'Artpop' or flop? Lady Gaga goes aloft for launch

Nov 11, 2013

'Artpop' or flop? Lady Gaga goes aloft for launch

Multiplatinum-selling diva Lady Gaga took off in a custom-made flying dress to proclaim a new cultural revolution for Monday’s global launch of her third album, greeted by mixed reviews. Fighting to retain her “Queen of Pop” crown, Gaga strapped herself into the flying suit, ...

Fugitive Polanski unveils documentary via Skype

Nov 8, 2013

Fugitive Polanski unveils documentary via Skype

Oscar-winning film director Roman Polanski, a fugitive in the United States for having sex with a 13-year-old girl in the 1970s, unveiled a new documentary in New York on Thursday — via Skype. The French-Polish director has not set foot in the United States ...

Centennial of Camus' birth marked

Nov 8, 2013

Centennial of Camus' birth marked

by Angus Mackinnon

Albert Camus once said that those who write clearly have readers, while those who write obscurely have commentators. By his own maxim, he must have been doing something right because, 100 years after his birth and more than half a century since his untimely ...

U.K. export ban on historic art angers Australia

Nov 7, 2013

U.K. export ban on historic art angers Australia

The National Gallery of Australia on Thursday blasted Britain’s decision to block the export of historic paintings of a kangaroo and a dingo. The two oils by British artist George Stubbs are thought to be the first depiction of the animals in Western art. ...

Lady Gaga hints at show aboard spaceship

Nov 7, 2013

Lady Gaga hints at show aboard spaceship

Lady Gaga is streaming her new album a week early after leaks, but she hinted Wednesday at an out of this world publicity splash with its official launch — a concert in space. The multiplatinum-selling pop diva’s third album, “Artpop,” went up without warning ...

Nov 4, 2013

Film on Mandela's life is premiered

A long-awaited film on the life of anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela premiered in his native South Africa on Sunday, stirring emotional memories of the country’s turbulent history. “Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom,” largely based on his autobiography of the same title, traces the life ...

Nov 4, 2013

Eminem takes top honor at first YouTube music awards

YouTube’s first music awards thrilled and spilled Sunday, with Eminem named artist of the year, though most awards went to lesser-known acts during a show filled with eclectic stunts. The webcast was kicked off by indie rockers Arcade Fire performing their new song “Afterlife” ...

Banksy Nazi picture auctioned for N.Y. charity

Nov 1, 2013

Banksy Nazi picture auctioned for N.Y. charity

British artist Banksy has donated a “vandalized” oil painting to a New York thrift shop to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for HIV patients and the homeless. It was the latest stunt in the graffiti superstar’s monthlong pop-up New York street exhibition, which ...

French president's chef says adieu

Nov 1, 2013

French president's chef says adieu

by sylvie Corbet

France’s presidential chef is retiring after four decades of culinary service, having fed five French presidents and peppered the steaks tartare of some of the world’s most powerful leaders. Bernard Vaussion, 60, was filled with emotion while cooking his last lunch for the President ...

Electronica artist Blake nabs Mercury

Oct 31, 2013

Electronica artist Blake nabs Mercury

Electronica singer-songwriter James Blake won Britain’s prestigious Mercury Prize on Wednesday for his second album, “Overgrown.” The 25-year-old art school graduate beat off competition from bookmaker favorite Laura Mvula, legendary singer/songwriter David Bowie and Sheffield rockers Arctic Monkeys to claim the £20,000 ($32,000) prize ...