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'Rogue One' has keys to enter 'Star Wars' franchise, says director

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 10:01am
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - You don't have to be a "Star Wars" superfan to see the first spin-off movie "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," says director Gareth Edwards, but he's hoping the film will light a passion for the franchise in any newcomers.

First trailer of 'The Mummy' unwrapped

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 9:00am
(Reuters) - Fans were given a first look at the rebooted adventure thriller "The Mummy", with the release of the film's action-packed, stunt-filled trailer.

DirecTV Now streaming television exceeding expectations: AT&T CEO

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 8:44am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - AT&T Inc's new streaming television service DirectTV Now has so far exceeded expectations, AT&T's CEO Randall Stephenson told investors on Tuesday.

Beyonce leads Grammys with nine nominations; eight nods for Rihanna, Drake, Kanye

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 8:41am
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Beyonce became the most-nominated female artist in Grammy award history on Tuesday as she received a leading nine nods this year, followed closely by Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West with eight nominations each.

Dubai's IMG plans another record indoor theme park

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 7:27am
DUBAI (Reuters) - Dubai's IMG Worlds plans to build the world's largest indoor theme park, based on children's TV and gaming characters, only months after another of its new resorts claimed the record for size.

Matt Damon defends role in 'Great Wall' against charge of 'whitewashing'

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 7:23am
BEIJING (Reuters) - Hollywood actor Matt Damon on Tuesday defended his starring role in upcoming Hollywood film "The Great Wall", saying that accusations of "whitewashing", or the use Caucasian stars over actors of other ethnicities, were unfounded.

Polish top court upholds verdict that Polanski cannot be extradited

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 4:32am
WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's supreme court upheld on Tuesday an earlier district court verdict that Oscar-winning filmmaker Roman Polanski cannot be extradited to the United States over a 1977 child sex conviction.

Space oddity as Dr David Bowie treats 'starman' Buzz Aldrin in NZ hospital

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 9:12pm
WELLINGTON (Reuters) - In what can only be described as a space oddity, former astronaut Buzz Aldrin is being cared for in a New Zealand hospital by Dr David Bowie after being evacuated from the South Pole.

Cosby's testimony can be used against him at criminal trial: judge

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 4:38pm
(Reuters) - Comedian Bill Cosby has lost a bid to keep Pennsylvania prosecutors from using his own words against him at his criminal sexual assault trial, currently scheduled to begin no later than June.

U.S. comedian Jimmy Kimmel to host 2017 Oscars: Hollywood trade publications

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 11:42am
(Reuters) - U.S. comedian and talk show host Jimmy Kimmel is to host the 2017 Oscars ceremony, Hollywood trade publications Variety and The Hollywood Reporter said on Monday.

Animation honor for Russian marine who died protecting aid site

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 9:53am
MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian marine who was killed while stopping a suicide bomber from attacking an aid distribution site in Syria has been memorialized with an animation film.

'American Honey' and 'I, Daniel Blake' triumph in UK film awards

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 6:03am
LONDON (Reuters) - "American Honey", "Under the Shadow" and "I, Daniel Blake" were among the winners at the British Independent Film Awards in London on Sunday, scooping some of the top prizes at the ceremony.

Patti Smith and a speech by proxy to fill Dylan void at Nobels

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 5:02am
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Nobel literature laureate Bob Dylan will provide a speech and fellow American singer-songwriter Patti Smith will perform one of his best-known songs in his absence during Stockholm's prize celebrations, the awards body said on Monday.

James Taylor, Al Pacino and Mavis Staples feted at Kennedy Center Honors

Sun, 12/04/2016 - 11:13pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Washington celebrated singer-songwriter James Taylor, actor Al Pacino, and gospel vocalist Mavis Staples at the annual Kennedy Center Honors on Sunday in a night of music punctuated by the approaching end of President Barack Obama's time in office.

'Moana' Tops Slow Post-Thanksgiving Weekend With $28.4 Million

Sun, 12/04/2016 - 12:09pm
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - "Moana" sailed to the top of the domestic box office for the second consecutive weekend. The Disney animated adventure picked up $28.4 million to push its stateside haul to $119.9 million.

'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' plans 2018 Broadway debut

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 6:39pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - After a hit debut on London's West End this summer, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" is in talks to move to New York's Broadway in 2018, producers said on Friday.

'Big Short' adviser loses appeal in SEC case

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 2:22pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - An investment adviser featured in best-seller "The Big Short" failed to persuade a federal appeals court to shut down a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission fraud case on the ground that the agency sued him in the wrong forum.

Matt Goss says 2017 Bros reunion gigs will wow fans

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 11:21am
LONDON (Reuters) - Singer-songwriter Matt Goss says he and his twin brother Luke will make sure their Bros reunion tour wows fans of the British 1980s pop band when they come to Britain next August.



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