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‘African Grammys’ delayed after Chris Brown misses flight

The Kora Awards, dubbed “Africa’s Grammys”, have been postponed until Monday because Chris Brown, the US rapper headlining the event, missed his flight, organisers said. Brown “will not arrive until Sunday at 5:00 am (0500 GMT),” the event’s communication director Konnie Toure told AFP on Saturday. The award extravaganza, which…

‘Amazing Spider-Man’ killed off by Marvel Comics as fans express outrage at Peter Parker’s demise

Spider-Man’s amazing web dries up this week when Marvel Comics publishes the final issue of its long-running “Amazing Spider-Man” series, killing off alias Peter Parker. Mr. Parker first became a hero to a nation of comic fans in 1962, discovering his super powers after being bitten by a radioactive…  …

Matt Damon laments U.S. politics: ‘We’re genuinely f*cked’ on long-term issues

Hollywood star Matt Damon recently told Playboy he has little hope that Washington can address long-term environmental issues like using hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas. “We’re at a point where politicians don’t really get any benefit from engaging with long-term issues,” he told the pornographic magazine, according to Politico.…

‘Invisible Exhibition’ opens eyes to blindness

The darkness is total. Mundane gestures suddenly become complicated. How do you find the door to your room, cook a meal or cross the road? The “Invisible Exhibition” in the Polish capital Warsaw offers an opportunity to understand what it is like to be sightless, as blind guides steer visitors…

Actor Charles Durning dies at 89

Prolific American actor who was Oscar nominated for roles in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and To Be Or Not to Be The American actor Charles Durning, who has died aged 89, first grabbed audience attention as the crooked Lieutenant Snyder in The Sting (1973). He makes an explosive…

Beijing spends a billion to get China’s music industry rocking

A ‘Music Valley’ is among plans to boost the music industry. But will piracy and tight state control hold back progress? From the top of a hillside in Pinggu village, an hour’s drive from central Beijing, the future of China’s music industry doesn’t look like much – just a vista…

Director Werner Herzog relishes rare acting role in Tom Cruise flick ‘Jack Reacher’

German filmmaker Werner Herzog is taking a rare turn in front of the camera as a cold-blooded murderer in the new thriller “Jack Reacher”, portraying a character he calls “the epicenter of evil.” “Jack Reacher,” the Christopher McQuarrie film which just opened in North America, sees Tom Cruise back in…

Spike Lee: Seeing new Tarantino film would be ‘disrespectful to my ancestors’

The debate surrounding filmmaker Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained continued as the film opened Tuesday, with Tarantino’s fellow director, Spike Lee, telling Vibe Magazine he outright refused to watch Tarantino’s film, which has been criticized both for romanticizing slavery and for promoting violence against white people. “I’m not gonna see it,”…

‘Odd Couple’ and ‘Quincy’ star Jack Klugman dead at 90

Jack Klugman, the television star who portrayed a slovenly sportswriter on “The Odd Couple” and a tough medical examiner on “Quincy, ME,” has died. He was 90. Klugman’s attorney Larry Larson said the actor died peacefully at his home in the Northridge neighborhood of Los Angeles with Peggy, his wife…

Homeless man in Justin Timberlake’s wedding video asks for his help

A homeless man featured in a mock video produced by a friend of Justin Timberlake for the actor’s wedding is now asking the actor-singer to help him. High-profile lawyer Gloria Allred is publicizing the demands of the man, who goes by “Eddie” and who has lived for six or seven…

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