Acclaimed Indian film director Ghosh dies at 49

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian film director Rituparno Ghosh, whose work includes award-winning films in the Bengali language, died of cardiac arrest at age 49, news reports said Thursday. Ghosh died Thursday at his home in the eastern…

Timberlake to headline iTunes festival

LONDON (AP) — Justin Timberlake will be the headliner when the iTunes festival kicks off in September in London. The superstar is among the acts slated for the annual music series, which will be held each night that…

Emails reflect AEG’s fears about Jackson’s health

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jurors hearing a lawsuit against concert giant AEG Live LLC have been shown emails in which top company executives expressed fears about Michael Jackson’s health and the amount of time they had to get…

UK museum staff to strike over cuts to pay, jobs

LONDON (AP) — Workers at museums and galleries in Britain — including top tourist spots like the British Museum and the National Gallery — are going on strike. The strikes, part of a campaign by members of a…

HBO’s VICE crew surprised by North Korean leader

NEW YORK (AP) — The documentary crew that accompanied Dennis Rodman to North Korea over the winter says it had no idea it would meet the reclusive country’s young leader, Kim Jong Un, until he showed up at…

G4 to relaunch as Esquire Network in September

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The geek-flavored G4 channel will become the Esquire Network in September. NBCUniversal on Wednesday announced the rebranded channel’s Sept. 23 launch date. The channel is the namesake of Esquire magazine and is aiming to…

Italian actress Franca Rame dies

MILAN (AP) — Franca Rame, an Italian actress and wife of Nobel laureate Dario Fo, died Wednesday at the age of 84 after a long illness. Rame’s death was marked with a moment of silence in Parliament, where…

Liberace movie is HBO’s biggest since 2004

NEW YORK (AP) — A healthy number of HBO subscribers were curious about Michael Douglas’ performance as Liberace in the TV movie “Behind the Candelabra.” The Nielsen company said the 2.4 million people who tuned in to the…

Five Stairsteps singer Clarence Burke Jr. dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clarence Burke Jr., lead singer of the group the Five Stairsteps that sang the 1970 hit “O-o-h Child,” has died. He was 64. Burke died on Sunday — a day after his birthday —…

New Jack Welch book coming next year

NEW YORK (AP) — The themes of Jack Welch’s next book: clarity and change. The former General Electric CEO and his wife, Suzy Welch, have a deal with Harper Business for a book to come out in May…

Neil Patrick Harris returning to host Emmycast

NEW YORK (AP) — CBS says Neil Patrick Harris is hosting the Emmys again. It’s the second go-around for the TV, film and stage star. He last did the honors at the “Prime Time Emmy Awards” in 2009.…

Andre 3000′s mother dies 1 day after his birthday

NEW YORK (AP) — Andre 3000′s mother died in her sleep early Tuesday at her Georgia home, a representative for the rapper at the firm Sunshine Sachs said Wednesday. Sharon Benjamin-Hodo was 58. She died in Rex, Ga.…

Ringo Starr has a new book: ‘Photograph’

NEW YORK (AP) — Never-before-seen photos of the Beatles by Ringo Starr will be included in a new book titled “Photograph.” An e-book will be published June 12 in conjunction with the upcoming Grammy Museum exhibit, “Ringo: Peace…

Larry King to host a new political talk TV show

NEW YORK (AP) — Larry King is returning to TV with a political talk show beginning next month. The new program, “Politics With Larry King,” will air on the RT America network, a global, English-language channel based in…

Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan undergoes surgery

NEW DELHI (AP) — Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh Khan has undergone surgery for a shoulder injury suffered while doing stunts for his new movie, “Chennai Express.” Sanjay Desai, his doctor, said Khan’s surgery in a Mumbai hospital Tuesday…

No injuries in apparent dry-ice Disneyland blast

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — A small explosion Tuesday in a Disneyland trash can that appeared to be caused by dry ice in a bottle brought evacuations but no damages or injuries, officials and witnesses said. The blast was…

AEG Live co-CEO testifies in Jackson lawsuit trial

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A top executive of the company that was producing Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” tour acknowledged reluctantly Tuesday that he negotiated a deal for the doctor that the pop star had chosen to accompany…

‘Fast 6′ drives record-breaking box-office haul

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Fast & Furious 6″ raced to the top of a record-breaking weekend at North American movie theaters, and the sixth installment in the street-racing franchise also delivered a turbo-charged performance overseas. The film debuted…

Panama’s Ruben Blades joins cast of Duran biopic

PANAMA CITY, Panama (AP) — Panama’s most famous performer is joining the cast of a movie about its most famous boxer. Filmmaker Jonathan Jakubowicz says singer Ruben Blades will take part in the film “Hands of Stone,” which…

New buyers for cards to benefit cancer charity

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A 7-year-old cancer patient who had a trading card issued in his honor after he ran roughshod over the Nebraska Cornhuskers has found new buyers for cards set aside for his charity. Among those stepping…