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Arts & Leisure - Movies

Actor Abe Vigoda, known for 'Godfather' role, dies at age 94 NEW YORK: Abe Vigoda, an American actor best known for roles in "The Godfather" and the 1970s sitcom "Barney Miller," died on Tuesday at the age of 94, after spending three decades jokingly refuting rumors of his demise. Vigoda's daughter, Carol Vigoda Fuchs, said her father died at her home in New Jersey. "He died in his sleep, of natural causes. He was not sick," she told Reuters. Vigoda, who was adept at drama and comedy with a hang-dog face, slouched posture and slow delivery, played mobster traitor Salvatore Tessio in "The Godfather" in 1972, his first credited movie role. His character was doomed for betraying the Corleone family in the film but had a cameo role in the flashback scenes of "The Godfather Part II" two years later. His most famous role was as the grumpy and deadpan Detective Sergeant Phil Fish in the "Barney Miller" police comedy series. ...

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Chanel swaps bling for eco-inspired haute couture PARIS: Languid models strutting along a grass-covered catwalk in Paris on Tuesday showed off Chanel's ecologically-inspired haute couture collection that avoided most of the red carpet flash.Chanel -- the fashion house that is perhaps the most synonymous with Paris's reputation for glamour -- sent subtle, classic clothes across a runway outfitted with pools of water and wooden steps.Dominating the stage was a vast wooden structure which would not reveal its secrets until show's end.The clothing ...

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Backstreet Boys singer sued over bar fight MIAMI: A bouncer at a Florida bar has sued Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter for attacking and choking him, labeling the star "nothing more than a backstreet thug."Skylar Carden, 21, filed the lawsuit Monday in a court in the Florida Keys, alleging Carter caused "bodily injury, mental anguish, pain and suffering," attorney Mark DiCowden told AFP.Carter was arrested on January 13 after he and a friend were escorted, drunk, by security personnel outside Hog's Breath ...

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'X-Files' actor Duchovny gets Hollywood Walk of Fame star LOS ANGELES: "The X-Files" actor David Duchovny got his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, a day after the cult television series returned to small screens to fanfare in the US."It's surreal, it's a surreal moment and it's a surreal event, everything just seems... it feels like something coming out of a movie, in a strange way," joked Duchovny, 55, who plays Special Agent Fox Mulder.Mulder and his partner Dana Scully, played ...

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Brian Wilson plans final tour for 'Pet Sounds' NEW YORK: The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson has announced what he says will be a final tour of "Pet Sounds," often called one of the most influential pop albums ever.Wilson said Monday he planned more than 70 shows to mark this year's 50th anniversary of the release of "Pet Sounds," starting on March 26 in Auckland, New Zealand.The 73-year-old rocker said in a statement that the tour would mark the last time he plays "Pet ...

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Spotify readies to launch video NEW YORK: Spotify said Monday it will imminently launch video content as the music streaming leader seeks ways to build an audience in the increasingly competitive sector.The Swedish company will begin webcasting videos by the end of next week on both Android and Apple system smartphones, a Spotify spokesman said.The videos will initially be available in four markets -- Britain, Germany, Sweden and the United States.Spotify's chief executive Daniel Ek had announced the expansion into ...

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Heroine's welcome home for Philippines' Miss Universe MANILA: Tens of thousands of people in the beauty pageant-crazed Philippines are set to give newly crowned Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach a heroine's welcome home during a colourful parade through Manila on Monday.The parade is one of the highlights of a week-long celebration for Wurtzbach who has been praised for her poise during last month's pageant, despite a blunder by event host Steve Harvey who mistakenly announced Miss Colombia as Miss Universe before correcting ...