- - Sunday, July 29, 2012

“The Dark Knight Rises” composer Hans Zimmer has composed a song dedicated to the Aurora, Colo., shooting victims.

Mr. Zimmer posted the track, “Aurora,” on his Facebook page Friday. Mr. Zimmer said he recorded the song in London in the days after the theater shooting last week. All proceeds are being donated to a fund for victims of the shooting that killed 12 people.

The 8½-minute song is being sold for donations from 10 cents to $2,500.

Mr. Zimmer has scored all three films in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy.


Madonna draws ire for brief Paris concert

A small Madonna concert that the pop star said was intended to celebrate France’s tolerance instead tested it, drawing boos and cries of “refund!” when she left the stage after just 45 minutes.

Thursday’s show, billed as an intimate event at Paris’ Olympia club, was streamed live on YouTube. By Friday morning, the channel that showed the event disabled comments and had more than 12,000 dislikes compared with 10,000 likes.

An invitation to tweet about the show appeared to backfire — audience members used the suggested hashtag — #MDNAParis — to complain. The rebroadcast of the show cuts off when Madonna leaves the stage, apparently before the crowd realized the concert was over.

The show was announced after France’s far-right National Front threatened to sue Madonna after the singer showed a video at a Bastille Day concert in Paris with an image of the party’s leader, Marine Le Pen, with a swastika on her forehead.

“I’ve heard that a certain Marine Le Pen was upset with me,” Madonna told the crowd, according to the newspaper Le Parisien. “It’s not my intention to make enemies.”

Seinfeld taking stand-up back to New York City

Jerry Seinfeld is bringing back his live stand-up comedy to New York City — the place he said he learned to be funny.

It will be the first time he’ll present full live comedy performances in the city since his 1998 Broadway show, “I’m Telling You for the Last Time.”

There will be one performance in each of the five boroughs on Thursday nights in October and November.

Mr. Seinfeld said: “I was born in Brooklyn, went to school in Queens and started out as a comedian in Manhattan. I feel like New York City taught me how to be funny.”

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