• RT bucks DOJ request to register as a foreign agent

    The Russian television network RT is resisting the U.S. government's request that its American arm register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. According to the network, the Department of Justice gave it an Oct. 17 deadline to register as a foreign agent. But according to publicly available DOJ filings, RT has not yet registered, and in a statement RT said it plans to fight back. "Our legal team has been doing everything possible for RT to avoid having to register under FARA and the dialogue is ongoing. On their advice we are not discussing further details at this time," RT head of communications Anna Belkina said in a statement. Though FARA experts say DOJ deadlines for FARA registrations

  • Have the Manics made their final album?

    Manic Street Preachers won the Inspiration award at Wednesday's Q Awards, 25 years after releasing their debut album, Generation Terrorists. Michael Sheen presented the award, paraphrasing the lyrics to Design For Life, saying: "Libraries gave us power and this band gave us power!" But speaking to the BBC, bassist Nicky Wire said he "didn't know" whether the band would ever release another album. "I'm in a funny place," he said. "I've kind of given up listening to music." "There's lots of good music out there - St Vincent is great, Wolf Alice I really like - but I just listen to Radio 4." Wire, who is the Manics' chief lyricist, said the band might have "overdone it" with their last two albums,

  • Han Solo 'Star Wars' film gets a title

    "I'll see you next year," Howard said closing the video. The film, which stars Alden Ehrenreich as the young Han Solo, tells the origin story of the character made famous by Harrison Ford in the original series. It is Disney and Lucasfilm's latest attempt to expand the "Star Wars" universe beyond that of the Skywalker saga. The company saw success with its first "Star Wars" spinoff, "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," which made more than $1 billion worldwide in December. The production of "Solo" hasn't exactly been a smooth ride, however. The film's original directors, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, left the film during its production due to creative differences with Disney's Lucasfilm. The company

  • Self-harm rising among teenage girls

    There has been a steep rise in reports of self-harm among girls aged 13 to 16, according to a study of data from GP practices across the UK. The BMJ study, which looked at figures from 2011-2014, said GPs could be getting better at picking up self-harm. But it was likely that rising stress and psychological problems in young people were also behind the trend. The NSPCC said giving children support early could be a matter of life or death. Since 2001, girls have had much higher rates of self-harm than boys - 37.4 per 10,000 compared with 12.3 in boys. While self-harm rates stayed constant among 10- to 12-year-olds and 17- to 19-year-olds, there was a 68% increase among 13- to 16-year-olds over

  • His Dark Materials has an 'equel'

    La Belle Sauvage: The Book Of Dust Volume One, is the "equel" to the hugely successful His Dark Materials trilogy. Here, its author Philip Pullman, reads a snippet.

  • Hanks: 'It's all got to change' after Weinstein

    Hanks: 'It's all got to change' after Weinstein Tom Hanks talks to the BBC about the Harvey Weinstein scandal, saying there will now be a "sea change" in Hollywood.

  • Cher reuniting with Meryl Streep for 'Mamma Mia' sequel

    (CNN)The queen of reinvention is making her return to the silver screen. Cher announced over the weekend in several tweets that she has been cast in "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again," the sequel to the hit 2008 film, "Mamma Mia!" CNN also confirmed the news. Details on Cher's character still remain a mystery but she did tell fans on Twitter that "her look is amazing, not like anything I've done & she's a pistol." She also gave her followers a glimpse of her sky-high platform boots. This also marks a reunion for Cher and Meryl Streep, both of whom co-starred in the the 1983 film, "Silkwood." Streep played Donna Sheridan in 2008's "Mamma Mia!" and she will be reprising her role for the 2018 sequel.