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    Bryn Terfel is the latest to quit Tosca

    Bryn Terfel has pulled out of the Met Opera's production of Tosca, to take "enforced rest due to vocal fatigue". His departure means the ill-fated production, which is due to open in two weeks, has lost its entire main cast. First to go was star tenor Jonas Kaufmann, followed by soprano Kristine Opolais, who had the title role. Her husband, conductor Andris Nelsons, was next to go. His replacement, James Levine, was then suspended following allegations of sexual misconduct. Three men have now accused Mr Levine of abusing them decades ago when they were teenagers. Levine has said sexual misconduct allegations against him are "unfounded". 'Terrible shame' The Met Opera, which is based in New York,

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    These aren't the spoilers you're looking for

    Spoiler alert: The latest Star Wars movie features a 7ft Ewok and cameos from Kirk, Spock, Scotty and Bones. At least, if social media is to be believed. Star Wars: The Last Jedi had its European premiere on Monday and was released in the UK today, with some people pledging to stay clear of social media to avoid having the plot spoiled ahead of seeing the movie. But some Twitter users might have made it easier to dodge any twists by flooding social media with make-believe spoilers of their own. You may also like: This includes Daniel Carlson who tweeted a laundry list of so-called spoilers, including what he called a "bold" choice of music for the end credits. His post inspired many others, and

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    Oprah to get top Golden Globe honour

    US television star Oprah Winfrey has been announced as the next recipient of the prestigious Cecil B DeMille award. Golden Globes head Meher Tatna said: "For generations, Oprah has celebrated strong female characters on and off screen, and has been a role model for women and young girls for decades." Oprah's honour was announced by actor Morgan Freeman - who won the same prize in 2012. She will receive her award at January's Golden Globes awards. They are voted for by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HPFA). The Oprah Winfrey Show was one of the most-watched programmes in US history. Tatna described her as "one of the most influential women of our time". The prize is presented annually

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    Grayson Perry to chair Summer Exhibition

    Artist Grayson Perry is co-ordinating next year's Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, where anyone can submit an entry. The contemporary art show will also celebrate its 250th anniversary. It has taken place every year since 1769 and exhibits work from students right up to well-known professionals. Perry, who has named the show Art Made Now, said he wants to "champion the democracy of the exhibition". "I want to show off the diversity of art being made in this moment, so I encourage you to submit works that you have made in 2017/18," he says. The former Turner Prize winner is most well-known for his ceramic vases in bright colours, and for the autobiographical nature of his work,

  • CNN

    What we learned from 'The Bachelor' special

    To possibly combat any confusion over the selection of race car driver Arie Luyendyk Jr., who last vied for the heart of Emily Maynard on "The Bachelorette" Season 8 in 2012, the audience was treated to plenty of info about him. Without romantic sagas, how could Harrison claim we were in store for "the most dramatic rose ceremony ever"?

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    'Titanic,' 'Goonies' added to National Film Registry

    (CNN)"Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" at the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress? That classic film is one of 25 added to the library's registry of films this year. Chosen for "cultural, historic and/or aesthetic importance," this year's selections range from the 1905 film "Interior New York Subway, 14th Street to 42nd Street," which documented the early days of the New York subway system, to James Cameron's "Titanic" and the 1987 biopic "La Bamba." "The selection of a film to the National Film Registry recognizes its importance to American cinema and the nation's cultural and historical heritage," Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said in a statement. "Our love affair with motion

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    NHS told to reveal avoidable deaths data

    The NHS in England is to become the first healthcare system in the world to publish figures on avoidable patient deaths, the health secretary has said. By the end of 2017, some 170 out of 223 trusts will publish data on deaths they believe could have been prevented. It is estimated there are up to 9,000 deaths in hospitals each year caused by failings in NHS care. The Department for Health said it wanted to ensure the NHS learned lessons from every case. There is no standard definition of an avoidable death and each hospital trust makes its own judgment. The data released by the organisations will include details of reviews and investigations into deaths, and information on any action taken as