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Bosnian band cheers up fans with weekly online ‘Quarantine Show’

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Bosnia’s most popular band, Dubioza Kolektiv, invites its audience to “stay connected and disinfected” during a weekly “Quarantine Show” online to cheer up fans locked in their homes due to the coronavirus. Bosnia, like most states in Euro... More »


Pain and Glory wins big at Spain’s Goya awards

MALAGA, Spain (Reuters) – Pedro Almodovar’s Oscar-nominated “Pain and Glory” was the big winner at the 34th Goya Awards, Spain’s top film honors, held in Malaga on Saturday night, going home with seven awards including best actor for Antonio Banderas, best dir... More »


Action! Nigeria’s film industry draws global entertainment brands

LAGOS (Reuters) – “Oya!” shouts the director in Nigerian Pidgin English. Actors take their marks. Lighting blinks on. The film crew snaps into action after the order to hurry up. It’s another day in Nollywood, the affectionate nickname for Nigeria’s film indus... More »


Israeli thriller series ‘Fauda’ digs in for darker third season

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – “Fauda”, an Israeli TV series that has become a Netflix hit for its unsparing portrayal of undercover commandos who pose as Palestinians to pursue Hamas guerrillas, promises to dig deeper into the conflict in its third season. The first tw... More »


‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Stalls Overseas With $65 Million Launch

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – The Han Solo origin film began its international run with a dismal $65 million this weekend. Its three-day domestic total of $84 million and four-day estimate of $101 million would bring “Solo’s” worldwide launch to $148 million. “S... More »


Saudi sovereign fund plans entertainment centers across kingdom

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s main sovereign wealth fund will set up a network of entertainment centers across the kingdom as the government tries to jump-start a domestic leisure industry, the chairman of the company carrying out the plan sa... More »


Carl Icahn sells Tropicana casinos in $1.85 billion deal

(Reuters) – Hedge fund manager Carl Icahn is cashing out of casino business Tropicana Entertainment Inc (TPCA.PK) in a deal selling most of its properties and operations for $1.85 billion, Icahn Enterprises and the companies involved said in statements on Mond... More »


Feted Italian film director Vittorio Taviani dies

ROME (Reuters) – Celebrated Italian director Vittorio Taviani, who made more than 20 films alongside his brother Paolo, has died aged 88, his family said on Sunday. The pair worked together for more than half a century producing some of the most famous films o... More »


Comic children’s actor, voice for Cocoa Puff’s cuckoo, dies

(Reuters) – The goofy voice behind the “I’m cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs” call for breakfast cereal fell silent Sunday, as comedian and voice actor Chuck McCann died, his publicist said. “His work was legendary,” said his publicist Edward Lozzi. “What baby boomer do... More »


Madcap British comedian Ken Dodd dies, aged 90

FILE PHOTO: Entertainer Ken Dodd poses for photographers after being made a Knight Bachelor of the British Empire by Britain’s Prince William at an investiture at Buckingham Palace in central London, March 2, 2017. REUTERS/Yui Mok/Pool/File Photo LONDON (Reute... More »


Zambia deports racey South African dancer Zodwa Wabantu

Zambia on Saturday deported a controversial female South African dancer, Zodwa Wabantu, who is popularly known for performing without underwear, on the grounds that her performance would "undermine national values". More »


Soothe the financial bite of a ‘bad’ dog

FILE PHOTO – A woman walks with her dog into the surf at Fingal Beach, located just 1 km (0.62 miles) south of the Queensland and New South Wales border, near the town of Tweed Heads June 22, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray NEW YORK(Reuters) – Try to imagine the “wor... More »


Napoleon feted in Czech reenactment of Battle of Austerlitz

Czech history enthusiasts dressed as soldiers march ahead of a re-enactment of Napoleon’s famous battle of Austerlitz, that will take place tomorrow, near the southern Moravian town of Slavkov u Brna, Czech Republic December 1, 2017. REUTERS/David W Cerny (Reu... More »


Harry Potter exhibition blends wizardry with history

A new exhibition celebrating the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book's publication is offering 'muggles' with an interest in magic the chance to view rare memorabilia, combined with historic artifacts referenced in the popular series. More »


Barber-turned-rapper crowned `Afghan Star` in talent show

Sayed Jamal Mubarez 23, a singer finalist of the music contest ‘Afghan Star’, practices during a rehearsal for the show in Kabul, Afghanistan March 19, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail A barber-turned-rapper has been crowned the winner of an Afghan talent show th... More »


Brits still waiting for full Brexit comedy dividend

FILE PHOTO: Matt Forde talks about his TV show ”Unspun” in an interview at Reuters’ office in Canary Wharf, London, Britain March 1, 2017. REUTERS/Andrew Heavens/File Photo They were the two stories that rocked the Western world last year. But while Donald Tru... More »


The true face of Mr Darcy – long, oval and pale

Jane Austen’s fictional character, Fitzwilliam Darcy, is seen in this historically accurate portrait by Nick Hardcastle, released in London, Britain, on February 9, 2017. Courtesy of UKTV/Nick Hardcastle/Handout via REUTERS Mr Darcy, the romantic hero of Jane ... More »

Pottermania awakens as new play, book, film revive magical world

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK It’s been five years since fans of “Harry Potter” tearfully said goodbye to the boy wizard they had grown up with, but a new play, book release and spin-off film are casting his spell all over again. Fans around the world went into mournin... More »

Hollywood actors join Georgia boycott threats over gay bill

Anne Hathaway, Julianne Moore and some 30 other Hollywood actors and directors added their voice on Thursday to entertainment industry threats to boycott Georgia if the U.S. state’s governor signs a new law seen as discriminating against gay people. Movie and ... More »

Will Ferrell parades sons around new Walk of Fame star

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Comedian Will Ferrell cemented his place on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame on Tuesday by parading his three young sons around his newly minted star plaque. Ferrell, 47, asked his sons Magnus, Mattias and Axel to take a lap around the star to ... More »

Ferrell, Hart poke fun at racial stereotypes in ‘Get Hard’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A white collar criminal gets a stealth education in prison life from a fake ex-con in the raunchy new film “Get Hard,” in which comedy giants Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart take on race with provocative humor. “Get Hard,” out in U.S. theat... More »

Mulder and Scully return as Fox TV revives ‘The X-Files’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Cult television thriller “The X-Files” will return for a limited series with David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprising their FBI agent roles, Fox Broadcasting network said on Tuesday. “The X-Files,” which premiered on Fox in 1993, f... More »

Chicago artist marks Armenian genocide with Guernica-size work

CHICAGO (Reuters) – One hundred years after the mass killing of Armenians, a Chicago artist has created a monumental painting to honor the victims and celebrate a culture that nearly vanished. The 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman troops left up to an esti... More »


Fictional TV presidents more popular than Obama: Reuters-Ipsos poll

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Whether it’s the earnest Josiah Bartlet from “The West Wing” or the manipulative Frank Underwood in “House of Cards,” Americans prefer television presidents to their real-life POTUS, President Barack “No Drama” Obama. A Reuters-Ipsos pol... More »

U.S. rapper Kendrick Lamar scores UK album number one

LONDON (Reuters) – U.S. rapper Kendrick Lamar scored his first British number one album on Sunday when his “To Pimp A Butterfly” knocked Sam Smith’s “In the Lonely Hours” off the top spot in its first week of release, the Official Charts Company said on Sunday... More »

Colin Hanks explores cult and influence of Tower Records in film

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – With a DJ spinning vinyl tracks and attendees browsing music in racks, the famed music retailer Tower Records came alive for one night only in Austin, Texas this week, to celebrate a documentary on the rise and fall of a music giant. ... More »

Liza Minnelli back in rehab for substance abuse

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Singer and actress Liza Minnelli has returned to rehab for treatment of substance abuse, her spokesman said on Wednesday. “Liza Minnelli has valiantly battled substance abuse over the years and whenever she has needed to seek treatment ... More »

‘Lost’ Ruskin Venice photos offer insight into famous critic

LONDON (Reuters) – Early daguerreotype photos of Venice that were auctioned off as an odd lot belonged to John Ruskin and provide new insight into the Victorian art critic’s work, the authors of a book about the images said on Thursday. The Venice scenes, take... More »

California judge dismisses gang conspiracy case against rapper

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – A San Diego judge has dismissed gang conspiracy charges against a rapper whose music prosecutors said encouraged gun violence against rival gangs, in a ruling his lawyer characterized as a victory for free speech. Rapper Brandon Duncan, w... More »

Oprah Winfrey to auction contents from Chicago apartment

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Actress and media magnate Oprah Winfrey is selling antique furniture, paintings, prints, ceramics and memorabilia from her Chicago apartment next month to benefit her education foundation, the auction house running the sale said on Tuesday... More »

SXSW fans see late Paul Walker’s ‘Furious 7’ send-off

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Paul Walker’s final appearance in the street-racing franchise “Fast & Furious” left a preview audience teary-eyed at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival for the first public screening of the last film the actor made before he died ... More »

Sam Smith achieves UK music charts double

LONDON (Reuters) – British singer-songwriter Sam Smith secured a UK music charts double on Sunday, topping both the singles and album chart simultaneously, the Official Charts Company said. Smith’s collaboration with John Legend, “Lay Me Down”, in aid of chari... More »

Ryan Gosling dismisses ‘Hey Girl,’ discusses new film at SXSW

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – With a drop of a microphone, Ryan Gosling dispelled his Internet infamy, saying he had never once uttered the phrase, “Hey Girl,” which has made him a viral phenomenon. “I understand if you’re in a movie and you say something like ‘I’... More »

Comedian Andy Samberg chosen to host 2015 Emmy Awards

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Andy Samberg, a star of the comedy TV show “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” will host the 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards, the highest honors in U.S. television, organizers of the show said on Thursday. The comedian, actor, writer and producer, whose brea... More »

London fashions a show in memory of designer Alexander McQueen

LONDON (Reuters) – A butterfly he address, feathered gowns and garments crafted from horns, hair and seashells went on display in London this week in a exhibition celebrating the work of the late British fashion designer Alexander McQueen. McQueen was famous f... More »

Disney feeds ‘Frozen’ frenzy with news of sequel

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Walt Disney Co has started work on a sequel to “Frozen,” the best-selling animated movie of all time and a global merchandising phenomenon that helped push the media giant to record profits. Directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee are... More »

Global fans demand BBC reinstate ‘Top Gear’ host Clarkson

LONDON (Reuters) – Nearly 450,000 fans from around the world have backed a petition calling for British presenter Jeremy Clarkson to be reinstated to his job hosting the “Top Gear” motoring show after the BBC suspended him following a “fracas” with a producer.... More »

‘Blurred Lines’ duo to contest $7.4 million plagiarism verdict

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Recording stars Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams will contest the $7.4 million jury verdict that found they plagiarized Motown soul great Marvin Gaye in creating their hit single “Blurred Lines,” the duo’s lawyer said on Wednesday. A ... More »

Newly released video shows Suge Knight running over two men

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A videotape posted on celebrity news website TMZ on Monday shows Marion “Suge” Knight running over two men with his pick-up truck at a Los Angeles area burger stand, killing one of them, in an incident that led to hit-and-run charges ag... More »

Stella flowing and faux-furry at Paris fashion week

PARIS (Reuters) – Loose but tailored, flowing but structured – Stella McCartney presented a study in contrasts for her Winter 2015 ready-to-wear show on Monday in Paris in a collection both supremely luxurious and as relaxed as sportswear. McCartney’s affinity... More »

‘The Simpsons’ co-creator Sam Simon dies at age 59

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Sam Simon, a co-creator of Fox’s long-running hit animated series “The Simpsons” and an ardent philanthropist for animals, died after a battle with colon cancer, his agent said on Monday. He was 59. Simon won nine Emmy awards for his wo... More »

Apple’s watch hasn’t impressed the fashion world

PARIS/NEWYORK (Reuters) – Apple Inc. (AAPL.O) has made every effort to convince the fashion world that the Apple Watch is the next chic accessory. Supermodel Christy Turlington Burns became the timepiece’s  highest-profile advocate from the fashion world when ... More »

Helen Mirren reigns on Broadway as Britain’s Queen Elizabeth

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Nearly a decade after winning an Academy Award for her role as Britain’s Elizabeth II in “The Queen,” Helen Mirren is ruling over Broadway in “The Audience,” a new play about the monarch’s weekly meetings with her prime ministers. Mirren s... More »

Actor Harrison Ford injured in small-plane crash in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Film star Harrison Ford was injured on Thursday when the “Star Wars” actor crashed his vintage plane on a Los Angeles golf course shortly after taking off from a nearby airport, his publicist said. The single-engine plane clipped a tree... More »

Oprah Winfrey prevails in ‘Own Your Power’ lawsuit

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Oprah Winfrey has prevailed in a trademark lawsuit challenging her use of the phrase “Own Your Power” in her namesake magazine, on TV, on websites and in social media accounts. U.S. District Judge Paul Crotty in Manhattan ruled on Thursday... More »

Cate Blanchett on being evil in ‘Cinderella’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – After playing both real and mythical queens, a golden age screen idol and Bob Dylan, Cate Blanchett is taking on another iconic, complex character – Cinderella’s evil stepmother. In Disney’s live-action “Cinderella,” out in U.S. theater... More »

Rapper Big Sean beats Kid Rock to top of Billboard 200 chart

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Rapper Big Sean topped the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday for the first time, beating out rocker Kid Rock. Big Sean’s “Dark Sky Paradise” sold 139,000 album copies, 218,000 songs and was streamed more than 17 million... More »

Discovery adds online adventure channel to reach Web generation

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Cable network operator Discovery Communications Inc said it is boosting investment in original Web video with a new channel focused on adventurers, in an effort to reach younger audiences who have grown up watching media online. The own... More »

Rap mogul ‘Suge’ Knight taken to jail medical facility again

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight told a judge in Los Angeles on Monday that he had fired his attorneys and could not understand court proceedings against him, the Los Angeles Times reported, before he was taken to a jail medical facility.... More »

Pop icon Madonna announces dates for ‘Rebel Heart’ tour

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Madonna will begin an international tour to promote her new album “Rebel Heart” with a concert at the American Airlines Arena in Miami in August, her promoters, Live Nation, said on Monday. The Aug. 29 show will kick-start the North Americ... More »

Netflix eyes entering tricky China market on its own

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – U.S. video service provider Netflix Inc is likely to enter the Chinese market without a local partner, which could make it harder to do business in the world’s biggest internet market widely known for censorship and strict regulation. The ... More »

Brit awards shake up British album chart, boost Sam Smith

LONDON (Reuters) – Fallout from the Brit awards shook up the music charts on Sunday, knocking U.S. rock band Imagine Dragons off the top spot in favor of English singer/songwriter Sam Smith, data from the Official Charts company showed. Smith won the British B... More »

William Shatner cannot attend friend Leonard Nimoy’s funeral

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – William Shatner cannot attend the funeral of his friend and “Star Trek” co-star Leonard Nimoy because of a prior commitment for a charity ball, the actor said on Twitter on Saturday. Shatner and Nimoy portrayed the two best-known charac... More »

Celebrated Turkish novelist Yasar Kemal dead at 91

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Yasar Kemal, one of Turkey’s greatest writers who celebrated the lives of the downtrodden and whose works were translated into 40 languages, died on Saturday. He was 91 years old. An ethnic Kurd, he was born Kemal Sadik Gokceli in a villag... More »

Oscars still top draw for advertisers despite fickle ratings

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The number of people who watched Sunday’s Oscars was down and the critics were less than impressed, but Hollywood’s biggest night is still a top draw for television advertisers. This year’s telecast – which producers believed could buil... More »

Ed Sheeran wins best British record at top UK music awards

LONDON (Reuters) – The top British music awards went to young men on Wednesday as Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith bagged the most important trophies in a star-studded Brit Awards show in London. But the grand dame of pop music, Madonna, who performed at the ceremony ... More »