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Elvis Costello cancels tour after cancer surgery

Singer-songwriter Elvis Costello said that he needs more time to recover after undergoing surgery on a cancerous tumor. The 63-year-old musician said in a statement on Friday that he had initially thought “normal service had been resumed,” but now realized he needed more rest. “Therefore, I must reluctantly cancel all the remaining engagements of this tour,” […]

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‘Solidarity Hoodie’: Kippa-capped hoody challenges anti-Semitism

The hoody: It is relaxed and sporty, not particularly eye-catching. But the artists behind a new special hooded sweatshirt are putting the comfortable clothing item in a different light. Whether yellow, green, black gray or blue, all their sweatshirts have one thing in common: They all have a kippa on the hood. The so-called “Solidarity Hoodie” […]

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First Afro-German detective on Germany’s oldest TV crime show

“Being here now is a dream come true,” said Florence Kasumba, referring to the filming which has just ended for the new Tatort show, in which she is the first black lead detective to appear. She stars alongside Maria Furtwängler, another famous German actress, with the two of them tracking down criminals in the German city […]

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Sacha Baron Cohen teases a new project on Trump

There’s a single tweet posted on the account of Sacha Baron Cohen, the provocative British comedian and producer famous for his Borat (top picture), Ali G and Brüno characters.  “A message from your President @realDonaldTrump on Independence Day,” his post from Wednesday reads.  The message comes in the form of a short video showing Donald Trump declaring, “This […]

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Claude Lanzmann, director of Holocaust film ‘Shoah,’ dies at 92

French filmmaker and journalist Claude Lanzmann died on Thursday in Paris at the age of 92. He had been weak for several days, his publisher Gallimard told press agency AFP. Joined French Resistance as a teen  Born to Jewish parents in Paris in 1925, Claude Lanzmann was a fighter from the start. He experienced pre-war anti-Semitism […]

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Sigmund Freud to pursue serial killer in new Netflix show

Netflix is teaming up with Austria’s public broadcaster ORF for the eight-part series Freud, according to reports by Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. The crime thriller will portray Freud as a young man who teams up with a medium named Fleur Salome and the police inspector Kiss. While ORF will broadcast the series within Austria, Netflix […]

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Traveling the USA and Europe with Wim Wenders’ Polaroid photos

“The Polaroids helped with making the movies, but they were not an aim in themselves. They were disposable,” said Wim Wenders, who owned a Polaroid camera even before it was a consumer article. Over the years, he took about 12,000 snapshots — giving most of them away. When he dug out the ones he’d saved, Wenders […]

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No bootleg merchandise for German pop queen

Like many German musical artists, popular German entertainer Helen Fischer patented her name with the German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA)  — first in 2010 and again in 2015. The entries protect her name through mid-2019, and the singer has the option to extend the trademark protection. As a rule, musicians choose trademark protection in […]

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Prince Louis: The christening of the latest addition to Britain’s royal family

“I christen you Louis Arthur Charles” — the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is bound to say something along those lines to the three-month-old royal baby on Monday afternoon. That much is to be expected. But of course, there will be more to the ceremony, and the British tabloids — in high gear anyway since the marriage […]

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International Kissing Day: French greeting makes headway in Germany

When I arrived in Germany 12 years ago, one of the first things to take me by surprise was the amount of handshaking that goes on here. An appointment with my banker opened with a handshake. With the realtor, too. At work, I walked into office after office, meeting new colleagues, each of whom wanted to […]