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.

Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau dead at 89

(Reuters) – Martin Landau, a talented and prolific character actor who achieved TV stardom in “Mission: Impossible” and won an Oscar for his portrayal of a washed-up Bela Lugosi in the sweetly bizarre 1994 film “Ed Wood,” has died at age 89.

Cosby plans sex assault talks, accusers’ lawyer cries foul

(Reuters) – Bill Cosby plans to conduct a series of free public seminars about sexual assault this summer, his spokesman said days after a Pennsylvania judge declared a mistrial in the entertainer’s sexual assault trial.

Triple Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis retiring from acting

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – Three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis is retiring from acting, his spokeswoman said on Tuesday, ending a storied movie career that includes performances in “Lincoln” and “Gangs of New York.” Day-Lewis, 60, the only man to have won three best actor Oscars, gave no reason for his decision, calling it private.

Triple Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis retiring from acting

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – Three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis is retiring from acting, his spokeswoman said on Tuesday, ending a storied movie career that includes performances in “Lincoln” and “Gangs of New York.” Day-Lewis, 60, the only man to have won three best actor Oscars, gave no reason for his decision, calling it private.

Mistrial declared in Bill Cosby sex assault case but retrial planned

NORRISTOWN, Pa., (Reuters) – A Pennsylvania judge on Saturday declared a mistrial in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault case after the jury said it could not reach a verdict, but prosecutors vowed to retry the case and the disgraced entertainer still faces a slew of civil lawsuits.

Ananya Vinay wins the 2017 U.S. Scripps National Spelling Bee

OXON HILL, Md.,  (Reuters) – Ananya Vinay of Fresno, California won the Scripps National Spelling Bee yesterday, taking home a $40,000 cash prize after 12 hours of picking her way along a precarious lifeline of consonants and vowels.

Rehana Sultan: The trail-blazing actress Bollywood forgot

By Soutik Biswas BBC News, Mumbai (BBC) “I have seen so many naked men,” a young prostitute tells a hesitant client in a 1970 Bollywood film called Chetna, “that I hate clothed men now.” Rehana Sultan, a 20-year-old debutante fresh out of film school, is playing the role of the prostitute.