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Wait nearly over for Led Zeppelin reunion gig

British rockers Led Zeppelin reunite on Monday to headline a tribute concert to late Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun in what has been billed as one of the biggest gigs in years. The three surviving members of the hugely successful 1970s group have rarely performed together since splitting in 1980.

Pullman fantasy film ‘promotes atheism to kids’

The Golden Compass, a -million picture based on Philip Pullman's acclaimed novel Northern Lights, is caught between a United States Catholic group that has called for a boycott of what it sees as an attack on religion and Pullman purists who do not want the original watered down.

Scottish-born actress Deborah Kerr dies aged 86

Scottish-born actress Deborah Kerr, best known for her performance as the adulterous wife alongside Burt Lancaster in the 1953 film From Here to Eternity, has died aged 86. ''She died on [October 16],'' agent Anne Hutton said on October 18.

Zep vow great reunion concert

British rock legends Led Zeppelin have performed only a handful of times since splitting in 1980 after the shock death of drummer John Bonham, and by their own admission each occasion was a ''shambles''. A reunion concert on November 26 offers the surviving members of one of rock music's most and influential acts an opportunity to remind the world what they can do.

Iraq war films among favourites at Venice festival

Two very different movies about the Iraq war are among the favourites for awards at this year's Venice film festival as it passes the halfway stage, and an unusually high number of male leads have stood out. For pure shock value, Brian De Palma's Redacted wins hands down, stunning audiences with an uncompromising reconstruction of the real-life rape of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl.

Harry Potter makes history as fastest-selling book

United States sales of the seventh and final Harry Potter volume hit an estimated 8,3-million in the first 24 hours, confirming its place in the history books as the fastest-selling book. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows comfortably beat the previous 2005 Potter instalment, which posted US sales of 6,9-million copies in the first 24 hours.

The wait is over: Harry Potter finale goes on sale

Harry Potter fans poured into book stores around the world on Saturday to get hold of the seventh and final volume in the series and discover the secret of the boy wizard's fate. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows hit the shelves across most of the world at 2301 GMT on Friday, in a release carefully orchestrated to maximise suspense and sales.

Harry Potter spawns parallel internet world

The Harry Potter books have spawned a parallel universe on the internet, where sites attract millions of fans every day and play a major part in the success of the novels and their Hollywood adaptations. So popular are JK Rowling's stories, and the web pages built around them, that a handful of online fans have become stars in their own right.

Potter’s end has publishers and fans sweating

Does Harry Potter die? Fictional or not, the question of what happens to the boy wizard at the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, is on millions of lips five days before it goes on sale. Security measures in place to protect the contents of book seven sound like something from a heist movie.

Earth underwhelmed by environment extravaganza

They rocked the world, but as the clean-up at nine climate change gigs around the globe begins, many wonder if the galaxy of pop stars did much to change it. United States and British media were generally underwhelmed on Sunday by Live Earth, the mega-concert organised by former US vice-president and green campaigner Al Gore.

Unhealthy silence

Fred Khumalo says his right to information was trampled upon when the SABC crumbled under pressure and canned a mini-series on the dangers of circumcision.

Curtains go up as Cannes film festival turns 60

The Cannes Film Festival opens on Wednesday with a mix of arthouse movie making and raw star power fitting for cinema's greatest showcase, which turns 60 this year. Chinese director Wong Kar Wai, best known in the West for In The Mood For Love, brings My Blueberry Nights'' to the palm-lined Riviera resort.

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