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Actor Morgan Freeman accused of inappropriate behavior, harassment

(Reuters) - At least eight women have accused actor Morgan Freeman of inappropriate behavior or harassment while working with them on film sets or at promotional events, CNN reported on Thursday. CNN said it spoke with 16 people as part of its investigation into the 80-year-old actor, some of whom...

Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 4:29pm

Weinstein Co selects Lantern Capital as winning bidder

By Jessica DiNapoli and Tom Hals (Reuters) - Private equity firm Lantern Capital is the winning bidder for substantially all the assets of the Weinstein Company, the TV and film studio that filed for bankruptcy after co-founder Harvey Weinstein was accused...

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 11:47pm

Kanye West sounds off on slavery, his opioid addiction and Trump

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rapper Kanye West on Tuesday described slavery as a choice, praised Donald Trump for doing "the impossible" by becoming U.S. president, and attributed his 2016 mental breakdown to opioid addiction. In the latest in a series of...

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 11:06pm

American actress Ashley Judd sues Harvey Weinstein for defamation, sexual harassment

By Jill Serjeant LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hollywood actress Ashley Judd on Monday filed a defamation and sexual harassment lawsuit against film producer Harvey Weinstein, alleging that he damaged her movie career after she refused his sexual...

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 4:38am

With fans aflutter, boy band 'NSync 'reunites' for Hollywood star

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Screaming fans greeted former boy band 'NSync on Monday just like it was the turn of the last...

Monday, April 30, 2018 - 9:31pm

Wanda opens doors to Chinese film metropolis but turns focus back home

By Pei Li and Joseph Campbell QINGDAO, China (Reuters) - Wang Jianlin, the billionaire boss of China's Dalian Wanda Group, said on Saturday he will turn the northern port city of Qingdao into a global film production hub as he launched a sprawling studio...

Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 1:45am

In #MeToo era, Cosby team's attacks on victims may have backfired

By Joseph Ax (Reuters) - Time and again during Bill Cosby's second trial, the comedian's lawyers launched blistering attacks on the six women who told a Pennsylvania jury that he had sexually abused them, questioning their motives and assailing their...

Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 8:38pm

New York Times' Weinstein investigation to be developed as film

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A behind-the-scenes dramatization on how the New York Times broke the story that accused powerful Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of a pattern of sexual misconduct will be developed as a feature film, one of its backers said on Wednesday...

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 11:42pm

Cosby jurors ask to hear repeat of star defense witness testimony

By David DeKok NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) - Jurors deliberating the fate of comedian Bill Cosby on Wednesday asked to hear once again the testimony of the star defense...

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 11:42pm

Cosby lawyers attack accusers' credibility, drawing prosecutor rebuke

By David DeKok NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) - Defense lawyers for comedian Bill Cosby on Tuesday attacked the credibility of women who testified against him at his sexual assault trial, drawing a stern rebuke from prosecutors who said...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 6:11pm

Prince heirs sue Illinois hospital, Walgreens pharmacy chain over singer's death

By Dan Whitcomb (Reuters) - Heirs of Prince have sued an Illinois hospital and pharmacy chain Walgreens, saying they could have prevented the singer's 2016 death if they had properly diagnosed and treated his overdose days earlier, a court document showed on...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 2:36am

Austin Powers movies' Mini-Me, Verne Troyer, dies

By Rich McKay (Reuters) - The diminutive actor who starred in the Austin Powers movies' as "Mini Me", Verne Troyer, died Saturday at a hospital in Los Angeles. He was 49...

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 11:47pm

'Avatar' director Cameron says he still hopes to film four sequels

By Lisa Richwine MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (Reuters) - "Avatar" director James Cameron said he still aims to make four sequels to the 2009 science-fiction blockbuster and is moving ahead with production while regulators review the proposed sale of 21st Century...

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 11:47pm

Natalie Portman says to skip Israeli ceremony due to Netanyahu speech

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman said she chose not to attend a ceremony in Israel to accept a million-dollar prize because she did not want to be seen as supporting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was scheduled to speak at the event...

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 3:47am

Cosby sex assault retrial to go to jury next week: judge

By David DeKok NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) - Prosecutors wrapped up their sexual assault case against comedian Bill Cosby on Thursday as experts offered conflicting testimony about the drugs he is accused of giving a then-friend before allegedly raping...

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 11:17pm

Cosby defense witness says accuser talked of framing a celebrity

By David DeKok NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) - Bill Cosby's star defense witness testified on Wednesday that the woman who has accused him of sexual assault once told her how easy it would be to fabricate an accusation of sexual assault against a...

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 8:56pm

Emboldened by #MeToo, 'mad as hell' women take spotlight at Cosby retrial

By David DeKok NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) - As Bill Cosby approached a Pennsylvania courthouse for the beginning of his retrial on charges of drugging and sexually assaulting a one-time friend, a bare-breasted protester ran toward him shouting: "Women's...

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 6:32pm

Saudi cinema launch ends decades-old ban, public screenings start Friday

By Stephen Kalin RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia launched its first commercial movie theater on Wednesday, ending a nearly 40-year ban on cinemas under a push by the crown prince to modernize the deeply conservative Muslim kingdom...

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 6:32pm

Pink leads People's beautiful issue, Meghan Markle on the list

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pop star Pink graced the cover of People magazine's annual beautiful people issue on Wednesday, chosen for what the celebrity publication called "a role model who embodies honesty and confidence...

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 6:01pm

Minnesota prosecutor to announce if charges will be filed in singer Prince's death

By Eric Kelsey (Reuters) - A Minnesota prosecutor will announce on Thursday whether anyone will be criminally charged in the death of pop star Prince, who died two years ago from an opioid overdose. Carver County Attorney Mark Metz will...

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 5:48pm