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As Electronica Booms, DJs Seek Voice beyond Machines

Electronic music has enjoyed soaring growth in recent years, but to detractors the genre consists of little beyond crowd-pleasing DJs clicking play on their computers.

But several leading artists are seeking to combat perceptions with a renewed effort to emphasize the human element behind the music.

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Bieber Settles with Photographer over 'Assault'

Justin Bieber has resolved a lawsuit with a photographer who said he was assaulted by a bodyguard of the pop star, an attorney for the Canadian heartthrob said Friday.

Bieber's attorney Jeremiah Reynolds refused to give details, saying only: "The case has settled."

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Valentines Dates Set for '50 Shades' Film Sequels

The two sequels to racy bondage flick "Fifty Shades of Grey" will be released just in time for Valentine's Day in 2017 and 2018, like this year's first movie, filmmakers announced Thursday.

"Fifty Shades Darker" and "Fifty Shades Freed" will be released on February 10, 2017, and February 9, 2018, respectively, according to the announcement at the CinemaCon conference in Las Vegas.

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'Fast and Furious 8' Set for 2017 Release

The "Fast and Furious" franchise is set to roar into its next phase with an eighth installment due in 2017, the first without Paul Walker, the late actor's co-star Vin Diesel said Thursday.

"Furious 7" has only just raced to the top of the global box office, taking over $1 billion worldwide in the last appearance for Walker, who died in a tragic unrelated car crash mid-way through filming.

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Oscar-Winner Michel Hazanavicius Wants to Work with Tom Cruise

Oscar-winning director Michel Hazanavicius is under consideration to take on a comedy-musical film with Tom Cruise titled "Bob the Musical," the Frenchman said Thursday at a film festival in Los Angeles.

"It is an amazing, wonderful idea," Hazanavicius said about the possibility of doing the film.

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Child Actor of 'Everybody Loves Raymond' Commits Suicide

Sawyer Sweeten, known for his role as one of twin sons in the U.S. sitcom "Everybody loves Raymond," committed suicide on Thursday aged 19, U.S. media reported.

"This morning a terrible family tragedy has occurred," Sweeten's sister Madylin said in a statement, according to the showbiz publication Variety.

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Elton John's Heart-Shaped Glasses Stolen from Memphis Museum

Officials say a pair of Elton John's heart-shaped glasses has been stolen from a display case at a Memphis museum.

Memphis police said Wednesday the glasses were taken from the Memphis Rock n' Soul Museum. Officers were called to the museum on Tuesday night, when employees noticed the glasses were missing.

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Sony Announces Animated Spider-Man from 'Lego Movie' Team

Sony Pictures announced plans for an animated "Spider-Man" feature from the "Lego Movie" writing/directing team of Christopher Miller and Phil Lord on Wednesday at CinemaCon. But the beleaguered studio failed to address the elephant in the room for the audience of theater owners at the annual conference: "The Interview."

In December, amid the hack on Sony and perceived terrorist threats, the major theater chains decided not to show "The Interview" in their theaters. In a statement, Regal Entertainment Group referenced the "wavering support" of Sony in Regal's decision not to show the film. Ultimately, Sony orchestrated a day-and-date release for the film, and it maintained the position that exhibition of the film was the sole decision of the theater owners.

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Sandra Bullock Named People's 'Most Beautiful Woman'

Sandra Bullock was named the World's Most Beautiful Woman for 2015 by People magazine Wednesday, following in the footsteps of Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts and last year's Lupita Nyong'o.

The 50-year-old Oscar winner, a Hollywood veteran known for her self-deprecating humor, said she initially thought the magazine's honor was "ridiculous."

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Fashion Houses Await Birth of a Tiny Style Heavyweight

Whether wrapped in pink or blue, the new baby of Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, will have the power to influence trends across the globe as the latest addition to a powerful fashion dynasty.

Whenever Kate or her baby Prince George wear items, they rapidly sell out, in a marketing phenomenon dubbed the "Kate effect" that is helped along by social media and online shopping trends.

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