Entertainment  January 26, 2015
Colombia's Paulina Vega wins Miss Universe title
Miss Colombia Paulina Vega is crowned Miss Universe 2014 during the 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Pageant at Florida International University on January 25, 2015 in Miami, FloridaColombia's Paulina Vega was crowned Miss Universe, beating out contenders from the United States, Ukraine, Jamaica and The Netherlands at the world's top beauty pageant in Florida.The 22-year-old model and business student triumphed over 87 other women from around the world, and is only the second beauty queen from Colombia to take home the prize. ...  Full Story
'Birdman' soars to victory at Screen Actors Guild Awards
vDark comedy "Birdman" boosted its Oscars hopes after landing the top prize at the 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards, a barometer of likely success at the all-important Academy Awards.The film about a washed up superhero movie star attempting to revive his career on Broadway took the SAG equivalent of the Oscars best picture with victory in the outsta...  Full Story
Arena rockers Toto in new album after nine years
Bassist Mike Porcaro of the band Toto performs during a concert in Paris, France, on February 4, 2003Toto, which packed arenas with 1980s hits such as "Africa" and "Hold the Line," will release its first album in nearly a decade in March followed by an extensive tour.The Los Angeles-area rockers said they regarded "Toto XIV," their first album of new material since 2006, as a sequel to 1982's "Toto IV," which jumpstarted the band's career."This is...  Full Story
Controversial 'Sniper' tops US box office for second week
Clint Eastwood's mega-hit "American Sniper" was the top film at North American movie houses for a second week, despite controversy over what some feel is a jingoistic message and graphic violence.The war drama, based on the true story of Iraq War Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, earned $64.4 million this weekend, industry estimates showed, after last weekend'...  Full Story
Rihanna goes acoustic with Paul McCartney
Recording artist Rihanna attends RihannaRihanna, who has topped the charts with a pop-driven R&B sound, has unveiled a new acoustic song in a collaboration with Beatles legend Paul McCartney.Rihanna unexpectedly late Saturday released the new single, "FourFiveSeconds," which features the Barbados-born singer's signature robust voice but has a minimal backdrop of McCartney's guitar st...  Full Story
Baseball's Ernie Banks, 'Mr Cub', dies at 83
File picture taken on November 20, 2013 in Washington, DC, shows US President Barack Obama presenting the Presidential Medal of Freedom to former Chicago Cubs baseball player Ernie Banks at the White HouseHall of Fame infielder Ernie Banks, who was affectionately dubbed "Mr Cub" by the Wrigley Field faithful, passed away Friday. He was 83.Banks, the Cubs' first-ever black player, played shortstop and first base, and was a 14-time all-star who played for Chicago from 1953-1971. He was the National League's Most Valuable Player in 1958 and 1959 and h...  Full Story
Sundance TV Festival? Lines blurring, says Redford
File photo shows US actor Robert Redford, president and founder of the Sundance Institute, during the opening of the Sundance London Film and Music Festival, April 24, 2015For three decades, it's been America's premier independent film festival. But this year more than ever, there is talk at Sundance of the blurring divide between movies, television and online.This year's festival lineup even includes two TV shows, while the Sundance Institute, the body behind the festival, has set up a separate "laboratory" for youn...  Full Story
Electronica pioneer Froese of Tangerine Dream dead at 70
Edgar Froese of Tangerine Dream attends the The Music of Grand Theft Auto V Panel on October 1, 2013 in New YorkEdgar Froese, whose band Tangerine Dream crafted an ambient and futuristic sound that set the stage for generations of electronic artists, has died, his son said. He was 70.Trained as a sculptor, the German multi-instrumentalist shocked the musical world in the early 1970s by using synthesizers to generate a trance-like but minimalist atmosphere th...  Full Story