Holly to Bolly: Grammy-winning jazz producer Tommy LiPuma dies, Hollywood jewels up for sale and more

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Tommy LiPuma, a jazz and pop producer who won industry awards for collaborations with Natalie Cole and George Benson, has died at the age of 80. In a career spanning six decades, LiPuma's productions won five Grammys, were nominated for 28 more, and racked up sales of $75 million. During his life, he also teamed up with Paul McCartney and singer-keyboardist Diana Krall. "He understood the importance and challenges of where one could be as an artist," said Krall who won a Grammy with LiPuma for the 2002 album Live in Paris. His last recorded album with Krall is expected to be released on May 5. — Associated Press


Hollywood costume jewellery up for auction

Up to 700 pieces of ornate costume jewellery made by late Hollywood costume jeweler Eugene Joseff will be exhibited in Ireland’s Newbridge Silverware Museum of Style Icons until May. The items will then go under the hammer in November at Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles. The auction house has not yet set estimates for the pieces, which do not contain precious stones or metals.

Joseff designed custom jewells for major film studios during the early years of Hollywood's Golden Age of cinema in the 1930s and 1940s. Highlights from the auction include Clark Gable's gold engraved cigar case from Gone With The Wind and a faux pearl and blue stone necklace worn by Bette Davis in The Virgin Queen. – Reuters


Nimrat Kaur won’t chase publicity to further career

Bollywood actress Nimrat Kaur is keen to let her on-screen performances speak for themselves, preferring not to court media attention. "I just love to do my job," says the 35-year-old, "then I'm looking at what's next. If I get publicity by the virtue of my work, fantastic. If not, then work keeps happening on its own anyway." Privacy is of paramount importance to the high-profile star who has appeared in Homeland, Airlift and The Lunchbox. She added that she strives to keep a "little bit of a balance" and not overload her schedule with too many engagements. "I find it exhausting to constantly have to be in too many different places," she says "I am little bit of a one-thing-at-one-time kind of person." – IANS


Sony urges Paul McCartney to be patient with lawsuit

Paul McCartney, who has waited decades to reclaim ownership of hundreds of The Beatles' songs, should wait a little longer rather than continue his United States lawsuit against Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, a defendant said. A lawyer for Sony/ATV added that the publisher has never challenged the validity of McCartney's notices to terminate its copyrights in the songs, starting in October 2018. Michael Jackson outbid the 74-year-old rock legend in 1985 for the rights to songs credited to McCartney and John Lennon such as I Want to Hold Your Hand, Yesterday and Hey Jude. A decade later, the rights were rolled into a Sony/ATV, a joint venture. Jackson's estate then sold its stake in the venture to Sony for $750 million last year. — Reuters