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Rules Change for Oscars Acceptance Speeches

We've all yawned each year as Oscar winners rush through the names of the people they want to thank during their brief acceptance speeches, hoping no one is forgotten.

Well, things are about to change.

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Hendrix's Restored Flat a Glimpse into Swinging London Life

"It's like travelling in a time capsule," enthused Jimi Hendrix's former girlfriend, marveling at their old London flat which has been painstakingly recreated to look exactly the way he left it in the swinging Sixties.

The apartment where Hendrix and Kathy Etchingham lived between 1968 and 1969, which opens to the public on Wednesday, reveals the ordered domestic life behind the extraordinary US rock star's mind-blowing music.

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Use Sunscreen Urges Actor Hugh Jackman after Cancer Removed

Australian movie star Hugh Jackman has again undergone treatment for skin cancer, urging people Tuesday to wear sunscreen and have regular check-ups.

The 47-year-old first had a basal cell carcinoma removed in 2013 after his wife Deborra-Lee Furness told him to get a mark on his nose checked.

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Court Says ex-Model Can Seek Divorce Payout from Saudi Sheikh in UK

A former model who was married to a wealthy Saudi sheikh won the right to seek a payout from him in London, after a court rejected Monday his claim to have diplomatic immunity.

Christina Estrada, 53, who has appeared in the Pirelli calendar and was once linked to Britain's Prince Andrew, will be able to seek a share of Sheikh Walid Juffali's estimated £4 billion (five billion euro, $5.7 billion) fortune.

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Controversy Mounts as Spanish Artists Held over ETA Word-Play

Two puppeteers detailed for allegedly "glorifying terrorism" with a play on words on ETA during a show asked to be freed Monday, as controversy over the case mounted.

The artists were held after a Friday performance during which they displayed a sign that read "Gora Alka-ETA", which combines the "Gora ETA (Long Live ETA)" chant of the banned Basque separatist group with the made-up word alka, to create a slogan that sounds like "Long Live al-Qaida".

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English National Opera Chorus Threaten Strike Action

Singers at one of London's top opera companies could go on strike in a dispute over jobs and pay after deciding to ballot on industrial action, their union said Monday.

The 43 members of the chorus at the English National Opera (ENO) will decide whether to strike over what their union says will be a 25 percent pay cut and the loss of four jobs.

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Dazzling Rio Carnival Climax Gives Brazilians Reason to Smile

Dancers -- some nearly naked, others in elaborate costumes -- strutted into the final round of the Rio Carnival's samba championship Monday, capping a wild party that has helped Brazilians forget about Zika and other worries.

The six last samba schools were preening their spectacular feather headdresses and adjusting the shining G-strings and other tiny garments favored by lead dancers ahead of the all-night parades.

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Beyonce, Coldplay 'Believe in Love' at Super Bowl Show

Coldplay and Beyonce went both retro and inspirational on Sunday as they put on a colorful Super Bowl halftime show full of flowers and happy children.

While Coldplay was nominally the headliner at the American football championship game, it was Beyonce who made news -- moments after the show finished, a brief television advertisement announced that she will head on a world tour.

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Main Line-Up at 66th Berlin Film Festival

The 66th Berlinale, Europe's first major film festival of the year, starts Thursday with 23 international productions screening in the main showcase.

Eighteen pictures will vie for the Golden Bear top prize at the event which runs from February 11 to 21, with a jury led by three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep selecting the best film. Nineteen of the main features are world premieres and two are directors' feature debuts.

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Inarritu Scoops Top DGA Prize for 'The Revenant'

Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's bid for Oscars glory was boosted Saturday as he took top prize at the Directors Guild of America honors -- seen as a bellwether for the Academy Awards.

Inarritu was crowned best director for revenge and survival epic "The Revenant," three weeks ahead of the glittering culmination of Hollywood's annual awards season.

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