At Amboise, Leonardo’s last years paint a picture of Franco-Italian harmony

Commemorations for Leonardo da Vinci’s 500th anniversary begin this week in Amboise, in the Loire Valley, with France and Italy setting aside recent tensions to honor the memory of the Renaissance genius in the town where he spent his final years.


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Fed’s Beige Book Paints Positive Picture But With Notable Caveats

A report released by the Federal Reserve on Wednesday said U.S. economic activity expanded at a slight-to-moderate pace in March and early April. The report, known as the Beige Book, is a compilation of anecdotal evidence on economic conditions in the twelve Fed districts.
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Israeli Beresheet spacecraft snaps picture moments before crashing into moon

Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft snapped a stunning picture of the moon moments before it crashed into the lunar surface Thursday. The spacecraft experienced an engine problem seconds before it was expected to reach the moon. Beresheet was just a few hundred feet above the lunar surface when Mission Control in Yehud, Israel, lost contact with the…
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Today in Movie Culture: Thanos Reviews the Best Picture Nominees, the True Stories of ‘BlacKkKlansman’ and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and More

Today in Movie Culture: Thanos Reviews the Best Picture Nominees, the True Stories of ‘BlacKkKlansman’ and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and More

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Oscar Nominees Recap of the Day:

The Oscars are just a few days away, and for the occasion, the animated web series Villain Pub got Thanos from Avengers: Infinity War to comment on all the Best Picture contenders, including A Star is Born, Green Book and fellow Marvel movie Black Panther:

 

Actor in the Spotlight

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Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom hint at engagement with ring picture

The ‘Californian Gurls’ singer and the ‘Lord of the Rings’ actor are seen showing off a ring in a photo posted on both their Instagram accounts, a day after Valentine’s Day. Rough cut (no reporter narration).


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Here’s Your 2019 Oscars Ballot, Plus: Where To Watch Every Best Picture Nominee

Here's Your 2019 Oscars Ballot, Plus: Where To Watch Every Best Picture Nominee

As Oscar night approaches, we at Fandango want you to be able to enjoy this year's Academy Awards to the fullest. Hosting an Oscars party? Want a way to keep track of all your predictions? We've created this handy Oscars ballot that you can print out and use at home when the show airs live on ABC this February 24. 

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If you still need to play catch-up when it comes to watching this year's Best…

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This Meghan Markle throwback picture is everything

So much love for this

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Meghan Markle was the most Googled person of 2018, and it’s hardly surprising – the world watches her every move. Since announcing that she is expecting her first child with Prince Harry, the spotlight has been well and truly on her. Everybody wants to know about her pregnancywhat they’ll call their little one, and whether or not she’s using vegan paint in the nursery (she is).

But since marrying into the royal family, Meghan has deleted all traces of her online presence. She ditched Instagram (although it glitched back in December and we got to see all of her selfies again for a few short minutes), and she also shut down her blog.

So while she’s living a social media-free existence, many of her fans have their eyes on the accounts of her friends and family. Just last month, a friend shared a photo of his brunch with Meghan and it made headlines.

And now, an old friend has shared a throwback picture that will satisfy every Meghan fan out there.

Actress Katharine McPhee used to perform in musicals alongside the Duchess, and she made a joke online about how their lives are basically the same.

‘Meghan and I did musicals together as kids,’ she wrote. ‘She grew up to be the Duchess of Sussex and I grew up to star on the West End, so same life if you ask me. #TBT.’

Lol.

Next month, Katharine will be starring in Waitress, a West End musical, so perhaps they could catch up over avo toast.

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Picture Proof! Katharine McPhee, Duchess Meghan ‘Did Musicals Together’ as Kids

Just two little girls with big dreams! Katharine McPhee posted a throwback picture on Thursday, January 31, that showed — and revealed — that she and  Duchess Meghan go way back before fame.

“Meghan and I did musicals together as kids,” the American Idol alum, 34, captioned the old photo that shows both she and the Suits alum, 37, decked out in green theatre costumes with bright red lipstick.

McPhee added: “She grew up to be the Duchess of Sussex and I grew up to star on the West End, so same life if you ask me. #TBT.”

Fellow Idol alum Mandisa Hundley could barely contain her excitement in the comments section of the post. “What?! That’s crazy!” the Christian singer, 42, gushed. While some followers asked McPhee to spill the beans on what musical they starred in together, others were curious for more information on their friendship.

And though both McPhee and Meghan’s past work helped lead them to successful careers, their lives now are significantly different.

Meghan — who starred on the hit USA drama series from 2011 to 2018 — is now part of the British royal family after marrying Prince Harry in May 2018. She and the former military pilot, 34, announced in October 2018 that they’re expecting their first child together.

“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019,” a statement from Kensington Palace read at the time. “Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public.”

The Waitress star, for her part, is in the wedding planning process with fiancé David Foster. The record producer popped the question to McPhee in July 2018 during a romantic Italian getaway. “David and Katharine are leaning toward a small wedding,” an insider told Us Weekly earlier this month, noting that nothing is for certain yet. “They haven’t done any major planning yet, or even set a date.”

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Record Store Day, Black Friday: From Weezer’s ‘Africa’ Picture Disc to the Dead’s One-Song LP

Deck the turntable spindles with very, very tiny boughs of holly. It’s time for the semi-annual Record Store Day — the smaller, but still mighty, Black Friday edition — as 157 exclusive releases hit indie music shops the day after Thanksgiving. (An additional four are being held back for Small Business Saturday.) If you’re a […]

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