A tense Hollywood to exhale at glitzy Golden Globes

Jan 12, 2015

A tense Hollywood to exhale at glitzy Golden Globes

When Hollywood gathers for the 72nd annual Golden Globes on Sunday night, real-world events may loom over what’s usually one of the industry’s most carefree and rollicking evenings. The three-hour ceremony, which will be televised live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, ...

Angelina Jolie screens 'Unbroken' in Vatican, meets pope

Jan 9, 2015

Angelina Jolie screens 'Unbroken' in Vatican, meets pope

Angelina Jolie has met with rock stars, refugees and royalty. The actress, director and U.N. special envoy added pontiff to the list on Thursday, meeting with Pope Francis briefly after screening her film “Unbroken” to some Vatican officials and ambassadors. The Vatican said Jolie ...

Bono 'may never play guitar again'

Jan 3, 2015

Bono 'may never play guitar again'

Bono, the front man of the Irish rock group U2 who was injured in a cycling accident last year, said on Friday his recovery has not been easy and he may never play guitar again. In a blog on the group’s website, the 54-year-old ...

Kanye West, Paul McCartney cut New Year's single

Jan 2, 2015

Kanye West, Paul McCartney cut New Year's single

Musical powerhouses Kanye West and Paul McCartney have teamed up in a surprise collaboration to produce a new single released Thursday, “Only One.” The soft ballad, which West said was inspired by his daughter, features the vocals of the world-famous rapper, and former Beatle ...

Dec 30, 2014

'The Interview' top-selling 2014 flick on Google Play

Sony Pictures’ “The Interview” is the top-grossing movie of the year for Google Inc., after earning $15 million in online sales and rentals from all sources through Saturday. The tally on Google’s Play and YouTube outlets, Xbox and other Web sources, dwarfs the $2.84 ...

Dec 28, 2014

Amazon-Hachette feud headlined book news in 2014

by Hillel Italie

Like a serial for the digital age, the book world’s most dramatic story of 2014 unfolded in installments, often in real time. A dispute about e-book revenues between Amazon.com and Hachette Book Group led to Amazon’s removing buy buttons, cutting discounts and reducing orders ...

Jazz great Buddy DeFranco dies at age 91

Dec 27, 2014

Jazz great Buddy DeFranco dies at age 91

Renowned jazz clarinetist Buddy DeFranco, who led the way on his instrument in the transition between the swing and bebop eras, has died at the age of 91, his family said Friday. DeFranco’s family said the famed musician died Wednesday evening at a Panama ...

Dec 26, 2014

Morocco bans Ridley Scott's 'Exodus'

Morocco has banned cinemas from showing the biblical epic “Exodus: Gods and Kings” just one day before the Hollywood blockbuster was due to be screened, media reports said Thursday. It was unclear why officials decided to ban the movie that had been given the ...