May 23, 2014

Fans welcome news of McCartney's recovery prospects

Japanese fans on Friday welcomed news that former Beatle Paul McCartney is expected to make a full recovery from the viral infection that landed him in a Tokyo hospital for treatment. McCartney, 71, called off his sold-out Japan tour this week after postponing several ...

May 23, 2014

Director Hirayanagi bags student award at Cannes

Atsuko Hirayanagi’s graduation film from the Singapore branch of a New York school was selected for second prize in the Cinefondation student film division of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival on Thursday. It was the first time a Japanese has won an award in ...

McCartney, hit by virus, cancels second Tokyo show

May 18, 2014

McCartney, hit by virus, cancels second Tokyo show

Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney canceled a second concert in Tokyo Sunday after contracting a virus and said he was sorry for letting fans down. The 71-year-old English pop veteran had already canceled a planned performance at the National Stadium on Saturday, the day after coming ...

May 18, 2014

DSK-inspired film debuts at Cannes

Abel Ferrara’s highly-anticipated movie inspired by the sordid sex scandal that brought down former International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn got its world premiere Saturday in Cannes. Far from being shown in one of the plush theaters in the festival hall, “Welcome to ...

Kawase eyes Cannes prize for 'masterpiece'

May 11, 2014

Kawase eyes Cannes prize for 'masterpiece'

Naomi Kawase, the first Japanese director to be a member of the Cannes jury, is returning to the competition this year with a film she has dubbed her “masterpiece.” And for an auteur who has already bagged the Camera D’Or and the Grand Prix, ...

'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' actor Bob Hoskins dies at 71

May 1, 2014

'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' actor Bob Hoskins dies at 71

Bob Hoskins never lost his Cockney accent, even as he became a global star who charmed and alarmed audiences in a vast range of roles. Short and bald, with a face he once compared to “a squashed cabbage,” Hoskins was a remarkably versatile performer. ...

Paul Simon, Edie Brickell arrested for disorderly conduct

Apr 29, 2014

Paul Simon, Edie Brickell arrested for disorderly conduct

Singer Paul Simon and his wife, Edie Brickell, were arrested on disorderly conduct charges by officers investigating a “family dispute,” police said Monday. A caller from the singers’ Connecticut home dialed police Saturday night and hung up, police chief Leon Krolikowski said at a ...

Homemaker, 37, joins girl group AKB48

Apr 17, 2014

Homemaker, 37, joins girl group AKB48

Commercial music juggernaut AKB48 has added a 37-year-old mother of two to the wildly popular all-girl group as it looks to broaden the appeal of its teen-dominated line-up. The collective, whose 90-plus singers and dancers are rotated in and out of the limelight according ...