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NiziU, Babymetal to perform for 1st time on NHK's 'Kohaku' music show

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A popular New Year's Eve music show will feature first-time performances by artists including NiziU, a nine-member girl group formed via a joint project between South Korean and Japanese music label companies, the broadcaster said Monday. Babymetal, a female group that mixes pop and heavy metal whose albums have ranked… Read

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UK film, TV industry doing well despite virus horror

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Far from being wiped out by the coronavirus pandemic, Britain's film and television industry is enjoying a blockbuster run thanks in large part to a surge in online streaming. Attracting global production teams to spectacular landscapes, gothic castles and state-of-the-art studios in the UK, the nation's film industry has enjoyed… Read

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Donnie Wahlberg again leaves $2,020 tip to inspire giving

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Actor Donnie Wahlberg recently left a $2,020 tip at a Massachusetts restaurant, continuing his habit of leaving generous gratuities to brighten the days of wait staff. The “Band of Brothers” and “Blue Bloods” actor and former member of boy band New Kids on the Block left the tip on a… Read

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J-Pop superstar Kumi Koda’s new music video stars manga/anime cornerstone 'Urusei Yatsura'

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This year marks 20 years since Kumi Koda’s debut in 2000. Since the release of her first single, “Take Back”, in 2000, Koda has been a regular fixture in the Japanese pop charts — and she has her share of overseas fans too, in no small part due to the… Read

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Gucci, Gus Van Sant challenge fashion cycle with film collaboration

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Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele has been looking to transcend the runway show, and the coronavirus pandemic has provided an apt moment. Michele teamed up with American film director Gus Van Sant to create a seven-part miniseries revealing Gucci’s latest collection, titled “Ouverture.” The videos will be trickled out a… Read

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Studio Ghibli’s new anime keeping its setting in UK; has official premiere date

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It’s been a long time since the last feature-length Studio Ghibli anime. While we were happy to get the Hayao Miyazaki-directed "Boro the Caterpillar" short that plays at Tokyo’s Ghibli Museum in 2018, the most recent Ghibli film that’s longer than 15 minutes is "When Marnie Was There," which debuted in 2014 as the tail end of… Read

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BTS to celebrate New Year with first show since coronavirus shut-down

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South Korean boyband sensation BTS will welcome in the New Year with their first live concert since they were forced to call off a world tour because of the novel coronavirus, their management company, Bit Hit Entertainment, said. The concert - "2021 New Year's Eve Live" - will be on… Read

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Diana enters 'The Crown,' presaging more heartache for William and Harry

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Princess Diana's fairytale turned sour enters British television series "The Crown" for the first time this season, opening the door for more heartache for her sons Prince William and Prince Harry. Focusing on the 1980s, the new season released on Netflix on Sunday, delves into the marriage of Diana and… Read

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Gillian Anderson brings uncanny 'Iron Lady' to 'The Crown'

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Gillian Anderson's portrayal of British political leader Margaret Thatcher in “The Crown” was built step by step, from distinctive voice to helmet-hair wig to padded wardrobe. Olivia Colman, who as Queen Elizabeth II goes coif to coif with Thatcher, found Anderson's Thatcher so uncanny that it was “quite scary.” The… Read

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Delayed 'Friends' reunion expected to film in March, Matthew Perry says

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The long-delayed "Friends" reunion special is expected to shoot in March, actor Matthew Perry said, a year after plans to get the cast back together were wrecked because of the coronavirus pandemic. "Friends reunion being rescheduled for the beginning of March. Looks like we have a busy year coming up.… Read

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