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Peter Blatty, the man who wrote “The Exorcist”, died aged 89

The writer and filmmaker William Peter Blatty, the man who wrote The Exorcist, died late this week at a hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, aged 89, of multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer. "The Exorcist" was published in 1971, followed two years later by the film of the same name. It  was a best-selling novel and Oscar-winning movie the first horror film  nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.

Polish film director Andrzej Wajda has died at 90

Polish film director Andrzej Wajda has died aged 90 in hospital of lung failure after being put into a medically induced coma in recent days. He made more than 40 feature films in a career spanning 60 years. Many films, as Kanal, Man of Marble, Man of Iron and Katyn were inspired by Poland's turbulent wartime and communist history.

Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize in Literature

Bob Dylan, 75,  was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday. Doing this, the Swedish Academy dramatically redefined the boundaries of literature, setting off a debate about whether song lyrics have the same artistic value as poetry or novels. “Bob Dylan is in the 2 percent club of songwriters whose lyrics are interesting on the page, even without the harmonica and the guitar and his very distinctive voice.

Two paintings by Vincent van Gogh were rescued from a Camorra crime clan

Two paintings by Vincent van Gogh that were stolen from a museum in Amsterdam more than a decade ago were recovered by Anti-mafia police in Naples. The paintings were found during a raid of the Camorra crime clan as part of a crackdown targeting cocaine trafficking. They are in reasonable condition although both are missing their frames and have some damage.

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