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Shakira to sing at third World Cup closing ceremony

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Shakira also performed the official anthem of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa



Colombian pop star Shakira will perform at this year's World Cup closing ceremony, which takes place before the final in Rio de Janeiro on 13 July.

The singer will perform La La La (Brazil 2014) at the Maracana stadium.

It is her third consecutive appearance at a World Cup closing ceremony, after performing in South Africa in 2010 and in Germany in 2006.

Shakira, whose home team Colombia will face Brazil in the quarter-finals, said she was "thrilled" to be performing.

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Third time's a charm for 'American Idol' winner

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"American Idol XIII" finalists Jena Irene and Caleb Johnson and Host Ryan Seacrest during the "American Idol" finale at the Nokia Theatre on Wednesday, May 21, in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo: Michael Becker, FOX)

LOS ANGELES - Caleb Johnson auditioned for American Idol in two previous years and got cut both times. On Wednesday, the 23-year-old rocker from Asheville, N.C., won the show's 13th season, beating out 17-year-old Jena Irene for the title.

The season's two-hour finale opened with Johnson and Jena Irene together in the tiny booth where singers were held before first auditioning for the judges last fall. They emerged to step on the stage and perform a medley of Queen's We Will Rock You, No Doubt's Just a Girl and Bryan Adams and Tina Turner's It's Only Love, the final one with flame cannons going off behind them.

That performance was met with a standing ovation from the judges, including Harry Connick Jr., who may not have stood once for a performance this season. "The competition is officially over!" he told Ryan Seacrest. "I can stand!"

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Oscars : Poor Leo, Oscar selfies, and a Cumberbomb

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A celebrity-filled selfie posted by Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres has become the most retweeted image in Twitter's history - even briefly crashing the service.

The photo includes, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Bradley Cooper, and best supporting actress winner Lupita Nyong'o.

It took less than 40 minutes to beat the previous record for most tweeted image - a photo of Michelle and Barack Obama, posted on his re-election in 2012.

By the end of the Oscars ceremony, the celebrity selfie had been retweeted more than two million times.

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Oscars: Slave and Gravity share Academy spoils

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The cast and crew of 12 Years a Slave collect their Oscar for best picture


Historical drama 12 Years a Slave has won best picture at the 86th Academy Awards, while space drama Gravity won the lion's share of awards.

Gravity's Alfonso Cuaron became the first Latin American to win the best director award, adding to the film's six Oscars for technical achievement.

Cate Blanchett was named best actress for her portrayal of the heroine in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine.

Matthew McConaughey won the best actor Oscar for Dallas Buyers Club.

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James Avery of 'Fresh Prince' fame dies at 68

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James Avery. Photo Courtesy of Toni Benson


Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star James Avery has died from complications from open heart surgery in Glendale, his manager and publicist confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. Avery was 68.

Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Avery's TV son on the sitcom, broke the news on New Year's Day on social media. "I'm deeply saddened to say that James Avery has passed away. He was a second father to me. I will miss him greatly," the actor wrote on Twitter.

In a posting on Facebook, Ribeiro said, "The world has lost a truly special man."

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