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Russia rejects offer to let Eurovision singer perform remotely

Russia on Thursday rejected a compromise offered by the Eurovision Song Contest to let its singer perform via satellite link after she was banned from entering the host country Ukraine, local media reported.

Eurovision to let Russian singer perform remotely due to Ukraine ban

A Russian singer banned by Ukraine from entering the country will be able to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest through a live video link, the contest's executive supervisor, Jon Ola Sand, said Thursday.

Ukraine bans Russian Eurovision hopeful who performed in Crimea

Russia's Eurovision hopeful - who has become a source of controversy in host country Ukraine for a 2015 performance in Russian-annexed Crimea - was on Wednesday banned from Ukraine for three years, a move that will likely further degrade relations.

Eurovision will abide by Ukraine's decision on Russian singer

The Eurovision Song Contest's supervisor Jon Ola Sand said Tuesday that the event, to take place in Kiev in two months, will abide by whatever decision Ukraine makes on whether to allow Russia's contestant to enter the country.

Russia's Eurovision nominee happy despite potential Ukraine ban

Russian singer Julia Samoylova is not letting a potential ban from Ukraine spoil her excitement about performing at the Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev in two months, according to an interview published Tuesday.

Russia's wheelchair-bound Eurovision nominee faces Ukraine ban

Russia plans to send wheelchair-bound singer Julia Samoylova, 27, to the Eurovision Song Contest in the Ukrainian capital Kiev in May, despite a potential ban because she has performed in Russian-annexed Crimea.

George Michael died of natural causes, coroner finds

A post mortem has concluded that British popstar George Michael died of natural causes linked to heart and liver problems, a coroner said on Tuesday.

Philippines protests US TV show's negative portrayal of Duterte

The Philippines has filed a protest against a "highly negative depiction" of its president Rodrigo Duterte in a US television series and urged TV network CBS to correct the portrayal, the country's embassy in Washington said Tuesday.

Citizens invited to help create Croatian version of Monopoly

A project to create a Croatian edition of Monopoly, in which citizens can participate by submitting proposals and which could become a souvenir for tourists, was presented at a press conference on Tuesday.

Angelina Jolie's Khmer Rouge drama premieres in Cambodia's Angkor Wat

Angelina Jolie’s production of "First They Killed My Father" premiered Saturday evening in Cambodia at the Angkor Wat temple complex.

Adele sweeps top awards at 2017 Grammys

Adele made a clean sweep of the Grammy's top prizes at the annual music awards Sunday, besting Beyonce with Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Song of the Year trophies for her album "25" and its smash single "Hello."

'Pray for Arnold' on Apprentice ratings, Trump tells prayer breakfast

US President Donald Trump told thousands gathered for a National Prayer Breakfast in Washington that they should pray for former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has taken over Trump's television show The Celebrity Apprentice.

Sky TV pulls Michael Jackson spoof after daughter calls it "shameful"

British broadcaster Sky has axed an episode of a new comedy series before its debut over criticism of its portrayal of Michael Jackson.

Trump takes shot at "Apprentice" successor Schwarzenegger

Donald Trump stepped down as host of the game show "The Celebrity Apprentice" during his presidential campaign, but two weeks before taking office the president-elect chose to ridicule the show's new star.

Trump to rock in new year with "Rocky"

US president-elect Donald Trump will spend New Year's Eve in the company of "Rocky" actor Sylvester Stallone, Trump's spokesman said Friday.

Cause of George Michael's death still unclear after autopsy

The cause of death of British singer George Michael remained unclear after an autopsy, British police said in a statement Friday.

Popstar George Michael dies of heart failure

Musicians from Britain and around the world paid tribute Monday to British popstar George Michael, who died of heart failure at age 53.

Singer George Michael dies aged 53, publicist confirms

British pop singer George Michael has died, the British news agency PA reported Sunday, citing his publicist.

German entry "Toni Erdmann" wins best European film prize

The German comedy «Toni Erdmann» by Maren Ade has won the award for best European film, the European Film Academy announced at a gala in the Polish city of Wroclaw Saturday.

Chinese firm building full-size Titanic replica for tourists

Construction has begun on the world's first full-size replica of the Titanic in China, a country that fell in love with the 1997 blockbuster movie about the doomed ocean liner.

"A magical voice stilled" - Leonard Cohen dies aged 82

Singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen died Thursday at the age of 82, prompting strong reactions from musicians, actors and even heads of state.

Iranian rapper sentenced to 74 lashes and five years jail

An Iranian rapper was sentenced to five years in prison and 74 lashes in court Saturday after being found guilty of spreading Western immorality in the Islamic nation, reported the ISNA news agency, citing prosecutors.

"The Simpsons" to make history as longest-running TV series

The hit animated TV series "The Simpsons" will stay on the air for at least another two seasons, television broadcaster Fox said Friday, to become the longest-running scripted television series ever.

Eighty-five countries compete for foreign-language Oscar

Eighty-five countries are competing for the 2017 foreign-language Oscar, with Yemen submitting an entry for the first time, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Tuesday.

Pokemon Go launch in China given hope with new technology venture

A ban on Google Maps means that Pokemon Go is still unavailable in China months after being launched in other parts of the world. However, local fans may finally be able to join the craze if a new technology venture succeeds.

All in a day's work: Singaporean gamer turns Pokemon Go professional

Some gamers in Singapore are willing to hire outside help to catch Pokemon. Enter 25-year-old gaming star Brandon Tan.

Game of Thrones, HBO dominate Emmy Awards

The HBO television series "Veep" and "Game of Thrones" took the top prizes at the 68th Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, in a televised ceremony that delivered some laughs but few suprises.

"Game of Thrones," "Fargo," "House of Cards" up for 68th Emmy Awards

The hit HBO series "Game of Thrones," tops the list of nominees at Sunday's 68th Emmy Awards, US television's top honours.

Ukraine vows to ban certain Russian singers from Eurovision

Ukraine will not allow Russian singers who have supported the pro-Russian rebellion in eastern Ukraine to perform at next year's Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev, Ukraine's Culture Minister Yevhen Nyshchuk said Friday.

Lost demo recording by Paul McCartney sells for nearly 24,000 dollars

A demo record of a song written by former Beatles John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and sung by McCartney himself, sold at auction in Britain for 18,000 pounds (23,600 dollars) on Saturday.

Fire destroys Middle Ages film sets at famous Prague studio

A fire at the famous Barrandov film studios in Prague may have caused over 4 million dollars' worth of damage, local media reported Saturday.

Popular Malaysian singer detained amid probe for "insulting Islam"

A Malaysian court on Monday approved the four-day detention of popular singer Namewee while he is investigated on accusations of insulting Islam in a music video, a police official said.

Lou Pearlman, creator of Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync, dies in prison

Lou Pearlman, the disgraced music mogul behind boy bands Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync, has died in a Texas prison while serving a 25-year sentence on fraud charges.

Several injured at Snoop Dogg concert after rail collapse

Several people were injured late Saturday at a concert in New Jersey by rappers Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa when the railing they were pressed against collapsed, causing them to tumble to the concrete below.

Islamic authorities ban Malaysian Muslims from playing Pokemon Go

Islamic authorities in Malaysia banned Muslims in the country from playing Pokemon Go, the popular augmented reality smartphone game, which became available there on Saturday.

Celebration day for "grateful" Zeppelin after Stairway copyright win

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and frontman Robert Plant thanked a Los Angeles jury Thursday for ruling they did not steal the opening to their rock classic Stairway to Heaven.

Prince died of accidental painkiller overdose

An official autopsy report released Thursday confirmed that Prince died of an accidental overdose of prescription painkillers.

Report: Shooting at New York concert leaves one dead

One man was killed and three other people injured by gunfire backstage at a rap concert in New York late Wednesday, a news report said.

EU seeks to boost European productions offered by streaming providers

The European Union is set to push for its domestic films and television series to be offered more consistently on online streaming services, in a move that is expected to affect the likes of entertainment giant Netflix.

Irish singer Sinead O'Connor found safe after going missing in US

Irish singer Sinead O'Connor, who did not return from a bicycle ride on Sunday in the US state of Illinois, has been located and is no longer considered a missing person, police said Monday afternoon.

Eurovision viewers in Ukraine, Russia show mutual support in vote

Despite political tensions between Ukraine and Russia, viewers in the neighbouring countries awarded high points to each other's Eurovision Song Contest entries in a televote, detailed results showed Sunday.

Ukraine scores second Eurovision Song Contest win

Ukraine singer Jamala scooped her country's second win in the Eurovision Song Contest early Sunday with a song about the horrors of conflict, edging out entries from Australia and Russia.

Eurovision Song Contest final underway with 26 acts vying to win

Belgium, represented by Laura Tesoro, opened the grand finale of the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday where acts from 26 countries in Europe and beyond are vying to win.

More than two dozen acts compete for Eurovision Song Contest title

Acts from 26 countries in Europe and beyond take the stage in Stockholm on Saturday to perform ballads, pop, electropop, country and rock songs in the grand finale of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Eurovision win for Russia could chill interest among gay fanbase

Among the many flags seen at Eurovision Song Contest events is the rainbow flag - a symbol of the annual music competition's strong gay fanbase.

Second semi-final to complete Eurovision Song Contest final line-up

Acts from Australia, Israel and Ukraine are tipped to advance Thursday from the second of two semi-finals to qualify acts for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest grand finale this week in Stockholm.

Favourite Russia advances in Eurovision semi-finals

Russia lived up to the hype and was selected late Tuesday as one of 10 countries from the first semi-final for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest grand finale this week in Stockholm.

Eurovision Song Contest engulfs Swedish capital

The Swedish capital Stockholm has pulled out the stops as host to the Eurovision Song Contest, a televised event that attracts millions of viewers worldwide from Europe to China and Australia.

Russia hears political message in lyrics of Ukraine's Eurovision pick

A battleground for songs - or political jibes? The Eurovision Song Contest is often full of controversy, and this year is turning out to be no different. A Crimean Tartar singer representing Ukraine has angered Russia with song lyrics it perceives as critical.

Protest songs at the Eurovision Song Contest

While political messages are unwelcome at the Eurovision Song Contest, they nevertheless seem to make their way onstage every few years. Here is an overview of some of the more controversial incidents:

Eurovision Song Contest to be broadcast in the US for the first time

The Eurovision Song Contest will expand its audience to the United States this year, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) announced Monday in Geneva.

Prince died alone, no signs of suicide

Music icon Prince was alone when he died in an elevator at his Minnesota home, but investigators have "no reason to believe" his death was suicide, authorities told media Friday.

Prince death investigation could take weeks

Medical examiners said Friday they had completed a four-hour autopsy of pop superstar Prince, who died Thursday at 57 in his estate outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

At 57, pop icon Prince ends his purple reign

Pop icon Prince was found dead at his home Thursday, cutting short one of music's most prodigious and influential careers.

Obama: World lost "creative icon" with Prince's death

US President Barack Obama mourns the death of Prince, saying "the world lost a creative icon" with the singer's passing.

Report: Pop icon Prince dead at 57

Pop icon Prince has died at his home in the US state of Minnesota at the age of 57, gossip site TMZ reports.

German IT project develops system to predict Game of Thrones deaths

A group of IT students at Munich's Technical University has developed an algorithmic piece of software to predict deaths of characters in the upcoming season of the cult television series Game of Thrones.

Johnny Depp's wife Amber Heard escapes conviction for smuggling dogs

Hollywood star Johnny Depp’s wife Amber Heard escaped a criminal conviction and the possibility of 10 years in jail Monday after an Australian court dropped smuggling charges against her for bringing her two pet dogs into the country.

Rocker Bryan Adams shuns Mississippi in protest of same-sex law

Rock musician Bryan Adams cancelled his upcoming concert in Mississippi to protest the southern US state's "extremely discriminatory" new law that allows businesses to refuse service to same-sex couples.

No foolin'? Fans pumped for Guns N' Roses show despite dubious date

Guns N' Roses launched their long-awaited reunion with a performance at the Troubadour, one of the rock clubs where they first made their name on Los Angeles' Sunset Strip. The show was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for 250 of their most rabid fans, and will be followed by comeback tour.

Only rock and roll? Rolling Stones make history at Havana concert

It's been a big week for Cuba. First US President Barack Obama makes a historic visit, then the Rolling Stones play a gig in Havana that Cuban rock 'n' rollers thought they'd never see. Mick Jagger tells the crowd in Havana: "The times are changing."

Rolling Stones rock communist Cuba

British rock legends the Rolling Stones performed in Havana Friday evening, their first concert in the communist country.

Netflix announces first original series made in Germany

Netflix announced Wednesday that it will produce its first German-language series, a drama set in a small German town in the wake of the mysterious disappearance of two young children.

2016 SAG Award winners

The following is a full list of winners at Saturday's 22nd Screen Actors Guild Awards:

Petition launched to create David Bowie Street in Berlin

Fans of David Bowie, who died Sunday, have launched a petition to have a street in Berlin named after the music legend.

New York City, Bowie's adopted hometown, mourns his loss

New York City, David Bowie's adopted hometown, mourned the late singer Monday as flowers, candles and testimonials began appearing in the early morning hours in front of the influential artist's home in the SoHo section of Manhattan.

David Bowie combined success and artistic impact

Space Oddity was David Bowie's big breakthrough, and the sombre Blackstar is his legacy. In between came Ziggy Stardust and the Man Who Fell to Earth. The stars always held a fascination for the quintessential chamaeleon of rock.

David Bowie dies of cancer aged 69

Music legend David Bowie has died aged 69 after a battle with cancer, according to his official Facebook page.

Survival struggles top Globes as Revenant, Martian win main honours

A man alone in a hostile environment. A struggle to survive. Both of the top winners in film categories at Sunday’s Golden Globes featured dramatic battles against the odds

Sean Penn under pressure after meeting Mexican crime boss

Hollywood actor Sean Penn has found himself under pressure from the United States and Mexico after he did an exclusive, clandestine interview with fugitive Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

Winslet, Tierney early winners at 73rd Golden Globes

Kate Winslet won the Golden Globe for best female supporting actor in a motion picture Sunday, the first winner in an evening that will award 25 prizes to the year's best of film and television in a ceremony in Beverly Hills.

Sean Penn met with fugitive Mexican crime boss Guzman

Hollywood actor Sean Penn got an exclusive, clandestine interview with fugitive Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman before his capture, Rolling Stone magazine reported.

Netflix launched in Croatia, goes global to 130 new countries

Video streamer Netflix went live around the world Wednesday, adding 130 new countries to its service and launching what Netflix chief executive Reed Hastings called a "global internet TV network."