Disney has announced its purchase of Lucasfilm, the maker of Star Wars, in a $4.05bn (£2.5bn) deal that will pave the way for a new series of Star Wars feature films. In a move that prompted excitement and speculation among sci-fi fans, Disney said the plan is to release a new Star Wars film every two to three years after bringing out Star Wars Episode 7 in 2015. George Lucas, who founded Lucasfilm in 1971 before enhancing his name with other worldwide hits such as the Indiana Jones franchise, is a filmmaker known for exercising control over the most minute details of the fictional universe he created. So it was not a surprise to hear that Lucas will remain as a creative consultant on the new Star Wars films. "For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next," he said. "It's now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I've always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I … [Read more...] about Disney to buy Star Wars production company Lucasfilm for $4bn
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It feels like the biggest comeback since Lazarus – the reunion of the Loose Tubes orchestra, almost a quarter-century after this original, anarchic Chinese dragon of a band sounded their last rampant fanfare. Between 1984 and 1990, the Loose Tubes evolved from a ragged workshop gathering of fledgling jazzers, students and a scattering of hardened pros into the first jazz orchestra to play the Proms (and maybe the first guests of any genre to deliver an anti-nuclear protest from the stage). They were also the Pied Pipers who led Ronnie Scott's audiences dancing around Soho, unlikely guests on Terry Wogan's TV chat show, an incubator for Mercury prize contenders and hitmaking dancefloor producers, and role models whose influence still pervades contemporary music-making and teaching across Europe. They will reconvene – all 21 of them, reeled in from outposts as scattered as Wales, Denmark and Brazil – next month at the Cheltenham Jazz festival and … [Read more...] about Loose Tubes ride again: Django Bates and friends on reforming their legendary jazz orchestra
Peter Andre took part and came second in the 1987 dancing competition which led to Wade Robson's fateful meeting with Michael Jackson and years of alleged abuse. In a shocking new documentary, Leaving Neverland, Peter makes a short appearance in the background of an image of the competition, which took place in Brisbane, Australia, when he was aged 15. The 46-year-old is pictured wearing MJ-esque black fedora and a red bow-tie, complete with a black leather jacket and trousers with white socks. Unexpected: Peter Andre, (circled) took part in a 1987 dance competition when he was aged 15 in which the prize was to meet Michael Jackson - he came in second place The competition prize was to meet Jackson, who has since been accused by Robson, now 36, and James Safechuck, now 41, of sexually abusing them when they were young children. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Love Island's Dani Dyer cuts a stylish figure in black... Who wore it better? Kim Kardashian steals Naomi … [Read more...] about Leaving Neverland: Teen Peter Andre is spotted in documentary as it’s revealed he came second in the dance competition that led to Wade Robson’s fateful meeting with Michael Jackson
Watch the trailers and predict the winner at the end. This is a tough year to predict the Best Actress. There are three nominees under 25, which is rather remarkable and immensely promising as we look to their futures in film. There is a screen legend and fashion icon, a woman who swung as wildly as the 1960s allowed, who has never won an Oscar. There is a woman who betters herself constantly and might win her third. They’ve all been superb, and I urge you to watch all their movies. As always, my handicapping of the odds is clouded by bias and I couldn’t help placing my favourite on top. Number Two, however, is decidedly poised to upset that cart. Here, in my ascending order of odds, are this year’s Best Actress nominees: Jennifer Lawrence, Joy At 25, the immensely talented Lawrence is already an Academy Award favourite, with three nominations in previous years for her work in Winter’s Bone, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle.She won the Best Actress … [Read more...] about Oscars 2016: Meet the Best Actress Nominees. PREDICT the winner!
Gemma Peplow, arts and entertainment reporterDrake cleaned up, Mariah Carey was crowned an icon and a candy-coloured Taylor Swift brought the house down at the Billboard Music Awards 2019.Other stars who attended the ceremony at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas included Madonna, the Jonas Brothers, Cardi B, Paula Abdul, BTS and Jennifer Hudson, with the event hosted by Kelly Clarkson.Unlike other awards ceremonies, including the Grammys, there is no body of experts deciding who wins at the Billboards, with prizes instead handed out based on album and digital songs sales, streaming, radio airplay, touring, and social engagement.Here are the main talking points from the celebrity-filled event.Drake makes Billboard history - and thanks his mum for piano lessonsThe Canadian rapper and singer won the awards for (deep breath): top artist, top male artist, top song sales, top rap artist, top rap male... you get the idea. Basically, a lot of acceptance speeches. More from Drake Celine Dion begs … [Read more...] about Billboard Music Awards: The big moments from Mariah Carey, Drake, Taylor Swift and more
IT’S hard enough for most people to imagine doing a job based entirely on selflessly helping those in need. And it’s even harder to imagine worrying each day that you are going to get attacked while doing it. But that is the reality for British paramedics at the moment. This week saw the shocking announcement that there were more than 1,000 incidents relating to violence and aggression against South Western Ambulance Service (SWAS) staff last year. As a result, they will be given self-defence lessons because over-stretched police can no longer respond quickly enough to their calls.No doubt lots of people will be quick to blame the lack of police for this. But that would be scratching the wrong itch. The problem is not the police’s failure to respond to the increase in incidents, but that these attacks are happening in the first place. Surely it is no coincidence that three different think tanks warned this week that NHS staff shortages could triple in a … [Read more...] about British paramedics should not have to worry about being attacked while selflessly helping people in need