Why some artists no longer want to be famous

Jan 5, 2017

Why some artists no longer want to be famous

“I love being famous,” the black U.S. comedian Chris Rock once quipped. “It’s almost like being white.” But a growing number of artists would rather have success without the encumbrance of fame. From the street artist Banksy to the Italian literary phenomenon Elena Ferrante, ...

Dick Clark Productions rejects Mariah Carey's sabotage claim

Jan 2, 2017

Dick Clark Productions rejects Mariah Carey's sabotage claim

Dick Clark Productions is hitting back against Mariah Carey’s claim it sabotaged her live performance on its “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” special. Carey’s disaster during the annual New Year’s Eve special in Times Square made international headlines: The superstar vocally stumbled through her short ...

Jan 2, 2017

Legendary cartoon artist of 'Bambi' fame Tyrus Wong dies at 106

Legendary animation artist Tyrus Wong, whose evocative sketches were used to create Disney’s groundbreaking “Bambi” cartoon, has died at the age of 106, the company said. “Tyrus Wong had a gift for evoking incredible feeling in his art with simple, gestural composition,” said a ...

First Beatles manager Allan Williams dies

Dec 31, 2016

First Beatles manager Allan Williams dies

Allan Williams, the first manager of The Beatles who drove the band on their formative trip to Hamburg in 1960, has died at the age of 86, his old club announced. The Jacaranda Club in Liverpool, northwest England, posted the news late Friday on ...

Actors seek posthumous protections after big-screen resurrections

Dec 31, 2016

Actors seek posthumous protections after big-screen resurrections

Tuesday’s death of actress Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia in “Star Wars,” set off waves of remembrance among fans — but also speculation over her character’s return in yet-to-be-filmed episodes. Filmmakers are tapping advances in digital technology to resurrect characters after a performer ...

Dec 31, 2016

Did Debbie Reynolds die of broken-heart syndrome?

Dying of a broken heart is real. When Debbie Reynolds passed away on Wednesday, her son said the stress of his sister Carrie Fisher’s death the day before was too much for his mother to take. The emotional distress of losing a loved one ...

Japanese actor Jinpachi Nezu dies at 69

Dec 30, 2016

Japanese actor Jinpachi Nezu dies at 69

Actor Jinpachi Nezu, known for his so-called nihilistic acting style, died of pneumonia at a hospital in Tokyo on Thursday. He was 69. Nezu, whose real name is Toru Nezu, often played silent, stoic roles. After making his breakthrough in a theater group led ...