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Oscar-Winning 'Silence of the Lambs' Director Dies

Jonathan Demme, the Oscar-winning director of "The Silence of the Lambs" who also led Tom Hanks to an Oscar in "Philadelphia," died Wednesday in New York, his publicist said. He was 73.

Born on Long Island in New York, Demme won an Academy Award in 1992 as best director of the thriller "The Silence of the Lambs" starring Anthony Hopkins and Jodi Foster. 

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Disney Sets Summer 2019 Release for 'Star Wars IX'

Disney announced Tuesday it had set the date of May 24, 2019 for Colin Trevorrow's "Star Wars: Episode IX" and is delaying the next "Indiana Jones" a full year.

The studio has revealed little about about the ninth installment of the iconic space opera, except that Trevorrow wrote the script with Derek Connolly, his co-writer on "Jurassic World" and its forthcoming sequel. 

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Madonna Angered by Unauthorized Biopic

Madonna voiced anger Tuesday over news that a Hollywood studio plans an unauthorized biopic of her early years in New York struggling to break into the music business.

"Nobody knows what I know and what I have seen. Only I can tell my story," the Material Girl wrote on Instagram.

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Artists Urge Radiohead to Scrap Israel Show

Dozens of artists including Roger Waters called Monday on Radiohead to cancel a concert in Israel, saying the band known for its left-wing politics should join Palestinian activists' boycott calls.

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LVMH to Bag Christian Dior Couture for 6.5 bn Euros

The world's top luxury company LVMH said Tuesday it plans to buy Christian Dior Couture, a wholly-owned unit of Christian Dior SA, for 6.5 billion euros ($7.0 billion).

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Macron's French Bistro Party Lands Him in the Soup

Pro-EU centrist Emmanuel Macron came under fire Monday over a glitzy party in a high-end Paris bistro and his triumphant speech following his success in the first round of France's presidential polls.

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Ivorian Drummer Boy Turned Globetrotting Virtuoso

Paco Sery was a kid banging on tin cans before a job at a Club Med in Ivory Coast opened the way to drumming for Congo's rumba king Papa Wemba as well as Nina Simone and other jazz greats.

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Fashion Icons Light Up NY's Empire State Building

New York's famed Empire State Building lit up with sky-high iconic fashion photographs after nightfall on Wednesday to celebrate the 150th anniversary of style magazine Harper's Bazaar.

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Prince William Speaks with Lady Gaga on Mental Health

Prince William has brought Lady Gaga onboard in his efforts to persuade people to be more open about their mental health and crush the stigma associated with the issue.

The heir to the throne released a video on Tuesday in which he speaks with the pop superstar in a FaceTime call from his home in London to her home in Los Angeles.

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Prince Harry Suffered 'Total Chaos' over Diana's Death

Britain's Prince Harry suffered "total chaos" before eventually seeking help to deal with the death of his mother Princess Diana, he said in an interview published Monday.

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