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Elton John to marry longtime partner

Elton John AND David Furnish AFP FILE PHOTO

Pop icon Elton John says he will tie the knot with partner David Furnish now that his native Britain has legalized gay marriage.

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Paul McCartney honored at NME awards

Paul McCartney performs during the Opening Ceremony at  the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 28, 2012, in London. AP FILE PHOTO

Beatles legend Paul McCartney received a standing ovation at the NME awards ceremony in London on Wednesday, where he accepted the influential British magazine’s special prize honouring his 50-year-career.

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Scarlett Johansson quits Oxfam over Israeli firm advert

Scarlett Johansson. AP FILE PHOTO

US actress Scarlett Johansson has quit as global ambassador for Oxfam after the aid group deemed the role “incompatible” with her promotion of an Israeli firm that has a factory in the occupied West Bank.

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‘Lawrence of Arabia’ star Peter O’Toole dead at 81

In this undated photo Actor Peter O'Toole is shown. O'Toole, the charismatic actor who achieved instant stardom as Lawrence of Arabia and was nominated eight times for an Academy Award, has died. He was 81. O'Toole's agent Steve Kenis said the actor died Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013.  AP FILE PHOTO

Stage and screen actor Peter O’Toole, known on the one hand for his starring role in “Lawrence of Arabia,” leading tribesmen in daring attacks across the desert wastes, and on the other for his headlong charges into drunken debauchery, died Saturday at age 81, following a long bout with illness.

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‘Windmills of Your Mind’ singer Noel Harrison dies

This is a March 22, 1959 file photo of British actor and musician Noel Harrison and his bride, Sara Tufnell, at the register office after their wedding at Caxton Hall, Westminster, London. Noel Harrison, who sang the Academy Award-winning ballad "The Windmills of Your Mind," has died at 79. Harrison's current wife, Lori Chapman, said Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, that he suffered a heart attack after a performance on Saturday in Devon, southwest England, and died later in a hospital.  AP Photo/PA

British actor and singer Noel Harrison, who recorded the Oscar-winning song “The Windmills of Your Mind,” has died at the age of 79, his wife said on Tuesday.

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‘Diana’ film poster taken down from Paris crash site


The French distributor of the film “Diana” has removed an advertising poster that sparked outrage for being placed at the site where the Princess of Wales died in 1997.

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Stephen Hawking reveals trials, triumphs in new film of his life

A handout picture taken and released by the Vice Presidency of Ecuador on August 30, 2012 shows British physicist Stephen Hawking sitting at his desk in the Applied Mathematics Department of Cambridge University.  AFP FILE PHOTO / VICE PRESIDENCY OF ECUADOR /Guillermo Granja

Cosmologist Stephen Hawking tells the extraordinary tale of how he overcame severe disability to become the most famous living scientist in a new documentary film premiered in Britain on Thursday.

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British filmmaker’s ‘12 Years a Slave’ wins best picture in Toronto

Actor and star of the film "12 Years a Slave," Chiwetel Ejiofor poses for a portrait, on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 in New York.  PHOTO BY CARLO ALLEGRI/INVISION/AP

British filmmaker Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” won the audience prize for best picture at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday.

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Body of British actor Paul Bhattacharjee found


British police on Wednesday said they had found the body of an actor who appeared in James Bond film “Casino Royal,” who went missing in London last Wednesday.

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Jolie stunt double sues News Corp over phone hacking

Angelina Jolie AP FILE PHOTO

Media giant News Corp has suffered setback in its battle to contain the fallout from the British press phone hacking scandal Tuesday, with the revelation of the first known US law suit.

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Angelina Jolie visits DR Congo warzone rape victims

A handout photo released on March 26, 2013 by the British Foreign Office shows Foreign Secretary William Hague (R) and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie (L) talking to refugees on March 25 during their visit to the Lac Vert refugee camp in Democratic Republic of Congo. Angelina Jolie joined British Foreign Secretary William Hague on a visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo on March 25 in a bid to encourage world powers to do more to tackle rape and sexual assault in war zones. AFP PHOTO

Angelina Jolie joined British Foreign Secretary William Hague on a visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday in a bid to encourage world powers to do more to tackle rape and sexual assault in war zones.

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Olympics ceremony wins London theater prize

British director Danny Boyle, left, and producer Tessa Ross with the award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema backstage at the BAFTA Film Awards at the Royal Opera House on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in London. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP)

Director Danny Boyle’s Olympics opening ceremony has been named theater event of the year at London’s Whatsonstage awards.

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