(Reuters) – Prince, the innovative U.S. music superstar whose songwriting and eccentric stage presence electrified fans around the world with hits including “Purple Rain” and “When Doves Cry,” died today in Minnesota.
LONDON, (Reuters) – The Indian film industry is changing and films no longer have to have a song and dance sequence to be successful, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan said on Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – Melissa McCarthy’s star power lifted “The Boss” to an estimated $23.5 million opening weekend despite bad reviews and rough word-of-mouth for the R-rated comedy.
(Reuters) – The 17-year-old daughter of late actor Paul Walker has reached a $10.1 million settlement with the estate of the man driving the car that crashed and killed them both in 2013, her attorney said on Friday.
(Reuters) – Rock star Bruce Springsteen today canceled a weekend concert in North Carolina to protest a new state law barring transgender people from choosing bathrooms consistent with their gender identity, as country music stars decried similar legislation proposed in Tennessee.
LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s “threat management” squad have opened a criminal investigation of actor Charlie Sheen, a police spokesman said on Wednesday.
Merle Haggard (Reuters) – Country musician Merle Haggard, who emerged from prison to become the poetic voice of the American working man with hits such as “Mama Tried” and “If We Make It Through December,” died on Wednesday, his 79th birthday, said manager Frank Mull.
NEW YORK, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – When actress Gillian Anderson chose to appear in a new movie about a Nepali girl who is unwittingly sold by her impoverished parents to an Indian brothel, her decision had nothing to do with the part, she says.
(Reuters) – Elton John’s former personal security guard has sued the British singer for sexual harassment and battery in southern California, according to court documents.
(Variety.com) – “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” steamrolled past records, debuting to a gargantuan $170.1 million over Easter weekend despite being pilloried by critics.
HAVANA, (Reuters) – The Rolling Stones rocked a massive crowd at a free, outdoor concert in Havana on Friday, capping a week of engagement with the West for the Communist-led country that once censored the veteran British band’s music.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Garry Shandling, a comedian and actor best known for his work on the pioneering cable television comedy series, “The Larry Sanders Show,” died today at age 66, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
NEW YORK, (Reuters) – Romantic comedy “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” is back with a sequel, looking for more laughs about family antics some 14 years after the original won over audiences.
(Reuters) – Frank Sinatra Jr, the son of famed singer and actor Frank Sinatra who carved out his own career as a singer and conductor, died on Wednesday at age 72, his sister said.
LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – Harrison Ford and director Steven Spielberg are teaming up to make a fifth “Indiana Jones” action-adventure movie, due for release in July 2019, Walt Disney Co said today.
LOS ANGELES/LONDON (Reuters) – George Martin, known as “the fifth Beatle” for his work in shaping the band that became one of the world’s most influential music forces, has died at the age of 90.
PETERSBURG, Fla., (Reuters) – Hulk Hogan told a Florida jury on Monday he was “completely humiliated” by a secretly recorded sex tape published online by Gawker, as he seeks $100 million in damages from the website in a case testing celebrity privacy rights and freedom of the press in the digital age.
HAVANA, (Reuters) – The Rolling Stones will perform a free outdoor concert in Havana on March 25, the band’s publicist announced today, a milestone event in a country where the communist government once banned the group’s music as an “ideological deviation.” The Stones added the show – likely to be the biggest rock concert ever staged in Cuba – to a Latin American tour that had been due to end on March 17 in Mexico City.
(Reuters) – George Kennedy, an American actor who won an Academy Award for playing a hulking chain gang convict who pummels Paul Newman in the 1967 film Cool Hand Luke and later earned laughs in the Naked Gun comedy films, has died, media outlets reported yesterday.
LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – Comedian Chris Rock launched his return stint as Oscar host on Sunday by immediately and unabashedly confronting the racially charged elephant in the room – the furor over the all-white field of performers nominated for Hollywood’s highest honors.
LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – Catholic Church abuse movie “Spotlight” was named best picture, the top award at Sunday’s Oscar ceremony, after an evening peppered with pointed punchlines from host Chris Rock about the #OscarsSoWhite controversy that has dominated the industry.
LONDON, (Reuters) – British actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen unveiled his latest fictional alter-ego at the premiere of “Grimsby” on Monday night, an English beer-drinking soccer fan called Nobby.
LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – Italian film composer Ennio Morricone, nominated for an Oscar this year for his work on “The Hateful Eight,” was awarded a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame on Friday, honouring his diverse career spanning decades.
LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep on Thursday said her “We’re all Africans” comment was taken out of context, writing in the Huffington Post about the controversy she sparked up amid Holly-wood’s ongoing diversity debate.
NEW YORK, (Reuters) – Pop star Kesha’s former music producer on Monday said allegations that he had raped the singer were lies, and hit back at a “trial by Twitter” backed by some of music’s biggest names over Kesha’s bid to extricate herself from a recording contract.