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

Fats Domino   (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.

Harvey Weinstein expelled from Academy of Motion Pictures

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences expelled Oscar-winning producer Harvey Weinstein on Saturday, after allegations that he sexually harassed or assaulted a number of women over the past three decades.

Streep, Judi Dench slam Weinstein over sexual harassment claims

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – Meryl Streep and Judi Dench, two of Hollywood’s most respected actresses, lashed out at movie producer Harvey Weinstein yesterday but said they were unaware of his decades of alleged sexual harassment of women.

Mixing Kafka with Jane Austen: Ishiguro wins literature Nobel

STOCKHOLM, (Reuters) – Kazuo Ishiguro, the British author of “The Remains of the Day”, won the Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday for a run of “exquisite” novels that the award body said mixed Franz Kafka with Jane Austen.

Bollywood icon Aamir Khan says next film will be biggest yet

SINGAPORE,  (Reuters) – Aamir Khan, the Bollywood superstar with a conscience, says his next movie about a small town teenage girl who uses the Internet to become a singing sensation will be much bigger than his last film, which was India’s highest grossing ever.

Shania Twain bounces back with “Now”

LOS ANGELES,  (Reuters) – Life has been tough for Shania Twain in the past decade, but the Canadian country-pop artist who ruled the charts in the late 1990s is hitting a high note again in her career.

In glossy Bollywood, stories of ordinary Indian women shine

MUMBAI,  (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – An elderly woman seeks a Mills & Boon romance with her swimming coach in Hindi film, ‘Lipstick Under My Burqa’, that battled the Indian censors ahead of its release in theatres last month and is now going strong on streaming service Amazon Prime.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus says battling breast cancer

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – Emmy-winning comedic actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus said on Thursday that she was battling breast cancer and highlighted the case for universal healthcare.

British actor Colin Firth gets Italian citizenship after Brexit vote

Colin Firth‘Loving’ premiere, 69th Cannes Film Festival, France – 16 May 2016 ROME, (Reuters) – British actor Colin Firth, who has often played the role of a quintessential Englishman in his many films, has become an Italian citizen, Italy’s Interior Ministry said.

Eric Clapton says ‘not easy’ watching his own documentary

TORONTO, (Reuters) – A documentary about the life of renowned guitarist Eric Clapton does not attempt to whitewash over the darker side of the hard-drinking musician’s life, even though it is directed by his longtime friend, filmmaker Lili Fini Zanuck said Monday.

Veteran actor Harry Dean Stanton dies at 91

Harry Dean Stanton   (Reuters) – Harry Dean Stanton, whose scruffy looks and off-beat demeanor made him a favorite of directors seeking a character actor to add eccentricity or melancholy to the screen, died on Friday from natural causes, his agent said.