Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin doc ‘Amazing Grace’ to finally see the light

Associated Press NEW YORK — More than 46 years after it was shot, the Aretha Franklin concert film “Amazing Grace” will finally be released, ending one of the most tortured and long-running sagas in documentary film. The late gospel singer’s estate and film producers said Monday that “Amazing Grace” will premiere Nov. 12 at the

Film producer behind Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan dies at age 91

By Associated Press HONG KONG: Legendary Hong Kong film producer Raymond Chow, who introduced the world to Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan and even brought the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to the big screen, has died at age 91. Hong Kong’ secretary for commerce and economic development, Edward Yau, said in a statement Friday that

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant sets ambitious plan for books in 2019-2020

By Associated Press NEW YORK: Kobe Bryant, Oscar winner and former NBA great, has big plans for books in the next few years. Bryant’s Granity Studios plans to release five middle grade and young adult novels in 2019 and 2020. According to a press release issued Thursday, each novel was “conceptualized” by Bryant and written

Michelle Obama

Winfrey, Witherspoon among guests on Michelle Obama tour

By Associated Press NEW YORK: Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon will be among the special guests when Michelle Obama goes on tour for her memoir “Becoming.” Others appearing with the former first lady will include Sarah Jessica Parker, Michele Norris and former White House aide Valerie Jarrett. The announcement was made by Live Nation and

Bill Cosby with wife Camille

Cosby judge rejects new trial bid; wife sees bias

By Associated Press PHILADELPHIA: A judge on Tuesday rejected Bill Cosby’s bid for a new trial or sentencing hearing, leading the comedian’s wife, Camille, to again accuse the judge of bias against her husband. The ruling by the same judge that presided over Cosby’s trial also led the entertainer’s lawyers to file their appeal with

‘Wonder Woman’ sequel pushed back to summer 2020

By Associated Press LOS ANGELES: The world will have to wait a little longer for the “Wonder Woman” sequel, which will now arrive in theatres in summer 2020. Warner Bros. announced Monday that “Wonder Woman 1984” will now open on June 5, 2020. The film starring Gal Gadot as the Amazonian superhero had been slated

Bill Cosby

Prosecutors: Bill Cosby’s bid for new trial is ‘meritless’

By Associated Press PHILADELPHIA: Prosecutors in Bill Cosby’s sex assault case called his bid for a new trial or sentencing hearing “meritless,” and asked the judge to deny him a post-trial hearing. Cosby, 81, has asked for a do-over in the Pennsylvania sex assault case that ended with him being sent to prison last month

President Emmerson Mnangagwa

New documentary on massacres takes aim at Mnangagwa

By Associated Press HARARE: A new documentary on massacres by Zimbabwe’s military has led to harsh exchanges as the 1980s killings challenge a new president who preaches unity but refuses to apologise for his alleged role in one of the country’s deepest wounds. The screening in the capital, Harare, would have been almost impossible under former

Kobe Bryant

Film festival rescinds Kobe Bryant invite after outcry

By Associated Press LOS ANGELES: Kobe Bryant was dropped Wednesday from the jury of an animated film festival after calls for the former NBA star’s ouster over a 2003 rape allegation. Eric Beckman the CEO of GKIDS, the company that organises the Animation Is Film Festival, announced the move. “After discussions with the various stakeholders

American actress Drew Barrymore

EgyptAir pulls magazine after Drew Barrymore article

By Associated Press CAIRO: Egyptian officials say EgyptAir has removed the latest edition of its in-flight magazine over a contentious article it published, purportedly based on an interview with American actress Drew Barrymore. They say the carrier had agreed with its publisher, Al-Ahram advertising agency, to stop printing more copies of the October issue of

Judge tosses porn star Stormy Daniels’ defamation suit against Trump

By Associated Press WASHINGTON: A federal judge dismissed Stormy Daniels’ defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump on Monday, saying the president made a “hyperbolic statement” against a political adversary when he tweeted about a composite sketch the porn actress’ lawyer released. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, sued Trump in April after he said

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger: ‘I stepped over the line’ with women

By Associated Press LOS ANGELES: Arnold Schwarzenegger says he “stepped over the line several times” with women. In an interview released Tuesday in Men’s Health , the actor and former Republican governor of California says he was the “first one to say sorry.” Schwarzenegger says he feels bad about it and apologies. Schwarzenegger was accused of sexual

Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby switches up legal team with appeal looming

By Associated Press PHILADELPHIA: Bill Cosby is switching up his legal team as he looks to appeal his conviction and three- to 10-year sentence in his Pennsylvania sex assault case. A court filing Friday says the 81-year-old Cosby is replacing the suburban Philadelphia lawyer who handled his sentencing with a pair of criminal defense attorneys.

Pokello challenges Elikem divorce; estranged hubby says he has lost love and affection for her

By Mary Taruvinga ZIMBABWEAN socialite Pokello Nare, 32, is challenging divorce proceedings by estranged Ghanaian husband Elikem Kumordzie, it has emerged. Kumordzie, 29, recently filed for divorce saying he had lost love and affection for Pokello, adding that their relationship was irreparably damaged. Pokello filed a notice of intention to oppose the divorce petition last

Mickey Mouse gets African wardrobe options for 90th birthday

By Associated Press JOHANNESBURG: Mickey Mouse is getting an African look for his 90th birthday. Ten South African artists each painted and adorned a statue of Disney’s cartoon character, using styles that reflect the continent’s cultural diversity and giving him more wardrobe options than the usual white gloves, red pants and yellow shoes. Mickey Mouse

Can wireless challenge cable for home internet service?

By Associated Press NEW YORK: Cellular companies such as Verizon are looking to challenge traditional cable companies with residential internet service that promises to be ultra-fast, affordable and wireless. Using an emerging wireless technology known as 5G, Verizon’s 5G Home service provides an alternative to cable for connecting laptops, phones, TVs and other devices over

Mexican dwarf wrestler Microman (R) leaps into his opponent during a match at the Arena Mexico in Mexico City -- he is one of the smallest stars in the world of "lucha libre"

Mexico’s dwarf wrestlers overcome mockery to become stars

By AFP He is just 90 centimeters (less than three feet) tall, but he packs muscles, power and swagger in a little frame: meet Microman, the smallest star in Mexican professional wrestling. Mexico’s “lucha libre,” a wildly popular mix of sport and entertainment, long featured midgets and dwarves in a deeply demeaning role: they were

Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby starts serving his jail term

Bill Cosby spent his first night behind bars at a new, state-of-the-art, maximum security prison in suburban Philadelphia. The 81-year-old felon was hauled out of the Montgomery County courthouse in handcuffs Tuesday afternoon after a judge handed him a three to 10 year prison stay for drugging and sexually assaulting Temple University’s women’s basketball administrator

Intwasa Arts Festival director summoned over Gukurahundi documentary

By Bulawayo Correspondent THE director of Intwasa Festival Raisdon Baya was on Wednesday summoned and questioned by police from the Law and Order section over journalist Zenzele Ndebele’s Gukurahundi documentary “Gukurahundi Genocide: 36 years later,” which is set to be premiered on Saturday at the on-going Intwasa Arts Festival. Baya‘s questioning follows a similar police