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Zorro actor Antonio Banderas tests positive for Covid-19
Screenshot of the public statement
Screenshot of the public statement Credit: Antonio Banderas via Twitter

The actor has posted on his Twitter account that he has been tested positive for Covid-19 on his 60th birthday.

He stated that he is feeling relatively well, suffering from tiredness and that he is positive towards a fast recovery. During his isolation he is planning on reading, writing and making plans to "give meaning" to his past 60 years, stating that he has lots of enthusiasm.

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Actress Franca Valeri dies aged 100
Franca Valeri in 2011
Franca Valeri in 2011 Credit: Associazione Amici di Piero Chiara / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Italian actress Franca Valeri has died at the age of 100 in her sleep at her Roman home on August 9. Valeri, the pioneer of female comic roles in Italy's post-war, was described by Italy's President Sergio Mattarella as a "versatile and popular actress who will remain in the hearts of Italians for her great talent and her extraordinary likability."

Valeri started working in film in the early 1950s and worked alongside Italian actor Totò and directors Federico Fellini and Mario Monicelli. She died just nine days after her 100th birthday.

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Daisy Coleman has died by suicide at age 23
Daisy Coleman has died by suicide at age 23
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Daisy Coleman, an advocate for sexual abuse victim and subject of a Netflix documentary, has taken her own life at the age of 23. After her mother called the police for a wellness check, Coleman was found dead.

Coleman was allegedly sexually assaulted when she was 14 while being unconscious at a high school party. In 2016, she was featured in the Netflix documentary "Audrie & Daisy" which followed the aftermath of both girls' harassment after the assault.

"She was my best friend and amazing daughter. I think she had to make it seem like I could live without her. I can't. I wish I could have taken the pain from her! She never recovered from what those boys did to her and it's just not fair. My baby girl is gone," so her mother, Melinda Coleman, in a post to Facebook.

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YouTuber Jake Paul's home searched by FBI
Jake Paul (r) at the Web Summit 2016
Jake Paul (r) at the Web Summit 2016 Credit: Web Summit / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

An FBI swat team has searched the Calabasas residence of 23-year-old YouTuber Jake Paul and confiscated several firearms, including long guns. The reason for the search has not been disclosed but was reportedly related to an ongoing investigation. At the time of the raid, Paul was not present.

"The FBI is executing a federal search warrant at a residence in Calabasas in connection with an ongoing investigation," so a statement by the FBI. "The affidavit in support of the search warrant has been sealed by a judge and I am, therefore, prohibited from commenting as to the nature of the investigation. No arrests are planned."

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Juan Carlos, former king of Spain has allegedly left country over corruption investigation
Archive picture from 2007
Archive picture from 2007 Credit: Image by א (Aleph) (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.5)

According to Spanish media the former king of Spain Juan Carlos has left the country. "La Vanguardia" and "ABC" state that he has allegedly traveled trough Portugal and to the Dominican Republic.

The Spanish royal court has published a letter by Juan Carlos where he tells his son about his intentions to move into a foreign country. The alleged move into the Dominican Republic happens while Carlos is under investigation for possible corruption and tax fraud after allegedly having gotten $100 million in bribes from Saudi-Arabia for the building of a high-speed train route in Saudi-Arabia by a Spanish syndicate.

During the regency a Spanish king is granted immunity. Carlos has forfeited the title in 2014.

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Elon Musk claims that "Aliens built the pyramids", Egypt denies and invites him
Elon Musk claims that "Aliens built the pyramids", Egypt denies and invites him
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Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has tweeted on Friday that "Aliens built the pyramids obv" (obv = obviously). The tweet has been shared widely on Twitter and received over 500,000 likes.

The Minister of International Co-operation of Egypt Rania al-Mashat has responded to the claim and denied that they were built by aliens. She said that "I invite you & Space X to explore the writings about how the pyramids were built and also to check out the tombs of the pyramid builders".

At a later point, Elon Musk linked a BBC History site that provides information about the history of the workers that built the pyramids.

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Actor Wilford Brimley dies aged 85
Wilford Brimley on October 22, 2012
Wilford Brimley on October 22, 2012 Credit: Marc Majcher / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

Actor Wilford Brimley has died at age 85 in St. George, Utah on Saturday after suffering from a kidney ailment. Brimley, who spotted a walrus moustache, is known for his roles in the 1985 fantasy movie "Cocoon", the television series "The Waltons" and sports film "The Natural". He was also a spokesperson for Quaker Oats and Liberty Medical, a diabetes-testing supply company.

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Alan Parker, director of Fame and Evita, dies aged 76
Alan Parker
Alan Parker Credit: Lisa Moran Parker (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 1.0)

Sir Alan Parker, the acclaimed British director of such films as Fame, Evita and Bugsy Malone, has died aged 76.

Parker, a double Oscar nominee, had many other credits including Midnight Express, Mississippi Burning, The Commitments, Angela's Ashes, Birdy and The Life of David Gale.

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Madonna Instagram's post about hydroxychloroquine flagged for sharing 'False Information'
Madonna Instagram's post about hydroxychloroquine flagged for sharing 'False Information'
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Instagram flagged on Tuesday a video posted by Madonna as "False Information". The video, about hydroxychloroquine being a cure for Covid-19, spread the same misinformation as a clip that was previously taken down from Twitter after President Donald Trump shared it.

“This woman is my hero,” Madonna wrote in her post. “Thank you Stella Immanuel.”

The post, now deleted, appeared to Instagram users blurred with a warning over the video: "False Information.".

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Actor John Saxon dies aged 83
John Saxon in 1975
John Saxon in 1975 Credit: NBC / Public domain

John Saxon has died of pneumonia at age 83 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The actor played a martial artist in Enter the Dragon alongside Bruce Lee and starred in three Nightmare on Elm Street movies, among others.

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Actress Olivia de Havilland has died aged 104
Screenshot of Olivia de Havilland from the trailer for the film Gone with the Wind
Screenshot of Olivia de Havilland from the trailer for the film Gone with the Wind Credit: Public domain

Actress and two-time Academy Award winner Olivia de Havilland has died peacefully from natural causes in her Paris Home on July 26. She was 104 years old. De Havilland made her debut in "A Midsummer Night's Dream", but was best known for her role as Melanie Hamilton in the 1939 movie classic "Gone With The Wind" and was considered as one of the movie stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood.

In the 1950s, she moved to Paris and received the National Medal of the Arts and France's Légion d'Honneur. She was also appointed to Dome Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

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Greta Thunberg to donate $114,000 to help fight Covid-19 in the Brazilian Amazon
Greta Thunberg to donate $114,000 to help fight Covid-19 in the Brazilian Amazon
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After winning the Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity, Greta Thunberg has pledged to donate $1140,000, a tenth of the prize money, to environmental organisation SOS Amazônia. Besides protecting the rainforest, the organisation has been bringing relief in form of health equipment and food to indigenous territories. Another $114,000 will go to the Stop Ecocide Foundation.

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Regis Philbin dies at age 88
The late Regis Philbin with Kelly Ripa and Capt. Mark Genung, May 2010
The late Regis Philbin with Kelly Ripa and Capt. Mark Genung, May 2010 Credit: U.S. Navy photo / Public domain

Regis Philbin, the American media personality, actor, television host and singer, has died of at age 88. Philbin is known for hosting the Miss America pageants and ABC's "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire." He also co-hosted "Live with Regis...", first with Kathie Lee and later with Kelly Ripa. Philbin was nominated for 37 Daytime Emmy Awards, of which he won six, and holds the world record for most hours on US television with over 16,700 hours.

"We are deeply saddened to share that our beloved Regis Philbin passed away last night of natural causes, one month shy of his 89th birthday. His family and friends are forever grateful for the time we got to spend with him -- for his warmth, his legendary sense of humor, and his singular ability to make every day into something worth talking about," so the statement shared by his family with CNN.

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Andrew Mlangeni, anti-apartheid icon and convicted co-defendant with Nelson Mandela, passed away at age 95
Andrew Mlangeni
Andrew Mlangeni Credit: GovernmentZA (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Andrew Mlangeni passed away on June 6th in Pretoria, the office of President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed on Wednesday. Mlangeni was the last surviving Rivonia trialists, a trial which brought to light the segregationist policies of apartheid in South Africa. He died in a military hospital after being committed with abdominal complaints.

President Cyril Ramaphosa said: "The passing of Andrew Mekete Mlangeni signifies the end of a generational history and places our future squarely in our hands. Until recently, we were able to sit at Bab’ Mlangeni’s feet and draw on his wealth of wisdom and his unfailing commitment – even at his very advanced age – to a better life for all South Africans. With his passing as the last remaining Rivonia Trialist, Bab’ Mlangeni has indeed passed the baton to his compatriots to build the South Africa he fought to liberate and to reconstruct during our democratic dispensation."

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Kanye West tweets he's trying to divorce Kim Kardashian, deletes tweet later
Kanye West tweets he's trying to divorce Kim Kardashian, deletes tweet later
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Kanye West has continued to tweet statements and delete them later from his official Twitter account.

He claims that his wife Kim Kardashian"tried to fly in with 2 doctors to 51/50 me" which refers to the law code in California that enables psychiatric patients to be held involuntarily. In addition, he has tweeted that the has "been trying to get divorced" after Kim Kardashian met with Meek Mill adding in stating tweet that "Kim was out of line". All tweets regarding that topic have been deleted but archived online.

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Vivienne Westwood protests Julian Assange's extradition to the US, suspends herself in massive birdcage
Vivienne Westwood protests Julian Assange's extradition to the US, suspends herself in massive birdcage
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British fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood is leading the protests outside the Old Bailey in London to stop the extradition of Julian Assange and has suspended herself in a massive birdcage 10ft above the ground.

"If the canary died they all got out. Julian Assange is in a cage and he needs to get out. Don't extradite to America," so Westwood and adding that she was wearing yellow as he still hadn't had any sun and that the cage represented "the space Julian will inhabit if he is extradited to the US."

Assange's extradition battle at Old Bailey is set to resume on September 7.

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Sexual misconduct lawsuit against Fox News hosts
Sean Hannity interviewing Donald Trump for Fox News
Sean Hannity interviewing Donald Trump for Fox News Credit: The White House from Washington, DC / Public domain

Fox News's Ed Henry, Sean Hannity & Tucker Carlson have been sued for sexual misconduct by two women on Monday. The suit alleges that Henry, who was fired earlier this month, sexually assaulted, raped and restrained in a hotel room and threatened former Fox News employee Jennifer Eckhart. Former Fox News employee Cathy Are says she was sexually harassed by members of Fox News, including Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson and Howard Kurtz.

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"The Michelle Obama Podcast" is coming to Spotify on July 29
"The Michelle Obama Podcast" is coming to Spotify on July 29
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Spotify has announced the launch of Michelle Obama's podcast "The Michelle Obama Podcast" which will premier on July 29.

"Hosted by Michelle Obama, the show will bring listeners the First Lady’s most candid, human, and personal conversations to show us what is possible when we dare to be vulnerable," so the statement on Spotify's Newsroom.

The podcast is produced by the Obamas' production company Higher Ground which produces exclusively for Spotify and will focus on women's health, relationships and other personal topics. Michelle Obama will be joined by several guests, including Dr Sharon Malone MD, Valerie Jarett and Conan O'Brien.

"My hope is that this series can be a place to explore meaningful topics together and sort through so many of the questions we’re all trying to answer in our own lives," so Michelle Obama about her new podcast. "Perhaps most of all, I hope this podcast will help listeners open up new conversations—and hard conversations—with the people who matter most to them. That’s how we can build more understanding and empathy for one another."

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Zindzi Mandela: Tested positive for Coronavirus before her death
Zindzi Mandela meeting President Barack Obama, 2 November 2013
Zindzi Mandela meeting President Barack Obama, 2 November 2013 Credit: The White House from Washington, DC / Public domain

Her family disclosed that Zindzi Mandela was diagnosed with the Coronavirus before her death. The daughter of Nelson Mandela was laid to rest next to her mother Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in Johannesburg on July 17th.

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Civil rights leader C.T. Vivian dies at age 95
President Barack Obama delivers awards the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom to Cordy Tindell “C.T.” Vivian, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Nov. 20, 2013.
President Barack Obama delivers awards the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom to Cordy Tindell “C.T.” Vivian, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Nov. 20, 2013. Credit: Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson / Public domain

C.T. Vivian has died of natural causes in his Atlanta home at age 95. Vivian was a civil rights veteran and a close associate of Dr Martin Luther King Jr., who he met in 1955. He helped organise the Freedom Rides and was an advocate for non-violent protest, racial justice and equality.

In 2013, President Barack Obama awarded Vivan with the presidential medal of freedom.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg has recurrence of cancer, is undergoing chemotherapy
n	 U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks on the Main Stage of the National Book Festival, August 31, 2019. Photo by Shawn Miller/Library of Congress.
n U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks on the Main Stage of the National Book Festival, August 31, 2019. Photo by Shawn Miller/Library of Congress. Credit: Library of Congress Life (Creative Commons CC0 Waiver)

US Supreme Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said she has been receiving chemotherapy for a recurrence of liver cancer, but assured she was "fully able" to continue her post.

Her statement read as followed: "On May 19, I began a course of chemotherapy (gemcitabine) to treat a recurrence of cancer. A periodic scan in February followed by a biopsy revealed lesions on my liver. My recent hospitalizations to remove gall stones and treat an infection were unrelated to this recurrence.

Immunotherapy first essayed proved unsuccessful. The chemotherapy course, however, is yielding positive results. Satisfied that my treatment course is now clear, I am providing this information.

My most recent scan on July 7 indicated significant reduction of the liver lesions and no new disease. I am tolerating chemotherapy well and am encouraged by the success of my current treatment. I will continue bi-weekly chemotherapy to keep my cancer at bay, and am able to maintain an active daily routine. Throughout, I have kept up with opinion writing and all other Court work. I have often said I would remain a member of the Court as long as I can do the job full steam. I remain fully able to do that."

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Judge rejects Harvey Weinstein's $19 million settlement
Former film producer and convicted sex offender Harvey Weinstein in Paris at the César Awards ceremony, February 2014
Former film producer and convicted sex offender Harvey Weinstein in Paris at the César Awards ceremony, February 2014 Credit: Georges Biard (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein has rejected a proposed $19 million settlement for the women who accused former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual abuse and harassment. Hellerstein stated the offer failed to compensate many of the victims who allege they were sexually assaulted or raped by Weinstein.

Hellerstein said: "Not every woman was captured in the same way, Your settlement would create inequality among all of those people.".

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Naya Rivera's body found at Lake Piru
Naya Rivera
Naya Rivera Credit: Lloyd Klein (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

The Ventura County Sheriff's Office confirmed that the body found earlier today in Lake Piru, California, belongs to actress Naya Rivera, who has been missing since last Wednesday.

Sheriff Bill Ayub said: "We are confident the body we found is that of Naya Rivera, there is no indication of foul play or that this was a suicide.".

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Zindzi Mandela, daugther of Nelson Mandela, dies aged 59
Zindzi Mandela meeting President Barack Obama, 2 November 2013
Zindzi Mandela meeting President Barack Obama, 2 November 2013 Credit: The White House from Washington, DC / Public domain

Zindzi Mandela, the youngest daughter of Nelson Mandela, has died at the age of 59 in a hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa. The cause of her death has not been revealed yet.

Zindzi Mandela had been serving as South Africa's ambassador to Denmark since 2014. She was married twice and had four children.

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Actress Kelly Preston dies at age 57
John Travolta and Kelly Preston at the Cannes film festival, for the 20th anniversary of "Pulp fiction"
John Travolta and Kelly Preston at the Cannes film festival, for the 20th anniversary of "Pulp fiction" Credit: Georges Biard / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

Kelly Preston, actress and wife of John Travolta, has died of breast cancer at the age of 57. She appeared in movies such as "Jerry Maguire", "Space Camp" and "Twins". After meeting John Travolta in 1987 on the set of "The Experts", the two got married in 1991 and had three children together.

"It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you that my beautiful wife Kelly has lost her two-year battle with breast cancer. She fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many," Travolta wrote in a post to Instagram on Monday.

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Feds reportedly fear that Ghislaine Maxwell could commit suicide
Feds reportedly fear that Ghislaine Maxwell could commit suicide
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According to reports, strict safety protocols have been implemented for Jeffrey Epstein's friend and confidante Ghislaine Maxwell over fear she might commit suicide. Federal officers took away Maxwell's bedsheets and clothing, the latter was replaced with paper clothes. Maxwell, who was arrested last week, will be under constant surveillance during her imprisonment in response to criticism regarding the uncertain circumstances of Epstein's death.

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Naya Rivera, 'Glee' actress, is missing
Actress Naya Rivera on the Glee panel at the 2010 San Diego Comic Con in San Diego, California.
Actress Naya Rivera on the Glee panel at the 2010 San Diego Comic Con in San Diego, California. Credit: Gage Skidmore (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Actress Naya Rivera is missing and is feared dead after Josey, her 4-year-old son, was found alone on the boat they’d rented in Lake Piru, California. According to CBS Los Angeles, Josey told the police he and his mom had gone out to go swimming.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department posted a tweet Wednesday night confirming the missing person as the former 'Glee' star, and that search operations will resume in the morning: "The missing person at Lake Puru has been identified as Naya Rivera, 33, of Los Angeles. SAR operation will continue at first light".

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"A Letter on Justice and Open Debate" – a open letter warning against "intolerance of opposing views" signed by 150 public figures, including authors Rowling and Atwood
"A Letter on Justice and Open Debate" – a open letter warning against "intolerance of opposing views" signed by 150 public figures, including authors Rowling and Atwood
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Around 150 public figures have signed an open letter titled "A Letter on Justice and Open Debate" warning of the spread of "censoriousness" and "intolerance of opposing views" in today's culture. Among the signatories are writer and activist Gloria Steinem and authors J.K. Rowling and Margarete Atwood.

The letter states that "powerful protests for racial and social justice are leading to overdue demands for police reform, along with wider calls for greater equality and inclusion across our society," but that this has also led to "a new set of moral attitudes and political commitments that tend to weaken our norms of open debate and toleration of differences in favor of ideological conformity."

"The free exchange of information and ideas, the lifeblood of a liberal society, is daily becoming more constricted. [...] But it is now all too common to hear calls for swift and severe retribution in response to perceived transgressions of speech and thought," the letter continues.

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Broadway actor Nick Cordero dies aged 41 from Covid-19
Photograph of Nick Cordero shared by his wife Amanda Kloots on Instagram
Photograph of Nick Cordero shared by his wife Amanda Kloots on Instagram Credit: via Instagram @amandakloots

Nick Cordero has died at age 41 after a month-long battle with Covid-19. The Broadway actor had tested positive for the novel Coronavirus in March and was hospitalised shortly after. He spent over 90 days in the intensive care unit at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles where he received a temporary pacemaker, had one of his legs amputated and was put into a medically induced coma.

His wife, Amanda Kloots, confirmed his passing on Instagram, writing: "God has another angel in heaven now. My heart is broken as I cannot imagine our lives without him. Nick was such a bright light. He was everyone’s friend, loved to listen, help and especially talk. He was an incredible actor and musician. I will love you forever and always my sweet man."

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Italian composer Ennio Morricone dies aged 91
Ennio Morricone at the Festhalle Frankfurt in 2015
Ennio Morricone at the Festhalle Frankfurt in 2015 Credit: Sven-Sebastian Sajak / CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

Ennio Morricone has died at age 91. The Italian composer composed over 400 scores for television and cinema, including a score for the 1966 movie The Good, The Bad and The Ugly which is considered one of the most influential soundtracks in movie history. Morricone was nominated for 6 Academy Awards and received an Oscar for his score to Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight. His work influenced many artists, including Hans Zimmer, Dire Straits and Metallica.