Amid celebrity show offs, $30 million raised at AIDS gala
CAP D'ANTIBES, France (AP) — Amid celebrity schmoozing, glamourous fashions, musical performances and the frequent banging of the auction hammer, the French Riviera's annual, star-filled amfAR gala brought in its expected share of drama — with celebrity invitees including Leonardo DiCaprio, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Sienna Miller and Adrien Brody.
Dutch art sleuth helps German police track down Nazi art
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch art sleuth best known for identifying works looted from Jewish owners by the Nazis said he helped German police recover two massive bronze horse sculptures crafted for Adolf Hitler, as more details emerged Friday about an amazing trove of Nazi-era art seized by authorities this week.
Bob Belden, global-minded jazz saxophonist, dies at 58
Bob Belden, a global-minded saxophonist and arranger who brought a jazz lens to music ranging from chart-topping pop to classical Indian, has died. Blue Note Records, where he recorded his best known works, confirmed his death. Belden in February became the first American musician to perform publicly in Iran since the 1979 Islamic revolution, playing with the government's blessing amid an easing of longstanding tensions between Tehran and Washington...
Sweden, Russia hot favourites for Eurovision jamboree
Swedish heartthrob Mans Zelmerlow is bookies' favourite to win the Eurovision Song Contest, Europe's glitzy annual music extravaganza, followed by Russian diva Polina Gagarina and cheeky Italian pop opera trio Il Volo. Former "Australian Idol" winner Guy Sebastian, given a special wildcard entry for Eurovision's 60th anniversary year, was close behind with Belgium's Loic Nottet on the eve of the grand final in Vienna...
Berlin art show pairs impressionist, expressionist paintings
BERLIN (AP) — Camille Pissarro's famous "Boulevard Montmartre at Night" shows a brightly illuminated avenue in Paris — the city lights turned into gentle dabs of oil paint. Next to the French impressionist's 1897 work is a painting by German expressionist Ernst Ludwig Kirchner from 1912 depicting a Berlin street scene in flashy yellow, blue and black — the broad brush stokes clearly visible...
Boogaloo, didgeridoo: Eurovision turkeys and triumphs
Vienna (AFP) - Love it, hate it or both, Europe's unashamedly over-the-top and enduringly popular annual Eurovision Song Contest, which is set to shake up staid Vienna on Saturday night, is nothing if not entertaining.
CANNES WATCH: Karlie Kloss stuns, Andie MacDowell reveals
CANNES, France (AP) — Day Nine at the Cannes Film Festival showed off model Karlie Kloss' figure in a slinky little Tom Ford number, while actress Andie MacDowell revealed why she never showed up at Cannes in 1989 with her hit film "Sex, Lies and Videotape." And a film honoring designer Oscar de la Renta showed that he may be gone, but his influence at Cannes is still strong.
Flavor Flav arrested in Vegas, suspected of impaired driving
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Flavor Flav was arrested in Las Vegas early Thursday on allegations of driving under the influence, speeding, possessing less than an ounce of marijuana and having an open container of alcohol in the 2005 black BMW he was driving, authorities said.
House passes bill to reform US-funded broadcasts
WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee unanimously approved a bill on Thursday to reform U.S.-funded broadcasting to counter what a California congressman dubs the "weaponization of information" from Russia and anti-American propaganda being aired by Iran and Islamic State militants.
Final Letterman show draws record 14 million viewers
Nearly 14 million people tuned in to watch comedy legend David Letterman broadcast his final "Late Show" on American television, the program's largest audience in 21 years, CBS said Thursday. Wednesday's show averaged 13.76 million viewers, its largest audience since February 1994, when it followed CBS's primetime coverage of the Winter Olympics in Norway, the television network said...