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The brothers have been involved in a heated public row since Noel quit the band in 2009.

Updated: 21-07-2018 10:28 IST
Current entertainment news briefs

Appearing before some 6,000 fans at San Diego's annual Comic-Con pop culture gathering. (Image Credit: Twitter)

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First female 'Doctor Who' calls role 'an absolute joy'

British actress Jodie Whittaker made her public debut on Thursday as the first female "Doctor Who," saying casting a woman to lead the long-running sci-fi television series was inevitable. Appearing before some 6,000 fans at San Diego's annual Comic-Con pop culture gathering, Whittaker said playing the role of the extraterrestrial being who explores the universe in the time machine and spacecraft known as the Tardis was "really liberating."

CBS announces four-part series of short 'Star Trek' episodes

CBS Corp's next voyage into the "Star Trek" universe will come in the form of a four-part series of 10-to-15-minute episodes released starting this fall on the CBS All Access streaming service, the network said on Friday. "Star Trek: Short Treks" will be released monthly, and each episode will tell a separate, closed-ended story, CBS said in a statement. The network announced the series at San Diego Comic-Con, a convention for fans of science fiction and pop culture.

Moon landing drama 'First Man' to open Venice Film Festival

Space drama "First Man", which looks at the mission of U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong to become the first man to walk on the moon, will open this year's Venice Film Festival, organizers said on Thursday. Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle will once again kick off the 11 days of red carpet premieres and parties in the picturesque Italian city later this summer, two years after his critically-acclaimed musical "La La Land" opened the 2016 edition of the world's oldest film festival.

'Breaking Bad' creator teases crossover with 'Better Call Saul'

The casts of television shows "Breaking Bad" and its spinoff "Better Call Saul" united at the annual Comic-Con festival in San Diego ahead of what producers teased as a screen crossover for some characters later this year. Stars Bryan Cranston, who played teacher turned drug kingpin Walter White in the Emmy-winning "Breaking Bad," on Thursday joined co-star Aaron Paul and Bob Odenkirk, who plays con-man Jimmy McGill in the "Better Call Saul" prequel to mark the 10th anniversary of the "Breaking Bad" series that ended in 2013.

Oasis return? Liam Gallagher urges end to estrangement from brother

Singer Liam Gallagher wants to reconcile with his brother and former Oasis bandmate, Noel, almost 10 years after the famous British rock group split. The brothers have been involved in a heated public row since Noel quit the band in 2009.

Four men indicted in murder of Florida rapper XXXTentacion

A grand jury has indicted four men in the June murder of up-and-coming rapper XXXTentacion in Florida, officials said on Thursday. Dedrick Williams, 22, Michael Boatwright, 22, Trayvon Newsome, 20, and Robert Allen, 22, were indicted on Wednesday on charges of first-degree murder with a firearm and armed robbery with a firearm, the Broward County Sheriff's Office said.

What's your favorite ABBA song? 'Mamma Mia!' cast share their picks

From the upbeat "Waterloo" to the lesser known "When I Kissed The Teacher", the "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" cast belt out an array of ABBA songs in the highly anticipated film, which comes out this week. But which tune is their favorite?

Bodysuits, boots and masks galore as Comic-Con opens in San Diego

There were bodysuits, boots and masks galore in San Diego as thousands of comic, superhero and anime fans flocked to the opening of Comic-Con on Thursday. Highlights of this year's Comic-Con include the introduction of the first female "Doctor Who", played by British actress Jodie Whittaker, and a reunion for the cast of the U.S. television drama "Breaking Bad".

Taylor Swift cast in movie version of 'Cats': Hollywood reports

Taylor Swift has been cast in a big screen version of the stage musical "Cats," in what will be the pop singer's biggest movie role so far, entertainment publications Variety and the Hollywood Reporter said on Friday. The 28-year-old "Look What You Made Me Do" singer will join Oscar-winning singer and actress Jennifer Hudson, talk show host James Corden and veteran British actor Ian McKellen in the movie, the publications said.

Extradite accused killer of Chilean singer Victor Jara, daughter pleads

The daughter of popular Chilean folk singer Victor Jara has urged the Chilean government to act quicker to push for the extradition from the United States of the man found liable for the 1973 murder of her father. Amanda Jara was eight years old when her father, Victor Jara, a celebrated singer, theater director and university professor, was detained along with his students and scores of other leftists in a Chilean soccer stadium after the coup that installed late dictator Augusto Pinochet to power. There, witnesses said he was beaten and shot dead.

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