Grimes is opening up about her newborn son’s unique name. The 32-year-old singer confirmed that she and boyfriend Elon Musk have named their baby boy X Æ A-12 on Tuesday. “X, the unknown variable,” the new mom wrote. “Æ, my elven spelling of Ai (love &/or Artificial intelligence),” Grimes continued, before sharing that a part of her son’s name is a nod to the CIA’s Lockheed A-12 reconnaissance plane.
Drummer Tony Allen has died at age 79. He is widely hailed as one of the founders of Afrobeat alongside his longtime musical partner Fela Kuti, with whom he played for 15 years. Allen was born Tony Oladipo Allen in Lagos, Nigeria in 1940. “Without Tony Allen,” Kuti famously remarked, “there would be no Afrobeat.” Allen died Wednesday evening in Paris of a heart attack.
Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan, renowned internationally for roles in the hit films Slumdog Millionaire and Jurassic World, has died at the age of 53. Khan was known for his nuanced and understated performances, with many calling him one of India’s most talented actors. In 2018, the actor revealed he had an endocrine tumor, a rare cancer.
The Cannes film festival will not take place “in its original form” this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Organizers first postponed the festival last month, saying that they would aim to stage it in June or July this year. But in an updated statement, they said that plan was now “no longer an option” after France extended its lockdown measures this week.
Albert Uderzo, co-creator and illustrator of the “Asterix” comic book series, has died at the age of 92, a spokesman for his publisher Editions Albert Rene said. The hugely popular comic, read worldwide, follows the adventures of Gaulish warriors and their antics against Roman adversaries. They were published for the first time in francophone Pilote magazine in 1959.
Hollywood star Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson have both tested positive for coronavirus. Hanks, who has been filming an Elvis Presley biopic in Australia, posted a statement on Twitter after being diagnosed with COVID-19, saying: “We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the coronavirus, and were found to be positive.”
Pixar’s Onward has been celebrated for becoming the first film in the studio’s history to feature an openly gay character, voiced by openly lesbian actress Lena Waithe, but according to Deadline the film is now facing a ban in Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudia Arabia because of the film’s LGBTQ representation. Waithe’s character, a lesbian cop, is the first openly gay character in Pixar history.
South Korean film Parasite has been named best picture at this year’s Oscars, becoming the first non-English language film to take the top prize. Renee Zellweger won best actress for playing Judy Garland in Judy. Joaquin Phoenix was named best actor for Joker. Brad Pitt and Laura Dern scooped the supporting acting awards for their roles in Once Upon A Time in Hollywood and Marriage Story respectively.
Kirk Douglas, one of the first box office stars of the silver screen, has died. He was 103. The acting legend, who had been in good health since suffering a stroke in 1996, is survived by his wife of 65 years Anne Buydens, and his three sons: Michael, Joel, and Eric. With over 92 acting credits, including some 75 movies, seven of which co-starred his friend Burt Lancaster, Douglas became a superstar even before the term was coined.
The rapper and his wife, Beyoncé, drew criticism and praise for staying seated during the national anthem at Super Bowl LIV on Sunday. He explained that he was busy observing the show, which he had a hand in producing thanks to a deal between his company Roc Nation and the NFL. The rapper continued, saying that he wanted to make sure that fans at home could “really feel the music.”