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Oscar-winning Cotillard to Take Joan of Arc to New York

French actress Marion Cotillard will play Joan of Arc with the New York Philharmonic in a production of Arthur Honegger's oratorio, the orchestra announced Thursday.

Cotillard, who won an Oscar for portraying singer Edith Piaf in the movie "La Vie en Rose," will perform in "Joan of Arc at the Stake" for the New York Philharmonic's season finales from June 10-13.

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Sacked 'Top Gear' Star Clarkson Defends Attack Victim

The outspoken former presenter of hit car show "Top Gear" Jeremy Clarkson on Thursday defended the co-worker he attacked in a fracas that led to his sacking by Britain's BBC.

Clarkson's contract was not renewed after an internal BBC investigation found he physically attacked a "Top Gear" producer, Oisin Tymon, after a lengthy verbal tirade.

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Snoop Dogg Dances to 'Bush' with Help from Pharrell

Hip-hop giant Snoop Dogg is out with a new R&B-tinged album called "Bush." As for why he chose the title, let's just say he likes bush.

"I love trees. I love grass. I love bush," the 43-year-old rapper said to snickers Wednesday night as he previewed his album at a Hollywood club.

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Italy Offers Neapolitan Pizza for UNESCO Heritage Menu

Italy has chosen Neapolitan pizza as its candidate for protection under UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list, Italian media reported late Thursday.

The Italian National Commission for UNESCO decided to recognize "the art of Neapolitan pizza makers" in tribute to their culinary skills.

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Winfrey's Network to Do Series on Dad with 34 Children

Oprah Winfrey's OWN network said Wednesday it is making a television series on the life of an Atlanta man who claims to have fathered 34 children with 17 different women.

The series, set to premiere in September, is a spin-off of the network's "Iyanla: Fix My Life" series where the spiritual life coach tried to help the man, a video producer named Jay Williams, get his life in order. The untitled new series will follow Williams as he tries to establish new connections with his children and their mothers.

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Felicity Jones Says 'Stars Wars' Role is 'Really Exciting'

Felicity Jones laughs and says "absolutely" when asked if she's coming up with various ways to say she can't talk about her starring role in the "Star Wars" spin-off "Rogue One."

"I can't talk about it. It's really, really exciting but I can't talk about it," she said in a recent interview.

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Celine Dion Returns to Caesars Palace Stage in August

Celine Dion is returning to The Colosseum stage at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas starting Aug. 27 after a year-long hiatus to care for her husband, allow her inflamed throat muscles to heal and spend time with her three children.

Caesars Entertainment Corp. announced Wednesday that the singer's residency would resume with 40 performances between August and January.

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Zayn Malik Leaves British Boy Band One Direction

Zayn Malik has left British boy band One Direction but it will continue without him, the group said Wednesday.

"The past five years have been beyond amazing, we've gone through so much together, so we will always be friends. The four of us will now continue," a statement posted on the band's Facebook and Twitter pages said.

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BBC Drops 'Top Gear' Host Clarkson over Producer Attack

The BBC announced Wednesday that it was dropping one of its most popular presenters, "Top Gear" host Jeremy Clarkson, for physically attacking a producer.

"It is with great regret that I have told Jeremy Clarkson today that the BBC will not be renewing his contract," BBC Director-General Tony Hall said in a statement.

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Doors, Radiohead Preserved by Library of Congress

Albums by The Doors, Radiohead and Lauryn Hill will be preserved by the Library of Congress in recognition of their historical contributions.

The giant federal library in Washington on Tuesday named 25 new entries to its National Recording Registry, which will preserve the best available copies to safeguard for posterity.

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