Expert denies authenticating 'lost' Leonardo

Feb 12, 2015

Expert denies authenticating 'lost' Leonardo

Assertions that an eminent scholar had authenticated a portrait by Leonardo da Vinci tantalized art lovers with the prospect of a new masterpiece and inflated a backroom bidding war worth tens of millions of euros. Only Carlo Pedretti, longtime director of the Leonardo center ...

Smith, Pharrell lead Grammys, Perry spotlights domestic abuse

Feb 9, 2015

Smith, Pharrell lead Grammys, Perry spotlights domestic abuse

British soul singer Sam Smith and R&B singer-producer Pharrell Williams led the early winners at Sunday’s Grammy awards, while Katy Perry and President Barack Obama teamed up to take a stand against domestic violence at the music industry’s top awards. Minutes before Perry’s performance ...

Feb 9, 2015

New accuser emerges as Cosby cancels shows in Boston

A former fashion model and actress who appeared on one episode of “The Cosby Show” in 1987 is the latest woman to accuse Bill Cosby of making unwanted sexual advances. Helen Gumpel, formerly known as Helen Selby, said Sunday that Cosby made sexual advances ...

Brian Williams backs out of Letterman appearance

Feb 9, 2015

Brian Williams backs out of Letterman appearance

Embattled NBC News anchor Brian Williams is backing out of scheduled appearance on David Letterman’s “Late Show” on Thursday. That news from NBC came Sunday, a day after Williams said he was stepping away from NBC’s “Nightly News” as the network looks into the ...

'Birdman' filmmaker wins top prize at Directors Guild Awards

Feb 8, 2015

'Birdman' filmmaker wins top prize at Directors Guild Awards

“Birdman” has cracked another awards ceremony. After taking top honors from the acting and producing guilds, the film about a washed-up Hollywood actor played by Michael Keaton won the top prize at the Directors Guild Awards. “Birdman” writer-director Alejandro Inarritu was honored at Saturday’s ...

'Crouching Tiger' star Zhang Ziyi to marry rocker

Feb 8, 2015

'Crouching Tiger' star Zhang Ziyi to marry rocker

Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi has accepted a marriage proposal from a romantic rock star who delivered a diamond ring to her by drone, media said Sunday. Musician Wang Feng sent a white drone carrying the ring flying into Zhang’s 36th birthday party, Chinese web ...

New Harper Lee book sparks anticipation

Feb 5, 2015

New Harper Lee book sparks anticipation

Surprise, eager anticipation and a tinge of skepticism have surrounded the news that Pulitzer Prize-winning author Harper Lee will publish a second novel, half a century after “To Kill a Mockingbird” became an American classic. Until Tuesday, when publisher Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins, ...

Feb 2, 2015

'Sniper' shoots down Super Bowl weekend record with $31.9 million

“American Sniper” shot down another box-office record: Its $31.9 million is the biggest Super Bowl weekend gross ever. According to studio estimates Sunday, the Clint Eastwood film narrowly surpassed the previous top Super Bowl weekend draw. The concert film “Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: The Best ...

Greek singer Roussos dies at age 68

Jan 27, 2015

Greek singer Roussos dies at age 68

by Odile Duperry

Greek singer Demis Roussos, best known for his hit operatic pop ballads in the 1970s and ’80s, died in Athens at the weekend aged 68. His death was announced in a brief statement Monday by the Igia clinic, where he was admitted some time ...