Interactive ‘Star Wars’ exhibit opens in NY

7 December 2019, 12:01 PM
"Star Wars" holds a special place in the entertainment world and in view of the upcoming conclusion of the 42-year, nine-episode saga, Dolby Laboratories and Walt Disney Studios are presenting an interactive exhibit celebrating the entire Skywalker saga.
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Julia Roberts and Harriet Tubman
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A Hollywood movie studio executive once suggested that Julia Roberts could play Harriet Tubman, the 19th century escaped slave who is seen as an African-American icon.

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Lizzo, Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X dominate Grammy nods, Taylor Swift sidelined 21 November 2019, 8:15 AM

Pop newcomers Lizzo, Billie Eilish and country rapper Lil Nas X dominated Grammy nominations on Wednesday in a list for the highest awards in the music industry that favoured diversity and women over established stars like Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Madonna.

Trevor Noah nominated for a Grammy 20 November 2019, 5:39 PM

South African comedian and host of The Daily Show in America, Trevor Noah, has been nominated for a Grammy award in the category Best Comedy Album.

Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey of The Who attend the unveiling of the founding stone of the new Music Walk of Fame in London.
‘The Who’ are first honoured as London unveils Music Walk of Fame 20 November 2019, 3:45 PM

British rock band The Who became the first act to receive a paving stone on the Music Walk of Fame in London on Tuesday, in the unveiling of a new cultural attraction that echoes the starry sidewalks of Hollywood Boulevard

Coty takes $600 million bet on reality star Kylie Jenner’s beauty brands 20 November 2019, 7:30 AM

Coty said it would pay $600 million for a majority stake in Kylie Jenner's make-up and skincare businesses, as it looks to tap into the reality TV star's huge social media reach, sending its shares up as much as 5%.

MTV launches 2020 ‘+1thevote’ campaign to mobilize Millennials and Gen Z 19 November 2019, 9:27 PM

In 1990, a bikini-clad Madonna wrapped in a United States (US) flag urged MTV viewers to vote in Senate elections as the youth television network partnered with a “Rock the Vote” campaign that mixed pop culture and politics.

‘The Crown’ peddles subversive republican message, says royal historian 19 November 2019, 3:18 PM

Television series “The Crown” might have won millions of fans across the globe with its dramatization of the life and reign of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth but one royal historian has accused it of peddling a subversive republican message.

Latest Epstein accuser calls on Prince Andrew to talk to US authorities 19 November 2019, 10:15 AM

A woman who accuses Jeffrey Epstein of sexually abusing her as a child, on Monday said Britain's Prince Andrew should tell US authorities what he knows about the financier.

‘Ford v Ferrari’ races to first place, ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Collapses 19 November 2019, 7:35 AM

"Ford v Ferrari" left its box office competitors in the dust as Disney's historical sports drama sped its way to $31 million in North America.

Princess Masindi Mphephu
VhaVenda senior traditional leaders protest kingship report 18 November 2019, 7:09 PM

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Qantas urges rapper will.i.am to withdraw racism accusation against staffer 18 November 2019, 2:46 PM

Australia’s flagship airline, Qantas, said on Monday it stood ready to offer legal assistance to a member of its flight crew named in a racism accusation by Black Eyed Peas rapper will.i.am on social media.

Frozen Stars
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Self-love, sibling power and growing up are the main themes of Disney's "Frozen 2", according to the stars of the new animated movie.

Methodist Church inducts first female Presiding Bishop 17 November 2019, 9:01 PM

The Methodist Church of Southern Africa has rewritten history by inducting its first female Presiding Bishop. Reverend Purity Malinga takes over the reins from Bishop Zipokuhle Siwa.

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Taylor Swift wins some support in feud with old label, and lots of silence 17 November 2019, 12:06 PM

Taylor Swift and her former record label traded barbed accusations on Friday about her rights to perform her old songs, winning support from singers like Selena Gomez and Sara Bareilles but silence from many of the big hitters in the music business.

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‘Joker’ expected to cross $1 billion global box office milestone 17 November 2019, 8:07 AM

Comic book movie "Joker" is poised to surpass $1 billion in global ticket sales on Friday, becoming the first R-rated Hollywood movie ever to overcome the milestone.

Promenade
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Africa's longest beach promenade has been officially opened at the Durban beach front.

A 33 month old black rhino is seen at a game reserve near Cape Town.
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By moving the beasts, in one of the biggest international relocations of its kind, conservationists hope to ensure wild black rhinos remain genetically diverse to better fight off disease.

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The Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy will on Saturday announce a 15-year fishing rights allocations to small-scale fishing cooperatives in the Eastern Cape.

Tree
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One of the oldest trees in Cape Town's historical Company's Garden has been crowned a Champion Tree by the National Department of Environment.

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A Cape Town author, Valda Jansen, has been awarded South Africa's largest bursary in support of creative writers in the country.

Netflix to change Nazi guard documentary after Polish complaint 15 November 2019, 12:02 PM

Netflix said on Thursday it would make changes to maps in a documentary that showed German Nazi death camps inside the borders of modern Poland, after Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki pressed the streaming and production company to act.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has extended his condolences to the family of the AmaXhosa King Mpendulo Zwelonke Sigcawu and the people of the Eastern Cape.

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Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane has described AmaXhosa King Zwelonke Sigcawu as a person who had many good ideas.

King Sngcawu
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The Eastern Cape government says it will engage the Presidency on the type of funeral the AmaXhosa King will be afforded.

Books
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Jay-Z, Iconix settle lawsuits over licensing, alleged fraud 14 November 2019, 10:28 AM

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Wife of Mexico kingpin El Chapo to grace narco families TV show 14 November 2019, 6:51 AM

The wife of convicted Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman will appear on the VH1 show "Cartel Crew" alongside other family members of drug traffickers who grapple with notorious legacies, says the television network.

Eastern Cape opens state-of-the-art library 13 November 2019, 5:54 PM

The small town of Kareedouw in the Koukamma Municipality now boasts about a modern state-of-the-art library using the latest technology.

‘Friends’ reunion special could be headed for HBO Max 13 November 2019, 9:50 AM

The Hollywood Reporter and Variety on Tuesday reported that preliminary talks were underway for an unscripted reunion special that would feature all six "Friends" actors and air on upcoming streaming service HBO Max, a unit of AT&T's Warner Media.