Cosby victim asks only for ‘justice’ at sentencing hearing

NORRISTOWN, Pa.,  (Reuters) – The woman whose complaint led to Bill Cosby’s conviction for sexual assault called for justice in brief testimony on the first day of the comedian’s two-day sentencing hearing yesterday, where prosecutors asked for a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

Hollywood star Burt Reynolds dies at 82

(Reuters) – Burt Reynolds, whose good looks and charm made him one of Hollywood’s most popular actors as he starred in films such as “Deliverance,” “The Longest Yard” and “Smokey and the Bandit” in the 1970s and ’80s, has died at age 82.

Eagles hits album tops ‘Thriller’ on all-time sales list

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – The Eagles’ greatest hits compilation featuring rock classics such as “Take It Easy” and “Witchy Woman” has dethroned Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” as the top-selling album of all time, according to industry data released on Monday.

Screen legend Robert Redford is retiring from acting

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – Oscar winner Robert Redford will retire from acting following this autumn’s release of his upcoming film “The Old Man & The Gun,” the 81-year-old told Entertainment Weekly in a story published on Monday.

Joe Jackson, patriarch of U.S. musical dynasty, dead at 89

(Reuters) – Joe Jackson, the patriarch of an American musical dynasty who started his son Michael, daughter Janet, and the Jackson 5 on the road to stardom but also verbally and physically abused them, has died at the age of 89, his family said on Wednesday.

Movie producer Weinstein to surrender on sex assault charges

NEW YORK,  (Reuters) – Film producer Harvey Weinstein is expected to surrender to authorities in New York today, months after he was toppled from Hollywood’s most powerful ranks by scores of women accusing him of sexual assault, a person familiar with the case said.

Salma Hayek calls for male stars to get pay cut

CANNES, France, (Reuters) – Mexican-American actress Salma Hayek, a vocal campaigner against sexual harassment in the movie industry, said yesterday male stars should get less pay as way to even things up with chronically underpaid women.

Mariah Carey says she has bipolar disorder

LOS ANGELES,  (Reuters) – Pop singer Mariah Carey revealed on Wednesday that she suffers from bipolar disorder, telling People magazine that she was diagnosed in 2001 but had only recently been taking medication.

‘Wonder Woman’ Lynda Carter feted with Hollywood star

LOS ANGELES,  (Reuters) – With her arms crossed and poised for action, “Wonder Woman” television actress Lynda Carter was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday as her most famous superhero character enjoys a big-screen revival.

Cosby can call witness to undercut sex assault accuser, judge rules

HARRISBURG, Pa., (Reuters) – Defense lawyers at Bill Cosby’s retrial on sexual assault charges can call a witness they say will undermine his accuser’s credibility, a Pennsylvania judge said yesterday, reversing his ruling that barred the same witness from the first trial of the comedian once known as “America’s Dad.” The ruling to allow Margo Jackson’s testimony came on the second day of jury selection for the second trial where the 80-year-old entertainer will face charges that he sexually assaulted a staffer more than a decade ago at his alma mater, Temple University in Philadelphia.

‘Shape of Water’ wins big at Oscars on activism-fueled night

LOS ANGELES,  (Reuters) – Romantic fantasy “The Shape of Water” won the best picture Oscar on Sunday, the film industry’s most prestigious honour, on a night where themes of female empowerment and activism almost overshadowed the awards.

‘Shape of Water’ wins big at Oscars on activism-fueled night

LOS ANGELES,  (Reuters) – Romantic fantasy “The Shape of Water” won the best picture Oscar on Sunday, the film industry’s most prestigious honour, on a night where themes of female empowerment and activism almost overshadowed the awards.

Oscars’ ‘#MeToo’ dilemma

LOS ANGELES,  (Reuters) – The Academy Awards, the glitziest night in show business, takes place on Sunday, but the biggest drama may be not on the Dolby Theatre stage but behind-the-scenes moves to tackle the sexual misconduct scandal that has rocked the industry.

At 89, French director Varda in running for second Oscar

PARIS/NEW YORK,  (Reuters) – A few months shy of her 90th birthday, French film director Agnes Varda is in the running for a second Oscar in a year, thanks to an unlikely partnership with street artist JR in a documentary spotlighting everyday life in small-town France.

French actresses launch own “Time’s Up” with white ribbons

PARIS, (Reuters) – Over 100 actresses and film professionals in France, including Vanessa Paradis and Diane Kruger, launched their own movement on Wednesday against sexual violence, and said they would sport white ribbons at a French awards event this week.