Entertainment  March 27, 2015
Bieber set for Mayweather's ring walk
Justin Bieber appears on stage with Floyd Mayweather at a press conference on March 11, 2015 in Los Angeles, CaliforniaPop music star Justin Bieber says he'll be at Floyd Mayweather's side when the unbeaten American walks to the ring on May 2 to take on Manny Pacquiao in their welterweight world title super-fight.Bieber, a friend of Mayweather who has accompanied the fighter to the ring at other fights, told celebrity website TMZ.com that he would be part of the bo...  Full Story
An empowered but persecuted Arab woman, as a violin
In her latest incarnation, a 40-minute dramatic symphony by US composer John Adams, Scheherazade is depicted by a violin as an empowered yet persecuted modern womanScheherazade, the story-telling Arabian queen from "One Thousand and One Nights," has captured the Western artistic imagination for centuries. In her latest incarnation, she is depicted by a violin as an empowered yet persecuted modern woman.John Adams, one of the leading US composers, has created a new Scheherazade who is chased by religious fanat...  Full Story
Venezuelan conductor Dudamel extends contract in LA
Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra during the ministers swearing-in ceremony in Caracas on April 22, 2013Gustavo Dudamel, the young Venezuelan conductor and rising classical music star, on Friday extended his contract as head of the Los Angeles Philharmonic through the 2021-2022 season.The 34-year-old music director -- a product of Venezuela's "El Sistema" project of public music education -- had joined for the 2009-2010 season and had already receive...  Full Story
DSK-inspired movie on US release, but in edited format
Gerard Depardieu (pictured) stars in the film "Welcome to New York" as a man called Georges Devereaux with striking similarities to Dominique Strauss-Kahn, whose alleged 2011 sexual assault on a hotel maid in New York shook the worldA film inspired by the sex scandal that ended Dominique Strauss-Kahn's career comes out in the United States on Friday, but in a doctored version that has enraged the director."It's an arbitrary censorship," American director Abel Ferrara told The New York Times. "The illegal version... totally changes the political content of the film," he added.T...  Full Story
Snoop Dogg dances to 'Bush' with help from Pharrell
American rapper Snoop Dogg performs during a Paris Fashion Week show on March 3, 2015Hip-hop giant Snoop Dogg is out with a new R&B-tinged album called "Bush." As for why he chose the title, let's just say he likes bush."I love trees. I love grass. I love bush," the 43-year-old rapper said to snickers Wednesday night as he previewed his album at a Hollywood club.Bush can have multiple meanings, and the cover of Snoop Dogg's 13t...  Full Story
Oscar-winning Cotillard to take Joan of Arc to New York
French actress Marion Cotillard will play Joan of Arc with the New York Philharmonic in a production of Arthur HoneggerFrench actress Marion Cotillard will play Joan of Arc with the New York Philharmonic in a production of Arthur Honegger's oratorio, the orchestra announced Thursday.Cotillard, who won an Oscar for portraying singer Edith Piaf in the movie "La Vie en Rose," will perform in "Joan of Arc at the Stake" for the New York Philharmonic's season finales fro...  Full Story
Hit British show Downton Abbey to end after six series
Masterpiece producer Susanne Simpson, Masterpiece executive producer Rebecca Eaton, actors Allen Leech, Laura Carmichael, Michelle Dockery, Joanne Froggatt and executive producer Gareth Neame on July 22, 2014 in Beverly Hills, CaliforniaThe sixth season of British television series Downton Abbey will be its last, producers said Thursday, bringing an end to the hit drama followed by millions around the world."Inevitably there comes a time when all shows should end and Downton is no exception," said Gareth Neame, managing director at Carnival Films and executive producer of the show...  Full Story
Tenor Hymel soars to highs in both voice and career
American opera singer Bryan Hymel poses for photographers after winning the award for "outstanding achievement in opera" during the Lawrence Olivier Awards for theatre at the Royal Opera House in London on April 28, 2013With a voice that soars to startling highs and an ease in taking new roles, tenor Bryan Hymel has quickly found himself in the league of top opera stars -- and is pushing full speed ahead.The 35-year-old New Orleans native recently released a first solo album entitled "Heroique," in which he devotes his robust yet expressive voice to valiant arias ...  Full Story