Trevor Noah to step down as host of The Daily Show

Comedian Trevor Noah has announced he is standing down as host of The Daily Show. Noah said he was “filled with gratitude for the journey” but that there was “another part of my life that I want to carry on exploring”. The 38-year-old has hosted the satirical news and talk show since taking over from Jon Stewart in 2015. He said the timing of his departure would be announced later and that he would continue as host in the meantime. Noah began his career in his native South Africa, releasing a string of stand-up specials and hosting a late-night talk … Continue reading Trevor Noah to step down as host of The Daily Show

The legendary US rapper Coolio dies at 59

US rapper Coolio, known for the iconic hit Gangsta’s Paradise, has died at the age of 59. His longtime manager Jarez Posey told US media the artist was found unresponsive on the bathroom floor of a friend’s house in Los Angeles. Coolio started making music in the 1980s, but he cemented his place in hip hop history when he recorded Gangsta’s Paradise in 1995. The exact cause of his death on Wednesday has not yet been revealed. However Mr Posey told TMZ, which first reported the news, that paramedics believed he may have had a cardiac arrest. Coolio, whose real … Continue reading The legendary US rapper Coolio dies at 59

Thousands force their way into concert of rapper Daddy Yankee

Authorities in Chile used water cannon against crowds on Tuesday night, after some 4,000 people forced their way into a Daddy Yankee concert, police said. Barriers were torn down, staff attacked and cars outside Santiago’s national stadium damaged, officers reported. Videos on social media show concert goers running through security gates and joining a crush of people inside the venue. Two private security firms are facing criminal charges, local media reports. Eduardo Vergara, a minister with Chile’s crime prevention department, criticised the organisers of the event, saying they should have been in charge of security. But instead, he said, Chilean … Continue reading Thousands force their way into concert of rapper Daddy Yankee

Rihanna to headline Super Bowl half-time show

Pop superstar Rihanna will headline the half-time show at February’s Super Bowl in Arizona, the NFL has announced. The nine-time Grammy winner broke the news by posting a photo of an NFL branded football to Twitter. Organisers called the 34-year-old a “generational talent” in a press release issued on Sunday night. The show is one of the most coveted slots in music, with this year’s 14-minute spectacle drawing in more than 120 million viewers, the NFL said. The all-star line up included Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J Blige and Kendrick Lamar. The show earned an Emmy Award for … Continue reading Rihanna to headline Super Bowl half-time show

Popular Indian comedian Raju Srivastava dies aged 58

Popular Indian comedian Raju Srivastava has died aged 58, his family has confirmed. Srivastava was being treated at a hospital in the capital, Delhi, following a heart attack on 10 August. The comedian had been taken to hospital and put on life-support after experiencing chest pain and collapsing while working out at the gym. Last week, his family had said that Srivastav was recovering slowly but remained on ventilator. Srivastava joined the entertainment industry in the 1980s as an actor in Hindi films. He shot to fame in 2005 after participating in The Great Indian Laughter Challenge, a reality show … Continue reading Popular Indian comedian Raju Srivastava dies aged 58

Golden Globes returning to TV in 2023 after diversity row

The Golden Globes – dropped by its US broadcaster last year amid allegations of racism, sexism and conflicts of interest – will return to TV next year. The annual Hollywood awards show was dumped by NBC following reports of a lack of diversity among its voters. NBC said at the time it wanted to see “meaningful reform” from the organisers of the ceremony. This year’s programme was held privately, the first time since 2008 that the ceremony was not televised. The Golden Globes are second only to the Oscars in terms of profile and NBC had aired the event since … Continue reading Golden Globes returning to TV in 2023 after diversity row

Grand Theft Auto VI footage leaked after hack, developer Rockstar confirms

More than 90 videos and images from the next edition of the Grant Theft Auto franchise have been leaked online by a hacker, the game’s developers say. The leaked content was posted on Sunday after what is being described as one of gaming’s biggest security breaches. Rockstar Games said it remained unclear how the “network intrusion” occurred, but confirmed “early development footage” from GTA VI had been stolen. The footage was put on the GTAForums site by a user called teapotuberhacker. The hacker claimed to have gained access to the data by breaching Rockstar’s internal feed on the Slack messaging … Continue reading Grand Theft Auto VI footage leaked after hack, developer Rockstar confirms

Ludacris’ manager Chaka Zulu charged with murder following shooting at Atlanta restaurant

Chaka Zulu, who has long been Ludacris’ manager and the co-founder of his record label, has been charged with murder stemming from a shooting at an Atlanta restaurant in June. Ludacris had zero involvement in the shooting. According to public records, the music executive turned himself in to Fulton County Jail on Tuesday. He was charged with murder, aggravated assault, simple battery and possession of a firearm or knife with intention to commit a felony, before he was released that day on a $200,000 bond. The charges stem from the fatal shooting of Artez Jamil Benton during the June altercation, in which … Continue reading Ludacris’ manager Chaka Zulu charged with murder following shooting at Atlanta restaurant

Just in: : French-Swiss film director Jean-Luc Godard dies at age 91

The French-Swiss film director Jean-Luc Godard has died at the age of 91, the French newspaper Liberation reported on Tuesday. Godard was one of the most influential film directors and was often credited with revolutionizing cinema. During the course of his filmmaking career, Godard made more than 40 feature films, several short films, experimental documentaries and music videos. He was known for classics such as “Breathless” and “Contempt.” In 2010, he received an honorary Oscar for his life’s work. Continue reading Just in: : French-Swiss film director Jean-Luc Godard dies at age 91

Revered Aboriginal actor and elder Uncle Jack Charles dies aged 79

Celebrated Aboriginal Australian actor Uncle Jack Charles has died aged 79. Charles starred in prominent Australian films in a career spanning decades and is lauded by many as the grandfather of Indigenous theatre. Having been taken from his parents as a baby and abused in state care, his work also canvassed how trauma had led him to years of drug addiction and crime. Charles died peacefully on Tuesday in a Melbourne hospital after suffering a stroke, his publicist said. The Boon Wurrung, Dja Dja Wurrung, Woiwurrung and Yorta Yorta elder led a “remarkable life”, they said in a statement. “We … Continue reading Revered Aboriginal actor and elder Uncle Jack Charles dies aged 79

Nirvana win lawsuit over 1991 Nevermind album cover

A US judge has dismissed a man’s latest lawsuit against Nirvana over the band’s iconic 1991 album cover which showed him naked as a baby. Spencer Elden, 31, said his appearance on the front of the Nevermind record constituted child sexual abuse. But the judge said he had left it too late to claim he had been exploited. Mr Elden’s legal avenues are now all but exhausted as he cannot re-file the case, although his legal team told US media he would appeal the ruling. The lawsuit focused on a photograph of Mr Elden, which depicted him swimming naked in … Continue reading Nirvana win lawsuit over 1991 Nevermind album cover

Mexico’s Queen of the Pacific sues Netflix over series

A Mexican woman who served time in jail for her links to drug trafficking is suing Netflix and TV channel Telemundo. Sandra Ávila Beltrán argues that the TV series Queen of the South is based on her life, her lawyer told the Mexican newspaper Milenio. Ávila Beltrán says her story was used without her consent and is demanding that she be paid 40% of the royalties. As well as the TV series, there have been narco ballads written about her by Tigres del Norte and other bands. Ávila Beltrán, 61, was infamous in Mexico even before the Netflix series was … Continue reading Mexico’s Queen of the Pacific sues Netflix over series