30 April 2017
Updated 18:30

Disney sets summer 2019 release for «Star Wars IX»

Disney announced Tuesday it had set the date of May 24, 2019 for Colin Trevorrow's «Star Wars: Episode IX» and is delaying the next "Indiana Jones" a full year.

«Furious» leaves competition in the dust at North America box office

«The Fate of the Furious» ran at full throttle for a second weekend, raking in $38.7 million to head North American box-office profits with a total of $163.6, industry analysts estimated on Sunday.


Madonna angered by unauthorized biopic

Madonna voiced anger Tuesday over news that a Hollywood studio plans an unauthorized biopic of her early years in New York struggling to break into the music business.

Paul McCartney plans new tour leg across US

Paul McCartney on Tuesday announced a new leg of concerts across the United States, showing no signs of slowing down as he prepares to turn 75 in June.


US actor Will Smith, the former hip-hop star, 48, who made his name in the teen television series "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air", has been nominated twice for an Oscar

US actor Will Smith on starry jury of Cannes film festival

US actor Will Smith -- one of the most bankable stars in the world -- is to sit on the jury of the Cannes film festival next month, its organisers said...

Star Wars' Hamill goes to dark side in Cannes festival comedy

Star Wars legend Mark Hamill -- Luke Skywalker in the original trilogy -- goes over to the dark side in a new offbeat comedy to be shown at next month's Cannes film festival.


May the ore be with you: Japan sells gold Darth Vader mask

A solid gold Darth Vader mask is going on sale in Japan, with a $1.4 million price tag for a one-of-a-kind likeness of science fiction's most famous villain.


Actress Elisabeth Moss attends the Premiere of «A Handmaid's Tale» during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, at SVA Theater in New York, on April 21

Trump-era «Handmaid's Tale» presages totalitarian future

Decades after the release of «The Handmaid's Tale,» Margaret Atwood's dystopian sci-fi fable and foundational feminist text arrives on television -- with critics noting its enduring resonance in Donald Trump's America.

Oprah Winfrey conquers acting fears in «Henrietta Lacks»

Before Henrietta Lacks died of cervical cancer in 1951, doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore removed some of her cancerous cells to grow outside her body in a petri dish.


Large crowds as Australia and New Zealand mark Anzac Day

Thousands of Australians and New Zealanders, many braving heavy rain, turned out Tuesday to mark the Gallipoli landing and to pay tribute to soldiers in current conflict zones in moving ceremonies.


Artists urge Radiohead to scrap Israel show

Dozens of artists including Roger Waters called Monday on Radiohead to cancel a concert in Israel, saying the band known for its left-wing politics should join Palestinian activists' boycott calls.


Iggy Pop turns 70, sings on experimental jazz album

Punk legend Iggy Pop has turned 70 with news he is singing on an experimental jazz album, saying the genre's bare exposure of his voice appealed to him artistically.


From internet to big stage, Oh Wonder startled by success

Soon after the London duo soon to be known as Oh Wonder first recorded a song and posted it on SoundCloud three years ago, the pair emailed the music-sharing site. Something was surely wrong.

David Bowie remembered as engaging until end, a year after death

When David Bowie walked unassumingly into a cozy New York jazz club to hear Donny McCaslin play, the saxophonist admits he wasn't well-versed in the rock icon's vast discography.


Serena posts heartfelt baby message on fiance's birthday

US tennis great Serena Williams on Monday marked her fiance's birthday and her return to the world number one ranking by posting an emotional message to her unborn baby on Instagram.

Jolie, Pitt agree to settle divorce in private

Angelina Jolie Pitt and Brad Pitt, once Hollywood's most celebrated couple, have reached an agreement to keep details of their high-profile divorce and child custody dispute private, US media reported on Tuesday.

Iraqi conflict

Volunteers search rubble to save Mosul university

Leaning on his crutch, Nizar picks through the rubble where the main building of Mosul University used to be, looking for whatever administrative documents can still be salvaged.

Syrian crisis

From aspiring stylist to jihadist widow: one woman's Syria story

Islam Maytat thought marrying an Afghan-British businessman was her ticket to a new life as a fashionista in London. Instead she became a widow living under jihadist rule in Syria.

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Bitter rift rocks AOC as Coates fights for job

Powerful Australian Olympic Committee head John Coates is facing a bitter campaign to oust him after 27 years, with his media chief stepping down Wednesday amid bullying claims rocking the organisation.

US misunderstands NAFTA, North American business body says

The US government doesn't have a clear idea of what NAFTA covers, a business body representing several big North American multinationals said on Tuesday after Washington picked a trade fight with Canada.

Baby whales «whisper» to mothers to avoid predators

Newborn humpback whales and their mothers whisper to each other to escape potential predators, scientists reported Wednesday, revealing the existence of a previously unknown survival technique.

US judge blocks Trump order on sanctuary cities

A US judge on Tuesday blocked an executive order by President Donald Trump that could deny billions of dollars to so-called sanctuary cities as punishment for harboring illegal immigrants.