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Michael Jackson’s Neverland ranch up for sale

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Michael Jackson’s Neverland ranch has gone up for sale with a price tag of $100m ($65m), reports the Wall Street Journal. The Santa Barbara development was once home to a zoo, an amusement park and its own fire station. Much of this has gone but there is still a floral clock and a railway. Jackson […]

May 29th, 2015 | Posted in Art & Ents | Read More »

Tracy Morgan settles Walmart crash lawsuit

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Comic and 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan has settled his legal case against Walmart over a crash which left him seriously injured, and killed his friend. A Walmart truck crashed in to the back of Morgan’s limo in June 2014, with prosecutors alleging the driver had not slept for more than 24 hours. Comedian James […]

May 28th, 2015 | Posted in Art & Ents,Music | Read More »

Broadway enjoys record season

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New York’s theatreland has enjoyed its best ever season, breaking box office and attendance records. The Broadway League said takings in 2014-2015 were up 7.6% to $1.36bn (£883m). Attendance also climbed with 13.1 million theatregoers watching a show – a rise of 7.3% on the previous season. The bumper figures were helped by musicals such […]

May 27th, 2015 | Posted in Art & Ents,Music | Read More »

BB King’s death to be investigated as murder

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A murder investigation has been launched into the death of blues legend BB King after two of his daughters claimed he was poisoned. Karen Williams and Patty King said the musician was given “foreign substances to induce his premature death” by his business manager Laverne Toney. Lawyers for King’s estate said the claims are unfounded […]

May 26th, 2015 | Posted in Art & Ents,Music | Read More »

Cannes Palme d’Or awarded to French film Dheepan

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French director Jacques Audiard’s film Dheepan has won the top prize at Cannes, the Palme d’Or. The gritty drama tells the story of refugees fleeing post-civil war Sri Lanka for a life in France. The choice made by the jury led by American filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen was a surprise. Holocaust drama Son of […]

May 25th, 2015 | Posted in Art & Ents,Films | Read More »

Eurovision Song Contest: Sweden’s Mans Zelmerlow wins

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Swedish singer Mans Zelmerlow has triumphed at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, beating Russia’s Polina Gagarina. Zelmerlow won with his upbeat pop track Heroes, which was accompanied by innovative animated visuals. Italy were third, followed by Belgium. Australia finished fifth in the country’s first Eurovision appearance. The UK’s 1920s-influenced swing act Electro Velvet […]

May 24th, 2015 | Posted in Art & Ents,Music | Read More »

US reality show taken off schedule over sex abuse allegations

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A US cable network has pulled a long running reality TV show following revelations of alleged sexual abuse by one of its members. The series 19 Kids and Counting on TLC stars a conservative Christian couple and their 19 children. It has been alleged that the eldest son Josh Duggar molested five underage girls as […]

May 23rd, 2015 | Posted in Art & Ents | Read More »

Eurovision: Ireland and Portugal out

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Ireland, the most successful country in Eurovision history, has crashed out of this year’s competition after failing to make it through the semi-final. The seven-time winners couldn’t muster enough votes for their youngest ever entrant, 17-year-old Molly Sterling. Iceland, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Malta, Portugal and San Marino also failed to make the cut. Sweden, […]

May 22nd, 2015 | Posted in Art & Ents,Music | Read More »

David Letterman saluted by stars on final Late Show

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Four US presidents have joined stars including Steve Martin, Tina Fey, Jerry Seinfeld and Foo Fighters to pay tribute to TV host David Letterman on his final late night talk show. Letterman has bowed out after 33 years and 6,028 late-night broadcasts. He joked that physicist Stephen Hawking had calculated it “works out to about […]

May 21st, 2015 | Posted in Art & Ents,Music | Read More »

Eurovision: Finland’s PKN fail to make final

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Finnish Punk band PKN, the first Eurovision act to all have learning difficulties, have been knocked out of the contest in the first semi-final. They are one of six entries going home, along with Danish boyband Anti Social Media – the first time Denmark has failed to get to the final since 2007. Ten acts […]

May 20th, 2015 | Posted in Art & Ents,Music | Read More »