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Singer Ella Eyre eyes solo success with debut album

LONDON Ella Eyre, the British singer known for her bold vocals, has just released her debut album, after collaborations with drum and bass band Rudimental and rapper Wiz Khalifa. But the 21-year-old says becoming a pop star was not her … Continue reading

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Netflix makes big splash in Venice’s film lagoon

VENICE Venice may be the world’s oldest film festival, but this year it is pioneering what may well become the future of cinema as Netflix screens two films here, one of them its first feature and a contender for the … Continue reading

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BB-8 droid gets early buzz as ‘Star Wars’ toys go on sale worldwide

A hamster-sized BB-8 droid and an updated Millennium Falcon spacecraft emerged as some of the most talked-about new “Star Wars” toys on Thursday as stores opened at midnight around the world for first sales of merchandise for the upcoming movie … Continue reading

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Justin Bieber shows vulnerable side as comeback gets under way

NEW YORK Oh Baby! Justin Bieber’s comeback is getting off to an emotional start with the Canadian pop sensation showcasing his sensitive side as he seeks to put his bad boy past behind him. The approach appears to be working. … Continue reading

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Portman’s directorial debut is a bitter-sweet Israeli homecoming

JERUSALEM Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman made her directorial debut with a film sympathetic to the Holocaust-haunted refugees who founded her native Israel, but she bristles at the idea that the portrayal might be patriotic. Instead, she considers “A Tale of … Continue reading

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Venice film puts spotlight on Boston’s pedophile priests

VENICE “Spotlight” starring Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo as reporters working on the Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation of pedophile Roman Catholic priests deals with just a fraction sexual predation in the Church, its director says. Reports of sexual misconduct … Continue reading

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British Museum celebrates three generations of manga artists

LONDON London’s British Museum takes a look at manga, Japan’s widely popular graphic art form, in a new exhibition showcasing the works of different generations of artists. “Manga now: three generations” features recent and newly commissioned artwork from Chiba Tetsuya, … Continue reading

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Spielberg’s DreamWorks to split from Disney: Hollywood Reporter

DreamWorks Studios, the film company co-founded by Steven Spielberg, will split from Walt Disney Co after the release of his film, “The BFG,” the Hollywood Reporter said, citing people familiar with the matter. The Oscar-winning director’s likely future home is … Continue reading

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Documentary ‘Gasland’ pivotal to anti-fracking movement: study

BOSTON An Oscar-nominated HBO documentary that showed American homeowners near hydraulic fracturing sites setting fire to their tap water may have been the main trigger for a surge in public opposition to the oil and gas production technique, according to … Continue reading

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Man charged in connection to 1994 theft of O.J. Simpson’s Heisman Trophy

LOS ANGELES A man found in possession of O.J. Simpson’s Heisman Trophy, which disappeared from the University of Southern California in 1994, has been charged with receiving stolen property, Los Angeles prosecutors said on Wednesday. A spokesman for the Los … Continue reading

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