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Shawn Mendes, Eminem among winners at MTV EMAs in London

Posted by on 13/11/2017
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Shawn Mendes, Eminem among winners at MTV EMAs in London

Shawn Mendes, Eminem among winners at MTV EMAs in London

Shawn Mendes beat Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran to win the best-artist prize Sunday at the MTV EMAs, while U2 were proclaimed global icons in a show that celebrated London’s diverse culture, from pubs to pirate radio. Mendes, the 19-year-old Canadian star, also won the best-song trophy for “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back,” to the […]

Hundreds in Hollywood march against sexual harassment

Posted by on 13/11/2017
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Hundreds in Hollywood march against sexual harassment

Hundreds in Hollywood march against sexual harassment

Armed with signs, catchy phrases and a motivation to take #MeToo beyond the internet and into real life, a few hundred women, men and children gathered Sunday among the sex shops and tourist traps of Hollywood Boulevard to protest against sexual harassment. The Take Back the Workplace March and the #MeToo Survivors March joined forces […]

In the wake of Weinstein, women say Bollywood ignores harassment

Posted by on 12/11/2017
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In the wake of Weinstein, women say Bollywood ignores harassment

In the wake of Weinstein, women say Bollywood ignores harassment

When Indian actress Divya Unny flew into the southern state of Kerala in 2015, she thought it was for a business meeting with an award-winning director about a role in his upcoming film. Instead, she was called to the director’s hotel room at 9 pm, where the man propositioned her for sex and told her […]

Hollywood welcomes allegations shining light on abuse

Posted by on 12/11/2017
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Hollywood welcomes allegations shining light on abuse

Hollywood welcomes allegations shining light on abuse

  Filmmakers on Saturday welcomed the sexual misconduct scandal engulfing Hollywood as a “positive” moment that could end decades of abuse and serve as an example to other industries. Several directors told AFP at the annual Governors Awards the flood of allegations against Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and others might finally force reform and protect […]

Nigerian artists Davido, Wizkid taking Afrobeats to next level

Posted by on 09/11/2017
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Nigerian artists Davido, Wizkid taking Afrobeats to next level

Nigerian artists Davido, Wizkid taking Afrobeats to next level

Pop star Davido gets the same reaction wherever he goes in Africa, whether it’s in Guinea or Mozambique, Botswana, Kenya or Sierra Leone: teeming crowds and adoring fans. The 24-year-old icon is one of the favorites for best artist at this year’s All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA), which take place in Lagos this weekend. AFRIMA-sponsored […]

Film Review: ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ is a lavish romp

Posted by on 08/11/2017
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Film Review: ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ is a lavish romp

Film Review: ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ is a lavish romp

Kenneth Branagh’s “Murder on the Orient Express ” is a visual feast, bursting with movie stars, glamour and production value so high, you might just exit the theater experiencing some time-warp whiplash. Certainly no studio would make a straightforward, classical whodunit with a budget the size of a modest superhero pic (and no superheroes to […]

Weinstein’s ‘army of spies’ to thwart complaints

Posted by on 07/11/2017
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Weinstein’s ‘army of spies’ to thwart complaints

Weinstein’s ‘army of spies’ to thwart complaints

Harvey Weinstein hired journalists and highly trained ex-spies and military personnel who used fake identities to try to stop accusers from going public with sexual misconduct claims against him, The New Yorker reported Monday. The news came as the Television Academy, which hands out Emmy Awards, was said to have expelled Weinstein “for life,” following […]

The guitar maker of Kinshasa: Father of a unique sound

Posted by on 07/11/2017
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The guitar maker of Kinshasa: Father of a unique sound

The guitar maker of Kinshasa: Father of a unique sound

In 2010, a group of Kinshasa street musicians, several of them left paraplegic by childhood polio, caused a sensation in Europe. Calling themselves Staff Benda Bilili, the penurious band wowed audiences with Congolese rumba, combining pounding rhythms with scintillating melodies and solos. As unique as the group’s tale of their rise from the streets was […]

‘A Bad Moms Christmas’ tastes like a stale chestnut

Posted by on 06/11/2017
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‘A Bad Moms Christmas’ tastes like a stale chestnut

‘A Bad Moms Christmas’ tastes like a stale chestnut

In that old Christmas stalwart “Love Actually,” the wonderful Bill Nighy plays an aging rock star angling for an easy payday by cynically subbing the word “Christmas” into one of his hits, and re-recording it. And now we have “A Bad Moms Christmas.” Need we say more? Not really, but that would ignore the contributions […]

Heartache for sale at Vietnam’s ex-lovers market

Posted by on 05/11/2017
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Heartache for sale at Vietnam’s ex-lovers market

Heartache for sale at Vietnam’s ex-lovers market

A market for paraphernalia from extinguished passions At Vietnam’s Old Flames market, curious customers peruse love letters and pick through perfumes, candles and clothes-relics from failed relationships put on sale by forlorn lovers. Entrepreneurial exes meet once a month, bringing their baggage-emotional and literal-to a converted cottage on a leafy Hanoi street to find a […]

Spacey dumped by Netflix, police home in on Weinstein

Posted by on 04/11/2017
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Spacey dumped by Netflix, police home in on Weinstein

Spacey dumped by Netflix, police home in on Weinstein

NEW YORK: Netflix late Friday dropped Kevin Spacey, whose career is in free-fall over spiraling sexual assault accusations as police gather evidence for a possible arrest warrant against Harvey Weinstein for alleged rape. The two-time Oscar winner Spacey, for years considered one of the most gifted actors of his generation, and whose collaboration with Netflix […]

Sam Smith’s ‘Thrill of It All’ is a thrill indeed

Posted by on 04/11/2017
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Sam Smith’s ‘Thrill of It All’ is a thrill indeed

Sam Smith’s ‘Thrill of It All’ is a thrill indeed

When Sam Smith debuted on the music scene in 2014, he sang beautiful and searing songs about love lapses and loneliness. There are moments you’d feel sad for him, but then you’d remind yourself not to pity the guy too much, because, wow, he has THAT VOICE. On his sophomore album, he’s still singing emotional […]