US rapper XXXTentacion shot dead in Florida; Kanye West, DJ Diplo tweet condolences

US rapper XXXTentacion, who shot to fame with consecutive hit albums, has been killed aged 20. He was shot and killed during an apparent robbery in Broward County in Florida in the US, police said. He was taken to hospital and later pronounced dead.

He was often described as one of rap’s most controversial artists and was facing domestic violence charges. A witness told celebrity news website TMZ that multiple shots rang out outside the motorcycle dealership.

The 20-year-old, whose real name was Jahseh Onfroy, was leaving a motorsports store shortly before 4 pm on Monday when two men in a dark coloured SUV shot and killed him in an apparent robbery, CNN quoted Keyla Concepcion of Broward County sheriff department as saying. Broward County deputies are actively looking for the two men and asking anyone who witnessed the shooting to come forward, the officer said.

XXXTentacion, a native of Plantation in Florida, rocketed to fame after his song “Look at Me” went viral on social media and audio distribution platform SoundCloud in 2016. He went on to be featured in XXL magazine’s 2017 Freshman Class alongside other up-and-coming artistes. His latest album “?” premiered at No. 1 when it was released in March, according to Billboard’s website. The album’s single “Sad!” peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent 15 weeks on the charts, according to Billboard.

At the time of his death, he was awaiting trial for a domestic violence incident involving his pregnant girlfriend, according to court documents. He had been under house arrest for a time while he awaited trial on battery and harassment charges. The house arrest was lifted in March, according to Miami-Dade court documents.

XXXTentacion also stirred controversy. His September 2017 music video for the viral hit “Look at Me” sparked backlash for staging a scene depicting XXXTentacion lynching a young white boy. The video also referenced flashpoints in the national debate on race such as the 1991 Rodney King beating, the lynching in Mississippi of 14-year-old Emmett Till in 1955, the 2014 Ferguson, Missouri riots, the police shooting of Philando Castile in Minnesota in 2016 and the 2017 Virginia violence. At the end of the video, XXXTentacion spoke about violence and American youth.

As news of his death was confirmed, Kanye West, DJ Diplo, Juicy J and others tweeted their condolences.

PDA alert! Justin Bieber locks lips with Hailey Baldwin – view pic

Singer Justin Bieber and television personality Hailey Baldwin indulged in public display of affection, locking lips at a public park here. They got up, close and personal in a Brooklyn park overlooking the New York City’s East River on Saturday. Later, they crossed the river into lower Manhattan in the evening and kissed some more in Rockefeller Park, reports

The news of this romance comes after a week of non-stop contact between the former exes. The couple spent all last weekend together in Miami, before coming here.

Model Hailey Baldwin, daughter of actor Alec Baldwin, says she loves getting her body inked, but her obsession has left her little space for future drawings. “The heart was kind of aesthetic. I just think it looks cute. There’s no story behind it. I think the really little dainty tattoos are very, like, they are very pretty on girls. And 1996 was the year I was born, so…” Hailey told The Cut.

She tries to space out her tattoos. “It’s always been an idea of mine to get that. It’s just like when I decide when not to get it. I think now I’m going to chill out for a second on the tattoos because I’m running out of spots. (I have) 19. They are little ones, but I like all the little ones. I’m running out of spots to put little ones.”

Hailey says wants to get her the names of her children inked when she has them, reports “I want to have the spots for that,” she added.

John Krasinski speaks about his role in Jack Ryan at the Monte-Carlo TV Festival

Actor John Krasinski, who essays a character who transforms from his desk-jockey job into a badass CIA field agent in Jack Ryan, says it’s great to focus on real heroes at a time when superheroes enjoy a certain popularity.

At the world premiere of the Amazon series at the Monte-Carlo TV Festival ahead of its August debut date, Krasinski spoke about his role in the show, which take a leaf out of Tom Clancy’s books. The series is an all-original story.

“I really loved the idea of playing a superhero whose only real superpower is using his brain, and his instincts,” said Krasinski, who added that Ryan is like a supercharged version of the actor’s former everyman character Jim Halpert in the sitcom “The Office”.

“It’s very inspiring in the world of superheroes and capes and flying and shooting things out of your hands. It’s nice to focus on real people and real heroes,” he added.

He feels showbiz has been devoid of telling stories of real heroes, “of people who believe in this country in a way that is apolitical, that’s about being proud of where you’re from, not which side of the aisle you stand on”.

The actor said the role appealed to him after starring in Michael Bay’s Benghazi drama “13 Hours”, another action film that claimed to be apolitical.

This is how Anupam Kher is doing his bit to help people fight depression – watch video

Actor Anupam Kher says depression is still considered to be a taboo, and he hopes to bring a change by doing his bit. The actor has released a video on YouTube encouraging people to overcome depression and not shy away from coming out in the open about the issue.

“There is still a taboo associated with depression. People shy away from coming out in the open and discussing it. This even affects not just the victim but their near and dear one’s too,” Anupam said in a statement to IANS.

“A day before my father passed away, he gave me the message of living life to the fullest and that’s what I hope to encourage people to do with this video,” he added.

The actor will soon be honoured with the Outstanding Achievement in Indian Cinema Award at the 19th edition of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards to be held in Bangkok later this month.

Anupam, who has starred in over 500 films including international films, started his career in 1984 with “Saaransh”. ALSO READ: IIFA 2018: Anupam Kher to be honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award

Over his three-decade long journey in Hindi filmdom, he has also appeared in many acclaimed international films such as the Golden Globe nominated “Bend It Like Beckham”, Ang Lee’s Golden Lion-winning “Lust”, and David O. Russell’s Oscar-winning “Silver Linings Playbook”.

He has also been honoured with the Padma Shri in 2004 and the Padma Bhushan in 2016 for his contribution in the field of cinema and arts.

Karan Kundra spills the beans about his character in Dil Hi Toh Hai – read details

Actor Karan Kundra, who plays a character that he describes as “popular with the ladies” in Dil Hi Toh Hai, acknowledges his real life female fan following, but says too bad that he isn’t single anymore.

Talking about his Dil Hi Toh Hai role, Karan told IANS: “He is young, he is successful, he is popular with the ladies. He enjoys himself like any other boy in that category would. It’s not like how we have typical heroes in television, and stereotype them that if he is nice, he won’t ever do XYZ thing.

“This character is always surrounded by women and he enjoys the fact that he gets the attention. A lot of youngsters will relate with this.”

What about his own female fans in real life? ALSO READ: Karan Kundra is the new male lead of Dil Hi Toh Hai; heads to Lavasa for promo shoot – read EXCLUSIVE details!

“Well, unfortunately, I am not single anymore. I have been there, done that. For any young and successful person, it’s a good thing. Like any boy of that age, I have also had my share of fun,” said Karan, who is in a relationship with popular TV host and video jockey Anusha Dandekar.

Paresh Rawal feels lucky to be a part of Sanju

While Ranbir Kapoor has been vocal about how inspiring it has been to work with Paresh Rawal in Sanju, the veteran actor believes the young star is an inspiration for the new generation. Ranbir and Paresh bring alive the father-son bond of Sanjay Dutt and Sunil Dutt on-screen in Sanju, a biopic directed by Rajkumar Hirani.

Praising Ranbir, Paresh told IANS: “I have worked with various actors, but working with Ranbir is something else. He is a very talented actor. And let me tell you, playing Sanjay Dutt, whom we can see every now and then on-screen, is certainly not easy for any actor.

“The way Ranbir internalised and delivered the character… He is flawless. He is an inspirational actor for the coming generation.” Working with Hirani for the first time was also special for Paresh.

“I think I am lucky to be a part of this special film. I was destined to be a part of a film where some of the finest talents like Raju (Hirani), Abhijat Joshi and Ranbir are a part of. I was supposed to work in Munna Bhai MBBS but it did not work out. I was offered the role that later Boman Irani played in the film.  ALSO READ: Paresh Rawal: I was destined to play Sunil Dutt

“But such things happen, and I had in my mind that one day, I will work with him (Hirani). Finally, it has happened with Sanju,” he said.

The film is releasing on June 29.

Kangana Ranaut to be the face of The Vogue Wedding Show

Actress Kangana Ranaut has been roped in as the face of the forthcoming sixth edition of The Vogue Wedding Show (VWS).

“It’s totally incredible to be the face of the sixth edition of the Vogue Wedding Show. I had a great time shooting with all the gorgeous outfits and jewellery and if the roster of the main event is anything to go by, this is a definite must-visit for everybody with a wedding on their mind,” Kangana said in a statement to IANS.

Held in partnership with Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris, the sixth edition of the specially curated event is poised to be bigger this season. The three-day wedding exhibition will start from August 3 at the Taj Palace hotel here.

Ace designers like Anita Dongre, Manish Malhotra, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Tarun Tahiliani, Gaurav Gupta and Rahul Mishra will be available for personal consultations.

The ‘By Invitation Only’ luxury fair will also offers invitees the opportunity to meet with wedding specialists, renowned jewellers and other category leaders. These include a workshop on styling, where celebrity style mentor Anaita Shroff Adajania will share contemporary style tips and advice for brides and grooms. ALSO READ: Kangana Ranaut laughs as Jim Sarbh jokes about ‘rape’ at a Cannes event, fans condemn their morbid sense of humour

Make-up specialist Namrata Soni will break down facts and myths, and will instruct attendees on how to wear make-up that’s ideal for all kinds of bridal looks. And wellness professional Sumaya Dalmia will tell brides-to-be how to look and feel their best through fitness and healthy living.

On the fest this year, Priya Tanna, Editor-in-Chief, Vogue India, said: “For the sixth edition of our three-day long wedding showcase, we have again brought together a select gathering of experts, brands and services to create the wedding of your dreams.”

Also, a dedicated space will house a ‘Sari Pavilion’ comprising saris from different regions of the country such as Naina Jain, Palam Silks, Ratanshi Kheraj Sarees, Latha Puttanna, and Vani Anand.