Thursday 26 April 2018

Two charged with Wonder extortion

TWO people charged with extorting singer Stevie Wonder have pleaded not guilty in a Los Angeles court.

Alpha J Walker, Wonder's cousin, and Walker's girlfriend Tamara Diaz, are accused of trying to extort the Grammy-winning musician over a video that portrays Wonder negatively. A pretrial hearing of the case is expected at a later date.

Shift work raises heart attack risk

Shift work raises the risk of having a heart attack, a major review of working pattern health effects in Britain has shown.

Working unsocial hours was found to increase the chances of a heart attack by more than a fifth, with the risk of a stroke rising by 5pc. Shift patterns, especially night shifts, have long been linked to high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and diabetes.

UK box office take hits a record high

Movie hits such as 'The King's Speech' and 'The Inbetweeners' have helped UK box office takings to exceed £1bn (€1.27bn) for the first time.

New figures from the British Film Institute (BFI) show cinema receipts have risen by 61pc in the past decade. The BFI's annual statistical yearbook shows that spending on film production in the UK has also reached a new high, topping £1.27bn in 2011.

Brand fined after snapper bust-up

ACTOR Russell Brand must perform 20 hours of community service and pay a $500 (€400) court fee to resolve a misdemeanour charge stemming from a confrontation with a photographer in New Orleans.

Brand did not appear in court in New Orleans yesterday, but his attorney, Robert Glass, entered a not guilty plea to a charge of criminal damage to property. Glass said that under a deal with the district attorney's office, the case would be dismissed if the actor provides proof he has completed the service requirement by August 31.

Seinfeld to bring show to Big Apple

JERRY Seinfeld is bringing back his live stand-up comedy to New York City -- the place he says he first learned to be funny.

It will be the first time he'll present full live comedy performances in the city since his 1998 Broadway show, 'I'm Telling You for the Last Time'. There will be one performance in each of the city's five boroughs on Thursday nights in October and November.

Irish Independent

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