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Cosby says he will not testify at his sexual assault trial

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 1:09pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Comedian Bill Cosby does not plan to testify in his defense at his sexual assault trial in June, he said on Tuesday in his first extended public comments in two years.

Hashtag facepalm: Emoji Movie star makes inelegant splash at Cannes

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 1:01pm
CANNES, France (Reuters) - It's an annual staple at Cannes: a brash American movie stages a publicity stunt ahead of the film festival. But for the star of "The Emoji Movie", things did not quite go as planned.

Cannes boss says cinemas right to object to Netflix' web-only movies

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 12:06pm
CANNES, France (Reuters) - French cinemas were right to object to Netflix' appearance at Cannes, the film festival's director said on Tuesday, ahead of the movie fortnight that this year has been marked by a fight between theaters and the U.S. online giant.

Cannes to open with feast for art-house movie buffs

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 11:46am
CANNES, France (Reuters) - No Hollywood blockbusters this year, but the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, which opens on Wednesday, has a rich line-up of art-house movies that one critic has called the most appealing in a decade.

'Wizard of Lies' tells Madoff story as 'dark tragedy' of betrayal

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 11:16am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The latest film about infamous swindler Bernard Madoff, whose decades-long Ponzi scheme cost clients more than $17 billion, ends with a question.

Country singer Loretta Lynn moved to rehab center after stroke

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 9:53pm
(Reuters) - Country music star Loretta Lynn has been moved from a hospital to a rehabilitation center as she recovers from a stroke, the singer-songwriter's representatives said Monday.

Disney's Iger says hackers claim to have stolen upcoming movie - Hollywood Reporter

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 4:34pm
(Reuters) - Walt Disney Co Chief Executive Bob Iger has revealed that hackers claimed to have access to an unnamed upcoming movie and have demanded a ransom, the Hollywood Reporter said on Monday.

Logic topples Lamar from Billboard 200, Fonsi reaches No.1 in U.S.

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 2:20pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Rapper and record producer Logic toppled Kendrick Lamar from his three-week hold on the top of the Billboard 200 album charts with his new release "Everybody," according to Nielsen SoundScan figures on Monday.

Cannes deploys flower power to boost film festival security

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 2:01pm
CANNES, France (Reuters) - Cannes' promenade was pretty enough before authorities installed a row of 400 giant flowerpots. But the potted plants aren't there to look good - they are a security measure to avert terrorist attacks during the film festival.

Ex-Hollywood movie chief Brad Grey dies, months after ouster

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 12:01pm
(Reuters) - Brad Grey, the former chairman and chief executive of Paramount Pictures, has died at age 59 of cancer, his family said on Monday, just three months after being forced out of his Hollywood job.

BBC's 'Happy Valley' wins big at BAFTA TV awards

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 4:33am
LONDON, May 15 (Reuters) - BBC police drama "Happy Valley" was the big winner at Britain's BAFTA awards recognizing excellence in television, beating on Sunday heavily-tipped Netflix drama "The Crown."

U2 scans new political landscape at U.S. 'Joshua Tree' tour debut

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 3:48am
SEATTLE (Reuters) - With evocative montages of the American west scrolling on screens behind them, Irish rockers U2 kicked off the U.S. leg of their "Joshua Tree" tour on Sunday with a few jabs at the new political landscape.

District of Columbia contestant named Miss USA

Sun, 05/14/2017 - 10:05pm
LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - A 25-year-old scientist representing the District of Columbia was crowned winner of the Miss USA pageant on Sunday, the second consecutive year that the contestant from the nation's capital won the annual competition.

U2 is the top-selling live act for U.S. summer 2017: StubHub

Sun, 05/14/2017 - 11:13am
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Veteran Irish rock band U2 is the top-selling live music act in the United States for summer 2017, ticket seller StubHub said on Sunday, outpacing pop acts such as Ed Sheeran and Lady Gaga with a concert tour celebrating its seminal "Joshua Tree" album.

Box Office: 'Guardians 2' Repeats No. 1, 'King Arthur' Is Summer's First Big Flop

Sun, 05/14/2017 - 10:05am
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" continued its box office reign this weekend, while "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword" is the summer season's first major flop.

Humorous 'Guardians' set Marvel on new path for superhero movies

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 9:24am
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The surprise success of the first "Guardians of the Galaxy," with its intergalactic gang of misfits and quirky tone, launched Marvel Studios into making action movies starring lesser-known comic book figures that could make audiences laugh.

Italy, Portugal lead the pack as Kiev hosts Eurovision final

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 7:06am
KIEV (Reuters) - Italy and Portugal are the frontrunners going into the final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev on Saturday night, an annual song and dance fest whose global audience topped 200 million people last year.

Hidden footage of The Beatles on film put on sale

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 8:00pm
(Reuters) - Footage of The Beatles on the set of their 1965 film "Help!" is being offered for sale after 50 years if being hidden in storage.

Oscars chief Boone Isaacs steps down from governors board

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 4:55pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The departing president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which organizes the Oscars, said on Friday she is also stepping down from the board of governors.

Palestinian film festival opens in Gaza

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 2:24pm
GAZA (Reuters) - The Gaza Strip's film festival opened on Friday with artists and audience walking along a red carpet laid on a floor built from the rubble of homes destroyed in wars with Israel.

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