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Wonder Woman the star among Warner Bros' expanding superhero franchise

Sat, 07/22/2017 - 4:59pm
SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - After smashing box office records this year, Wonder Woman received the loudest cheers among the DC superheroes gathered on Saturday at San Diego's annual Comic-Con to present new footage and trailers for Warner Bros' expanding comic book film franchise.

'Blade Runner' sequel a siren song for director Villeneuve

Sat, 07/22/2017 - 4:52pm
SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Canadian director Denis Villeneuve had fended off numerous requests to direct big-budget sequels until he was approached to make a follow-up to Ridley Scott's 1982 neo-noir sci-fi film "Blade Runner."

Exhibit in New York celebrates life of Muppets creator Jim Henson

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 4:53pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A new exhibit featuring the work of Muppets creator Jim Henson will go on permanent display in New York City on Saturday to celebrate the career of the American puppeteer who brought to life such characters as Miss Piggy and Big Bird.

'Confederate' writers defend modern U.S. slavery show as scary but real

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 12:17pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The creators of the new television drama "Confederate," set in an imaginary world where slavery still exists in the United States, defended their vision after the concept provoked outrage on social media this week.

Illusionist Criss Angel gets Hollywood star, says inspired by Houdini

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 10:59am
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Illusionist Criss Angel received a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame on Thursday, saying he drew inspiration from another famous magician, Harry Houdini.

'Not appropriate' for Justin Bieber to tour China because of 'bad behavior'

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 3:54am
BEIJING (Reuters) - It is not appropriate for Canadian pop star Justin Bieber to visit China because of his bad behavior and he needed to improve his conduct to become a singer "truly loved" by the public, a Chinese state office has said.

Television amps up, movies simmer down at Comic-Con

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 5:54pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - From the dragons of Westeros and the "Walking Dead" zombies to the deadly humanoid robots of "Westworld," the golden age of television is dominating the limelight at San Diego's annual Comic-Con.

Judge will not allow auction of Madonna's personal items

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 3:05pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York state judge on Thursday said an online auction of Madonna's personal items including worn satin panties, a hair brush with her hair, and a break-up letter from a former boyfriend, late rapper Tupac Shakur, cannot go forward.

O.J. Simpson granted parole from Nevada prison

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 2:03pm
CARSON CITY, Nev. (Reuters) - O.J. Simpson was granted parole from prison on Thursday after serving nine years for a botched armed robbery and will be released in October.

Linkin Park lead singer reported dead in suicide: TMZ

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 1:47pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Chester Bennington, the lead singer of rock band Linkin Park, was reported to have committed suicide on Thursday at his southern California home.

Ryan Seacrest to return as host of 'American Idol' reboot in 2018

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 10:58am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ryan Seacrest confirmed on Thursday that he will return as host of "American Idol," the most popular music reality show in U.S. television history, when it comes back to the screen on ABC TV in 2018.

Malaysia bans 'Despacito' on state broadcaster for offensive lyrics

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 5:13am
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia has banned the catchy summer dance song "Despacito" from state radio and television broadcasts after critics in the Muslim-majority country complained the lyrics were obscene.

South Korea gives pop idol T.O.P. suspended jail term for smoking weed

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 3:24am
SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean court on Thursday handed K-pop sensation T.O.P. a suspended 10-month jail sentence for drug use, after he pleaded guilty and sought leniency to avoid a prison term.

'Game of Thrones' creators to next tackle civil war in alternative America

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 5:01pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The creators of HBO's hit medieval fantasy "Game of Thrones" have their next show lined for the premium cable network, but this one has no dragons or an undead army of white walkers.

Madonna wins halt to auction of intimate items

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 4:19pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Madonna persuaded a New York state judge to halt the auction of 22 personal items including a pair of worn satin panties, a hairbrush containing her hair, and a break-up letter from a former boyfriend, the late rapper Tupac Shakur.

Three top ballet troupes share stage for 50th year of 'Jewels'

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 3:03pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - "Emeralds," "Rubies" and "Diamonds" will dazzle as never before as three of the world's top dance companies share the stage for the first time to mark the 50th anniversary of "Jewels," the world's first full-length plotless ballet, this week.

Two new Harry Potter books to be released in October

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 11:31am
(Reuters) - The Hogwarts universe is set to expand by an additional two new Harry Potter books, published in conjunction with a British Library event, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the magical series.

Is this eight-hour sheep epic `the dullest movie ever'?

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 11:20am
LONDON (Reuters) - An eight-hour, slow-motion film with no actors, dialogue or narrative - and branded the dullest movie ever made by one of its own producers - is looking for an audience that wants to count sheep. Or at least watch them.

Latin dance hit 'Despacito' now most-streamed global track

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 10:28am
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Catchy summer dance song "Despacito" has set a record as the most streamed music track of all time, with some 4.6 billion plays across leading platforms, record company Universal Music said on Wednesday.

From trash to treasure: British composer Holst's lost manuscripts found in New Zealand

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 2:22am
WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Two handwritten music manuscripts discovered in a library clearout at an amateur orchestra in New Zealand have been confirmed as the work of British composer Gustav Holst, untraced for more than a century.