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Simple Plan bassist skips European tour as he battles depression

TORONTO—Simple Plan bassist David Desrosiers says he’s taking a temporary leave from the pop-punk band as he fights depression. The musician posted a message to fans on his Instagram account saying he’s decided to bow out from the European leg of the band’s tour. Desrosiers says he’s long struggled with depression, which has forced him …

Blake Lively to lead film from ‘Big Little Lies’ author

LOS ANGELES — Blake Lively is set to star in an adaptation of the bestseller “The Husband’s Secret,” from “Big Little Lies” author Liane Moriarty. CBS Films said Thursday that Lively will play Cecilia Fitzpatrick in the film and also executive produce. The character is a model wife and mother who discovers an unopened letter …

Brad Pitt in Mumbai to promote ‘War Machine’

MUMBAI— Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt is in India to promote his latest film, the Netflix satire “War Machine”. Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan will be moderating a special chat session here with Pitt, in which the two actors will discuss the project. In the movie, the 53-year-old actor plays a US General posted in Afghanistan. …

‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5’ sails into new franchise waters

LOS ANGELES — Captain Jack Sparrow might be a household name, but despite the cultural clout, the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise has gone adrift. In some ways, it’s been a series of diminishing returns, and they’re not done yet. As the fifth film, “Dead Men Tell No Tales,” prepares to set sail Friday, it’s …

London premiere of ‘Wonder Woman’ is cancelled after attack

LONDON — The glitzy, star-filled London premiere of “Wonder Woman” has been scrapped following the terror attack in Manchester. Stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine and Robin Wright had been scheduled to walk a red carpet on May 31 to help welcome the super hero film to Europe. Warner Bros said in a statement Wednesday that …

Ariana Grande suspends world tour, cancels some Euro stops

NEW YORK — Ariana Grande suspended her Dangerous Woman world tour and cancelled several European shows Wednesday due to the deadly bombing at her concert in Manchester, England. Shows Thursday and Friday in London were cancelled, along with concerts through June 5 in Belgium, Poland, Germany and Switzerland. Refunds will be granted, the pop star’s …

Fox removes report from website about murdered DNC staffer

NEW YORK — Fox News says it has removed from its website a speculative story about the 2016 murder of Democratic National Committee employee Seth Rich because it “was not initially subjected to the high degree of editorial scrutiny we require for all our reporting.” The report, published a week earlier, quoted a private investigator …

GMA Network’s ‘Celebrity Bluff’ levels up with bigger and amazingly fun new season

The Filipinos’ favourite all-original Pinoy comedy game show is back! Beginning June 3 in the Middle East and North Africa, and June 4 in North America and Asia Pacific, Celebrity Bluff makes a big comeback with wholesome fun and exceptional entertainment for the whole family. This multi-awarded Kapuso game show returns to Filipino homes with …

Broken Social Scene Manchester Blast, Correction

MANCHESTER, United Kingdom—Canadian indie rock band Broken Social Scene has played the first show of their European tour in Manchester. The performance comes a day after a suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in the British city killed 22 people and wounded dozens more. The Toronto band headlined at Albert Hall on Tuesday night, …

Tom Cruise reveals ‘Top Gun 2’ to start filming soon

  SYDNEY, Australia — The Danger Zone may have gotten old and dusty, but Tom Cruise says he’s about to fly back in. The 54-year-old actor says the long-discussed sequel to “Top Gun” is a sure thing and should start shooting soon. Cruise made the announcement Wednesday in response to questions from anchors on the …