‘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.

British actor John Hurt, star of ‘The Elephant Man’, dead at 77

LONDON, (Reuters) – Veteran British actor Sir John Hurt, Oscar-nominated for his star turn in “The Elephant Man” and his supporting role in “Midnight Express”, has died after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, a representative said on Saturday.

Mary Tyler Moore, Emmy-winning sitcom star, dead at 80

(Reuters) – Emmy-winning actress Mary Tyler Moore, who brightened American television screens as the perky suburban housewife on “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” and then as a fledgling feminist on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” died on Wednesday at the age of 80, a representative said.

Bollywood actor Salman Khan acquitted in weapons case

MUMBAI,  (Reuters) – An Indian court on Wednesday acquitted Bollywood movie star Salman Khan of possessing an unlicensed weapon nearly two decades ago, ending a case that threatened to derail the career of one of the country’s biggest actors.

Michael Jackson spoof show scrapped after family complaints

LONDON, (Reuters) – A comic film about Michael Jackson was dropped by British makers on Friday after the daughter of the late American pop star described the episode, which casts a white actor to play her father, as vomit-inducing.

Hollywood’s superheroes, family fare boosted by China in 2016

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – China’s movie-goers embraced big-screen superheroes, cartoon animals and a video game-turned-action flick in 2016, adding $1.8 billion in ticket sales to Hollywood’s 20 highest-grossing films of the year.

Chutney icon Yankarran laid to rest

(Trinidad Guardian) With live singing, a music truck and thousands of fans, family members and artistes in attendance, the funeral service for chutney icon Anand Yankarran resembled one of the massive chutney shows he participated in during the height of his career.