Kardashian heist suspect freed for medical reasons

21 Nov

A key suspect in the robbery at gunpoint of US reality star Kim Kardashian in Paris last year has been released for medical reasons, his lawyers said Tuesday.Didier Dubreucq — nicknamed “Blue Eyes” — has been authorised to travel only for medical app…

Before ‘Sweet Dreams,’ Eurythmics braced for failure

21 Nov

“Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” has become a classic in pop music and marked a commercial breakthrough for synth-pop. But before the Eurythmics wrote it, the duo feared they were finished.”I remember that I was in a terrible mood that day. I actually…

Forbidden City and Vatican try ‘art diplomacy’

21 Nov

China’s Forbidden City and the Vatican Museums are set to swap 40 works of art as part of efforts to bolster diplomatic relations between the Communist country and the seat of the Catholic Church.The works — including Chinese ceramics and paintings ke…

Marvel meets ‘The O.C.’ in new Hulu superhero show

21 Nov

As Marvel’s relentlessly expanding superhero factory dominates the worldwide box office, the Disney-owned studio has been staging a less heralded but equally emphatic TV takeover.The fall season has already seen the debuts of Netflix’s “The Defenders” …

Gruff journeyman Nick Nolte honored with Hollywood star

20 Nov

He played a suicidal bum in “Down and Out in Beverly Hills,” but Nick Nolte was crowned king of Hollywood on Monday with a star on the iconic Walk of Fame.The 76-year-old actor was honored for a career spanning five decades that has seen him lavished w…

Bruno Mars wins American Music Awards on night of divas

20 Nov

Bruno Mars took the top prize at the American Music Awards on Sunday at a show that paid glowing tribute to legendary divas Diana Ross and the late Whitney Houston.Mars, the retro star who found fresh success with the funky beats and R&B harmonies of h…

Indian producers delay Bollywood film after protests

20 Nov

Indian filmmakers said they have delayed indefinitely the release of a Bollywood historical epic about a legendary Hindu queen that has been the subject of weeks of violent protests.A caste-based group has been targeting “Padmavati”, which was due to h…

Country music legend Mel Tillis dead at 85: publicist

19 Nov

Country Music Hall of Famer Mel Tillis, known for songs such as “I Ain’t Never” and “Coca-Cola Cowboy,” died early Sunday aged 85, his publicist confirmed.The country legend died of suspected respiratory failure at the Munroe Regional Medical Center in…

Sharing Gainsbourg, Jane Birkin finds voice in symphony

18 Nov

For 50 years Jane Birkin’s breathy voice has interpreted her legendary late partner Serge Gainsbourg. But she feels his songs may sometimes be better off without her.Birkin has revived live performances of Gainsbourg by fronting full orchestras. Now 70…

Katy Perry triumphs in case over convent home

18 Nov

Pop superstar Katy Perry on Friday was awarded nearly $1.5 million as she prevailed anew in her drawn-out bid to move into a former convent in Los Angeles.The singer of “Roar” and “I Kissed a Girl” has more Twitter followers than anyone else in the wor…

Jay-Z campaigns to reform probation after rapper jailed

17 Nov

Hip-hop superstar Jay-Z on Friday urged an overhaul of the US concept of probation, saying the prison term handed to rapper Meek Mill showed an unjust system that ensnares black men.Jay-Z, who earlier took to social media and stopped a concert to press…

French rocker Johnny Hallyday hospitalised

17 Nov

Veteran French rocker Johnny Hallyday, who has been battling lung cancer for several months, has been hospitalised with breathing problems, his entourage confirmed Friday.Celebrity magazine Voici had reported that France’s answer to Elvis Presley check…

‘Despacito’ sweeps Latin Grammys — and heads to Asia

17 Nov

‘Despacito,” the viral dance hit that swept past borders, won big Thursday at the Latin Grammys where singer Luis Fonsi announced a new frontier for the song — the Chinese-speaking world.”Despacito” won four awards including Record of the Year and Son…

New Orleans abuzz over Serena Williams wedding

17 Nov

Star wattage abounded in New Orleans on Thursday as A-list celebrities gathered for the wedding of tennis superstar Serena Williams and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. Despite the media frenzy, the happy couple released few details of their ceremony….

Coldplay tops $500 million on third richest tour ever

16 Nov

Coldplay generated more than $500 million on the rockers’ just completed global tour, the band’s promoters said Thursday, making it the third highest-grossing in history.The English band played the 114th and final show of its “A Head Full of Dreams” to…