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'Frozen' soundtrack hits local music charts

SEOUL, Jan. 28 (Yonhap) -- The soundtrack of the animated Disney film "Frozen" is making a splash on local music charts thanks to the ongoing popularity of the movie in the country. "Let It Go," the title piece of the album "Frozen," topped a realtime chart of the country's biggest online music service Melon on Monday. As of Tuesday morning, it came in first and second place on Bugs and Mnet, respectively, and the third on Naver Music.

Angela Lansbury returns to West End after 40 years

British-American actress Angela Lansbury, star of "Murder, She Wrote", is returning to London's West End for the first time in nearly 40 years -- in the same theatre where her mother made her debut in 1918. Lansbury will reprise her Broadway role as clairvoyant Madame Arcati in Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit from March in her first stage performance in Britain since 1975. "It feels like coming home. I can't believe it's been 40 years! It doesn't seem that way to me -- life has been marvellous," said the 88-year-old told a press conference on Thursday.

Record crowds flock to Dutch Masters in New York

A record-breaking number of people have flocked to a Dutch Old Masters exhibition in New York, fueled by a best-selling novel featuring one of the paintings on display. The Frick Collection originally billed "Girl with a Pearl Earring," the much-loved masterpiece that inspired a Hollywood film in 2003, as the prime attraction of its October-January show. But as sales have accelerated for US novelist Donna Tartt's long-awaited third novel "The Goldfinch" the number of visitors has gone through the roof, the Frick told AFP on Friday.

Judge denies Michael Jackson's family bid for new wrongful death trial

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The family of late pop star Michael Jackson on Monday lost its bid for a new trial against concert promoter AEG Live, which had been cleared of liability in the singer's death. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos ruled that Jackson's mother and children did not have standing for a re-trial after their attorneys argued last month that jury instructions were confusing and not wide enough in scope.

'Frozen' wins best animated film Golden Globe

Disney's musical fairy tale adaptation "Frozen" won the Golden Globe for best animated film on Sunday, beating "The Croods" and "Despicable Me 2." The studio's 53rd feature-length film, released in the United States for the Thanksgiving holiday in November, is based on Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen" -- even if it takes substantial liberties with plot and characters. With a budget of $150 million, it grossed over $67 million to top the box office in its North America debut weekend, and returned to the top spot last week.

Julia Roberts gears up for awards with performance in "August: Osage County"

New York, Jan 6 (EFE).- Twenty-four years after starring in "Pretty Woman," Julia Roberts remains Hollywood's favorite smile and is again being mentioned for the upcoming awards season for one of the most dramatic roles of her career in "August: Osage County," based on the prizewinning play by Tracy Letts about the demons in a family ruled by Meryl Streep.

Julia Roberts gears up for awards season with performance in "August"

New York, Jan 6 (EFE).- Twenty-four years after starring in "Pretty Woman," Julia Roberts remains Hollywood's favorite smile and is again being mentioned for the upcoming awards season for one of the most dramatic roles of her career in "August: Osage County," based on the prizewinning play by Tracy Letts about the demons in a family ruled by Meryl Streep.

Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers dies at 74

Phil Everly, half of the 1950s and '60s pop duo the Everly Brothers that influenced rock and country performers for decades, died Friday at the age of 74, US media reported. Everly, a longtime smoker, died at a hospital in Burbank, California due to complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, his widow Patti Everly told the Los Angeles Times. Everly and his older brother Don, who survives him, rose to fame in the 1950s with hits such as "Wake Up Little Susie," "All I Have to Do is Dream" and "Bye Bye Love."

'August: Osage County' probes family ties that bind, wound

By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Playwright Tracy Letts created the plot and characters in "August: Osage County," the Pulitzer Prize and Tony award-winning play about a dysfunctional Oklahoma family, and knew that adapting it for the screen would not be easy. It was hard work condensing a three-hour play that premiered on Broadway in 2007 and enthralled audiences into a two-hour film, but Letts, 48, was grateful to be able to do it.

Ryan O'Neal can keep Warhol portrait of Farrah Fawcett, jury says

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor Ryan O'Neal will be allowed to keep a portrait of his late partner Farrah Fawcett painted by famed artist Andy Warhol after a jury deemed him the rightful owner on Thursday in a dispute with the University of Texas. The Austin-based university sued O'Neal over the ownership of the 1980 Warhol in 2011, after the "Charlie's Angels" star bequeathed her art collection to her alma mater before her death in 2009.
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