Denzel Washington sharpens tools to exact justice in ‘Equalizer’

By Mary Milliken LOS ANGELES Thu Sep 25, 2014 8:13pm EDT (Reuters) – After watching the “The Equalizer,” moviegoers might never see the friendly guy at the home improvement store who picks out their tools and plywood in the same way. In the action thriller that opens in U.S. theaters Friday, Denzel Washington plays McCall, an efficient, mild-mannered employee at Home Mart, who also happens to have a past as a trained killer and a […]

UNAIDS appoints Victoria Beckham goodwill ambassador

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS Thu Sep 25, 2014 7:52pm EDT (Reuters) – The United Nations program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) on Thursday named fashion designer and former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham a goodwill ambassador. Beckham, who said she was inspired to help after a “life-changing” visit to HIV clinics in South Africa, will focus on working toward ensuring that all children are born free from HIV and that children and women who are living with […]

Streisand makes music history with six decades of No. 1 albums

By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES Wed Sep 24, 2014 6:26pm EDT (Reuters) – Barbra Streisand made music history on Wednesday by becoming the only performer to have a No. 1 album in each of the past six decades, as her latest release “Partners” topped the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. The album sold 196,000 copies in its first week, according to sales figures compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. With her latest hit, Streisand also became the only […]


Feliciano passed away on September 19, 2014 at the age of 73. Born on February 19, 1941, Francisco Feliciano was known for propagating “Asianness” in his works. He combined Filipino culture, the Western and Asian musical idiom in his operas, ballets, orchestral works and hymns. Many of his choral compositions were performed by the best choirs in the country, such as the world renowned Philippines Madrigal Singers, UST Singers and the Novo Concertante Manila, and […]

Lady Gaga sheds quirky image for jazz album with Tony Bennett

(Reuters) – Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, bridging a 60-year age gap to form one of music’s unlikeliest pairs, launched a jazz album on Monday that lets the pop diva put aside her wacky image to sing sweet harmonies with the elder statesman of cool. “Cheek to Cheek,” on sale on Tuesday after a launch concert in the ornate Renaissance setting of the Grand-Place in Brussels, features jazz standards by Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and […]

Singer Taylor Swift leads People Magazine’s best-dressed list

Wed Sep 17, 2014 4:05pm EDT (Reuters) – Pop star Taylor Swift, who has adopted a sexier look on red carpets, was named People magazine’s best-dressed celebrity of the year on Wednesday. Swift led the annual unranked list of the top 10 best-dressed celebrity style icons that also included Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o, singers Jennifer Lopez and Rihanna and actresses Emma Stone and Emma Watson. Rising starlets Chloe Grace Moretz and “Mad Men” actress Kiernan Shipka […]