Stevie Wonder blends hits at Montreux for Quincy Jones

By Stephanie Nebehay MONTREUX Switzerland Wed Jul 16, 2014 9:25pm EDT (Reuters) – Motown legend Stevie Wonder gave a soulful two-hour concert at the Montreux Jazz Festival on Wednesday night, blending his hits with covers of the Beatles and Michael Jackson for an audience that included producer Quincy Jones. The African-American singer and songwriter, wearing lime green sunglasses and braids down to his waist, headlined the 48th edition of the prestigious Swiss festival, fulfilling a […]

‘Planet of the Apes’ climbs to top of U.S. box office charts

(Reuters) – “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” a sequel about highly intelligent apes that battle with humans for dominance, has knocked the giant “Transformers” robots out of the top spot on U.S. and Canadian movie charts. The 3D “Apes” movie collected $73 million in ticket sales from Friday through Sunday, according to estimates from Rentrak. “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” a sequel that ruled the box office the two previous weekends, dropped to second […]

The top films at the North American box office

Sun Jul 13, 2014 12:23pm EDT LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK – Following are the top 10 movies at North American box offices for the three days starting July 11, led by “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” according to studio estimates compiled by Reuters. 1 (*) Dawn of the Planet of the Apes………$ 75.0 million 2 (1) Transformers: Age of Extinction …….$ 16.5 million 3 (2) Tammy…………………………….$ 12.9 million 4 (4) 22 Jump Street…………………….$ 6.7 […]

Conductor Lorin Maazel dies at 84, led New York Philharmonic

By Brendan O’Brien Sun Jul 13, 2014 9:27pm EDT (Reuters) – Conductor Lorin Maazel, a child prodigy who later directed the New York Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Munich Philharmonic, died on Sunday at the age of 84, according to music festival he founded. Maazel died in Virginia from complications following pneumonia, the Castleton Festival said in a statement on its website. Maazel was born in Paris in 1930 to American parents and spent […]

Garth Brooks announces country music comeback, digital downloads

Thu Jul 10, 2014 4:09pm EDT (Reuters) – Country music star Garth Brooks said on Thursday he was coming out of recording retirement and will release new music for the first time in more than decade. Brooks, who in recent years has been playing concerts in Las Vegas, said at a Nashville news conference he would also make his music available for purchase on his website. The “Friends in Low Places” singer, who has sold […]

SoundCloud close to deal with major record labels: Bloomberg

Thu Jul 10, 2014 8:46pm EDT (Reuters) – Online music sharing service SoundCloud Ltd is close to a deal with Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, and Warner Music Group for licenses to continue playing their songs and avoid potential legal disputes, Bloomberg reported citing people with knowledge of the matter. SoundCloud is in return negotiating offering a 3 percent to 5 percent stake to the companies as well as a percentage of future revenue, […]

Stolen Matisse painting worth around $3 mln returned to Venezuela

CARACAS Mon Jul 7, 2014 8:08pm EDT (Reuters) – A painting believed to be a 1925 work by French artist Henri Matisse worth around $3 million was returned to Venezuela from the United States on Monday more than a decade after it was stolen from a museum in Caracas, Venezuela’s government said. The “Odalisque in Red Pants” (Odalisque a la culotte rouge)is thought to have been stolen from the Caracas Museum of Contemporary Art in […]

Harrison Ford injury to halt ‘Star Wars’ production for two weeks

NEW YORK Mon Jul 7, 2014 1:57pm EDT (Reuters) – Actor Harrison Ford is recuperating from surgery after breaking his leg, but the injury on the set of “Star Wars: Episode VII” will force a two-week hiatus in filming, the Walt Disney Studios said. News of the stoppage comes after Disney initially said filming would continue on schedule while Ford recovered. But shooting is on track to wrap up in the fall, the studio said, […]

‘Transformers’ producers face new dispute from Chinese location rep

SHANGHAI Sun Jul 6, 2014 11:48pm EDT (Reuters) – A scenic Chinese location where scenes in Paramount Pictures’ “Transformers: Age of Extinction” were filmed, has threatened to sue the film’s producers for failing to display its logo on-screen, the China Daily newspaper reported. The product placement complaint was made by the Chongqing Wulong Karst Tourism Group, which operates the Wulong Scenic Area in southwest China. It marks the second dispute the movie has faced in […]

Pharrell, Minaj lead BET award winners, Richie honored

By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES Mon Jun 30, 2014 12:47am EDT (Reuters) – R&B star Pharrell, rapper Nicki Minaj and newcomer August Alsina led the winners at the Black Entertainment Television (BET) awards on Sunday, which also honored veteran soul singer Lionel Richie. Pharrell kicked off the show with “Come Get It Bae” and won two awards, including best male R&B/pop artist. Beyonce was named best female R&B/pop singer, and closed the show with a […]

Miss Delaware loses crown for being a few months too old

(Reuters) – A beauty contest winner, stripped of her crown as Miss Delaware due to age, said on Friday she had done nothing wrong and wants to be allowed to compete in the Miss America pageant even though she will turn 25 this year. Amanda Longacre said she learned on Tuesday that she had been disqualified because the Miss Delaware pageant determined that she had violated the age requirement. On NBC’s “Today” show on Friday, […]

Chris Brown rejects plea deal in Washington assault case

(Reuters) – R&B singer Chris Brown rejected a no-jail plea deal on Wednesday for a suspected sidewalk punchup and will go to trial in September, the latest legal hurdle for the Grammy-winning performer. Brown, 25, rejected a plea accord that would have sentenced him to time served in exchange for pleading guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge, his attorney Mark Geragos said. “They wanted him to read from a script that wasn’t true. He didn’t […]