Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra feted on return home after Eurovision win

KRAKOVETS, Ukraine – Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra returned to their homeland on Monday after an emotional Eurovision Song Contest victory, greeted at the border with Poland by servicemen and women whose cause the band had championed in Turin. Frontman Oleh Psiuk was presented with a bouquet of yellow and blue flowers – the colours of Ukraine’s flag – and reunited with his girlfriend before he and his band launched into an impromptu version of “Stefania”, their…

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Cannes Film Festival kicks into full swing for 75th anniversary

CANNES, France – The Cannes Film Festival is gearing up for a bumper 75th anniversary edition with a selection of big Hollywood names, buzzy newcomers and previous Palme d’Or winners – a splashy return even as the conflict in Ukraine looms over festivities. “I honestly think this is one of the best Cannes line-ups in years,” said Scott Roxborough, European bureau chief for The Hollywood Reporter. The festival runs from May 17-28, resuming its traditional…

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Residents of Ukraine’s Kalush in “seventh heaven” after home band wins Eurovision

KALUSH, Ukraine – Residents of Kalush said on Sunday they were in “seventh heaven,” jumping and rejoicing after a band from the western Ukrainian city won the Eurovision Song Contest over the weekend. The Kalush Orchestra won Eurovision with their entry “Stefania”, surfing a wave of public support to claim an emotional victory that was welcomed by the country’s president. “With all my soul, all my love, I love my Kalush. My wife and I…

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For Ukrainian fighters Eurovision win heralds coming victory over Russia

– Gathered in a basement used as safe quarters north of Kyiv a small group of Ukrainian soldiers joyfully watched their country win the Eurovision Song Contest, saying it heralded their coming victory in the war to evict Russian forces from Ukraine. The Kalush Orchestra won the Eurovision with their entry “Stefania”, surfing a wave of popular support from all around Europe to claim an emotional victory that was welcomed by the country’s president. “We…

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Former Reagan national security adviser McFarlane dies -Washington Post

– Robert McFarlane, a White House adviser who tapped Saudi royals to fund a covert war in Nicaragua and flew on a secret mission to sell arms to Iran in the scandal that shook Ronald Reagan’s presidency, has died, the Washington Post reported. He was 84. McFarlane died on Thursday after an exacerbation of a previous lung condition, his son, Scott McFarlane told the newspaper. McFarlane lived in Washington and was hospitalized while visiting with…

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Abbey Road Studios recognises music photography with inaugural awards

LONDON – London’s Abbey Road Studios hosts its inaugural music photography awards this weekend, shining the spotlight on a category it says deserves recognition. From live snaps to intimate portraits, the May 14 awards, described as the first to celebrate the art of music photography, will honour both emerging and established photographers. All taken last year, the shortlisted pictures include shots of singers Billie Eilish and Arlo Parks, musician David Mrakpor as well as revellers…

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Claire Danes digs into mystic mystery in ‘The Essex Serpent’

LONDON – Claire Danes says her first role after nearly a decade in hit drama “Homeland” was both “wonderful” and “scary”, going from playing a CIA officer to a grieving 19th century British widow in new mini-series “The Essex Serpent”. The 43-year-old actress won numerous awards for her portrayal of intrepid bipolar protagonist Carrie Mathison in the 2011-2020 show. Set centuries earlier and based on the hit novel by Sarah Perry, “The Essex Serpent” sees…

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Apple to pull the plug on iPod after 20 years

– Apple Inc is discontinuing the iPod more than 20 years after the device became the face of portable music and kickstarted its meteoric evolution into the world’s biggest company. The iPod Touch, the only version of the portable music player still being sold, will be available till supplies last, Apple said in a blog post on Tuesday. Since its launch in 2001, the iPod took on a storm of competing music players before being…

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Box Office: ‘Doctor Strange 2’ Debuts to Heroic $185 Million

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – Doctor Strange and his questionably effective book of spells has summoned a blockbuster $185 million at North American movie theaters over the weekend, reaffirming the box office dominance of Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe after a shakier, pandemic-battered year for the franchise. The timeline-bending “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” represents a return to form for Disney’s MCU after COVID-era releases “Black Widow” ($80 million debut, plus $60 million on Disney…

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‘Sex Education’ actor Ncuti Gatwa to be new ‘Doctor Who’

LONDON – Ncuti Gatwa will be the first Black actor to play the lead role in British sci-fi series “Doctor Who”, taking over from Jodie Whittaker as the 14th incarnation of the Time Lord next year, the BBC said on Sunday. The 29-year-old Scot, a star of Netflix hit “Sex Education”, posted two hearts plus a blue square, representing the Doctor’s Tardis, a time-travelling police telephone box, on his Instagram account before the news was…

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