‘Fate of the Furious’ Debuts to Hefty $100.2 Million

LOS ANGELES, (Variety.com) – “The Fate of the Furious” is roaring to a record-setting global debut over the weekend even as domestic audiences showed less enthusiasm for the latest installment in Universal’s long-running “Fast and Furious” series.

Musician J. Geils, dies at Massachusetts home – police

NEW YORK,  (Reuters) – J. Geils, leader of The J. Geils Band whose hard-driving hits of the late 1970s and early 1980s included “Centerfold,” “Freeze Frame” and “Love Stinks,” died on Tuesday at his home in Groton, Massachusetts, police said.

Musician J. Geils, dies at Massachusetts home – police

NEW YORK, (Reuters) – J. Geils, leader of The Geils Band whose hard-driving hits of the late 1970s and early 1980s included “Centerfold,” “Freeze Frame” and “Love Stinks,” died on Tuesday at his home in Groton, Massachusetts, police said.

Sheena Easton debuts at West End in “42nd Street” musical

LONDON, (Reuters) – Grammy award-winning artist Sheena Easton has made her West End debut in the musical “42nd Street”, with Britain’s Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, actor Morgan Freeman and tennis coach Judy Murray attending the show’s premiere.

Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Chuck Berry dead at 90

(Reuters) – Chuck Berry, who duck-walked his way into the pantheon of rock ‘n’ roll pioneers as one of its most influential guitarists and lyricists, creating raucous anthems that defined the genre’s sound and heartbeat, died on Saturday at his Missouri home.

Reuters Entertainment News Summary

Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.   Late actor Heston’s insult of judge helps upend murder conviction A decades-old feud between a Philadelphia judge and the late actor Charlton Heston may have helped a Pennsylvania man get his 1998 murder conviction overturned on Tuesday.

PwC accountants blamed for Oscar gaffe barred from future shows

LOS ANGELES,  (Reuters) – The two accountants found at fault for botching the climactic announcement of the winner for best picture at the Academy Awards have been officially declared unfit for any future Oscar duty, organizers of the ceremony said yesterday.

Tweeting accountant blamed for Oscar best picture blunder

LOS ANGELES,  (Reuters) – An accountant for the Academy Awards botched the meticulous procedure for announcing the Oscar for best picture when he handed victory to “La La Land” before declaring “Moonlight” the real winner, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) said on Monday.