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Oprah says 'not interested' in 2020 U.S. presidential run: InStyle

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 8:48am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Media mogul Oprah Winfrey has no interest in running for U.S. president in 2020, she said in an interview with InStyle magazine published on Thursday after weeks of speculation and calls to run fueled by a speech she made at the Golden Globes.

From refugee to chef: Berlin film festival to showcase Syrian cook

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 8:27am
BERLIN (Reuters) - A Syrian refugee will be cooking dishes from Damascus and Aleppo for VIP guests at the opening of the Berlinale International Film Festival next month.

Oprah Winfrey says not interested in 2020 U.S. presidential run - InStyle

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 8:01am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Media mogul Oprah Winfrey has no interest in running for U.S. president in 2020, she said in an interview with InStyle magazine published on Thursday after weeks of speculation and calls to run fueled by a speech she made at the Golden Globes.

Digital publishers ramp up TV push to nab viewers, ad dollars

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 6:04am
(Reuters) - Online media companies ATTN:, BuzzFeed and Group Nine Media are making a bigger push into television, executives said, aiming to grab more of the TV advertising market and depend less on social media for viewers.

Ballet star Acosta's company is part of Cuban arts rebirth

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 7:23pm
HAVANA (Reuters) - Former Royal Ballet star Carlos Acosta, whose dynamic masculinity on stage exemplified the style of his native Cuba, is breaking more boundaries as his young dance company showcases more foreign choreography in an island-wide cultural revival.

The Fall's Mark E. Smith dies

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 4:02pm
(Reuters) - Mark E. Smith, lead singer and songwriter of British post-punk band The Fall, died at home on Wednesday aged 60, the band's manager said in a statement.

Enrique Iglesias sues Universal over streaming royalties

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 3:20pm
(Reuters) - The Latin pop star and actor Enrique Iglesias on Wednesday sued Universal Music Group in the United States, claiming that his former label short-changed him out of millions of dollars of streaming royalties.

Middle Eastern filmmakers celebrate historic Oscar nominations

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 1:22pm
PARIS (Reuters) - A Lebanese and a Syrian film director both made cinema history this week when their films became the first ever from their home countries to be nominated for Oscars.

Goodbye yellow brick tours; Elton John announces farewell world concerts

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 1:11pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Elton John on Wednesday announced a three-year farewell world tour, saying he would quit traveling afterward to focus on life with his family.

Louvre shuts Islamic art display due to rising river Seine

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 9:52am
PARIS (Reuters) - The Louvre museum in Paris closed its basement display of Islamic art on Wednesday following a sharp rise in the level of the river Seine, which has been swollen by weeks of heavy rain.

Indian police detain dozens protesting against controversial movie

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 7:40am
NEW DELHI/MUMBAI (Reuters) - Right-wing Hindu groups in India stepped up protests on Wednesday against the release of a controversial Bollywood film, as several states boosted police patrols a day after the Supreme Court refused to allow bans on the movie.

British pop musician Elton John to quit touring, Daily Mirror says

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 5:19am
LONDON (Reuters) - British pop musician Elton John is to quit touring after nearly 50 years, the Daily Mirror reported.

Hindu groups call for all-India protest ahead of controversial movie release

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 12:35am
(Reuters) - Indian right wing Hindu groups intensified protests against the release of a controversial Bollywood film "Padmaavat" amid heightened police presence in various states on Wednesday, a day after the Supreme Court refused to allow some states to ban the film.

Ex-Obama administration official in exclusive talks with Weinstein Co: source

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 7:32pm
(Reuters) - The Weinstein Company has entered into exclusive negotiations to sell the studio with a group of investors led by former Obama administration official Maria Contreras-Sweet, a source familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

U.S. author Ursula K. Le Guin dies at 88: family

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 7:01pm
(Reuters) - Science fiction and fantasy author Ursula K. Le Guin, author of "The Left Hand of Darkness" and the Earthsea series, died in her home in Portland, Oregon, her son said on Tuesday. She was 88.

Radio host Keillor fired over 'dozens' of incidents: network

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 6:46pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Minnesota Public Radio ended its contracts with "Prairie Home Companion" host Garrison Keillor over multiple accusations of sexual misconduct by a woman who had worked on the show and not a single incident, the network's president said on Tuesday.

'Shape of Water', 'Three Billboards' lead best picture race after Oscar nominations

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 1:50pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Fox Searchlight's fantastical romance "The Shape of Water" and its dark comedy "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" emerged as front runners for the Oscar best picture prize on Tuesday after capturing nominations in all of the major categories.

In Davos, Cate Blanchett jokes about playing Melania Trump

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 12:52pm
DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Actress Cate Blanchett, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Tuesday, drew laughs when she jokingly speculated about playing First Lady Melania Trump on screen, saying she would not approach such a role from a "Free Melania" point of view.

Russia cancels release of 'insulting' film about Stalin's death

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 12:45pm
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Tuesday it had canceled the release of "Death of Stalin", a dark, satirical movie from British director Armando Iannucci, saying many Russians would find it an insulting mockery of the country's Soviet past.

'Wonder Woman' stumbles, 'Get Out' surprises at Oscar nominations

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 12:29pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Wonder Woman" failed to conquer Oscar voters on Tuesday despite riding to one of the biggest box office hits of 2017 on a wave of female empowerment, making it one of the biggest snubs for Hollywood's highest honors.



Hugh Lee Ballard, Jr. died in his home on April 20, 2018, in Ethel, MS. He was 78.