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Misty Copeland is first black dancer to lead US ballet group
The American Ballet Theatre has named Misty Copeland its principal dancer - the first time a black ballerina has held the prestigious role. Ms Copeland, 32, made her debut this month, starring in Swan Lake in New York, one of the most coveted roles in ballet. In recent years, Ms Copeland has found fame outside of the ballet world. She has appeared in commercials and TV shows and wrote a best-selling memoir. "We haven't had a ballet dancer who has broken through to popular culture like ...
Avengers star Patrick Macnee dies
Actor Patrick Macnee, star of The Avengers TV series, has died in California at the age of 93. The Briton, best known for playing John Steed in the 1960s television spy series, died at home with his family at his bedside, his son Rupert said. Macnee also played roles in theatre, appearing on Broadway, and served in the Royal Navy during World War Two. A statement on the actor's website read: "Wherever he went, he left behind a trove of memories." He died peacefully at his home in Calif...
Titanic music composer James Horner dies
James Horner, the Hollywood composer who wrote the score for the Oscar-winning film hit Titanic, has died in a California plane crash aged 61. He is reported to have been alone aboard a two-seater single-engine plane which crashed north of Santa Barbara on Monday morning. The two-time Oscar winner worked on three James Cameron films, as well as A Beautiful Mind, Troy and Apollo 13. He won one Oscar for the Titanic film score and one for its theme song. Actor and director Ron Howard twe...
Adolf Hitler artworks fetch £286,000 at auction in Nuremberg
Watercolours and drawings by Adolf Hitler have fetched £286,000 (400,000 euros) at a German auction. A painting of Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria fetched the highest price at Saturday's sale, selling to a Chinese buyer for £71,000 (100,000) euros. A still-life of carnations, signed A Hitler, fetched £52,000 (72,000 euros) at the Nuremberg event. Last year the same auction house sold a watercolour painted by Hitler in 1914 for £93,000 (129,000 euros). The auction was organised by Weid...
Iconic Degas ballet dancer sculpture to be sold
Little Dancer Aged Fourteen, one of Edgar Degas' most famous works, is to be sold at auction. Petite danseuse de quatorze ans has been estimated by experts at Sotheby's to fetch £10m - 15m on 24 June. The piece is one of few bronze casts in private hands with the majority housed in museums including Tate London and Philadelphia Museum of Art. Helena Newman from Sotheby's called it Degas' "most important and iconic sculpture". She added: "The artist's ambitious and highly innovative wor...
Goonies actress Mary Ellen Trainor dies at 62
Actress Mary Ellen Trainor, who starred in films like The Goonies and Lethal Weapon, has died at the age of 62. Trainor was best-known for playing the mother, Irene Walsh, in The Goonies, and police psychiatrist Dr Stephanie Woods in all four Lethal Weapon movies. She was married to director Robert Zemeckis for 20 years and appeared in several of his films including Forrest Gump and Back to the Future Part II. She died last month of complications from pancreatic cancer. Trainor began h...
Czech novelist Ludvik Vaculik dies, aged 88
Czech novelist and former dissident Ludvik Vaculik, who wrote the Two Thousand Words manifesto during the 1968 Prague Spring, has died, aged 88. The June 1968 manifesto demanded openness from officials in the then Czechoslovakia and called for the resignation of those who misused power. Two months later, Soviet-led forces invaded the country, ending hopes for political reforms. Vaculik's novels include The Axe, The Guinea Pigs and The Czech Dreambook. Vaculik - like his contemporary an...
“Puppets for the sake of peace and inter-cultural dialogue” global march to kick...
Representatives of national centers of UNIMA will gather in Armenia to announce about the launch of global march “Puppets for the sake of peace and inter-cultural dialogue” dedicated to the 70th anniversary of UNESCO. Speaking at a news conference today chief specialist at Culture Ministry Liliya Nikoyan said that UNIMA secretary general, UNESCO representatives, distinguished theatrical figures, as well as puppet theatres from Canada, France, Italy, Ukraine, Russia, Iran and other countries w...
Charles Aznavour celebrates his 91 birthday today
Armenian-French singer Charles Aznavour celebrates his 91st birthday anniversary today.  Aznavour was born in Paris, France on May 22, 1924. The son of Armenian immigrants, he received his early education at a school for young artists and later studied at the TSF Central School of Paris. As early as at the age of nine, Aznavour already performed songs and theatrical roles on stage; ten years later. he appeared in movies. In the early 1960s, the celebrated star appeared with concerts at the...
Leonardo da Vinci drawings to tour UK and Ireland
Ten drawings by Leonardo da Vinci from the Queen's Royal Collection are to tour the UK and Ireland next year. The works will include the master's chalk portrait of St Anne, sketches of bodies, animals, water and plants, plus some technical drawings. The exhibition will begin at Newcastle's Laing gallery in February. It will then visit the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin, Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery and Glynn Vivian Art Gallery in Swansea. Da Vinci made only around 20...
Hungarian Laszlo Krasznahorkai wins Man Booker International Prize
"Visionary" Hungarian writer Laszlo Krasznahorkai has been announced as the winner of the sixth Man Booker International Prize. The judges praised the "extraordinary intensity and vocal range" of his work. Krasznahorkai, who writes in Hungarian, was chosen from a list of 10 contenders from around the world. The prize, worth £60,000, is awarded every two years for "an achievement in fiction on the world stage". Krasznahorkai's win was announced at an award ceremony at the Victoria and A...
'True face of Shakespeare' appears in botany book
A 400-year-old botany book contains what could be the only known portrait of Shakespeare made in his lifetime, according to an academic expert. Botanist and historian Mark Griffiths cracked an "ingenious cipher" to identify the playwright in an engraving in the 16th-Century work. "This is what Shakespeare looked like, drawn from life and in the prime of life," he said. Details of his discovery are revealed in this week's issue of Country Life. Mark Hedges, the magazine's editor, hailed...
BB King, the King of Blues, dies at 89
The "King of the Blues", guitarist and singer BB King, has died aged 89. King, known for his hits My Lucille, Sweet Little Angel and Rock Me Baby, died in his sleep in Las Vegas. Born in Mississippi, King began performing in the 1940s, going on to influence a generation of musicians and work with Eric Clapton and U2. Once ranked as the third greatest guitarist of all time, he had been suffering ill health in recent months. He was recently taken to hospital with a diabetes-related illne...
Berlin Philharmonic orchestra fails to elect conductor
Members of the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra have been unable to agree on who should be their next chief conductor and artistic director. After 11 hours of secret discussions, the musicians could not reach a decision on a replacement for Sir Simon Rattle, who steps down in 2018. Board member Peter Riegelbauer said they would try again "within a year". The orchestra's 123 members met in a south-west Berlin church on Monday and were banned from using mobile phones. But after an announc...
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