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.
LONDON (Reuters) – With a range spanning the cardigan-clad sweetheart in the hit musical Grease and the leotarded gym instructor in the raunchy single “Physical”, no one could accuse Olivia Newton-John of playing it safe in 40 years of singing country, pop and rock.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A new feature film that debuted in U.S. theaters this week explores the link between improving education for girls in poor countries around the globe and the battle against poverty.
LONDON (Reuters) – Canadian pop star Justin Bieber was filmed lunging and shouting abuse at a photographer today during an ill-fated stay in London which has gone from bad to worse after he collapsed on stage the day before.
(Jamaica Observer) After 18 years of hit singles and sold-out tours, Grammy-winning deejay Shaggy recently announced his split from manager Robert Livingston.
(Reuters) – Canadian teen pop star Justin Bieber tweeted that he was “getting better” after collapsing on stage from shortness of breath during a performance in London and being rushed to the hospital on Thursday.
(Reuters) – Madhuri Dixit’s smile may have launched a hundred brands but it set many more hearts aflutter.
LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – The FBI on Monday released decades-old files on late pop singer Whitney Houston, detailing letters from obsessed fans and an alleged extortion attempt investigated by the bureau.
(Trinidad Express) Another Bollywood star has not been contracted to perform for a TT$2,500 concert in this country next month although it was advertised that she will be part of the star-studded cast.
(Trinidad Express) There is confusion as to whether or not Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan will be coming to Trinidad for a $2,500-a-ticket concert at the Hilton Trinidad on April 13.
(Trinidad Express) Trinidad-born rapper Nicki Minaj compared T&T to Liberia on television on Wednesday, saying she didn’t think she would get out alive.
LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – British actor Richard Burton finally received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next to that of his two-time wife, Elizabeth Taylor, on Friday, nearly 30 years after his death.
(CBS) Fearing for her safety, Rihanna has filed for and been granted a restraining order from an obsessed fan.
(Reuters) – Former Temptations singer Richard Street has died aged 70, his widow Cindy Street told CNN.
(Trinidad Express) BOLLYWOOD mega-star Shahrukh Khan is coming to Trinidad and Tobago to headline a concert that will cost TT$2,500 a ticket.
LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – Singer Janet Jackson said today that she married her Qatari businessman boyfriend last year, quashing media reports of upcoming nuptials.
LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – “Argo” stormed to Best Picture victory at the Oscars on Sunday on a night of surprises that ended in disappointment for frontrunner “Lincoln” and handed the most overall wins – four – to “Life of Pi.” It was the first time since “Driving Miss Daisy” in 1990 that a film won the top prize at the Oscars without its director also being nominated.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Anne Hathaway won her first Oscar yesterday and harrowing Austrian film Amour was voted Best Foreign Language Film as the movie industry scattered its highest honours across multiple films.
(Reuters) – The remake of the cult 1980s film “Chashme Buddoor” has the soul of the original but has been tailored to today’s Indian audiences, lead actor Ali Zafar said.
(Reuters) – Otis “Damon” Harris, a former member of The Temptations who sang on the group’s 1972 hit “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone,” has died at the age 62, the Baltimore Sun reported on Friday.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Oscar winners Russell Crowe, Jennifer Hudson and Catherine Zeta-Jones will perform at the Academy Awards in a tribute to the resurgence of big-screen musicals, organisers said on Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The movie studios behind this year’s Best Picture nominees already have brought home a treasured prize: big box-office sales that placed the Oscar contenders among the most-watched films of 2012.
(Reuters) – And the Oscar for best pickup line in a movie goes to – Audrey Hepburn in the romantic thriller, “Charade.” That’s according to the results from women polled by the U.K.-based dating site Badoo.com and released on Wednesday before the Academy Awards on Sunday.
LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – If there is one sure bet in this roller coaster movie awards season, it is that Daniel Day-Lewis will take home the Best Actor statuette at the Oscars on Sunday.
LONDON, (Reuters) – Pop singer Rihanna launched her first clothing line with British high-street retailer River Island on Saturday, adding A-list glitz to the British leg of the international fashion circuit.
JOHANNESBURG, (Reuters) – It was billed as a fitting tribute to “an intelligent, beautiful and amazing woman” but the airing of a Caribbean reality TV show featuring the girlfriend of Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius two days after she was shot dead has upset some South Africans.
(Reuters) – The fifth movie in the Bruce Willis “Die Hard” franchise scored the biggest box-office action over the U.S.
(Trinidad Express) Soca star Machel Montano has apologised to the assault victims involved in the fracas outside a nightclub in Port of Spain in April 2007.
(Jamaica Gleaner) My objective with this column is to both critique and celebrate the island’s performing arts, usually thought of as being dance, drama and music.