Entertainment  August 30, 2015
Silence of the Lambs director to get Venice award
Director Jonathan Demme is a regular in Venice and is due to chair the jury for the Horizons world cinema section of this yearSilence of the Lambs director Jonathan Demme is to be presented with the Visionary Talent award at the upcoming Venice Film Festival, organisers announced Friday.Demme, who will receive the prize on September 3rd, was described by Festival director Alberto Barbera as a member of "that generation of cinephile auteurs who revolutionised Hollywood in ...  Full Story
New Orleans rings with music 10 years after Katrina
The Hot 8 Brass Band performs at the Howling Wolf in New Orleans, Louisiana as the city regains its vibrancy ten years after Hurricane KatrinaThe vibrant sounds of brass bands and buskers echo through the streets of New Orleans ten years after the birthplace of jazz was devastated by Hurricane Katrina.But while tourists may find themselves overwhelmed by choice, locals fear some of the Big Easy's spirit of creativity and improvisation may have been lost to the floodwaters. "There had be...  Full Story
Spike Lee, Gena Rowlands, Debbie Reynolds to receive honorary Oscars
Actress Gena Rowlands displays her hands after making her handprints at her Hand and Footprint ceremony in front of the TCL Chinese Theater IMAX in Hollywood, California on December 5, 2014Director Spike Lee and actress Gena Rowlands will receive honorary Oscar awards this year and film star Debbie Reynolds will be awarded a humanitarian prize, Academy Award organizers said Thursday.The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences emphasized the "extraordinary contribution" that the three legends have made to show business throughout ...  Full Story
Feeling hangry? It'll soon be wine o'clock
Wine oDon't worry if you're feeling hangry, you could nibble on barbacoa and freekeh until wine o'clock. That would be awesomesauce.Oxford University Press on Thursday announced its quarterly update to OxfordDictionaires.com -- and it includes a larder full of words on food and drink.If you're tempted to check out your local cat cafe or fast-casual resta...  Full Story
Time for black or gay 007, says Brosnan
Actor Pierce Brosnan arrives for the Los Angeles premiere of the film The next James Bond could be black or gay, argues 007 veteran Pierce Brosnan. "Sure. Why not?" the Irish star was quoted as telling men's magazine Details when asked if he could picture a gay Bond.Brosnan said he doubted Bond producer Barbara Broccoli would allow a gay Bond to happen in her lifetime. "But it would certainly make for interesting vie...  Full Story
Kanye West to be honored at MTV awards
Kanye West, pictured July 26, 2015, will be honored for his career achievements during the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards in Los AngelesMercurial hip-hop great Kanye West will be honored for his career achievements during the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, the organization announced Tuesday.The 38-year-old boundary-pushing rapper has produced "groundbreaking videos, legendary VMA performances" and has "delivered something new with every successive video," MTV said ...  Full Story
'Straight Outta Compton' puts notorious US city on map
Director F. Gary Gray arrives for the premiere of Universal Pictures and Legendary PicturesSome see it as an opportunity, while others believe it is a chance to show how far a troubled community has come. But all are in agreement: "Straight Outta Compton" has put the American city on the world map -- for better or worse.Directed by F. Gary Gray, best known for his music videos, the biopic about the pioneering rap group N.W.A. traces the ...  Full Story
Tom Cruise wings into Colombian Amazon
Tom Cruise (R) receives a neckerchief with the emblem of the "General Luis Acevedo Torres" battalian from Colombian soldiers as present during his visit to Araracuara municipality, Amazonas department, southern Colombia on August 24, 2015Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise, fresh off his latest "Mission: Impossible" hit, was in Colombia filming scenes for a new film in a remote Amazon basin region, military sources said.Cruise, 53, was "working on scenes for an upcoming film about the life of one of Pablo Escobar's pilots," said Major Cristian Caballero of Jungle Army Batallion 50 on Mo...  Full Story