Entertainment – International

Oscar hopeful Kidman ‘relates to story of adopted child’

SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) — Australian star Nicole Kidman says her experience as the mother of adopted children meant she closely related to her character in the movie “Lion”, tipped as an Oscar favorite. Garth Davis’s film about a young man from India adopted by an Australian family who searches for his long-lost blood relatives using Google Earth, has already received a Golden Globe nod for best drama motion picture. It also won nominations in the supporting actor […]

Girl group Fifth Harmony down to four as Cabello goes solo

LOS ANGELES, United States (Reuters) — The pop group formed out of U.S. talent show “The X Factor” in 2012 said on Monday (December 19) that Camila Cabello was leaving the quintet but that the band would be moving ahead. Cabello, 19, said she was launching a solo career, a move she had discussed at length with the other four young women. “After four and a half years of being together, we have been informed […]

Miss Puerto Rico lands Miss World 2016 crown

OXON HILL, United States (AFP) — Stephanie del Valle of Puerto Rico was crowned Miss World 2016 on Sunday, edging out runners-up from the Dominican Republic and Indonesia, and beauties from around the globe. Del Valle, 19, is a brown-eyed brunette student who speaks Spanish, English and French, and hopes to get into the entertainment industry. Crowned by Miss World 2015 Mireia Lalaguna of Spain, del Valle called it an “honor and a great responsibility” […]

Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor dies at age 99 -media reports

BEL-AIR, United States (Reuters) –Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, who parlayed beauty, diamond-studded glamour and nine marriages into a long celebrity career, died on Sunday (December 18), Variety and other media outlets reported, She was 99. Ed Lozzi, a publicist for Gabor, told Variety that the Hungarian-born actress, who would have turned 100 in February, passed away at her home on Sunday afternoon. No additional information about her death was available, and Lozzi could not be […]

Actor Ryan Reynolds gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

  LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds received a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame on Thursday, saying the honor was beyond anything he could have ever imagined. The 40-year-old, accompanied by his wife, American actress Blake Lively, and their two young daughters, recalled visiting Hollywood with one of his brothers 15 years ago and being in awe of all the legends immortalized along the iconic avenue. “For me to have […]

Rapper Soulja Boy arrested on gun charge

  LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Soulja Boy, the rapper who started a viral dance craze while still a teenager with “Crank That,” was arrested Thursday for illegally possessing a gun, police said. Officers entered his Los Angeles home early in the morning and took him into custody after discovering the firearm, a police spokesman said. Although the United States has lenient gun laws, Soulja Boy is banned from owning a firearm as part […]

Pixar’s first original story under Trump a ‘love letter to Mexico’

by Frankie Taggart Agence France Presse SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AFP) — It is known for movies about monsters, insects and children’s toys but Pixar’s latest, very human story is “a love letter to Mexico” at a time of simmering racial tension. Taking the country’s Day of the Dead festival as its theme, “Coco” will hit US theaters some 12 months after Donald Trump’s November 8 election victory on an anti-immigration ticket that enflamed Hispanic […]

2016, the beginning of the end of a rock era

by Shaun TANDON Agence France-Presse The year 2016 began with David Bowie releasing one of the most acclaimed albums of his vast career, a sign of new creative energy from the rock legend. Two days later, he was dead, from an undisclosed battle with cancer. Three months after that, another pop icon, Prince — who had covered Bowie’s classic “Heroes” at one of his final concerts — also died, succumbing to an accidental overdose of […]

Star Wars movie “Rogue One” premieres at London’s Tate Modern

(Reuters) — The “Star Wars” universe landed at London’s southbank on Tuesday (December 14), with stormtroopers standing guard at the riverside Tate Modern art gallery for the launch of the sci-fi franchise’s new standalone film “Rogue One” in Britain. Instead of walking the red carpet in the central Leicester Square, where movie premieres are usually held in the British capital, actors Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen and Forest Whitaker showcased their film at the gallery, home […]

Kanye West emerges from hospital to meet Trump

by Shaun Tandon Agence France Presse NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Rap superstar Kanye West on Tuesday delivered a surprise even in this most unusual of political years — he met President-elect Donald Trump, marking the artist’s first appearance since a reported mental breakdown. West, a rare artist and even rarer African American celebrity to voice support for Trump, said he went to discuss issues of concern to minorities with the populist leader. Trailed […]

Handwritten J.K. Rowling fairytales sold at UK auction

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — A rare collection of fairytales handwritten by J.K. Rowling as a gift to her “Harry Potter” publisher sold for nearly £370,000 at a UK auction on Tuesday. The copy of “The Tales of Beedle the Bard” reached £368,750 ($467,000, 439,700 euros) in the sale at Sotheby’s auction house in London. The collection of fairytales was created within the “Harry Potter” series and helped the young wizard and his friends defeat […]