Indian filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh dead at 49

KOLKATA/MUMBAI,  (Reuters) – Indian filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh, known for his sensitive portrayal of interpersonal relationships, died in Kolkata today of a heart attack.

French lesbian love story wins top prize at Cannes

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.

The Congos’ album make top 100 list

(Jamaica Observer) The Congos’ 1977 album, Heart of The Congos, is included in Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Best Debut Albums of All Time.

‘Iron Man’ beats strong ‘Gatsby’ in box office showdown

(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.

Sweden’s ABBA museum to open, but reunion rumours quashed

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.

Yagnik, Narayan wow T&T fans

(Trinidad Express) He got down on his knees and ‘romeo’-style Udit Narayan stole the hearts of his fans in song.

Helen Mirren crowned top actress at top UK theatre awards

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.

Rihanna breaks Billboard records

(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.

A Minute With: Mira Nair on Salaam Bombay

(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.

Reebok drops Rick Ross after controversy over lyrics

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.

Jamaican musicologist Olive Lewin passes away

(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.

Rick Ross song fuels rape row

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.

Rihanna’s mum opts out of High Court

(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.

Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida sells her jewels for charity

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.

Sean Paul on top in UK

(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.

Fans asked to darken side of moon as Pink Floyd LP turns 40

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.

Next James Bond movie expected within 3 years- MGM

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.

David Bowie tops UK charts with comeback album

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”.

Merrymen for 50th anniversary show

(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.

Reports conflict over health of rapper Lil Wayne

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.

Jay-Z to put modern jazz twist on Gatsby soundtrack

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.

Rihanna forced to cancel shows

(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.