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Italy, Chile Co-produce ‘The Wealth of the World’

In deals forged during Ventana Sur, Chile’s Naira Films has secured the backing of Italy’s Keep Digging Prod. and Chile’s “Perro Bomba” producer Infractor Films to complete the financing of their Chilean independence war film “The Wealth of the World” (“La Riqueza del mundo”). The feature debut of artist-painter Simon Farriol is now being edited with a release slated for the second half of next year.

Set in 1814, “The Wealth of the World” pivots on a peasant (played by “To Kill a Man’s” Daniel Candia) rendered deaf by a bullet, and a soldier blinded during the war who become unlikely partners as they flee through a menacing war-ravaged countryside peopled with unusual characters.

It is, in a way, an expanded version of Farriol’s short “Un Hombre en la tierra de Dios,” (“A Man on God’s Earth”), a 2015 Cannes Short Film Corner selection, which follows a soldier as he

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Billie Eilish cancels entire Where Do We Go? World Tour

Billie Eilish has cancelled her entire 2021 ‘Where Do We Go?’ World Tour.



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The 18-year-old pop superstar previously axed the March dates of her tour due to the coronavirus pandemic, but had been hoping the situation would have improved enough for her to head back out on the road later this year with a European tour scheduled to begin in early July.

The ‘Therefore I Am’ hitmaker then decided to postpone the shows until 2021, starting in March.

However, she and her team have now decided to call off the whole run and provide refunds to her fans.

In a statement posted on her social media pages, the Grammy-winner announced: “hi guys

“i wish that I could have seen you on tour this year. i’ve missed performing for you and being on stage so much i can’t even tell you.

“we’ve tried as many different

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a fascinating journey around the world of TV themes

The Sound of TV with Neil Brand

9pm, BBC Four

Examining the world of TV music, composer Neil Brand opens his new series with a fascinating examination of the television theme tune – from the eerie electronic sound of the Doctor Who theme, to Coronation Street’s brass band and Game of Thrones’ epic orchestrations. First, Brand meets Simon May, the creator of the EastEnders theme, and revisits his childhood favourite Bagpuss. Then, collector Jonny Trunk takes us through his catalogue of library music. Ammar Kalia

Grayson’s Art Club Exhibition

8pm, Channel 4

Following his six-part series aired in the last lockdown and encouraging the public stuck at home to get creating, potter Grayson Perry now takes viewers behind the scenes of an exhibition opening at the Manchester Art Gallery featuring the best of the public’s Art Club works. AK

Walking Britain’s Lost Railways

8pm, Channel 5

Rob Bell follows more

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Billie Eilish Refunds Fans for ‘Where Do We Go?’ World Tour After Postponing Due to Pandemic

Billie Eilish is refunding fans who held tickets for her “WHERE DO WE GO?” World Tour nine months after postponing the concerts because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.



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In a statement shared on Twitter Thursday, the 18-year-old Grammy winner said that her team “tried as many different scenarios as possible for the tour but none are possible and, although i know so many of you want to hold onto your tickets and vip passes, the best thing we can do for everyone is to get the money back into your hands as soon as we can.”

Eillish, who is set to perform next week at iHeart Radio’s virtual Jingle Ball, added that she has missed performing and being on stage this year.

“i love you so much,” she added to fans, encouraging everyone to “stay safe, drink lots of water, wear

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Coronavirus live news: US records highest daily deaths since April; Obama, Bush and Clinton offer to get vaccines on TV | World news

Hundreds of thousands of masked students in South Korea, including 35 confirmed Covid-19 patients, took the highly competitive university entrance exam today despite the viral resurgence that has forced authorities to toughen social distancing rules.

About 493,430 students were taking the one-day exam at about 1,380 sites across the nation, including hospitals and other medical facilities where the 35 virus patients and hundreds of other test-takers in self-quarantine sat separately from others, according to the education ministry.

South Korean students take their College Scholastic Ability Test at a school in Seoul, South Korea.

South Korean students take their College Scholastic Ability Test at a school in Seoul, South Korea. Photograph: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

The annual exam, called “suneung,” or the College Scholastic Ability Test, is crucial for many students. Job prospects and social standing can often depend on which university you graduate from.

This year’s exam had been originally scheduled for November but were delayed due to the virus outbreak. Experts say on-and-off online classes have

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Coronavirus live news: US sees highest daily deaths since April; Obama, Bush and Clinton offer to get vaccines on TV | World news





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Chinese Embassy Says Australia ‘Misread’ Offending Social Media Post | World News

SYDNEY (Reuters) – China’s embassy in Australia said politicians there had “misread” a tweet showing a digitally-altered image of an Australian soldier holding a bloodied knife to the throat of an Afghan child, and were trying to stoke nationalism.

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday called the tweet posted by China’s foreign ministry spokesman, Zhao Lijian, “truly repugnant”, and called for an apology.

On Tuesday the tweet was pinned to the top of Zhao’s social media account, and China’s Global Times newspaper, known for nationalistic views, interviewed the Chinese artist who created the image.

“The rage and roar of some Australian politicians and media is nothing but misreading of and overreaction to Mr Zhao’s tweet,” the Chinese embassy in Canberra said in a statement on Tuesday.

Australia’s Foreign Affairs and Trade secretary had called ambassador Cheng Jingye on Monday to complain about the social media post, it confirmed, adding

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651 ARTS World Premieres Groundbreaking New Film MEMOIRS OF A… UNICORN

651 ARTS World Premieres Groundbreaking New Film MEMOIRS OF A... UNICORN

651 ARTS, Brooklyn’s premier institution for the African Diasporic performing arts, presents the world premiere of a groundbreaking new film – Memoirs of a…Unicorn: A BLUEPRINT – exploring the experimental collaging of intimate encounters and experiences in the three year journey of the dance installation Memoirs of a… Unicorn by choreographer Marjani Forté-Saunders and composer Everett Saunders. The film will premiere on Thursday, December 3rd at 7pm EST//4pm PST with showings on December 4th and 5th at 8pm EST/ 5pm PST.

Sitting at the intersections of documentary and experimental art, Memoirs of a… Unicorn: A BLUEPRINT offers a multi-sensory visual experience and interpretation of the internal processes and dreams at the core of the original dance piece. Weaving sound and media to offer historic and personal narratives between father and daughter, the original work was inspired by Marjani’s father’s life in Arkansas and explores the tenants of identity, fatherhood and

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The world is one big reality TV show now. And we’re all out of the loop | Culture

A meme page incredulously asks if the Travis Scott x McDonald’s collab is real. True, the idea of McDonald’s selling a Travis Scott-branded McNugget body pillow seems absurd. But ultimately it’s not so much a glitch in the algorithm as a glitch in the simulation. There are so many scams and deepfakes floating in the feed. When you make a risque joke about period panties, Thinx replies. One subtweet and you’ve elicited the attention of a bored social media manager. They’re desperate to loop you into a post-relevant conversation about a forgotten brand from 2015.

These little micro-viral moments remind you that no one is in The Loop any more. There are simply too many loops going on at once. You get this feeling most intensely when you’re somewhere like Dimes Square in New York or Soma in San Francisco –hot little brand crucibles. “You don’t listen to X podcast?”

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Giant Arecibo radio telescope collapses in Puerto Rico | World news

A huge radio telescope in Puerto Rico that has played a key role in astronomical discoveries for more than half a century collapsed on Tuesday, officials said.

The telescope’s 900-ton receiver platform fell onto the reflector dish more than 400 feet below.

The US National Science Foundation had earlier announced that the Arecibo Observatory would be closed. An auxiliary cable snapped in August, causing a 100ft gash on the 1,000ft-wide (305m) reflector dish and damaged the receiver platform that hung above it. Then a main cable broke in early November.

The collapse stunned many scientists who had relied on what was until recently the largest radio telescope in the world.

“It’s a huge loss,” said Carmen Pantoja, an astronomer and professor at the University of Puerto Rico who used the telescope for her doctorate. “It was a chapter of my life.”

Scientists worldwide had been petitioning US officials and others

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