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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, 10:11 AM

PHOTOS: This Pakistani waiter looks just like Peter Dinklage

(Reuters) - As the north prepared for the battle of Winterfell, people in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi were surprised to see Tyrion Lannister serving flatbread at a local restaurant. Waiter Rozi Khan has taken social media in his homeland - where "Game of Thrones" has a strong following - by...

Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 10:59 AM

'Avengers: Endgame' on pace to crack $300 million in U.S. and Canada opening

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Marvel superhero spectacle "Avengers: Endgame" hauled in a record $60 million at U.S. and Canadian box offices on Thursday night, and distributor Walt Disney Co "cautiously" predicted an unprecedented $300 million weekend debut. That would smash the current opening-weekend...

Friday, April 26, 2019, 1:21 PM

VIDEO: Taylor Swift releases upbeat new single and video 'ME!'

(Reuters) - Grammy-winning singer Taylor Swift on Friday released a cheerful pop duet called "ME!" along with a colorful video filled with pastel-drenched images of butterflies, rainbows and a young couple in love. "ME!" features Brendon Urie, the lead singer of Panic! at the Disco, who at the...

Friday, April 26, 2019, 10:24 AM

Rami Malek to play Bond villain in franchise's 25th film next year

(Reuters) - Oscar winner Rami Malek will play the international villain who Daniel Craig's James Bond must battle in the British spy franchise's 25th film set for release next year, the producers announced on Thursday. Malek, 37, who drew critical acclaim for his portrayal of Queen front man...

Thursday, April 25, 2019, 4:56 PM

In summer movie season, superheroes and a king may set movie records for Disney

(Reuters) - The final chapter in a decade-long superhero saga and the remake of a big-screen classic could topple box-office records during a summer movie seasonexpected to be dominated by Walt Disney Co. "Avengers: Endgame" from Disney's Marvel Studios...

Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 3:01 PM

PHOTOS: Celebrities attend 'Avengers: Endgame' premiere in Los Angeles

(Reuters) - Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth and other members of the Avengers superhero team on Monday celebrated the final chapter in a 22-movie saga that ranks as the movie industry's highest-grossing franchise of all time. At a lavish premiere in Los Angeles, hundreds of industry VIPs, cast...

Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 1:44 PM

'Stranger Things 3' video game coming in July

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - "Stranger Things 3: The Game" is coming out on July 4, Nintendo announced Wednesday. The retro style game covers the events of season three of the popular Netflix original show. It's no coincidence, too, that the game is releasing on the same day the third season...

Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 3:36 PM

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, 2:11 PM

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, 10:15 AM

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, 4:58 PM

Royal household split: Prince Harry and Meghan go it alone

(Reuters) - Britain's Prince Harry and his pregnant wife Meghan are to set up their own household, breaking away from the joint operation they shared with the Harry's elder brother William and his wife Kate, Buckingham Palace announced. Harry and Meghan, known officially as the Duke and Duchess of...

Friday, March 15, 2019, 2:00 PM

'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, 2:58 PM

'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, 1:52 PM

Actor Jussie Smollett indicted on 16 counts by grand jury

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A grand jury in Chicago has returned a 16-count felony indictment against television actor Jussie Smollett, accusing him of falsely reporting to police that he was the victim of a hate-crime assault, according to court documents made public on Friday. Smollett, who is black and...

Friday, March 8, 2019, 7:21 PM

'Simpsons' producer pulls episode featuring Michael Jackson

(Reuters) - An old episode of "The Simpsons" featuring the voice of Michael Jackson is being pulled from all future broadcasts, the show's producer told a newspaper, following a documentary about alleged child abuse by the late pop star. "It feels clearly the only choice to make," James L. Brooks...

Friday, March 8, 2019, 9:00 AM

Singer R. Kelly's girlfriends say parents are lying for money

By Gabriella Borter (Reuters) - Two women who say they are in a relationship with R. Kelly defended the R&B singer, despite criminal allegations he sexually assaulted teenage girls, and in a tearful interview broadcast on Thursday accused their own parents of trying to extort money from the...

Thursday, March 7, 2019, 1:55 PM

WATCH: Singer R. Kelly denies sexual abuse charges in CBS interview

Grammy-winning R&B singer R. Kelly on Tuesday denied sexual abuse charges against him and broke into tears while saying he was fighting for his life, according to interview excerpts released by CBS television. Kelly, 52, pleaded not guilty in February to charges that he sexually assaulted...

Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 10:37 AM

Actor Luke Perry dead at age 52 after suffering stroke, publicist says

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor Luke Perry, who rose to superstardom on the teen-oriented 1990s U.S. television drama "Beverly Hills 90210" and then aged into a fatherly role on comic-based "Riverdale," died on Monday at the age of 52 after suffering a "massive" stroke last week, his publicist said...

Monday, March 4, 2019, 1:40 PM

Prodigy's Keith Flint, singer of "Firestarter", dies aged 49

LONDON (Reuters) - Keith Flint, the British musician who sang lead vocals for The Prodigy's hits such as "Firestarter" and "Breathe", has died aged 49, his bandmates said on Monday, saying the singer had taken his own life. Flint became one of the best known faces of 1990s British electronic music...

Monday, March 4, 2019, 9:23 AM