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Japanese actress Yamaguchi dies at 94

TOKYO: Japanese actress and singer Yoshiko “Shirley” Yamaguchi, who was nearly executed in China at the end of World War II, has died at the age of 94 after a life as dramatic as any of her films.






Film festivals fire starting gun on Oscars race

LOS ANGELES: Hollywood’s annual awards season may be months away yet, but for many the race for Oscars gold has already started, with strong contenders emerging from key film festivals this month.



Kidman ‘in shock’ after father’s death

SYDNEY: Australian actress Nicole Kidman is in shock after the sudden death of her father in Singapore, her publicist said Saturday as her husband Keith Urban wrote of the couple’s “deep state of grie



Aussie Kate hoax DJ ‘truly sorry’

LONDON: An Australian radio DJ who made a prank call to Prince William’s pregnant wife Kate after which a nurse was found hanged wept on Friday as she said she was “truly sorry.”





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