KOLKATA/MUMBAI, (Reuters) – Indian filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh, known for his sensitive portrayal of interpersonal relationships, died in Kolkata today of a heart attack.
(BBC) A song from 1966 Bollywood blockbuster movie Suraj (Sun) has been voted the best-loved track by BBC Asian Network listeners.
MUMBAI (Reuters) – Irrfan is no stranger to Hollywood. The Indian actor, who uses only his first name, has played roles in acclaimed films such as Life of Pi, Slumdog Millionaire and A Mighty Heart.
CANNES, (Reuters) – An emotional lesbian love story by French director Abdellatif Kechiche won the top prize at the 2013 Cannes festival yesterday, ending 12 packed days of premieres, celebrity appearances, rain and dramatic jewellery thefts.
BEIJING (Reuters) – Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei made his first foray into the musical world today with the release of the top single from his debut album, a song called “Dumbass” that takes inspiration from his detention in 2011.
CANNES, (Reuters) – Indian movie actors and a new wave of directors are on a mission at the Cannes film festival – to show that their industry, which turns 100 this year, is more than just Bollywood.
(Reuters) – Candice Glover, a soul singer from rural South Carolina, was named “American Idol” on Thursday, becoming the first female singer to win the television singing competition since 2007.
LONDON, (Reuters) – Hollywood star Angelina Jolie has had a double mastectomy to reduce her chances of getting breast cancer and says she hopes her story will inspire other women fighting the life-threatening disease.
(Jamaica Observer) The Congos’ 1977 album, Heart of The Congos, is included in Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Best Debut Albums of All Time.
(Reuters) – Tony Stark’s superpowers lifted blockbuster “Iron Man 3” back to the top of movie charts in the United States and Canada, beating out a strong debut over the weekend for lavish Jazz Age drama “The Great Gatsby.” Coming off a gigantic opening a week earlier, “Iron Man 3” commanded $72.5 million in ticket sales from Friday through Sunday in its second weekend.
LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – American actress Jeanne Cooper, who starred on the daytime television soap opera “The Young and the Restless” for four decades, died on Wednesday, her son, actor Corbin Bernsen, said.
STOCKHOLM, (Reuters) – The catchy tunes, outlandish costumes and shimmering boots that made ABBA a global phenomenon all feature in a new museum dedicated to the band, but rumours the exhibition may presage a reunion by Sweden’s most famous export were quickly quashed.
(Trinidad Express) He got down on his knees and ‘romeo’-style Udit Narayan stole the hearts of his fans in song.
(Trinidad Guardian) When Melanie Fiona performed at the 2013 Tobago Jazz Experience this past weekend, it was her first time in Tobago.
(Reuters) – PepsiCo Inc severed ties with rapper Lil Wayne on Friday over a graphic reference to slain U.S.
ATLANTA, (Reuters) – Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly of the 1990s rap duo Kris Kross likely died of a drug overdose, police said on Thursday, a day after the 34-year-old was found unconscious at his Atlanta home.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez and Florence & The Machine are teaming up for a four-hour charity concert in London next month to benefit women’s health and education projects around the world.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones has sought help again for bipolar disorder, in what her publicist called a “pro-active” move to take care of her health.
LONDON (Reuters) – Helen Mirren was crowned best actress at Britain’s top theatre awards on Sunday for reprising her Oscar-winning portrayal of the queen, while a stage version of a novel about a boy with autism was on track to be the top winner of the Olivier awards.
LOS ANGELES | Wed Apr 24, 2013 12:59pm EDT(Reuters) – Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow on Wednesday was named the world’s most beautiful woman for 2013 by People magazine, knocking pop singer Beyonce out of the top spot.
(Barbados Nation) – Rihanna is first artist in the 20-year history of Billboard’s Nielsen BDS-based Pop Songs radio airplay chart to tally ten Number Ones, as “Stay”, featuring Mikky Ekko, rises.
(Reuters) – Twenty-five years after “Salaam Bombay” catapulted her to global stardom, film-maker Mira Nair’s debut feature has been re-released in Indian cinemas.
(BBC) Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt has sought more time from India’s Supreme Court before he returns to prison for his conviction over the 1993 Mumbai blasts.
MUMBAI, (Reuters) – One of Bollywood’s most famous villains, Pran, will receive the highest award in Indian cinema to honour the actor whose career has spanned about 350 films over nearly 60 years, the government said today.
NEW YORK, (Reuters) – Athletic goods retailer Reebok today terminated its relationship with rapper Rick Ross, whose song featuring lyrics that seem to boast about drugging and raping a woman has caused an uproar.
(Jamaica Gleaner) Musicologist and social anthropologist Dr Olive Lewin, founder of the Jamaica Folk Singers, died last evening at the University Hospital of the West Indies.
NEW YORK, (Reuters) – The honors keep pouring in for 91-year-old actress Betty White, who has been named America’s most appealing celebrity, according to a market research firm.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Actress Halle Berry is pregnant with her second child, her first with fiance Olivier Martinez, representatives for Berry said on Friday.
MIAMI (Reuters) – A visit by American pop star Beyonce and rapper husband Jay-Z to Havana last week was a cultural trip that was fully licensed by the US Treasury Department, a source familiar with the itinerary said yesterday.
LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – R&B singer Chris Brown must return to court in June after a Los Angeles judge said today information was still being collected on allegations that the singer cut corners on his community service requirements.
(Jamaica Observer) Trinidadian soca star Machel Montano is a man on a mission.
NEW YORK, (Reuters) – A women’s rights organization will protest outside Reebok’s Manhattan store today, demanding the athletic goods retailer cut ties with rapper Rick Ross over a song whose lyrics it says boasts about drugging and raping a woman.
(Barbados Nation) Rihanna’s mother Monica Fenty will not be appearing in a court in Barbados to give her deposition in the lawsuit which her daughter has brought against her former accountants.
NEW YORK, (Reuters) – “Glee” star Cory Monteith has entered a rehabilitation facility where he is being treated for an unspecified substance addiction, his publicist said on Monday.
(Trinidad Express) Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has been named on Vanity Fair’s list of the top ten best-dressed world leaders.
(Reuters) – Pioneering journalist Barbara Walters, the first woman to co-anchor a U.S.
MUMBAI, (Reuters) – Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt said today that he will return to jail for his conviction linked to the 1993 Mumbai bombings, giving up a long-running legal battle for his freedom.
LONDON, (Reuters) – Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida, one of the leading sex symbols of the 1950s and 1960s, is selling some of her diamond jewelry to raise money for stem cell research, saying now is the time to give back for the fortunate life she has had.
(Jamaica Observer) Sean Paul has scored his second number one song on the United Kingdom pop singles chart with his guest spot on What About Us by British-Irish girl group the Saturdays.
(Barbados Nation) The international lawsuit involving Barbadian pop star Rihanna and her former United States accounting firm Berdon LLP has landed in Barbados.
LAGOS (Reuters) – Nigerian novelist and poet Chinua Achebe, widely seen as a grandfather of modern African literature, has died at the age of 82, publisher Penguin said today.
NEW DELHI, (Reuters) – Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt was sentenced to five years jail by India’s Supreme Court today for possession of illegal weapons in a long-running case linked to the 1993 Mumbai bombings.
NEW YORK, (Reuters) – Pink Floyd’s seminal stoner album “Dark Side of the Moon” is turning 40 on Sunday, and the band’s website has developed an interactive feature whereby fans can help turn a specially designed moon on the site dark.
LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – Movie studio MGM said on Tuesday it expects to release the next James Bond movie within three years, and hopes to announce soon a new director after Sam Mendes decided to move on.
LONDON, (Reuters) – David Bowie returned to the top of the British album charts on Sunday for the first time in 20 years with a collection of new recordings acclaimed by one critic as the “greatest comeback in rock’n’roll history”.
(Barbados Nation) The Merrymen, one of Barbados’ best known groups internationally, are promising a night of surprises and nostalgia with their 50th anniversary show coming off at the Barbados Yacht Club on March 30.
LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – The health of U.S. rapper Lil Wayne was the subject of conflicting reports on Friday, with celebrity website TMZ.com saying he was in a medically induced coma and a fellow rapper saying Wayne was alive and well and watching a basketball game.
LONDON, (Reuters) – U.S. rapper Jay-Z has teamed up with Australian director Baz Luhrmann to produce and perform on the soundtrack for “The Great Gatsby” which will open the 2013 Cannes film festival in May.
(Barbados Nation) Rihanna’s Diamonds World tour isn’t shining so brightly now. The Barbadian singer was forced to cancel another show, this time in Buffalo, New York.
(Reuters) – Peter Banks, a founding member of the British progressive rock band Yes and its original guitarist, has died at his home in London.