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Deepika-Ranveer tied knot at wedding ceremony held in Italy: Indian Media

Bollywood actors Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh have tied the knot in a traditional Konkani ceremony at Italy’s Lake Como, Indian media reported on Wednesday. There is a strictly no photos policy in place for guests at the venue as the couple has gone to great lengths to keep their special day private. Last night, the first event of the...

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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ sparkles at North American box office

LOS ANGELES: Highly anticipated rom-com Crazy Rich Asians — the first Hollywood film with a mainly Asian cast in a generation — dazzled the North American box office in its debut weekend, claiming the top spot, industry estimates showed Sunday. The Warner Bros. adaptation of Kevin Kwan's best-selling novel of the same name raked in $34 million since hitting theatres on Wednesday,...

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Priyanka Chopra, Nick Jonas make their engagement official

NEW YORK — It’s official for Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas. The two on Saturday announced on their respective Instagram accounts they are engaged. Each posted the same picture, a close-up of them gazing lovingly at each other, an engagement ring on Chopra’s finger. The two are in India with both of their families. “Taken ... With all my heart...

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Aretha Franklin funeral set for August 31 in Detroit

A funeral for the late recording star Aretha Franklin has been scheduled for Aug. 31 in Detroit, following a two-day public viewing of her casket, and her body will be entombed at a family gravesite, relatives announced on Friday through a publicist. Franklin, the preacher’s daughter who became the long-reigning “Queen of Soul” with such hits as “Respect” and “Chain...

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After #MeToo, Hollywood women seize power behind TV camera

LOS ANGELES: When writer and producer Stacy Rukeyser suggested featuring a female venture capitalist looking for a husband on the Lifetime television drama Unreal, network executives asked if she could turn the character into someone with “a much more traditional, demure sense of femininity”. “I got the request ‘do you think we could change it? Maybe she could be a kindergarten...

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‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin dies aged 76

NEW YORK: Aretha Franklin, the preacher's daughter whose powerful voice made her the long-reigning "Queen of Soul" with such hit songs as "Respect" and "Chain of Fools," died on Thursday at the age of 76, the Associated Press reported. Franklin, who won 18 Grammys and had some 25 gold records, died at her home in Detroit, the AP said, citing...

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Illustrious Artist Shabnam turns 76 today

WEB DESK: Jharna Basak, popularly known as Shabnam – one of the most famous film actresses of Pakistani cinema, celebrates her 76th birthday today. She was active in the Pakistani film industry from the 60s till the 80s and later in the Bangladeshi film industry in the 1990s. Being a part of the film industry for three decades, Shabnam performed with...

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Afghan rock band struggles to hit right note in Iran

TEHRAN, Iran  — The band gathers in a small carpentry shop on the outskirts of Iran’s capital, with sawdust still in the air but the buzzing of the jigsaws now exchanged for the soft feedback of an amplifier. A drummer strikes his snare four times and Hakim Ebrahimi opens with the first dreamy notes of “Afghanistan,” the sound of their...

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Scarlett Johansson leaps to top of Forbes’ highest-paid actresses

LOS ANGELES: Scarlett Johansson’s role as Marvel superhero Black Widow catapulted her to the top of Forbes’ annual list of the world’s highest-paid actresses on Thursday, landing her ahead of Angelina Jolie. Johansson, 33, took in $40.5 million in pre-tax earnings from June 1, 2017, to June 1, 2018, quadrupling her income from the previous year, according to Forbes’ calculations....

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‘Not an easy time’ for Chris Pratt after Gunn firing

LOS ANGELES — Chris Pratt says “it’s not an easy time” as he and the rest of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” cast look to the future of the hit superhero franchise after Disney fired writer-director James Gunn. Pratt told The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday that he stands behind social media posts saying he hopes Gunn can be...

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King of Qawwali: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan being remembered on his 21st death anniversary

One of the many reasons that the people in West remembers Pakistan, legendary qawwal, mastero Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan 21st death anniversary is being observed today. The King of Qawwali died at the age of 48,  0n 16th August leaving behind a unparalleled legacy of 125 recorded albums. Nusrat was born on October 13, 1948 in Faisalabad and hailed from...

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Madonna celebrates turning 60

Madonna, the Queen of Pop, appears to have travelled to the former imperial city of Marrakech in western Morocco to celebrate her 60th birthday today. "Walking thru the Labyrinth of the Medina during the Call to Prayer," the American singer wrote on her Facebook and Instagram accounts on the eve of the big day. She posted a "birthday, magic, adventure"...

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Showbiz stars wish you a very happy Independence Day

WEB DESK: Pakistani celebrities also took to social media to greet their fans and to express their immense patriotism. Jal band famed Singer Farhan Saeed wishes everyone the National Day and called it "the happiest Independence Day of his life." Happy Independence Day Pakistan! By far this is the happiest Independence Day in my life time as I am sure...

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Defamation Suit: Deadline for Meesha’s reply to Ali Zafar set

Web Desk: A district and sessions court ordered on Monday singer Meesha Shafi to submit her reply in a defamation suit—filed by her peer Ali Zafar after she levelled harassment charges against him—by September 25. As the court proceedings commenced, Meesha’s legal counsel Muhammad Saqib Jilani submitted his power-of-attorney to the court and requested the court for an extension for...

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‘Insatiable’ TV cast rejects fat-shaming insulting remarks but reviews are harsh

LOS ANGELES: The cast of Insatiable defended their new television show against accusations of fat-shaming, but unusually harsh reviews suggest the US series has more to worry about than the debate around weight and popularity. The Netflix series billed as a dark revenge comedy, is about a downtrodden, obese high schooler, Patty the Fatty, who suddenly loses weight, gains popularity and sets...

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Kangna Ranaut appeals Imran Khan for better bilateral terms

WEB DESK: Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut is hopeful of Imran Khan, who is next in-line to premiership, that he will bridge the long gap between the two countries. Responding to a query regarding Mr. Khan at an event, Kangana said, “Hopefully, we can only hope that we shed no more blood.” “It’s unfortunate that our soldiers are dying. But, the...

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Still there for you: ‘Friends’ most-viewed UK streaming show

LONDON  — Almost 15 years after it was canceled, “Friends” is still there for British viewers. The catchphrase-generating New York sitcom is the most popular show on U.K. streaming services, beating big-budget original productions from Netflix and Amazon. Research by U.K. broadcast regulator Ofcom shows “Friends” led the field in the first quarter of 2018, followed by laddish Amazon auto...

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