Plus: Asian Oscars to be held next week; Kanye West pleads no contest in battery case.
Scott Asheton, Stooges drummer, dies at 64
Scott Asheton, the drummer for the influential American punk rock band The Stooges, died on Saturday of a heart attack. He was 64. The band’s leader Iggy Pop posted on Facebook that he’s “never heard anyone play the drums with more meaning than Scott Asheton”. The Stooges’ raw sound helped inspire the first generation of punk musicians, influencing the likes of Patti Smith, the Ramones and Sid Vicious. Asheton’s daughter, Leanna, said her father “was as cool as they came. His wisdom guides us on”.
Asian Oscars to be held next week
The 8th Asian Film Awards (AFA) will be held for the first time in Macau on March 27. The AFA’s list of nominees features stellar names such as the acclaimed directors Wong Kar-wai and Tsai Ming-liang, as well as the actress Zhang Ziyi. The film awards spans 73 nominations and 26 films from 13 countries. The jury includes the actor Donnie Yen and the filmmaker Peter Chan.