Entertainment – International

New York’s ‘homecoming’ concert called off as hurricane nears

NEW YORK, Aug 22, 2021 (AFP) – New York City shut down on Saturday its star-studded concert meant to mark its “homecoming” in the wake of the pandemic’s worst devastation, over the threat of severe weather as Hurricane Henri churned closer. Barry Manilow, who was on a line-up that included Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith and Paul Simon, was cut off mid-song by a booming voice urging concert goers to proceed swiftly but calmly to the […]

‘Big Bang’ actress Bialik one of two new ‘Jeopardy!’ hosts

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — “The Big Bang Theory” actress Mayim Bialik has been named as one of two new hosts of the long-running US television game show “Jeopardy!”, replacing the award-winning presenter Alex Trebek, who died of cancer last year. Bialik will share hosting duties with the show’s executive producer Mike Richards, producers announced Wednesday, after a prolonged search for Trebek’s successors. Richards will helm daily syndicated episodes when the show embarks on […]

Coldplay, Billie Eilish, Ed Sheeran join global climate, vaccine concerts

PARIS, France (AFP) — Coldplay, Billie Eilish and Ed Sheeran are among the stars announced Tuesday for a day of concerts across multiple cities on September 25 to raise awareness about climate change, poverty and vaccine distribution. New York, Paris and Lagos are the first cities to be announced for Global Citizen Live, which will run for 24 hours and be screened around the world via TV stations and social media. Joining Eilish and Coldplay […]

‘The Suicide Squad’ tops NAmerica box office with a tepid total

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — With Covid-19 fears again depressing North American moviegoing, new Warner Bros./DC superhero film “The Suicide Squad” led the weekend box office but took in only $26.2 million, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations said Monday. The movie, dubbed a pseudo-sequel to 2016’s major hit “Suicide Squad,” again featured A-listers Margot Robbie and Viola Davis, but two big names from the earlier version — Will Smith and Jared Leto — sat this […]

New York police charge man over ‘Gone Girl’ actress death

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — New York police have arrested and charged a man in connection with the two-wheeler hit-and-run death of “Gone Girl” actress Lisa Banes, a force spokesman said Friday. Brian Boyd, 26, was apprehended on Thursday and charged with failing to yield to a pedestrian and leaving the scene of a deadly accident, the spokesman told AFP. Banes, who was visiting New York from Los Angeles, suffered a head trauma in […]

US comedian Kathy Griffin says she has lung cancer

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Outspoken US comedian Kathy Griffin, whose decades-long stand-up career was briefly derailed in 2017 after a grisly stunt with a prop depicting Donald Trump’s severed head, said Monday that she has lung cancer. “I’m about to go into surgery to have half of my left lung removed. Yes, I have lung cancer even though I’ve never smoked!” Griffin, 60, said in a statement posted on Twitter. She said her […]

Olivia Rodrigo to star in White House vaccine promotion

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Teen pop sensation Olivia Rodrigo is set to visit the White House on Wednesday to put some star power into the Biden administration’s flagging Covid-19 vaccination campaign. Rodrigo, 18, will meet with President Joe Biden and his top coronavirus advisor Anthony Fauci and “record videos about the importance of young people getting vaccinated,” the White House said Tuesday. The actress and singer, who has some 28 million social media followers, […]

No Psy but BTS play on as Seoul bans fast gym music

SEOUL, South Korea (AFP) — South Korean mega-hit “Gangnam Style” may be taken off gym playlists in the great Seoul region — but K-pop giants BTS can stay — under new rules aimed at stemming a rising tide of coronavirus infections. The regulations, aimed at stopping gym-goers breathing too hard or splashing sweat on others, ban gyms from playing music with a faster tempo than 120 beats per minute during group exercises like zumba and […]

Bill Cosby freed after US court quashes sex crimes conviction

  by Peter HUTCHISON Agence France Presse NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — US comedian Bill Cosby was freed from prison Wednesday, in a blow to the #MeToo movement after a US court overturned his conviction for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman 17 years ago. The 83-year-old flashed the V sign outside his home near Philadelphia after leaving jail following a Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling that he had been denied a fair trial. He […]

US actress Lisa Banes dies 10 days after hit-and-run

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — US actress Lisa Banes, best known for her role in the movie “Gone Girl,” has died 10 days after a hit-and-run by a scooter or motorbike in New York, a police spokesman said Tuesday. The 65-year-old TV, Broadway and film actress was pronounced dead Monday after suffering a head trauma in the accident in Manhattan, the New York Police Department spokesman told AFP. Banes was struck as the two-wheeler […]

Tarzan actor Joe Lara among 7 presumed dead in US plane crash

    WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — All seven passengers aboard a plane, including Tarzan actor Joe Lara and his diet guru wife, are presumed dead after it crashed in a lake near the US city of Nashville, authorities said. The small business jet crashed at around 11:00 am local time on Saturday, shortly after taking off from the Smyrna, Tennessee airport for Palm Beach, Florida, Rutherford County Fire & Rescue (RCFR) said on Facebook. […]

Prince Harry and J-Lo lead ‘Vax Live’ concert in Los Angeles

  by Andrew MARSZAL Agence France Presse Britain’s Prince Harry joined pop royalty including Jennifer Lopez at a star-studded concert in Los Angeles Sunday to urge faster and more even global vaccinations, as he voiced support for India during its devastating Covid outbreak. “Vax Live: The Concert To Reunite The World” featured video messages from the pope and President Joe Biden and in-person appearances from Hollywood stars such as Ben Affleck and Sean Penn. The […]