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Cumberbatch joins Marvel universe in ‘Doctor Strange’

British heartthrob Benedict Cumberbatch loved his close encounter with special effects when he swapped his Sherlock Holmes deerstalker for a superhero cape in his latest movie outing, "Doctor Strange". Stepping into the Marvel comics universe for the first time, the Oscar nominee plays the lead character in the Hollywood blockbuster, a neurosurgeon who encounters a hidden world of sorcery after losing the use of his hands in a car accident. "You could spin a camera 360 degrees and shoot on anything and it would be a frame in the final cut...You also had some green screen moments which were mind-blowingly difficult," he said at the movie's premiere in Los Angeles on Thursday. "The... preparatory kind of storyboarded animation they use to map out really complex sequences is so thorough, it's an art form …

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U.N. appoints Wonder Woman as honorary ambassador amid outcry

UNITED NATIONS (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United Nations named comic-book superhero Wonder Woman as an honorary ambassador to fight for gender equality on Friday, amid criticism that the scantily clad fictional character was an inappropriate choice. U.N. officials at a ceremony formalizing the appointment said Wonder Woman is known for her commitment to justice, peace and equality. "Wonder Woman is an icon," said U.N. Under-Secretary-General Cristina Gallach. "We are very pleased that this character will help us reach new audiences with essential messages of our empowerment and equality." U.N. officials have said they hoped the selection of a comic-book hero and movie character would appeal to younger women in its campaign for women's empowerment, and the slogan of the campaign says: "Think of all the wonders we can do." Wonder Woman, a DC …

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Donald Glover to play young Lando in ‘Star Wars’ Han Solo film

Actor and singer Donald Glover will be playing Lando Calrissian in the young Han Solo spin-off film from the "Star Wars" universe, Walt Disney Co and Lucasfilm said on Friday. Glover, 33, creator and lead star of FX's new dramedy "Atlanta," will play the role made famous by Billy Dee Williams in the original "Star Wars" films, 1980's "The Empire Strikes Back" and 1983's "Return of the Jedi." The still-untitled film, scheduled for release in May 2018, will see Calrissian "in his formative years as a scoundrel on the rise in the galaxy's underworld," Lucasfilm said in a statement on Starwars.com. Not much else is known about the plot or other casting of the film, which will explore a separate part of the "Star Wars" universe created by George Lucas. Calrissian, the ruler of …

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New posthumous Prince albums to include unreleased music

Fans of the late singer Prince will get new music from the artist, as two new albums will feature previously unreleased and unheard tracks from the artist's vault of recordings. "Prince 4Ever," available to U.S. audiences on Nov. 22, will feature "Moonbeam Levels," originally recorded by Prince in 1982, Warner Bros Records and NPG Records said Friday. The record will include a selection of Prince's greatest hits such as "Kiss," "When Doves Cry" and "Purple Rain," and will come with a booklet featuring never-seen photos of the artist taken by acclaimed photographer Herb Ritts. The album is the first posthumous release since Prince's sudden death in April at age 57 at his Paisley Park, Minnesota estate. An all-star roster of artists including Stevie Wonder and Chaka Khan came together last week in Minnesota to …

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Lady Gaga takes up Black Lives Matter with sober new album

Lady Gaga rose to fame with her shock-inducing outfits and remains the seventh most followed person on Twitter, but on her sober new album, she admits an unease in the era of social media. "Joanne," the now 30-year-old singer's first solo album in three years, marks a shift from the glam synthpop that made Gaga a club sensation to another retro sound -- unadorned soft rock, with forays into country. The singer who once said that she lived for the applause takes up weighty issues including Black Lives Matter, the movement triggered by a series of killings of African Americans. Gaga said she wrote "Angel Down," a grim ballad with a siren-like guitar backdrop, after the 2012 killing of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old African American shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida …

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PMPC Star Awards for TV, Music set on Oct. 23

The Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC) is set to hold a back-to-back awards night to honor the country's brightest stars in the television and music industry on Oct. 23 in Cubao, Quezon City. Dubbed as "Star For M-TV Awards: The Fusion of Philippine Entertainment’s Best", the night will showcase the 8th PMPC Star Awards for Music, and the 30th PMPC Star Awards for Television. For the music awards, Dulce will receive the Pilita Corrales Lifetime Achievement Award while the Parangal Levi Celerio will be given to record and movie producer Vic del Rosario. For the Star Awards for Television, on the other hand, Maricel Soriano will be this year's recipient of the Ading Fernando Lifetime Achievement Award. Excellence in Broadcasting Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to Luchi Cruz Valdes. Kim Chui and …

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Brad Pitt hasn’t answered divorce petition: reports

Brad Pitt has missed the deadline to respond to Angelina Jolie's divorce petition, seeking to avoid sparking an acrimonious legal battle that could harm the children, media reported on Friday. The 52-year-old actor will not file an official reply, despite being two days over Wednesday's cut-off date, until the estranged couple's lawyers have reached an agreement over custody, celebrity gossip websites Us Weekly and TMZ reported. The "Fight Club" actor is looking for joint legal and physical custody, according to TMZ, but is hoping to avoid a court battle for the couple's six children. Jolie, 41, filed court documents on September 19 citing irreconcilable differences and seeking sole permanent custody. Earlier this week Pitt met his oldest child, 15 year-old Maddox, for the first time since an alleged incident involving the pair on a …

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(LOOK) Sang’gre-union: Past and present Encantadia cast meet

Encantadia’s original sang’gres reunited recently, meeting as well the new cast of the well-loved Filipino fantasy series. Iza Calzado, Diana Zubiri and Karylle—the original Amihan, Danaya and Alena in the 2005 incarnation—met the 2016 cast Kylie Padilla, Sanya Lopez and Glaiza de Castro, who play Amihan, Danaya and Pirena, respectively. In an Instagram post, Kylie Padilla, who plays Amihan, expressed her happiness upon meeting Iza Calzado, the original Amihan in the series’ 2005 incarnation. “Somebody spell K I L I G for me. I want a mini sculpture of Amihan 2.0,” Padilla captioned in her photo opposite Calzado. A photo posted by bulldog (@kylienicolepadilla) on Oct 20, 2016 at 8:18am PDT Mark Reyes, the director of the past and present Encantadia series, gave the original sang’gres miniature sculptures of their characters. Also present in the get-together …

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(WATCH) Tom Cruise’s filmography under 10 minutes

Tom Cruise reenacted his filmography—half of it, at least—in a segment for the The Late Late Show with James Corden. Cruise and Corden performed scenes from some of his unforgettable films. They recreated a total of 15 films starring Cruise, including the Mission Impossible series, Top Gun (1986), Born on the Fourth of July (1989), Minority Report (2002), Vanilla Sky (2002), The Last Samurai (2003), Rock of Ages (2012), and Edge of Tomorrow (2014). In recreating “Jerry Maguire” (1996), the duo enlisted Cuba Gooding Jr., who portrayed football player Rod Tidwell in the 1996 film, to depict its famous “show me the money” scene. Cruise was also able to squeeze in a little promo for his latest film Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, the sequel to his 2012 film, which will be shown in cinemas on …

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Lady Gaga returns to NYC bar when she launched her career

NEW YORK  — Lady Gaga returned to the New York City bar where she performed years ago as an unsigned act on the eve of her new album's release, singing rock and pop songs for an audience including Robert De Niro, Helen Mirren, die-hard fans and music industry insiders. Gaga sang tracks from "Joanne," released Friday, at The Bitter End late Thursday, going from piano to guitar. She was backed by a band that included Mark Ronson, who produced the new album, and Hillary Lindsey, who co-wrote with Gaga. The Grammy winner, who grew up in New York City, performed songs like "Million Reasons" and "Joanne," an homage to her aunt who died at 19 from lupus before Gaga was born (Joanne is the singer's middle name). After the performance inside the …

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