Father of South African jazz Hugh Masekela dies aged 78

JOHANNESBURG, (Reuters) – Trumpeter and singer Hugh Masekela, known as the “father of South African jazz” who used his music in the fight against apartheid, has died from prostate cancer, his family said on Tuesday.

Raids and rescues: Nobel laureate Satyarthi film exposes India child slavery

NEW YORK,  (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Forget jargon-filled monologues, raids to rescue enslaved Indian children inject drama into a documentary about Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi, who hopes the film will inspire viewers to play a part in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery.

Russian premiere of ‘Death of Stalin’ film called off -TASS

MOSCOW,  (Reuters) – The Russian premiere of “Death of Stalin, a dark, satirical movie from British director Armando Iannucci, was called off yesterday after a private pre-release viewing drew ire from government figures, TASS news agency reported.

‘Three Billboards’ biggest winner at female-flavored SAG awards

LOS ANGELES,  (Reuters) – Dark comedy “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” won three prizes at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards on Sunday in a ceremony marked by women and their stories amid the sexual misconduct scandal that has swept Hollywood.

Hollywood stars back #TimesUp war on harassment as donations roll in

LONDON,  (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Hollywood stars including Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Chastain and Natalie Portman have backed a campaign against sexual harassment called Time’s Up as donations flood in for a multi-million dollar legal fund to fight abuse cases in the workplace.

NBC says Hoda Kotb to replace Lauer as ‘Today’ co-anchor

NEW YORK, (Reuters) – Television host Hoda Kotb was named the new co-anchor of the NBC News “Today” show on Tuesday, replacing former co-host Matt Lauer several weeks after the longtime anchor was fired for inappropriate sexual behaviour, according to a network statement.

SAG nominations focus on indie movies, snubbing Streep and Day-Lewis

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – Small-town dramedy “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” led the 2018 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) nominations yesterday in a list that shut out veterans Meryl Streep and Daniel Day-Lewis as well as Steven Spielberg’s press freedom movie “The Post.” Instead, SAG members recognized performers in independent films that focused on women and people of color, throwing open the race for the Oscars in March.

Shashi Kapoor, Bollywood legend, dies at 79

(BBC) Veteran Bollywood actor and producer Shashi Kapoor has died aged 79. Kapoor, who acted in huge hits like Deewar and Kabhie Kabhie, had been ill for some time and was in hospital.

Without Trump, Kennedy Center honours Lionel Richie and Gloria Estefan

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – With the notable absence of President Donald Trump, the Kennedy Center yesterday celebrated singers Lionel Richie and Gloria Estefan, rapper LL Cool J, television producer Norman Lear and dancer Carmen de Lavallade with honours for the arts.

Leia leads resistance in Carrie Fisher’s final ‘Star Wars’ film

LOS ANGELES,  (Reuters) – Carrie Fisher’s final performance as the beloved Leia in “Star Wars” puts the character on the front lines in a dark new chapter that reaches theaters this month, leaving a galactic hole to fill after the sudden death of the actress a year ago.

Hugh Jackman on ‘Logan’ – ‘It’s time to leave the party’

LOS ANGELES,  (Reuters) – “I know Aussies are not known for leaving the party at the right time but (after) 17 years, it’s time to leave the party,” Hugh Jackman quipped as he discussed his last time playing X-Men superhero Wolverine in this year’s gritty action hit “Logan.” The Australian actor made his breakthrough as the gruff, clawed mutant Wolverine in 2000’s “X-Men” film and has since played the character eight times on screen.

‘Touched By An Angel’ actress Della Reese dead at 86

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Actress and gospel singer Della Reese, who appeared for years in the “Touched By An Angel” television series, has died at the age of 86 at her home in California, her family said today.

Release of Indian film about Rajput queen delayed after protests

(Reuters) – The producers of “Padmavati” – a Bollywood movie based on an epic poem about a Rajput queen, said yesterday they had indefinitely delayed the release of the film, which has been accused of distorting history and has sparked protests.

Fats Domino, rock ‘n’ roll pioneer, dead at 89

(Reuters) – Fats Domino, who brought rolling New Orleans boogie-woogie piano to early rock ‘n’ roll in chart-topping hits such as “Blueberry Hill” and “Ain’t That a Shame,” has died at the age of 89, officials said today.