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Louvre Abu Dhabi to display Leonardo's 'Salvator Mundi'

ABU DHABI (Reuters) – The new branch of the Louvre in Abu Dhabi will exhibit Leonardo da Vinci’s portrait of Christ, ‘Salvator Mundi’, which at $450.3 million became the most expensive painting ever sold at a New York auction last month. FILE PHOTO: Members of Christie’s staff pose for pictures …

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Hamilton musical wows first London audience

The first UK performance of Broadway hit Hamilton has left audience members singing the hip-hop musical’s praises. Self-proclaimed “theatre addict” Alex Packer called the performances from the London cast “faultless“, and Jen Waller called the evening “truly special“. The Daily Mail’s Baz Bamigboye said it had been “the best first …

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'SUPERPUTIN' exhibition gives Russian leader a pop-art make over

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen riding a brown bear in medieval armor, cuddling a puppy and dressed as Santa Claus – it’s not his latest series of publicity photos, but rather artwork at a new Moscow exhibition focused on Russia’s leader. The exhibition, dubbed “SUPERPUTIN”, features …

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Oscars body approves code of conduct for behaviour

The organisation that awards the Oscars has approved standards of conduct for its members. It follows the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voting to expel Harvey Weinstein in October, following allegations of sexual assault made against him. CEO Dawn Hudson told members the Academy has no place for …

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Pope wants better translation of phrase on temptation in 'Our Father' prayer

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis has said the Roman Catholic Church should adopt a better translation of the phrase “lead us not into temptation” in the “Our Father”, the best known prayer in Christianity. A newly-wed couple takes a selfie with Pope Francis during his Wednesday general audience at …

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Ryan Reynolds 'to play Detective Pikachu in Pokemon film'

Ryan Reynolds has signed on to star as Detective Pikachu in a new live-action Pokemon film, according to Variety. The Deadpool star will play the self-styled investigator, who will take on the job of finding a kidnapped parent. Rob Letterman will direct the film, which starts shooting in London in …

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Neapolitan pizza making wins world heritage status

JEJU, South Korea (Reuters) – The art of Neapolitan pizza making won world heritage status on Thursday, joining a horse-riding game from Iran and Dutch wind mills on UNESCO’s culture list. A staff member prepares pizza Margherita at L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele in Naples, Italy December 6, 2017. Picture taken …

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Sir Elton John makes moving tribute to his mum in first concert since her death

Sir Elton John has paid a touching tribute to his mother, Sheila, at his first concert since her death. The 70-year-old, who lost his mother on Sunday, dedicated Your Song to her as he played in Hamburg on Tuesday. “Yesterday was a sad and hard day for me because my …

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Dexter Fletcher to direct Freddie Mercury biopic

Directing duties for Bohemian Rhapsody, the Freddie Mercury film biopic, have been taken on by Eddie the Eagle’s Dexter Fletcher, after the firing of Bryan Singer. The actor turned Bafta-nominated director was previously set to direct the Mercury film only to leave the project in 2014. 20th Century Fox said …

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See Naples and pie: pizza making wins world heritage status

JEJU, South Korea (Reuters) – The art of Neapolitan pizza making won world heritage status on Thursday, joining a horse-riding game from Iran and Dutch wind mills on UNESCO’s culture list. A staff member prepares pizza Margherita at L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele in Naples, Italy December 6, 2017. Picture taken …