Buzzing

Actor Mark Wahlberg (right) rejoined his brother Donnie (right) and his former New Kids On The Block bandmates onstage during their show at Madison Square Garden on Monday. Donnie, 45, later posted a picture of them hugging on Facebook, writing, ''Ma
Actor Mark Wahlberg (right) rejoined his brother Donnie (right) and his former New Kids On The Block bandmates onstage during their show at Madison Square Garden on Monday. Donnie, 45, later posted a picture of them hugging on Facebook, writing, ''Marky Mark retired 25 years ago, but I still loved sharing the stage w my brother @mark_ wahlberg tonight!'' He thanked 50 Cent, who had pulled Mark, 44, on stage as the band sang the rapper's classic hit Candy Shop. NKOTB are on an American tour.

SWIFT PERFORMS HERE IN NOVEMBER

Pop star Taylor Swift will be back to perform at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Nov 7 and 8. Part of her current global tour in support of her mega-successful latest album 1989, it is her only Asian show, besides Shanghai, announced so far. Tickets from $128 to $328 will go on sale through Sports Hub Tix on June 30.

NICKELBACK'S KROEGER NEEDS SURGERY

Nickelback has cancelled the second leg of its North American tour after its singer Chad Kroeger, 40, was diagnosed with "an operable cyst on his voice box", the band said on their website on Tuesday. Kroeger, whose wife is rocker Avril Lavigne, is to undergo surgery in three weeks' time. He is expected to make a full recovery.

PRICE-TAG UP FOR ELVIS & NIXON FILM

Amazon Studios is in final talks for the movie Elvis & Nixon, which will debut in cinemas only and the theatrical roll-out will be handled by distributor Bleecker Street as part of the deal, according to Variety. The deal has seen its price-tag rise over US$3 million (S$4 million) and has been in the works for a month. The film is about an infamous meeting between Elvis Presley and Richard Nixon in 1970. Michael Shannon, 40, stars as Presley, and Kevin Spacey, 55, plays Nixon.

DEPP SELLS FRENCH ESTATE

Actor Johnny Depp, 52, is selling his French estate which he shared and restored with his ex-partner, actress-singer Vanessa Paradis and their children. The estate is a private Provencal village or hameau of stone-built houses dating back to 1812. Buyers need only to shell out the asking price of £16.5 million (S$34.9 million) for the deal, which includes furniture, artworks, books and Depp's other personal belongings.

P. DIDDY USED DEADLY WEAPON 'IN DEFENCE'

Rapper Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, 45, who was out on bail on Monday following his arrest for assault with a deadly weapon at the University of California Los Angeles, was acting in defence, his spokesman said.

The incident involved a kettlebell weight, a deadly weapon. Spokesman Nathalie Moar said "any actions taken by Mr Combs were solely defensive in nature to protect himself and his son" Justin Combs, who is on the UCLA college football team on a scholarship.

DAVIS' CALL TO END NEGATIVE STEREOTYPES 

Actress Geena Davis, 59, called on Tuesday for greater efforts to stop the use of negative stereotypes of women and girls in film and the media, as she unveiled details of a new global drive to address gender imbalance in the movie world.

Davis, who founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media 11 years ago, has joined forces with the BFI London Film Festival to hold the first global symposium on gender in film outside the United States in London in October.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 25, 2015, with the headline 'Buzzing'. Print Edition | Subscribe