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B.B. King death probed as homicide after poison claim: coroner

Washington - Las Vegas police have launched a homicide investigation into the death of B.B. King, a coroner's office said Monday, after the daughters of the blues guitar legend reportedly accused his aides of poisoning him.

French immigration thriller bags Cannes Palme d'Or

Cannes - A French thriller spotlighting the plight of traumatised refugees building new lives, "Dheepan", captured the Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or top prize on Sunday.

'Tomorrowland' pulls past 'Pitch Perfect 2'

UPDATE: 5.25.15 - It was a weekend when the numbers needed to be updated. "Tomrrowland" took in $41.74 million while "Pitch Perfect 2" grabbed $38.5 million for the four-day holiday weekend.

Cannes closes with glittering ceremony

Cannes - After nearly two weeks of stirring, sleek and thought-provoking movies -- and a couple of duds -- the Cannes Film Festival closed Sunday with an awards night to declare the winner of its coveted Palme d'Or.

Sweden pips Russia in Eurovision pop fest nail-biter

Vienna - Sweden narrowly beat Russia on Sunday in a nail-biting 60th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, winning its sixth crown in Europe's annual anything-goes music extravaganza.

Cannes race wide open on awards eve

Cannes - The competition for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival wraps up Saturday with a clutch of favourites jockeying for one of global cinema's most coveted prizes.

Greenaway to shoot Russia film backed by sanction-hit Putin ally

London - British director Peter Greenaway is to direct a film about Russia backed by a billionaire businessman and ally of President Vladimir Putin who has come under US sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.

'Tomorrowland' likely to unseat 'Pitch Perfect 2'

As "Pitch Perfect 2" enters its second weekend, it will be interesting to see how much it drops. Sure, that does not sound like a positive start to a box office report, but that is one headline going into the weekend.

Eurovision, a stage for geopolitical conflicts?

Vienna - Behind the kitsch, glitz and smoke machines of the Eurovision Song Contest -- hosted Saturday by Vienna -- hide more serious international geopolitical tensions, says the creator of the world's first university course on the popular music competition.

Turkey teen talent show singer shot in head: reports

Istanbul - A 19-year-old Turkish woman competing in a national televised song contest was in a critical condition in hospital Monday after being shot in the head by an unknown attacker, reports said.

'Pitch Perfect 2' wins while 'Age of Ultron' goes over $1 billion

"Pitch Perfect 2" took the stage and kicked "Max Mad: Fury Road" to the curb. The box office took off in fine fashion as the summer season rolls along.

Blanchett denies gay past as lesbian movie wows Cannes

Cannes - Hollywood star Cate Blanchett -- in Cannes for the red-carpet world premiere of her latest movie about a lesbian romance -- on Sunday scotched media speculation that she had a real-life gay past.

David Lynch to make 'Twin Peaks' return after all

Los Angeles - Surrealist filmmaker David Lynch announced that he will direct the sequel of the cult classic "Twin Peaks" television series, a month after saying a pay dispute had scuttled his return."Dear Twitter Friends, the rumors are not what they seem .....

Move over superheroes, video-game movies are going upscale

Cannes - There was a time when a new video game adaptation was enough to make film critics gag, but the big money involved is starting to attract a new level of talent.

Blues legend B.B. King, 89, mourned by music world

New York - Blues legend B.B. King, whose crisp, powerful guitar licks made him among the instrument's greatest masters and a towering influence for generations of musicians, has died at 89.

Johnny Depp's dogs fly out of Australia after quarantine wrangle

Sydney - Johnny Depp's pet dogs Pistol and Boo flew out of Australia late Friday to escape threats to put them down, after a complex and often comical quarantine wrangle.

'Mad Max: Fury Road' takes on 'Pitch Perfect 2'

It will be a demographic war at the weekend box office, with the end result being a new winner on top. "Pitch Perfect 2" and "Mad Max: Fury Road" open wide.

Cannes fest opens with star-studded gala for gritty drama

Cannes - The Cannes Film Festival opened on Wednesday with a star-studded gala premiere of gritty French drama "Standing Tall" -- only the second time a female director has taken the first night slot.

New Charlie Hebdo doc secures worldwide deal at Cannes

Cannes - A new documentary about French magazine Charlie Hebdo which was attacked by jihadists this year has been snapped up by distributors at the Cannes Film Festival, according to Variety magazine on Wednesday.

Women take spotlight as Cannes film fest opens

Cannes - The Cannes film festival eschews its usual blockbuster kick-off on Wednesday, opening with a gritty French film that marks only the second time a female director has won the coveted first slot.

No films close to 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' as it wins again

It was another crushing victory for "Avengers: Age of Ultron" at the box office. But, fair or not, it is being compared to the original movie.

Tight security in Cannes ahead of film fest

Cannes - With France still on high alert after January's jihadist attacks in Paris and yet another audacious jewellery heist in recent days, a huge but discreet security detail is planned for next week's Cannes film festival.

'Hot Pursuit' chases 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

No new film will contend for the weekend box office as "Avengers: Age of Ultron" will dominate once again. It is blazing a trail and is still strong.

'Avengers: Age of Ultron' wins but not as big as expected

UPDATE: With such a big opening, movie grosses always have to be tweaked from the Sunday first look. "Avengers: Age of Ultron" added some to its total. The new figure is now $191.3 million. It still did not beat "Avengers" for three-day opening record.

'Avengers: Age of Ultron' marks superhero invasion

The easiest prediction that will take place this weekend is that "Avengers: Age of Ultron" will win the box office. With that out of the way, now comes the tricky part.

Katy Perry risks China Firework as she dons Taiwan flag

Taipei - The intricacies of cross-strait diplomacy may not have been uppermost on her mind but Katy Perry caused a stir in both Taiwan and China with her politically tinged attire at a Taipei concert this week.

2015 Tony Awards nominations announced

New York City - The 2015 Tony Awards nominations were revealed this morning (April 28) in New York. "An American in Paris" and "Fun Home" led all nominees with 12 each.

'Furious 7' wins again; goes over $1 billion overseas, too

Not only did "Furious 7" win at the box office again, the news overseas may be the better headline of the weekend. "Furious 7" held off "Age of Adaline" for its fourth win.

'Furious 7' shoots for No. 4; 'Age of Adaline' goes for romance

All box office eyes are turning the way of "Avengers: Age of Ultron." So, now, let the weekend take a little dip to get ready. Sure, a slow down is not always great for theater owners, but a lull is here.

'Furious 7' outlasts 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2' for its third win

It happened again. Not only did "Furious 7" win the box office, it did so by beating estimates. That seems to be a trend these days at the movies.
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