Bobbie Battista, who was among the original anchors for CNN Headline News and hosted CNN's "TalkBack Live," has died. She was 67.
Battista died Tuesday after a four-year battle with cervical cancer, family spokeswoman Wendy Guarisco told CNN.
"Bobbie was the consummate trooper in her struggle with cancer, she was courageous and fearless in her battle and thoughtful for all the others in her life even as she fought through the pain," Battista's husband John Brimelow said in a statement on Tuesday. "My dear partner of 25 years of marriage has cut her earthly bonds and is now in peace."
During her 1981-2001 career with the cable news company, Battista anchored coverage of major events including the Challenger space shuttle explosion, the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan and the Gulf War.
When she moved from CNN Headline News to CNN in 1988, she anchored shows that included "CNN NewsHour."
During Battista's early career, she worked as a local news anchor and producer for WRAL-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina. In 1981, she was the writer and assistant producer for the Peabody Award-winning documentary "Fed up with Fear."
Bollywood stars Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Amir Khan are drawing criticism from fans for maintaining silence even as violence in the Indian capital claimed 47 lives.
Fans on social media are wondering when the Bollywood superstars will grow a spine and speak up on the issue that has shaken up the country.
Akshay Kumar refused to be drawn into debate about India’s political landscape but condemned violence and destruction of property, reports Gulf News.
Even as influential actors maintain a stoic silence, a handful of actors continue to speak up without a care for the damage it could possibly bring to their carefully-orchestrated brand image.
Actors including Sonam Kapoor, Richa Chadha, lyricist Javed Akhtar and director Anurag Kashyap continue to speak up against the senseless bloodshed on the Indian streets.
They condemned the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act perceived to be discriminatory towards Muslims.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted: “We are working 24/7 to make sure relief efforts reach all in need. If u know of anyone who is in need, use #DelhiRelief to reach us. Pl do mention exact address/contact details so that we can reach him. We will ensure a quick response from our agencies [sic].”
The clashes first broke out on Feb 23 between protesters in favour of the controversial Indian citizenship law and those against it. The violence has taken on religious overtones, with Hindu and Muslim groups fighting each other and occurred during US President Donald Trump's first official visit to the country.
The Walt Disney Co. was built on the shoulders of Mickey Mouse, so it may come as a surprise that there never has been a theme park attraction based on the lovable rodent.
That's about to change with the debut of Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway ride on Wednesday at Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World.
The ride gives visitors the impression that they are watching a cartoon featuring Mickey and Minnie come to life as the Disney characters look for the perfect place for a romantic picnic and then end up on a train ride on the "Runnamuck Railroad."
The ride features trackless vehicles, multiple dimensional sets and projections on multiple planes, as well as animatronic figures and theatrical effects.
"We've taken our whole grab bag of theatrical tricks and blended them together so seamlessly you won't be able to tell what's what," said Kevin Rafferty, executive creative director at Walt Disney Imagineering. "There is more happening in each and every scene than you could possibly have time to see in just one experience."
Usher unleashed a photographer's battle at Balmain on Friday, as he appeared at Paris Fashion Week alongside towering model Cindy Bruna. The designer, Olivier Rousteing said of the typically glamazon-filled fashion collection, that it was a celebration of his personal journey. Celine, meanwhile, served up a subtle homage to the 1970's. Here are some highlights of ready-to-wear shows for fall-winter 2020.
BALMAIN CELEBRATES DIVERSITY AND TRADITIONS
An orphan from posh Bordeaux, where doors were closed to him because of his race, Rousteing said he explored how those same doors suddenly flung open when he became a top designer in Paris.
"I learned from an early age that certain classes, clubs and cliques were closed off to someone who looked like me," he said.
"Many of the codes of a world that was once beyond my reach are key parts of this collection... (that) adapts those symbols of upper-class exclusion and twists them."
In that vein, in the display, he delivered a street-cred makeover to traditional styles — such as silk scarf patterns, classic equestrian looks and the signature harlequin crisscross patterns — ones executed in cognacs and intense blues on rich fabrics such as jersey.
The bourgeois harlequin motif adorned billowing African-style capes, and equestrian leather waders looked like stripper boots.
Rousteing's passion was evident in the pure exuberance. The show opening included a dozen models in exactly the same look — a chic double-breasted wool coat with the house DNA of six gold buttons. It evoked the mood of an urban gang.
There were plenty of hits. A loose pastel brown leather pantsuit hybrid subverted the cinched-waist silhouette of house founder Pierre Balmain's Jolie Madame look. Instead of a belt there was a clutch bag on its front, resembling a fanny pack. With its thick leather ruffles, it was surely the collection's best look.
Alas, Rousteing's exuberance was also what was wrong with the collection, which strayed at times into overkill.
CELINE'S SUBTLE 70s
Designer Hedi Slimane put on a refined collection for Celine that was notable for its — relative — understatement.
Slimane's touchstone for several seasons, the air of the on-trend 1970's, was captured in every of the 111 — yes, 111 — salable looks.
Oversize black floppy hats followed statement talisman necklaces, sequined dresses with bow collars, ruffles on shirts and, of course, that decade's staple of brown corduroy pants. They were all styles we've seen before on the Slimane-Celine runway.
Yet this season was marked by an added refinement — with a perfect balance to the silhouette.
The statement piece of a cascading layered bohemian skirt that sparkled in black, magenta, artichoke and coral, could have been extreme, but was handled with refinement. It was paired with a simple black bolero-style jacket that allowed the dominant garment breathing space. Giant fur coats were delivered in black, to merge with the model's pants and create a visual continuity. While, culottes fluttered gently.
The bourgeois codes of the storied house of Celine seem to be having a positive effect on Slimane, the once-wild child of fashion.
They have somehow complemented his love of excess, by slightly reining it in.
PARIS FASHION WEEK AFFECTED BY CORONA FEARS
Unlike in Milan, on the face of things, the anxieties over the new coronavirus have been imperceptible at Paris Fashion Week — apart from the appearance of an occasional respiratory mask at shows. But there has been a few jitters.
Paris' fashion federation said earlier this week that six Chinese brands canceled their planned events in Paris because of the outbreak . The absences — of Masha Ma, Shiatzy Chen, Uma Wang, Jarel Zhang, Calvin Luo and Maison Mai — produced gaps during some days' normally back-to-back calendar shows.
The federation said, in a statement, that it will try to promote the brands online instead and "will make available all its communications platforms to allow these brands to share the work they had planned to present both in France and overseas."
Added to that, LVMH suddenly canceled Thursday's cocktail reception to celebrate its 2020 LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers, in an email to AP. The event was canceled on the same day that France reported a French citizen on its soil had died from COVID-19. LVMH did not respond to an email asking if there was any correlation. The presentation of the designer's work, it said, was still going on Friday.
On Friday, Chanel said its U.S. office is not traveling to Paris Fashion Week out of precautions over the virus.
ISABEL MARANT'S CLEAN CREAM CARPET
A clean-looking cream carpet covered the Isabel Marant runway. Was it perhaps an indication that the normally boho French designer was moving in a more pared-down aesthetic for fall?
The collection proved this to be true. While not entirely minimalist, it did away with the usual boho froth and frills, and in their place appeared 53 monochromatic and more focused looks that riffed on the 1980s.
Marant's trademark exaggerated 1980s shoulder still was the silhouette from which the designs hung, ones that were often cinched chicly at the waist. While, floral prints interrupted the monochrome, with flashes of true blue.
The best looks included a gray cape dress that billowed down with a beautiful heavy feel and enveloped the model. While the LBD was made statement with a sexy asymmetrical shoulder.
K-pop superstars BTS canceled an upcoming concert series in South Korea's capital as the country that exports entertainment worldwide tries to contain a soaring virus outbreak.
It follows a near-shutdown of entertainment in hard-hit parts of China, the world's second-biggest economy and second-biggest box-office market.
BTS, which performed at the Grammys and at New York's Grand Central Terminal for "The Tonight Show" in recent weeks, is seen as an emblem of South Korea's cultural and economic power. Local media said the canceled concerts were the inaugural leg of the band's new world tour.
"We regret to announce that the BTS MAP OF THE SOUL TOUR ... has been cancelled," the band's agency Big Hit Entertainment said in a statement.
The management agency said the COVID-19 outbreak in South Korea, which has more than 2,000 cases so far, made it impossible to predict the scale of the outbreak by April.
The seven-member boy band was scheduled to perform April 11-12 and April 18-19 at Seoul's Olympic Stadium. The agency said it had to consider the health and safety of the artists, the production crews and the more than 200,000 concertgoers expected.
The South Korean government and others affected by the epidemic have pushed to restrict massive public events to try to avoid situations where the virus might spread.
Disney said Friday its parks in Tokyo would close for two weeks, adding to closures of its parks in Shanghai and Hong Kong.
Cinemas in China already were shuttered, which affected the Chinese release of "Sonic the Hedgehog" and the Beijing premiere and a promotional tour of the James Bond film "No Time to Die" among other impacts.
The Walt Disney Co.'s anticipated live-action "Mulan" remake is due to open in China on March 27.
The U.S.'s National Symphony Orchestra canceled performances in Japan, after earlier canceling concerts in Beijing and Shanghai. That followed cancellations by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Hong Kong Philharmonic.
South Korean agencies have been canceling K-pop events at home and abroad in response to requests from fans about artists' safety.
Artists such as Taeyeon and boy bands WINNER and NCT Dream had previously canceled shows in Singapore and Macao, and GOT7 postponed concerts in Bangkok and Singapore.
U.S. band Green Day postponed upcoming Asia shows as well, citing health and travel concerns in its announcement on Twitter.
BTS has a large international following and was the first K-pop act to debut atop the Billboard Album chart in 2018 with "Love Yourself: Tear."