Chutney icon Anand Yankarran dies

(Trinidad Guardian) Tributes poured in yesterday, as the news of the death local Chutney singer, Anand Yankarran was announced.

Actress Debbie Reynolds dies of a stroke, a day after daughter

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – Debbie Reynolds, a leading lady in Hollywood musicals and comedies in the 1950s and 1960s, including “Singin’ in the Rain,” died on Wednesday, her son said, just one day after the death of her daughter, actress Carrie Fisher.

Carrie Fisher, ‘Star Wars’ Princess Leia, dies at 60

LOS ANGELES,  (Reuters) – Carrie Fisher, who rose to fame as Princess Leia in the “Star Wars” films and later endured drug addiction before going on to tell her story as a best-selling author, died yesterday aged 60, her family said.

Carrie Fisher, Star Wars’ Princess Leia, dies at 60

LOS ANGELES,  (Reuters) – Carrie Fisher, who rose to fame as Princess Leia in the “Star Wars” films and later endured drug addiction and stormy romances with show business heavyweights, died on Tuesday aged 60, her daughter said through a family spokesman.

Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor dies at age 99 -media reports

(Reuters) – Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, who parlayed beauty, diamond-studded glamour and nine marriages into a long celebrity career, died yesterday, Variety and other media outlets reported, She was 99.

Bollywood actor Mallika Sherawat assaulted in Paris -media

PARIS, (Reuters) – Bollywood actor Mallika Sherawat and her partner were assaulted in Paris last week, AFP and other media reported today, just over a month after U.S reality TV star Kim Kardashian was attacked and robbed in the French capital.

‘Man from U.N.C.L.E.’ star Robert Vaughn dies at 83

NEW YORK,  (Reuters) – Robert Vaughn, best known for playing the suave Napoleon Solo in 1960s television spy series, “The Man from U.N.C.L.E,” and the last surviving actor from the original “Magnificent Seven” movie, died on Friday from leukemia, his manager said.

Leonard Cohen, rock music’s poetic visionary, dies at age 82

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Leonard Cohen, rock music’s man of letters whose songs fused religious imagery with themes of redemption and sexual desire, earning him critical and popular acclaim, has died at age 82, a statement on his Facebook page said.

Meryl Streep to get Golden Globes lifetime award

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – Meryl Streep, regarded as the finest actress of her generation, will get the Golden Globes lifetime achievement award at the annual ceremony in January, organizers announced on Thursday.

Tippi Hedren accuses Hitchcock of sexual harassment in memoir

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – Actress Tippi Hedren graphically chronicles in a new memoir incidents in which she says she was sexually assaulted and harassed by famed British director Alfred Hitchcock during her star turns in “The Birds” and “Marnie.” “Tippi,” which goes on sale on Tuesday, documents Hedren’s rise from fashion model to movie star and “Hitchcock blonde” after the director spotted her in a commercial and cast her in the lead of the 1963 thriller “The Birds.” The book by Hedren, mother of actress Melanie Griffith and grandmother to “Fifty Shades of Grey” star Dakota Johnson, offers a rare, first-person account of the rotund “master of suspense” that contrasts sharply with Hitchcock’s public image as a mild-mannered, self-effacing English gentleman.

Cosby renews effort to toss sexual assault charges in Pennsylvania

NORRISTOWN, Pa.,  (Reuters) – Bill Cosby yesterday renewed his attempt to have sexual assault charges against him thrown out, with the comedian’s lawyers arguing in a Pennsylvania court that an 11-year gap between the incident and Cosby’s arrest had violated his rights.

Tippi Hedren accuses Hitchcock of sexual harassment in memoir

LOS ANGELES,  (Reuters) – Actress Tippi Hedren graphically chronicles in a new memoir incidents in which she says she was sexually assaulted and harassed by famed British director Alfred Hitchcock during her star turns in “The Birds” and “Marnie.” “Tippi,” which goes on sale on Tuesday, documents Hedren’s rise from fashion model to movie star and “Hitchcock blonde” after the director spotted her in a commercial and cast her in the lead of the 1963 thriller “The Birds.” The book by Hedren, mother of actress Melanie Griffith and grandmother to “Fifty Shades of Grey” star Dakota Johnson, offers a rare, first-person account of the rotund “master of suspense” that contrasts sharply with Hitchcock’s public image as a mild-mannered, self-effacing English gentleman.

Comedian Bill Murray awarded Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – Comedian Bill Murray was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at a star-studded Kennedy Center ceremony on Sunday, with friends and fellow actors praising him for the joy he has brought to audiences worldwide.

Rapper Coolio spared jail in guilty plea to Los Angeles gun charge

LOS ANGELES,  (Reuters) – Grammy-winning rapper Coolio pleaded guilty yesterday to unlawful firearm possession for carrying a loaded pistol in a backpack into Los Angeles International Airport last month and was sentenced to three years of probation, prosecutors said.

Hugh Laurie gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – British actor Hugh Laurie, best known for playing a cantankerous doctor in the TV series ‘House’, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday.

Bogus story upsets Machel Montano

(Trinidad Guardian) Soca superstar Machel Montano says a story circulating online that he was arrested at the John F Kennedy Airport in New York in relation to a drug seizure is completely fake.

The perils of forcing Bollywood to drop Pakistan actors

(BBC) Top Bollywood director Karan Johar promised to not to work with Pakistani actors in the future after a right-wing group threatened to attack cinemas screening his latest movie starring Pakistani actor Fawad Khan.

Janet Jackson shows off baby bump at 50

(Reuters) – Singer Janet Jackson on Wednesday showed off her baby bump, confirming that she is pregnant with her first child at the age of 50.

Rolling Stones to release new album in December

LONDON, (Reuters) – The Rolling Stones are heading back to their roots. The band announced on Thursday it will release its first studio album in over a decade in December — covers of the American blues greats who got them into music in the first place.

Brad Pitt to have drug tests in deal with Jolie to see kids

(Reuters) – Brad Pitt will undergo drug and alcohol tests as part of a temporary agreement with his estranged wife Angelina Jolie that will allow him to see their six children, two people familiar with the agreement said on Friday.

Daniel Craig still first choice for Bond, says producer

LONDON, (Reuters) – The team behind the James Bond films wants Daniel Craig to return as 007, the spy series’ executive producer said on Friday, even after the British actor said he would rather slash his wrists than appear again.