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 […]

A Minute With: Ethan Hawke on lessons from Robin Williams

By Solarina Ho TORONTO Wed Sep 17, 2014 9:29am EDT (Reuters) – It has been more than 25 years since a young Ethan Hawke stepped on his desk to salute his teacher, portrayed by Robin Williams, in “Dead Poets Society.” Hawke, 43, has taken on some 50 roles since and this year received his third Oscar nod for best adapted screenplay for “Before Midnight,” shared with Richard Linklater and Julie Delpy. His 12-year “Boyhood” project […]

Leonardo DiCaprio named U.N. messenger of peace for climate

UNITED NATIONS Tue Sep 16, 2014 2:49pm EDT (Reuters) – Hollywood actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio has been named a United Nations Messenger of Peace, a post he will use to raise awareness about climate change, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday. DiCaprio will address a U.N. summit meeting on climate change on Sept. 23, a day before the U.N. General Assembly’s annual gathering of world leaders begins. Many leaders from the 193 […]

George Clooney to receive Golden Globes’ Cecil B. DeMille award

LOS ANGELES Mon Sep 15, 2014 7:19pm EDT (Reuters) – Oscar-winning actor, director and producer George Clooney will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award, an honorary Golden Globe for his contribution to cinema, organizers of the event said on Monday. Clooney, 53, one of Hollywood’s leading men on screen and behind the camera, will be honored in January at the Golden Globes Awards, one of the year’s most high-profile awards ceremonies for film and television […]

Navarro’s camp dismayed with Taguig RTC’s decision

Vhong Navarro’s camp was surprised and dismayed with the decision of Taguig Regional Trial Court allowing Deniece Cornejo, Cedric Lee, and Simeon Raz to post bail in the case of serious illegal detention that they were facing. According to Atty. Alma Mallonga, they were surprised with the decision because they were confident of the evidence that they had already presented in court. Navarro’s camp is afraid that after Cornejo, Lee and Raz have posted bail, […]


THE Netherlands-trained double bass player will be the featured artist of the third and last concert of The CCP Special Concert Series in a rare double bass concert on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 7:30 PM at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino. The program will feature double bass sonatas and a concerto, a work for three double basses and one for cello and double bass. Jiovanni Tabada received his basic music training in double bass in […]

“Guardians of the Galaxy” continues reign at U.S. box office

(Reuters) — “Guardians of the Galaxy,” already the biggest film of the year, continued its improbable assault on the box office, collecting $10.2 million to lead all films after a month in theaters. Featuring a cast of misfit super heroes that includes a machinegun-toting raccoon, “Guardians” leapt from the pages of Marvel Comics to total $295 million in ticket sales in U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to studio estimates. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” was second with $6.5 million […]