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White House honors Stevie Wonder

2009-02-27 05:51:58 GMT2009-02-27 13:51:58 (Beijing Time)  Reuters

Harry Potter has a final date with film destiny: Warner Bros. announced the opening date for the eighth film in its Potter franchise. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part II" will hit theaters on July 15, 2011. "Deathly Hollows: Part I" is set to open on November 19, 2010. The studio decided to split the seventh and final book in the Potter series into two different movies because of its length.

Stevie Wonder was honored by U.S. President Barack Obama with an award at the White House. The multi-Grammy Award-winning soul singer was presented with the Library of Congress' second annual Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in recognition of his music's effect on culture and its ability to unite people.

Clint Eastwood became the second person to receive a lifetime achievement honor from the organizers of the Cannes Film Festival. The actor/director received the honorary Palme d'Or during an intimate news conference in Paris.

Finally, hats off to "The Simpsons." Fox has renewed the animated series for two more seasons, bringing its overall total to a record-breaking 22. The two additional seasons will make it the longest-running prime-time entertainment series ever.

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