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'Shape of Water', 'Three Billboards' lead best picture race after Oscar nominations

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Fox Searchlight's fantastical romance "The Shape of Water" and its dark comedy "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" emerged as front runners for the Oscar best picture prize on Tuesday after capturing nominations in all of the major...

Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan laid to rest in home town

BALLYBRICKEN, Ireland (Reuters) - Cranberries lead singer Dolores O'Riordan was laid to rest at a private funeral in her home town on Tuesday, remembered as someone who rescued people from "the darkness of depression".

Russia cancels release of 'insulting' film about Stalin's death

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Tuesday it had cancelled the release of "Death of Stalin", a dark, satirical movie from British director Armando Iannucci, saying many Russians would find it an insulting mockery of the country's Soviet past.

In Davos, Cate Blanchett jokes about playing Melania Trump

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Actress Cate Blanchett, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Tuesday, drew laughs when she jokingly speculated about playing First Lady Melania Trump on screen, saying she would not approach such a role from a "Free Melania" point of view.

Father of South African jazz Hugh Masekela dies aged 78

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Trumpeter and singer Hugh Masekela, known as the "father of South African jazz" who used his music in the fight against apartheid, has died from prostate cancer, his family said on Tuesday. He was 78.

Singer Neil Diamond diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, to retire from touring

(Reuters) - U.S. singer-songwriter Neil Diamond, one of pop music's all-time best-selling artists, has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and plans to retire from touring, his official website said on Monday.

Comedian Bill Cosby back on stage for first gig since sex scandals

(Reuters) - U.S. comedian Bill Cosby performed his first stand-up gig since being swept up in sex scandals, joking in Philadelphia on Monday about his blindness and fuelling criticism on social media, according to video posted online.

Chile's 'antipoet' Nicanor Parra dies at age 103

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Nicanor Parra, the Chilean artist and writer who described himself as an "antipoet," died on Tuesday at the age of 103, the country's president said.

Netflix takes $39 million charge after Kevin Spacey scandal

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A sexual misconduct scandal involving Kevin Spacey cost streaming video service Netflix Inc some $39 million late last year as it stopped projects associated with the actor, a source with knowledge of the matter said on Monday.

Chanel brings springtime to Paris with extravagant rose garden

PARIS (Reuters) - Chanel brought a touch of early spring to Haute Couture week in Paris on Tuesday as models decked out in delicate, flower-strewn gowns paraded through rose-covered archways and around a fountain in a specially-built garden.

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