From Holly to Bolly: Angelina Jolie makes family announcement, Drake doesn’t want his Grammy awards and more

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Angelina Jolie says “we are and forever will be a family”

Angelina Jolie says she and her family have been going through a "difficult time" since the break-up of her marriage to Brad Pitt, but added hopefully they would come out "stronger for it". Jolie has been promoting her new movie, First They Killed My Father, and spoke about her personal struggles during a recent interview with BBC World News. The film is set in Cambodia and based on the life of author and human rights activist Loung Ung, who was a child during the Khmer Rouge regime of the 1970s. Jolie directed the film and co-wrote the screenplay with Loung. Jolie, who has custody of her six children with Pitt, said that "we are and forever will be a family" and that having faith was how she was "coping." - Associated Press


Drake doesn’t want his Grammy awards

Drake, the world's top-selling artist last year, has accused the Grammys of pigeonholing him as a rapper because he is black and said he does not want his latest awards. Drake won the Grammys for Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Performance for Hotline Bling at the Grammys earlier this month. He voiced dismay that his song One Dance, which is Spotify's all-time, most-streamed song, was passed over for nominations. For the Grammys, "I'm a black artist. I'm apparently a rapper, even though Hotline Bling is not a rap song," said Drake, who rarely gives interviews. "The only category that they can manage to fit me in is in a rap category, maybe because I've rapped in the past or because I'm black." The Toronto artist, who rose to fame in the hip-hop world, said that his biggest hits were "pop songs, but I never get any credit for that. I want to be like Michael Jackson; I want to be like artists that I looked up to. I won two awards but I don't even want them because it feels weird to me." Drake did not attend this year's Grammys, in part because he was touring Europe. * Agence France-Presse


Moonlight, Arrival and more win at Writers Guild Awards

The screenplay for Moonlight and the scripts for The Americans and Atlanta were among the winners of this year's Writers Guild Awards. Barry Jenkins' script for the Oscar-nominated Moonlight won the Guild prize for best original screenplay. Oscar nominee Eric Heisserer of Arrival won for best adapted screenplay. Best documentary screenplay went to Command and Control, based on a telescript by Robert Kenner and Eric Schlosser and story by Brian Pearle and Kim Roberts. The awards were presented in New York and Los Angeles by the Writers Guild of America, West and East. The Americans featured a team of seven writers and won for best television drama series. Best comedy went to Atlanta and its team of five writers, including Donald Glover and Stephen Glover. -AP


Nollywood film The Wedding Party putting Nigerian cinema in the spotlight

Nollywood film The Wedding Party has shown Nigerian cinema at the top of its game, with its success at the box office taking it to new audiences across Africa and the world. Nigeria may well be in recession but Nollywood, which churns out about 2,000 films a year and is the world's second-biggest film industry outside India, has never been healthier. The Wedding Party is a madcap comedy telling the story of the marriage of Dunny and Dozie, despite the misgivings of their families' rivalries. One family is Igbo and the other Yoruba, two of the main ethnic groups in Nigeria. The film's director, Kemi Adetiba, admitted that she hadn't expected it to be so successful. In the two months since its release, the film, which is still showing in cinemas, has already generated 400 million naira (Dh 4.6 million), shattering the west African nation's previous record. -AFP


David Cassidy struggling with memory loss

Former Partridge Family star David Cassidy says he's struggling with memory loss. The 66-year-old actor-singer says his family has a history of dementia and he had sensed "this was coming." He says for now he wants to stay focused and "enjoy life." Cassidy has had numerous personal problems in the decades following his initial success, ranging from substance abuse to bankruptcy. He's the stepson of actress and fellow Partridge Family star Shirley Jones. -AP


Robin Hood movie being filmed in Croatia

After hosting Star Wars and Game of Thrones, Croatia's Adriatic resort of Dubrovnik has been transformed into medieval Nottingham for a Leonardo DiCaprio-produced adaptation of Robin Hood. With a budget of between $70 and 100 million, Robin Hood: Origins is set to be the most expensive movie ever filmed in the country. British actor Taron Egerton stars as Robin and Oscar-winning Jamie Foxx portrays Little John in the film, which is directed by Britain's Otto Bathurst. Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way Productions is one of the producers. For the next two weeks the crew will shoot in the historic streets and port of the popular tourist city, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site and former Renaissance trading power and cultural centre. The movie is set to be released in the United States in March, 2018. -AFP


Akshay Kumar tweets about upcoming film

After wrapping up the film Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, Akshay Kumar has treated his fans with the first look of the movie which he describes as a "unique love story". Along with an image of himself and co-star Bhumi Pednekar, Kumar tweeted, "With the wrap of Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, treating you guys to a still from the film. Keshav and Jaya's unique love story coming to you on June 2." They feature as a bride and groom, with Kumar flaunting a mustard suit, a turban and a garland of money, and Pednekar in red bridal attire. A satirical love story, the movie is directed by Shree Narayan Singh and produced by Aruna Bhatia, Plan C Studios and Abundantia. It is the first movie together for Kumar and Pednekar. -IANS