Holly to Bolly: Bill Paxton death was as a result of stroke, rapper Future makes US chart history, and more

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Bill Paxton death was as a result of stroke

Actor Bill Paxton's death certificate states the 61-year-old died last month from a stroke 11 days after surgery to replace a heart valve and repair damage to his aorta - the main artery that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body. The prolific actor died late on February 25. The document was first reported on Monday by celebrity website TMZ. It states Paxton was cremated and his remains interred at Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills, which is the final resting place of many of Hollywood's greats. Paxton starred in films such as Twister, Titanic and Aliens and the HBO series Big Love. His death was announced hours before this year's Oscars ceremony. - Associated Press

Rapper Future makes US chart history

Atlanta rapper Future became the first artist to score two consecutive chart-topping albums in as many weeks on the United States Billboard 200 album chart, as his latest release debuted at No. 1 on Monday, a week after his last chart-topping album.

Future's HNDRXX (pronounced Hendrix) sold 121,000 units across album and song sales and streaming activity since its February 24 release, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan. It follows the rapper's self-titled album, released February 17, which topped the Billboard 200 chart last week and dropped to No. 2 this week with another 64,000 units sold. Billboard magazine described HNDRXX as exploring "the softer, vulnerable side" of the rapper compared with his Future album. The publication also said the rapper was the first artist not only to achieve two back-to-back No. 1 albums but also to succeed himself at the top of the chart. The Billboard 200 album chart tallies units from album sales, song sales (10 songs equal one album) and streaming activity (1,500 streams equal one album). - Reuters

Stella McCartney livens up Paris catwalk

Stella McCartney livened up the catwalk at Paris Fashion Week this week with dancing models wearing her signature over-sized clothes in trademark neutral shades with splashes of unusual colors. The British fashion designer, known for her sharp tailoring and for mixing luxury and sporty looks, unveiled her autumn/winter 2017-2018 women’s collection which mixed in burgundy, bottle green, sky blue, white and silver.

Her models gave the penultimate day of the show a relaxed but effortlessly elegant vibe in trench-coats and jackets, ultra-wide, high-waisted trousers, all-in-one jumpsuits and overalls, and turtle-neck mini-dresses with super-sized sleeves. The show, held at the Paris Opera, was inspired by "faith. love. energy", McCartney's Twitter feed said, with dancing to Faith by the late singer George Michael included in the finale. - Reuters

Logan slashes box office records

Logan, Hugh Jackman's last stand as the adamaniutm-clawed Wolverine, did even better than expected at the box office on its opening weekend. According to final box-office figures released on Monday, its weekend debut totalled $88.4 million (D324 million) in North American ticket sales, $3 million more than was estimated on Sunday. The smash hit X-Men spinoff ranks as the fourth best March opening (not adjusting for inflation), as well as one of the best R-rated debuts. Logan, a 20th Century Fox film, took in $247 million globally over the weekend.

Last week's top film, Jordan Peele's horror sensation Get Out, slid just 22 percent in its second week. It has now grossed $78.1 million in 10 days. - Associated Press

David Letterman labels Donald Trump ‘crazy’

Former talk show host David Letterman has tagged US President Donald Trump as "crazy", saying he would feel "exhausted" if he had to interview him. "If I still had a show, people would have to come and take me off the stage. 'Dave, that's enough about Trump. We've run out of tape.' It's all I'd be talking about. I'd be exhausted," Letterman told New York Magazine, according to a report from variety.com. When asked how the interview would go, Letterman said he would not begin the conversation by listing off his grievances; but instead would go right into a lecture. "I think I would be in the position to give him a bit of a scolding and he would have to sit there and take it. Yeah, I would like an hour with Donald Trump; an hour and a half," he said. In terms of dealing with Trump now, Letterman said citizens "need to figure out ways to protect ourselves from him. We know he's crazy. We gotta take care of ourselves here". - IANS

Apache Indian biopic on cards

British-Indian rapper Apache Indian, best known for hits such as Boom Shakalak, has revealed he is in talks with "someone in Bollywood" regarding a movie about his life. Steven Kapur, aka Apache Indian, is in India to promote his new album In Ja, and says he is looking forward to working on Bollywood projects, including his own biopic. Kapoor told Hungama.com: "I am especially excited as I am in talks with someone in Bollywood again regarding a movie on my life and I am simultaneously working on some Bollywood projects and songs for movies. Hopefully, people will see more of Apache Indian in India soon." Talking about the Indian music industry, he said: "Seeing the Indian music industry opening up to new sounds and genres in the past few years, thanks to the internet and digital revolution, has been great. India has a great reggae vibe."

“I have been caught up with projects around the world and I am glad to have made time for an India visit since it is special for me.” - IANS