Muse to allow fans to pick set at London charity gig

July 5, 2017

Muse will perform a ‘By Request’ charity show and allow fans to pick the setlist. The rock trio – comprised of Matt Bellamy, Chris Wolstenholme and Dominic Howard – are set to play at The O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on August 19 in aid of The Passage, a centre for homeless and vulnerable people. Frontman Matt Bellamy says of the news: “We have admired The Passage’s work for a while…

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Jon Watts campaigned for Spider-Man: Homecoming job

July 5, 2017

Jon Watts kept bothering bosses on ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ until they agreed to hire him to make the movie. The 36-year-old filmmaker has helmed the webslinger’s first ever full adventure in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, following the unique deal which was struck between Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures who own the rights to the character who first came to life in the pages of Marvel Comics. Watts has been praised by…

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Iggy Azalea and Azealia Banks end feud with collaboration

July 5, 2017

Iggy Azalea has ended her long-running feud with Azealia Banks by joining forces for a collaboration. The ‘212’ rapper will appear on the Australian beauty’s forthcoming record ‘Digital Distortion’ as the pair have decided to bury the hatchet once and for all after being at each other’s throats since a tirade was launched in 2014. Announcing the shock duet on Snapchat on Monday (03.07.17), Iggy wrote: “Public Service Announcement, Azealia…

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Mark Wahlberg working on collaboration with DJ Khaled?

July 5, 2017

Mark Wahlberg is working on a project with DJ Khaled. The 46-year-old actor was a member of New Kids On The Block before they hit the big time and quit in 1988, but he could be set to return to the studio as he’s revealed he and the ‘I’m The One’ rapper have been talking about working together. The ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ actor told HipHopDX: “I’ve spoken to [DJ…

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Rita Ora writes secret film script

July 5, 2017

Rita Ora has been secretly writing a script for a film. The ‘RIP’ hitmaker – who portrays Mia Grey in the ‘Fifty Shades…’ franchise – has been working on a movie project in her spare time, and dreams of not only writing and producing a tale for the big screen, but also writing and recording the soundtrack. Speaking to Becca Dudley for an episode of ‘MTV ASKS Rita Ora’, which…

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Beloved Monet back at museum, with 3 others for exhibit

July 5, 2017

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A beloved Claude Monet painting is back at New Hampshire’s Currier Museum of Art after an eight-month tour, along with three others that show the artist’s evolution. The exhibit “Monet: Pathways to Impressionism” opened Saturday and runs until Nov. 13 at the Manchester museum. His 1869 landscape, “The Bridge at Bougival,” was acquired by the museum in 1949. It has recently been shown at major exhibitions…

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Czech orchestra of disabled musicians gets world attention

July 5, 2017

PRAGUE (AP) — It’s an unusual orchestra, one that has played in London, Madrid, Moscow and Jerusalem. Its next stops are New York, Washington and Chicago. The Tap Tap, created 18 years ago to give students at a renowned school for the disabled in Prague an extracurricular activity, has become a major musical operation that has drawn millions of fans, first at home and gradually abroad. You can’t tell from…

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Museum exhibits lowrider cars, the artwork they’ve inspired

July 5, 2017

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lowrider cars these days are far more than tricked-out automobiles with gravity-challenged rear suspensions and ear-rattling exhaust systems that seem to cry out for police to ticket the drivers. In their finest format, they have morphed into museum-quality works of art, appearing in shows around the world from Paris’ Louvre to Washington’s Smithsonian. But while museumgoers have learned to appreciate these creatures that sprang from the…

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July Fourth celebration in DC includes reminders of violence

July 5, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — The festive, star-spangled crowd that gathered for the annual July Fourth concert and fireworks on the National Mall couldn’t avoid being reminded of the ugly reality of life in Washington in 2017. Concertgoers on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol were greeted Tuesday evening by heavy security, including police officers with semi-automatic rifles around their necks and roads blocked with concrete barriers, military vehicles and construction…

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Oh, Mr. Faulkner, do you spend? Money is conference topic

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Finances were a constant worry for William Faulkner during his early years as a writer. So, an expert says it’s fitting that that a literary conference will focus on the theme “Faulkner and Money: The Economies of Yoknapatawpha and Beyond.” Jay Watson is a professor of Faulkner studies at the University of Mississippi and director of the 44th annual Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference, which takes place…

July 5, 2017
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