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Vangelis, composer of ‘Chariots of Fire’ score, dies at 79
Vangelis, the Greek composer whose rousing electronic theme music for the 1981 Oscar-winning film ‘Chariots of Fire’ became one of the most beloved film scores, has died at the age of 79. The law firm representing the composer said he died late Tuesday, without giving a cause of death.
Hit reality shows flaunt African glitz and glamor
Dripping with champagne, diamonds and scathing dialogue, two made in Africa reality series have enthralled viewers on the continent, showcasing luxurious lifestyles that are far from stereotypical images of African hardship. On Netflix’s “Young, Famous & African,” a cast of music and showbiz celebrities from across the continent party, flirt, and spar in opulent settings in Johannesburg’s Sandton area, proudly billed as “the richest square mile in Africa”.
Armageddon Time director says seeds of modern tension stem from Reagan-era racism
American director James Gray, who debuted his film ‘Armageddon Time’ at the Cannes Film Festival, blasted the Ronald Reagan-era racism the film deals with, saying on Friday it paved the way for current social tensions . “I can’t say it caused what is happening today that scares me, but there were the seeds that were planted,” Gray told Reuters in an interview.
Everything will be fine, Taylor Swift tells NYU graduates at start
Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift received an honorary doctorate from New York University on Wednesday and told graduates it would be fine, echoing the sentiments of her single “Shake It Off.” The 32-year-old urged students to make the most of their choices. “Life can be heavy – especially if you’re trying to bear it all at once…all the grudges, all the updates on your ex…You get to choose what your life has time and room for. .” “I have good news: it’s entirely up to you. I have terrifying news: it’s totally up to you,” she added, wearing a purple dress and black mortarboard during the graduation ceremony at Yankee Stadium.
‘Armageddon Time’ takes a critical look at American society at the start of the Reagan era
“Armageddon Time,” which premiered Thursday at the Cannes Film Festival, takes audiences to the dawn of Ronald Reagan’s presidency, exploring issues of race and privilege in American society with a star-studded cast that includes Anne Hathaway, Anthony Hopkins, Jeremy Strong and Jessica Chastain.
The film directed by James Gray is told through the eyes of young Paul Graff, played by Michael Banks Repeta. It tells the story of his friendship with Johnny, played by Jaylin Webb. Together, the two boys have big ambitions – but come up against inflexible social structures.
Dave, Ed Sheeran and Shakira among the winners of the Ivor Awards
Rapper Dave, number one Ed Sheeran and music star Shakira were among the winners of the Ivors in London on Thursday, the annual awards for songwriters and film composers. Dave beat singers like Adele, Sheeran and Raye plus the band Coldplay to be crowned songwriter of the year while the Ivor Novello award for best album went to Laura Mvula’s critically acclaimed ‘Pink Noise’ .
Ed Sheeran “over the moon” at the birth of his second daughter
Famous British singer and songwriter Ed Sheeran and his wife, Cherry Seaborn, welcomed the birth of their second daughter. The award-winning singer posted https://bit.ly/3MEkwCE a photo of a pair of little socks on Instagram on Thursday and wrote, “I want you all to know we had another beautiful baby girl. We are all both so in love with her, and over the moon to be a family of 4x.”
Cannes presents the documentary “Mariupolis 2” of the murdered Lithuanian director
“Mariupolis 2,” a documentary showing a close-up view of life under bombardment in Ukraine, debuted at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday with a moving tribute to director Mantas Kvedaravicius who was murdered by his fiancée. “It’s an honor to present Mantas’ recent work. It’s great that the festival pays homage to his legacy and his work as a filmmaker and anthropologist,” said Hanna Bilobrova, fighting back tears.
Musicians Rihanna and A$AP Rocky Welcome Baby Boy, TMZ Reports
Pop singer Rihanna and rapper A$AP Rocky are the new parents of a baby boy, according to a report published Thursday on the site TMZ. Rihanna, 34, gave birth on May 13 in Los Angeles, TMZ reported, citing sources familiar with the matter. This is their first child.
(With agency contributions.)