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Netflix to release three films in theatres ahead of the online debut
Netflix Inc will debut three of its upcoming original films in a limited number of theatres before the movies appear on the streaming service, the company said on Wednesday. The move for "Roma," "Bird Box" and "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" is a change from the company's traditional practice of releasing movies in theatres and on Netflix on the same day.
Colombia must invest in education to have peace, singer Shakira says
Colombian must invest more in education if there is to be peace, pop star Shakira said on Friday, during a visit to her home country to close her El Dorado tour and break ground at two schools to be built by her charitable foundation. The singer attended two ceremonies in Cartagena and her hometown of Barranquilla at the sites of the future schools, signing her autograph in the cement cornerstones.
Actor Alec Baldwin charged over New York parking spot fight
Actor Alec Baldwin, most recently famous for his impersonations of U.S. President Donald Trump, was charged on Friday after a fight over a New York parking spot, police said. The "30 Rock" sitcom actor, 60, "assaulted someone for a parking spot that they were both going for," New York Police Department detective Sophia Mason said.
Oprah backs Stacey Abrams in historic Georgia governor's race
Media mogul Oprah Winfrey lent her star power on Thursday to Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams, who is vying to become the first female black governor in the United States, while saying she has no political aspirations of her own. "I am here today because Stacey Abrams cares about the things that matter," Winfrey told a cheering crowd at a Cobb County town hall, citing Abrams' stance on environmental protection, healthcare and gun control.
Musician Neil Young confirms marriage to actress Daryl Hannah
Singer-songwriter Neil Young confirmed rumours that have persisted for months, saying he is indeed married to actress Daryl Hannah. Young revealed the marriage on Wednesday with a brief reference to "my wife Daryl" in a post on his website about his song "Ohio," which he wrote in 1970 to protest the shooting deaths of four student protesters by the National Guard at Kent State University in Ohio.
'Boy Erased' steps up battle against gay conversion therapy
It's been 14 years since Garrard Conley, the gay son of an Arkansas Baptist preacher, was sent to conversion therapy and two years since he published a memoir about what he calls the "psychological torture" he endured there. But it was only after watching "Boy Erased," the movie version of his own story, that what happened to him fully came home.
'Cool to vote': Hollywood election telethon aims to get youth to polls
Hollywood celebrities will make a push next week to urge young people to the polls in Tuesday's U.S. elections when control of Congress and many state governorships are at stake. In a first-of-its-kind event, more than 50 actors, comedians and YouTube stars will join a two-hour, live-streamed telethon on Monday night aimed at firing up younger voters, the age group least likely to cast a ballot.
Russia halts the release of Hollywood movie that shows Kremlin coup
Russia blamed bureaucracy rather than censorship for a decision to halt the release of a Hollywood movie that tells the fictional story of U.S. troops rescuing a Russian president from a Kremlin coup. The thriller "Hunter Killer" was due to hit screens in Russia on Nov. 1, but the release was pulled, prompting allegations from Kremlin critics that it was censored because its plot undermines President Vladimir Putin's strongman image.
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