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Arts & Leisure - Music

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 video in May during an event in New York on the company's future plans, although he did not give a timeframe and the company has been testing its offerings.Spotify at the time said that it would offer exclusive content from media partners as well as existing production and podcasts.Media companies involved in Spotify's video plans include major US networks, the BBC, sports leader ESPN, documentary news site Vice and comedy channel Adult Swim.The Wall Street ...

Arts & Leisure - Lifestyle

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 ...

Arts & Leisure - Lifestyle

Miss Universe to push HIV awareness after crowning blunder MANILA: The new Miss Universe, back in the Philippines after an epic televised blunder surrounding her crowning, said Sunday she would use the attention the incident attracted to campaign for HIV awareness, especially in her home country.In front of an estimated one billion television viewers worldwide last December, pageant host Steve Harvey mistakenly announced Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez, as Miss Universe before correcting himself minutes later. The diamond and sapphire crown was removed from the ...

Arts & Leisure - Movies

Sundance festival embraces virtual reality PARK CITY: A real-life homicide, a woman who wakes up after being frozen for 30 years and a close encounter with a whale -- these are some of the virtual reality films creating a buzz at this year's Sundance Film Festival.The lineup of no less than 30 immersive experiences -- showcased in the festival's New Frontier program -- reflects an increasing willingness by filmmakers to experiment with technology that offers a new form of story-telling."It's ...

Arts & Leisure - Movies

Academy vows to double women, minority members by 2020 LOS ANGELES: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Friday promised sweeping reforms designed to help diversify its membership in the face of a major controversy over the second straight year of all-white Oscar acting nominations.The Academy's board said it was taking "historic action" to double the number of women and minority members by 2020 and launch a global effort to "recruit qualified new members who represent greater diversity.""These new measures regarding governance ...

Arts & Leisure - Music

One Direction's Tomlinson becomes father: report LOS ANGELES: One Direction's Louis Tomlinson has become a father, reports said Friday, weeks after the British boy band went on hiatus.Los Angeles-based stylist Briana Jungwirth gave birth on Thursday to a son, the first child for both of them, People magazine and Entertainment Tonight reported, quoting anonymous friends.A representative for Tomlinson did not respond to a request for comment.But Mark Tomlinson, who raised the singer as his stepfather, seemed to confirm the news when ...

Arts & Leisure - Lifestyle

Oscar nominee Rampling calls awards boycott racist toward whites LOS ANGELES: British actress and first-time Academy Award nominee Charlotte Rampling said in a radio interview on Friday the boycott of the Oscars protesting the absence of black actors and directors is racist toward whites.In the interview, Rampling was asked by a France-based Europe 1 journalist if she felt African-American director Spike Lee was right to pledge to boycott the Oscars over the absence of blacks among the nominees."No, I find to the contrary, that ...