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.

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.

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

(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.

Jane Fonda wishes sex scene with Redford lasted longer

VENICE,  (Reuters) – Jane Fonda wishes the sex scene in her new movie with Robert Redford lasted longer, the 79-year-old American actress said as their latest screen collaboration “Our Souls at Night” premiered at the Venice film festival on Friday.

McDormand used John Wayne as model in small-town revenge drama

VENICE,  (Reuters) – John Wayne was the inspiration for Frances McDormand’s portrayal of an angel of vengeance in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”, the American said ahead of the movie’s premiere at the Venice film festival on Monday.

Vivien Leigh’s diaries recording Olivier romance up for auction

(Reuters) – Diaries and a ring tracing the love affair between “Gone with the Wind” star Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier are going up for auction in London next month, providing a glimpse into one of Hollywood’s most notorious relationships.

Morgan Freeman to get Screen Actors lifetime award

LOS ANGELES, Reuters) – Morgan Freeman, the versatile actor known for playing gods, presidents and pimps, will be honored with the 2017 lifetime achievement award by the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) at its annual ceremony in January.

Taylor Swift wins groping trial against DJ, awarded symbolic $1

DENVER, (Reuters) – Taylor Swift won her trial against a Colorado radio personality yesterday after a jury found that the former DJ assaulted and battered the pop star by groping her bare bottom, and awarded her the symbolic $1 in damages she had sought.

Pahlaj Nihalani sacked as India’s censor board chief

(Reuters) The Indian government dismissed the controversial chief of its movie censorship panel on Friday, following months of criticism from Bollywood film-makers and fellow panelists angered by attempts to sanitise art and popular culture.

Downtown? Petula Clark goes Down Farm

CROPREDY, England,  (Reuters) – Grammy award-winner Petula Clark sang her global hit “Down-town” about as far from “where the neon signs are pretty” as she could at the weekend — to thousands in a field in rural England.

Last blast from Gregg Allman, Southern man

LONDON,  (Reuters) – So close to death was blues rocker Gregg Allman when he was making his final album, the cover photographer did not get to his Savannah, Georgia, house in time.

Bollywood star says trafficking is “serious threat to humanity”

NEW DELHI,  (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Bollywood film star John Abraham called on Monday for governments, charities and the public to step up efforts to curb rising cases of human trafficking and modern day slavery saying the crime was “a serious threat to humanity”.

‘Blade Runner’ sequel a siren song for director Villeneuve

SAN DIEGO, (Reuters) – Canadian director Denis Villeneuve had fended off numerous requests to direct big-budget sequels until he was approached to make a follow-up to Ridley Scott’s 1982 neo-noir sci-fi film “Blade Runner.” “I accepted to do ‘Blade Runner’ because it was meaningful,” Villeneuve, the director of last year’s cerebral alien sci-fi film “Arrival,” told Reuters.

Madonna seeks to stop NY auction of Tupac Shakur break-up letter

(Reuters) – Madonna attempted on Tuesday to stop an upcoming auction of a prison break-up letter from rapper Tupac Shakur and a note in which she called singer Whitney Houston and actress Sharon Stone “horribly mediocre.” The “Rebel Heart” singer filed a request in New York Supreme Court for a temporary restraining order against New York auction house Gotta Have It Collectibles to halt the sale, due to start on Wednesday.