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Love is the drug on French first lady's new album PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 June 2008

REUTERS, PARIS - France's first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy sings of 30 lovers and hard drugs on a new album that she insists was not inspired by her whirlwind romance and marriage to President Nicolas Sarkozy.

m is acute due to Bruni's romance with Sarkozy, Dicale lauded it as a "perfect success" in terms of music.

Janet's Label Jacks European Tour PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 June 2008

Los Angeles (E! Online) - There are some people Janet Jackson just doesn't want to rock with. Like Europeans. And her record label.

The pop icon has called off the European leg of her heavily hyped Rock Witchu tour, blaming the promotional efforts—or lack thereof—of Island Def Jam Records.
They had sex WHERE? PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 June 2008

REUTERS, ROME - An Italian couple who were caught having sex in a church confessional box while morning Mass was being said have repented and made peace with the local bishop.

The couple, in their early 30s, were detained by police earlier this month after they had made love in the confessional box in the cathedral in northern Cesena. They were cautioned for obscene acts in public and disturbing a religious function.
Bollywood's first family stars in "Enron" drama PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 06 June 2008

REUTERS, NEW DELHI - "Sarkar Raj", a new Bollywood film on a shrewd businesswoman's plan to build a power plant caught up in development politics, is drawing comparisons with the controversy behind the failed Indian project of U.S. utilities giant Enron.

The film, starring Bollywood's first family the Bachchans, has an uncanny resemblance to the real-life drama involving powerful politician Balasaheb Thackeray, whose party opposed a $2.8 billion power plant built by Enron in the 1990s.
Actor Mel Ferrer , former husband of Audrey Hepburn dies PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 06 June 2008

AFP, WASHINGTON  - Actor and filmmaker Mel Ferrer, who was once married to Audrey Hepburn, has died in California at age 90, a family spokesman said Tuesday.

"Mel Ferrer passed away yesterday morning at the family ranch in Carpinteria," in California's Santa Barbara region 94 miles (150 kilometers) north of Los Angeles, family spokesman Mike Mena said.
Swedish council helping exiled writer Taslima Nasreen PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 05 June 2008

REUTERS, STOCKHOLM - Exiled Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen, under threat after angering Muslim groups with her work, is living in Sweden with the support of a local municipality, a member of parliament said on Monday.

Cecilia Wikstrom, a deputy chairman of a parliamentary committee on cultural affairs, said the local council of the university town of Uppsala had offered to cover Nasreen's basic living expenses for up to two years so she can write.

London stage version of 'Gone with the Wind' blown away: report PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 June 2008

AFP, LONDON - The stage adaptation of the classic novel "Gone with the Wind" has closed three months early, becoming one of the biggest flops in the history of London's West End theatre district, reports said on Sunday.

The musical had been due to run until at least September 27, but producers have decided to cut their losses after poor ticket sales, several newspapers reported.

Holly Hunter gets star on Hollywood's 'Walk of Fame' PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 01 June 2008

AFP, LOS ANGELES - Oscar-winning US actress Holly Hunter got star treatment, as her name was embedded and her film career honored on Hollywood's "Walk of Fame".

The 50-year-old actress, her two-year-old twin sons, director Steven Spielberg and actor Ed Harris were all on hand for the unveiling of the 2,363rd star to be laid on Hollywood Boulevard.

Oscar-winning Sydney Pollack dies at 73 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 May 2008

AFP, LOS ANGELES - Sydney Pollack, the prolific US director, producer and actor who helmed the Oscar-winning romance "Out of Africa" and the cross-dressing comedy "Tootsie," has died of cancer. He was 73.

Pollack died Monday afternoon at his home in Pacific Palisades in Los Angeles, surrounded by his family, his agent Leslee Dart told AFP. He had been diagnosed with cancer nine months ago.

Harry Potter actor stabbed to death in mobile phone vendetta PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 May 2008

The Sunday Times

A teenage actor who is to appear in the new Harry Potter film was stabbed to death in the early hours of yesterday during a fight at a bar.

Robert Knox, 18, was murdered outside the Metro bar in Sidcup, southeast London, as he tried to protect his brother Jamie, 17, from a knifeman.
Favourites Sweden, Ukraine through to Eurovision final PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 May 2008

AFP, BELGRADE - Sweden and Ukraine, among the main contenders in the 53rd Eurovision song contest, have claimed a place in the glitzy finale of the competition to be staged in the Serbian capital this weekend.

Charlotte Perrelli, the Swedish diva who won the contest in 1999, wowed the audience on Thursday evening with her upbeat song "Hero," which is expected to get strong backing from the Scandinavian bloc in the final.

Rocker David Cook wins `American Idol' PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 May 2008

Reuters, Los Angeles - Rocker David Cook won the coveted title of "American Idol" on Wednesday, dealing an unexpected but decisive defeat to a silken-voiced teenager, also named David, on the most popular US television show.

Cook, 25, who was tending bar and playing in a band before he auditioned for the singing competition, stood back to applaud rival David Archuleta, 17, and then bent over crying after host Ryan Seacrest said he had won by 12 million votes.

Chinese film-maker focuses on how politics affects people PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

AFP, CANNES - China's lone contender for the top Cannes prize, Jia Zhangke, probes the aftershock of the country's socialist policies on individual people in "24 City", shot in quake-hit Sichuan.

Currently one of the top three favourites for Cannes' coveted Palme d'Or for best film, the part-fiction, part-documentary movie spans the lives of three generations of workers employed at a large aeronautics plant at Chengdu, in Sichuan province.

Heavyweight boxer Tyson at Cannes film festival PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 18 May 2008

REUTERS, CANNES, France - A sympathetic portrayal of heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson brought one of the most fearsome and controversial fighters in the sport's history to the red carpet at the Cannes film festival.

Selecting from hours of documentary footage and mixing fight sequences with interviews and photographs, director James Toback tells the story of the boxer's climb from his impoverished childhood to the pinnacle of his sport and dramatic fall.

ETV suspends journalists PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 14 May 2008

Private TV station ETV has suspended or terminated 14 journalists on charges of observing work stoppage and neglect of duty.

The journalists denied the charges.

"The (suspended) journalists have been asked to explain their breach of discipline and neglect of duty. The action was taken on clear charges against them," the channel's managing director Ashraful Alam said in a statement Tuesday.
Indian megastar Bachchan to play Bangladesh founder PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 May 2008

DHAKA (Reuters) - Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan and his celebrity family members have all tentatively agreed to take part in a film based on the life of Bangladesh's founding leader, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, local media said on Thursday.

Amitabh will take the role of Mujib in the film, named "The Poet of Politics," while his son Abhishek Bachchan will act in the role of a young Mujib, Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury, the producer of the film, told ANA, a U.S.-based Bangladeshi news agency.

Film celebrates tightrope walk between Twin Towers PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 May 2008

REUTERS, NEW YORK - Even before they were built, New York's Twin Towers provided a dream for Philippe Petit, and he spent six years chasing that dream until he conquered them with a spectacular, illegal act.

On Aug. 7, 1974, the Frenchman walked between the towers on a wire, without a net or a harness, some 1,362 feet above ground -- a seemingly impossible feat of guerrilla theater.

Mariah Carey marries singer Nick Cannon reports PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 May 2008

REUTERS, LOS ANGELES - Top-selling recording artist Mariah Carey and popular rap singer and actor Nick Cannon married this week in the Bahamas, according to several media reports.

The New York Post said on Thursday the pair wed in a secret ceremony in front of family and friends at Carey's house in Eleuthera, citing a source close to Carey.

Pop singer Winehouse cautioned after London assault PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 April 2008

AFP, LONDON- British pop singer Amy Winehouse has been cautioned after admitting an assault on a night out in London, police said Saturday.

Winehouse, known for songs including "You Know I'm No Good" as well as her troubled private life, reportedly headbutted one man and punched another as she tried to hail a taxi.

"Hard Candy" confirms Madonna's flair for music... and business PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 April 2008

AFP, PARIS - Madonna takes music stores worldwide by storm in the next few days with a new hip hop-influenced album "Hard Candy", her last on the Warner label before taking up her astronomical contract with US concert promoter Live Nation.

The record hits shelves in Europe on Friday, the artist's native United States on April 29, and the rest of the world on April 28. Announcing "Hard Candy", Madonna described the title as "a juxtaposition of tough and sweetness."

Indian singer Shanti Sharma 'jumps to death' PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 April 2008

Indian classical singer Shanti Sharma died in mysterious circumstances after she fell from the second storey of her south Delhi home, the family said Wednesday, reports agency.

Sharma was 52. News agency IANS quoted her husband Dinesh Sharma as saying: "Shanti jumped to death from our Malviya Nagar home Tuesday morning."

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