Women Face Celluloid Ceiling in U.S. Film Industry

Women lag far behind men in reaching the top jobs in the film business as a study found only 9 percent of directors of the top 250 grossing Hollywood films in 2012 were women – the same level as 15 years ago. The figures from the Center for the Study of Women in Television and […]

Oprah & Fans Touch Down for Aussie Adventure

Oprah Winfrey’s ecstatic audience arrived in Sydney this week for their much-hyped tour Down Under with the talk show queen, kicking off a week-long showcase of Australia’s beaches, cities and wildlife. The 300-odd audience members selected for Oprah’s Ultimate Australian Adventure touched down from the United States early on Tuesday and were greeted by a […]

Catholics Flock to Flores’ Larantuka for 500th Easter Parade

British traveller and writer TIM HANNIGAN witnessed a special Easter in Flores Nuns in grey habits stand squinting in the sunlight beneath the banana plants. Offshore, white boats, overloaded with spectators, jostle and try to hold their position in the furious current that flows north through the narrow strait. From the seashore chapel of Tuan […]

Ailing Tom Jones Cancels Shows in Singapore, Seoul

Welsh crooner Tom Jones was forced to cancel shows in Singapore and South Korea on Thursday after doctors warned he risked “serious permanent damage” to his legendary vocal chords if he performed. The ageing sex symbol was due to perform at Singapore’s Resorts World Sentosa casino resort on Thursday evening, and in Seoul on Saturday. […]

Latin Pop Icon Ricky Martin Tells Fans He Is Gay

Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin, in a bombshell to legions of his fans all over the world, confirmed this week a long-time rumour that he is gay. “I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am,” he wrote on rickymartin.com. With his swivelling […]

Three Weeks and $3m to Save Iconic Hollywood Sign

A conservation group warned Wednesday they have just three weeks to raise US$3 million to save the iconic Hollywood sign from being razed by investors who want to build luxury houses on the site. “We feel good about where we are and we feel good about our chances to do this,” said Tim Ahern of […]

Buddhist Founder Siddhartha Inspires Paris Ballet

The story of Siddhartha’s spiritual journey from powerful prince to supreme Buddha has come alive at the Paris Opera in a new ballet featuring France’s top contemporary choreographer Angelin Preljocaj. Siddharta, which had its global premiere on March 18, is a rare event in the world of dance – with several performances in a huge […]

Picasso to Be Sold after Nazi Row Settled

A Picasso painting belonging to British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber will be sold at auction, Christie’s said this week, four years after it was pulled from sale over alleged Nazi links. Lloyd Webber – composer of musicals like Phantom of the Opera and Cats – originally announced his intention to sell Portrait of Angel Fernandez […]