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Peter Mayhew, actor who played Chewbacca in 'Star Wars' movies, dies

(Reuters) - British-born actor Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca the Wookiee, the loyal, furry companion of space buccaneer Han Solo in five of the "Star Wars" movies, has died at age 74, his family said on Thursday. Mayhew, whose face was never seen in the "Star Wars" films - his entire body was...

Friday, May 3, 2019 - 10:17am

Rapper Kodak Black arrested in New York on drug, weapons charges

(Reuters) - Rapper Kodak Black was released from custody by the New York State Police on Thursday after being arrested on drug and gun charges while coming across the Canada-U.S. border near Niagara Falls, police said.  Black, 21, was stopped on Wednesday evening by U.S. Customs and Border...

Friday, April 19, 2019 - 8:31am

Jay-Z, Miley Cyrus, The Killers among Woodstock 50 lineup

LONDON, March 20 (Reuters) - Rapper Jay-Z, singer Miley Cyrus and rockers The Killers are among the stars booked to perform at an event marking the 50th anniversary in August of the Woodstock festival, one of popular music's most historic moments. Woodstock 50, which will be held Aug. 16-18 in...

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 2:15pm

Wendy Williams reveals she's been staying in a sober-living house

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Wendy Williams, during an emotional monolog on her talk show on Tuesday, revealed through tears that she has been staying at a sober-living house. "So you know me for being a very open and truthful person," she began the segment on "The Wendy Williams Show," fighting...

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 10:17am

CEO steps down as Warner Bros probes his role in helping actress

By Kenneth Li (Reuters) - Kevin Tsujihara has resigned as the head of Warner Bros as one of Hollywood's most powerful studios investigates a report that he improperly helped an actress obtain roles at the studio. He is the latest in a line of executives to lose their jobs in the media business...

Monday, March 18, 2019 - 4:58pm

'Empire' actor Smollett pleads not guilty to lying about Chicago attack

CHICAGO (Reuters) - "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett pleaded not guilty in a Chicago court on Thursday to new charges that he falsely reported to police that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic assault on a city street. Wearing a navy suit and dress coat, Smollett, 36, appeared serious and...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 2:58pm

'Style muse': Meghan's rise to a royal fashionista

By Marie-Louise Gumuchian LONDON (Reuters) - Her jackets and jeans, bangles and bags can instantly send tongues wagging and designers' sales soaring. Since being catapulted into the global spotlight as Prince Harry's girlfriend in 2016, Meghan's outfits have been scrutinized and copied, often...

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 1:52pm

Woody Allen sues Amazon Studios for quitting movie deal

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Woody Allen sued Amazon Studios on Thursday, saying he deserves at least $68 million in damages for its refusal to distribute his completed movie "A Rainy Day in New York" and its decision to abandon a four-picture production and distribution...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 1:45pm

Utah man sues Gwyneth Paltrow for alleged ski slope 'hit and run'

(Reuters) - A Utah man has sued Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow for $3.1 million, claiming she slammed into him on a ski slope in 2016, breaking four of his ribs and knocking him unconscious before skiing off. Terry Sanderson, 72, filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against Paltrow in Utah state...

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 3:11pm

R. Kelly's attorney denies abuse allegations in documentary

(Reuters) - An attorney for R. Kelly on Friday called a new documentary series about the R&B singer a "for-profit hit piece," and said the latest accusations of abuse by the Grammy-winning musician were a "complete fabrication." The six-hour documentary "Surviving R....

Saturday, January 12, 2019 - 5:29pm

Fast cars and rickety bridges as 'The Grand Tour' returns

LONDON (Reuters) - Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May return for a third season of their thrill-seeking motor show "The Grand Tour", with plenty of fast cars and stunning scenery they hope will take viewers' minds off the real world. The Amazon program follows the...

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - 1:21am

Britney Spears suspends shows after dad 'almost died'

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Britney Spears said on Friday she was pulling out of her upcoming Las Vegas concerts and other work commitments to be with her family after her father was taken ill. Spears, 37, said in an Instagram posting that her father Jamie was hospitalized late last year and "...

Friday, January 4, 2019 - 3:14pm

NY judge orders rapper Cardi B to stay away from victims in brawl

By Gina Cherelus NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York judge on Friday ordered rapper Cardi B to have no contact with two bartenders she allegedly attacked in a strip-club brawl but allowed her to remain free after she skipped a court appearance earlier in the week. Queens Criminal Court...

Friday, December 7, 2018 - 12:47pm

Citing racial bias, Jay-Z seeks to halt arbitration against Iconix

By Brendan Pierson NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jay-Z on Wednesday sued to halt his private arbitration with clothing company Iconix Brand Group Inc, saying the company's inability to find an African-American arbitrator to hear the trademark dispute was unfair. The multimillionaire rapper...

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 3:10pm

Muppets creator Jim Henson gets a permanent exhibit in New York

A new exhibit featuring the work of Muppets creator Jim Henson will go on permanent display in New York City on Saturday to celebrate the career of the American puppeteer who brought to life such characters as Miss Piggy and Big Bird. "The Jim Henson Exhibition," housed in a new gallery...

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 1:17pm

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