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U.S. fashion icon, socialite Gloria Vanderbilt dead at 95

(Reuters) - Gloria Vanderbilt, the "poor little rich girl" who lived a life at the highest levels of fashion, society and wealth as an heir to one of the greatest family fortunes in U.S. history, died on Monday at the age of 95, her son CNN correspondent Anderson Cooper said. Vanderbilt became a...

Monday, June 17, 2019 - 11:14am

Cuba Gooding Jr. charged in Manhattan groping incident, police say

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. was charged on Thursday with groping a woman at a Manhattan bar last weekend, New York City police said. The "Jerry Maguire" actor faces one misdemeanor account of forcible touching in an incident on Sunday when an unidentified woman said Gooding touched...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 5:12pm

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

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 - 10:53am

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

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 - 9:35pm

'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 - 9:00am

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 - 1:57pm

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 - 1:40pm

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 - 9:23am

Actress Katherine Helmond of TV's 'Soap,' 'Who's the Boss?' dies at 89

By Will Dunham (Reuters) - Actress Katherine Helmond, a seven-time Emmy Award nominee who played lusty matriarchs on the hit television sitcoms "Soap" and "Who's the Boss" from the 1970s into the 1990s, died on Feb. 23. She was 89, her talent agency said on Friday. Helmond, who also delivered a...

Friday, March 1, 2019 - 3:19pm

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

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