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.

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.

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”.