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Singer Neil Young's model trains fetch nearly $300,000 at auction

(Reuters) - Singer-songwriter Neil Young's extensive collection of model trains have fetched nearly $300,000 at auction, along with classic cars and musical equipment owned by the 72-year-old folk-rock icon. Young, a model train enthusiast for...

Sunday, December 10, 2017, 1:08 PM

Box Office: 'Coco' wins as 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' waits in the wings

By Dave McNary LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - With anticipation building for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," Disney-Pixar's animated comedy "Coco" handily won its third straight crown at a moderate North American box office with $18.3 million at 3,748 sites...

Sunday, December 10, 2017, 1:08 PM

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' premieres with tribute to late Carrie Fisher

By Piya Sinha-Roy Los Angeles (Reuters) - The galaxy far, far away was brought to life in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday for the world premiere of “Star Wars:...

Sunday, December 10, 2017, 5:51 AM

Thousands mourn rock idol Hallyday at Paris memorial

PARIS (Reuters) - Thousands of people lined the streets of Paris on Saturday as a convoy of 700 Harley Davidson motorcycles escorted the white coffin of late French...

Saturday, December 9, 2017, 8:19 AM

Comedian John Oliver confronts Dustin Hoffman about sexual harassment claim

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Comedian John Oliver confronted Oscar-winning actor Dustin Hoffman on stage about a sexual harassment accusation, offering an audience in New York on Monday a rare glimpse of a powerful man facing live questions about such an allegation...

Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 10:39 PM

French singer Johnny Hallyday dies at 74 after battle with cancer: French presidency

By Brian Love PARIS (Reuters) - Johnny Hallyday, a singer known as the "French Elvis" whose cowboy swagger and gravelly voice helped popularize rock 'n roll in his country, has died at 74 after a battle with cancer, the office of the French president said on...

Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 10:39 PM

Met Opera suspends conductor after sexual misconduct allegations

New York's Metropolitan Opera on Sunday suspended its relationship with former long-time music director, the acclaimed conductor James Levine, as it investigates several allegations of sexual misconduct. The opera said in a statement that it decided to act following "multiple allegations...

Monday, December 4, 2017, 10:11 AM

Without Trump, Kennedy Center celebrates Lionel Richie and Gloria Estefan

By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With the notable absence of President Donald Trump, the Kennedy Center on Sunday celebrated singers Lionel Richie and Gloria Estefan, rapper LL Cool J, television producer Norman Lear and...

Monday, December 4, 2017, 1:46 AM

'Prairie Home Companion' renamed after Garrison Keillor's firing

NEW YORK (Reuters) - "A Prairie Home Companion," the U.S. radio variety show that Garrison Keillor presented for decades until his retirement last year, has been renamed "Town Hall," days after the raconteur was accused of sexual misconduct. Chris Thile,...

Sunday, December 3, 2017, 2:38 PM

Box Office: 'Coco' repeats as box office winner with $26.1 million

By Dave McNary LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Disney-Pixar's animated comedy "Coco" easily repeated as the winner of the North American box office with a solid $26.1 million at 3,987 locations during a moderate weekend. The third weekend of...

Sunday, December 3, 2017, 1:59 PM

Leia leads resistance in Carrie Fisher's final 'Star Wars' film

By By Rollo Ross and Lisa Richwine LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Carrie Fisher's final performance as the beloved Leia in "Star Wars" puts the character on the front lines in a dark...

Sunday, December 3, 2017, 3:40 AM

Marvel's biggest cast assemble for 'Avengers: Infinity War'

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The evil villain Thanos is preparing to take over the universe and Marvel has recruited all of its cinematic superheroes, from Iron Man and Thor to Doctor Strange and Spider-Man, to save the galaxy in Wednesday's new trailer for "Avengers: Infinity War...

Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 10:35 PM

Hugh Jackman on 'Logan': 'It's time to leave the party'

By Rollo Ross LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "I know Aussies are not known for leaving the party at the right time but (after) 17 years, it's time to leave the party," Hugh Jackman quipped as he discussed his last time playing X-Men superhero...

Saturday, November 25, 2017, 7:11 PM

David Cassidy, teen heartthrob of 'The Partridge Family,' dies at 67

By Daniel Trotta and Alex Dobuzinskis (Reuters) - David Cassidy, a singer and actor whose androgynous features and jaunty voice made him a 1970s teen heartthrob on the "The Partridge Family" television show, died on Tuesday at age 67, his publicist said...

Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 6:33 AM

Mel Tillis, country music star known as 'Stutterin' Boy,' dead at 85

(Reuters) - Mel Tillis, who embraced his own speech impediment to become one of Nashville's most celebrated singer-songwriters during a six-decade career in country music, has died at age 85, his publicist said on Sunday. Tillis died early Sunday morning in...

Sunday, November 19, 2017, 2:56 PM

Rock legends salute Malcolm Young on AC/DC founder's death

By Alana Schetzer MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Tributes poured in on Sunday for Malcolm Young, co-founder of the Australian rock band AC/DC, a day after he died at the age 64 after suffering from dementia for several years. Malcolm Young and his...

Saturday, November 18, 2017, 8:15 PM

Woman accuses Senator Al Franken of unwanted groping, kiss

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A radio broadcaster accused U.S. Senator Al Franken on Thursday of touching her breasts while she slept and forcing a kiss on her in 2006 when he was still a comedian and the two were preparing to perform before U.S. troops in the Middle...

Friday, November 17, 2017, 1:28 AM

Longtime New York gossip columnist Liz Smith dead at 94

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York gossip columnist Liz Smith, who covered the breakup of U.S. President Donald Trump's first marriage and helped lead the media's charge into celebrity news, died on Sunday at her Manhattan home, the New York Times and other media reported. She...

Monday, November 13, 2017, 12:18 AM

Shawn Mendes, Eminem and U2 among winners at MTV Europe Music Awards

By Mark Hanrahan LONDON (Reuters) - Canadian pop singer Shawn Mendes led the pack at the MTV Europe Music awards on Sunday night, taking home "Best Song," "Best Artist," and "Biggest Fans"...

Sunday, November 12, 2017, 8:00 PM

Box Office: 'Thor: Ragnarok' thunders to $56.6 million second weekend

By Dave McNary LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Showing plenty of staying power, Disney-Marvel's "Thor: Ragnarok" is dominating the North American box office with $56.6 million at 4,...

Sunday, November 12, 2017, 8:00 PM