Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Entertainment Briefs from the Canadian Press

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Entertainment Briefs from the Canadian Press

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Canadian Press Entertainment briefs

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Tuesday, Oct. 23

New Bond film 'Skyfall' gets royal world premiere

LONDON -- The latest James Bond movie was getting its world premiere in London on Tuesday, with Prince Charles on hand to give it a royal seal of approval.

Daniel Craig was the first of the film's stars to arrive at the screening at the Royal Albert Hall in central London, where he was joined by co-stars Judi Dench, Javier Bardem and Naomie Harris.

"Skyfall" is the 23rd official Bond film, and Craig's third outing as the suave superspy. Harris is Bond girl Eve, a field agent racked by self-doubt, Dench plays spy chief M, battling a crisis with roots in her past, and Bardem plays Raoul Silva, a Bond villain bent on revenge.

Some critics are hailing the Sam Mendes-directed "Skyfall" as one of the best Bond films of the half-a-century-old franchise.

"Skyfall" opens in Britain on Friday and in the U.S. on Nov. 9.

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Man claiming he was Britney Spears' manager testifies in defamation suit

LOS ANGELES -- A man who claims he was Britney Spears' manager has taken the witness stand in his Los Angeles defamation lawsuit against her parents.

Sam Lutfi claims he became the singer's personal manager during the years of her well-publicized meltdown and deserves millions for his work.

He's suing over a book in which Spears' mother portrayed him as a Svengali-like figure who gave the singer drugs.

Lutfi testified Tuesday that he met Spears in a nightclub in 2007 and they became friends.

Lutfi told jurors that Spears later texted and called him in "crisis mode" as she dealt with her divorce and child custody battle.

Lutfi also claims he helped rein in paparazzi who dogged Spears.

The judge, meanwhile, has barred admission of Spears' medical records as testimony, calling them irrelevant.

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Ontario's Stella Sisters sing on 'Nashville'

TORONTO -- Two young Ontario-raised sisters -- who've landed more than nine million YouTube views for their soulful performance of a Robyn tune while playing percussion with empty butter containers -- are set to sing for the first time on network television. …

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