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Security tight as Grammys stars hit red carpet LOS ANGELES: Music stars hit the red carpet Sunday for the Grammys, with veterans like Elton John and Sting joining newcomers including indie pop band fun., hoping to win big in their breakout year.   Security was tight for the industry's biggest awards show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, as police watch out for a fugitive suspected cop killer, on the run for three days after threatening to murder more officers.   Organizers are hoping to avoid drama which the Grammys seem to attract -- last year with the death of Whitney Houston on the eve of the show; and a few years before with the infamous Chris Brown-Rihanna domestic assault.   The three-and-a-half-hour main event starting at 5:00 pm (0100 GMT Monday) was preceded by a pre-show for less mainstream categories, where winners included Beach Boy Brian Wilson, who took the prize for best historical album.   Rihanna was among the stars set to take ...

LOS ANGELES: The comedy "Identity Thief" defied mediocre reviews by critics and topped the box office in the United States and Canada in its opening weekend, industry figures showed Sunday.   The comedy, starring Jason Bateman from the TV series "Arrested Development" and "Bridesmaids" breakaway star Melissa McCarthy, pulled in $36.6 million Friday to Sunday, according to preliminary figures released by tracking firm Exhibitor Relations. said that the movie "reaches impressive heights of laziness and idiocy;" the ...

70pc Pakistani children exposed to carcinogenic tobacco smoke KARACHI: In Pakistan 70% of children get exposed to environmental tobacco smoke, globally declared as a class- A carcinogen, that is capable to produce cancer.   Experts talking to APP said tobacco smoke is a major cause of contribution to the indoor air-pollution in the country, where people are generally not aware about the harm caused by passive smoking.   Breathing the smoke from other people's cigarette is called passive smoking that consists of smoke from the burning end ...

Samba school parades climax Rio Carnival extravaganza RIO DE JANEIRO: Top samba schools take center stage at the Sambodrome late Sunday, set to dazzle crowds with giant allegorical floats and scantily-dressed beauty queens in a fiery climax to the famed Rio Carnival.   Over the next two nights, 12 schools will showcase their mesmerizing allegorical pageantry before a global television audience, the highlight of a five-day extravaganza.   Their floats are packed with dancers wearing huge headgear, feathers, sequins, body paint -- and little else.   The fierce ...

Skyfall" beats "Les Miserables" to British film BAFTA LONDON: The James Bond movie "Skyfall" beat the musical "Les Miserables" to win the BAFTA award for outstanding British film on Sunday, a rare joy for 007 fans who feel the Martini-loving spy has been long overdue for a major trophy.   Judi Dench, who plays spymaster M in "Skyfall", leapt out of her seat with a cry of surprise when the award was announced, kicking off the annual BAFTAs ceremony at the Royal Opera House in ...

Death anniversary of Sadequain observed ISLAMABAD: The 26th death anniversary of master calligrapher Sadequain, responsible for the renaissance of Islamic Calligraphy in country, was observed on Sunday.   Sadequain was born in 1930 in Amroha, Uttar Pradesh, India, Syed Sadequain Ahmed Naqvi at the age of 31, won recognition for his work at the 1961 Paris Biennale.   He had a prolific career and much of his work is displayed in public places.   Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2013

Japan designer lends style to Brazil Carnival group   SAO PAULO: If the Barroca Zona Sul samba school shines when it takes center stage at the Sao Paulo Carnival early Tuesday, some of the credit will surely go to Japanese avant-garde fashion designer Junko Koshino.   The Osaka-born stylist, world famous for designing costumes for operas and uniforms for sports teams and corporations, is usually more at ease in the upscale fashion circles of Paris, Beijing or New York.   But there she was last Wednesday night, hobnobbing ...


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