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Grammy winner Gregory Porter says family keep him grounded with chores

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LONDON Gregory Porter has won a Grammy Award and performed for Britain’s royal family at Buckingham Palace, but the jazz singer says his family know just how to keep his feet firmly on the ground — by getting him to do household chores.

“I was at my house the other day. My sister was there … and she made me take the trash out,” Porter told Reuters in an interview. “She doesn’t care about no Grammy, about no long tours, about the Queen, none of it.”

Known for wearing a flat cap that covers the sides of his face — a look he says he adopted after skin surgery — the singer, who cites blues, gospel and soul music as inspiration, has won fans in the United States and Europe with his velvety vocals.

His album “Liquid Spirit” was released in 2013 landing in the UK top 10 and scooping a Grammy for best jazz vocal album. A special edition is re-released on Nov. 27.

“We’re coming up on a million sales, so yeah people like it,” he said.

Porter was in London this month to perform at the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall, which pays tribute to fallen soldiers and service members.

“(I have done) all kinds of gigs but the one constant thing that really doesn’t change is my approach,” he said.

“I would do the same show that I would do in a 100-seat jazz club as I would do at the Royal Albert Hall.”

He won a new fans when he joined forces with British electronic music duo Disclosure for “Holding On”. He says Sting and Adele are among singers he would like to collaborate with.

“I would love to do something with Sting,” he said.

“He has some songs that are jazz songs, they’re just straight up smooth beautiful jazz ballads.”

(Reporting By Jane Witherspoon; Writing by Marie-Louise Gumuchian; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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Pay attention 007: In India, you can kill – but don't kiss

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Entertainment | Thu Nov 19, 2015 6:11pm IST

MUMBAI |

MUMBAI If the Indian censors have their way, James Bond can make liberal use of his licence to kill. But he’ll have to cut back on the kissing – by exactly half.

The latest installment of the 007 franchise, “Spectre”, will be released on Friday with heavy cuts after censors deemed the romantic encounters between Daniel Craig, and co-stars Monica Belluci and Lea Seydoux, inappropriate for the viewing public.

“The committee which was to certify the film thought some of the kissing scenes were too long,” said a source familiar with the application to the censors, who asked Sony Pictures cut the kissing scenes by 50 percent.

“The studio either had the choice to accept the cuts or apply for an A certificate, which significantly cuts down reach and exhibition.”

The Censor Board is controlled by India’s nationalist government and has turned a disapproving eye on films with steamy sex scenes.

It is currently headed by Pahlaj Nihalani, a Bollywood producer who made a campaign video for Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year, and released another promotional video for him last week.

Its ruling has been panned by critics on social media, who accuse it of serving the government’s conservative moral agenda, stifling freedom of expression. Nihalani could not be reached for comment.

Under Indian law, films with an A – or adult – certificate can’t be shown on TV. India still accounts for a fraction of Hollywood’s revenues, but franchises like James Bond and the Avengers can beat Bollywood’s own productions at the box office.

“50 Shades of Grey”, the film based on E.L. James’s erotic novel, was never released in India even after the studio cut every sex scene. The board rejected it on the basis that the language used in the film was inappropriate.

(Editing by Douglas Busvine and Sanjeev Miglani)

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The pouts are back: "Zoolander" sequel trailer released

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When actors Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson made a surprise return to the catwalk at Paris fashion week in March, movie fans instantly knew the 2001 hit comedy “Zoolander” was getting a sequel.Paramount pictures have now released the trailer, offering a first look at the ongoing adventures of the hapless male models Derek (Stiller) and Hansel (Wilson).The original, which was a spin-off of a VH-1 skit by Stiller, told the story of Derek, who teams up with his arch-nemesis Hansel to thwart a plan by the evil fashion mogul Mugatu (Will Ferrell) using only their skills at modelling.Stiller once again writes and directs the sequel which sees the models face off against Mugatu a second time and features appearances by big celebrity names such as Penelope Cruz, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kristen Wiig, Justin Bieber, Kanye West and Lewis Hamilton.Also back are the models’ signature poses, with “Le Tigre”, “Magnum” and “Blue Steel” all featuring in the trailer.”Zoolander 2″ goes on release globally from mid-February.

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