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Springsteen, Katy Perry boost Biden at inauguration concert

Washington - Fireworks burst over the White House Wednesday for a star-studded night of socially distanced music celebrating America's new President Joe Biden, a pandemic-era special that replaced the traditional bevy of balls.

Amazon Prime show agrees to changes after India Hindu outcry

Mumbai - The cast and crew of a popular streaming series starring Bollywood megastar Saif Ali Khan have agreed to "implement changes" to the show after ruling party politicians accused it of insulting Hindu gods.

Phil Spector, pop producer convicted of murder, dead at 81

Los Angeles - Phil Spector, who revolutionized 1960s pop music with his "Wall of Sound" production technique but who was imprisoned in 2009 for murder, has died at age 81, authorities said Sunday.

Op-Ed: Jessie Godderz is the 'One to Watch' in entertainment in 2021

Jessie Godderz, who is affectionately known as "Mr. Pec-Tacular" is the "One to Watch" in 2021 in the wrestling and entertainment world.

'We need you' German tenor Kaufmann tells pandemic public

Madrid - German tenor Jonas Kaufmann says not being able to perform in front of a live audience for months has been hugely detrimental for musicians who thrive on connecting with real people.

Virus again delays Japan 'Super Mario' theme park opening

Apo - The opening of the first ever "Super Mario" theme park has been delayed again as Japan battles a surge in coronavirus cases, Universal Studios Japan said Thursday.

Scott Adkins honored in Nashville Business Journal's 40 Under 40

Acclaimed Nashville entertainment and music publicist Scott Adkins has a major reason to be proud. He was recognized in Nashville Business Journal's "40 Under 40."

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian living separately: report

Los Angeles - Rapper Kanye West and his reality TV star wife Kim Kardashian West are living separately and undergoing marriage counseling, NBC News reported, citing a source close to the family.

New Year's saving grace for Vienna's silenced music scene

Vienna - While a virus-laden silence has descended over what is normally a busy period of concerts and balls in the Austrian capital Vienna, the city's world famous New Year Concert is at least providing one saving grace -- albeit to an empty hall.

Struggling artists bring smiles in war-weary Yemen

Sanaa - Yemeni men, women and children filled a hall earlier this month in rebel-held Sanaa, laughing and clapping as actors took to the stage with comic relief for their war-wracked country.

Bangladesh director charged after film depiction of police angers force

Dhaka - A Bangladeshi film director has been arrested and charged after a scene depicting police harshly interrogating a rape victim and highlighting attitudes towards violence against women in the conservative nation sparked the ire of the force.

Virtual idols take to the real-life stage in China

Bejing - Liu Jun has long been a fan of a Chinese star called Amy, a teenage pop singer with red hair whose autograph he treasures -- and who only exists in the digital world.

Foreign authors top sellers with literature-loving Tehran women

Tehran - French authors Albert Camus and Simone de Beauvoir rub shoulders with the likes of Jewish diarist Anne Frank and Russian poet Osip Mandelstam in Tehran bookstores where the largely female readership lap up foreign writers.

'Like Xanax': In Lebanon, crisis comedy combats trauma

Beirut - Lebanese comedians are bringing relief and defying taboos with jokes about dating, partying during the pandemic -- and how even drug dealers are considering leaving the crisis-hit country.

Singapore's taboo-breaking podcaster tackles topics that may make some squirm

Fpo - From vaginal warts to masturbation, taboo-breaking Singaporean podcaster Nicole Lim tackles topics that may make some squirm but has won a following in socially conservative Asian societies.

An EP, a book and some paints: Ringo Starr's long and winding self-quarantine

New York - He kept the beat for one of the world's most iconic bands, has fronted his supergroup for three decades, is a two-time rock hall-of-famer -- and at 80, Ringo Starr is as energetic as ever.

Praise, criticism as S. Koreans react to death of director Kim Ki-duk

Seoul - There were mixed reactions Saturday in South Korea to the death of acclaimed director Kim Ki-duk, whose cinematic legacy was tarnished by allegations of sexual assault.

China's trailblazing female comedians tackle taboos

Bejing - Strutting onstage with well-honed confidence, 23-year-old comedian Qiqi is part of a new wave of young, female stand-up acts in China, crashing into what has always previously been a man's world.

World's longest-running TV soap, Coronation Street, turns 60

London - The world's longest-running TV soap opera, Britain's cosy working-class series "Coronation Street," celebrates 60 years on screen on Wednesday, defying social changes and the pandemic.

Pandemic-hit Oscars in hands of 'Contagion' director Soderbergh

Los Angeles - Next year's pandemic-hit Oscars will be produced by "Contagion" director Steven Soderbergh, the Academy announced Tuesday, as Hollywood's biggest night finally begins to take shape.

John Lennon: rockers' troubled muse, 40 years on

Paris - John Lennon's career was cut short 40 years ago when he was shot dead in New York -- but he lives on in the songs and attitudes of other artists.Many sing his tunes, some mention him in their lyrics, while others question his legacy or even admit...

'Que pasa, New York?': John Lennon and the city that set him free

New York - On December 8, 1980 the filigree gates of New York's Dakota residence across from Central Park went down in history as the spot John Lennon was shot dead.

Hollywood 'Con Queen' arrested in Britain: FBI

Los Angeles - A suspected con artist who allegedly impersonated top female Hollywood executives to swindle wide-eyed aspiring stars out of hundreds of thousands of dollars has been arrested in Britain after a US extradition request, the FBI said Thursday.

Wow-ser: Japan 'Super Mario' theme park to open in Feb

Apo - The first ever "Super Mario" theme park will open in February, Universal Studios Japan said on Monday.

Limited spectator numbers to return to sports events in England

London - Up to 4,000 people can return to outdoor sports stadiums and live performances in low-risk parts of England from December 2, the government said on Monday, permitting the revival of attendance at some Premier League football and other events.

Two Hong Kong political films win at Taiwan Golden Horse Awards

Taipei - Two Hong Kong films that cast an uncomfortable spotlight on China won accolades at Taiwan's Golden Horse Awards on Saturday, as the island staged its largest film festival after successfully containing the coronavirus.

From 'Grey's Anatomy' to 'This Is Us,' Covid infects TV plots

New York - With Covid upending every aspect of viewers' lives, some TV shows -- from the obvious medical dramas to sitcoms -- have woven the pandemic into their latest seasons' storylines, but a handful have avoided it altogether.

Serial killer specialist 'appalled' by US executions in new film

Los Angeles - Next month, Lisa Montgomery, who strangled a pregnant woman and hacked the unborn child from her womb with a kitchen knife, is due to become the first female executed by the US government in 67 years.

Taylor Swift says back catalog sold without her knowledge

New York - Taylor Swift has confirmed that the rights to her first six albums have been sold to a private equity firm without her knowledge, in the latest dispute over the pop megastar's lucrative back catalog.

Princess Diana makes dramatic debut in 'The Crown'

London - More than two decades after her death, princess Diana's ill-fated entry into the British royal family is the main storyline in the long-awaited fourth season of the hit Netflix drama "The Crown".
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