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Walt Disney buys Murdoch’s Fox for $52bn

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Walt Disney says it is to buy 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets for $52.4bn (£39bn).

The deal includes Fox’s 39% stake in satellite broadcaster Sky, and the 20th Century Fox film studio, Disney announced.

Fox’s remaining assets, including Fox News and Sports, will form a new company.

The deal ends more than half a century of media expansion by Fox owner Rupert Murdoch, who is 86 years old.

He turned a single Australian newspaper he inherited from his father at the age of 21 into one of the world’s largest news and film empires.

Mr Murdoch’s shift to selling assets rather than buying them has come as a surprise to those who expected him to hand over the businesses to his sons, James and Lachlan.

It is not clear how the deal will be received by US antitrust regulators.

The US Department of Justice recently sued to block AT&T’s $85.4bn deal to buy Time Warner, on the basis that it will raise prices for consumers and competitors.

Fox’s proposed deal to buy the remainder of Sky is being already investigated by the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), which is due to publish provisional findings in January.

The BBC understands that the Disney deal will not alter that investigation.

Disney chief executive Bob Iger will remain in his role until the end of 2021.

Fox is selling assets including its FX and National Geographic cable channels and media company Star India.

Disney also will buy Fox’s stake in the Hulu video streaming service, giving it majority control of a competitor to Netflix.

Hulu is also partially owned by Comcast and Time Warner.

The deal will also add to Disney’s huge back catalogue, with high-grossing films such as the original Star Wars movie, Avatar and Deadpool, as well as TV hits including The Simpsons.

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Oprah Winfrey to receive top Golden Globe honour

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Image caption Oprah Winfrey’s self-titled chat show was one of the US’s most-watched programmes

US television star Oprah Winfrey has been announced as the next recipient of the prestigious Cecil B DeMille award.

Golden Globes head Meher Tatna said: “For generations, Oprah has celebrated strong female characters on and off screen, and has been a role model for women and young girls for decades.”

Oprah’s honour was announced by actor Morgan Freeman – who won the same prize in 2012.

She will receive her award at January’s Golden Globes awards.

They are voted for by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HPFA).

The Oprah Winfrey Show was one of the most-watched programmes in US history.

Tatna described her as “one of the most influential women of our time”.

The prize is presented annually at the Golden Globes ceremony, recognising “a talented individual who has made an incredible impact on the world of entertainment”.

Tatna described Oprah as a “global media leader, philanthropist, producer and actress”, adding: “She has created an unparalleled connection with people around the world, making her one of the most respected and admired figures today.”

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Previous DeMille award winners include last year’s recipient, Meryl Streep, along with Audrey Hepburn, Barbra Streisand, Denzel Washington, George Clooney, Harrison Ford, Sidney Poitier and Martin Scorsese.

Along with her famous chat show, Winfrey has also enjoyed a career as an actress, including an Oscar-nominated role in Steven Spielberg’s The Color Purple, in 1986.

She also starred in The Butler and Selma, which she produced.

Oprah is also well-known for her charity work – this year marks the 10th anniversary of The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa.

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Harry Potter gets a weird new chapter from a computer

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The Harry Potter series may have finished, but the boy wizard has got another chapter.

Harry Potter and the Portrait of What Looked Like a Large Pile of Ash is a new story created by a predictive keyboard.

“He saw Harry and immediately began to eat Hermione’s family,” runs one line from the ridiculous – and funny – tale.

It was created by the team at Botnik, who fed all seven books through their computer programme.

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The story is proving popular among Potter fans on social media, with Botnik’s tweet getting more than 80,000 likes.

And fans are sharing lines from it.

“Harry tore his eyes from his head and threw them into the forest.

“Voldemort raised his eyebrows at Harry, who could not see anything at the moment.”

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The Harry Potter author JK Rowling is yet to give her thoughts on it publicly.

The story begins fairly sensibly.

“The castle grounds snarled with a wave of magically magnified wind.”

But it soon descends into wonderful nonsense.

“‘Not so handsome now’, thought Harry as he dipped Hermione in hot sauce.”

J. K. Rowling posing with her Companion of Honour medal, which she won this week.

Image caption J. K. Rowling was made a Companion of Honour by the Royal Family this week

Botnik describe themselves as “a community of writers, artists and developers building and using machine tools to remix and transform language”.

The predictive keyboard on their site has let people generate text in the style of famous people including Justin Bieber, Adele and Drake.

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Bryn Terfel is the latest star to quit Tosca

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Image caption Bryn Terfel said he was “extremely disappointed” to be cancelling his performances

Bryn Terfel has pulled out of the Met Opera’s production of Tosca, to take “enforced rest due to vocal fatigue”.

His departure means the ill-fated production, which is due to open in two weeks, has lost its entire main cast.

First to go was star tenor Jonas Kaufmann, followed by soprano Kristine Opolais, who had the title role.

Her husband, conductor Andris Nelsons, was next to go. His replacement, James Levine, was then suspended following allegations of sexual misconduct.

Three men have now accused Mr Levine of abusing them decades ago when they were teenagers.

Levine has said sexual misconduct allegations against him are “unfounded”.

‘Terrible shame’

The Met Opera’s production will go ahead with Emmanuel Villaume leading the orchestra.

Terfel, who had been scheduled to play the villainous Scarpia, will be replaced by Zeljko Lucic, who previously played the role at the Met in 2015.

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“I am extremely disappointed to have to cancel these performances,” said Terfel in a statement.

“I was particularly happy to be returning to the Metropolitan Opera with this exciting new staging, and it is a terrible shame not to be a part of it.”

The Welsh baritone has also withdrawn from concerts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in February.

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Super Size Me star admits sexual misconduct

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Image caption Morgan Spurlock made his name with the documentary Super Size Me, which looked at the effects of eating fast food

US documentary film-maker Morgan Spurlock has publicly confessed to a history of sexual misconduct, referring to himself as “part of the problem”.

Spurlock, who made the hit film Super Size Me, wrote on Twitter that he had been accused of rape and had paid to settle a claim of sexual harassment.

He also admitted cheating on “every wife and girlfriend I have ever had”.

The US entertainment industry has been rocked by claims of sexual abuse and harassment going back decades.

In a lengthy statement, Spurlock said that after months of such revelations he had come to the conclusion that “I am not some innocent bystander, I am also a part of the problem”.

“As I sit around watching hero after hero, man after man, fall at the realisation of their past indiscretions, I don’t sit by and wonder ‘who will be next?’ I wonder, ‘when will they come for me?’,” he wrote.

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I am Part of the Problem

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He said the allegations of rape took place at college. It did not lead to charges or investigations but he said the woman had written about the incident in a story writing class and had named Spurlock.

The settlement for alleged harassment involved a female employee and took place about eight years ago, he said.

“It wasn’t a gropy, feely harassment. It was verbal, and it was just as bad,” he wrote.

“I would call my female assistant ‘hot pants’ or ‘sex pants’ when I was yelling to her from the other side of the office. Something I thought was funny at the time, but then realised I had completely demeaned and belittled her to a place of non-existence.”

Spurlock, 47, said that when the woman decided to leave she asked for a settlement in return for her silence.

“Being who I was, it was the last thing I wanted, so of course I paid,” he said.

“I paid for peace of mind. I paid for her silence and co-operation. Most of all, I paid so I could remain who I was.”

‘I will do better’

Spurlock said he himself had been the victim of sexual abuse as a boy and a teenager, and also had a longstanding drink problem.

“I haven’t been sober for more than a week in 30 years, something our society doesn’t shun or condemn but which only served to fill the emotional hole inside me and the daily depression I coped with,” he wrote.

Spurlock said he hoped that by “recognising and openly admitting what I’ve done to further this terrible situation, I hope to empower the change within myself”.

“We should all find the courage to admit we’re at fault,” he said.

“I will do better. I will be better. I believe we all can.”

Responding to messages on Twitter, Spurlock said he was “seeking help”.

Fresh claims of sexual misconduct against entertainment industry figures have been appearing on an almost daily basis for weeks. The revelations have sparked the #MeToo movement in which women have come forward with their stories.

Actress Salma Hayek recently alleged that Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed and threatened her, describing him as a rage-fuelled “monster”.

Dozens of actresses, including Rose McGowan, Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow, have accused Weinstein of harassment or assault.

Weinstein denies all allegations of non-consensual sex.

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Super Size Me’s Spurlock admits sexual misconduct

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The US filmmaker posted the confession online in a blog post titled “I am Part of the Problem”, saying that he was once accused of rape and settled a sexual harassment claim.

The 47-year-old wrote: “As I sit around watching hero after hero, man after man, fall at the realisation of their past indiscretions, I don’t sit by and wonder “who will be next?” I wonder, “when will they come for me?”

“You see, I’ve come to understand after months of these revelations, that I am not some innocent bystander, I am also a part of the problem.”

I am Part of the Problem

Read: https://t.co/MfRAtm3fcv

— Morgan Spurlock (@MorganSpurlock) December 14, 2017

He detailed a sexual encounter in college after which a friend had told him that the woman he had slept with had accused him of rape.

“I was floored. ‘That’s not what happened!’ I told her. This wasn’t how I remembered it at all,” he said.

“In my mind, we’d been drinking all night and went back to my room. We began fooling around, she pushed me off, then we laid in the bed and talked and laughed some more, and then began fooling around again.

“We took off our clothes. She said she didn’t want to have sex, so we laid together, and talked, and kissed, and laughed, and then we started having sex.”

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She became upset, he said, and they stopped. “I tried to comfort her. To make her feel better. I thought I was doing ok, I believed she was feeling better. She believed she was raped,” he wrote.

Spurlock also admitted calling a former employee “hot pants” and “sex pants” in the office, and paying her a settlement when she quit.

He said “it wasn’t a gropey feely harassment. It was verbal, and it was just as bad”.

“Something I thought was funny at the time, but then realised I had completely demeaned and belittled her to a place of non-existence.”

Spurlock also confessed to being “unfaithful to every wife and girlfriend I have ever had”.

Murder on the Orient Express

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In an attempt to explain his actions, he said he was sexually abused as a boy and in his teens and that he started drinking when he was aged 13 and hadn’t “been sober for more than a week in 30 years”.

He also referred to the time his father left his mother when he was a child, and questioned if her belief that her husband “never respected her” had “carried over into their son”.

“I am part of the problem. We all are,” he continued.

“But I am also part of the solution. By recognising and openly admitting what I’ve done to further this terrible situation, I hope to empower the change within myself. We should all find the courage to admit we’re at fault.”

Spurlock’s blog post comes as Hollywood faces intense scrutiny in the wake of allegations against once powerful figures such as Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and Louis CK.

Former movie mogul Weinstein is facing criminal investigations in London, New York and Los Angeles after more than 50 women – including stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Rose McGowan and Uma Thurman – have accused him of harassment and assault.

Salma Hayek is the latest actress to speak out against him, branding him a “monster” and claiming he once told her: “I will kill you, don’t think I can’t.”

Weinstein has denied ever engaging in “non-consensual sexual conduct”.

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Penis cliffhanger is New Zealand quote of the year

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The results of the public vote are in and, perhaps unsurprisingly, the winner is a lewd one.

“Please tell me that’s not your penis”, a cliffhanger line from soap opera Shortland Street, has won New Zealand’s quote of the year competition.

It was blurted out by the character Chris Warner, when a nude picture his son had sent to his girlfriend popped up on the family iPad.

Massey University said the phrase received 18% of the 7,238 votes cast.

The dramatic moment, which aired in February, soon went viral, even catching the attention of newspapers in the UK (where the show is also broadcast) and American chat show Jimmy Kimmel Live! which did a spoof of it with Alec Baldwin.

‘The delivery is part of the magic’

Massey University holds the phrase competition every year. Organiser Heather Kavan said there were many reasons for the Shortland Street line’s appeal.

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Image caption The “uncomfortable facial expression” of the character hearing the expression added to the appeal, said Ms Kavan

“The quote is highly entertaining. The suspense is laughably theatrical, rather than anxiety-inducing, and therefore many people enjoy hearing it again,” she said.

“And, of course, Chris Warner’s [played by Michael Galvin] delivery is part of the magic, along with Harry Warner’s uncomfortable facial expression and the closing music.”

She also said it brought attention to the serious topic of sexting among young people.

“The quote dramatises the risk of storing photos of one’s private parts. That’s immensely topical. Even whistle-blower Edward Snowden and US comedian John Oliver have chatted about the security of so called ‘dick pics’,” Ms Kavan said.

The winner may surprise some outside New Zealand, given it was an election year in the country and colourful insults were flying back and forth between politicians.

Some of them did make the finalist stage, including New Zealand First leader Winston Peter’s quote, while debating with election rival Gareth Morgan, that it was “a long time since I’ve been ravaged by a toothless sheep”

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Image caption Every year Japan chooses a Chinese character, known as kanji, as a defining symbol

Japan was a little more serious about its kanji character of the year. The choice of “North” was representative of the collective mood of a country that has seen a year of anxiety over its neighbour, North Korea.

Australia also chose a word that encapsulated the national mood. The country was hit by a citizenship scandal this year, resulting in the resignations of several politicians found to have dual citizenship – not allowed under the constitution.

They ended up with “Kwaussie” as word of the year. It’s a mix of Kiwi and Aussie, that describes a person who is a dual citizen of Australia and New Zealand – as was the case with Australia’s deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce and several others.

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Salma Hayek: Harvey Weinstein ‘threatened to kill me’

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Image caption Salma Hayek, seen here promoting Frida in 2003, which she starred in and co-produced

Actress Salma Hayek has described Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein as a rage-fuelled “monster”, alleging he sexually harassed and threatened her.

Writing in the New York Times, Hayek said Weinstein once told her: “I will kill you, don’t think I can’t.”

Holly Baird, a spokeswoman for Weinstein, disputed Hayek’s account.

Dozens of actresses, including Rose McGowan, Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow, have accused Weinstein of harassment or assault.

Weinstein denies all allegations of non-consensual sex.

Writing in the New York Times, Hayek, 51, described working with the film mogul on what she called her “greatest ambition” – telling the story of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.

She wrote that, after striking a deal with Weinstein for the rights of the film that would eventually become 2002’s Frida, she was forced to repeatedly refuse sexual advances.

“No to me taking a shower with him.

“No to letting him watch me take a shower.

“No to letting him give me a massage.

“No to letting a naked friend of his give me a massage.

“No to letting him give me oral sex.

“No to my getting naked with another woman,” she wrote.

She went on to accuse him of threatening to shut the film down unless she filmed a nude sex scene with another actress.

“I had to take a tranquilizer, which eventually stopped the crying but made the vomiting worse,” she wrote of her emotional turmoil at filming a scene she thought unnecessary.

“As you can imagine, this was not sexy, but it was the only way I could get through the scene.”

Weinstein’s spokeswoman said in a statement: “Mr Weinstein does not recall pressuring Salma to do a gratuitous sex scene with a female co-star and he was not there for the filming.”

“All of the sexual allegations as portrayed by Salma are not accurate and others who witnessed the events have a different account of what transpired.”

Frida would eventually gather six Oscar nominations, including a Best Actress nod for Hayek.

Mr Weinstein has been accused of rape, sexual assault and harassment, but has “unequivocally denied” any allegations of non-consensual relationships.

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Hull 2017: Highlights from the City of Culture

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Image caption Hull hosted the first ever UK Pride parade in July

Pop superstars and world-class ballet dancers wowed huge crowds. Tower blocks, wind turbine blades and a tidal surge barrier became giant art installations. Tens of thousands of schoolchildren got creative. And naked women rolled in chip spice.

That’s just a taste of what has happened in Hull as part of its packed year as UK City of Culture in 2017.

There have been more than 2,000 events, exhibitions and cultural activities at more than 250 venues. The year has won over most of those who didn’t think the words “Hull” and “culture” belonged in the same sentence, as well as helping the local economy and going some way to reinvent the city’s image.

The BBC’s Hull-based culture correspondents Kofi Smiles and Look North’s Anne-Marie Tasker have been covering all the events. Here are their highlights.

Anne-Marie Tasker’s highlights:

Made in Hull

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Media captionThe week-long opening event for UK City of Culture has benefited businesses across Hull

The opening event of 2017 set the bar so high, I think it’s still to be beaten.

We knew there was going to be a light and sound spectacle telling the story of Hull, but I don’t think anyone had imagined it could be so powerful and emotional – the atmosphere in Queen Victoria Square every evening was electric.

I saw people crying every time I went to watch it – some with pride, others with sadness at the moving way the Blitz and Hull’s trawler tragedies were played out across the city’s beautiful buildings.

Radio 1’s Big Weekend

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It was simply incredible to have global pop stars right on our doorstep. Katy Perry blew me away and I don’t think I’ve ever been at a gig where everyone seemed so united.

It was only days after the Manchester bombing, and when she asked everyone in the crowd to touch the person next to them, people joined arms and sang along, including the police officers right behind us. Incredibly moving.

The Royal Ballet Gala

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Media captionWorld-famous ballet dancers talk in advance of taking to the stage to reopen Hull New Theatre

This was one of the most memorable evenings of 2017. For years, I’ve been following the progress of the dancers who’d first learnt ballet in Hull, like Elizabeth Harrod, Demelza Parish and Xander Parish, and who now dance with the world’s best ballet companies.

It was amazing to see them perform on home soil alongside the likes of Marianela Nunez, who I’d never dreamed I’d see dance in Hull.

One Day Maybe

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Media captionKofi got a sneak peek inside One Day, Maybe by Dreamthinkspeak

It says something when you can’t really sum up an evening of theatre in a sentence or two – and you’d struggle to make anyone understand the experience of One Day Maybe unless they’d been there. We left asking each other, “did that really just happen?!”

Based in the headquarters of a fictional South Korean company, you started by going on a hi-tech shopping spree, then were transported back to a 1980s police state, where you were taken hostage, then took tea in a traditional Korean front room. Truly mind-bending stuff.

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra play the music of John Williams

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This was one of the first events announced ahead of the City of Culture year to sell out completely. It was fantastic to see so many families out, trying something different – and when they played the classics, it was spine-tingling.

Meeting Barbara Buttrick

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Media captionBarbara Buttrick started boxing in the late 1940s and went on to win a world title

Spending time with Barbara Buttrick was truly inspirational. She may be in her 80s, but she’s still full of life and still taking a huge interest in the world of boxing.

Barbara grew up just outside Hull, but moved to America and became the world’s first women’s boxing champion in 1957. It was great to hear her stories first-hand – she trained in the same gym as Muhammad Ali, but she also had to fight so many prejudices to make it to the top.

Her incredible story inspired two plays during City of Culture year and she appeared in person as a keynote speaker at the Women of the World festival, where I was lucky enough to interview her in front of a live audience.

Kofi Smiles’ highlights:

WORM at Humber Street Gallery

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Media captionArtists from WORM took their ‘Avantgardistic State’ across the North Sea to Hull

After an amazing weekend seeing musicians, artists and locals collaborating to create work for the pop-up gallery, the Dutch collective closed one of their evenings with a naked lady smothering herself in butter before rolling around in 5kg of American Chip Spice.

It brought many of the attendees to tears seeing such a large amount of chip spice sacrificed in the name of art.

Radio 1 Big Weekend & Academy

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After the terrible events in Manchester, there was a chance that this wouldn’t go ahead. But the Big Weekend brought together champions of music in such a difficult time.

The team at BBC Learning also brought the R1 Academy to help local students learn from industry pros and to get a leg up into the world of media while allowing some of the best local bands to perform and showcase their talents. A great couple of weeks, helping people through a tough time.

I Wish To Communicate With You at Thornton Estate

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Media captionColoured lights have been installed in blocks of flats in Hull as part of an arts project.

This involved turning on colourful lights and allowing a misunderstood inner city estate to feel entitled and part of the City of Culture.

It allowed neighbours to talk to each other for the first time and invited the rest of the city down to what was thought of as a “dangerous” area, but which is home to a diverse community who for so long have been living alongside the city, but now feel part of it.

Freedom Festival

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Media captionThis weekender explored freedom through a packed programme of arts events

A few years ago, the meaning behind Freedom Festival had pretty much been lost. This year, different themes of freedom (or the lack of) were back at the heart of the performances, debates and discussions.

The essence of the festival had found its way back home, bringing with it colourful street performances and crowded streets over the weekend. Celebrating a 10th birthday never looked (and felt) so good! Oh and I got to interview Kofi Annan too.

John Grant’s North Atlantic Flux

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Media captionKofi went to Reykjavik to meet singer John Grant, who curated the North Atlantic Flux festival

After meeting singer-songwriter John Grant and listening to the work and dedication he put into the North Atlantic Flux festival, it’s no surprise it was a hit.

Comprised of some of the most eclectic musicians from Hull to Reykjavik, it provided four days of “I don’t know what I’m getting myself into” fun that catered to music lovers and give-it-a-goers alike.

The event told the story of the influence migration has on port cities and how art grows from cultures mixing, and more importantly, that once warring cities can let bygones be bygones and form new relationships through music.

Blade in Queen Victoria Square

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Media captionA 250ft-long rotor blade forming a major new art installation is lifted into position.

The day after the Blade – a giant Hull-made wind turbine arm – was installed, I witnessed two heavily tattooed, juiced-up gym rats arguing in the sauna about whether it was art or not. Everyone was talking about it and they didn’t care who was listening.

The national and global news coverage felt like a statement to the world: We are Hull. We are the UK City of Culture. And the guys in the sauna concluded by wanting to find work at the Siemens factory, where it was made.

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Hayek accuses Weinstein of sexual harassment

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The Mexican-born 51-year-old hit out at the Hollywood mogul in a revealing article published in the New York Times, detailing alleged sexual harassment, bullying and threats made against her.

She claimed he once told her: “I will kill you, don’t think I can’t.”

The actress, who said she was inspired to share her experiences after others came forward, wrote about her time working on the 2002 film Frida – in which she played Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.

Hayek said she was initially pleased to work with Weinstein but claimed she soon found herself rejecting sexual advances from the producer.

:: Harvey Weinstein accused of directing ‘sexual enterprise’ in class-action lawsuit

Murder on the Orient Express

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She said that when she spurned his advances, that “with every refusal came Harvey’s Machiavellian rage”.

The actress accused Weinstein of threatening to axe the film and claimed he pressured her into doing a sex scene with another woman in the film.

Hayek said she had a “nervous breakdown” when she came to shoot the scene.

In the piece, she wrote that Weinstein was a “passionate cinephile, a risk taker, a patron of talent in film, a loving father and a monster”.

She added: “I never showed Harvey how terrified I was of him… Until there is equality in our industry, with men and women having the same value in every aspect of it, our community will continue to be a fertile ground for predators.”

Weinstein’s spokeswoman Holly Baird has since issued a statement on his behalf disputing Hayek’s claims.

It said: “Mr Weinstein does not recall pressuring Salma to do a gratuitous sex scene with a female co-star and he was not there for the filming.

“All of the sexual allegations as portrayed by Salma are not accurate and others who witnessed the events have a different account of what transpired.”

Weinstein now faces sex trafficking allegations
Image:Harvey Weinstein has denied the allegations against him

The latest claims come after more than 50 women accused the 65-year-old of sexual harassment or assault over the past three decades.

Police in New York, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and London have said they are investigating allegations against the film producer.

Weinstein has strongly denied having non-consensual sex with anyone.

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