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.
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.
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.
LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – African-American coming-of-age tale “Moonlight” won the Oscar for best picture on Sunday on a big night for Hollywood diversity that was overshadowed by an embarrassing onstage gaffe over the top award.
(Reuters) – American actor Bill Paxton, who rose to stardom with roles in Hollywood blockbusters such as “Aliens” and “Titanic,” has died at age 61 after complications from surgery, his family said in a statement on Sunday.
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.
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.
NEW YORK, (Reuters) – Soul music legend Aretha Franklin says she plans to retire from full-time touring after she releases a new album in September.
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.
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.
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.
LOS ANGELES, (Variety.com) – It was a squeaker, but Universal’s “Split” has edged past Paramount’s “Rings” to narrowly claim victory at the domestic box office.
(Reuters) – Pop superstar Beyonce said yesterday that she and her husband, rap star and entrepreneur Jay Z, were expecting twins, sending social media into a meltdown.
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.
(Reuters) – Johnny Depp took himself to the brink of financial ruin by spending tens of millions of dollars on homes, art, cars, a yacht and Hollywood memorabilia, according to a lawsuit filed by his former business managers.
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.
(Reuters) – Pop superstar Beyonce said on Wednesday that she and her husband, rap star and entrepreneur Jay Z, were expecting twins, sending social media into a meltdown.
LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – “Hidden Figures” was the surprise best film ensemble winner at yesterday’s Screen Actors Guild awards, a show overshadowed by politics as stars slammed U.S.
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.
(Reuters) – Barbara Hale, who won lasting television fame and an Emmy Award as the faithful secretary to the crusading criminal defense lawyer played by Raymond Burr in the long-running series “Perry Mason,” has died, her son said on social media.
(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.
LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – Romantic musical “La La Land” became the movie to beat at the Academy Awards after earning 14 nominations yesterday in a diverse list that silenced the #OscarsSoWhite controversy of the last two years.
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.
LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – Actress Priyanka Chopra is resting at home after a “minor incident” on the set of her ABC show “Quantico,” the network said Friday.
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.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., (Reuters) – “La La Land” danced off with seven Golden Globes on Sunday on a night marked by upsets and a stinging indictment of U.S.
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.
MUMBAI, (Reuters) – Veteran Indian actor Om Puri, who successfully straddled movie careers in Bollywood and the West, died today in Mumbai.
(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.
LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK, (Reuters) – The death of actor Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia in “Star Wars,” set off waves of remembrance among fans – but also speculation over her character’s return in yet-to-be-filmed episodes.
LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – Stage, screen and television actress Viola Davis yesterday received the 2,596th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
NEW YORK, (Reuters) – Young Indian film star Sunny Pawar of the biographical drama “Lion” appears to have caught the acting bug.
(Reuters) – Independent films, diversity and the tussle between escapism or realism mark Hollywood’s 2017 awards season, which swings into high gear on Sunday with the Golden Globes ceremony.
(Trinidad Express) There will be a musical send-off for chutney icon Anand Yankarran, who died on Monday.
(Trinidad Guardian) Tributes poured in yesterday, as the news of the death local Chutney singer, Anand Yankarran was announced.
NEW YORK, (Reuters) – Grammy Award-winning singer Mariah Carey shrugged off a botched New Year’s Eve show in New York’s Times Square, telling fans and critics on Sunday that life does not always go as planned.
LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – A joint memorial service and side-by-side burial are being planned for mother-and-daughter Hollywood stars Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, who died a day apart earlier this week in Los Angeles, the family said on Friday.
(Reuters) – – Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds, who sang and danced her way into the hearts of millions of moviegoers around the world in musicals like “Singin’ in the Rain,” died yesterday at age 84, her son said.
LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – Debbie Reynolds, a leading lady in Hollywood musicals and comedies in the 1950s and 1960s, including “Singin’ in the Rain,” died on Wednesday, her son said, just one day after the death of her daughter, actress Carrie Fisher.
LONDON, (Reuters) – Madonna, Elton John and Paul McCartney paid tribute on Monday to British pop idol George Michael, who has died age 53 after a career of soulful ballads and dance songs that provided a soundtrack to much of the 1980s and 1990s.
LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – Carrie Fisher, who rose to fame as Princess Leia in the “Star Wars” films and later endured drug addiction before going on to tell her story as a best-selling author, died yesterday aged 60, her family said.
LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – Carrie Fisher, who rose to fame as Princess Leia in the “Star Wars” films and later endured drug addiction and stormy romances with show business heavyweights, died on Tuesday aged 60, her daughter said through a family spokesman.
LONDON,(Reuters) – British singer George Michael, who became one of the pop idols of the 1980s with Wham!
(Reuters) – Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, who parlayed beauty, diamond-studded glamour and nine marriages into a long celebrity career, died yesterday, Variety and other media outlets reported, She was 99.
LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – “La La Land,” an ambitious musical about two dreamers falling in love in Hollywood, and the intimate coming of age drama “Moonlight” led nominations for the Golden Globes on Monday, underscoring their front-runner status in the long road to the Oscars.
(Reuters) If the Oscars turn out to be “so white” again next year, it will not be for a lack of candidates.
(Hindustan Times) Apart from her charismatic political journey, Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, who died on December 5, carved an enviable career for herself in Kollywood.
(Reuters) Johnny Depp and Will Smith topped a list on Wednesday of Hollywood’s most overpaid actors, an illustration that star power does not always bring in dollars at the movie box-office.
(Reuters) – Rapper Kanye West abruptly canceled the remainder of his tour on Monday, citing exhaustion, following a week of no-shows, curtailed concerts and rants about politics.
PARIS, (Reuters) – Bollywood actor Mallika Sherawat and her partner were assaulted in Paris last week, AFP and other media reported today, just over a month after U.S reality TV star Kim Kardashian was attacked and robbed in the French capital.