Nov 30 (AP/UNB) - At one time it was scents. Now it seems to be booze.
The number of celebrities who have branched out into endorsing — or even helping make — wine, whiskey, vodka and other spirits has exploded of late, from Nick Jonas' tequila to Kate Hudson's vodka to Dylan Sprouse's mead.
Kate Hudson has a vodka, Darius Rucker has a whiskey, Ryan Reynolds has a gin and "Breaking Bad" co-stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul have an artisanal mezcal. Even Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have kept their vineyard despite their divorce.
Musicians aren't immune: Jay-Z is a partner with Bacardi on a cognac, Drake and Metallica have whiskeys, Snoop Dogg has a cachaca, and the duo behind Florida Georgie Line offer a smooth peach pecan whiskey.
A South Korean court on Friday found two K-pop stars guilty of illicit sexual relations with a woman who was unable to resist and sentenced them to up to six years in prison.
The Seoul Central District Court said singer-songwriter Jung Joon-young received a six-year prison term and former boy band member Choi Jong-hoon a five-year term.
The court said in a statement that they were convicted of committing "special quasi-raping," which it said means multiple people collaborating to have illicit sextual intercourse with a person who was unconscious or unable to resist.
Jung was additionally convicted of filming sex videos of women against their will and sharing them with friends in a group chat.
The two men were also ordered to undergo 80 hours of sex offender treatment programs.
They have one week to appeal, according to the court.
Their scandals roiled South Korea's entertainment industry earlier this year when the investigation began.
South Korean pop songs, TV dramas and films are hugely popular in Asia and beyond, but the country's entertainment world has in recent years suffered a series of sexual scandals that revealed its dark side.
Male stars have faced allegations of sexual assault and abuse and reports have been made that female entertainers and trainees have been forced to provide sexual services to men in power.
On Sunday, K-pop musician and actress Goo Hara was found dead at her home in Seoul. Before her death, she suffered cyberbullying after she was engaged in a public dispute with her former boyfriend, who she said threatened to disclose a sex video of her.
Last month, another K-pop star, Sulli, was discovered dead at her home. She had spoken against the online backlash she received over her lifestyle.
A new production of "Titanic the Musical," winner of the 1997 Tony Award for Best Musical, is being performed at the Shanghai Culture Square from Nov. 27 to Dec. 1.
Based on the disaster of the RMS Titanic, a legendary ship that collided with an iceberg on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York in 1912, the musical adapts the real story of the passengers aboard and portrays their hopes, desperation and humanity when faced with the catastrophe.
Featuring music and lyrics by Maury Yeston and a story by Peter Stone, "Titanic The Musical" has been one of the most popular Broadway musicals since its debut in 1997.
"The musical is a story about great loss and great hope. Such emotions can touch people from different backgrounds," said Danielle Tarento, producer of the new production.
"This is our first time to perform in Shanghai and we are so excited to be in this beautiful city. We hope the audience will enjoy our show," he said.
Having toured Beijing earlier this month, the new production traveled to Shanghai as the second stop on its first tour of Chinese mainland. It will also hit the stages of Nanjing and Guangzhou.
The first ever turtle race in Sudan was organized at the Sudan National Museum in the capital Khartoum on Thursday.
A total of 22 turtles participated in the race, witnessed by a big number of audience who expressed admiration of the idea.
According to the rules set by the organizers, the contested turtles were placed on a two-meter long table track.
The turtle named Drago, owned by Rida Hussein, won the contest trophy with a financial prize after crossing the finish line in about two minutes.
"The idea of organizing the race stems from a project on dealing with pets, providing veterinary consultations and equipping school zoos," Noon Mahjoub, a Sudanese veterinarian and initiator of the race, told Xinhua.
"We have organized this race on the basis of our social responsibility and duty of veterinary towards animals, to raise the people's awareness of dealing with pets," she said.
Meanwhile, Hussein expressed delight over her turtle's win.
"My turtle has won. I'm happy for that," Hussein said. "I have been interested in turtle breeding since long time ago. I have trained Drago well and that is why she won today."
Turtle trade has recently become popular in Khartoum with many breeders. The prices competed with the prices of all pets on the market, such as rabbits, dogs and cats. Turtle breeding has now become a hobby in many houses in the capital.