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23 July 2021

BTS tops Billboard Hot 100 with new hit replacing own song.

South Korean boy band BTS has gracefully replaced its own No. 1 song, “Butter,” at the Billboard Hot 100 chart with another hit -- “Permission to Dance.”

The latest track officially debuted at No. 1 on this week’s Hot 100, while “Butter” bowed to the seventh spot in the charts after seven weeks in the lead, Billboard said.

BTS is now the first act to replace its No. 1 hit with another chart-topping track since rapper Drake in 2018, Billboard tweeted Monday.

Following its release on July 9, “Permission to Dance” drew 15.9 million U.S. streams and 1.1 million radio airplay audience impressions, while selling 140,100 downloads in the week ending July 15, Billboard reported.

“Permission to Dance” is the fourth BTS song to land the No. 1 spot on the competitive music chart. Previously, the boy band’s first all-English song, “Dynamite,” stayed three weeks at No. 1, while “Life Goes On” stayed for one week in December 2020, and “Butter” had been in the lead for seven weeks since June.

With four No. 1 debuts in the charts, the septet joins Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber and Drake as the artists with the same accomplishments in their career.

Similarly, BTS joins the ranks of The Beatles, BoyzIIMen, Outkast and Black Eyed Peas in the category of duo or group, who replaced their own No. 1 song with another No. 1 song on Billboard’s Hot 100.

BTS was able to achieve five No. 1 songs on the chart for a total of 10 months and two weeks. This marks the quickest five No. 1 hits in three decades since Michael Jackson, Billboard noted.

The fifth song, “Savage Love,” was originally released by Jason Derulo in June 2020, but was remixed with BTS singing Korean verses and released anew in October stayed one week as No. 1 on the chart. 

Jackson earned five Hot 100 No. 1 songs in nine months and two weeks in 1987 to 1988 with the songs “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” with Siedah Garrett, “Bad,” “The Way You Make Me Feel,” “Man in the Mirror” and “Dirty Diana,” according to The Korea Times.

“Permission to Dance” is the group’s second collaboration with British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, following “Make It Right” in 2019. The song is part of the album, “Butter,” which also contains instrumental versions of the two songs.

Forbes on Sunday said “Butter” sold over 1.9 million CDs in its first week of release.



19 July 2021

Lewis Hamilton wins British Grand Prix 2021.

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes-Great Britain), won the British Grand Prix 2021, for a record-extending eighth time. The event was held on July 18, 2021, at the Silverstone Circuit in the United Kingdom. This is the 99th career win of seven times world champion Hamilton and the fourth win of the current season after 10 races. 

Monaco based Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) stood second. Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas from Finland, finished third.

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Cannes Film Festival 2021 winners list announced.

The Cannes Film Festival 2021 concluded on 17 July 2021. The jury, presided by Spike Lee, presented the awards at the Closing Ceremony. Julia Ducournau won the Cannes' top prize, the Palme d'Or, for her film Titane, making her the second woman ever to win the award. The first was Jane Campion in 1993.

This year's Cannes had a wide range of films, from Wes Anderson The French Dispatch to Julia Ducournau's Titane, and Leos Carax' Annette. Jodie Foster and Marco Bellocchio won the Honorary Palme d'Or.

Here is the list of Cannes 2021 winners in key categories:

  • Palme d'Or: Julia Ducournau for Titane (France)
  • Grand Prix (TIE): Ashgar Farhadi for A Hero (Iran) and Juho Kuosmanen for Compartment No.6 (Finland)
  • Best Director: Leos Carax Annette (France)
  • Best Actress: Renate Reinsve for Worst Person in the World (Norway)
  • Best Actor: Caleb Landry Jones for Nitram (US)
  • Best Screenplay: Hamaguchi Ryusuke and Takamasa Oe for Drive My Car (Japan)
  • Jury Prize (TIE): Shared by Nadav Lapid for Ahed's Knee (Israel) and Apichatpong Weerasethakul for Memoria (Thailand)
  • Best First Film: Antoneta Kusijanovic for Murina (Croatia)
  • Best Short Film: Hong Kong's All The Crows In The World Tang Yi
  • Short Film Palme d’Or: Tian Xia Wu Ya by Tang Yi
  • Special Jury Mention for Short Film: Ceu de Agosto by Jasmin Tenucci

This year's jury, with Spike Lee as president, consisted of director Mati Diop, director Maggie Gyllenhaal, writer-director Jessica Hausner, songwriter Mylène Farmer, director Mélanie Laurent, writer-director Kleber Mendonça Filho, actor Tahar Rahim, and actor Song Kang-ho.

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17 July 2021

Rapper Biz Markie, whose 'Just a Friend' became a '90s staple, dies at 57.

Biz Markie, who fortified the humor-and-hijinks school of hip-hop by taking it worldwide with his 1989 hit "Just a Friend," died Friday 16 July 2021 at the age of 57.

Markie, whose real name was Marcel Theo Hall, spent his early years in Harlem but moved to Long Island, and by the time he was a teen, he was rapping and beat-boxing, a way of making percussive sounds through vocal and breath work.

He adopted his emcee name because, he said, he admired pioneering rapper Busy Bee Starski, and initially called himself Bizzy B Markie, using his nickname, Markie.

He later shortened the name and made his 1985 hip-hop debut as a beat-boxer for Roxanne Shante of the Juice Crew, already big names in the emerging rap world.

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China has launched the world’s largest carbon emissions trading scheme (ETS).

Trading in China’s ETS is a system that would create the world's largest carbon market and It brings China a step closer to achieving President Xi Jinping’s goal of net zero emissions by 2060.

China is the world’s largest carbon market and would be twice as big as the EU scheme. The annual carbon emissions of just the first batch of companies involved would amount to more than 4 billion tonnes, making it the world’s largest carbon market and putting Europe in second place.

Analysts said that although it was an important step, China’s macroeconomic policies aimed at weaning the country off coal would have a bigger impact on carbon emissions.

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14 July 2021

Filmmakers, activists call for climate efforts in Cannes.

Documentary makers and environmental activists including British teenager Bella Lack on Sunday said they hoped to inspire more efforts on climate change, including through several films with hopeful messages presented at the Cannes Film Festival.

The world’s biggest cinema showcase is back after a 2020 hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and has this year highlighted productions with an environmental focus in a special selection.

The festival, which has attracted people from around the world, including big hitting Hollywood stars like Adam Driver and Matt Damon, has also tried to cut back on waste, using some hybrid or electric cars to shuttle people around and replacing its red carpet, which it used to change three times a day, with recycle-friendly material, organisers said.

The world of film could also be an example in other ways, said 18-year-old activist Lack, who appears in Animal along with chimpanzee expert Jane Goodall, in a documentary by Cyril Dion shown at the festival.

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'Pose' star Mj Rodriguez becomes 1st trans woman up for lead acting Emmy.

Mj Rodriguez has become the first transgender performer to pick up an Emmy nomination in a major acting category.

Rodriguez is nominated in the lead drama actress category for her fierce and formidable portrayal of house mother and nurse Blanca Rodriguez on FX's ballroom culture period drama "Pose." It is her first-ever attention from the Television Academy.

This nomination marks a significant step for LGBTQ representation — and specifically trans representation — at the Emmys. Prior to Rodriguez, only two openly trans performers received Emmy attention: Laverne Cox was the first, picking up her first nomination in the guest drama actress category for her work as former inmate Sophia on Netflix's "Orange is the New Black" in 2014 (and later receiving three more, all in the same category, in 2017, 2019 and 2020); meanwhile, Rain Valdez of "Razor Tongue" scored a short form comedy or drama actress nomination just last year.

In contrast, Jeffrey Tambor, who is a cisgender, heterosexual man, received three Emmy nominations for his performance as a transgender woman on Amazon Prime Video's "Transparent." (He won twice, in 2015 and 2016.)

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06 July 2021

Veteren Film Director Richard Donner Dies.

Richard Donner, the prolific Hollywood director and producer whose helming credits include some of the most iconic movies of the 1970s and ’80s including the Christopher Reeve-starring Superman, The Goonies and the Mel Gibson-Danny Glover buddy cop series Lethal Weapon, has died. He was 91.

Donner passed away Monday, according to his wife, the producer Lauren Schuler Donner, and his business manager. No cause of death has been revealed.

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01 July 2021

"Decoding Shankar" won the Best Film Award.

Indian Freelance filmmaker Deepti Pillay Sivan’s most touted documentary, “Decoding Shankar” about the life and career of the celebrated musician Shankar Mahadevan, recently won the Best Film Award in the Documentary section (Best Biographical) at the Toronto International Women Film Festival, 2021.

The 52-minute docu-film released a few years ago is a sketch of the life of the prolific musician focusing on how he balances his career as a singer, music composer, and teacher. The film gives interesting tidbits about his family life and shares interesting moments about his passion for cooking.

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24 June 2021

American Actor Will Smith announced his autobiography ‘Will’.

American Actor, rapper and film producer Will Smith, who revealed the title and cover of his upcoming autobiography "Will". The book, to be published Nov. 9 by Penguin Press. Will Smith is co-writing the book with author Mark Manson, and the cover is designed by New Orleans artist Brandan “BMike” Odums. Smith will also narrate the audiobook of Will from Penguin Random House Audio.

The book will delve into him being raised in West Philadelphia to entering superstardom as an actor and rapper. He's a two-time Academy Award nominee and won a four-time Grammy winner. Smith starred in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Bad Boys, Men in Black and Pursuit of Happyness. He's won Grammys for Summertime, Men In Black, Gettin' Jiggy Wit It and Parents Just Don't Understand.

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11 June 2021

Renowned actor Sando Harris passes away.

Veteran Sri Lankan actor Sando Harris died this morning (June 11), at the age of 58.

Reportedly, Harris suddenly passed away at a residence in Havelock Gardens, Colombo.

A team of Scene of Crime Officers (SOCO) of Colombo Police have also reportedly arrived at the scene to investigate the death.

Following the magistrate’s inquest, his remains have been moved to the Kalubowila Hospital for the post-mortem examination.

The cause of death is yet to be uncovered.

Sando Harris, who embarked on his acting carrier through the movie Jayashakthi, has performed in more than 150 movies including A Common Man, Que Sera, Somy Boys, Left Right Sir and Koti Sana. He was well-known for his performances in villainous and comedic characters.

Harris also gave life to many theatrical roles and was well-known as a dramatist. He produced several stage dramas including Sergeantge Nendamma, Cheerio Sergeant, Doctor Chicago and Kochchi Manamalaya.

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Tillotama Shome wins best actor award for "Raahgir: The Wayfarers" at UK Asian Film Festival.

Indian Film Actress Tillotama Shome has made everyone proud by winning the Best Actor award at the latest edition of the UK Asian Film Festival.

She has won the award for her film Raahgir: The Wayfarers, which is directed by Goutam Ghose.

Shot in Jharkhand, the film also stars Adil Hussain and Neeraj Kabi. It revolves around three strangers, who live on a daily wage basis.

"Raahgir: The Wayfarers" was earlier screened at several film festivals -- including Busan International Film Festival, MAMI - Mumbai Film Festival, Shanghai International Film Festival and Cinemasia Film Festival.

Apart from Tillotama, filmmaker Goutam Ghose has also won the award for Best Director. 

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Actress Lakshmi Devy wins prestigious Gold Remy & New York City independent film festival awards.

Indian American actress and filmmaker Lakshmi Devy wins the prestigious Gold Remy Award for Direction at the 54th World fest Houston International Film Festival for her film “When the Music Changes”.

Other previous recipients of the Remy Awards are giants of the Hollywood film industry, including Spielberg, Lucas, Ang Lee, the Coen Brothers, Ridley Scott, John Lee Hancock, Brian de Palma, Randal Kleiser, Oliver Stone, and David Lynch. World fest is one of the oldest and largest film and video competitions in the world.

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31 May 2021

Grammy winning American Singer B. J. Thomas Passes away.

Following a battle with stage-four lung cancer, B.J. Thomas, whose musical career endured for over 50 years, died May 29 at his home in Arlington, Texas. He was 78.

Thomas was a chart force beginning in the 1960s. He logged 26 hits, including two No. 1s among five top 10s, on the Billboard Hot 100 from 1966 through 1983 and achieved No. 1 singles across the Hot 100, Hot Country Songs and Adult Contemporary charts. His 1969 classic "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" became his first leader on any Billboard survey, spending four weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 and seven frames atop Adult Contemporary.

He was the winner for 05 times Grammy Awards and his "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" made him win an Oscar for best original song. 

Thomas also authored few books including the autobiography "Home Where I Belong",


‘Tarzan’ actor Joe Lara among 7 killed in plane crash.

Investigators on Sunday 30 May 2021 continued searching for the bodies of seven people believed killed in the crash a day earlier of a small jet into a Tennessee lake, including an actor who portrayed Tarzan in a 1990s television series.

Rutherford County Fire Rescue Capt. John Ingle said in a statement Sunday that recovery efforts were ongoing at Percy Priest Lake near Smyrna. He said efforts also were focused on examining a half mile-wide debris field in the lake.

County officials identified the victims in a news release late Saturday as Brandon Hannah, Gwen S. Lara, William J. Lara, David L. Martin, Jennifer J. Martin, Jessica Walters and Jonathan Walters, all of Brentwood, Tennessee. Their names were released after family members had been notified.

Gwen Shamblin Lara founded the Remnant Fellowship Church in Brentwood in 1999 and wrote a faith-based weight loss book. Her husband of nearly three years, known as Joe Lara, was an actor featured in the TV series “Tarzan: The Epic Adventures.”

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30 May 2021

American actor Gavin MacLeod died at age 90.

Gavin MacLeod of 'Love Boat' and 'Mary Tyler Moore' fame dead at 90.

Gavin MacLeod, a sitcom veteran who played seaman "Happy" Haines on "McHale's Navy," Murray on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and the very different, vaguely patrician Captain Stubing on "The Love Boat," has died. He was 90.

MacLeod's nephew, Mark See, confirmed his death to Variety.

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09 May 2021

Actress Tawny Kitaen dies at age 59.

Julie E. “Tawny” Kitaen, who famously appeared in several music videos for the rock group Whitesnake in the ‘80s, has died. The Orange County, Calif. coroner’s office, which listed her as Tawny Finley, stated that she died at her home in Newport Beach on Friday morning, but a cause of death has not been revealed. She was 59.

Born in San Diego, California, Kitaen’s rock world debut came in 1983 when she appeared on the cover of back-to-back albums by heavy metal band RATT, including the band’s self-titled 1983 debut and the triple-platinum “Out of the Cellar, in 1984. Kitaen was dating RATT guitarist Robbin Crosby at the time.

Kitaen appeared in RATT’s “Back for More” music video and later became the video vixen best known for her appearance in Whitesnake’s 1987 smash “Here I Go Again,” where she displayed her talent for car hood acrobatics. “Still of the Night,” “Is This Love” and “The Deeper the Love” also featured Kitaen, who was briefly married to Whitesnake’s lead singer, David Coverdale, from 1989 to 1991.

Acting roles followed, most notably portraying Tom Hanks’ girlfriend in the 1984 comedy romp “Bachelor Party.” She had additional roles in “Witchboard,” “White Hot” and “Dead Tides” and also appeared in a “Seinfeld” episode, “The Nose Job.”

In more recent years, Kitaen participated in several reality shows, including “The Surreal Life,” “Botched” and a season of VH1’s “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew,” the latter of which filmed in 2008.

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06 May 2021

Singer Pink bags Icon Award at Billboard Music Awards.

Pink has been selected to receive the Icon Award at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards, which will broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, May 23. Nick Jonas is hosting the show for the first time.

Pink, 41, is the 10th artist to receive the Icon Award and the youngest recipient to date. The previous recipients are Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, Cher, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey and Garth Brooks.

As all of the previous Icon Award recipients have, Pink will perform at the show. This will mark her first performance on the BBMA stage in five years.

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02 May 2021

US actress Olympia Dukakis dies at age 89.

US actress Olympia Dukakis, who won an Oscar for her role in the 1987 romantic comedy Moonstruck, has died aged 89, her family have announced.

Her brother wrote she was "at peace" after suffering ill health. Dukakis had a long and distinguished career in theatre, both as a performer and as a director.

But in her 50s she starred in a series of hit comedies on screen, including an award-winning turn as Cher's mother in Moonstruck. That run - in the late 1980s - also included roles in Steel Magnolias, Working Girl and Look Who's Talking.

Other key roles were as a secondary school head teacher in 1995's Mr Holland's Opus and as a transgender landlady in the TV series Tales of the City, whose fourth series premiered on Netflix in 2019.

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29 April 2021

The 93rd Academy Awards - 2021.

The 93rd Academy Awards was chock full of historic firsts for women and people of color tonight.

"Minari" star Yuh-jung Youn became first Korean actress to win for best supporting role while Chloé Zhao took home best director for her critically-acclaimed "Nomadland," which depicts a woman in her 60s traveling through the American West as a van-dwelling nomad.

It took 93 years for the Academy to name an Asian woman as best director. And until this year, only five women, all White, had ever been nominated and only one had won — Kathryn Bigelow, in 2010, for "The Hurt Locker."

Here are all the Oscar winners this year:

  • Best Picture: "Nomadland"
  • Best Director: Chloe Zhao, "Nomadland"
  • Best Actress: Frances McDormand, "Nomadland"
  • Best Actor: Anthony Hopkins, "The Father"
  • Best Supporting Actor: Daniel Kaluuya, "Judas and the Black Messiah"
  • Best Supporting Actress: Yuh-jung Youn, "Minari"
  • Animated Feature Film: "Soul"
  • Best Documentary Feature: "My Octopus Teacher"
  • Best Original Screenplay: Emerald Fennell for "Promising Young Woman"
  • Best Adapted Screenplay: Florian Zeller and Christopher Hampton for "The Father"
  • Best International Feature Film: "Another Round," Denmark
  • Best Makeup and Hairstyling: "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," Mia Neal, Jamika Wilson, and Sergio Lopez-Rivera
  • Best Costume Design: Ann Roth, "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"
  • Achievement in Sound: "Sound of Metal," Nicolas Becker, Jaime Baksht, Michelle Couttolenc, Carlos Cortes, Phillip Bladh
  • Live Action Short Film: "Two Distant Strangers," Travon Free and Martin Desmond Roe
  • Animated Short Film: "If Anything Happens I Love You"
  • Best Documentary Short: "Colette"
  • Special Effects: "Tenet"
  • Production Design: "Mank"
  • Cinematography: "Mank"
  • Film Editing: "Sound of Metal"
  • Original Score: "Soul"
  • Best Song: "Fight For You" from "Judas and the Black Messiah"