‘Man from U.N.C.L.E.’ star Robert Vaughn dies at 83

NEW YORK,  (Reuters) – Robert Vaughn, best known for playing the suave Napoleon Solo in 1960s television spy series, “The Man from U.N.C.L.E,” and the last surviving actor from the original “Magnificent Seven” movie, died on Friday from leukemia, his manager said.

Leonard Cohen, rock music’s poetic visionary, dies at age 82

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Leonard Cohen, rock music’s man of letters whose songs fused religious imagery with themes of redemption and sexual desire, earning him critical and popular acclaim, has died at age 82, a statement on his Facebook page said.

Meryl Streep to get Golden Globes lifetime award

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – Meryl Streep, regarded as the finest actress of her generation, will get the Golden Globes lifetime achievement award at the annual ceremony in January, organizers announced on Thursday.

Tippi Hedren accuses Hitchcock of sexual harassment in memoir

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – Actress Tippi Hedren graphically chronicles in a new memoir incidents in which she says she was sexually assaulted and harassed by famed British director Alfred Hitchcock during her star turns in “The Birds” and “Marnie.” “Tippi,” which goes on sale on Tuesday, documents Hedren’s rise from fashion model to movie star and “Hitchcock blonde” after the director spotted her in a commercial and cast her in the lead of the 1963 thriller “The Birds.” The book by Hedren, mother of actress Melanie Griffith and grandmother to “Fifty Shades of Grey” star Dakota Johnson, offers a rare, first-person account of the rotund “master of suspense” that contrasts sharply with Hitchcock’s public image as a mild-mannered, self-effacing English gentleman.

Cosby renews effort to toss sexual assault charges in Pennsylvania

NORRISTOWN, Pa.,  (Reuters) – Bill Cosby yesterday renewed his attempt to have sexual assault charges against him thrown out, with the comedian’s lawyers arguing in a Pennsylvania court that an 11-year gap between the incident and Cosby’s arrest had violated his rights.

Tippi Hedren accuses Hitchcock of sexual harassment in memoir

LOS ANGELES,  (Reuters) – Actress Tippi Hedren graphically chronicles in a new memoir incidents in which she says she was sexually assaulted and harassed by famed British director Alfred Hitchcock during her star turns in “The Birds” and “Marnie.” “Tippi,” which goes on sale on Tuesday, documents Hedren’s rise from fashion model to movie star and “Hitchcock blonde” after the director spotted her in a commercial and cast her in the lead of the 1963 thriller “The Birds.” The book by Hedren, mother of actress Melanie Griffith and grandmother to “Fifty Shades of Grey” star Dakota Johnson, offers a rare, first-person account of the rotund “master of suspense” that contrasts sharply with Hitchcock’s public image as a mild-mannered, self-effacing English gentleman.

Comedian Bill Murray awarded Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – Comedian Bill Murray was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at a star-studded Kennedy Center ceremony on Sunday, with friends and fellow actors praising him for the joy he has brought to audiences worldwide.

Rapper Coolio spared jail in guilty plea to Los Angeles gun charge

LOS ANGELES,  (Reuters) – Grammy-winning rapper Coolio pleaded guilty yesterday to unlawful firearm possession for carrying a loaded pistol in a backpack into Los Angeles International Airport last month and was sentenced to three years of probation, prosecutors said.

Hugh Laurie gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – British actor Hugh Laurie, best known for playing a cantankerous doctor in the TV series ‘House’, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday.

Bogus story upsets Machel Montano

(Trinidad Guardian) Soca superstar Machel Montano says a story circulating online that he was arrested at the John F Kennedy Airport in New York in relation to a drug seizure is completely fake.

The perils of forcing Bollywood to drop Pakistan actors

(BBC) Top Bollywood director Karan Johar promised to not to work with Pakistani actors in the future after a right-wing group threatened to attack cinemas screening his latest movie starring Pakistani actor Fawad Khan.

Janet Jackson shows off baby bump at 50

(Reuters) – Singer Janet Jackson on Wednesday showed off her baby bump, confirming that she is pregnant with her first child at the age of 50.

Rolling Stones to release new album in December

LONDON, (Reuters) – The Rolling Stones are heading back to their roots. The band announced on Thursday it will release its first studio album in over a decade in December — covers of the American blues greats who got them into music in the first place.

Brad Pitt to have drug tests in deal with Jolie to see kids

(Reuters) – Brad Pitt will undergo drug and alcohol tests as part of a temporary agreement with his estranged wife Angelina Jolie that will allow him to see their six children, two people familiar with the agreement said on Friday.

Daniel Craig still first choice for Bond, says producer

LONDON, (Reuters) – The team behind the James Bond films wants Daniel Craig to return as 007, the spy series’ executive producer said on Friday, even after the British actor said he would rather slash his wrists than appear again.

French actress Cotillard denies role in Jolie, Pitt split

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – French actress Marion Cotillard on Wednesday denied any involvement in the sudden split between Hollywood power couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, wishing that the two will “find peace,” and confirming her pregnancy with her long-time partner.

Indian films portray stalking of women as “cool, romantic”, say campaigners

CHENNAI, India, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The portrayal of women chased and harassed by spurned lovers in south Indian films has made stalking a “cool, romantic thing to do” activists said yesterday, urging the film industry to stop glorifying a crime that has resulted in violent deaths.

‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Veep’ win Emmys again, newcomers also feted

LOS ANGELES,  (Reuters) – Fantasy drama series “Game of Thrones” and comedy “Veep” proved repeat winners for cable giant HBO at the Emmy awards on Sunday, but newcomers and actors of colour also made their mark in a ceremony where election-year politics played large.

Money, roadblocks and drama; Oliver Stone’s battles over ‘Snowden’

LOS ANGELES,  (Reuters) – From presidents to serial killers, Oscar-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone hasn’t shied away from exploring controversial figures, but he initially balked when asked to make a film about former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden.

Sex reassignment thriller causes waves at Toronto film festival

TORONTO, (Reuters) – The director and star of a film about a hitman who is put through gender reassignment surgery by a relative of one of his victims defended the project as it had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Wednesday.

McCartney, Starr reunite on blue carpet for Beatles documentary

LONDON,  (Reuters) – Former Beatles Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunited for a walk down memory lane on Thursday for the premiere of a documentary by Oscar winner Ron Howard about the Fab Four as they toured the world in the 1960s.

Jackie Chan to get lifetime achievement Oscar

LOS ANGELES,  (Reuters) – Martial arts expert and actor Jackie Chan will receive a lifetime achievement Oscar, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Thursday.

Chris Brown arrested for suspected assault at L.A. home

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – Pop star Chris Brown was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on Tuesday after a daylong standoff at his Los Angeles home that began with a dawn 911 call from a woman, police said.

Beyonce storms Video Music Awards, Rihanna gets lifetime award

NEW YORK, (Reuters) – Beyonce dominated the MTV Video Music awards on Sunday, prowling the stage with a 15 minute medley from her powerful “Lemonade” album and taking home eight statuettes, including the top prize – video of the year.