/USA Network via AP)

There will be around 600 guests at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle including a number of famous faces who are expected to attend.

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THE QUEEN AND PRINCE PHILIP

As the head of the royal family, Queen Elizabeth is expected to attend the wedding of her "most dearly beloved grandson" - but there is some doubt whether her husband, and Harry's grandfather, Prince Philip will be by her side.

The Duke of Edinburgh underwent hip replacement surgery in April and may not yet be enough recovered to attend the May 19 nuptials. However, a spokesperson for Kensington Palace says the royal family "very much hope" he will be there.

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Harry's father will not only be front and centre at the wedding of his second son, but will also host an intimate reception for 200 of the couple's closet family and friends at Frogmore House later that night.

By his side will be his wife, and Harry's stepmother Camilla The Duchess of Cornwall.

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DORIA RAGLAND

After days of speculation, Kensington Palace has confirmed that Markle's father Thomas Markle won't be able to attend after undergoing heart surgery.

He was expected to walk his daughter down the aisle.

Her mother Doria Ragland is in England and will accompany her on the car ride to the chapel after they spend the night together at Cliveden House in WiNdsor.

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THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE

As the older brother of the groom Prince William will serve as Harry's best man on the day and will be by his sibling's side as he makes his way to the church.

Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, is also expected to attend as are the pair's two eldest children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, will be in their uncle's wedding party.

Kensington Palace has confirmed the couple's youngest child, newborn Prince Louis, will not be attending.

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Markle has a dedicated girl squad who often featured on her now-defunct blog The Tig and who are expected to have received invites to her wedding.

Among them is Indian actress Priyanka Chopra who has confirmed she will be at the ceremony. "It's not just going to be life-changing for both of them, it's life-changing for the world that needs to see strong women as icons, and I think Meghan has the potential to be that," Chopra previously told PEOPLE Now.

Also expected to be invited is Made in Chelsea star and heiress Millie Mackintosh who became close to the former US actress after they met in 2016.

Stylist Jessica Mulroney is also close to the bride-to-be and will be one to spot at St George's, as will long-term confidant and university pal Lindsay Roth - who had Markle as her maid of honour at her 2016 wedding.

Finally, the woman rumoured to be behind Harry and Markle's now infamous blind date, fashion designer Misha Nonoo, is also a safe bet to see at the wedding.

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While there's been no word yet on which of the groom's friends have been invited to his long-awaited wedding rumours are circulating as to who might show up.

Eton pal Thomas Inskip is expected to be there, his own recent wedding in Jamaica was one of the first times Harry and Markle were spotted together.

Also expected is Jake Warren, one of Princess Diana's godsons and a childhood friend of Harry's and Thomas van Straubenzee, who is one of Princess Charlotte's godfathers.

Prince Seeiso of Lesotho has confirmed he and his wife Princess Mabereng will be at the wedding, the prince co-founded the Sentebale charity with Harry in 2006.

There's no word yet on whether some of Harry's army pals made the guest list - but royal watchers have tipped some will have been invited.

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Kensington Palace has confirmed that not only will all three siblings of the late Diana, Princess of Wales--Lady Sarah McCorquodale, Lady Jane Fellowes, and Earl Charles Spencer--attend the wedding, but Lady Jane will also give a reading during the ceremony.

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THE CAST OF SUITS

After shooting seven seasons of US Legal drama Suits Markle has reportedly formed some close bonds with her castmates, many of whom are tipped to have nabbed invitations to the wedding of the year.

Markle has previously gushed about actress Sarah Rafferty, who is expected to make her way to Windsor, in posts to her now-deleted Instagram account - while on-screen love-interest Patrick J Adams could have also scored an invite.

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CELEBRITIES

Tennis superstar Serena Williams is believed to have been invited to the royal wedding after she and Markle struck up a firm friendship.

Having known Harry since he was a young boy, the Spice Girls were rumoured to present on the day, after Mel B hinted they would be at St George's Chapel - however, Mel C says the news came as a surprise to her and she hadn't received an invite.

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Courtney Barnett sharpens her direction

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Australian singer Courtney Barnett performs during the 41st Paleo Festival Nyon, in Nyon, Switzerland, 19 July 2016. The open-air music festival, the largest in the western part of Switzerland, runs from 19 to 24 July. EPA/ANTHONY ANEX

Most women know the strange fear that can overtake when walking through a park alone at night time.

Courtney Barnett articulates it on her song Nameless, Faceless, just one of the 10 punchy new tracks on her second album, Tell Me How You Really Feel.

"I want to walk through the park in the dark/Men are scared that women will laugh at them/I want to walk through the park in the dark / Women are scared that men will kill them/I hold my keys between my fingers," Barnett sings.

There's no denying the timing of the sentiment. In an age of #MeToo, Barnett has been a vocal supporter of movements against misogyny and signed an open letter alongside hundreds of others against sexism in the Australian music industry under #MeNoMore.

"There's never a solid time.It's always a good time to talk about it but I guess it definitely came up," Barnett told AAP about the timing of Nameless, Faceless.

"I probably wrote that song a year or so ago, but it's been years of thought."

While her first album examined the Melbourne singer-songwriter's internal mind, Tell Me How You Really Feel shows moments like this where Barnett reflects outward.

The album moves from feelings of pessimism to hope, but what does she feel pessimistic about?

"Just the world in general," she said.

 

 

"Same as what everyone else would probably be feeling, just because it can be a horrible place. "

But everyone doesn't have Barnett's ability to articulate those feelings in witty prose that's become even sharper on this record than her first award-winning album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit.

"Words are so powerful and that's why I've alway been so careful with them and spent so much time writing them," she said.

She teams this economy of language with driving riffs as her music edges further towards garage-rock.

It's a powerful and potent combination and makes Barnett's observations feel even more vital. But to her it's just a way of understanding the ever-changing world.

"That's what I feel like my writing always is, nothing too extreme. It's just taking the world around me and trying to make sense of it in whatever way," she said.

*Tell Me How You Really Feel is out now. Courtney Barnett will tour Australia and New Zealand in August.

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New Madonna single set to be released

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Madonna has announced her first single for three years will be released soon and will be called Beautiful Game.

The singer has also released what appears to be accompanying artwork for the song via her social media platforms.

The picture features Madonna wearing a crown of thorns under the words Beautiful Game.

In a caption alongside the photo the singer wrote: "That I never Learned... Coming Soon! #music #magic #mirwais"

In the message Madonna appears to be alluding to the lyrics of the song, which she performed live at the Met Gala.

During her performance on May 8 she sang: "It's a beautiful plan, but I'm not concerned, it's a beautiful game, that I never learned, you have taught me to shut my mouth, that I not get burned, keep your beautiful lies, 'cause I'm not concerned."

Madonna also performed her 1989 number one single Like A Prayer during her appearance on stage at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

On the night she again wore a crown of thorns and was flanked by a choir dressed in monk's robes.

Announcing her new music Madonna, 59, also mentioned the producer Mirwais (full name Mirwais Ahmadzai) who she has been collaborating with on her new record.

Mirwais previously worked on her albums Music and American Life.

Madonna has been working on what will be her 14th studio album for some time and has been posting regular studio updates on social media.

Madonna's last album was 2015's Rebel Heart which peaked at number two in the US and on the Official Albums Chart in the UK.

Her last UK number one was 4 Minutes featuring Justin Timberlake and Timbaland back in 2007.

In total Madonna has had 12 number one albums, 13 number one singles, and more number two hits than any other artist in the UK.

The singer will turn 60 on August 16.

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Veteran actor Joseph Campanella dead at 93

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Joseph Campanella, a character actor who appeared in more than 200 TV and film roles over his 50-year career, has at his Sherman Oaks, California home, his daughter-in-law says. He was 93.

Campanella appeared across five seasons of late '60s and early '70s crime drama "Mannix," for which he earned a supporting actor Emmy nomination in 1968, and six seasons of '70s sitcom "One Day at a Time."

He had a number of other co-starring roles on the small screen, including '60s hospital drama "The Doctors and the Nurses," the '70s medical series "Marcus Welby, M.D.," and '80s prime time soap story "The Colbys."

In more recent years, the actor held a recurring role on daytime soap opera "The Bold and the Beautiful" from 1996 to 2005 and worked on "The Practice" and "That's Life."

Along with his on-screen roles, Campanella also built a career as a voice actor, voicing characters in '90s animated shows "Spider-Man" and "Road Rovers," along with narrating the "Discover" science series on Disney Channel.

He appeared in three Broadway plays, with "The Captains and the Kings" in 1962, "A Gift of Time" in 1962, and "Hot Spot" in 1963.

He was nominated for a Tony for his performance in "A Gift of Time."

He was born in New York City and attended Columbia University before moving to Hollywood. He is survived by Jill Campanella, his wife of 53 years, as well as his seven sons and eight grandchildren.

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Pink shuts down troll who called her old

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Pop star Pink has shut down a Twitter user who said she was looking old, saying she had "earned every f****** minute of my 38 years".

The online row started when a person penned a message commenting on the singer's looks, saying: "Pink looks so old that should be named purple instead."

Pink, 38, snapped back, reminding the troll that "it's a blessing to grow old".

She tweeted: "You must be from la.

"Well, there are a few people left in the world that choose to age naturally.

"And I've earned every f****** minute of my 38 years.

"How you lookin though? Cause I never heard of ya til you put my name in your mouth. I shall call you little purple troll."

She went on: "I am of the mindset that it's a blessing to grow old.

"That if your face has lines around your eyes and mouth it means you've laughed a lot.

"I pray I look older in 10 years, cause that will mean I'm alive."

Pink's words were praised by fans, with many saying they were "proud" of the singer.

"What a beautiful and thoughtful comment," said one.

One fan said they could not wait to see Pink at 80 and hoped her shows would still include the sort of high-flying stunts she does now.

"You know I will!" said Pink. "I'll call it 'the wrinkles and rolls tour'."

The singer's comments also caught the eye of actress Reese Witherspoon.

She tweeted: "Agree @pink!

"We are supposed to grow old and our faces and our bodies that carry us through this life.

"Gotta have Gratitude for every minute on this Earth."

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Meghan Markle's father upstages wedding

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File photo dated 23/04/18 of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Kensington Palace has responded to reports Ms Markle's father Thomas may not attend her wedding to Prince Harry, saying: "This is a deeply personal moment for Ms Markle.". Issue date: Monday May 14, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

Meghan Markle's father has overshadowed his daughter's wedding to Prince Harry by sowing confusion about whether he would walk her down the aisle or snub the British royal family by pulling out of the intricately planned celebration at the last minute.

As royal fans convened on the genteel English town of Windsor where Harry is due to wed the American actress on Saturday, the role of her father, Thomas Markle, was still unclear after he issued a flurry of statements to an American news website.

On Monday, he was reported by the Los Angeles-based celebrity website TMZ.com to be unable to attend due to a heart attack and embarrassment over whether he had staged pictures with a paparazzi photographer. But the same website said on Tuesday he had changed his mind and would go to be part of history.

TMZ later quoted him as saying the trip was off because he needed immediate heart surgery.

Markle, who lives in Mexico, had been due to walk his daughter down the aisle on Saturday at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle in front of 600 guests, including all the senior British royals and a smattering of celebrities.

Britain's Sun newspaper, the country's best selling, had to scramble to update its front page to reflect what it called the "Royal Sensation" of Thomas Markle's absence under the headline: "I've got heart op today". It offered four pages of analysis.

"It must be really upsetting but I'm sure her mum will do a fine job," Scott told Reuters.

On Windsor's streets, hundreds of tourists and journalists mingled with dedicated royals fans - some draped with UK flags and holding photographs of Harry and Markle while armed police patrolled.

Some fans are sleeping out on the street until the wedding, seeking to secure the best positions to see the couple.

"I want them to come through those gates. I want them to look at me, wave and smile," Donna Werner, who flew 4800km from New Fairfield, Connecticut, to be in Windsor told Reuters.

"That will make it all worthwhile. It really will," said Werner, 66, camped outside the castle, dressed head to toe in a mix of British and US flag-themed attire, including a shirt that read "Prince Harry, I'm still available. Last chance!"

Windsor, which is dominated by the royal castle, was decorated with swathes of red, white and blue Union Jack flags. Stalls sold Harry and Meghan scarves for GBP15 ($A27) and commemorative caps for GBP10.

More than 100,000 people are expected to descend on the town on Saturday. They will have to clear airport-style security before being allowed near the main venue, said Superintendent Jim Weems, the police's tactical commander for the day.

Britain is on its second-highest threat level of severe, meaning an attack by militants is considered highly likely. Last year 36 people died in four attacks. Despite the tight security, Weems said there was no particular threat against the wedding.

"There's no intelligence to support that this event is going to be particularly targeted," he told Reuters.

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I treated Solo as a true story: Ron Howard

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Solo: A Star Wars Story director Ron Howard says he approached the movie about one of the series' most beloved characters as if it was a true story.

Starring US actor Alden Ehrenreich and billed as a space western, the series' latest spin-off is about the adventures of a young Han Solo and his trusted sidekick Chewbacca, an hirsute character from the planet Kashyyyk.

"This is a single rite of passage by a character," Howard said in an interview marking the movie's screening at the Cannes Film Festival.

"I treated it like it was a true story. I tried to treat it in as an authentic way as I could."

Audiences "expected to be transported as well as to have fun" in Star War movies, Howard said, given that the stories take place in a far-away galaxy.

Howard stepped in as director last year, six months into the production process after the two previous directors quit as a result of differences with the producers.

But Howard said that a lot of thought had already gone into the film when he took charge of it and the two previous directors' "fingerprints are all over the movie."

Hollywood actor Harrison Ford played Solo in the first of the Star Wars franchise in 1977, turning the character into one of film's heart-throbs.

He reprised the role in 1980's The Empire Strikes Back, 1983's Return of the Jedi and 2015's The Force Awakens.

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Image: Ron Howard and Chewbacca posing at the Solo: A Star Wars Story photocall held at the Palais des Festivals on May 15, 2018 in Cannes, France as part of the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival. Photo by Lionel Hahn/ABACAPRESS.COM

Spike Lee lays into Trump over protests

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Film director Spike Lee has hit out at President Donald Trump over his response to last year's violent white supremacist protest in Charlottesville, Virginia.

In an expletive-ridden monologue at the Cannes Film Festival, Lee told reporters that following the events in Charlottesville, Mr Trump had the opportunity to denounce the Ku Klux Klan and the alt-right.

Instead, Mr Trump had said there was "blame on both sides" in the unrest between neo-Nazi groups and counter-protesters.

The 61-year-old filmmaker said Mr Trump - whom he refused to call by name - had "a chance to say we are about love and not hate", and sharply criticised him for not denouncing the KKK.

"It was a defining moment and he could have said to the United States and the world that we're better than that," said Lee.

His new film BlacKkKlansman premiered at Cannes on Monday night to a rousing standing ovation.

The 1979-set film, loosely based on a true story, is about black police detective Ron Stallworth (played by Denzel Washington's son John David Washington) and a Jewish detective (Adam Driver) who together infiltrated a Ku Klux Klan cell in Colorado. Topher Grace plays former KKK leader David Duke.

BlacKkKlansman ends with actual footage from Charlottesville, as well as Mr Trump's televised response.

The final image is an upside-down American flag that fades to black and white.

Focus Features will release the film in August, on the anniversary of Charlottesville.

Having already wrapped the film, Lee added the Charlottesville coda after the unrest last summer.

"Right away, I knew that this had to be the coda for the film, but I had to do something first," said Lee.

Before inserting footage of the car that ploughed through crowds in Virginia, killing counter-protester Heather Heyer, Lee said he telephoned Heyer's mother.

"I was not going to put that murder scene in the film without her blessing," said Lee.

Lee called Charlottesville an "ugly, ugly, ugly blemish on America", but he also repeatedly stressed to the international Cannes media that the racism depicted in BlacKkKlansman is not unique to the United States.

"This right-wing (expletive) is not just America. It's all over the world. And we have to wake up," said Lee.

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Most Brits not interested in wedding: poll

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In this file photo dated Thursday March 8, 2018, Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle arrive for an event for young women, as part of International Women's Day in Birmingham, central England. Kensington Palace said Monday May 14, 2018, that Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are requesting 'understanding and respect' for Markle's father after a celebrity news site reported he would not be coming to the royal wedding to walk his daughter down the aisle. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira, FILE)

A global audience will be watching when Prince Harry weds his American fiancee Meghan Markle, but most Britons don't care much, a YouGov poll said on Monday.

The poll, commissioned by anti-monarchist pressure group Republic, found that 66 per cent of Britons are not interested in the event, with 60 per cent of Britons planning to have a normal weekend.

Harry and Markle are set to marry on Saturday at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle with more than 5000 media staff and around 100,000 well-wishers expected to descend on the market town.

The poll by polling firm YouGov showed that 57 per cent of respondents believed the royal family should pay not only for the wedding but also for the costs of police.

An opinion poll published last week showed that most Britons are in favour of the monarchy continuing in Britain.

And another poll by polling firm ComRes found 58 per cent of respondents thought the royal wedding and the recent birth of Prince Louis to Prince William and his wife Kate were events of which Britain could be proud, although support was more pronounced among older people.

The YouGov survey suggested that the popularity of the royal family is contingent on the personalities of its members. While 60 per cent of respondents said they liked Queen Elizabeth, her son Charles was far less popular.

Nearly half the respondents would prefer "someone else" to succeed the Queen, while only 37 per cent want Charles, who is the father of Harry and his older brother William.

"This YouGov poll shows a very clear picture of a nation disinterested and apathetic about the royal family," Graham Smith, chief executive of Republic, said.

"We're not a nation of republicans yet - but we've stopped being a nation of royalists."

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Dylan heads to Australia for concert tour

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This July 22, 2012 file photo shows U.S. singer-songwriter Bob Dylan performing on stage at "Les Vieilles Charrues" Festival in Carhaix, western France. (AP Photo/David Vincent, File)

Music legend Bob Dylan is returning to Australia for a series of concerts across the country, starting in August.

The Blowin' In The Wind singer, songwriter and Nobel prize winner last performed in Australia in 2014 when he spent a month playing at sold-out gigs.

Dylan, 76, will begin his latest Aussie tour in Perth on August 8 before performances in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Wollongong, Newcastle and Brisbane.

He will then head to New Zealand for shows in Auckland and Christchurch.

Tickets for the shows in Australia will go on sale on May 23.

During his career, Dylan has sold more than 100 million albums around the world, collected 11 Grammys and an Academy Award.

In April last year, he ended months of uncertainty when he accepted the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature, becoming the first songwriter to do so.

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Blanchett part of protest on Cannes carpet

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Lea Seydoux, Khadja Nin, Ava DuVernay, Cate Blanchett and Agnes Varda attending the Les Filles du Soleil (Girls of the Sun) Premiere held at the Palais des Festivals as part of the 71th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 12, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Aurore Marechal/ABACAPRESS.COM)

The #MeToo movement took centre stage at the Cannes Film Festival, as Cate Blanchett, Marion Cotillard, Patty Jenkins and other female filmmakers and artists gathered together in order to agitate for improved treatment of women in the movie business.

There were 82 women in total on Saturday, a reference to the number of female directors who have climbed the steps of the Palais, the festival's central theatre, since Cannes began celebrating celluloid in 1942.

In the same period, 1866 male directors ascended the same stairs, Blanchett said in a statement, as the women linked their arms in solidarity. The Oscar-winning actress and Cannes jury head was flanked by Kristen Stewart, Marion Cotillard, Ava DuVernay, Lea Seydoux, and Salma Hayek.

"Women are not a minority in the world, yet the current state of the industry says otherwise," Blanchett said.

"As women, we all face our own unique challenges, but we stand together on these stairs today as a symbol of our determination and commitment to progress. We are writers, producers, directors, actresses, cinematographers, talent agents, editors, distributors, sales agents and all involved in the cinematic arts."

After Blanchett spoke, Agnes Varda, the legendary French film director of Faces Places, added, "The stairs of our industry must be accessible to all. Let's climb."

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Filmmakers on the steps of the red carpet in protest of the lack of female filmmakers honored throughout the history of the festival. (Camilla Morandi/ Cannes /IPA)

The spectre of Harvey Weinstein, the indie film producer who helped spark an industry-wide reckoning after being accused of assaulting or harassing dozens of women, was evoked during a 20-minute gathering that was both solemn and celebratory. Announcers at the demonstration said this new awareness has come about in the wake of "Harvey Day," calling it "a terrible event" with important consequences. After Blanchett and Varda spoke, the assembled women erupted in cheers.

Festival organisers have been criticised for failing to do more to publicly acknowledge the #MeToo and Time's Up initiatives. They have also been faulted for not promoting more female filmmakers. Only three of the 18 films in competition this year are from female filmmakers -- a low number that nevertheless represents Cannes' best showing since 2011.

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When and How to Watch the Royal Wedding 2018

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The big day is approaching, and we want to make sure you don't miss a thing, so here are the highlights to look out for at your Royal Wedding Party for Saturday May 19.

 

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6pm AEST – The Members of the public who were invited by Harry and Meghan to watch the wedding from outside Windsor Castle will arrive.

6:30-8pm AEST – Wedding guests will begin to arrive and take their seats inside St. George's chapel.

8:20pm AEST – We'll start to see the members of the royal family arrive and enter the St George's chapel.

8:45pm AEST – Harry and William (His brother, the best man and Duke of Cambridge) will arrive at St George's Chapel.

8:55pm AEST - Following royal tradition we'll see the Queen as the last member of the royal family to arrive just prior to the bride.

8:59pm AEST –  This is the moment you definatly don't want to miss as the bride Meghan Markle arrives at the Chapel with flowergirls and pageboys. This will be the first time that we will get to see her in her wedding dress, The whole world will be watching.

9:00pm AEST – The Royal Wedding service begins.

10:00pm AEST – Harry and Meghan will leave St. George's Chapel as husband and wife. This will be shortly followed by the rest of the royal family and then guests.

10:05pm AEST – Harry and Meghan will travel by carriage in procession through the streets of Windsor.

4:00am AEST – They say goodbye to Windsor Castle and to head to the reception at Frogmore House. It is said that around 200 guests will be hosted by Prince Charles.

 

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Now that you know what to watch, now you need to know where to watch it in Australia.

Channel 7

On Saturday May 19 there's a special coverage of the Royal Wedding with Melissa Doyle and Michael Usher in a special studio that was purpose built overlooking Windor Castle.

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The ABC will be airing the royal wedding live from 7:30pm on Saturday May 19 and also streaming the broadcast on the service iView.

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On Foxtel we'll see UKTV broadcast the BBC’s live, uninterrupted coverage of the royal wedding. This will include when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle exchange vows and the Carriage Procession.

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From 7pm on The Nine Network with Today show host's Georgie Gardner and Karl Stefanovic who are in London at Windsor.

 

Now it's time to sit back and enjoy the day, perhaps lay on a high tea to toast the newlyweds, some Scones with Jam and Cream perhaps?

 

Rita Ora's new single releases in UK

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British singer Rita Ora performs during the 2018 Echo Music Awards ceremony Thursday, April 12, 2018 in Berlin. Image: Axel Schmidt/pool photo via AP

Rita Ora's new single has been released in the UK. Titled Girls, the track features Cardi B, Charl XCX and Bebe Rexha.

The Anywhere singer, 27, tweeted a sample of the track along with the caption: "GIRLS IS OUT IN THE UK!! http://atlanti.cr/girls USA you're next.. midnight EST!! #GIRLSGIRLSGIRLS @iamcardib @BebeRexha @charli_xcx."

Shortly after the song's release, rapper Cardi B retweeted praise of the track.

On Thursday, Charli XCX posted a message on Instagram revealing she was about to shoot her part for the Girls music video.

"I'm so happy to be a part of this song. Ever since the day I met Rita she's been so fun and kind and caring and genuine with me," she said.

"She's a rare gem, someone who I love and trust and someone who I count as one of my best friends in this weird li'l industry."

She added: "I am so happy she asked me to be on this record with Bebe and Cardi. The song drops tomorrow and I can't wait for u guys to hear it angels."

Earlier this week Ora made it on to the list of the UK's wealthiest young musicians - despite having only released one album.

Ora is worth 16 million pounds, according to figures compiled for the new edition of The Sunday Times Rich List.

The singer, who is set to release a second album later this year, is 11th in the list of wealthiest young musicians.

The Fifty Shades Freed actress has enjoyed lucrative deals with the likes of Adidas and DKNY.

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Jessica Mauboy voted into Eurovision final

Jessica Mauboy has qualified to represent Australia at the Grand Final of the Eurovision song contest.

The singer's exuberant performance of inclusive anthem We Got Love at the second semi-final in Portugal clearly went down well as Australia now gets a fourth chance at Eurovision glory in the final on Saturday.

Wearing a short, purple, one-shouldered dress, the Darwin-born singer dominated and danced on the stage at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, in front of an estimated 200 million tuning in around the world, with just some well-timed pyrotechnics to accompany her.

Host of the Portuguese show Filomena Cautela made a beeline for Mauboy backstage at half-time, and joked about the time difference with Australia - the semi-final took place in Portugal on Thursday night and was broadcast live in Australia on Friday morning.

"It's the first time I've got to have breakfast with that many viewers at home, a couple of hundred million," Mauboy said.

Competing against 17 other countries, Mauboy performed at the halfway point of the qualifier to make Australia one of the 10 voted through to the Grand Final on Saturday night (Sunday morning, Australian time).

It was a triumphant return to the Eurovision stage for the Darwin-born singer who kicked off Australia's relationship with Eurovision with a non-competitive performance in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2014.

Mauboy will now get a chance to continue Australia's successful streak with the song contest. Since Guy Sebastian first competed in 2015, Australia has not only qualified for the Grand Final of the competition, but placed in the top 10.

Norway kicked off the second semi-final with Alexander Rybak the violin-playing singer who won the competition in 2009 and is one of the favourites to take it out again.

Eurovision stalwarts Sweden were comfortably voted through with the slick electro-pop song Dance You Off, performed by Benjamin Ingrosso.

Slovenia was also voted through with the on-point, female empowerment song Hvala, ne (Thanks, no) performed by Lea Sirk.

A total of 26 countries will compete in Saturday's Grand Final, including the big five countries who automatically qualify, Germany, Italy, Spain, France and the UK, and hosts Portugal.

*Semi Final 2 will be repeated at 7.30pm on Friday May 11 and the Grand Final will air live at 5am on Sunday May 13 on SBS.

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Weinstein's wife sickened by accusations

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Harvey Weinstein, left, and his estranged wife, fashion designer Georgina Chapman (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)

The estranged wife of producer Harvey Weinstein, designer Georgina Chapman, has broken her silence on accusations of sexual misconduct against him, saying they sickened her.

Chapman, co-founder of the Marchesa fashion label, told Vogue magazine in her first interview since the scandal broke last October, "I lost 10 pounds in five days. I couldn't keep food down."

The accusations against Weinstein were first reported by the New York Times and New Yorker magazine.

"My head was spinning. And it was difficult because the first article was about a time long before I'd ever met him, so there was a minute where I couldn't make an informed decision. And then the stories expanded and I realised that this wasn't an isolated incident," the British designer said on Thursday.

On the day the New Yorker report was published, Chapman announced that she was leaving Weinstein, ending their 10-year marriage. The couple are in divorce proceedings.

More than 70 women have accused the Hollywood producer of sexual misconduct, including rape. Weinstein has denied engaging in non-consensual sex.

A representative for Weinstein declined to comment on Chapman's interview. Chapman's representative said the designer had nothing to add.

Looking back, Chapman told Vogue, "I have moments of rage, I have moments of confusion, I have moments of disbelief. And I have moments when I just cry for my children."

Marchesa was once one of the biggest fashion brands on red carpets at the Oscars and other celebrity events, but few celebrities have worn the label in the past eight months.

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Miranda Kerr gives birth to boy-report

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Australian model Miranda Kerr and her Snapchat CEO husband Evan Spiegel have welcomed a baby boy into the world, TMZ has reported.

Hart Kerr Spiegel was born on Monday night at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles, the US celebrity news website said.

The child is the first for the former Victoria's Secret Angel and Spiegel, who married last year.

The Gunnedah-born Kerr has another son Flynn, 7, with her former husband and actor Orlando Bloom.

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Eurovision Everest for performers: Mauboy

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For Jessica Mauboy, competing in the Eurovision Song Contest is a challenge like no other.

"Eurovision is the greatest test of an entertainer, it's the Mount Everest of performance moments," the R&B singer said.

Mauboy, who initially found fame as a finalist on Australian Idol in 2006, will be the opening contestant in Thursday's second semi-final with her song We Got Love.

"There are lots of ways to work magic in a studio or a video, but put an artist on stage fully live, and that is the real test of an artist's ability to find a connection in their performance," the 28-year-old said.

Australia first entered the competition in 2015, but the song contest has been hugely popular there since it was first broadcast in 1974.

"Australians love a party, Australians love pop, Australians love colour. Eurovision really talks to us Aussies in all its rainbow colours," Mauboy said.

While Mauboy has previous experience on the Eurovision stage as a guest performer at the 2014 competition in Copenhagen, she admits to being nervous ahead of Thursday's performance on the big stage.

"I get very nervous, but I calm it backstage by doing burpees as a work out," she says.

Mauboy is hoping to join the 10 other contestants who qualified for Saturday's final.

Austria, Estonia, Cyprus, Lithuania, Israel, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Albania, Finland and Ireland all progressed from the first semi-final on Tuesday.

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Tidal hit with false Beyonce stream claims

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Tidal has been accused of intentionally falsifying streaming numbers for Beyonce's Lemonade and Kanye West's The Life of Pablo albums and thus paying inflated royalties.

Norwegian newspaper Dagens Naeringsliv has accused Tidal, which is primarily owned by Beyonce's husband Jay-Z, of inflating its subscriber numbers in the past, claims the company has denied.

Tidal, which has rarely shared its data publicly, had a streaming exclusive on West's album for its first six weeks of release and continues to be the exclusive streamer for Beyonce's album. It claimed that West's album had been streamed 250 million times in its first 10 days of release in February of 2016, while claiming it had just 3 million subscribers - a claim that would have meant every subscriber played the album an average of eight times per day; and that Beyonce's album was streamed 306 million times in its first 15 days of release in April 2016.

These claims led the Norwegian paper to investigate the service's numbers and report that it was intentionally inflating its subscriber count, a report supported by research from British firm Midia, which estimated that Tidal's total number of subscribers was closer to 1 million globally.

Wednesday's report, according to Music Business Worldwide's translation, was based on data contained within a hard drive the paper obtained that "contains 'billions of rows of... times and song titles, user IDs and country codes." Tidal has disputed the information, but the paper asserts that it matches information received by labels for the time period.

Beyonce's label Sony were paid more than $4 million for April and May of 2016, with Lemonade accounting for more than 60 per cent of that, while West's label Universal received 3.2 million euros with a similar percentage for The Life of Pablo.

"This is a smear campaign from a publication that once referred to our employee as an 'Israeli Intelligence officer' and our owner as a 'crack dealer," a Tidal statement read. "We expect nothing less from them... The information was stolen and manipulated and we will fight these claims vigorously."

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Aguilera touring for first time since 2008

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Christina Aguilera has announced her first US tour in a decade.

The Accelerate singer, 37, will hit the road for her 24-show Liberation tour in September.

She posted a black and white photograph of herself on Instagram as she revealed her news.

The message said simply: "THE LIBERATION TOUR. Tickets on sale May 18 christinaaguilera.com."

 

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It will be the first time mother-of-two Aguilera has toured since she was on the road for the Back To Basics show between 2006 and 2008.

That run hit Australia in July 2007, with the final four shows in Melbourne and Auckland cancelled due to illness. The Adelaide stop was filmed and released as Back to Basics: Live and Down Under the following year.

The Liberation tour starts in Miami on September 25. Other stops include Washington DC, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, before the show wraps up in St Petersburg, Florida, on November 13.

Aguilera's new album, Liberation, comes out on June 15.

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Amy Shark wins $50,000 songwriting prize

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Amy Shark has won the Vanda & Young songwriting competition taking home $50,000 for a song she wrote in her bedroom.

The Gold Coast singer-songwriter, who has yet to release an album, won for her song Adore, beating more than 4000 entries to take home the largest first prize for any songwriting competition in the world.

"It's such an honour to win the 2018 Vanda & Young Song Comp for Adore. I wrote this song in my bedroom and it's a testament to what just one piece of music can do and how important it is to keep doing what you love," Shark said.

She's following in the footsteps of former winners including Isabella Manfredi, Kimbra Johnson and Megan Washington.

Gang Of Youths frontman David Le'aupepe won both 2nd and 3rd prizes for the songs Let Me Down Easy and The Heart is a Muscle respectively, taking home $10,000 for 2nd and $5000 for 3rd place.

"There's a sense of discomfort I feel when it comes to these things, because accepting praise is not exactly my forte," Le'aupepe said.

"I never in my wildest imagined that in a competition like this, among so many actually talented writers, that I would manage to place," he said.

"Thank you to those judges who saw beauty and value in these songs of mine/ours, for it's a reminder to me that they may not be completely garbage after all.Thank you to the scores of writers more deserving and gifted than me for shining as bright as you do."

In a strange coincidence, both Adore and Let Me Down Easy came in at number 2 in the triple J hottest 100, in 2016 and 2017.

The APRA AMCOS and Alberts competition raised $203,000 from entry fees for the charity Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia, making a total of more than $1million raised to date.

"I'm proud to be part of a legacy of songwriters that together have raised over $1 million dollars for Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia," Shark said.

"Thank you APRA AMCOS and Vanda & Young for contributing to such a worthwhile initiative in NRMTA. Their work is well and truly the most extraordinary part of this," Le'aupepe said.

The competition was named after the famous songwriting duo, Harry Vanda and the late George Young, who were founding members of Australian band The Easybeats.

Queensland hip-hop artist Grace Shaw, aka Mallrat, won a new prize for Best 'Unpublished' Work for her song Better, taking home $5000.

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Katy Perry puts an end to Swift bad blood

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Singer Katy Perry performs during her concert ''Witness: The Tour'' in Mexico City, Friday, May 4, 2018. Image: AP Photo/Marco Ugarte

Katy Perry has sent Taylor Swift a real olive branch, appearing to end a long-running feud between two of pop music's biggest stars.

Swift, 28, posted a video of the package, which also included a letter from Perry, on her Instagram stories account with the caption "Thank You Katy" and a double heart emoji.

The fight, which started as a dispute over back up dancers, has dominated the personal and professional lives of the two singers for more than four years and played out in their songs.

Swift's 2014 single "Bad Blood" was believed to be directed at Perry. Perry, 33, described her 2017 single, "Swish Swish," as "a great anthem for people to use whenever somebody's trying to hold you down or bully you."

An attempt by Perry a year ago to bury the hatchet, when she apologised for past actions and called Swift a "fantastic singer" was met with silence from Swift.

On Tuesday however, the singer said in her Instagram story, "I just got to my dressing room and found this actual olive branch. This means so much to me."

An olive branch is a traditional symbol of peace.

The olive branch, along with a letter beginning "Hey Old Friend, I've been doing some reflecting on past miscommunications and hurt feelings between us," arrived on the first day of Swift's worldwide "Reputation" tour, in Glendale, Arizona.

It also followed Perry's headline grabbing appearance on Monday at the Met Gala in New York, where she dressed as an angel.

Swift and Perry's make-up was among the top 10 trending items worldwide on Twitter on Tuesday.

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New York's heavenly Met Gala event opens

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Vogue's Anna Wintour has kicked off the star-studded and heaven-looking Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Wintour, who co-chairs the annual event, arrived at Monday night's event in a beaded off-white Chanel gown and a cross necklace alongside her daughter, Bee Shaffer. George Clooney and his wife, Amal, were close behind.

She says she's looking forward to everyone having a good time at the event.

The gala is a fundraising benefit for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, which each year welcomes celebrities from film, TV, fashion, sports and music.

The gala also signifies the grand opening of the Costume Institute's annual fashion exhibition, which this year explores the connection between fashion and the Roman Catholic Church. It opens on Thursday.

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Kylie backs Australia in Eurovision

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Australian singer Kylie Minogue performs during the 2018 Echo Music Awards ceremony Thursday, April 12, 2018 in Berlin. Image: Axel Schmidt/pool photo via AP

Pop icon Kylie Minogue is tickled by the fact that Australia is allowed to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest.

"That's hilarious, that's so Austrialian to me," the 49-year-old told dpa. "We manage to sneak our way in."

Minogue admitted that she hasn't been following the competition closely but made it clear who she'd be backing: "Go, Aussies!"

Australia has been an official competitor in the world's largest television music competition since 2015. The sheer number of Eurovision fans in the country was part of the reason for being let in.

This year, Jessica Mauboy is trying her luck for Australia with the pop track "We Got Love."

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George Clooney celebrates 57th birthday

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George Clooney has celebrated his 57th birthday by downing a shot of tequila.

The Hollywood heart-throb marked the milestone on Sunday by knocking back a glass of his own Casamigos tequila.

A video on social media shows Clooney and his friend and business partner Rande Gerber standing alongside each other, each with a shot glass resting on a board.

As their friends clap and call out, they raise the board and swallow their drinks.

Clooney then pretends to fall backwards.

The clip is captioned: "When the bosses spend too much time in the office, this happens!

"Happy Birthday, George!"

The tequila brand was founded by Clooney, Gerber, who is married to model Cindy Crawford, and Mike Meldman in 2013.

Crawford also wished Clooney a Happy Birthday, posting a picture of herself, her husband and the actor on Instagram.

"Happy birthday to the guy who always keeps us laughing!" she said.

Clooney is expected to attend Monday's Met Gala in New York with his wife Amal.

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Bonham Carter officially joins The Crown

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Helena Bonham Carter attending the EE British Academy of Film awards (BAFTA) at the Royal Albert Hall, London. (Doug Peters/PA)

Netflix has at long last confirmed that Helena Bonham Carter will join season three of The Crown, with the streaming giant also announcing that Jason Watkins is also joining the critically acclaimed series.

Bonham Carter will play Princess Margaret, taking over the role played for the first two seasons by Vanessa Kirby.

"I'm not sure which I'm more terrified about - doing justice to the real Princess Margaret or following in the shoes of Vanessa Kirby's Princess Margaret," the actress said. "The only thing I can guarantee is that I'll be shorter [than Vanessa]."

She will next be seen in the film Ocean's 8. Bonham Carter is known for her role as Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter franchise, as well as several collaborations with Tim Burton.

Watkins, meanwhile, will play Harold Wilson. Wilson was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1964 to 1970 and again from 1974 to 1976.

"I am delighted to become part of this exceptional show," Watkins said.

"Harold Wilson is a significant and fascinating character in our history. So looking forward to bringing him to life, through a decade that transformed us culturally and politically. And excited to be working so closely with Olivia; and the whole team."

Season three is slated to debut in 2019.

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Cars singer, model split after 28 years

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In this Jan. 9, 2013, file photo, Musician Ric Ocasek and wife model Paulina Porizkova attend the HBO premiere of "Girls" at the NYU Skirball Center in New York. Porizkova and rocker Ric Ocasek have separated after 28 years of marriage. Porizkova announced on Instagram on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, they have not been a couple 'for the past year.' (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Supermodel Paulina Porizkova and rocker Ric Ocasek are separating after 28 years of marriage.

Porizkova announced on Instagram on Wednesday they have not been a couple "for the past year".

The pair first met while filming the music video for the Cars' song 'Drive' in 1984 and were together last month when 74-year-old Ocasek was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.

They have two children.

The 53-year-old actress and model said their family is "a well built car".

But she says "as a bicycle, my husband and I no longer pedal in unison".

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Barnesy portrait wins Packing Room Prize

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Entertainer Jimmy Barnes poses with the Packing RoomPrize winning portrait at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, Thursday, May 3, 2018. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas).

A portrait capturing Australian rocker Jimmy Barnes's "inner demons" by artist Jamie Preisz has won the coveted Packing Room Prize at the 2018 Archibald exhibition.

Head packer Brett Cuthbertson announced the winning entry in Sydney on Thursday.

"It was the only contender the whole way through," Mr Cuthbertson said before revealing his first-ever pick.

Mr Cuthbertson, who replaced 35-year veteran head packer Steve Peters after last year's exhibition, later told AAP the portrait "shows the hard years behind the eyes".

"But he's still fighting - and that's what I liked about it," he said.

Barnes admits his "hyperactive" nature made it tough for the 28-year-old artist to nail him down for a sitting. But the Cold Chisel frontman was confident he was in safe hands.

"I sat with him and literally within half an hour I knew that he captured something really special," Barnes told reporters on Thursday.

"I walked away knowing with full confidence that he was going to capture something more than just a portrait."

The artist says Barnes's pose - strapping his hands with tape - was partly inspired by the singer's father who was a Scottish boxer. Preisz also drew on his experience of watching Barnes perform.

"If you've ever seen Jimmy before a show it looks like he's preparing for a fight," the 28-year-old told AAP.

The artist revealed on Thursday he tragically lost his little sister to suicide in December. He said he was moved by Barnes's public acknowledgement of his own mental health issues.

"We all struggle with our own demons and those demons take different shapes - I seem to have had quite a few," Barnes told reporters.

"One of the big things in Australian society is that people don't talk about problems - particularly men - and as a result of that there's a lot of men committing suicide.

"My message... has been about trying to get people to talk."

After one short sitting with Barnes, Preisz painted his "good friend" from 7am until 11pm for nine weeks.

"This win means more to me than anything in the world and to see my mum over there so happy, and I know Bella (his sister) would be so proud, so it's a huge deal for me," Preisz said.

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Russell Crowe jockstrap the buzz of Alaska

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Blockbuster Alaska General Manager Kevin Daymude moves a display case featuring the jockstrap worn by actor Russell Crowe in the 2005 movie "Cinderella Man" at the video store location in Anchorage, Alaska, on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. HBO's John Oliver bought the jockstrap and other items at auction and sent them to Anchorage, in hopes it would help the store stave off pressure from streaming movie services. Image: AP Photo/Mark Thiessen

A celebrity jockstrap that's been the buzz of Alaska for nearly two weeks has gone on display at one of the nation's last Blockbuster video stores in an effort to ramp up business.

"I tell you, we're going to get a lot of traffic, is what I'm expecting," said Kevin Daymude, general manager of Blockbuster Alaska.

He expects the store to get a lot of calls: "Did you get it in? Can we go see it?" he said.

The jockstrap has a strange history since actor Russell Crowe wore in the 2005 movie Cinderella Man.

It recently became part of a celebrity auction, which Crowe has dubbed 'the divorce auction,' where it caught the eye of the host of HBO's "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver."

Oliver purchased the jockstrap and some other items and sent them to Anchorage, which has one of the last remaining big box store video chains. The video store is trying to stave off streaming movie services, which are gaining popularity as more broadband capability comes to the nation's most remote state.

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Oliver also sent along the robe and boxing shorts worn by Crowe in the movie as well as the actor's hood from Robin Hood, his vest from Les Miserables and a director's chair with Crowe's name on it.

But the prize is the leather jockstrap, and Daymude believes it might have a unique place in movie folklore.

"The very first jockstrap memorabilia I can think of, yes," he said.

And as for the most asked question so far, no, he doesn't know if they washed it before sending it, but he would like to think they did.

Daymude admits it would "be awesome" if Crowe were to show up at the store, but in the meantime he'd like to send photos of the display to him as a thank you.

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Bill Cosby's name off TV Academy website

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All references to Bill Cosby have been removed from the Television Academy's website, including from the list of honorees in the organisation's Hall of Fame.

But Cosby's name has not been removed from the Academy's Hall of Fame following his convictions last week for aggravated indecent assault.

In addition, the Academy confirmed on Wednesday that a bust of Cosby that had been removed during construction at the organisation's North Hollywood campus will not be returned to display.

An Academy spokesperson said the organisation had no plans to rescind Cosby's four Primetime Emmy awards.

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Weinstein inappropriate with me: Blanchett

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Cate Blanchett has accused disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of behaving inappropriately towards her.

The Australian is the latest Hollywood star to make allegations of sexual misconduct against the producer, following claims by others including Rose McGowan, Gwyneth Paltrow, Salma Hayek and Angelina Jolie.

Blanchett has appeared in a number of films produced by Weinstein, including The Talented Mr Ripley, Carol and The Aviator.

In an interview with trade publication Variety, the Australian star was asked if Weinstein sexually harassed or behaved inappropriately towards her.

"With me, yes," Blanchett replied.

"I think he really primarily preyed, like most predators, on the vulnerable. I mean I got a bad feeling from him. He would often say to me, 'We're not friends'."

When asked what he meant by that, Blanchett replied: "Well, I wouldn't do what he was asking me to do," but declined to specify further.

"I'm really interested in the people who have transgressed in ways that are beyond the bounds of offensive, what people like Harvey have done, and there are men across many industries [who have done that]," she added.

"He's been held up as an exemplar because he's unfortunately typical of certain men. I'm interested in those people being prosecuted. We have to set a legal precedent.

"Part of the mission of Time's Up is to help those who do not have the capacity to raise the funds to defend themselves and to move toward workplace equality, fairness and safety.

"When legal precedent is set by people being actually convicted, then other people can benefit from that because those precedents have been set.

"But me fuelling the gossip and accounts? There's enough out there."

Weinstein has been accused of sexual misconduct by dozens of women and is the subject of police investigations in London, New York and Los Angeles.

He has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.

When asked if she thought Weinstein could go to jail, Blanchett responded: "Well, I hope so."

Blanchett also spoke about the allegations of sexual abuse against director Woody Allen, made by his daughter Dylan and denied by Allen.

The actress won an Oscar for her role in Allen's film Blue Jasmine.

"Obviously, Dylan Farrow has been living in a world of pain, and if the case has not been properly tried, then it needs to be reopened and go back into court, because that's a place where those things get solved," she said.

Asked if she would ever work with either of them, she said: "I don't think Harvey will be making films with anybody. He was brought on as the producer on many films that I had absolutely no say on. I didn't have a creative or functional relationship with him.

"Would I work with Woody again? I had a very productive time working with Woody, and he has written some of the most extraordinary roles for women.

"But at the time I worked with him I knew absolutely nothing about what was going on, and it came out subsequently.

"But, far more important than me adding to yet another headline, and finger-pointing is, if that issue has not been dealt with, I am absolutely for it to go back into the courts because there lies the solution.

"There are many male directors who I have heard about and have not necessarily had positive experiences with whom I would not work with again who didn't lay a finger on me at all.

"There are many reasons why one doesn't want to work with people again."

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Michael's family want fan tributes removed

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Tributes left for George Michael outside of his home following his death at the age of 53 (Ben Stevens/PA Wire).

George Michael's family have asked fans to remove their tributes from outside the late singer's former homes for the sake of his neighbours.

Fans of the Wham! star have left tributes at his homes in London and Oxfordshire, creating memorial areas filled with flowers, messages and candles among other items after his death in 2016.

Michael's sisters Mel and Yioda, his father Jack and friend David Austin wrote on the music star's official website that they have been "touched by your many tributes celebrating and remembering Yog, reminding us how very much he is missed and loved".

"However, we feel we cannot expect our Highgate and Goring neighbours to continue to accept as normality, the memorials so personal to you all, to remain as and where they are any longer, although we do appreciate your recent efforts to minimise their impact."

They ask those who paid their respects remove their tributes by the weekend of May 26, so both properties can be returned "to their former simple state".

"Yog liked his privacy, his homes were true havens for him (such a Cancerian!) and, ultimately, long term, we know he would not want to disturb or change the quiet neighbourhoods he so loved," they added, calling the singer by his nickname.

Michael's relatives and friend asked that his fans, referred to as "lovelies", instead make a donation or volunteer at a charity, adding that it would be a "fitting tribute".

"We like, whenever we are charged with making decisions in Yog's name, to think 'what would Yog do', and the family will continue to take decisions as we think he would have done," they wrote.

Michael was found dead aged 53 on Christmas Day 2016.

A post-mortem found he had died from heart disease and a build-up of fat in his liver, which can be linked to drug and alcohol abuse.

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Abba songwriters relish making music again

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Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson from Abba, during the aftershow for the press night of the musical Chess, at the London Coliseum in central London. Picture date: Tuesday May 1, 2018. Chess tells a story of love and political intrigue, set against the background of the Cold War, in which superpowers attempt to manipulate an international chess championship for political ends. (Yui Mok/PA Wire)

Abba songwriters Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus say the secret of their long partnership is still being excited by working together after more than 50 years.

The duo spoke after the press night of their hit musical Chess, which has returned to the West End 32 years after its stage debut.

The show, which the pair wrote with Tim Rice, stars Alexandra Burke and Michael Ball and tells the story of rival chess players competing for Russia and the US during the Cold War.

The revival received a standing ovation from the audience, as Benny, Bjorn and Tim Rice joined the cast at the curtain call.

Last week, Abba fans welcomed the announcement that the band have reformed and recorded new material.

Benny and Bjorn said it was "wonderful" to be back in the studio with their former bandmates, Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, adding it was like "no time has passed".

"It took moments and then we were back."

Asked about the secret of their success, Bjorn said: "We're still curious, both of us. Trying new things is still exciting."

Benny quipped: "Recording an Abba song is not really new but it felt good anyway."

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Kanye West sounds off on slavery and Trump

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File photo dated 20/02/15 of US rapper Kanye West who has released a politically-charged new song, in which he raps about Donald Trump and Barack Obama.. Issue date: Saturday April 28, 2018. Ye VS. The People, his first new music since 2016's Life Of Pablo, was aired on Los Angeles hip-hop station Power 106 FM on Friday night. It came shortly after West earned praise from the US president, and criticism from many others, for his signs of support on Twitter. In the track, West says: "I know Obama was heaven-sent but ever since Trump won, it proved that I could be president." (Jonathan Brady/PA Wire)

Rapper Kanye West has described slavery as a choice, praised Donald Trump for doing "the impossible" by becoming US president and attributed his 2016 mental breakdown to opioid addiction.

In the latest in a series of startling interviews, tweets and videos, West, 40, also revealed he had undergone liposuction some years ago because he did not want to be called fat.

The Grammy Award-winning musician's most controversial comments came in a rambling video interview at the Southern California offices of celebrity website TMZ.com where he was asked about his recent Twitter spree.

West emerged from a year's silence on Twitter two weeks ago to post up to 20 tweets an hour on topics ranging from politics, philosophy and fashion to his own image. He also said he had fired his manager.

At one point in the TMZ interview, shown on its website, West says, "When you hear about slavery for 400 years. For 400 years? That sounds like a choice."

The civil rights group NAACP said in a Twitter response addressed to West, "There is a lot of misinformation out there and we are happy to provide insight. Black people have fought against slavery since we first landed on this continent."

On Tuesday, the "Jesus Walks" singer also gave the first details of his November 2016 admission to a Los Angeles psychiatric hospital after a series of curtailed concerts and political rants.

"I was drugged out," he said in the TMZ interview. "Two days before I was taken to the hospital I was on opioids. I was addicted to opioids."

He said he was given painkillers after undergoing previously unreported liposuction surgery, adding, "I got liposuction, because I didn't want you' all to call me fat."

In separate video released on Tuesday to match his new single "Ye vs. the People," West discusses the support he voiced for Trump last week, which caused controversy among many of his fans.

Asked what he admired about Trump, West told fellow rapper T.I., "the ability to do what no one said you can do, to do the impossible."

In the single, West raps lines like "Make America Great Again had a negative perception/I took it, wore it, rocked it, gave it a new direction."

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Mean Girls, SpongeBob top Tony nominations

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Tony voters have celebrated everything from the goofy to the grotesque on Broadway, handing out nominations in double digits to such varied shows as Tina Fey's catty Mean Girls, the sprawling AIDS drama Angels in America, a grown-up Harry Potter play and a lolly-coloured slice of seafood in SpongeBob SquarePants musical.

Seven shows earned 10 or more nominations, led by Mean Girls and SpongeBob SquarePants, with 12 each. Angels in America, The Band's Visit and Carousel tied with 11, and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and My Fair Lady each got 10.

The best new musical category is filled by The Band's Visit, Frozen, Mean Girls and SpongeBob SquarePants. Those musicals that failed to make the cut were the Hal Prince revue Prince of Broadway, the Jimmy Buffett musical Escape to Margaritaville and Summer, about disco diva Donna Summer.

JK Rowling's Harry Potter franchise extended its magical touch to Broadway, with the two-part stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child earning nominations for lead actor Jamie Parker, featured actor Anthony Boyle, featured actress Noma Dumezweni, set design, costumes, lighting, sound design, choreography and a director nod for John Tiffany.

Another British revival, Angels in America, Tony Kushner's monumental, two-part drama about AIDS, life and love during the 1980s in New York, grabbed the most nominations for any play this season.

Katrina Lenk earned her first Tony nomination for The Band's Visit, based on a 2007 Israeli film about an accidental clash of cultures when an Egyptian orchestra gets lost and ends up in the wrong Israeli town.

Lenk and Louderman face competition for best actress in a musical from Lauren Ambrose of My Fair Lady, Hailey Kilgore of Once On This Island, LaChanze of Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, and Jessie Mueller of Carousel.

Best male acting nominations for a play include Denzel Washington, starring in a revival of Eugene O'Neill's epic The Iceman Cometh. The 2010 Tony winner for Fences faces off against Andrew Garfield in Angels in America, Tom Hollander of Travesties, Parker of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Mark Rylance in Farinelli and The King.

Tony-winner George C. Wolfe, who directed the original Angels in America in 1993, earned another nomination for his work on The Iceman Cometh, which captured eight nods.

Amy Schumer, who made her Broadway debut in Steve Martin's comedy Meteor Shower, won a nomination for best actress in a play. Others in the category include Glenda Jackson from Three Tall Women, Condola Rashad in Saint Joan and Lauren Ridloff in Children of a Lesser God.

Carousel, My Fair Lady and Once on This Island make up the best musical revival category, mostly because they're the only shows eligible.

Michael Cera and Atlanta star Brian Tyree Henry both were recognised for their featured performances in the Kenneth Lonergan play Lobby Hero, which will compete with Angels in America, Three Tall Women, Travesties and The Iceman Cometh for best play revival.

While Broadway veterans like Louderman, Mark Rylance and Condola Rashad all received nominations, some Hollywood stars were shut out, including Uma Thurman, Chris Evans and Clive Owen.

Bruce Springsteen, whose solo show mixes songs and stories from his best-selling memoir Born to Run and has been banking over $US2 million each week he's onstage, will be granted a special, non-competitive Tony, along with John Leguizamo for Latin History for Morons.

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'N Sync reunites for Hollywood star

There were thousands of screaming fans, songs and jokes - just like old times as 'N Sync reunited to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Fans lined the block to catch a glimpse of Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick as the famous fivesome received a star on Monday on the legendary boulevard in Los Angeles. Fans occasionally broke into song as each member took the stage.

Lance Bass addressed his LGBT fans, saying he didn't come out publicly during the band's heyday in the late 1990s and early 2000s in part because he grew up deeply religious in Mississippi.

He said he didn't have the strength then but does now, and he thanked the gay community and others for their support.

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Judd sues Weinstein, says he hurt career

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Ashley Judd has sued Harvey Weinstein, saying he hurt her acting career in retaliation for her rejecting his sexual advances. In the lawsuit filed Monday, April 30, 2018, in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Judd accuses Weinstein of defamation, sexual harassment and violation of California’s unfair competition law. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) 

US actor Ashley Judd has filed a defamation and sexual harassment lawsuit against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, alleging he damaged her career after she refused his sexual advances.

The civil lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court in Santa Monica, alleges Weinstein caused Judd to lose a part in 1998 in the film The Lord of the Rings by making "baseless smears" against her.

The lawsuit, reviewed by Reuters, alleges Weinstein "was retaliating against Ms Judd for rejecting his sexual demands approximately one year earlier, when he cornered her in a hotel room under the guise of discussing business".

"Weinstein used his power in the entertainment industry to damage Ms Judd's reputation and limit her ability to find work," the lawsuit says.

Weinstein has denied non-consensual sex with anyone. A representative issued a statement hours later saying Weinstein had "neither defamed Ms Judd nor ever interfered with Ms Judd's career".

Instead, the statement said, Weinstein "championed" Judd's work and "repeatedly approved her casting for two of his movies" - Frida in 2002 starring Salma Hayek, and Crossing Over with Harrison Ford in 2009.

It also said he had "fought for Ms Judd as his first choice for a lead role in Good Will Hunting".

Judd was one of the first women in October 2017 to make an on the record allegation of sexual misconduct against Weinstein, which soon afterward evolved into the social media #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and assault.

The Oscar-winning producer has since been accused of sexual impropriety by more than 70 women.

Judd, a leading member of the "Time's Up" movement against sexual harassment in the workplace, is seeking unspecified damages and a jury trial.

The actress said in a statement to the New York Times that any financial recuperation from the lawsuit would be donated to Time's Up.

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Westworld star Marsden sees truth in show

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Westworld star James Marsden says social revolutions such as #TimesUp and March For Our Lives have influenced the popular TV show.

The second season of the popular sci-fi western has kicked off, and the robot hosts in the western theme park have started to rebel against the humans who abused them as they lived out their western fantasies.

The revolution is primarily led by female characters played by actresses Evan Rachel Wood and Thandie Newton, both of whom have actively taken a stand against sexual harassment and misconduct in real life.

"Thandie and Evan have been major, major advocates for these movements and it's not lost on the showrunners and you see a lot of that come out in the writing," Marsden told AAP in Sydney.

The actor, who plays the heroic robot Teddy Flood, is in Australia to promote the show's second season. While he's careful not to drop any spoilers, he sees the similarities between Westworld and real-life events.

"There are parallels that are running in the show that are influenced by, or motivated by, a lot of what's going on in the world right now, and there are revolutions that are happening that are great and I think that it's an interesting sort of mirroring going on there," he said.

While the robot "hosts" on the show aren't human, they do have a lot in common with people who have been oppressed or abused.

"They're robots but they have human-like emotions, and they accrue human-like memories and experience, which makes them very human," he said.

Westworld, which also asks broader questions about human advancements in artificial intelligence, has been a massive hit. In the US it was the most-watched first season of an original series on powerful cable network HBO.

Impressive for a complex show that even its stars don't understand sometimes.

"I've given up on trying to understand it all," Marsden said.

"There's a lot going on but I guess that's part of the fun of it for the audience."

* Westworld Season Two airs on Monday from 11am (AEST) on Foxtel Now or on the showcase channel.

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Nicole Kidman sings on Urban's new album

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On Keith Urban's new record, Graffiti U, female collaborators are featured on many of the tracks both as songwriters and duet partners, but it's his wife Nicole Kidman who steals the show.

The Aussie television and movie star added backing vocals to Urban's first single, Female, a song that was inspired by the (hash)MeToo movement, and Urban says she was the inspiration for at least two other songs on the album that came out on April 27.

Urban's new record is a continuation of his experimentation with pop and other musical styles and he weaves together samples of songs from artists as varied as Merle Haggard and Ed Sheeran.

The Australian says he's always listening to music and trying on new styles to see if they fit his sound.

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Glee star Lea Michele says she's engaged

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Glee star Lea Michele is engaged to boyfriend Zandy Reich.

The actress, 31, confirmed the news with an Instagram post of a photograph showing her ring.

Alongside the picture she wrote: "Yes".

According to American celebrity website People, she and Reich, the president of a clothing company, have been dating for over a year.

Michele, known for playing Rachel Berry in the hit American musical TV series, previously dated her Glee co-star Cory Monteith.

Canadian actor Monteith, who played school jock Finn Hudson, was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room in 2013, aged 31.

Following Glee, Michele has also starred in TV Series Scream Queens.

 

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Japan unveils 'transformer' robot

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Photo taken in Saitama Prefecture on April 24, 2018, shows a prototype of a humanoid robot that can transform into a car for use in amusement parks, developed by Asratec Corp., a SoftBank Group Corp. subsidiary, and two other firms. Image: AP, Kyodo

A Transformers-style, humanoid robot that can shape shift into a sports car in about 60 seconds has been unveiled in Japan.

The J-deite RIDE robot is the brainchild of Kenji Ishida, CEO of Brave Robotics and a fan of anime movies featuring robots that could transform or combine with each other.

"I grew up believing that robots had to be capable of such things, which became my motivation to develop this robot," Ishida told Reuters Television.

The blue and white robot is 3.7-metres tall and can carry two passengers as it transforms into a car or humanoid form.

Some people may view the robot as an "expensive toy", but it was intended to inspire others, Ishida said.

The RIDE was co-developed with Asratec, a robot consulting firm, and amusement ride manufacturer Sansei Technologies.

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Cosby guilty of drugging, molesting woman

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Actor and comedian Bill Cosby departs the courthouse after he was found guilty in his sexual assault retrial, Thursday, April, 26, 2018, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa. Image: AP Photo/Matt Slocum

Bill Cosby has been convicted of drugging and molesting a woman in the first big celebrity trial of the (hash)MeToo era.

It completes the spectacular late-life downfall of a comedian who broke racial barriers in Hollywood on his way to TV superstardom as America's Dad.

Cosby, 80, could end up spending his final years in prison after a jury concluded he sexually assaulted Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. He claimed the encounter was consensual.

Cosby stared straight ahead as the verdict was read on Thursday but moments later lashed out loudly at District Attorney Kevin Steele after the prosecutor demanded the former TV star be sent immediately to jail. Steele told the judge Cosby has a plane and might flee.

"He doesn't have a plane, you a**hole!" Cosby shouted at Steele. "I'm sick of him!"

The judge decided Cosby can remain free on $US1 million bail while he awaits sentencing, but restricted him to Montgomery County, where his home is. No sentencing date was set.

Cosby waved to the crowd outside the courthouse, got into an SUV and left without comment. His lawyer Tom Mesereau declared "the fight is not over" and said he will appeal.

Shrieks erupted in the courtroom when the verdict was announced, and some of his accusers whimpered and cried. Constand remained stoic, then hugged her lawyer and members of the prosecution team.

"Justice has been done!" celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred, who represented some of Cosby's accusers, said on the courthouse steps. "We are so happy that finally we can say women are believed."

The verdict came after a two-week retrial in which prosecutors put five other women on the stand who testified that Cosby, married for 54 years, drugged and violated them, too. One of those women asked him through her tears, "You remember, don't you, Mr Cosby?"

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Accuser Lili Bernard, foreground, is consoled by grief counselor Caroline Heldman left, as accusser Victoria Valentino, right, is comforted outside the courtroom after Bill Cosby was found guilty in his sexual assault retrial, Thursday, April, 26, 2018, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa. A jury convicted the "Cosby Show" star of three counts of aggravated indecent assault on Thursday. The guilty verdict came less than a year after another jury deadlocked on the charges. Image: Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP

The panel of seven men and five women reached a verdict after deliberating for 14 hours over two days, vindicating prosecutors' decision to retry Cosby after his first trial ended with a hung jury less than a year ago.

Constand, 45, a former Temple women's basketball administrator, told jurors that Cosby knocked her out with three blue pills he called "your friends" and then penetrated her with his fingers as she lay immobilised, unable to resist or say no.

It was the only criminal case to arise from a barrage of allegations from more than 60 women who said the former TV star drugged and molested them over a span of five decades.

Cosby's retrial took place against the backdrop of (hash)MeToo, the movement against sexual misconduct that has taken down powerful men in rapid succession, among them Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Kevin Spacey and Senator Al Franken.

Cosby's lawyers slammed (hash)MeToo, calling Cosby its victim and likening it to a witch hunt or a lynching.

Cosby's new defence team, led by Mesereau, the celebrity lawyer who won an acquittal for Michael Jackson on child-molestation charges, launched a highly aggressive attack on Constand and the other witnesses.

Their star witness, a longtime Temple employee, testified that Constand once spoke of setting up a prominent person and suing. Constand sued Cosby after prosecutors initially declined to file charges, settling with him for nearly $US3.4 million over a decade ago.

But Cosby himself had long ago confirmed sordid revelations about drugs and extramarital sex.

In a deposition he gave over a decade ago as part of Constand's lawsuit, Cosby acknowledged he had obtained quaaludes to give to women he wanted to have sex with, "the same as a person would say, 'Have a drink'."

Cosby also acknowledged giving pills to Constand before their sexual encounter. But he identified them as the over-the-counter cold and allergy medicine Benadryl and insisted they were meant to help her relax.

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Local law enforcement help secure Airy Street for Bill Cosby to leave his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. Cosby was found guilty on all counts. Image: AP Photo/Corey Perrine

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Irwins tear up as Croc Hunter gets star

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There were tears, plastic crocodiles, fans yelling "crikey" and a mischievous anaconda as Steve "Crocodile Hunter" Irwin received a posthumous star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.

Irwin's wife Terri, daughter Bindi and son Bob became emotional as they spoke about how the larrikin, khaki-wearing wildlife crusader would have loved to be on Hollywood Boulevard for the ceremony.

"I never in my wildest dreams imagined this would come true," Bindi, who attended with boyfriend Chandler Powell, told the large crowd.

"Together we will continue to fight for everything Dad worked so hard for."

Irwin's "best mate" and director of Australia Zoo and Wildlife Warriors, Wes Mannion, was co-master of ceremonies and celebrities Curtis Stone, Rove McManus and Beau Bridges were among the VIP guests.

A slippery anaconda also appeared for the Irwins as they posed alongside the star.

Irwin's star is located near the famed intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine St, close to the historic Capitol Records building.

It also has some famous neighbours.

Irwin's star sits alongside those of Humphrey Bogart, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Johnny Cash, Jayne Mansfield, Ernest Borgnine, Dorothy Lamour, Kim Novak and Mariska Hargitay.

It is the 2635th star to be placed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Irwin, 44, died on September 4, 2006 while filming on the Great Barrier Reef near Port Douglas when a stingray's barb struck him in the heart.

Among the fans who showed up was American mum and Steve Irwin super fan Shianne Semenske, who woke up at 2am and drove to Hollywood from her home near San Diego.

She sports a "Crikey" tattoo on her right forearm and named one of her six-month-old twin sons Irwin.

To get a star on the Walk of Fame the recipient or a sponsor pays $US40,000 (about $A53,000) to the Hollywood Historic Trust.

On May 5, wildlife warriors from around the world will attend the Steve Irwin Gala Dinner in Beverly Hills to celebrate his life and legacy.

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DJ Avicii 'could not go on any longer'

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Swedish DJ, remixer and producer Avicii poses for a portrait in New York. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP, File)

The family of Swedish DJ Avicii, who was found dead last week in Oman at the age of 28, says he struggled with life and "could not go on any longer".

In their first comment on his death, the cause of which has not been disclosed, the family said in a statement: "He really struggled with thoughts about Meaning, Life, Happiness. He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace."

The statement appeared to suggest that the electronic dance musician and producer took his own life. His US publicist, Diana Baron, declined to comment further.

Avicii, whose real name was Tim Bergling, was one of the biggest stars of electronic dance music (EDM). He was found dead in Muscat, Oman, last Friday but no cause of death was released.

Avicii, known for international hits such as Wake Me Up and Hey Brother, announced in 2016 that he was retiring from touring, citing the demands of the lifestyle.

"Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions. An over-achieving perfectionist who travelled and worked hard at a pace that led to extreme stress," the family's statement said on Thursday.

"When he stopped touring, he wanted to find a balance in life to be happy and be able to do what he loved most - music," it added.

Avicii's death shocked the music world, particularly in Europe.

Church bells played one of Avicii's biggest hits in the Swedish capital Stockholm on Tuesday.

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467.

MensLine Australia 1300 78 99 78.

Multicultural Mental Health Australia www.mmha.org.au.

Local Aboriginal Medical Service details available from www.bettertoknow.org.au/AMS

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Missy Higgins finds a sound for the future

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Australian singer-songwriter Missy Higgins poses for a photograph in Sydney, Wednesday, April 18, 2018. Higgins is promoting her upcoming album Solastalgia, which will be released on May 4. (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts) 

From a young age, Ed Sheeran has had a talent for spotting great songwriters, they then serve as inspiration for his own remarkable career.

One of those songwriters is Australia's own Missy Higgins, a musician who has been releasing honest and catchy songs for over a decade now.

At the age of 13, while on holiday with his parents in Australia, Sheeran was first introduced to Higgins and was hooked.

"He saw a live concert of mine on TV, a show I did at the Opera House, and he really liked my music and apparently went out straight away and bought all my albums and all my EPs and became a big fan," Higgins told AAP.

In the years that followed, Higgins noticed how Sheeran would mention her in interviews so when he announced his recent tour of Australia, and it coincided with the release of her fifth album, Solastalgia, she got in touch and ended up supporting him on the tour.

"It was a crazy experience because it was bigger crowds than I'd ever played to before and I was really nervous at first. I got out there on the first show and I sung way too loudly. I lost my voice completely by the end of the first gig, and I didn't know what to do on such a huge stage but I got used to it with every show and by the end of it I was just having so much fun," she said.

It was a grand experience for a songwriter with a grand vision as Higgins' latest album, Solastalgia, deals with themes around motherhood and climate change.

"I had this crazy idea to write this album on a timeline from now until the end of the world. There's a very strong apocalyptic theme on the album," she said.

Solastalgia, is a term coined by Australian professor Glenn Albrecht which Higgins latched on to while reading an article about climate change. It's a beautiful sounding word that the songwriter felt encompassed many beautiful sounding metaphors.

For an album with such grand themes, Higgins has adjusted her sound accordingly, experimenting with electronic music.

"It is a very new sound for me, it's a sound that I've been wanting to explore for years because I've been listening to a lot of modern electronic programmed music over the last few years and been really inspired by it," she said.

The result is Higgins first original album in six years, and her first since becoming a mother.

"I've always said I don't want to release an album unless I'm inspired to do so... but it got to the point where I was having these surges of emotion and feelings about the future. Having a child suddenly made me much more aware of the passing of time. So I started thinking about my past and my future and then the end of my life and the fact that his would continue on, it was kind of blowing my mind so I needed to put those thoughts into some songs."

* Solastalgia is out on April 27 and Missy Higgins' national tour starts on May 2

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Fleetwood Mac split over tour dispute

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Fleetwood Mac band members, from left, Stevie Nicks, John McVie, Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Mick Fleetwood.  (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

The members of Fleetwood Mac say they parted ways with longtime guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, one of the rock group's most influential members, due to conflicts over their upcoming North American tour.

"It became just a huge impasse," the band's drummer and co-founder Mick Fleetwood said on "CBS This Morning." "We hit a brick wall where we decided we had to part company."

The British-American band behind 1970s hits "Go Your Own Way" and "Don't Stop," said two weeks ago they would tour without the 68-year-old songwriter and guitarist, but declined to give a reason.

Fleetwood, 70, refused to say whether Buckingham had been fired.

"We don't use that word because I think it's ugly and it's not a question of that," Fleetwood said.

"But it's like a marriage that came to an end and there are reasons why and as a band, we needed to move on and we have," he added.

Buckingham has not commented on the split.

Fleetwood Mac, which first formed in 1967, has been plagued by behind-the-scenes romantic and creative tensions among its members as well as a shifting lineup over the years.

But Buckingham joined Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie and John McVie for a 2014 reunion tour and a MusicCares ceremony in New York in January.

Nicks said Buckingham did not want to commit to the 52-date, six-month-long tour the band announced on Wednesday.

"When you're in a band, it's a team. I have a solo career and I love my solo career and I'm the boss," Nicks said. "But I'm not the boss in this band."

Fleetwood Mac's tour of the United States and Canada begins on October 3, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and ends in Philadelphia in April 2019.

The band has added former Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and Crowded House guitarist and singer Neil Finn to the tour.

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Steve Irwin to receive Hollywood star

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Steve "The Crocodile Hunter" Irwin will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame more than a decade after his shock death.

The ceremony will take place on Hollywood Boulevard on Thursday (Friday 4.30am AEST) and Irwin's wife Terri, daughter Bindi and son Bob are expected to attend.

Irwin's best mate and director of Australia Zoo and Wildlife Warriors, Wes Mannion, will co-emcee the ceremony.

Irwin was hugely popular in the US, with his Crocodile Hunter shows airing multiple times a day on the Animal Planet cable TV channel.

Irwin, 44, died on September 4, 2006, while filming on the Great Barrier Reef near Port Douglas when a stingray struck him with a barb to the heart.

On May 5 in Beverly Hills wildlife warriors from around the world will attend the Steve Irwin Gala Dinner to celebrate his life and legacy.

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Image: A December 24, 2003 file photo of the Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, and his daughter Bindi Irwin with one of three six-week-old Bengal tiger cubs at Australia Zoo today. The Crocodile Hunter died on September 4, 2006 after being pierced in the chest by a stingray while filming a documentary underwater. (AAP Image/Tony Phillips) 

DeLorean widow sues over film's use of car

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The DeLorean DMC-12 is seen at the 'Back to the Future 30th Anniversary Trilogy' at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 in New York, NY, USA, 21 October 2015. EPA/JASON SZENES

The widow of maverick car maker John DeLorean alleges a Texas company has illegally received money from the Back to the Future movies that used his iconic car.

The car was featured in the 1985 movie and a 1989 sequel. DeLorean died in 2005.

Sally DeLorean claims Universal agreed in 1989 to pay her husband for use of the car's image.

Her lawsuit filed in federal court in New Jersey on Monday alleges the Texas company claims it is owed the money and has received "a substantial payment."

The Texas company is named DeLorean Motor Company but isn't affiliated with the one DeLorean started.

Sally DeLorean settled a lawsuit in 2015 allowing it to use the DeLorean name, but she says contractual rights to benefit from the use in the film weren't transferred.

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Stay offline, Avengers directors warn fans

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This image released by Marvel Studios shows, front row from left, Danai Gurira, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Evans, Scarlet Johansson and Sebastian Stan in a scene from "Avengers: Infinity War," premiering on April 27. Image: Chuck Zlotnick/Marvel Studios via AP

Ahead of the Avengers: Infinity War world premiere in Los Angeles on Monday, the film's directors are warning fans to stay off of social media - and the internet in general - for the next few days to avoid any spoilers.

On Monday morning, Anthony and Joe Russo tweeted from their joint account, "Tonight, at our premiere in Los Angeles, we are screening 'Avengers: Infinity War' in its entirety for the first time ever. If you truly want to avoid any spoilers until you see the film, we recommend you abstain from any social media, or the Internet in general, until you have an opportunity to get to the theater."

The Russo brothers sign the letter with #ThanosDemandsYourSilence, referencing the villain played by Josh Brolin and giving a glimpse at his costume. The film also features Australian superstar Chris Hemsworth reprising his role as Thor.

It is not the first time the directors have warned their fans against spoilers, tweeting in April that they were beginning the Infinity War press tour and asking "that when you see 'Infinity War,' in the coming months, that you maintain that same level of secrecy so that all fans can have an equal experience when they watch it for the first time. Don't spoil it for others, the same way you wouldn't want it spoiled for you."

The third Avengers film, following 2012's The Avengers and 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron, Infinity War opens in Australia on Wednesday.

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Avicii's family releases statement

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Avicii accepts the award for favourite artist - electronic dance music at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP, File)

The family of Tim Bergling, the Swedish dance music star known as Avicii, who died on April 20 at age 28, have released a statement.

"We would like to thank you for the support and the loving words about our son and brother," it read. "We are so grateful for everyone who loved Tim's music and have precious memories of his songs.

"Thank you for all the initiatives taken to honor Tim, with public gatherings, church bells ringing out his music, tributes at Coachella and moments of silence around the world.

"We are grateful for the privacy during this difficult time. Our wish is that it continues that way."

Bergling was found dead in his hotel room in Oman, the Middle Eastern country bordering Saudi Arabia. The cause of death is as yet unknown.

He had suffered from health problems for several years, including acute pancreatitis, in part due to excessive drinking. He had his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014.

According to reports, sources within the Oman police department have said they have "no criminal suspicion" in the Friday death. Two postmortem examinations have been conducted, with authorities ruling out foul play.

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Hollywood star The Rock welcomes baby girl

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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and his partner Lauren Hashian have welcomed a daughter.

The actor, 45, posted a picture on Instagram of him with his chest bare, holding newborn Tiana.

"Skin to skin. Our mana," he wrote.

"Blessed and proud to bring another strong girl into this world.

"Tiana Gia Johnson came into this world like a force of nature and Mama @laurenhashianofficial labored and delivered like a true rockstar."

"I was raised and surrounded by strong, loving women all my life, but after participating in baby Tia's delivery, it's hard to express the new level of love, respect and admiration I have for @laurenhashianofficial and all mamas and women out there... if you really want to understand the single most powerful and primal moment life will ever offer - watch your child being born.

"Its a life changer and the respect and admiration you have for a woman, will forever be boundless."

The star also addressed his new baby, saying he would always be there for her.

"And to my third and youngest daughter, Tiana Gia - like I did when your two older sisters Simone Alexandra and Jasmine Lia were born, you have my word, I'll love, protect, guide and make ya laugh for the rest of my life," he said.

"Your crazy dad has many responsibilities and wears many hats in this big ol' world, but being your dad will always be the one I'm most proud to wear.

"Oh and one more thing.. you're gonna love rollin' in daddy's pick up truck."

Skin to skin. Our mana. Blessed and proud to bring another strong girl into this world. Tiana Gia Johnson came into this world like a force of nature and Mama @laurenhashianofficial labored and delivered like a true rockstar. I was raised and surrounded by strong, loving women all my life, but after participating in baby Tia’s delivery, it’s hard to express the new level of love, respect and admiration I have for @laurenhashianofficial and all mamas and women out there. Word to the wise gentlemen, it’s critical to be by your lady’s head when she’s delivering, being as supportive as you can.. holding hands, holding legs, whatever you can do. But, if you really want to understand the single most powerful and primal moment life will ever offer - watch your child being born. Its a life changer and the respect and admiration you have for a woman, will forever be boundless. And to my third and youngest daughter, Tiana Gia - like I did when your two older sisters Simone Alexandra and Jasmine Lia were born, you have my word, I’ll love, protect, guide and make ya laugh for the rest of my life. Your crazy dad has many responsibilities and wears many hats in this big ol’ world, but being your dad will always be the one I’m most proud to wear. Oh and one more thing.. you’re gonna love rollin’ in daddy’s pick up truck. #TianaGiaJohnson🌺 #3rdDaughter #BlessesAndGratefulMan #ImInTROUBLE

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The couple are already parents to two-year-old daughter Jasmine and Johnson has a child from his former marriage.

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Nothing suspicious in DJ Avicii's death

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Swedish DJ, remixer and record producer Avicii poses for a portrait, in New York. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP, File)

Sweden's public broadcaster says police in Oman have conducted two autopsies on the body of Grammy-nominated electronic dance DJ Avicii, who died aged 28.

Public broadcaster SVT, citing information from an anonymous police official in Oman, reported on Sunday that the autopsies revealed nothing suspicious and foul play has been ruled out in the performer's death on Friday.

The broadcaster says the body has been cleared to be taken back to Avicii's native Sweden, where he was born as Tim Bergling. Fans in Stockholm observed a minute's silence in his honour on Saturday.

Swedish tabloid Expressen says Avicii stayed at the Muscat Hills Resort while vacationing in Oman. Expressen says he spent time with friends, went kitesurfing and enjoyed the country so much, he was planning to stay a few extra days.

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Austin Powers' Mini-Me Verne Troyer dies

Austin Powers star Verne Troyer has died aged 49, his official social media accounts have confirmed.

No cause or place of death was given, but the diminutive US actor, best known for playing Mini-Me in the spy comedy films, had openly struggled with alcoholism.

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Earlier this month, the Hollywood star, who was 81 centimetres tall due to a genetic disorder causing dwarfism, had been admitted to hospital in Los Angeles.

A statement posted on his social media pages on Saturday read: "It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today.

"Verne was an extremely caring individual. He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh.

"Verne was also a fighter when it came to his own battles. Over the years he's struggled and won, struggled and won, struggled and fought some more, but unfortunately this time was too much.

"You never know what kind of battle someone is going through inside. Be kind to one another. And always know, it's never too late to reach out to someone for help."

Troyer became a celebrity and pop-culture phenomenon after starring alongside Mike Myers as Mini-Me, the clone and sidekick of villain Dr Evil, in two of the three Austin Powers films.

Troyer, who appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2009, was recently baptised while surrounded by family, the message added.

The actor's credits also include Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone and Men In Black.

The statement added that, rather than flowers, well-wishers should donate to his "two favourite charities; The Starkey Hearing Foundation and Best Buddies".

American glamour model Carmen Electra shared a snap of the two of them on Instagram in which she can be seen holding Troyer in her arms.

The Baywatch actress simply posted "R.I.P Verne Troyer" along with the image.

West Wing star Marlee Matlin took to Twitter following the news, describing him as having a "lovely smile with a caring and big heart".

Singer Vanilla Ice and American Pie actress Shannon Elizabeth also posted images of themselves with Troyer following the news of his death.

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Stalker in Taylor Swift's home took a nap

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Police say a stalker broke into Taylor Swift's New York City townhouse and took a nap.

Police said officers investigating a reported break-in Friday found 22-year-old Roger Alvarado asleep in the pop star's home in the Tribeca neighbourhood.

Alvarado, of Florida, was arrested on charges of stalking, burglary, criminal mischief and trespassing.

Alvarado was arrested at the same address on February 13 on charges of breaking the front door with a shovel.

Swift was not home during Friday's break-in.

The multiplatinum-selling recording artist has dealt with stalkers on both coasts.

Police said a Colorado man arrested April 14 outside a Beverly Hills home owned by Swift had a knife, a rope and ammunition.

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DJ Avicii dead at 28 in Muscat: publicist

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In this Aug. 30, 2013 file photo, Swedish DJ-producer, Avicii poses for a portrait in New York.(Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP, File)

Artist, DJ and producer Tim Bergling, aka Avicii, has died in Oman aged 28.

"It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii," a statement from his publicist read. "He was found dead in Muscat, Oman this Friday afternoon local time, April 20th. The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time. No further statements will be given."

Avicii was one of the few DJs capable of a worldwide arena tour, playing massive outdoor headline shows in Australia alongside regular festival slots. He won two MTV Music Awards, one Billboard Music Award and earned two Grammy nominations.

He had six top 10 singles in Australia, most notably the 2013 chart-topper Wake Me Up. His debut album True also reached No.1 on the ARIA charts the same year.

One of the most popular and successful dance artists of all time, he retired from performing in 2016 at the peak of his success, citing health reasons.

He had suffered from health problems for several years, including acute pancreatitis, in part due to excessive drinking. He had his gall bladder and appendix removed in 2014.

He posted the following statement on his website last year:

"WE ALL REACH A POINT IN OUR LIVES AND CAREERS WHERE WE UNDERSTAND WHAT MATTERS THE MOST TO US. For me it's creating music. That is what I live for, what I feel I was born to do.

"Last year I quit performing live, and many of you thought that was it. But the end of live never meant the end of Avicii or my music. Instead, I went back to the place where it all made sense - the studio.

"Hope you'll enjoy it as much as I do."

Bergling was born in Stockholm on September 8, 1989. He began DJing as a teenager and released his first single in 2007. He released a large number of singles and remixes in the following years and rapidly built a reputation as a live act.

His 2011 single Levels vaulted him into the mainstream. Sunshine, his 2012 collaboration with David Guetta, was nominated for a Grammy for best dance recording.

In September of that year, he became the first DJ to headline New York's prestigious Radio City Music Hall.

However, as his popularity rose, his health declined. He was hospitalised in March 2014 and cancelled several appearances. He released his second full-length album, Stories, in October 2015.

In August 2017, he released a six-track EP entitled Avici, which he said was the first of three instalments that would be his next album. He followed a month later with a full-length documentary called True Stories, which was largely about his retirement. In it, promoters are seen trying to convince him to continue touring, even though he is in obvious physical pain.

"I looked at myself like, 'F***, you should've really stood up for yourself more there. Come on, Tim!,'" he said of the documentary to Rolling Stone in an interview published last September. "Why didn't I stop the ship earlier?"

"I needed to figure out my life. The whole thing was about success for the sake of success. I wasn't getting any happiness anymore. Now that I have more time in the studio, I want to learn as much about other genres as possible. That's what I love the most - having a session with Nile Rodgers, for instance, and getting an understanding of music that's invaluable."

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Ariana Grande has "No Tears Left to Cry"

Grammy Award®-nominated, multi platinum, record-breaking superstar ARIANA GRANDE returns with her brand new single “No Tears Left To Cry” today via Republic Records.

Produced by Max Martin and ILYA, written by Ariana, Max Martin, ILYA, and Savan Kotecha, “No Tears Left To Cry” is the first single from her upcoming highly anticipated full-length album.

 In addition, she simultaneously unveiled the song’s music video, directed by Grammy Award®-winning director Dave Meyers, on VEVO this morning.

Samantha Jade finds depth in disco

When Samantha Jade decided to do an album of disco covers she didn't know what she was letting herself in for.

With a desire to do something fun, disco seemed like the perfect genre to tackle after her deeply personal album Nine, which she released after the death of her mum from cancer in 2014.

But she was pretty stunned when she delved into the lyrics of familiar songs such as Donna Summer's Hot Stuff and I Feel Love, which she realised were overtly sexual.

"Some of the lyrics, when you actually get into reading them, oh my gosh, some of them are very full on. I was shocked," Jade told AAP.

Both songs made it onto her new album, Best Of My Love, but with some modifications.

"I didn't do the moaning part in I Feel Love because that's a lot," she said.

"But I feel like you play a character - that's how it's like acting. In a way, with music, you play a character in every song. If you do a covers record, it's like you're playing a character."

Jade's deep dive into the era of disco introduced her to what it meant when it originally emerged at a time of burgeoning sexual liberation in the late 1970s.

"It started off in underground clubs in New York. It was kind of like this movement of the people and they'd just get up and they'd DJ and sing and perform, and it became something that was kind of this word-of-mouth thing that blew up and became really commercial," she said.

"And people were also being overtly sexy and it was becoming kind of OK. I think that gave women a bit of a 'yeah I can be out here and I can be sexy and comfortable with my sexuality and do it in front of the world'."

This sentiment feels particularly relevant to Jade now, at a time where movements such as #MeToo and the Australian not-for-profit organisation, Now, are helping people speak out against workplace sexual harassment, intimidation and abuse they've suffered.

"I feel like with today's climate, with girls being strong and coming out and speaking their mind and talking about all these issues that have been underlying for a long time, I feel like it's better than ever to sing songs like I Will Survive. They just mean a lot more now," she said.

And it's even changed how she sings these songs.

"I think that when I sing I Will Survive it comes from a different place," she said.

"I used to sing it in karaoke and never ever thought about the lyrics, never felt them in that way. And now I sing it from a different place and I feel like I'm singing for all those people. I Will Survive and I will soldier on."

* Best of my Love is out now.

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No charges over Prince's overdose death

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Fans of US musician Prince still leave notes and flowers on a fence outside of Paisley Park, Princes' home and where he was found dead after an overdose in two years ago Chanhassen, Minnesota, USA, 19 April 2018. EPA/CRAIG LASSIG

A two-year investigation into the death of Purple Rain singer Prince has failed to determine where he obtained a counterfeit painkiller laced with fentanyl, resulting in no criminal charges, a Minnesota prosecutor says.

"Law enforcement was unable to determine the source of the counterfeit Vicodin laced with fentanyl," Carver County Attorney Mark Metz told a news conferenceon Thursday. "We simply do not have sufficient evidence to charge anyone with a crime related to Prince's death."

Prince, 57, was found dead at his Paisley Park home and recording studio complex near Minneapolis on April 21, 2016. The official cause of death was a self-administered overdose of the painkiller fentanyl, which is 50 times stronger than heroin.

"Nothing in the evidence suggests Prince knowingly ingested fentanyl," Metz said, adding there was "no evidence that the pills that killed Prince were prescribed by a doctor".

"There is no reliable evidence showing how Prince obtained the counterfeit Vicodin laced with fentanyl or who else may had a role in delivering the counterfeit Vicodin to Prince," Metz said.

Prince, known for his androgynous style and sexually charged songs, crafted a public image of living a clean and healthy vegan lifestyle.

But the investigation, which included searches of Prince's computer, mobile phone records of his friends and interviews with associates, determined that Prince suffered from severe pain for a number of years and numerous painkillers were found in his residence, according to Metz.

Some of the pills were prescribed to his bodyguard Kirk Johnson to protect the singer's privacy, Metz said.

Johnson "continues to deny that he had anything to do with the death of his close friend, Prince", Johnson's lawyer F. Clayton Tyler said in a statement.

In a separate development, a doctor who treated the musician in his final weeks has been fined for allegedly writing a prescription knowing it would be used by another person, the US Attorney for Minnesota said in a statement.

The doctor, Michael T. Schulenberg, was fined $US30,000 in a civil settlement with federal prosecutors over allegations that he violated the controlled substances act, Attorney Gregory Brooker said.

Brooker said Schulenberg was not the target of any criminal investigation in Prince's death. The physician's lawyer said in a statement that Schulenberg worked to refer Prince to a treatment facility and he did not write any prescriptions with the intention that they would be used by the singer.

Prince's death shocked the world and led to a protracted battle among his siblings and half siblings over who would inherit his estate, estimated to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars in unreleased recordings and music rights.

On Thursday, Warner Bros. Records and the singer's estate released the original version of Prince's 1984 song Nothing Compares 2 U, along with a video featuring rehearsal footage, that has never been seen before, of the singer and his band The Revolution practising their choreography that year.

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Kidman, Jackman, NZ PM on Time's top 100

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Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern have made Time's list of 2018's 100 most influential people alongside an eclectic group including US President Donald Trump, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, soon-to-be member of the British royal family Meghan Markle and Black Panther's Chadwick Boseman.

Time describes its list as not a measure of power or past achievements but a gauge of "individuals whose time, in our estimation, is now".

The publication also asked an equally high-powered group to write brief stories about its top 100, with former US president Barack Obama penning a tribute to the Parkland, Florida high school students who suddenly became the vanguard for gun control in America.

"They see the NRA and its allies - whether mealy-mouthed politicians or mendacious commentators peddling conspiracy theories - as mere shills for those who make money selling weapons of war to whoever can pay," Obama wrote.

Naomi Watts wrote the blurb accompanying her longtime friend and fellow Australian actress Kidman.

"Dead Calm was released in 1989," Watts wrote.

"Big Little Lies was released in 2017.

"In the interim, Nicole Kidman has never once left our consciousness. And even after decades, she continues to break new ground."

Jackman's Les Miserables co-star Anne Hathaway described the Australian actor as "deeply egoless".

"I've never stopped and analysed why I love Hugh Jackman," Hathaway wrote.

"For me, it's like loving chocolate or puppies or rainbows: effortless."

Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg detailed Ardern's rise from political prodigy to the youngest female prime minister in the world.

"In a world that too often tells women to stay small, keep quiet - and that we can't have both motherhood and a career - Jacinda Ardern proves how wrong and outdated those notions of womanhood are," Sandberg wrote.

"She's not just leading a country.

"She's changing the game.

"And women and girls around the world will be the better for it."

Actress Priyanka Chopra described her friend Markle as a "strong, free spirit" who "found her prince, fell in love and in turn made a cynical world believe in fairy tales again".

Markle and Prince Harry, who also made the list, will wed next month.

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Kanye posts 'philosophy book' on Twitter

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Kanye West has posted a flurry of philosophical messages on Twitter, saying they form a book he is writing "in real time".

The rapper recently said he wanted to pen a philosophy book called Break The Simulation.

On Wednesday he posted a series of tweets sharing his musings on life, the internet and originality and told his 7.44 million followers his messages were part of the book.

"No publisher or publicist will tell me what to put where or how many pages to write," he said.

"This is not a financial opportunity, this is an innate need to be expressive."

West, father of three children with wife Kim Kardashian West, started with a post advising people not to "hop right on the phone or the internet or even speak to anyone for even up to an hour if possible" after getting up.

He then told his readers to follow their own vision and not the crowd.

He also advised: "I don't believe in the concept of an enemy.

"We have been conditioned to always be in competition. Stop looking for something to beat and just be.

"You don't have to do all the work. Once you start moving in love the universe will assist you."

He went on: "You will be a drop of water with the ocean as your army.

"If you move out of fear than your on your own.

"Then it's just you and the money and the countless people you have to lie to and manipulate to build a man made path that will never lead to true happiness."

West said the tweets form part of his book, adding he will work on it whenever he has something to express.

"Oh by the way this is my book that I'm writing in real time," he said.

"No publisher or publicist will tell me what to put where or how many pages to write.

"This is not a financial opportunity this is an innate need to be expressive."

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Spielberg to direct DC 'Blackhawk' film

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Steven Spielberg is finally taking on a superhero movie.

The prolific director and his Amblin Entertainment are teaming with Warner Bros to produce action-adventure "Blackhawk," with the intention of Spielberg directing.

Based on the classic comic-book property, the project will mark the filmmaker's first feature centred on characters from the DC universe.

Spielberg most recently directed "Ready Player One" for Warner Bros, which has so far grossed $US476 million worldwide following its release late last month.

"We can't wait to see what new ground he will break in introducing 'Blackhawk' to movie audiences worldwide," said Toby Emmerich, chairman, Warner Bros Pictures Group.

The screenplay for "Blackhawk" is being written by David Koepp, who has collaborated with Spielberg as a screenwriter on the blockbusters "Jurassic Park," "The Lost World: Jurassic Park," "War of the Worlds," and "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull."

Spielberg will produce the film with Kristie Macosko Krieger under the Amblin Entertainment banner, while Sue Kroll will executive produce under her Kroll & Co. Entertainment shingle.

"Blackhawk" will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros Pictures.

"Blackhawk" was first introduced in 1941 by Quality Comics before the property was acquired by DC Comics in 1957. In the comics, Blackhawk was the leader of the Blackhawk Squadron, an elite group of pilots that fought in World War II.

Spielberg is currently prepping the fifth Indiana Jones movie, which will be his next project.

It's currently unknown when exactly Spielberg will shoot "Blackhawk," but the studio now has the time to fully develop the project before handing it over to Spielberg.

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James Bay fashions his own evolution

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British singer-songwriter James Bay poses for a photograph in Sydney, Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Bay's second album Electric Light will be released on May 18. (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts)

Bowie did it. Lady Gaga does it. Even Miley Cyrus is a culprit.

It's now British singer-songwriter James Bay's turn to adopt an image change.

In Australia this week, Bay is promoting his new single Us from his forthcoming second album, Electric Light, but he looks almost unrecognisable. Gone are the flowing locks and the felt fedora hat that gave him his distinctive silhouette throughout the release of his first album, the number one record Chaos and the Calm.

Instead Bay has a shortened, quiffed hairstyle and no hat.

"I got my hair cut, and it was great because I'd had long hair for 12 or 13 years. It was the same hair that you all knew me with, and I had had for a very long time," Bay told AAP.

"I'd been playing shows in a hat, that hat, since I was about 19 and it was as intentional to wear that, to have that look, as it was to lose it."

The hat, and the hair all complemented his Americana-folk pop style, marking him out as a guitar-wielding troubadour with hits such as Let It Go and Hold Back The River.

But as his new music took on a different shape, he realised he needed a new image to match.

"I want to do this for the rest of my life and I can't spend the rest of my life with a big felt hat on my head and all that hair. It's way more fun and exciting to evolve and I think I'm allowed that as well as everyone else," he said.

"It's the greatest to explore new horizons, sonically and aesthetically."

It's a package deal, really. Electric Light brings Bay into new territory, singles Wild Love and Pink Lemonade are charged, high-energy pop songs which use synthesisers and push the artist out of the realm of Americana.

While his first record was inspired by Bruce Springsteen, Carol King and Ryan Adams, Bay looked to other heroes such as Bowie and Prince and The Strokes to inspire his new work, and discovered other artists.

"Some of it was newer to me, LCD Soundsystem, Frank Ocean, Lorde's music had sort of been in the atmosphere but I really dug into it over the last couple of years. And there were some Blondie influences and some Drake influences, and the list goes on," he said.

"But it was so freeing - when I was touring Chaos and the Calm so much - to love and to listen to stuff that didn't relate to Chaos and the Calm. And it naturally went on to be stuff that inspired now my second record."

* Us is out now and James Bay will return to Australia in July to play at the Splendour in the Grass festival

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Amy Schumer gets pretty in new comedy

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Amy Schumer arrives at the world premiere of "I Feel Pretty" at the Westwood Village Theater on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, in Los Angeles (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Not too long ago Amy Schumer would have been a little uneasy sharing scenes with supermodels Lauren Hutton, Naomi Campbell and Emily Ratajkowski.

In her new comedy, I Feel Pretty, the 36-year-old stand-up comic turned movie star faced that prospect and it did not phase her.

"Honestly, no," Schumer told AAP in a video interview in New York on the weekend.

"That's something that maybe even five years ago I would have been making a lot of jokes about it as a defence mechanism.

"Maybe it's being in my late 30s and getting drilled on the internet so much, but I really feel great about myself."

Schumer plays Renee Bennett in I Feel Pretty, a New Yorker in a steady job and with a tight group of friends.

But, she wants more.

Bennett has low self esteem, is insecure and does not like what she sees when she looks at a mirror.

When she works out at a hipster SoulCycle gym her feet are too big for the equipment and she is too heavy for the bikes.

During one session surrounded by super fit beauties she falls off the bike, bumps her head and when she wakes up something odd has happened.

When she looks into a mirror she sees a supermodel.

Her friends still see the same Renee, but she is convinced she is a stunner and her new confidence leads her on a new path and job at a cosmetics giant.

There's plenty of typical dirty Schumer comedy in the film, but it also tackles the issue of self-esteem in a way Hollywood romantic comedies have not.

There is a heartfelt speech Renee gives toward the end of the movie that is striking.

"What my character realises is when you're a little girl you have all of this confidence, you let your belly hang out, you just want to dance and play and then your confidence gets chipped away," Schumer said.

"People say mean things to you, you start to doubt yourself and compare yourself to other people.

"So the movie is about trying to get people back to that confidence you have when you are a child."

I Feel Pretty opens in Australia on Thursday (April 19).

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Former US First Lady Barbara Bush dies

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First lady, Barbara Bush poses with her dog Millie in Washington. (AP Photo/Doug Mills, File)

Former US first lady Barbara Bush, the only woman to see her husband and son sworn in as US president, has died . She was 92.

The Bush family released a statement confirming her death on Tuesday.

It was announced earlier this week that Mrs Bush, was in "failing health" and had decided to no longer seek medical treatment.

She was being cared for at her home in Texas.

"She is surrounded by a family she adores and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she is receiving," the statement added.

The brief statement did not indicate the nature of her illness but said that she had had a series of recent hospitalisations.

CNN reported that Bush was suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure.

As first lady from 1989 until the start of 1993, Bush was a popular national figure known for her sometimes blunt talk and self-deprecating wit.

Her husband, the 41st US president, is 93 years old. Her son, the 43rd US president, is 71.

Another son, Jeb, is a former governor of Florida who ran unsuccessfully for president in 2015 and early 2016.

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No How I Met Your Mother return: Radnor

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How I Met Your Mother star Josh Radnor, who played Ted Mosby in the popular show for nearly 10 years, has ruled out returning to the role.

Radnor, who is currently starring in new TV show Rise, said he has no desire to return to the role he played from 2005-2014, despite the current trend to reboot popular shows such as Roseanne and Will & Grace.

"It would not be interesting to me. I feel I explored everything I need to explore of that character. I really feel like I did it," Radnor told AAP.

After the show ended, Radnor purposely stepped away from the public eye, having been on network TV for nearly a decade, and took on more low-key work.

"I took that break very intentionally," he said.

"I went back to the theatre - I did a play on Broadway, I did a play at Lincoln Centre. I did a series on PBS about the Civil War called Mercy Street and a couple of other little things. I started a band. I feel like it's OK to go away for a while. I'm not one of those people who panics if he's not in front of large audiences."

Radnor has since been enticed back to another prime time show, Rise, created by Friday Night Lights showrunner Jason Katims.

"I've been a big fan of Jason's for many years... He's kind of a gift for actors because he writes really dimensional people who are not stereotypes and are just complicated like all of us," Radnor said.

Within a week of meeting with Katims, the actor had signed on to play the show's central character, teacher Lou Mazzuchelli, who reinvents a high school drama group to make it more progressive and relevant to the students involved.

Radnor hopes to come back for a second season, but in the meantime is keeping himself busy working with Australian singer-songwriter Ben Lee in their newly formed musical duo, Radnor & Lee.

"We're coming to Australia in May and then we're going to record our second record in June," he said.

* Rise is available on Stan, same day as the US

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Kendrick Lamar wins Pulitzer for music

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California rapper Kendrick Lamar has become the first rapper to win the Pulitzer Prize for music, one of the most prestigious arts awards in the United States.

Lamar, 30, won the Pulitzer for his 2017 album "DAMN." and was also the first music winner in the 100-year history of the Pulitzers to come from outside of the world of classical or jazz.

Lamar's fusion of jazz, poetry and blues with social themes and love songs has made him one of the most innovative rappers of his generation.

The Pulitzer board on Monday hailed "DAMN.," which was released in April 2017, as "a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life."

Previous Pulitzer music winners include jazz musicians Wynton Marsalis and Ornette Coleman.

"DAMN.," Lamar's fourth album deals with religion, love, personal struggles and racial politics.

It topped the Billboard 200 album charts for three weeks on its release last year and powered Lamar to five wins at the Grammy Awards in New York in January.

But the album failed to win the top Grammy prize - album of the year - in what was seen as a snub by music industry voters for the rap genre despite its rising popularity.

Only two hip-hop albums have ever won the Grammy for album of the year: Lauryn Hill's "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" in 1999 and Outkast's "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" in 2004.

Lamar was born and raised in the Los Angeles suburb of Compton, the home of hip-hop pioneers NWA, and started making music as a 16-year-old.

He also produced the soundtrack for the 2018 superhero box-office hit film "Black Panther," and performed the lead single "Pray For Me" with The Weeknd.

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NY Times, New Yorker win Pulitzer Prize

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Dana Canedy, the new administrator of The Pulitzer Prizes, announces the 2018 winners,Monday April 16, 2018, at Columbia University in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

The New York Times and the New Yorker magazine have shared the honour for public service for their reporting on sexual harassment allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

The reporting revealed "explosive, impactful journalism that exposed powerful and wealthy sexual predators," the Pulitzer board said.

Reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey shared the Times honour for their report on Weinstein, which triggered a series of similar allegations against influential men in politics, journalism and show business and gave rise to the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements that have encouraged victims to come forward.

The New Yorker's Ronan Farrow was also recognised for a Weinstein report that detailed the allegations of a woman who reported her accusations to New York police. Authorities have since renewed a criminal investigation of Weinstein.

The Washington Post won the investigative reporting prize for breaking the story that the Alabama US Senate candidate Roy Moore had a history of courting teenage girls.

The Moore report came as stories of men abusing their power over women abounded, contributing to changing public attitudes. Moore, a Republican backed by President Donald Trump, had been favoured to win the special election but lost to Democrat Doug Jones.

The New York Times and the Washington Post shared the honour for national reporting for their coverage of the investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 US presidential election.

Reuters won two Pulitzer Prizes, one for exposing the methods of police killing squads in Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs, and one for feature photography documenting the Rohingya migrant crisis between Myanmar and Bangladesh.

The Pulitzers, the most prestigious awards in American journalism, have been awarded since 1917, after being established in the will of newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer.

The 17-member Pulitzer board is made up of past winners and other distinguished journalists and academics.

It chose the winners in 14 journalism categories plus seven that recognise fiction, drama, history, biography, poetry, general nonfiction and music.

Kendrick Lamar became the first rapper to win a Pulitzer Prize, taking the music award for his album "DAMN."

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DeNiro, Stiller on Saturday Night Live

Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller have reunited in this week's Saturday Night Live cold open, with De Niro playing Special Counsel Robert Mueller and Stiller playing Trump attorney Michael Cohen.

The two "Meet the Parents" stars paid homage to the iconic lie detector scene from the film, with Mueller grilling Cohen about his work for President Trump.

They also called back to the question of whether or not you can milk a cat. Cohen accused Mueller and his team of bias, which Mueller refuted by saying they use codenames for the President and his family to prevent emotion from coming into it.

Trump's codename apparently used to be "Putin's little b--h," but is now "Stormy's little b--h." Ivanka'a codename is "Girlfriend," while Erik and Donald Jr. are "Two Fredos." Cohen is now known as "Dead Man Walking."

Earlier in the cold open, Cohen lamented to Attorney General Jeff Sessions (Kate McKinnon) and Vice President Mike Pence (Beck Bennett) that he had all kinds evidence on Trump seized in a recent FBI raid. "I got a whole hard drive that's just labeled 'Yikes,'" he said.

In this week's "Weekend Update," McKinnon also suited up as embattled Fox News host Laura Ingraham.

"So good to be back after that planned vacation," Ingraham said.

"It was so fun and so planned and so scheduled a long time ago."

Ingraham also touted her remaining sponsors in light of the recent wave of advertiser exits, including "Carl's Sr., Carl's Jr. food ground to mush for seniors."

Thompson also brought back his LaVar Ball impression, keeping Michael Che in stitches throughout.

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Beyonce's Coachella set rocks the festival

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Destini Texada, left, and Tia Jackson, of Houston, wear Beyonce jerseys during the Coachella Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Indio, Calif. Image: Amy Harris/Invision/AP

Beyonce has paid tribute to historically black colleges and universities and also reunited with Destiny's Child during her headlining performance at Coachella, which was delayed for a year because of her pregnancy.

Beyonce performed at two-hour set of her hits in Indio, California, where the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is held each year. The superstar was due to perform last year but had to postpone because she was pregnant with her twins, Sir and Rumi.

 

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Her return did not disappoint the audience with a rousing set, including paying tribute to the marching bands, the dance troupes and step teams at HBCUs. She even performed Lift Every Voice and Sing, known as the national black anthem.

Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams also joined her as they sang their smash Say My Name, and husband Jay-Z also came out for a collaboration. Her sister Solange also performed at the festival.

Beyonce is due to return for her second performance as Coachella returns for its second run next weekend.

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Horror comes to Hollywood's rescue

Finding dependable, bankable box-office hits for anything without a superhero has been a downright scary proposition for Hollywood.

The solution, it turns out, is a nightmare, too.

Horror has emerged as one of the most lucrative and in-demand genres in Hollywood, a box-office success story as well as - thanks to a new generation of ambitious genre filmmakers - a creative one.

For an industry that has struggled to find areas of growth outside of the pages of comic books, it's now hailing slashers as saviors.

"Right now it's pretty obvious what audiences want," says Jeff Bock, senior box-office analyst for Exhibitor Relations. "People want their horror fast and cheap. And that should be music to the ears of studios."

It certainly was to Paramount Pictures - the most hit-starved of the major studios - when John Krasinski's "A Quiet Place" last weekend blew away expectations to debut with $US50.2 million.

Despite costing only $US17 million to make, the expertly sound-designed suspense film may pass $US100 million over this weekend.

For the ascendant genre, this Friday the 13th will be a victory lap.

Also opening will be "Truth or Dare," the latest from Blumhouse Productions, the horror factory that has done more than any other to lead today's renaissance.

While the economics of horror have been appreciated by the movies since at least "Frankenstein" and "Dracula" almost a century ago, Blumhouse has reinvigorated the genre by pairing $US5 million-or-less budgets with filmmakers eager to push the genre forward.

That's a drastically different strategy in tentpole-obsessed, risk-adverse Hollywood.

The goliath of the industry, the Walt Disney Co., doesn't even make horror films, making it one of the few movie realms its intellectual property-backed blockbusters don't dominate.

Depending on what you classify as horror, the genre last year accounted for about $US800 or $US900 million in domestic box office, one of the highest totals in decades if not ever.

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Khloe Kardashian has baby girl: reports

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This combination photo shows television personality Khloe Kardashian at the NBCUniversal Network 2017 Upfront at Radio City Music Hall in New York on May 15, 2017, left, and Cleveland Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson at the NBA basketball team media day in Independence, Ohio, on Sept. 25, 2017. Various outlets have reported that the 33-year-old reality star has given birth to a baby girl, but her reps have not commented. Kardashian was expecting the baby with Thompson. The birth comes amid a torrent of tabloid speculation about the couple after surveillance video showed the basketball star with other women. There has been no comment from either Kardashian or Thompson on the matter. Image: AP Photo

Khloe Kardashian has given birth to her first child, according to reports.

The reality TV star previously revealed she was expecting a baby girl with NBA basketball player Tristan Thompson.

A source confirmed the birth to E! News, which broadcasts the Kardashian family's slate of reality shows.

Kardashian, 33, did not publicly confirm she was expecting until she was almost six months pregnant.

She eventually shared a photo of her baby bump on Instagram, saying it was her "greatest dream realised".

She delivered the little girl early on Thursday morning local time, at a hospital outside Cleveland, Ohio, according to TMZ.

Her sisters Kim and Kourtney, her mother Kris Jenner and her best friend and former Celebrity Big Brother star Malika Haqq were also reportedly present, alongside Thompson.

 

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Midnight Oil hint at return to studio

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Australian rock band Midnight Oil walks the red carpet ahead of the 2018 Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) Music Awards at the International Convention Centre in Sydney, Tuesday, April 10, 2018. (AAP Image/Brendan Esposito) 

Midnight Oil are set to return to the studio to work on new music following the band's successful reunion tour.

Lead guitarist Jim Moginie says he's open to making music once more with bandmates Peter Garrett, Rob Hirst, Martin Rotsey and Bones Hillman.

"Making noise again with the lads was good," Moginie told AAP this week.

"I think we're all around. We're all still playing. We're all still doing things together, I don't see why we shouldn't (make new music) if we've got something to say.

"It's a very organic process with Midnight Oil and how we make things and create things. So I'm really open, never say never."

Moginie was in Sydney with his bandmates to collect the prestigious Ted Albert Award for outstanding contribution to Australian music at this week's APRA Awards.

Frontman Garrett also dropped a massive hint that something was in the works.

"I think we owe it to ourselves to see if we can make new music," Garrett told News Ltd.

It's been 16 years since the Oil's last studio album, Capricornia, and there's a renewed energy in the band since their recent tour.

Moginie said winning the Ted Albert Award made him nostalgic for the band's early days, recording at historic Sydney production house Albert's, and working in close quarters with legendary songwriting/producing duo Harry Vanda and George Young.

"Our first album was started at Alberts with Harry and George hanging around in the coffee room," he said.

"They kicked us out when we were doing the midnight to dawn shift and they'd come in during the day and cut Love is In The Air and stuff like that. It was an amazing time."

A new documentary charting the band's early days, Midnight Oil 1984, will be released in May.

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Spacey faces new assault probe in US

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The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office is reviewing a sexual assault case against Kevin Spacey.

A case was presented by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on April 5. No additional information is currently available.

The former "House of Cards" star has been accused of sexual misconduct by numerous men in the US and in England. Scotland Yard is investigating at least three sexual assault complaints against the Oscar winner.

"Star Trek: Discovery" actor Anthony Rapp was the first accuser to go public with his story. Rapp alleged in October that Spacey made a pass at him when he was 14 years old during a party at Spacey's New York apartment in 1986. Spacey was 26 at the time.

Spacey released a controversial statement in which he simultaneously came out and said he did not remember behaving inappropriately with Rapp.

"If I did behave as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behaviour, and I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all these years," he said.

In the UK, Spacey is under investigation for allegedly assaulting a man in 2005 in the Central London borough of Westminster, and men in the South London borough of Lambeth, in 2005 and 2008.

Spacey's fall from grace was swift and fierce.

He was fired from his Netflix series "House of Cards" and replaced by Christopher Plummer in Ridley Scott's film "All the Money in the World." Plummer went on to earn Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for the role. Robin Wright will lead the upcoming sixth and final season of of "House of Cards."

Spacey's reps declined to comment.

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Elton John wants to hear better songs

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Singer Elton John performs before announcing final world tour at Gotham Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Sir Elton John wishes people would write better songs.

The veteran hitmaker says he is a big fan of Stormzy and Kendrick Lamar but claims there is a lot of music in the charts that he can't sing.

The 71-year-old, who earlier this year announced he was retiring from touring with a 300-date, three-year tour, said he thought those who "write the real songs are going to have the biggest future" in an interview with the BBC.

"I just wish people would write better songs," he said.

"The real artists... are doing it the right way because they are going out and playing live and getting a huge following by playing live shows. And you don't really see them on social media very much.

"When you listen to even the cheesiest songs from the 50s, 60s and 70s, they are songs.

"There are a lot of songs in the charts I can't sing, it's just a beat. Someone like Stormzy can actually do that, with Blinded By Your Grace Part 2, he sings on it so beautiful.

"He's got it all, he's got the ability to do the grime... and he's also got the ability to use his voice and do something really beautiful. That's what I love. So has Kendrick (Lamar), I like the combination of the fabulous bit of rap and the song coming in."

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Man 'robbed bank to impress Taylor Swift'

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A man with a crush on singer Taylor Swift robbed a bank and then went to the pop star's mansion on Rhode Island where he threw cash over a fence in an attempt to impress her, police say.

Bruce Rowley is charged with robbing a bank in Connecticut on April 4.

Police said "it seemed he wanted to propose" to Swift, so he drove about 100km to Westerly, Rhode Island, and started throwing some of the roughly $1600 (A$2060) he is charged with stealing over Swift's fence.

Rowley was pursued by Rhode Island State Police back to Connecticut where he was arrested.

That is where he allegedly told police about his plan.

The 26-year-old was held on $100,000 bail at his arraignment.

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Mariah Carey battles bipolar disorder

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Mariah Carey says she's no longer living in isolation after seeking treatment for a bipolar disorder.

In a People magazine article due on newsstands Friday, the singer says she didn't believe it when she was first diagnosed after she was hospitalised for a physical and mental breakdown in 2001.

The 48-year-old says she lived in denial and isolation and feared someone would expose her.

Carey is in therapy and taking medication for bipolar II, which involves periods of depression and hypomania, which involves irritability.

Carey says she's taking medication that's not making her feel too tired or sluggish.

"I got back to doing what I love - writing songs and making music," she said.

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Walking Dead villain says fans abuse him

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Jeffrey Dean Morgan arrives at the world premiere of "Rampage" at the Microsoft Theater on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

A familiar, terrifying laugh and heavy footsteps can be heard moving slowly down a long, dark corridor in a movie studio sound stage located in a seedy part of Hollywood.

The laugh can only belong to one man.

It's Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

If you do not watch The Walking Dead, then the laugh and footsteps would not give you chills but if you are a fan of the hit TV series, the sound and sight of Morgan, aka the baseball bat, skull-crushing super villain Negan, would freak you out.

When the actor does appear from the corridor he, just like Negan, is dressed from head to toe in black, although his grey beard is thicker than usual and he is wearing a disarming pair of black-rimmed glasses.

He takes a seat on a couch in front of me and his hands are full, but thankfully he is not carrying his barbed wire-wrapped baseball bat.

Instead he is juggling three drinks.

A large Starbucks coffee, a herb tea and a can of Coke.

"I have a cold and I'm sweating it out," Morgan, explaining his collection of drinks, says.

"Yesterday I had an IV at lunchtime.

"I was hurtin'."

Morgan, the Seattle-born 51-year-old, was on the third day of a media tour to promote Rampage, his new action film based on the classic video game of the same name.

He stars alongside Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Malin Akerman and Joe Manganiello.

Morgan plays a mysterious government agent who appears after a bio-genetic experiment on animals in a space station goes wrong and canisters holding a gene-altering substance crash to earth.

One lands in a California wildlife sanctuary and infects an albino silverback gorilla raised by Johnson's character.

A wolf and a crocodile in other parts of the US are also exposed.

The three animals rapidly grow and embark on a path of destruction which leads to a showdown on a Chicago skyscraper.

The film was largely shot in Atlanta, which allowed Morgan to shoot it and The Walking Dead at the same time.

Morgan has had a long and successful TV and film career with roles in Zach Snyder's Watchmen, The Texas Killing Fields with Sam Worthington, Heist alongside Robert De Niro and Solace with Anthony Hopkins.

But it is Negan in The Walking Dead that made him possibly the most hated character on TV.

"I get a lot of people that hate me," Morgan smiled.

"But if people take the time to talk to me for more than one second, generally, I can sway them from the pure hatred.

"I'll still be walking down the street and people will flip me off.

"I get 'F**** you Negan' all the time.

"I'll be walking down the street with my kid and I'll hear 'F*** you Negan' and I'll be like 'You know The Walking Dead is not a documentary? It's not real.'"

Morgan said the success of the TV series has led to plenty of movie role offers to play villains, one of the reasons he took the good guy Rampage job.

Don't be surprised if you see him switch gears and appear in a romantic comedy soon.

"Yeah, a romantic comedy, dammit!," Morgan laughed.

"Before Watchmen I did PS I Love You and a romantic comedy with Uma Thurman and Colin Firth called The Accidental Husband, which nobody saw, but I loved it.

"I thought I was going to be the American Hugh Grant."

* Rampage opens in Australia on Thursday (April 12).

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Cosby lawyers slam accuser as 'con artist'

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Bill Cosby arrives for his sexual assault trial, Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Bill Cosby's defence lawyer has told a jury that accuser Andrea Constand is a "con artist" out to extort money from the famed comedian, saying she concocted a false story of sexual assault to pay for her education and set up a business.

"She was madly in love with his fame and money. She's now a multimillionaire because she pulled it off," defence lawyer Thomas Mesereau said of Andrea Constand, 44, who won a $US3.4 million settlement from Cosby in a civil lawsuit in 2006.

The 80-year-old entertainer, once known as the wise and witty father in the 1980s television hit The Cosby Show, is facing his second trial in Norristown, Pennsylvania, on charges of drugging and sexually assaulting Constand in 2004. Last year his first trial ended with the jury unable to reach a verdict.

About 50 women have accused Cosby of assault, many of them alleging, as Constand did, that he drugged them. All the accusations other than Constand's were too old to be the subject of criminal prosecution.

Cosby has denied wrongdoing, saying any sexual contact was consensual. If convicted of aggravated indecent assault, he could face up to 10 years in prison.

Unlike in the first trial, jurors in this case were told Cosby agreed to the $US3.4 million settlement in 2006. Both sides had wanted to divulge the payout. Prosecutors could seek to portray it as an admission of guilt, while defence lawyers could argue it bolsters their cases that Constand was seeking a big payout.

The defence was also allowed in this trial to present evidence that Constand told a friend, Margo Jackson, in 2004 it would be easy to set up a celebrity on a fictitious sexual assault charge.

In opening arguments on Tuesday, Mesereau said Cosby was lonely and vulnerable at the time, having never recovered from the 1997 murder of his son Ennis by a street punk in Los Angeles. He was also traumatised by an unsuccessful extortion attempt by a young woman who claimed to be his daughter and demanded $US40 million.

Even after the alleged assault in January 2004, Constand called Cosby as many as 60 times and visited his home alone, said Mesereau, who successfully defended Michael Jackson against child molestation charges.

"We welcome the opportunity for truth to get out," Mesereau said. "Finally, Mr Cosby gets his day in court. It is brutal for him. He's blind. He's 80 years old."

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Andrew Denton makes healthy return to TV

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A Friday, March. 14, 2008 file photo of Australian television presenter Andrew Denton as he poses for photographs in Sydney. Mr Denton will host a new ABC TV program with working title 'Project Next' to be aired later in 2009. (AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy)

Just seven months after undergoing major heart surgery, Andrew Denton insists he is raring to go for his much-anticipated return to TV with a new chat show.

Simply titled Interview, the Seven Network series allows Denton to do what he does best and probe a different guest each week.

Since undergoing bypass surgery for heart disease last August the seasoned interviewer says he feels better than ever.

"About six or seven months ago (co-producer) Jon (Casimir) said to me 'are you sure you're going to be well enough to come back?' and I said 'I'm actually going to be better than well'," Denton told reporters on Tuesday.

The surgery came as a surprise but Denton said the outcome was a complete success.

"As bad news goes it was the best news I could have had because, essentially, I'm largely heart attack-proof for 10 or 15 years. It was really good," he said.

It's been a decade since the last episode of Denton's popular ABC interview show Enough Rope went to air, and five years since his ill-fated word-game Randling aired, enough time he feels to warrant his return.

"When you do take time away just to immerse yourself in something else it's like a fallow field, you come back richer with better crops," he said.

"I really enjoyed sitting out of television, it's been five years now, and I've really enjoyed being back."

British comedian Ross Noble and Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant will feature on the show with other guests to be revealed in coming weeks.

High on Denton's wish list are media mogul Rupert Murdoch, and US presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama.

The challenge in this one-on-one format, he said, is to try and get his guests to go off-script.

"One of the best answers you can get to a question is silence," Denton said.

"I remember once asking Matt Damon a really simple question which was 'are you a good actor?' and he was silent for about 10 seconds and I knew, from the minute he went silent, that whatever he said after that was going to be a real answer. What I'm looking for, and the greatest moments on television, are moments of honesty."

Denton went with Seven because of his relationship with chairman Kerry Stokes, who was once a guest on his TV chat show Denton, which aired for a year on Seven in the mid 90s.

Convincing Stokes to sign him up for his new Interview show this year proved easy, with Denton being presented with a new contract within two hours of meeting the TV mogul.

"It was the shortest negotiation I've had in my career," Denton said.

"I'm in my late 50s and I'm really excited to have a fantastic work opportunity so I'm taking that with both hands and one slightly dodgy heart."

*Interview will air from next Tuesday, April 17 at 9pm AEST

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Andrew Denton makes healthy return to TV (2)

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A Friday, March. 14, 2008 file photo of Australian television presenter Andrew Denton as he poses for photographs in Sydney. Mr Denton will host a new ABC TV program with working title 'Project Next' to be aired later in 2009. (AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy)

Just seven months after undergoing major heart surgery, Andrew Denton insists he is raring to go for his much-anticipated return to TV with a new chat show.

Simply titled Interview, the Seven Network series allows Denton to do what he does best and probe a different guest each week.

Since undergoing bypass surgery for heart disease last August the seasoned interviewer says he feels better than ever.

"About six or seven months ago (co-producer) Jon (Casimir) said to me 'are you sure you're going to be well enough to come back?' and I said 'I'm actually going to be better than well'," Denton told reporters on Tuesday.

The surgery came as a surprise but Denton said the outcome was a complete success.

"As bad news goes it was the best news I could have had because, essentially, I'm largely heart attack-proof for 10 or 15 years. It was really good," he said.

It's been a decade since the last episode of Denton's popular ABC interview show Enough Rope went to air, and five years since his ill-fated word-game Randling aired, enough time he feels to warrant his return.

"When you do take time away just to immerse yourself in something else it's like a fallow field, you come back richer with better crops," he said.

"I really enjoyed sitting out of television, it's been five years now, and I've really enjoyed being back."

British comedian Ross Noble and Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant will feature on the show with other guests to be revealed in coming weeks.

High on Denton's wish list are media mogul Rupert Murdoch, and US presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama.

The challenge in this one-on-one format, he said, is to try and get his guests to go off-script.

"One of the best answers you can get to a question is silence," Denton said.

"I remember once asking Matt Damon a really simple question which was 'are you a good actor?' and he was silent for about 10 seconds and I knew, from the minute he went silent, that whatever he said after that was going to be a real answer. What I'm looking for, and the greatest moments on television, are moments of honesty."

Denton went with Seven because of his relationship with chairman Kerry Stokes, who was once a guest on his TV chat show Denton, which aired for a year on Seven in the mid 90s.

Convincing Stokes to sign him up for his new Interview show this year proved easy, with Denton being presented with a new contract within two hours of meeting the TV mogul.

"It was the shortest negotiation I've had in my career," Denton said.

"I'm in my late 50s and I'm really excited to have a fantastic work opportunity so I'm taking that with both hands and one slightly dodgy heart."

*Interview will air from next Tuesday, April 17 at 9pm AEST

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Vera Blue in the mix for APRA Awards

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Singer Vera Blue pose for a picture during the official announcement of the nominated artists for the 2017 Aria Awards in Sydney, Tuesday, October 10, 2017. (AAP Image/Daniel Munoz)

Australia's best melody makers and lyricists will gather in Sydney on Tuesday night for the annual APRA Awards, recognising the best songwriters over the past year.

Gold Coast musician Amy Shark, Paul Kelly and Sydney's Gang of Youths are all vying for Song of the Year while Midnight Oil will be recognised for their outstanding services to Australian music with the Ted Albert Award.

Singer-songwriter Vera Blue, real name Celia Pavey, is in the running for the Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year award, after the release of her debut album late last year.

"I've never been to the awards because I have never been nominated so this is really special," Pavey told AAP.

The Sydney-based star will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of last year's winner global superstar Troye Sivan.

But it's also a great excuse for to be in the same room as fellow songwriters and heroes of the music scene, such as Midnight Oil.

"It doesn't matter if I win or lose because I'm up against people I really love and people who write songs I really love," Pavey said.

"It's just a really nice opportunity to recognise writers and a good excuse for us to get together."

This year's most nominated artists are songwriters and producers M-Phazes (real name Mark Landon) and PJ Harding with four nominations each.

Tim Minchin, All Our Exes Live in Texas, Suze DeMarchi and Baby Animals, Adalita and Isabella Manfredi will perform at the awards.

Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year nominees:

Alex Lahey

Ben Abraham

Celia Pavey, AKA Vera Blue

Gretta Ray

Sarah Aarons

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Russell Crowe auction fetches massive bids

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John Keats from Sotheby's Australia stands with props from the film Gladiator owned by actor Russell Crowe to be auctioned by Sotheby's auction house as part of the 'Russell Crowe: The Art of Divorce Auction' at Carriageworks, Sydney, Australia, on Saturday, April 7,2018. Image: AAP Image/Ben Rushton

THE ECLECTIC AUCTION OF RUSSELL CROWE

The Oscar-winning actor parted with about 230