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Placido Domingo to Play Macbeth in LA

Placido Domingo will open the Los Angeles Opera's season in the title character of "Macbeth" as the legendary tenor keeps his streak of baritone roles.

LA Opera, of which Domingo is the general director, announced Tuesday it would open its 2016-17 season on September 17 with Verdi's "Macbeth."

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Miley Cyrus to Star in Woody Allen Series for Amazon

Pop star Miley Cyrus will be the latest muse of Woody Allen as the legendary comedian directs his first television series for Amazon.

Cyrus, the 23-year-old Disney actress turned singer and master of provocation, said that she will appear in the yet untitled project that the online retail giant plans to stream later this year.

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Versace Sexes up Haute Couture with Racy Paris Show

Versace got Paris haute couture shows off to a hyper-sexy start with a procession of powerful femme fatales as the big gun designers hit the catwalk Monday.

Donatella Versace presented a series of revealing strappy dresses and short sporty Formula One-influenced combinations that dared women to get into the fast lane.

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Heroine's Welcome Home for Philippines' Miss Universe

Tens of thousands of people in the beauty pageant-crazed Philippines are set to give newly crowned Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach a heroine's welcome home during a colorful parade through Manila on Monday.

The parade is one of the highlights of a week-long celebration for Wurtzbach who has been praised for her poise during last month’s pageant, despite a blunder by event host Steve Harvey who mistakenly announced Miss Colombia as Miss Universe before correcting himself minutes later and giving Wurtzbach the crown.

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Star Wars-Themed Washington Snowball Fight Draws Hundreds

A Jedi knight hurls snowballs. Chewbacca trudges through the frozen powder, icy clumps of sludge accumulating on his furry ankles. 

No, this is not the planet Hoth. It's Washington's Dupont Circle neighborhood, where hundreds gathered Sunday for a "Star Wars"-themed snowball fight that some had hoped would look like a wintry scene from "The Empire Strikes Back."

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Miss Universe to Push HIV Awareness after Crowning Blunder

The new Miss Universe, back in the Philippines after an epic televised blunder surrounding her crowning, said Sunday she would use the attention the incident attracted to campaign for HIV awareness, especially in her home country.

In front of an estimated one billion television viewers worldwide last December, pageant host Steve Harvey mistakenly announced Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez, as Miss Universe before correcting himself minutes later. 

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Paris Catwalks Rediscover their Cavalier Swagger

Hold onto your horses. French fashion is back to its swashbuckling best and the designer leading the charge is a young mixed-race man determined to give post-attacks Paris a new swagger.

"I want to make all men feel like princes again," Olivier Rousteing declared Saturday after his dashing, unashamedly masculine show for Balmain.

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Ovation, Tears for James Foley Film at Sundance Festival

A documentary about James Foley, the U.S. journalist slain by the Islamic State group, premiered to a standing ovation on Saturday at the Sundance Film Festival, leaving few dry eyes in the audience.

Directed by Brian Oakes, a childhood friend, "Jim: The James Foley Story" chronicles the life of the journalist through interviews with his family, friends and fellow reporters who had worked or were held captive with him in Syria.

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Sundance Festival Embraces Virtual Reality

A real-life homicide, a woman who wakes up after being frozen for 30 years and a close encounter with a whale -- these are some of the virtual reality films creating a buzz at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

The lineup of no less than 30 immersive experiences -- showcased in the festival's New Frontier program -- reflects an increasing willingness by filmmakers to experiment with technology that offers a new form of story-telling.

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Spike Lee 'Racist to Whites' in Oscars Row, Says Actress Charlotte Rampling

British actress Charlotte Rampling, nominated for a best actress Oscar this year, said Friday that black U.S. director Spike Lee was "racist to whites" for his stance over this year's all-white nominations lineup.

"It's in the other direction, it's racist... to whites," Rampling, nominated for her role in Andrew Haigh's romantic drama "45 Years", told French radio.

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