Entertainment

Black Panther's inspiring $192M weekend — in more ways than one

Black Panther has not only taken the box office by storm during its opening weekend, but is inspiring movements in fashion, voting and even random acts of kindness. The Marvel film, directed by Fruitvale Station and Creed filmmaker Ryan Coogler, hit $192 million US in ticket sales in North America over the weekend. The number, which is a preliminary estimate according to the website ...

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Stars to wear statement black at BAFTA awards

The red carpet will be a sea of black as the movement against sexual misconduct takes centre stage at the British Academy Film Awards. Many female stars and other guests are expected to dress in monochrome for Sunday’s ceremony as a statement of solidarity with victims of sexual harassment and abuse. Will royalty join them? The Duchess of Cambridge is due ...

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Exploring power and privilege: why Black Panther is a hero for our time

From the moment the talking drum announces the entrance of the Wakandan king, Black Panther sets itself apart from its comic book-inspired brethren. Sure, it’s still a superhero film, with all that term entails — chase sequences, fantastical weapons, cackling bad guys. But the influences woven into the fabric of the film are why Black Panther transcends the genre. One of the reasons Black Panther works ...

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Yannick Nézet-Séguin fast-tracked as Met Opera's new music director

Yannick Nézet-Séguin will become the Metropolitan Opera’s music director next season, two years earlier than planned, providing a leader to an orchestra fighting drift and defections for more than a decade. Nézet-Séguin’s appointment was announced in June 2016, two months after Parkinson’s disease caused the end of James Levine’s 40 year-run. The company announced Nézet-Séguin would start a five-year contract ...

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Minnie Driver quits as Oxfam ambassador after sex in crisis zone scandal

Actress Minnie Driver has resigned from her role as an Oxfam celebrity ambassador and corporate backers demanded accountability as the aid organization sought to address allegations that senior staff members working in crisis zones paid for sex among the desperate people the group was meant to serve. The star of Good Will Hunting said she will no longer support the organization ...

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LOVE will lead you back: famous Philadelphia sculpture returns

LOVE is back in Philadelphia, just in time for Valentine’s Day. The famous 1976 Robert Indiana sculpture returned to its namesake park Tuesday after making a number of stops in a parade around Philadelphia before the reinstallation. School children cheered and those gathered spontaneously sang the fight song for the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles as a forklift placed the sculpture ...

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Popular crooner Vic Damone dies in Florida at 89

Vic Damone, whose mellow baritone once earned praise from Frank Sinatra as “the best pipes in the business,” has died in Florida at the age of 89, his daughter said. Victoria Damone told The Associated Press in a phone interview Monday that her father died Sunday at a Miami Beach hospital from complications of a respiratory illness. Damone’s easy-listening romantic ...

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