Entertainment – International

Danny Boyle, Ewan McGregor and Irvine Welsh premiere ‘T2 Trainspotting’

EDINBURGH, Scotland (Reuters) — Fans and stars braved freezing Scottish weather to flock to the premiere of T2 Trainspotting on Sunday, the sequel to the era-defining story of Edinburgh drug addicts Renton, Spud, Sick Boy and thug Begbie two decades on. Trainspotting tracked the sordid and tragi-comic side of Scottish street life via the friends’ drug-addled criminal activity to a pulsating soundtrack. The 1996 film won huge critical acclaim and gave voice to a largely […]

Kristen Stewart says Trump was ‘obsessed’ with her

by Deborah COLE Agence France Presse PARK CITY, United States (AFP) — “Twilight” star Kristen Stewart said Friday President Donald Trump was “obsessed” with her when he posted a series of tweets in 2012 attacking her for cheating on co-star Robert Pattinson. The 26-year-old actress responded for the first time at the Sundance Film Festival to Trump’s criticisms, made while he was a still a reality star on NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice.” “He was mad […]

DeGeneres remembers years of Obama interviews

Reuters — Ellen DeGeneres thanked U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama during her talk show that aired on Thursday (January 19) and played a montage of clips looking back on all the times they were on her show. The president appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” a total of 5 times, beginning when he was campaigning for his first presidential election. Highlights included a clip of him performing a rap song to […]

Paul McCartney sues to take back Beatles catalog

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Paul McCartney on Wednesday filed a lawsuit to secure the copyright to the Beatles back catalog in a case that could have wide ramifications for the music industry. The complicated dispute centers around the US Copyright Act of 1976 which aimed to address pop music’s checkered history with artists by ensuring long-term rights for songwriters and their heirs. Under the law, artists could reclaim copyright for songs 35 years […]

Alanis Morissette manager admits he stole $5 million

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — The manager of rocker Alanis Morissette admitted on Wednesday to fleecing the singer of nearly $5 million and falsely claiming the money was used to grow marijuana. Jonathan Todd Schwartz agreed to plead guilty to embezzling the money in court papers filed in Los Angeles federal court. Schwartz admitted that between May 2010 and January 2014 he withdrew about $4.8 million from Morissette’s account without her knowledge and labeled […]

K-pop star Rain to ring modest wedding bells

SEOUL, South Korea (AFP) — South Korean pop icon Rain announced his engagement to top actress Kim Tae-Hee in a handwritten letter to fans Tuesday — but said their wedding would be low-key given the country’s economic and political woes. “I am going to be a good husband and man as a head of a family,” the 34-year-old said in the letter, posted on his Instagram feed. “She has always been by my side through […]

Shakira, Whitaker and Anne-Sophie Mutter honoured at Crystal Awards

DAVOS, SWITZERLAND (Reuters) — The World Economic Forum (WEF) honored Shakira, Forest Whitaker and Anne-Sophie Mutter on Monday (January 16) at the 23rd Annual Crystal Awards in Davos, Switzerland. Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter received the award for her leadership in providing opportunities for young people to develop careers as musicians. Mutter is the founder of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation. Since 1997, the foundation has provided support in the form of scholarships, performing opportunities and commissions for […]

Celebrity-in-chief Trump struggles to get A-list inauguration talent

by Shaun TANDON Agence France Presse NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Donald Trump has spent decades palling around in the celebrity world and once dreamed of a movie career. But for his presidential inauguration, he is finding little love in return. With a few days to go before the real estate mogul becomes the 45th president of the United States on Friday, Trump has struggled like none of his predecessors to find household names […]

‘Hidden Figures’ tops box office

‘Hidden Figures’ — the story of three African-American women working on the NASA mission to send John Glenn into space, held onto the top spot at the North American Box office over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. Starring Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson, and Janelle Monae, the film brought in $20 million over the weekend. The musical “La La Land” starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling came took the second spot, netting $14,500 […]

Vin Diesel and new “xXx” cast attend European premiere

Reuters — Vin Diesel marked his return to the “xXx” franchise at the European premiere of “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” in London on Tuesday night (January 10). Diesel, also known for the “Fast & Furious” series, first appeared as crime fighting government agent Xander Cage in 2002’s “xXx”. He skipped the sequel “xXx2: The Next Level”, which was led by Ice Cube and Willem Dafoe, but has now made a comeback in the third […]

Trump, China’s Ma hold ‘great’ meeting on jobs

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — President-elect Donald Trump and China’s billionaire founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba held “great” talks in New York on Monday focused on creating US jobs and enabling trade with Asia. The incoming Republican president, who will be sworn in as commander-in-chief in less than two weeks’ time having never previously held elected office, has made job creation a key promise of his incoming administration. His team said the meeting between […]

Police arrest 17 over Kardashian Paris robbery

by Katell PRIGENT Guy JACKSON Agence France Presse PARIS, France (AFP) — French police on Monday arrested 17 people, most of them with records for organised crime, over the robbery of US reality TV star Kim Kardashian in Paris last October, police sources said. Police swooped in the Paris region and the south of France after DNA was found at the luxury residence where Kardashian was tied up and robbed of her jewels at gunpoint, […]