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Star Wars: 'It's time for a female or non-white director'

The director of the latest Star Wars movie has said it’s time an episode in the series was entrusted to a female and/or non-white film-maker. “Hell yes it’s time,” said Rian Johnson at a press conference for Star Wars: The Last Jedi in central London. “There are so many incredibly …

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Swiss church bells ring out after dark as court upholds nighttime chiming

ZURICH (Reuters) – A Swiss church can let its bells ring out in celebration after the country’s highest court overturned a restriction on its peeling chimes demanded by a local couple. More than 2,000 residents campaigned against the limits on the 250-year-old Protestant Reformed Church in Waedenswil, near Zurich, after …

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Four arrested in Trading Standards ticket tout investigation

Four people have been arrested as part of an investigation into unfair practices in the ticketing market. National Trading Standards officers carried out raids on four separate properties on Tuesday. As well as the arrests, they seized computers, mobile phones and storage devices as evidence. The action was focussed on …

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Gwyneth Paltrow is taking a Go-Go's musical to Broadway

Gwyneth Paltrow is go-going to Broadway, as the co-producer of a new musical based on the songs of new wave girl group The Go-Go’s. The band, fronted by Belinda Carlisle, had hits including Our Lips Are Sealed and We Got The Beat in the early 1980s. Although they were known …

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Theatre axes play after harassment complaint

London’s Royal Court theatre has cancelled a play after allegations that its co-director Max Stafford-Clark made inappropriate sexual comments to staff. The theatre has co-produced a new version of Rita, Sue and Bob Too by Andrea Dunbar, which has toured the UK. It was due to reach the London venue …

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Shakespeare's First Folio in Stonyhurst College museum display

A rare first edition of William Shakespeare’s works has gone on display in a new museum at a public school. The copy of the 1623 First Folio – the first printed collection of his plays – is on show at the Old Chapel Museum in Stonyhurst College in Lancashire. It …

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It's a rum thing: Madeira's lost spirit gets a boost

FUNCHAL, Portugal (Reuters) – The Portuguese island of Madeira is best known for its eponymous fortified wine, but it was not always king of drinks alone — there was rum, too. Roberto Andrade, who runs the Madeira Rum House, poses with his collection of rums in Funchal, Portugal, December 8, …

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Peter Kay cancels comeback tour

Comedian Peter Kay has announced he is cancelling all upcoming work projects, including his stand-up tour, “due to unforeseen family circumstances”. “This decision has not been taken lightly and I’m sure you’ll understand my family must always come first,” he wrote on Twitter. Kay said he was “very sorry” and …

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Morrissey: Der Spiegel releases audio of controversial interview

A recording of Morrissey’s contentious interview with a German newspaper has been made public. Der Spiegel put the audio online after the star claimed the paper had not “conveyed his views fairly.” In the interview, the former Smiths star gave his opinions on sexual harassment and the actor Kevin Spacey. …

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Meryl Streep bemoans Hollywood inequality

Meryl Streep has said sexual harassment wouldn’t have been tolerated in Hollywood if there were more women on the boards of entertainment companies. The star is getting together with other well-known actresses to demand equal representation in boardrooms. She said balanced boards wouldn’t have approved pay-offs like those given to …