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Holly to Bolly: Kevin Spacey will host Broadway’s Tony Awards, Keira Knightley signs on for new Pirates film, and more

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Actor Kevin Spacey will host Broadway’s Tony Awards, the year’s honours for actors on stage

This is the first time Spacey will host the event, which will take place in New York on June 11. Recent hosts Neil Patrick Harris, Hugh Jackman and James Corden all won raves from critics but apparently were unavailable to do the honours again this year.

“I was their second choice for Usual Suspects, fourth choice for American Beauty, and 15th choice to host this year’s Tony Awards,” Spacey joked. “I think my career is definitely going in the right direction. Maybe I can get shortlisted to host the Oscars if everyone else turns it down,” he added. Spacey, 57, is himself a Tony winner for Lost in Yonkers and he currently stars in the Netflix political drama House of Cards. He also served for 10 years as artistic director of London’s Old Vic theatre company. — Reuters

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Keira Knightley signs on for new Pirates film

Keira Knightley will return to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise in its new, fifth film. The trailer was released this week confirming that Knightly be reprising her role as Elizabeth Swann, reports The Daily Mail. This will come as welcome news for fans as she has not appeared in the popular swashbuckling film series since its third instalment back in 2007. In the new promo clip for Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Knightley makes very brief appearance staring wistfully at the ocean, clad in a typical period floral gown. — The National Staff

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Bollywood film song already a hit

The new song for the Bollywood film Half Girlfriend is proving to be a hit, since it was released on Tuesday. Titled Phir bhi tumko chaahunga, the song features vocals by Arijit Singh and is composed by Mithoon, reports The Times of India. The soulful number talks about the deep love between Madhav Jha (played by Arjun Kapoor) and Riya Somani (Shraddha Kapoor). Talking about the anticipation that surrounded the track before its release, director Mohit Suri said: “I’m taken aback by the quantum of love and the amount of anticipation around the song. As my reciprocation, I’d like to present the song to my audiences sooner than scheduled. Mithoon, Arijit and me are overwhelmed by all the love.”

Half Girlfriend is an adaptation of Chetan Bhagat’s popular novel by the same name and will be released on May 19. — The National Staff

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Drake’s Southern Californai house gets raided

An intruder broke into rapper Drake’s home in Southern California house, but only raided the fridge. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department released a statement saying that had a arrested 24-year-old woman named Mesha Collins inside the home of Drake, whose real name is Aubrey Graham. Deputies called to the house found Collins inside a locked room surrounded by opened water and soda bottles from the house. There was no evidence she took anything else or did any damage. She was arrested for entering a residence with intent to steal the victim’s property and is being held on bail. — Associated Press

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