Entertainment  August 04, 2015
Cult satirist Stewart retires from 'Daily Show'
US President Barack Obama speaks with Jon Stewart, host of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," during a taping of the show in New York, July 21, 2015Not even Barack Obama wants to see him go. But after informing and entertaining American viewers for 16 years, Jon Stewart will present his final episode of "The Daily Show" on Thursday.The content and guests on the last program on Comedy Central are a closely guarded secret, but it is scheduled to last an hour, twice as long as normal."Let me make...  Full Story
Latest 'Mission Impossible' romp crushes the competition
US actor Tom Cruise (L) and director Christopher McQuarrie pose for photographs before a press conference to promote "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" at a hotel in Seoul on July 30, 2015"Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation" crushed its box office competition in its premier weekend, outdoing fellow debut "Vacation" for top honors, industry data showed Monday.The fifth installment of the blockbuster franchise stars Hollywood heavyweight Tom Cruise as a top-secret agent battling a rogue global organization that is trying to destroy the ...  Full Story
'Trainwreck' star Amy Schumer backs tougher US gun laws
Comedian Amy Schumer (L) and US Senator Chuck Schumer speak at a press conference calling for tighter gun laws in an effort to stop mass shootings and gun violence on August 3, 2015 in New York CityAmy Schumer came out Monday in favor of tougher gun laws in the wake of a shooting spree at a US cinema where her hit movie "Trainwreck" was playing.The comedienne joined her cousin, Senator Chuck Schumer, as he unveiled a set of proposals to beef up background checks on gun buyers."No one wants to live in a country where a felon, the mentally ill ...  Full Story
Boston extends contract with young conductor Nelsons
Members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra rehearse on September 4, 2007The Boston Symphony Orchestra on Monday extended the contract of young Latvian conductor Andris Nelsons, hailing the warm reaction to his performances in his first year.The orchestra announced a new eight-year deal with the 36-year-old music director, replacing an initial five-year duration.Mark Volpe, managing director of the orchestra, hailed Nel...  Full Story
French filmmaker Luc Besson becomes US tax resident
French filmmaker Luc Besson, pictured at a festival on April 16, 2015, has become a US tax resident, his production company EuropaCorp saidFrench filmmaker Luc Besson, who made the action-heavy franchises "Taken" and "The Transporter" and the films "Lucy" and "The Professional", has become a US tax resident, his production company EuropaCorp said on Monday.The move to Hollywood was not to flee French taxes but rather to regulate his life in America, where he already owns a home, a Eu...  Full Story
Dr. Dre ready with 'final' album after 16 years
Dr. Dre, pictured in 2010, has become one of musicRap mogul Dr. Dre will release his first album in nearly 16 years to accompany a film on his former band N.W.A. and hinted the record would be his last.Dr. Dre -- who has become one of music's richest businesspeople and works with Apple -- said the album would come out on August 7, a week before the biopic "Straight Outta Compton" opens in US cinem...  Full Story
In art auctions, US outbidding China: Artprice
Auctioneer takes bids on PicassoBoosted by record-breaking New York sales of a Picasso painting and a Giacometti sculpture, the United States has become the world's leader in public art auctions, unseating China, a 2015 report by Artprice showed.The US art auction market grew by 20 percent in the first six months of the year, with sales totalling $2.8 billion (2.5 billion euros),...  Full Story
Rapper Snoop Dogg stopped at Italian airport with $420,000 in cash
US rapper Snoop Dogg performs on stage in Uppsala, Sweden on July 25, 2015Italian police stopped American rapper Snoop Dogg at Lamezia Terme airport on Saturday for trying to board a plane with over $420,000 in undeclared cash. Police seized half the money and opened an investigation, local media said. The "Drop it like it's hot" singer had performed two shows in the south of Italy and was on his way to the UK, where he ...  Full Story