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.

Filmmaker Michael Moore brings his political satire to Broadway

(Reuters) Provocative documentary maker Michael Moore is bringing politics to Broadway with a one-man show billed as “guaranteed to take audiences on a ride through the United States of Insanity.” Producers said yesterday that Moore, the Oscar-winning maker of thought-provoking films on guns, the war in Iraq and the US healthcare system, will make his Broadway debut in July with The Terms of My Surrender.

‘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.

Adele sweeps Grammy awards in upset victory over Beyonce

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – Adele swept the Grammy Awards on Sunday, taking home statuettes for the top prizes – album, record and song of the year – in a shock, history-making victory over Beyonce on a night marked by political statements and emotional tributes.

Seven-time Grammy winner Al Jarreau dies at 76

LOS ANGELES,  (Reuters) – Jazz and R&B singer Al Jarreau, a seven-time Grammy winner whose hits included “We’re in This Love Together” and “Moonlighting,” died on Sunday in Los Angeles at age 76, just days after announcing he was retiring from touring because of poor health.

Pakistan bans hit Bollywood film starring Pakistani actress

ISLAMABAD,  (Reuters) – Pakistan has banned cinemas nationwide from screening an Indian blockbuster movie starring a famous Pakistani actress, a censor official said on Tuesday, the latest media clampdown after last year’s spike in tension between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

When will I see my royalties? The Three Degrees sue Sony

NEW YORK,  (Reuters) – The Three Degrees, a female vocal group best known for the 1974 smash “When Will I See You Again,” has sued Sony Music Entertainment Inc, seeking to recoup decades of royalties it says were withheld by a former manager and his widow.

Lady Gaga soars over Super Bowl stage with bow to inclusion

LOS ANGELES,  (Reuters) – Standing atop the roof of Houston’s NRG Stadium with drones illuminating an American flag in the night sky behind her, Lady Gaga kicked off her Super Bowl halftime set yesterday by singing “God Bless America” as a subtle message of inclusion and unity in a deeply divided United States.

Lady Gaga takes Super Bowl spotlight, but how will she use it?

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – As Lady Gaga prepares to take America’s biggest stage at the National Football League (NFL) Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday, much of country is speculating whether the outspoken singer will grab the opportunity to speak out on women’s rights, immigration or U.S.

Murder of Righteous Brothers singer Bill Medley’s ex-wife solved

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – Investiga-tors have solved the 1976 murder of the ex-wife of Righteous Brothers singer Bill Medley, using DNA analysis to confirm she was slain by a career burglar who was killed six years later as a prison escapee, police said on Monday.