French singer Charles Aznavour gets Hollywood star at age 93

LOS ANGELES – French singer Charles Aznavour finally got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, capping a more than 70-year career as one of his country’s most popular entertainers. Aznavour, 93, who was born Shahnour Varinag Aznavourian in Paris to Armenian parents, has sold more than 100 million records in 80 countries. He has been described as France’s equivalent to Frank Sinatra. The singer on Thursday described himself as happy at…

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Spotify reaches licensing deal with Warner Music

– Spotify said on Thursday it has renewed its global licensing partnership with a third major label, Warner Music Inc, the last big music royalty deal it needs before pushing ahead with a U.S. stock market listing. The music streaming company was close to agreeing on a new licensing pact with Warner Music in July, sources had told . “It’s taken us a while to get here, but it’s been worth it, as we’ve arrived…

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Taylor Swift announces ‘Reputation’ album after court victory

LOS ANGELES – Taylor Swift announced a new album titled “Reputation” on Wednesday, just over a week after scoring a court victory at a high-profile groping trial in Colorado. The singer made the announcement in a series of Instagram images, including a possible album cover featuring a black and white illustration of Swift with newspaper-style headlines overlapping part of her face. The album will be released Nov. 10, and the first single will debut on…

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Israeli archaeologists uncover rare 1,500-year-old mosaic

JERUSALEM – A 1,500-year-old mosaic floor with a Greek inscription has been uncovered during works to install communications cables in Jerusalem’s Old City – a rare discovery of an ancient relic and an historic document in one. The inscription cites 6th-century Roman emperor Justinian as well as Constantine, who served as abbot of a church founded by Justinian in Jerusalem. Archaeologists believe it will help them to understand Justinian’s building projects in the city. The…

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Russian theater director who irked establishment given house arrest

MOSCOW – A theater director whose edgy work angered traditionalists in the Russian establishment was placed under house arrest on Wednesday in a fraud case his supporters say is part of a government crackdown on artistic freedoms. Ignoring character witness statements in his favor from high-profile figures in the arts world and an offer from one to pay any amount of bail, a Moscow court ruled award-winning director Kirill Serebrennikov should be placed under house…

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Prominent Russian director put under house arrest in fraud case

MOSCOW – A Russian court on Wednesday ruled that director Kirill Serebrennikov should be placed under house arrest until he goes on trial for embezzlement in a high profile case that his supporters say amounts to a government crackdown on the arts. Serebrennikov, an award-winning film and theater director who was detained by investigators on Tuesday, has used his work to poke fun at the authorities, lashing out at what he sees as the pernicious…

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Prominent Russian theater director detained in embezzlement case

MOSCOW – A prominent Russian theater director who has lamented what he says is the lack of freedom and growing social conservatism in his country was detained on Tuesday and accused of embezzling state funds. Russia’s Investigative Committee said it suspected Kirill Serebrennikov of embezzling at least 68 million rubles ($1.15 million) in state funds earmarked for an art project, it said in a statement. Serebrennikov, art director at Moscow’s avant-garde Gogol Centre theater, denies…

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Mark Wahlberg named world’s highest-paid actor in 2017

LOS ANGELES – Mark Wahlberg soared to the top of the world’s highest paid actors on an annual Forbes magazine list that highlighted a huge disparity between male and female Hollywood stars. Wahlberg, 46, earned an estimated $68 million in 2017 thanks to his pay days for movies “Daddy’s Home 2” and “Transformers: The Last Knight”, according to the Forbes ranking released on Tuesday. The rapper-turned-actor knocked 2016 leader Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson into second…

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Morgan Freeman to get Screen Actors lifetime award

LOS ANGELES – Morgan Freeman, the versatile actor known for playing gods, presidents and pimps, will be honored with the 2017 lifetime achievement award by the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) at its annual ceremony in January. Freeman, 80, whose prolific career spans 50 years and more than 100 movies, will join the likes of past recipients Lily Tomlin, Debbie Reynolds and Dick Van Dyke when he gets the honor at a Los Angeles ceremony on…

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George and Amal Clooney give $1 million to combat U.S. hate groups

LOS ANGELES – Actor George Clooney and his humanitarian lawyer wife, Amal Clooney, have donated $1 million to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a U.S. non-profit that monitors extremists and domestic hate groups, in response to protests in Charlottesville, Virginia earlier this month. An Aug. 12 rally in the town organized by neo-Nazis and other white supremacists led to counter-protests and the death of a woman when a car plowed into the crowd. The street…

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