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Singer Morrissey convinces Los Angeles venues to ban meat

British singer and ex-Smiths frontman Morrissey has persuaded the venue of an upcoming Los Angeles show to ban sales of meat by food vendors, the vegetarian activist said. The sold-out March 1 concert will be the first time the LA concert venue has agreed to go 100 percent vegetarian, a…

‘Harlem Shake’ fad thrills the Brooklyn DJ behind it

The up-and-coming Brooklyn DJ behind “Harlem Shake” said Monday he’s thrilled to see his cutting-edge electronic dance music (EDM) track going viral in a very big way. “Honestly, (I’m) just happy to see people go crazy to my stuff,” Baauer told fans during a two-hour ask-me-anything session on Reddit.com as…

Afghan street kid heads for the Oscars red carpet

An Afghan street kid is off to Hollywood and the red-carpet treatment at the Oscars— a fairytale ending to a chance encounter that led to a starring role in a movie. Fawad Mohammadi, 14, was selling maps to passing foreigners on Kabul’s famed Chicken Street to help feed his family…

Has politics weighed on Oscars race?

Perhaps it is no surprise, given that 2012 was a US election year, but this year’s Oscars crop includes a heavy dose of politics — which has arguably influenced Hollywood’s top awards race. From gun control advocates blasting blood-spattered “Django Unchained”, to rows over CIA torture that were triggered by…

New James Bond novel out in September

A new James Bond novel, written by British novelist William Boyd, will be released on September 26, publishers Jonathan Cape announced Monday. The book, as yet untitled, is set in 1969 and features a 45-year-old Bond. “1969. A veteran secret agent. A single mission. A licence to kill. James Bond…

Report: Harrison Ford to reprise Han Solo role in new ‘Star Wars’ film

By Andrew Pulver, The Guardian Actor’s reprisal of Han Solo role in forthcoming Star Wars sequels is ‘done deal’, according to Latino News blogger Harrison Ford has committed to appear as Han Solo in the forthcoming series of Star Wars films to be produced by Disney, according to a “scoop” reported…

BBC journalists strike in protest at compulsory redundancies

BBC journalists on Monday began a 24-hour strike in protest at compulsory redundancies, causing possible disruption to the broadcaster’s television and radio output. Members of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) walked out at midnight (local time and GMT) at the end of Sunday’s programming, over job cuts which are…

Country singer Mindy McCready reported dead at 37

Troubled country singer Mindy McCready reportedly died, allegedly of a suicide, on Sunday. Stacy McCloud, a reporter for FOX 17 in Nashville, Tenn. tweeted about the death initially, writing on Twitter, “A close family friend of Mindy McCready has informed me that the country singer has committed suicide.” Soon after,…

Bee Gees could have had a life of crime, says Gibb

The sole surviving member of the Bee Gees on Thursday revealed he and his brothers could easily have turned to crime rather than music as he unveiled a statue in their honour in Australia. Barry Gibb, with brothers Robin and Maurice, grew up in Redcliffe in Queensland state, where the…

Lady Gaga cancels tour to have hip surgery

Lady Gaga has canceled the rest of her “Born This Way Ball” tour due to a long-standing hip problem that requires surgery. In a series of tweets, Lady Gaga said she had been hiding a show injury and chronic pain for some time and that it had worsened over the…

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