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Wednesday, 11 December 2013 09:55

Kate Winslet gives birth to a son, her 3rd child

LONDON (AP) - A spokeswoman for Kate Winslet says the actress has given birth to a son and is "doing great." Publicist Laura Symons says Winslet had a boy, her third child, Saturday at a hospital in southern England. She says mother and baby are both doing well. This is 38-year-old Winslet's first child with husband Ned Rocknroll, whom she married last year. She has a daughter, Mia, and a son, Joe, from previous marriages to directors Jim Threapleton and Sam Mendes. Rocknroll is the nephew of entrepreneur Richard Branson. Winslet won an Academy Award for best actress in 2008 for her performance in "The Reader."

Tuesday, 10 December 2013 11:14

Justin Bieber in Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (AP) - This time, Justin Bieber is making headlines for trying to help, instead of some of the other stuff he's been making the news for this year. The singer has visited the Philippines - and is asking his fans to help the victims of last month's killer typhoon. The Beeb posted a video on a fundraising Web site, asking for his fans to help. He's one of several American artists who have visited the Philippines since the disaster. Alicia Keys visited an air base in Manila two weeks ago to hand out crayons and coloring books to children affected by the storm. The typhoon let nearly 6,000 dead and more than 1,700 missing - and flattened entire towns and villages in the central Philippines.

Monday, 09 December 2013 12:00

Paul Walker tribute

 SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) - Paul Walker is being remembered by his friends and fans. Thousands of them gathered in Santa Clarita, California, yesterday to pay tribute to the "Fast and Furious" star. It was at the site where he and a friend died in a fiery car crash November 30.

Monday, 09 December 2013 11:59

Grammy Nominations List

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Here is a list of the nominees in the top categories for the 56th annual Grammy Awards. The nominations were announced Friday evening, so it's possible you might have missed them, so here goes:
     Record of the Year: "Get Lucky," Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams; "Radioactive," Imagine Dragons; "Royals," Lorde; "Locked Out of Heaven," Bruno Mars; "Blurred Lines," Robin Thicke featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams.
     Album of the Year: "The Blessed Unrest," Sara Bareilles; "Random Access Memories," Daft Punk; "good kid, m.A.A.d. city," Kendrick Lamar; "The Heist," Macklemore & Ryan Lewis; "Red," Taylor Swift.
     Song of the Year: "Just Give Me a Reason," Pink featuring Nate Ruess; "Locked Out of Heaven," Bruno Mars; "Roar," Katy Perry; "Royals," Lorde; "Same Love," Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert.
     New Artist: James Blake, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kacey Musgraves, Ed Sheeran.
     Pop Vocal Album: "Paradise," Lana Del Rey; "Pure Heroine," Lorde; "Unorthodox Jukebox," Bruno Mars; "Blurred Lines," Robin Thicke; "The 20/20 Experience - The Complete Experience," Justin Timberlake.
     Rock Album: "13," Black Sabbath; "The Next Day," David Bowie; "Mechanical Bull," Kings of Leon; "Celebration Day," Led Zeppelin; "... Like Clockwork," Queens of the Stone Age; "Psychedelic Pill," Neil Young and Crazy Horse.
     R&B Album: "R&B Divas," Faith Evans; "Girl on Fire," Alicia Keys; "Love in the Future," John Legend; "Better," Chrisette Michele; "Three Kings," TGT.
     Rap Album: "Nothing Was the Same," Drake; "Magna Carta ... Holy Grail," Jay Z; "good kid, m.A.A.d. city," Kendrick Lamar; "The Heist," Macklemore & Ryan Lewis; "Yeezus," Kanye West.
     Country Album: "Night Train," Jason Aldean; "Two Lanes of Freedom," Tim McGraw; "Based on a True Story ...," Blake Shelton; "Same Trailer Different Park," Kacey Musgraves; "Red," Taylor Swift.
     Dance/Electronica Album: "Random Access Memories," Daft Punk; "Settle," Disclosure; "18 Months," Calvin Harris; "Atmosphere," Kaskade; A Color Map of the Sun," Pretty Lights.
     Latin Pop Album: "Faith, Hope y Amor," Frankie J; "Viajero Frecuente," Ricardo Montaner; "Vida," Draco Rosa; "Syntec," Aleks Syntec; "12 Historias," Tommy Torres.

NEW YORK (AP) - Miley Cyrus has made Time magazine's worst-dressed list -- and its best-dressed list. Cyrus tops the worst-dressed list for her look at the MTV Video Music Awards, during which she appeared in a teddy bear costume, then stripped down to a nude-colored latex bikini. Cyrus also ranks number 6 on Time's best-dressed list for wearing a glittery green low-back Marc Jacobs gown for Fashion Group International's Night of Stars.

Friday, 06 December 2013 10:40

Yoko Ono's anti-hunger campaign

TOKYO (AP) - Yoko Ono says children have pride, too - so they won't beg for food. But she says too many of them "are in pain and they are starving." Because of that she is trying to keep up the battle against child hunger. The widow of John Lennon says her late husband would be happy to see his song "Imagine" being used by the WhyHunger campaign to help raise money for child nutrition and sustainable farming in 22 lands. Ono says her own bitter experience in Japan helped fuel the project. She says though born into a wealthy family, she experienced hunger when her family fled Toyko to avoid bombing raids during World War II. She says some people she knew starved to death - or died from eating poisonous mushrooms they collected in the hills.

Friday, 06 December 2013 10:40

Musicians react to Nelson Mandela's death

UNDATED (AP) - More than just a world leader, Nelson Mandela was an international icon. And with his death yesterday, various musicians mourned his passing. Aretha Franklin says it was "a sad day that such a great man has passed on." She says what impressed her most about Mandela was that "he rose above his being imprisoned and exalted himself above apartheid and hatred" to help unite South Africa. Franklin says Mandela remains "an unbelievable example of humanitarianism and courage." Paul Simon calls Mandela "one of the great leaders and teachers of the 20th century" - and says his death "should re-ignite a worldwide effort for peace." Simon teamed up with South African musicians for the 1986 album "Graceland." The project was criticized for working with South African musicians at a time artists were boycotting the country because of its racist apartheid policies. Later, with Mandela's approval, Simon toured South Africa in the 1990s. One of the South African artists that worked with Simon on the Graceland project also issued a statement. Ladysmith Black Mambazo said while many people might want to use big words to describe Mandela, the former South African president "never thought of himself as big. He was one of us, one of the people."

Not a lot of fans knew who Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Lorde were when we gathered a year ago to celebrate music with the Grammy Awards nominations. Yet thanks to a series of inescapable and smart hits, these upstarts could very well muscle Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift and other Grammy favorites out of the way when nominees are announced Friday night in a televised special airing live from Los Angeles on CBS. Lorde's hit "Royals" and Macklemore's run of "Thrift Shop" and "Same Love" dominated all but a few songs for attention this year, and each carried a progressive message in a pop music world obsessed with swag and navel gazing - something The Recording Academy's voters tend to award. The Grammy Awards will be presented Jan. 26.

Thursday, 05 December 2013 11:11

Phil Collins is starting to write music again

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Phil Collins says he's "thrashing around a piano" as he considers a return to music. Collins has avoid writing and recording for the past few years, but he's missed that. He let it slip that it's a possibility he'll put out new music and the Internet went wild -- and not always in a good way. Collins says it undermines his confidence a bit when someone hears the news and yells "No!" He says with a laugh he can't believe how much hate there is out there. In the meantime, Collins' nonprofit group Little Dreams Foundation is working in south Florida to help artistic and athletic children reach their dreams.

Wednesday, 04 December 2013 09:18

Paul Walker's autopsy is complete

LOS ANGELES (AP) - We should hear more today about the death of Paul Walker. The Los Angeles County coroner's office completed the autopsies yesterday of Walker and friend Roger Rodas, who both died in a fiery sports car crash last week. Officials say the results of those autopsies will be revealed today. The families of both men have provided dental records. That will help determine who was actually driving the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT when it smashed into light pole and tree, then exploded into flames. Walker was on a break from filming "Fast & Furious 7" when he was killed.

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