Japanese actress Shirley Yamaguchi has died at the age of 94. The star passed away of heart failure on 7 September (14) in Tokyo, Japan.
Yamaguchi was born to Japanese parents in China in 1920 and was adopted by her father's Chinese friend, who renamed her Xianglan, at the age of 13.
She began her career as singer Li Xianglan and also starred in several Chinese-language propaganda films.
After she was accused of being a Chinese traitor following World War II, a friend produced family records proving she was Japanese, saving her from execution and allowing her to leave China.
Before retiring from the entertainment industry in 1958, Yamaguchi starred in many Japanese and Chinese-language and Hollywood films including Honeymoon Express, China Nights, Scandal and Escape at Dawn.
In 1974, she was elected to parliament's Upper House as a member of the governing Liberal Democratic Party, where she served until 1992.
Singer Art Garfunkel has just completed a walk through Europe he began in 1988. The Simon & Garfunkel star began his periodical wandering from Ireland to Turkey after marathon walks through America and Japan, and he finally reached his destination last month (Aug14), before embarking on his latest European tour.
A spokesman for the Bright Eyes singer, who recently won his battle with a lengthy vocal problem that threatened to end his career, says, "He walks all day, gets picked up at night, finds a hotel then gets dropped off in the same spot the next morning... He just likes walking!"
Garfunkel adds, "I walk for the exercise, for the spiritual flush. I sing, I write, I try to connect with the wonder of it all. It's been a beautiful, healthy, and fine madness."
Venezuela, Estonia and Croatia are hoping to win first-time Oscar nominations after submitting official films for the Academy's consideration. Film bosses in the countries joined peers in Sweden, Finland, Mexico and Serbia by offering up their best movies for the Best Foreign Film category at the 2015 Oscars this week (beg08Sep14).
Venezuela officials chose historical drama El Libertador - the most expensive film made in the nation - while the Croatians surprised Oscars bosses by overlooking award-winning films Number 55 and The Bridge at the End of the World in favour of comedy Cowboys, which won the Audience Award at the country's recent Pula Film Festival. The Estonians have offered up another festival favourite, war movie Tangerines.
Croatia and Estonia have never been nominated in the 22 years the two nations have been submitting films for the Oscars.
So far, 14 countries have submitted official movies for Academy Awards consideration, with critics picking Turkey's Winter Sleep as the early frontrunner over films from Germany, Ukraine, Austria, Japan and Taiwan.
Meanwhile, Mauritania has made history by submitting its first film, Timbuktu, which premiered to rave reviews at the Cannes Film Festival and picked up the event's Ecumenial Jury award and Francois Chalais Prize. The movie went on to win the In Spirit for Freedom Award at the Jerusalem Film Festival.
The latest film submitted for consideration is Mexico's Cantinflas biopic, which was released in America late last month (Aug14), ahead of its debut in Mexico on 16 September (14).
The Sebastian del Amo movie features Oscar Jaenada as iconic comedian and actor Mario Moreno, aka Cantinflas.
The Academy Awards nominations will be announced on 15 January (15).
Maroon 5 have returned to the top of the U.S. album charts.
Newlywed Adam Levine's band has debuted V at number one, beating out rapper Young Jeezy's Seen It All: The Autobiography by over 40,000 first-week sales.
Maroon 5 last topped the Billboard 200 in 2007 with It Won't Be Soon Before Long.
The Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack returns to the top three at three, while late reggae legend Bob Marley posthumously scores his highest-charting album ever, as his re-released greatest hits package, Legend, jumps up 95 spots on the new chart to number five. The album was originally released in 1984, and last hit a chart high at 18 in 2012. Marley previously charted high in 1976 when his album Rastaman Vibration peaked at eight.
Meanwhile, on America's Billboard Hot 100 chart, Meghan Trainor has ended Taylor Swift's reign at number one by taking All About That Bass to the top. Swift's Shake It Off, which previously spent two weeks at number one, falls a spot to two, while Nicki Minaj's Anaconda stays put at three for a second week.
Pop star Lady Gaga has hit out at recording studio bosses for using voice-adjusting software on her music, insisting she often sounds like a "robot" on her albums.
The Poker Face hitmaker has accused officials at her record label of trying to "control" her early career and blames them for demanding that her singing should be made to sound more "radio-friendly". She alleges studio staff were ordered to increase the use of pitch-tuning software to correct any imperfect singing during the early days of her career, which left her vocals sounding unnatural.
Gaga tells British magazine Seven, "There's been a part of me that has been quiet for a long time that is now being reawakened, after years of producers and record label people telling me to make my voice sound more radio-friendly. "Since The Fame, The Fame Monster, and Born This Way, they've been auto-tuning it more, or changing the timbre. They take the vibrato out so you sound like a robot... "They really control you, especially in the beginning. Although it was still my songs, and I still had a lot to say about the production, the vocal was something that they really, really wanted to control. So my vocal presence has been kind of the smallest presence about me for a long time."
Singer Rise of South Korean pop group Ladies' Code died on Sunday (07Sep14), just days after a horrific car accident which killed her bandmate Eunb. The 23 year old, real name Kwon Ri-se, was travelling with EunB and six other passengers in a car in South Korea on Tuesday (03Sep14) when its back wheel came off and the vehicle crashed into a guardrail.
EunB died shortly after the accident and Rise had been unconscious and in critical condition ever since. She underwent a series of operations to treat a serious head injury, but died in hospital on Sunday.
A statement from the band's record label reads, "At the time of the accident on the 3rd (September), RiSe obtained a big injury to her head and was moved to the hospital. She was operated on as much as possible for a long time, but she has ultimately passed away... Her parents, who came from Japan, and the label employees stayed with her at the end. We are sorry to give another sad news since the late EunB and we cannot hide our sorrow."
Fellow bandmembers Ashley and Zuny sustained minor injuries and were released from hospital in time for EunB's funeral on Friday (05Sep14). Another member Sojung is still recovering in hospital.
Miley Cyrus' tour promoter is challenging Dominican Republic officials' decision to ban the pop superstar from performing in the Caribbean country on morality grounds.
Late last month (Aug14), authorities at the nation's commission which oversees public performances pulled the plug on the Wrecking Ball hitmaker's planned show in Santo Domingo on 13 September (14), amid fears the provocative star's Bangerz gig will include "acts that go against morals and customs, which are punishable by Dominican law". They also expressed concerns over her "unsuitable costumes" and use of "language and images which encourage sex and violence" among the reasons for their decision.
However, Cyrus' show promoter is fighting the ruling and has filed a legal challenge to have the ban lifted to allow the singer to press ahead with what had been billed as her first concert in the Dominican Republic.
The promoter cites the country's own constitution in the filing, which argues the nation's officials have no right to ban artistic expression, according to Eonline.com.
Cyrus, 21, has upset parent groups and critics in recent years with naked videos, twerking, thrusting and crotch grabbing at concerts and references to her love of marijuana onstage.
Singer Shakira is paying homage to her musical roots with a new fragrance called Rock!
The Hips Don't Lie hitmaker is launching her fourth perfume, which is provided in a gold bottle shaped like an electric guitar. According to website Fragrantica.com, Rock! is "an expression of her most daring part and is a celebration the music that moves the world. She wanted to capture that intense, indescribable feeling and moment of anticipation and excitement while going up on stage."
The exact release date for Shakira's new scent has yet to be revealed, but the mum-to-be took to Twitter.com on Wednesday (03Sep14) to assure fans Rock! is "coming soon".
Actress Eva Longoria has revealed her iPhone was hacked by an Apple employee after she visited one of the company's stores in her native Texas in a bid to fix a technical issue.
Longoria was not among the many female stars who woke up on Sunday (31Aug14) to find their privacy had been violated by a hacker who leaked celebrity nudes online, but she admits she has been a victim in the past. The former Desperate Housewives star tells Access Hollywood Live she discovered she had an unwelcome new email contact after a visit to an Apple Store in San Antonio, revealing a staff member offered to send her a dress she had made.
Longoria says, "(She wrote), 'I work at the Apple Store here in San Antonio'." The stunned star immediately attempted to track down the employee and find out how the security breach had occurred, asking store bosses, "Did someone give out my email? Or my phone?"
The actress claims the individual who allegedly hacked into her account and got in touch eventually responded and told Longoria, "I saw your phone number from your profile, I just wanted to call and say hi, I'm a fan."
Apple bosses launched an investigation following Sunday's security breach and assured customers it was "a very targeted attack" and not an issue with their iCloud servers, as previously indicated. A statement read: "After 40 hours of investigation, we have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet."
Jennifer Lawrence, Victoria Justice and Kate Upton's representatives have threatened to take legal action against the culprit behind the nude photo leak.
Iggy Azalea's huge chart-topper Fancy has been named the Song of the Summer by Billboard magazine.
The track, which features vocals by Charli XCX, topped America's Billboard Hot 100 chart seven consecutive weeks over the summer (14), and it has now topped the magazine's list of most popular tracks. Azalea scored a double in the countdown as Problem, her collaboration with Ariana Grande, took third place behind Rude by MAGIC! at two.
Last year's (13) Song of the Summer was Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke.