Selena Gomez gets kidney transplant to treat lupus

LOS ANGELES – Selena Gomez said on Thursday that she has had a kidney transplant to treat the lupus that has derailed her life for more than three years In an Instagram posting, the 25 year-old singer showed a photo of herself in the hospital lying next to her best friend, actress Francia Raisa, who she said made the “ultimate gift” of donating her kidney. The “Good For You” singer explained in the post that…

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Darren Aronofsky on ‘mother!’ : ‘We want to shake audiences’

NEW YORK – Darren Aronofsky does not just want audiences to watch his new film “mother!” He wants to shake them up and leave them thinking about his genre-defying, surreal apocalyptic thriller. “It’s very much a scary film. It’s very much a film that we want to shake audiences,” Aronofsky told . “This is definitely a film that we want people to be talking about and giggling about and analyzing and thinking about for times…

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Carrie Fisher’s annotated ‘Empire Strikes Back’ script up for auction

LOS ANGELES – Carrie Fisher’s hand-annotated script for her “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” movie is expected to fetch up to $50,000 at an auction next month of her personal property. California auctioneers Profiles in History said on Thursday that the 158-page shooting script is marked and underlined in pencil by Fisher for every page with dialogue for her character Princess Leia. The three-day auction in Los Angeles, starting Oct. 7, will also include…

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Queens, nerds, and feel-good families vie for Emmy crown

LOS ANGELES – A British queen, a group of nerdy kids, a defiant handmaiden and a heart-tugging trio of siblings vie for the top prize on Sunday when the Primetime Emmy Awards will crown the best in a booming era of television. The television industry, already disrupted by streaming platforms Netflix Inc and Amazon.com Inc, is on edge. A drama series Emmy for Netflix’s supernatural mystery “Stranger Things” or its royal series “The Crown,” or…

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Flip-flop glamor at Michael Kors Spring 2018

NEW YORK – For fashion designer Michael Kors, life is a beach even in New York City. The former “Project Runway” reality television show judge’s Spring 2018 collection reflected this philosophy on Wednesday, the final day of New York Fashion Week. Movie stars Catherine Zeta-Jones and Nicole Kidman sat in the front row of Kors’ show as singer Sara Bareilles serenaded the audience. Models in colorful ensembles of breezy shirts, wide-legged trousers and flowing palm-print…

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Ralph Lauren pairs passion for fashion, cars at New York Fashion Week

BEDFORD, N.Y. – Runway shows at New York Fashion Week have become more elaborate each season and designer Ralph Lauren took it up a notch by combining his love of fashion and vintage cars to showcase his Fall 2017 collection. As actresses Diane Keaton, Jessica Chastain and Katie Holmes watched from front row seats, models in tailored suits and brightly colored gowns strutted past a red Ferrari, yellow McLaren and a silver Porsche at the…

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London police arrest woman after incident at Prince George’s school

LONDON – A woman has been arrested in London on suspicion of attempted burglary at a primary school attended by Prince George, the great-grandson of Queen Elizabeth, police said on Wednesday. The four-year-old son of Prince William and Kate Middleton started last week at Thomas’s Battersea, a private school in southwest London. The event was widely publicized in Britain and beyond. London’s Metropolitan Police said a 40-year-old woman was arrested on Wednesday in relation to…

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Telethon raises $44 million for Hurricane Harvey, Irma relief

LOS ANGELES – A celebrity-packed telethon for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma raised some $44 million, organizers said on Wednesday, after more than 130 stars including George Clooney, Beyonce, Oprah Winfrey and Justin Bieber joined forces to sing, man the phones or appeal for donations. The hour-long Hand in Hand telethon, which aired across broadcast, cable and digital platforms on Tuesday night, raised more than $14 million during the live broadcast. Organizers on…

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YuMi the robot conducts Verdi with Italian orchestra

PISA, Italy – YuMi the humanoid robot showed no signs of nerves on Tuesday night as it raised its baton to conduct the Lucca Philharmonic orchestra alongside Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli. The two-armed robot, designed by Swiss firm ABB, made its debut at Pisa’s Verdi Theatre to mark the First International Festival of Robotics in the Tuscan city. “We basically had to find time to understand his movements. When we found the way, everything was…

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Australian comedian Rebel Wilson wins record $3.7 million in damages for defamation

MELBOURNE – Australian comedian Rebel Wilson won A$4.6 million ($3.7 million) in damages on Wednesday after a global magazine publisher was found to have defamed her in a string of articles which led to her losing out on Hollywood movie roles. The Supreme Court of Victoria ordered Bauer Media to pay Sydney-born Wilson, best known for her roles in the Pitch Perfect films, A$650,000 in general damages, including aggravated damages, plus A$3,917,472 in special damages,…

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