ABC announces ‘Roseanne’ spinoff TV series

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – U.S. broadcast network ABC has ordered a 10-episode spinoff of comedy “Roseanne” without creator Roseanne Barr, the channel said on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: Actress Roseanne Barr waves on her arrival to the 75th Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., January 7, 2018. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo Other original cast members including John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf and Sara Gilbert will appear in the show, which will be called “The Conners,” ABC said in a statement. ABC, owned by Walt Disney Co, canceled “Roseanne” in June after…

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‘Heartbroken’ father of designer Kate Spade dies at age 89

(Reuters) – The father of fashion designer Kate Spade has died just over two weeks after the suicide of his daughter, the family said on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: Kate Spade arrives at the Council of Fashion Designers of America awards in New York on June 2, 2003, at the New York Public Library. REUTERS/Chip East/File Photo Earl F. Brosnahan Jr., 89, had been in failing health and he was also “heartbroken over the recent death of his beloved daughter,” the Brosnahan family said in a statement. Brosnahan, known to his…

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Ancient Greek sounds transfix audience in Athens

ATHENS (Reuters) – Hymns sung to the Greek gods thousands of years ago resonated from ancient musical instruments in Athens on Thursday, transporting a transfixed audience to antiquity. Musicians play lyre during a concert with reconstructed ancient instruments at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, Greece, June 21, 2018.REUTERS/Costas Baltas The phorminx, the kitharis, the krotala and the aulos – string and wind instruments reconstructed by musical group Lyravlos – echoed among marble statues in Athens’s National Archaeological Museum as part of World Music Day celebrations. A family of musicians,…

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Suspect arrested in Florida shooting death of rapper XXXTentacion

(Reuters) – A man has been arrested and charged with murder in connection with the death of up-and-coming U.S. rapper XXXTentacion, who was gunned down in Florida on Monday, police said on Thursday. Dedrick Williams, 22, was taken into custody on Wednesday evening, two days after XXXTentacion, whose real name was Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, was shot while leaving a motor sports dealership in Deerfield Beach, about 40 miles (64 km) north of Miami. The death of the 20-year-old rapper stunned the hip hop community and sparked tributes online. Two men…

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Man arrested over rapper XXXTentacion murder

A man has been charged with the murder of rapper XXXTentacion. A 22-year-old was arrested around 7pm local time on Wednesday. Dedrick Devonshay Williams has been charged with first-degree murder without premeditation after XXXTentacion, 20, was shot dead on Monday afternoon. Image: XXXTentacion was killed on Monday The rapper, whose real name is Jahseh Onfroy, was attacked by two hooded assailants after leaving a motorcycle dealership in Deerfield Beach, north of Miami. The rapper, whose stage name is pronounced “Ex Ex Ex ten-ta-see-YAWN,” was shot while in his sports car.…

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Belgium beach plays host to Hollywood sand sculptures

OSTEND, Belgium (Reuters) – On a Belgium beach, an artist adds the final touches to an imposing sand sculpture of the Incredible Hulk and his bristling muscles ahead of the opening of the world’s biggest festival of its kind. A sand carver works on a sculpture during the Sand Sculpture Festival “Disney Sand Magic” in Ostend, Belgium June 21, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman There are more than 150 sand sculptures relating to Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars films on the beach in Ostend for the Sand Magic festival which opens…

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China’s Weibo blocks comedian John Oliver after Xi Jinping roasting

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China’s Twitter-like microblogging service Weibo has blocked and deleted posts referring to British comedian John Oliver after he slammed the country’s human rights record and mocked President Xi Jinping on his show, Last Week Tonight. 69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Show – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 – John Oliver accepts the award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series for “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.” REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni In a 20-minute segment aired on HBO last Sunday, Oliver criticized China’s moves to end presidential term limits…

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Akon ‘to build real life Wakanda’ with its own cryptocurrency in Senegal

Grammy-nominated artist Akon is planning to build a futuristic city in Senegal and base its entire economy around a new cryptocurrency named after himself. The multi-platinum-selling music producer unveiled the ambitious project at a creatives festival in Cannes, where he spoke at a panel titled Branding Africa: Blockchain, Entrepreneurship and Empowering the Future. According to Page Six, he told an audience at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity that his proposed cryptocurrency – dubbed AKoin – could be “the saviour of Africa in many ways” because of how secure…

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Pete Davidson confirms engagement to Ariana Grande

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “Saturday Night Live” cast member Pete Davidson on Wednesday confirmed reports that he and American pop star Ariana Grande are engaged after dating for less than two months. FILE PHOTO: 2017 MTV Video Music Awards – Photo Room – Inglewood, California, U.S., 27/08/2017 – Pete Davidson. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok Davidson, 24, told talk show host Jimmy Fallon in an appearance on “The Tonight Show” that the rumors of the past week were correct. “I did,” Davidson said, when asked by Fallon whether he had got engaged. “I…

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Sculptor Giacometti’s Paris studio opening to public

PARIS (Reuters) – More than 50 years after his death, art lovers can see sculptor Alberto Giacometti’s Parisian studio exactly as he left it, right down to half-finished sketches and his ashtray. Sculptures “Women of Venice” (1956) are pictured during the press preview of the Giacometti Institute in Paris, France, June 19, 2018. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier The Giacometti Institute, due to open on June 26, contains dozens of paintings and sculptures, carefully preserved by his wife after he died in 1966, including fragile plaster artworks that have never been shown to…

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