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Actress Joan Collins auctions gowns, jewelry and memorabilia

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NEW YORK – Gowns, jewelry and memorabilia owned by actress Joan Collins during a career that spanned decades will be sold later this month in Beverly Hills by Julien’s Auctions.

Highlights of the sale on Dec. 16 will include costumes Collins wore as Alexis Carrington Colby in the 1980s television drama “Dynasty,” couture dresses from the 1960s, vintage Louis Vuitton steamer trunks and a custom-made white fox and mink cape. 

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Eagles of Death Metal make emotional return to Paris hall after attacks

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PARIS Eagles of Death Metal, the band on stage when the deadliest of the Islamic State attacks in Paris took place on Nov. 13, made an emotional visit on Tuesday to the Bataclan concert hall where the shooting took place.

The gunmen stormed the hall while the band from California was performing, killing 89 people attending the concert.

Led by frontman Jesse Hughes, the group laid flowers, shed tears and hugged one another at the tribute site for the victims in front of the concert hall.

They received applause from a crowd of people gathered across the Boulevard Voltaire who braved the rain to be present for the event.

A Parisian named Corinne said a dull pain remained for those who were touched by the tragic attacks. “We feel really very sad. It was a lot of waste, so many young people who passed, who just wanted to have fun,” she said.

Bendjouaa Mansouri, who said he lived near the concert hall, said he still can’t wrap his head around what happened.

“It’s touching. I think of all those who fell here, and it shocks me horribly,” he said. “I knew two people who died … A young girl and the manager of a bar. All these young people who died here … It’s horrible, I don’t know why this would happen, this inhuman act.”

The Californian rock band also made a powerful appearance at a U2 concert at a packed AccorHotels Arena in Paris on Monday and gave a rendition of Patti Smith’s “People have the Power” before performing their own “I Love You All The Time.”

“Nothing left except to introduce you to some people whose lives will be forever part of Paris. These are our brothers, they were robbed of their stage three weeks ago,” U2 frontman Bono said at the end of the last gig of their Innocence and Experience tour.

The American band’s remaining European shows were cancelled in the wake of the attacks in Paris, which killed 130 people in all in shooting at Bataclan, a stadium and bars and restaurants.

Eagles of Death Metal, whose co-founder and Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme rarely tours with them, said after the shootings they wanted to be the first to perform there when it reopens. He was not at the Bataclan concert last month.

The managers of the Bataclan have said they hope to reopen the well-known venue by the end of next year.

(Writing by Julien Pretot and Felix Bate; Editing by Tom Heneghan)

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'Hangmen' brings gallows humor to London stage

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LONDON The latest play from Martin McDonagh, the British-Irish author best known for his dark film comedy “In Bruges”, gives a whole new meaning to the Swinging Sixties.

Set in the northern town of Oldham in 1965, the year Britain abolished capital punishment, “Hangmen” is a savagely funny look at professional killing and the story of one self-proclaimed “servant of the Crown” who wielded the rope.

Underpinning the piece is our knowledge, in hindsight, of serious miscarriages of justice from that era, a point McDonagh brings home with a stunning plot turn in which the worlds of state-sponsored execution and lynching collide.

Harry Wade, the fictional bow-tied hangman at the centre of the play, carries out his last official hanging in 1963 but the case of the condemned man, who goes to his death protesting his innocence, comes back to haunt him.

Two years on, Wade has swapped the lever on the gallows trap-door for pulling pints in a nicotine-brown pub, where he holds court about his glorious career to a seedy bunch of regulars.

His bombastic style is challenged, however, by the arrival of young man called Mooney, whose long hair, London drawl and southern ways rile the locals. The newcomer describes himself as “vaguely menacing” and duly starts to make trouble, leaving the audience guessing whether he is a clown or violent avenger.

The writing is consistently sharp and both David Morrissey as the bullying Wade and Johnny Flynn as the enigmatic Mooney give pitch-perfect performances.

There are plenty of laugh-out-loud lines as the dark subject matter clashes with the characters’ down-to-earth foibles, creating strong echoes of 1960s playwrights Joe Orton and Harold Pinter.

The play’s set also has a starring role, following a remarkable transition from an opening scene showing a neon-lit cell to Wade’s smoky pub.

McDonagh, a master of menace and violence, has recently devoted more of his time to film, following up the 2008 success of “In Bruges” with “Seven Psychopaths” in 2012.

“Hangmen” transferred to the Wyndham’s Theatre in the West End of London this month after opening to rave reviews in September at the Royal Court, a long-time promoter of new drama.

(Editing by Estelle Shirbon)

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