Entertainment Round up: EU approves Disney buying Fox; Idris sexiest man
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EU approves Disney buy from Fox if makes TV divestments
Walt Disney's $71.3-billion offer to buy Twenty-First Century Fox Inc's entertainment assets won approval from the European Commission on Tuesday, subject to Disney selling interests in factual TV channels in Europe. The EU competition regulator said in a statement that Disney had committed to divest its interests in channels including History and Lifetime in the European Economic Area (EEA) to avoid harming competition following its purchase from Fox.
Britain's Idris Elba named People mag's 'sexiest man alive'
Actor Idris Elba, who James Bond fans are campaigning to be the next person to play 007, was named the sexiest man alive on Monday by People magazine. The London-born actor, 46, said he didn't believe it when the magazine told him.
Michael Douglas joins dad Kirk with a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
Michael Douglas celebrated his 50th year in showbusiness on Tuesday with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame near that of his screen legend father, Kirk Douglas, now 101. Douglas, 74, best known for his Oscar-winning turn as Gordon Gekko in "Wall Street," was accompanied by his father - star of 1960 gladiator movie "Spartacus" - his actress wife Catherine Zeta-Jones and "The China Syndrome" co-star Jane Fonda.
The girlfriend of Italian deputy PM Salvini says goodbye with bedside selfie
Italy's real-life soap opera, the relationship between Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini and television star Elisa Isoardi, reached its last episode on Monday when she said goodbye by posting a selfie of them in bed. The breakup found space among the top items of newspaper websites and television broadcasts, along with stories about Rome's war of words with the European Commission over its budget as well as storms that killed dozens of people in the past month.
5 become 4: the Spice Girls reunite, minus 'Posh' Victoria Beckham
British pop band the Spice Girls said on Monday they would reunite for a British tour next June although there was no mention of whether Victoria Beckham would take part. "Breaking Spice news," the band said on Twitter. "Tickets on sale Saturday 10.30am."
Bosnian musicians keep Sephardic Jews' dwindling language alive
Sephardic Jews in Bosnia have kept their language alive ever since they were expelled from Spain in the late 15th century and found a home in Sarajevo, but today it is spoken by only a handful of the city's ageing Jews. Yet Ladino, or Judeo-Spanish, is becoming an inspiration to musicians from across Bosnia's ethnic divide.
Director Steve McQueen says `Widows' not just a heist movie
At first glance, Steve McQueen's latest film, "Widows", looks like a fast-paced heist movie, but the award-winning British director says he wanted his Chicago-set movie to take a deeper look at the current political and social-economic climate. Adapted from a 1980s television series by British crime writer Lynda La Plante, "Widows" follows a group of women who plan a heist to pay off a large debt left by their dead husbands' crimes.
Rapper Mac Miller died of accidental cocaine, fentanyl overdose: coroner
Rapper Mac Miller, the former boyfriend of pop star Ariana Grande, died of an overdose of cocaine and the powerful opioid fentanyl, the Los Angeles coroner's office said on Monday. Miller, 26, whose real name was Malcolm McCormick, was found unresponsive in his Los Angeles home on Sept. 7. After an autopsy, the Los Angeles coroner ruled his death accidental.
(With inputs from agencies.)