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Oscars: Slave and Gravity share Academy spoils

12 Years a Slave team on stage at the Oscars

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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AIM 20 2013 : Yuna reclaimed dignity, 'Lelaki' recognized as Best Song

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KUALA LUMPUR: Singer Yuna redeemed herself this year, after a tarnished reputation from AIM-18, when her song 'Lelaki' won in the major categories of Best Song and Best Pop Song at the 20th Music Industry Awards last Saturday night.

Yuna's win at AIM 18 was due to errors in judging.

The night however, belonged to Hafiz when his album ' Luahan Hati Anak Seni ' won in the main categories of Best Album and Best Recorded Album.

Hafiz also took home the trophy for Best Male Vocal Performance In A Song via the same album, while Dayang Nurfaizah ended her victory drought by winning in the category of Best Female Vocal Performance In A Song.
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‘Fast and the Furious’ actor Paul Walker dies in fiery car crash

Tragic accident: Representatives for actor Paul Walker have confirmed that the star died in a car accident this afternoon
Tragic accident: Representatives for actor Paul Walker have confirmed that the star died in a car accident this afternoon Tragic accident: Representatives for actor Paul Walker have confirmed that the star died in a car accident Saturday afternoon

Fast & Furious actor Paul Walker died in a car crash this afternoon when his friend lost control of a Porsche GT and collided with a telegraph pole. 

The star's representatives and official Facebook page confirmed his death this evening.
 
Walker, 40, was a passenger in the high-powered super-car when it spun out of control in Santa Clarita at 3:30pm today.

The actor was giving rides in his new Porche when the accident occurred.
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