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Pitt expresses sadness over Jolie divorce filing as Hollywood power couple splits

Actress Angelina Jolie has filed for a divorce from actor Brad Pitt, her husband of two years and romantic partner since 2005, her attorney said on Tuesday, signaling the end of one of Hollywood's most glamorous and powerful couples. "This decision was made for the health of the family. She will not be commenting, and asks that the family be given its privacy at this time," attorney Robert Offer said in a statement.

'L.A. Confidential' director Curtis Hanson found dead at California home

Movie director Curtis Hanson, who won an Oscar for "L.A Confidential," was found dead in his California home on Tuesday, the Los Angeles Police Department said. He was 71. Paramedics found Hanson at his Hollywood Hills home at about 5 p.m. local time (0000 GMT). Hanson, who was pronounced dead at the scene, died of natural causes, a police spokeswoman said.

French actress Cotillard denies role in Jolie, Pitt split

French actress Marion Cotillard on Wednesday denied any involvement in the sudden split between Hollywood power couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, wishing that the two will "find peace," and confirming her pregnancy with her long-time partner. Cotillard, 40, posted a statement on her verified Instagram page a day after Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt, amid some media reports that Cotillard and Pitt may have been romantically involved.

Fairytale and army-inspired looks open Milan fashion week

A kaleidoscopic fairytale by Gucci and Fay's military-inspired looks opened Milan's womenswear fashion show on Wednesday with a display of clothing and accessories for spring and summer 2017. For the next six days the Italian capital of fashion will be the setting for runway shows, art exhibitions, boutique openings and events as fashionistas, buyers, designers and bloggers flock to the city from around the world.

Blunt embraces dark, damaged protagonist in 'Girl on the Train'

Happily married with two young children, actress Emily Blunt relished the opportunity to play a divorced, alcoholic, damaged protagonist in her latest thriller, "The Girl on the Train." Blunt, married to actor John Krasinski and known for embracing comedy in "The Devil Wears Prada," "The Five-Year Engagement" and "Into the Woods" told Reuters that she wanted the challenge of portraying something darker.

Poet behind book about U.S. racism wins 2016 'genius grant'

A poet whose work explores the casual racism in the United States toward African-Americans is among the 23 winners of $625,000 "genius grants," the U.S. organization awarding them said on Thursday. Claudia Rankine, 53, was joined in the honor by leaders in fields as varied as civil rights law and microbiology, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation said in a statement.

Feathers and nostalgia add glam to Prada spring collection

Retro trenchcoats, feathered cuffs and brightly colored patterns hinting at the 1960s and 70s were among the highlights of Prada's spring/summer women's wear collection in Milan on Thursday. Silk ensembles, colorful clutch bags and the Italian fashion house's signature handbags added to the mix.

After split, London's Madame Tussauds separates Jolie, Pitt wax figures

London's Madame Tussauds museum said on Wednesday it had separated its wax figure replicas of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt after the Hollywood power couple announced their split. Jolie's attorney said on Tuesday the actress had filed for divorce from Pitt, her romantic partner since 2005 and husband of two years.

Sexual abuse lawsuit against Cosby takes backseat to criminal case

The lawyer for a woman accusing Bill Cosby of sexual abuse in a California civil suit said on Tuesday she has canceled plans to take a sworn deposition from another woman listed as a potential witness against the comedian in a Pennsylvania criminal case. Attorney Gloria Allred said the criminal sexual assault case Cosby faces in suburban Philadelphia takes precedence over the lawsuit her client, Judy Huth, has brought against the 78-year-old entertainer in Los Angeles and could be undermined by the deposition in question.

Jesse & Joy, Djavan and Fonseca lead Latin Grammy nominations

From singers to engineers, an array of musical talent received Latin Grammy nominations on Wednesday, with artists Djavan, Fonseca, Jesse & Joy, producer Julio Reyes Copello and engineer Ricardo Lopez Lalinde leading the way with four nods each. Brazilian singer-songwriter Djavan's "Vidas Pra Contar," Mexican sibling duo Jesse & Joy's "Un Besito Mas" and Colombian singer Fonseca's "Conexion" will be vying for album of the year, the night's top prize, alongside seven other contenders.

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