Entertainment  November 28, 2014
One Direction dethrones Swift to top US music charts
British boy band One Direction, seen onstage during the American Music Awards, at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California, on November 23, 2014One Direction has dethroned Taylor Swift to top US album sales charts, but the British boy band's debut was far less spectacular, figures showed.One Direction's fourth album -- called, simply, "Four" -- sold 387,000 copies in the United States in the week through Sunday, ending a three-week run by Taylor Swift's "1989" at the head of the Billboard ...  Full Story
An affair and some zombies prop up US fall TV season
Actress Ruth Wilson attends "The Affair" series premiere on October 6, 2014 in New YorkOn American TV screens this fall, romantic comedies have mostly flopped, family sitcoms abound, Amazon has joined the fray in earnest, and an extra-marital affair has generated serious buzz. Here are some of the hits and misses of the current US television season: - 'Affair' has tongues wagging - "The Affair," a love story thriller on subscription...  Full Story
The strange tale of pardoned White House turkeys
US President Barack Obama (2nd R) pardons the 2013 National Thanksgiving Turkey "Popcorn" with is daughters Sasha (3rd R) and Malia (R) during an event at the White House in Washington, DC, November 27, 2013It is an odd tradition, to be sure. Every year, on the eve of Thanksgiving, the president of the United States "pardons" a turkey at the White House.For the sixth time, Barack Obama did the job on Wednesday, sparing a bird at a ceremony at which he was joined by his (somewhat underwhelmed) daughters Sasha and Malia, 13 and 16.The myth behind the tr...  Full Story
Broadway musical 'Rent' coming to Cuba
Crowds of people wait outside the closing night of "RENT" on Broadway on September 7, 2008 in New York CityA Spanish version of the hit musical "Rent" will open in Havana on December 24, marking the first time a Broadway show has come to Cuba in a half century.The show, which debuted in the United States in 1996, tells the story of a group of struggling artists living through New York's AIDS epidemic and is based on the classic Puccini opera "La Boheme....  Full Story
Lebanon mourns legendary 'songbird' Sabah
Lebanese entertainer Sabah produced more than 3,000 songs and appeared in more than 90 filmsIconic Lebanese singer and actress Sabah died Wednesday aged 87, after a seven-decade career and a colourful love life that kept her in the headlines until the end.A glamorous platinum blonde and one of the Arab world's best-known divas, Sabah died in the hotel where she lived just outside Beirut, her manager Joseph Gharib told AFP.Her death was ma...  Full Story
Prince vanishes from social media
US singer and songwriter Prince performs onstage during his concert in Antwerp, Belgium, on November 8, 2010Prince, whose distaste for the music industry's conventions is well known, has abruptly disappeared from social media after tentative efforts to promote his two new albums.As of late Tuesday, the megastar's Twitter and Facebook accounts had both disappeared and almost all videos from his official account had been taken off YouTube.Prince offered no...  Full Story
British TV wins big at International Emmy Awards
Writer and executive producer Dennis Kelly (R), actress Darby Stanchfield and director Marc Munden hold their award for the show "Utopia" at the 2014 International Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences awards November 24, 2014 in New YorkBritain led at the International Emmy Awards, with three trophies going to British television series at the ceremony honoring the best TV programming outside the United States."Utopia," the conspiracy series created by Britain's Dennis Kelly and directed by Marc Munden took home the best drama Emmy, while the best actor trophy went to Stephen Dilla...  Full Story
Dustin Hoffman wants 'love story' with Judi Dench
Judi Dench accepts the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment from Dustin Hoffman during the BAFTA Awards on October 30, 2014 in Beverly HillsHollywood actor Dustin Hoffman has confessed admiration for "scrumptious" Briton Judi Dench, saying he would love to make a romantic film with the Dame.The star of "The Graduate" spoke after co-starring with Dench in an adaptation of Roald Dahl's Esio Trot made by British broadcaster BBC One.Hoffman, 77, described Dench, 79, as "a scrumptious looki...  Full Story