Entertainment

Iñárritu, Scott Get Directors Guild Nods Ahead of Oscar Nominations

Reuters LOS ANGELES—Fresh off their Golden Globe wins, Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Iñárritu and veteran British director Ridley Scott were among those nominated on Tuesday for Directors Guild of America (DGA) awards - one of the strongest indicators of success at the ñárritu, who won the Oscar last year for directing "Birdman," was nominated this year for his Pioneer-era tale "The Revenant," which was filmed in freezing conditions and primitive landscapes. Scott, 78, who has yet to win an Oscar over a career spanning six decades, is nominated for space adventure "The Martian," about an astronaut stranded on Mars. Iñárritu was…
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Entertainment

Horror-Film House Price Reduced

VOA News Turns out, having your house featured in a creepy movie is not good if you want to sell. Pennsylvania residents Scott and Barbara Lloyd own the house that portrayed the home of a serial killer in the 1991 film "The Silence of the Lambs." The couple initially listed the house for sale at a price of $300,000 in the middle of last year, but due to a lack of bids they have reduced the asking price to $250,000, according to The Associated Press. The notoriety of the house has attracted curious visitors, but no serious buyers. Two of…
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Entertainment

Cosby Lawyers Call for Dismissal of Sex Assault Charges

Reuters Attorneys for Bill Cosby on Monday asked a Pennsylvania court to dismiss sexual assault charges filed against the comedian late last month, saying prosecutors violated terms under which he gave a deposition in a civil lawsuit a decade ago. Cosby, 78, was charged last month with sexually assaulting a woman in 2004 after plying her with drugs and alcohol. The charges, filed days before the statute of limitations on the alleged crime was to expire, are the only criminal charges the entertainer faces after more than 50 women accused him of sex assault. Defense attorneys on Monday asked a…
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Entertainment

NYC Concert to Honor David Bowie

A David Bowie memorial concert will be held in New York City's Carnegie Hall on March 31. A tribute concert dedicated to his musical legacy had been announced for the storied venue, but organizers changed it to a memorial in the wake of his death from cancer Sunday. Tickets went on sale Monday and quickly sold out as news spread. A woman looks at a mural of David Bowie in Brixton, south London, Britain, Jan. 12, 2016. Sales of David Bowie's last album - released two days before his death from cancer - have soared along with downloads of his…
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Politics

Sanders campaign endorsed by MoveOn.org

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Tuesday received the endorsement of , a grassroots organization that has been at the forefront of liberal causes. MoveOn says the Vermont senator was supported by percent of its membership in an online vote of more than 340,000 members. Hillary Clinton received percent and Martin O'Malley received percent with the remaining members urging no endorsement. "MoveOn members are feeling the Bern," said Ilya Sheyman, executive director of Political Action. "We will mobilize aggressively to add our collective people power to the growing movement behind the Sanders campaign, starting with a focus…
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Rupert Murdoch, Ex-model Engaged

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch and former model Jerry Hall announced Monday they are getting married. It would be the fourth marriage for Murdoch, 84, a billionaire international businessman, and the first for Hall, 59, who was in a lengthy relationship with Rolling Stone singer Mick Jagger. Murdoch has six children from previous marriages and Hall has four with Jagger. An announcement in Britain's The Times says the couple became engaged Sunday in Los Angeles. The pair had been dating for the past few months, according to media reports.
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Featured

Powerball Jackpot Grows to Historic Level, and Doesn’t Stop

The Powerball jackpot has now reached $ billion. That's more than a record; it's historic. It is more than double the previous jackpot record, a mere $656 million in a Mega Millions drawing in 2012. And lottery officials said if ticket sales continue to grow, the number will keep on rising before Wednesday night’s drawing. The historic jackpot has created huge lines in many convenience stores. Some have had to hire more store clerks to keep up with demand. If there is a winner Wednesday, that person will join the ranks of Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and Donald Trump. This…
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World News

Iraqi PM Tours Attack Site, Vows to Expel Extremists

VOA News Iraq's prime minister vowed Tuesday to press forward with the fight against Islamic State extremists, as he toured the wreckage of a Baghdad shopping mall hit by suicide bombers a day earlier. Haider al-Abadi described Monday's attack, which killed at least 24 people and wounded dozens more, as a "desperate attempt" by IS fighters who were driven from the western city of Ramadi by Iraqi forces late last month. A separate attack Monday north of Baghdad linked to Islamic State Sunni fighters killed at least 23 others. The latest violence against Shi'ites triggered a series of apparent retaliatory…
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World News

US Condemns Iraq Attacks That Killed 46

The United States condemned a series of attacks Monday in Iraq that killed at least 46 people and wounded more than 100 others. Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for the two largest attacks, saying they were targeting Shi'ites. Gunmen fired at shoppers before blowing themselves up at a Baghdad shopping mall, killing at least 18 people.  In Muqdadiyah, about 90 kilometers north of the capital, a double suicide bombing killed at least 23 people. State Department spokesman John Kirby called the attacks "barbaric acts of terrorism" and reiterated commitment to supporting Iraq in defeating the militants. "These attacks once again…
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World News

Suspected Syrian Suicide Bomber Kills 10 in Historic Istanbul Square

A suicide bombing in Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet district Tuesday left at least 10 people dead and 15 wounded, two in critical condition. Speaking to reporters in Ankara after an emergency security meeting, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said that the suspected suicide bomber had been identified as a Syrian national born in 1988, and his possible links with Islamic State were being investigated. Kurtulmus said that most of the people killed were foreigners. He expressed condolences for those who lost their lives and said that Turkish officials will visit the wounded at hospitals immediately after arriving in Istanbul. "We…
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