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Founder of Canadian 'Just for Laughs' comedy festival quits amid abuse allegations

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 2:54pm
MONTREAL (Reuters) - The founder of Canada's comedy festival 'Just for Laughs', which draws celebrities including Trevor Noah, Sarah Silverman and Jerry Seinfeld, has resigned from his own company in the wake of allegations of sexual harassment.

With the crazy 'Italics', Asterix returns for 37th adventure

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 4:01am
PARIS (Reuters) - Asterix, the indomitable pint-sized Gaul forever outfoxing the Romans, returns for his 37th comic adventure on Thursday, this time battling his way across Italy in a chariot race.

Ed Sheeran 'bruised and broken' after accident, tour uncertain

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 7:06pm
LONDON (Reuters) - Singer Ed Sheeran said he was "a bit bruised and broken" on Wednesday as he recovered from a bicycle accident that left him with a broken wrist, elbow and rib and led to the cancellation of shows on the Asia leg of his tour.

U.S. appeals court rejects Cosby accuser's bid to revive defamation suit

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 5:25pm
BOSTON (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Wednesday rejected a bid to revive a defamation lawsuit against Bill Cosby by an actress who said the entertainer raped her in 1974 and then called her a liar after she made her accusations public in a newspaper interview.

'Russia's version of Paris Hilton' announces presidential bid

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 11:36am
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian TV personality Ksenia Sobchak said on Wednesday she planned to run in a presidential election next year, offering liberal voters unhappy with Kremlin rule someone to get behind, but will little prospect she will win.

Harry Potter exhibition blends wizardry with history

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 11:00am
LONDON (Reuters) - 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.

Canada's Tragically Hip singer Gord Downie dies, PM weeps

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:18am
TORONTO (Reuters) - The death of Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie, a music superstar beloved for songs about culture, small towns and hockey, triggered an outpouring of tributes and grief across Canada on Wednesday.

Canadian singer Gord Downie dies of brain cancer: statement

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 8:42am
TORONTO (Reuters) - Gord Downie, the lead singer of Canadian rock band the Tragically Hip, has died, according to a statement issued by his family.

Russian politicians fail to see funny side of 'Death of Stalin'

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 6:07am
LONDON (Reuters) - British satirist Armando Iannucci has won critical praise in Britain for his latest film - a darkly comic look at the power struggle to succeed Joseph Stalin - but in Russia not all politicians share the joke.

George Saunders' 'Lincoln in the Bardo' wins 2017 Man Booker prize

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 2:13am
LONDON (Reuters) - American author George Saunders has won the 2017 Man Booker Prize, a high-profile literary award, for his first novel, "Lincoln in the Bardo," - a fictional account of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln burying his young son.

Han Solo's standalone film titled 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 12:04am
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The origin story of Han Solo, the roguish intergalactic "Star Wars" bounty hunter, has finally been given a title, director Ron Howard unveiled on Tuesday.

George Saunders' 'Lincoln in the Bardo' wins 2017 Man Booker prize

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 11:49pm
LONDON (Reuters) - American author George Saunders has won the 2017 Man Booker Prize, a high-profile literary award, for his first novel, "Lincoln in the Bardo," - a fictional account of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln burying his young son.

Viacom and Charter's Spectrum reach programming deal

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 8:32pm
(Reuters) - Viacom Inc and cable operator Spectrum have agreed on a multi-year programming deal that keeps Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and Viacom's 21 other networks in 16.6 million households, the companies said on Tuesday.

Amazon Studios chief resigns after harassment allegations

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 7:54pm
(Reuters) - Amazon Studios chief Roy Price has resigned, a company spokeswoman said on Tuesday, following allegations that he harassed a producer and took no action when an actress told him she was sexually assaulted by producer Harvey Weinstein.

YouTube debuts comedy video series in virtual reality push

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 4:58pm
(Reuters) - YouTube virtual reality video series "The Confessional" debuted on Tuesday, featuring comedians Trevor Noah, Judd Apatow and Howie Mandel, as parent company Google races Facebook Inc to attract viewers to the new medium.

Harvey Weinstein resigns from Weinstein Co board

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 4:19pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Harvey Weinstein has resigned from the board of The Weinstein Company, the board announced on Tuesday, as he faces allegations that he sexually harassed or assaulted a number of women over three decades in the film business.

Amazon Studios chief resigns after harassment reports

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 3:56pm
(Reuters) - Amazon Studios chief Roy Price has resigned, a company spokeswoman said on Tuesday, following reports that he harassed a producer and ignored an actress' allegation of sexual assault by disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein.

Harvey Weinstein resigns from Weinstein Co board: report

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 2:13pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Harvey Weinstein has resigned from the board of The Weinstein Company, Hollywood trade publication Variety reported on Tuesday, as he faces allegations that he sexually harassed or assaulted a number of women over three decades in the film business.

Snap and NBCUniversal launch studio to produce shows for Snapchat

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 2:00pm
(Reuters) - Snap Inc , parent company of messaging and video app Snapchat, and NBCUniversal launched a joint venture studio on Tuesday to produce scripted shows and other genres to air on Snapchat.

FCC chairman rejects Trump suggestion on broadcast licenses

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 10:17am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission said Tuesday the agency does not have authority to revoke broadcast licenses, despite suggestions from President Donald Trump.

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