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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, 11:22 PM

'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, 11:07 PM

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, 2:07 AM

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, 11:04 PM

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, 8:56 PM

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, 6:01 PM

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, 5:48 PM

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, 5:48 PM

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, 5:48 PM

'Desperate Housewives' actress Eva Longoria gets Hollywood star

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - There were laughs and tears on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday as actress Eva Longoria was honored with a star. Friends and family were on hand to fete the 43-...

Monday, April 16, 2018, 11:05 PM

Baby girl True joins the Kardashian clan

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Khloe Kardashian on Monday officially announced the arrival of her first child, and said the baby girl would be called True. "Our little girl, True Thompson, has completely stolen our hearts and we are overwhelmed with LOVE. Such a...

Monday, April 16, 2018, 7:55 PM

Broadway's 'To Kill a Mockingbird' may be scrapped in legal flap

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The producers of a Broadway adaptation of Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" on Monday sued the author's estate saying the premiere cannot go ahead as scheduled and the production may have to be scrapped entirely unless a legal dispute is settled...

Monday, April 16, 2018, 7:55 PM

Cosby lawyer to sex assault accuser: 'Did you fabricate a scheme?'

By David DeKok NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) - Bill Cosby's defense team on Monday sought to undercut the credibility of a woman accusing the comedian of sexual assault by pressing her about accusations...

Monday, April 16, 2018, 7:55 PM

Kendrick Lamar becomes first rapper to win Pulitzer

By Jill Serjeant LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California rapper Kendrick Lamar on Monday became the first rapper to win the Pulitzer Prize for music, one of the most prestigious arts awards in the United States. Lamar, 30, won the Pulitzer...

Monday, April 16, 2018, 7:55 PM

Netflix programming binge pays off with subscriber surge

By Lisa Richwine and Laharee Chatterjee (Reuters) - Netflix Inc's blitz of original programs attracted a surprisingly high 7.4 million new customers from January to March, reassuring investors who are betting the video-streaming pioneer's massive spending...

Monday, April 16, 2018, 7:55 PM

Feted Italian film director Vittorio Taviani dies

ROME (Reuters) - Celebrated Italian director Vittorio Taviani, who made more than 20 films alongside his brother Paolo, has died aged 88, his family said on Sunday. The pair worked together for more than half a century producing some of the most famous films...

Sunday, April 15, 2018, 10:10 AM

Hearing loss causes Huey Lewis to call off 2018 concerts

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rock group Huey Lewis and the News have called off performing this year after singer Huey Lewis on Friday said he has lost most of his hearing and cannot "hear music well enough to sing." The group, which was one of the biggest acts...

Friday, April 13, 2018, 7:26 PM

'I was scared,' Cosby accuser says of alleged assault aftermath

(Please note graphic language in paragraph five) By David DeKok NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) - The woman whose accusation brought Bill Cosby to trial in Pennsylvania on sex-assault charges testified on...

Friday, April 13, 2018, 4:24 PM

Spike Lee and Godard go to Cannes, but Netflix cans Orson Welles

By Johnny Cotton PARIS (Reuters) - Spike Lee and Jean-Luc Godard will compete for the Palme d'Or at Cannes next month, but a posthumous movie by Orson Welles...

Thursday, April 12, 2018, 9:23 PM

'You know what you did,' witness tells Cosby at sexual assault trial

By David DeKok NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) - The judge in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial on Wednesday refused a defense request that he declare a mistrial after one of the accusers called as a prosecution witness blurted out, "You know...

Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 9:03 PM