Entertainment  August 27, 2016
On a roll: 'Sausage Party' maestro bids for elusive Emmy
Composer Alan Menken poses after being honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010With eight Oscars, 11 Grammys and a Tony vying for space on his mantelpiece, Alan Menken's bill for dry-cleaning tuxedos might well match the box-office take of most Off-Broadway openings. The legendary US composer has picked up more than 100 nominations at major awards ceremonies in an illustrious career spanning five decades that has produced so...  Full Story
Dwayne Johnson tops Forbes list of best paid actors
Dwayne Johnson attends the Warner Bros Premiere of Central Intelligence, in Westwood, California, on June 10, 2016Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was named the world's highest paid actor by Forbes on Thursday, raking in $64.5 million and snatching the title held for three consecutive years by Robert Downey Jr.The 44-year-old former wrestler more than doubled his earnings from last year thanks to his role in the action comedy "Central Intelligence," the eighth instal...  Full Story
Britney Spears biopic coming to TV
Britney Spears has had a rollercoaster life but has found more stability since starting a residency show in Las VegasThe turbulent life of Britney Spears -- who went from teenage pop idol to tabloid fodder -- is becoming a television biopic.Lifetime, a US network geared toward women, said Wednesday it had given the green light to a two-hour film on the singer's life, tentatively called "Britney," to air next year.Starring as Spears, one of the most recognizable m...  Full Story
MTV launches global contest for cover song stardom
MTV revolutionized the music industry from its launch in 1981 by intertwining a visual component with pop songs but the network has come to focus more broadly on youth cultureMTV on Wednesday invited fans around the world to cover hit songs, with the winner set to earn fame by starring in an original video.The pioneering music network announced the contest ahead of Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards in New York and geared the initiative toward viewers in the network's more than 120 markets outside the United States.The net...  Full Story
Jennifer Lawrence tops list of best paid actresses
US actress Jennifer Lawrence poses on arrival for the premiere of X-Men Apocalypse in central London on May 9, 2016Oscar-winning Jennifer Lawrence was named the world's highest-paid actress for the second year running on Tuesday, with estimated pre-tax earnings of $46 million.The 26-year-old American raked in the lion's share from a profit share in the final "Hunger Games" movie, which grossed $650 million, Forbes magazine said.An upfront fee for the forthcomin...  Full Story
Inmate who says he's Prince's son to get new DNA test
Carlin Q. Williams, a little-known 39-year-old rapper whose mother says she had sex with Prince in a Kansas City hotel, had requested a second genetic testA judge has allowed a new DNA test on a prison inmate who claims he is Prince's son and the rightful heir to the pop legend's vast estate.Carlin Q. Williams, a little-known 39-year-old rapper whose mother says she had sex with Prince in a Kansas City hotel, had requested a second genetic test, a court document showed.In an order signed last week bu...  Full Story
'Ben-Hur' left in the dust at American box office
"Suicide Squad," starring Australian actress Margot Robbie, pictured on August 3, 2016, easily brushed off the competition at the North American box office, grossing $20.7 million on its way to being the top money-maker for the third straight weekParamount's $100 million remake of "Ben-Hur" bombed in its opening weekend at the North American box office, industry data showed Monday, putting it on course to become the summer's biggest flop.The chariot racing epic brought in just $11.2 million, said box office monitor Exhibitor Relations, making it the highest-profile casualty in a season whic...  Full Story
'Troubled Man' Alice Cooper launches White House bid
Alice Cooper, pictured on May 27, 2016, announced that he is running for US president with the slogan, "A Troubled Man for Troubled Times"With US presidential front-runners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both suffering high disapproval rates, a new outside candidate sees an opening -- Alice Cooper.The veteran shock rocker announced Monday that he is running for president with the slogan, "A Troubled Man for Troubled Times."While the 68-year-old has enjoyed a fan base for decades, h...  Full Story