Entertainment

Terfel, like others, exits troubled Met Opera ‘Tosca’

NEW YORK — The Metropolitan Opera could retitle its troubled new production of Puccini’s “Tosca,” calling it “And Then There Were None.” Bass-baritone Bryn Terfel has withdrawn from the role of Scarpia due to vocal fatigue, the Met said Tuesday. The staging, which opens on New Year’s Eve, previously lost its original soprano, tenor and …

‘A Fantastic Woman’ director celebrates Golden Globe nod

NEW YORK — Director Sebastian Lelio feels that “A Fantastic Woman” has gone beyond the cinematic experience with its social message, to a great extent thanks to the performance of its star, Daniela Vega. The film follows Marina, a transgender woman who, after the passing of her older lover, is mistreated by his family and …

Famed Winnipeg filmmaker and animator Grant Munro dies at age 94

The National Film Board says famed Winnipeg filmmaker Grant Munro has died at the age of 94. Munro was born in 1923 in Winnipeg, where he attended the Musgrove School of Art and the Winnipeg School of Art. He earned a diploma at the Ontario College of Art where his teacher Franklin Carmichael, one of …

Tina Turner writing sequel to memoir ‘I, Tina’

NEW YORK —Tina Turner is not done telling her story. The rock superstar is working on a sequel to her 1986 memoir “I, Tina,” Atria Books told The Associated Press on Monday. The new book is called “Tina Turner: My Love Story” and will come out next October, timed to the singer’s 60th year in …

Apple orchestrates deal for song recognition app Shazam

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple has bought Shazam, the maker of a song-recognition app that Apple’s digital assistant Siri has already been using to help people identify the music playing on their iPhones. The companies didn’t disclose the price of the acquisition announced Monday. Technology news site Recode previously reported Apple is paying about $400 million …

Christopher Plummer’s Golden Globe nomination gets social media buzz

TORONTO — Canadian actor Christopher Plummer’s Golden Globe nomination for “All the Money in the World” had social media buzzing Monday. After all, it was just over a month ago that the 87-year-old replaced Kevin Spacey as billionaire J. Paul Getty in Ridley Scott’s finished biographical drama. Spacey was ousted from the movie in the …

New Yorker fires reporter Ryan Lizza for sexual misconduct

NEW YORK — The New Yorker magazine said Monday it has cut ties with well-known political reporter Ryan Lizza for alleged sexual misconduct. The magazine recently learned Lizza had “engaged in what we believe was improper sexual conduct,” a spokeswoman said. After reviewing the matter, it cut ties with the reporter. Lizza is also a …

Saudi Arabia to allow movie theatres after decades of ban

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia announced on Monday it will allow movie theatres to open in the conservative kingdom next year, for the first time in more than 35 years, in the latest social push by the country’s young crown prince. Movie theatres were shut down in the 1980’s during a wave of ultraconservatism …

Drake, Miguel, 50 Cent perform at Art Basel parties

MIAMI — Musicians, actors and fashion icons descended on Miami for a whirlwind week of glamorous parties to celebrate some of the world’s best artists during Art Basel. Drake and Lil Wayne took over the 24/7 ultra-club E11EVEN MIAMI for the Bootsy Bellows pop up on Friday. Lil Wayne took centre stage but Drake jumped …

Princes William and Harry chose sculptor for Diana statue

LONDON — Kensington Palace says Princes William and Harry have chosen sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley to create a statute of their mother, Princess Diana, to mark the 20th anniversary of her death. Rank-Broadley, whose image of Queen Elizabeth II has appeared on British coins since 1998, will complete the work by 2019. The statue will be …

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