Entertainment  November 23, 2014
'Hunger Games' gobbles up box office top spot
(L-R) Actor Liam Hemsworth, director Francis Lawrence, actors Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson attend the premiere of "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" on November 17, 2014, in Los Angeles, CaliforniaNorth American cinema-goers had plenty of appetite for the latest "Hunger Games" movie, with the sci-fi survival flick debuting in the weekend box office's top spot, industry estimates showed Sunday."The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1," in which Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence, leads a rebellion against a future dystopian society, ...  Full Story
Gay singers test country music's appeal
Ty Herndon attends Country WeeklyChurch, pickup trucks and dive bars -- the imagery of classic country songs evokes "traditional" small-town American life. Now a rising number of openly gay crooners are testing just how inclusive that vision can be.Two prominent singers came out of the closet within hours of each other on Thursday. Ty Herndon, who rose to stardom in the 1990s with...  Full Story
Life no easier with Oscars, says actor Waltz
Actor Christoph Waltz attends the Los Angeles premiere of "Horrible Bosses 2," November 20, 2014 in Hollywood, CaliforniaFor nearly three decades, Austrian-born Christoph Waltz was a jobbing actor in Europe. He finally came to Hollywood in 2009, and in the next four years he won two Oscars.On December 1 he will receive his star on the storied Hollywood Walk of Fame.Not bad for a boy from Vienna.But despite his evident success, the 58-year-old insists life is no simpl...  Full Story
New York honors Jessye Norman, soprano who 'heals soul'
Jessye Norman speaks at a gala at Carnegie Hall on April 28, 2014 in New York CityNew York's opera community on Friday paid tribute to the legendary soprano Jessye Norman, with Nobel Prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison calling her voice almost singular in its beauty.The Metropolitan Opera Guild, which raises money to support the Met as well as music education programs, honored the 69-year-old Norman with an annual end-of-the-ye...  Full Story
Guitar great De Lucia honored at political Latin Grammys
Jorge Drexler (2nd L) accepts the Grammy for Record of the Year during the 15th Annual Latin Grammy Awards on November 20, 2014, in Las Vegas, NevadaLate guitar great Paco de Lucia and superstar Enrique Iglesias won top prizes Thursday at the Latin Grammys, which took a political edge as artists cheered President Barack Obama's plan to help immigrants.The top award night for the Spanish- and Portuguese-language music industry paid homage to De Lucia, a Spanish legend of the flamenco guitar, who...  Full Story
Tributes stream in for 'Graduate' director Nichols, dead at 83
Mike Nichols and his wife Diane Sawyer in New York City on November 3, 2014Tributes poured in for Oscar-winning director Mike Nichols, the creative force behind countless classic American films and plays including "The Graduate," after his death aged 83.The legendary filmmaker directed nearly two dozen movies in all, among them the timeless "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and lighter fare with a contemporary edge like ...  Full Story
US comic Seinfeld says 'not autistic' after all
US comedian Jerry Seinfeld is not autistic, he said in comments reported Thursday, two weeks after heVeteran US comedian Jerry Seinfeld is not autistic, he said in comments reported Thursday, two weeks after he'd suggested he was on the autism spectrum."I don't have autism, I'm not on the spectrum," he told Access Hollywood, adding he had been responding to an interviewer's specific question in his remarks earlier this month. "I just was watching ...  Full Story
Premier US album chart revamped to include streaming
The Billboard chart will next week start to include streaming in its measurements, indicating that the music industry is expecting a permanent role for streaming servicesThe Billboard chart, the benchmark for US music sales, will next week start to include streaming in its measurements to reflect the rapid growth of services such as Spotify.Billboard magazine, which produces the weekly charts with tracking company Nielsen SoundScan, described the move Wednesday as the biggest overhaul in its methodology since 1991,...  Full Story