Bond film No Time To Die delayed for third time

The release of the next James Bond film has been delayed for a third time, because of the coronavirus pandemic. ‘No Time To Die’ had already been pushed back twice, and will now debut globally on 8 October, an announcement on the film’s website said, it had originally been due to hit screens in April 2020. The film is the 25th instalment in the Bond franchise, and marks Daniel Craig’s final appearance as British secret service agent 007, it also features Lea Seydoux and Rami Malek. The delay will come as a further blow to cinemas that have been forced to … Continue reading Bond film No Time To Die delayed for third time

Pop producer, Phil Spector jailed for murder dies at 81

US music producer Phil Spector has died at the age of 81, while serving a prison sentence for murder. Spector, who transformed pop with his “wall of sound” recordings, worked with the Beatles, the Righteous Brothers and Ike and Tina Turner. In 2009, he was convicted of the 2003 murder of Hollywood actress Lana Clarkson, his death was confirmed by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. “California Health Care Facility inmate Phillip Spector was pronounced deceased of natural causes at 6:35 p.m. on Saturday, January 16, 2021, at an outside hospital. His official cause of death will be determined … Continue reading Pop producer, Phil Spector jailed for murder dies at 81

Uncle Roger comedian deletes video with China critic

Comedian Nigel Ng has deleted a video and apologised to his fans after featuring a YouTuber who has criticised the Chinese government. Nigel Ng has three million subscribers on YouTube where he plays the character Uncle Roger and gives a running commentary on Asian recipe videos. On Tuesday, Mr Ng apologised on Chinese social media for including Mike Chen, a popular YouTuber, in one of his videos, Mr Chen has previously spoken out about the treatment of Uighurs in Xinjiang. Mr Ng’s decision has led some to accuse him of pandering to China – while also leaving his fans on … Continue reading Uncle Roger comedian deletes video with China critic

US rapper YFN Lucci wanted in Atlanta for suspected murder

US rapper YFN Lucci is wanted by police in Atlanta, Georgia, for his alleged involvement in the murder of a local man last month. Two suspects have been arrested over the killing of the 28-year-old victim, authorities have appealed for help in locating YFN Lucci, 29 – whose birth name is Rayshawn Bennett. He is wanted on suspicion of murder, aggravated assault and participation in criminal street gang activity, police told US media. They say another man was wounded in the incident, last month YFN Lucci released new material under the title Wish Me Well 3. In 2018 rapper Cardi B … Continue reading US rapper YFN Lucci wanted in Atlanta for suspected murder

Rap legend Dr Dre in hospital after brain aneurysm

Rapper and producer Dr Dre, one of hip-hop’s most successful and influential stars, is being treated in hospital after suffering a brain aneurysm. The 55-year-old was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Monday, TMZ reported. In a post on Instagram, he said: “I’m doing great and getting excellent care from my medical team.” He is “resting comfortably” after the aneurysm, his lawyer told Billboard. In his post, Dr Dre also wrote: “I will be out of the hospital and back home soon. Shout out to all the great medical professionals at Cedars. One Love!!” Friends and fellow stars have … Continue reading Rap legend Dr Dre in hospital after brain aneurysm

Grammy Awards postponed until March

The 2021 Grammy Awards has been postponed due to coronavirus concerns, say the organisers. The ceremony, one of the music industry’s biggest awards, was due to take place on 31 January. The event is will now take place on 14 March, due to rising infection numbers in Los Angeles and the state of California. Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Dua Lipa led the nominations for this years awards, which were announced in November. “Nothing is more important than the health and safety of those in our music community and the hundreds of people who work tirelessly on producing the show,” said … Continue reading Grammy Awards postponed until March

Renowned Chinese pianist Fou Ts’ong dies of Covid-19

Fou Ts’ong, the first Chinese pianist to win global acclaim and success, has died aged 86 after contracting Covid-19. Fou died on Monday in London, where he had been living since the 1950s. His death was confirmed to the BBC by Jianing Kong, a professor at the Royal College of Music and student of Fou’s. Responding to the news on Tuesday, the renowned Chinese pianist Lang Lang described Fou as “a truly great pianist, and our spiritual beacon”. Fou was born in China in 1934 to a family of China’s intellectual elite, he first heard western classical music at a … Continue reading Renowned Chinese pianist Fou Ts’ong dies of Covid-19

KFC launches gaming console with chicken warmer

Fast food chain KFC is launching a gaming console that warms up chicken. “The chicken chamber will keep its contents hot, ready for consumption during intense gaming sessions,” KFC said. The company said the console was designed by a global hardware maker and could play top-level games like other gaming machines. Many people thought the gaming console was a spoof marketing campaign when it was revealed in June. KFC said its new console had a custom-built cooling system that uses heat produced by its components to warm the chicken chamber. “This machine is capable of running games at top-level specs, … Continue reading KFC launches gaming console with chicken warmer

Actor Craig McLachlan found not guilty in indecent assault case

Australian actor Craig McLachlan has been found not guilty of allegations that he assaulted four women during a Melbourne stage show. Mr McLachlan, 55, had consistently denied seven charges of indecent assault and six of common assault. The allegations arose from a 2014 production of The Rocky Horror Show, in which the veteran actor played the lead role of Frank-N-Furter, a magistrate handed down the ruling on Tuesday, clearing him of all charges. In her decision, Magistrate Belinda Wallington said the women were “brave and honest witnesses” but their accounts of alleged incidents, including one accusation that Mr McLachlan had … Continue reading Actor Craig McLachlan found not guilty in indecent assault case

“Monster Hunter” movie pulled in China after race row

The fantasy action movie “Monster Hunter” has vanished from Chinese cinemas just days after its release, after a brief line of dialogue was targeted by local social media users as racist. The movie, an adaption of a popular role-playing video game of the same name, premiered in China on Friday but quickly became embroiled in online controversy, the latest example of the sensitivities of operating in the huge but heavily censored Chinese movie market. In the scene, a character played by Asian-American rapper and actor Jin Au-Yeung tells his companion, “Look at my knees!” The white male character replies, “What … Continue reading “Monster Hunter” movie pulled in China after race row

Taylor Swift confirms boyfriend Joe Alwyn is mystery Folklore co-writer

Taylor Swift has revealed a mystery co-writer named William Bowery, who is credited on her latest album Folklore, is in fact her boyfriend Joe Alwyn. “William Bowery is Joe,” the US singer reveals in a new film on Disney+, which sees her performing songs from the album and discussing it’s creation. The mysterious Mr Bowery is credited as co-writer on the songs Betty and Exile, fans had speculated that it could be a pseudonym for the English actor, who has been with Swift for three years. The 30-year-old surprised her fans in July when she announced the release of Folklore, … Continue reading Taylor Swift confirms boyfriend Joe Alwyn is mystery Folklore co-writer

Korean boy band BTS gets first ever Grammy nomination for K-pop

Global sensation BTS has become the first K-pop group to ever receive a Grammy Award nomination, their latest hit song “Dynamite” was nominated for the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance category, alongside stars like Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift. The group posted a reaction video on Twitter, showing them cheering when their nomination was announced. K-pop expert Jeff Benjamin tweeted that the Grammy nomination was a “huge long-awaited moment in their careers”. He added that it marked a major moment for diversity for “music’s biggest night” – which will be held on 31 January. Dynamite, the band’s first all-English single, topped … Continue reading Korean boy band BTS gets first ever Grammy nomination for K-pop