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Chris Evans nears deal to reprise Captain America role In future Marvel project
Chris Evans
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Deadline reports that Chris Evans is negotiating a deal to reprise his Captain America role in the MCU in some form. Still vague if deal as completely closed but insiders say it's headed in that direction for Evans to return as Steve Rogers aka Captain America in at least one Marvel property with the door open for a second film.

Chris Evan, on Twitter, claims the reports are “news” to him.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Theater
"Siegfried and Roy" magician Siegfried Fischbacher deceased
"Siegfried and Roy" magician Siegfried Fischbacher deceased
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Magician and tiger tamer Siegfried Fischbacher has died at the age of 81. According to a report in the "Bild" newspaper, he had suffered from terminal pancreatic cancer. The malignant tumor had been removed, but there was no prospect of a cure, the newspaper reported. Together with his colleague and partner Roy Horn, Fischbacher had achieved world fame with tiger and lion acts. In May 2020, Roy died at the age of 75 as a result of a Covdi-19 infection.

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10 new episodes of 'Sex and the City' announced, but Kim Cattrall won't return
Instagram post announcing the new season of Sex and the City
Instagram post announcing the new season of Sex and the City Credit: HBO (Instagram Reproduction)

A Sex and the City revival is heading to the small screen, more than 20 years after the hit series made its debut, but only Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis will return. Kim Cattrall, who played the popular character, Samantha, will not feature.

The new series, named 'And Just Like That...', will consist of 10 half-hour episodes and production will begin in late spring.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Celebrities & Public Figures
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle quit social media for good
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle quit social media for good
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have “no plans” to return to social media almost a year after Megxit.

A source close to the ex-royals told The Times of London that they’re “very unlikely” to have an online presence, mostly due to the “hate” they’ve received.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Music
Grammys postpone 2021 ceremony until March over Covid-19 concerns

The 2021 Grammy Awards, initially scheduled for January 31, have been postponed until March due to a steady rise of Covid-19 infections in California.

"The deteriorating COVID situation in Los Angeles, with hospital services being overwhelmed, ICUs having reached capacity, and new guidance from state and local governments have all led us to conclude that postponing our show was the right thing to do," so the Recording Academy and CBS in a statement. "Nothing is more important than the health and safety of those in our music community and the hundreds of people who work tirelessly on producing the show. We want to thank all of the talented artists, the staff, our vendors and especially this year’s nominees for their understanding, patience and willingness to work with us as we navigate these unprecedented times."

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Music
ROLLING STONE has chosen: The top 10 albums of the year 2020
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Rolling Stone Magazine Logo

ROLLING STONE magazine's Top 10 of the year 2020 are:

01. Bob Dylan: Rough and Rowdy Ways

02. Fiona Apple: Fetch The Bolt Cutters

03. Phoebe Bridgers: Punisher

04. Laura Marling: Song For Our Daughter

05. Taylor Swift: Folklore

06. Bill Callahan: Gold Record

07. Haim: Women In Music, Pt. III

08. Run The Jewels: RTJ4

09. Sault: "Untitled (Rise)"

10. Adrianne Lenker: Songs

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Celebrities & Public Figures
Larry King hospitalized with Covid-19 – reports
Larry King in 2017
Larry King in 2017 Credit: Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, via Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

American television host Larry King has been at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for over a week after being diagnosed with Covid-19, CNN, his employer for many years, reports. There is no news regarding his current state of health. King has Type 2 diabetes and previously underwent treatment for lung cancer.

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Tomorrowland hosts digital festival instead of winter edition
Tomorrowland hosts digital festival instead of winter edition
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With the global Covid-19 pandemic leading to the cancellation of the summer and winter editions of the Tomorrowland festival, the organziers host a digital edition of the festival on New Years Eve with a paid livestream for fans. Over than 25 world-class can be seen on digital stages playing various genres of electronic music.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Celebrities & Public Figures
Lori Loughlin released from prison after serving nearly 2 Months for role in college admissions scandal
Lori Loughlin released from prison after serving nearly 2 Months for role in college admissions scandal
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The "Full House" actress Lori Loughlin has been released from a federal correctional facility in Dublin, California, after serving nearly two months for her role in the high profile college admissions scandal. The actress was released early Monday morning.

Loughlin's release comes as her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, continues to serve his five-month prison sentence at a federal facility in Lompoc, California.

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Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch sold for $22m for Ron Burkle
Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch sold for $22m for Ron Burkle
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The late Michael Jackson's home, formerly known as Neverland Ranch, has been purchased by Pittsburgh Penguins co-owner Ron Burkle for $22 million, the Wall Street Journal reported. The property was initially listed for sale at $100 million in 2014 but has failed to find a buyer for years.

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Fashion designer Pierre Cardin dies at 98
Pierre Cardin
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Pierre Cardin, who during his more than seven decades in fashion brought geometric shapes to haute couture and put his name on everything from clothing to furniture to perfume to pens, died Tuesday, aged 98.

The Italian-born French designer died in a hospital in Neuilly in the west of Paris.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Fashion
Report: Pakistani workers make clothes way under minimum wage that are sold by Boohoo
Report: Pakistani workers make clothes way under minimum wage that are sold by Boohoo
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Getting paid 10,000PKR (£47) a month, well below the legal monthly minimum wage for unskilled labour of 17,500PKR, workers in Pakistan in two factories made clothes for the fast fasion rand Boohoo according to an investigative report by the Guardian.

Video material also shows work conditions that pose potential safety issues.

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Season 1 of Amazon's Lord of the Rings TV show has finished filming in New Zealand
Season 1 of Amazon's Lord of the Rings TV show has finished filming in New Zealand
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According to JA Bayona, who is directing the new Amazon-exclusive series playing in the Lord of the Rings universe, the production has wrapped up filming in New Zealand. He posted on Instagram that "this is my last photo in New Zealand" but added that his "heart feels a little kiwi no" and that he "can't wait to be back" while also thanking "this extraordinary land and its beautiful people for taking me in".

There is no release date for the series as of yet.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Celebrities & Public Figures
Actor of "Boba Fett" Jeremy Bulloch dies aged 75
Actor of "Boba Fett" Jeremy Bulloch dies aged 75
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British actor Jeremy Bulloch has died "peacefully, in hospital, surrounded by his family, from health complications following his many years living with Parkinson's disease" at the age of 75 on Thursday. Bulloch is known for portraying the character Boba Fett in the original Star Wars trilogy.

"He had a long and happy career spanning more than 45 years. He was devoted to his wife, three sons, and ten grandchildren and they will miss him terribly. We ask that their privacy be respected at this very difficult time," his agent said.

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Berlinale announces plans for a 'festival in two stages' amid Covid-19 uncertainty
Berlinale announces plans for a 'festival in two stages' amid Covid-19 uncertainty
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The Berlinale organizers announced the decision to have its upcoming film festival online. Originally set for February 11-21, 2021, the festival is pushing back the dates for its program to from March 1st to 5th.

The winners and a selection of the films from the March festival will then be presented in Berlin theatres in the summer.

"As an answer to the times in which we are living, we have decided to split our offer into two distinct, yet related events and in this way fulfil the mission of the Berlinale," said artistic director Carlo Chatrian in a press release.

Along with various businesses and schools, is already confirmed that Berlin's cultural institutions are to remain closed until the middle of January, and Lederer said in a Twitter video message that he expected the lockdown for cinemas to "go on a little longer."

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Sir Ian McKellen receives Covid-19 vaccine
Sir Ian McKellen receives Covid-19 vaccine
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The actor Sir Ian McKellen, who is most famous for his role as Gandalf in Lord of the Rings, has received the Covid-19 vaccine by Pfizer/BioNTech. Being 81 years old, the actor was among the first groups to be vaccinated in the United Kingdom.

He publically stated: "I really hope that, as more people get vaccinated, we will move further along the path back to a more normal way of life".

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Literature
John le Carré: Espionage writer dies aged 89
John le Carré: Espionage writer dies aged 89
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British espionage writer John le Carré has died aged 89, died from pneumonia on Saturday following a short illness, his literary agent has said.

During his career he wrote titles such as f The Spy Who Came In From The Cold and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

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'Sister Act 3' production confirmed, Whoopi Goldberg to star and produce
'Sister Act 3' production confirmed, Whoopi Goldberg to star and produce
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Disney has confirmed that production for 'Sister Act 3' has started, with Whoopi Goldberg reprising her role as Deloris Van Cartier and Tyler Perry set to produce the movie alongside Goldberg. The third installment of Sister Act will premiere ion Disney Plus, but no release date is known yet.

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Dame Barbara Windsor has died, aged 83
The late Barbara Windsor, actress and local resident, plants last of 53 trees to be added to Weymouth Street, London in 2010.
The late Barbara Windsor, actress and local resident, plants last of 53 trees to be added to Weymouth Street, London in 2010. Credit: Portlandvillage, via Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

Dame Barbara Windsor, best known for her roles in the Carry On films and as Peggy Mitchell, the landlady of The Queen Vic in Eastenders has died aged 83 in a London care home on Thursday (10/12/20) evening from Alzheimer's.

Her husband, Scott Mitchell, confirmed the news that she had died peacefully. He said that Dame Barbara would be emembered for the "love, fun, friendship and brightness she brought to all our lives".

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was one of the first high profile people to react to her death on Twitter. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall also paid tribute to her charity and acting work.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Music
Taylor Swift releases new album "Evermore"
Taylor Swift releases new album "Evermore"
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After a surprise announcement on Thursday, Taylor Swift has released her second studio album in 2020 called "Evermore".

"We just couldn't stop writing songs," Swift explains the quick succession in a posting on Instagram. The escapism of her last album had done her so much good that she wanted to continue writing stories about dream landscapes and tragedies, as she did with "Folklore" together with Aaron Dessner from the indie band The National.

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Bob Dylan sells his entire catalogue of songs to Universal Music
Bob Dylan sells his entire catalogue of songs to Universal Music
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Bob Dylan has sold his entire catalogue of music, which encompasses over 600 songs, to Universal Music Publishing Group in the biggest music publishing deal in decades. Financial terms have not been disclosed, but the New York Times estimates that it was worth more than $300 million.

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"Project Northmoor" – Lord of the Rings actor start crowdfunding to buy J.R.R. Tolkien's home
"Project Northmoor" – Lord of the Rings actor start crowdfunding to buy J.R.R. Tolkien's home
Credit: via Project Northmoor

"Project Northmoor" is aiming to raise $6.1 million via crowdfunding to purchase J.R.R. Tolkien's home in Oxford, England, which soon will be on the market and transform it into a literary center in his honor. The campaign is led by author Julia Golding and will start on December 2.

Various actors, who starred in Lord of the Rings and The Hobbits, have joined a fellowship to save 20 Northmoor Road, including Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman and John Rhys-Davies.

"With the support of volunteers in the U.S., Golding has seized on this once-in-a-generation opportunity and negotiated a 3-month fundraising window with the current owner," Project Northmoor's statement reads.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • TV & Movies
Warner Bros. will debut every 2021 movie on HBO Max at the same time they hit theatres
Warner Bros. will debut every 2021 movie on HBO Max at the same time they hit theatres
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On Thursday, Warner Bros. announced that it would release all of its 2021 movies on HBO Max at the same time they hit theatres. New releases will be available to stream on HBO Max for a month and then will continue theatrically in the U.S. and international territories.

Movies that are scheduled to launch in 2021 include Denzel Washington’s The Little Things, Dune, Godzilla vs. Kong, Mortal Kombat, and Matrix 4.

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Mads Mikkelsen replacing Johnny Depp as Grindelwald in 'Fantastic Beasts 3'
Mads Mikkelsen
Mads Mikkelsen Credit: Gage Skidmore (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

The Warner Bros. announced today that Mads Mikkelsen had been cast as Dark Wizard Gellert Grindelwald in the third “Fantastic Beasts” film. Mikkelsen is no stranger to evil magic users, having previously played supervillain sorcerer Kaecilius in Doctor Strange.

Considering his filmography, Mikkelsen seems an excellent choice to play magnetic murderer wizard and magical fuckboy Grindelwald. Depp announced in November that he would no longer be playing Grindelwald after Warner Bros. asked him to step down from the role.

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Meghan Markle makes miscarriage public
Meghan Markle makes miscarriage public
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In a piece for the New York Times, Meghan Markle tells about a miscarriage she had back in July 2020. In that piece, she also criticizes the taboo about miscarriages in society and calls for more compassion, especially in the current pandemic situation.

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Spanish King Felipe VI in quarantine after being in contact with person tested positive for Covid-19
Spanish King Felipe VI in quarantine after being in contact with person tested positive for Covid-19
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This Monday, Felipe VI began a 10-day quarantine after learning that "a person" with whom he had "close contact" on Sunday had tested positive for Covid-19, according to a statement from the King's Palace.

Before it was known that his contact on Sunday had been positive, the King presided over the meeting of the Scientific Council of the Real Instituto Elcano on Monday morning at the El Pardo Palace; the meeting was attended by its president, Emilio Lamo de Espinosa, the director, Charles Powell, the director of programmes, Maria Solanas, and experts on Latin America (Susana Malcorra), Transatlantic Relations (Robin Niblett) and the EU (Elvire Fabry), among others.

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Bob Dylan correspondence and unpublished lyrics sell for nearly half a million dollars at auction
Bob Dylan and The Band - 1974
Bob Dylan and The Band - 1974 Credit: Jim Summaria / via Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

A collection of Bob Dylan documents have sold at an auction for $495,000. The collection previously belonged to late American blues musician Tony Glover and included unpublished lyrics written by the singer and letters between Glover and Dylan.

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Pat Quinn, co-founder of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, dies aged 37
Pat Quinn, co-founder of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, dies aged 37
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Patrick Quinn, co-founder of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, has died at the age of 37. Quinn was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) – also known as Lou Gehrig's disease – in March 2013 and helped raise more than $220 million for medical research.

"We are deeply saddened to share that Pat Quinn, co-founder of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge passed away at the age of 37. Pat was diagnosed with ALS in 2013 and went on to help popularize the greatest social media campaign in history," the ALS Association wrote on Twitter. "He will be missed, but he will continue to inspire us until we have a world without ALS."

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Wonder Woman 1984 will be released on December 25 on HBO Max and Theaters
Wonder Woman 1984 will be released on December 25 on HBO Max and Theaters
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After months of delays due to Covid-19, Warner Bros. has decided to release its upcoming blockbuster Wonder Woman 1984 on its HBO Max streaming service the same day it hits theatres in the U.S., December 25. The sequel to the 2017 hit was originally supposed to be released in June, then moved to October.

According to a press release, the film will debut in theatres internationally on December 16.

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Guns N' Roses announces Austrialia & New Zealand tour for November 2021
Guns N' Roses announces Austrialia & New Zealand tour for November 2021
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The US rock band Guns N' Roses plans to perform in a stadium tour in a year's time. In May, the group around the founding members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan had to cancel their European tour planned for early summer 2020 at short notice. Now they have announced a statium tour for Australia and New Zealand in November 2021. Tickets go on presale on November 23rd.