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Bobbleheads and droids lure collectors to Disney's 'Star Wars' event

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 8:04am
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - For die-hard "Star Wars" collectors, this weekend's fan convention in Orlando, Florida, is a must-attend event. The annual Star Wars Celebration is the only place Walt Disney Co licensees are selling a new Luke Skywalker action figure, limited-edition Stormtrooper helmets and other coveted merchandise.

'No regrets' says Mexican actress del Castillo of El Chapo interview

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 9:32pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - When Mexican actress Kate del Castillo helped orchestrate a secret meeting between actor Sean Penn and drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman in what became an explosive Rolling Stone article, little did she know she'd be drawing from the experience for her new Netflix series.

'The Promise' brings tragedy of 1915 Armenian massacre to big screen

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 5:48pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Celebrities of Armenian descent including Cher and the Kardashians lent their support this week to "The Promise," a period drama centered around the massacre of Christian Armenians during World War One in what is now Turkey.  "The Promise," out in U.S. theaters on April 21, stars Oscar Isaac as an Armenian medical student and Christian Bale as an American foreign correspondent, both of whom fall in love with the same woman.

'Star Wars' embraces girl power with new heroine stories, toys

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 10:37am
(Reuters) - "Star Wars" is beefing up its girl power through a new series of animated short movies featuring the sci-fi saga's heroines including Princess Leia, Rey and Jyn Erso.

Cosby loses latest appeal in Pennsylvania sexual assault case

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 9:55am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Pennsylvania's high court has rejected Bill Cosby's latest appeal in his sexual assault case, ensuring the 79-year-old comedian will face trial in June.

A Minute With: Gemma Arterton on "The Finest", solidarity among women

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 9:15am
LONDON (Reuters) - Actress Gemma Arterton joins forces with fellow Britons Sam Claflin and Bill Nighy in heart-warming film "Their Finest", playing a writer asked to pen a movie to lift morale in World War Two Britain.

Nicole Kidman fans get a treat as Cannes festival lineup unveiled

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 7:03am
PARIS (Reuters) - Nicole Kidman will supply multiple doses of Hollywood glamour at this year's Cannes Film Festival, appearing in four productions during the two-week movie showcase, the organizers said on Thursday as they announced the full line-up.

India's biggest film franchise hot on Hollywood's heels

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 8:18pm
HYDERABAD, India (Reuters) - Dozens of animators work into the night in India's southern city of Hyderabad, fueled by caffeine and huddled over computer screens in a darkened studio to put the finishing touches on India's biggest and most ambitious film.

O'Reilly's ratings stay strong despite sexual harassment claims

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 5:25pm
(Reuters) - Embattled Fox News TV anchor Bill O'Reilly maintained strong viewership ratings ahead of his two-week vacation, even after more than 50 advertisers pulled their commercials from "The O'Reilly Factor" news show, according to Nielsen.

German cinematographer Ballhaus, Hollywood veteran, dead at 81

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 2:18pm
BERLIN (Reuters) - German cinematographer Michael Ballhaus, who counted "Goodfellas", "Gangs of New York" and "The Departed" among the blockbuster movies he filmed, died overnight at his home in Berlin, his publisher said on Wednesday. He was 81.

Comedian Charlie Murphy dies at age 57: media

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 1:00pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Comedian and actor Charlie Murphy died in his sleep at a New York hospital on Wednesday at age 57 after suffering from leukemia, entertainment media reported.

Jude Law cast as young Dumbledore in next 'Fantastic Beasts' movie

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 12:21pm
(Reuters) - British actor Jude Law will play a young version of Hogwarts' venerable headmaster Albus Dumbledore in the second film of J.K. Rowling's "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" franchise.

Musician J. Geils, dies at Massachusetts home: police

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 8:07pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - J. Geils, leader of The Geils Band whose hard-driving hits of the late 1970s and early 1980s included "Centerfold," "Freeze Frame" and "Love Stinks," died on Tuesday at his home in Groton, Massachusetts, police said. He was 71.

Alabama country music star Jeff Cook suffering from Parkinson's

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 4:08pm
(Reuters) - Jeff Cook of the country music group Alabama said on Tuesday he has the nervous system disorder Parkinson's disease and will be stepping back from touring with the band.

No charges expected for One Direction star in LA airport scuffle

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 2:55pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson is not expected to be criminally charged over a tussle with a photographer at Los Angeles airport last month, judicial officials said on Tuesday.

'Stop staring,' says Caitlyn Jenner, announcing genital surgery

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 12:32pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Caitlyn Jenner says she has undergone genital surgery, two years after the Olympic-winning decathlete announced she had transitioned to a woman.

Sweden's girl with dragon tattoo returns in new thriller

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 10:00am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sweden's girl with the dragon tattoo is heading back to bookstores in a fifth thriller about the troubled computer hacker Lisbeth Salander created by the late novelist Stieg Larsson, publishers said on Tuesday.

Streaming keeps Drake's 'More Life' atop Billboard 200 chart

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 3:22pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Canadian R&B artist Drake kept his reign at the top of the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on Monday, boosted by strong online streaming of his "More Life" record.

Librarians asked to pull Cosby books after sex assault charges: study

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 12:23pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bill Cosby's "Little Bill" children's book series landed on a list of the 10 books Americans most often asked librarians to remove from shelves last year after he faced sex assault charges, according to a ranking released on Monday.

Janet Jackson splits with husband 3 months after birth of son: reports

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 12:05pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Pop star Janet Jackson has split up with her Qatari businessman husband just three months after giving birth to her first child, according to media reports.