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Bright lights, big city: Light art festival takes to London's streets

LONDON (Reuters) - London's dark winter nights will shine a little brighter starting Thursday, as a nighttime art exhibition featuring a range of publicly displayed works that use light as a medium gets underway.

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Darabont files new lawsuit against AMC Networks over 'The Walking Dead'

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Frank Darabont, a key creator behind "The Walking Dead," on Thursday filed a second lawsuit against AMC Networks Inc, claiming to have been deprived of tens of millions of dollars of additional profit from the hit cable TV series.

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Prosecutors want testimony of 19 other accusers for Cosby retrial

(Reuters) - Pennsylvania prosecutors on Thursday asked the judge who will preside over the second sexual assault trial of actor Bill Cosby to allow the testimony of 19 other accusers, including 12 women who were not allowed testify in the entertainer's first trial.

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Growing pains for #MeToo as Ansari tale sparks backlash talk

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Less than four months after the #MeToo movement inspired a national conversation about sexual misconduct and led to the downfall of dozens of powerful American men, a backlash seems to be underway.

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Spotify launches visual content in multimedia push ahead of IPO

(Reuters) - Music streaming company Spotify launched a feature that will allow listeners to see stories, news and other content through photos, videos and text, the company said on Thursday, expanding beyond music ahead of taking itself public.

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The Eagles settle lawsuit against Hotel California

(Reuters) - There can evidently be only one Hotel California.

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Brigitte Bardot: actresses complain about harassment to get attention

PARIS (Reuters) - French activist and former actress Brigitte Bardot said many actresses sexually provoke film producers to win roles and then complain about harassment to get attention.

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'He was my hero'; Dylan Farrow details accusation against Woody Allen

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Woody Allen's adopted daughter gave a tearful television interview on Thursday, giving details of an alleged molestation by the filmmaker more than 25 years ago.

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Red-dragon flags greet Prince Harry and fiancée Meghan Markle in Wales

CARDIFF (Reuters) - Britain's Prince Harry and his American fiancée Meghan Markle visited Wales on Thursday on their third official joint appearance since announcing their engagement last November.

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Exclusive: Amazon Studios to cut back on indie films in programming shift: sources

SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc , which has made waves in recent years buying art-house movies at the Sundance Film Festival, is heading to the prestigious event this week with a long-term change in the works: It plans to shift resources from independent films to more commercial projects, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

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Exclusive: Amazon Studios to cut back on indie films in programing shift: sources

SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc, which has made waves in recent years buying art-house movies at the Sundance Film Festival, is heading to the prestigious event this week with a long-term change in the works: It plans to shift resources from independent films to more commercial projects, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

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Scathing Trump book 'Fire and Fury' heads to television

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Michael Wolff's explosive behind-the-scenes book about U.S. President Donald Trump, "Fire and Fury," is headed for television, Hollywood trade publications reported on Wednesday.

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'Jersey Shore' star Sorrentino to plead guilty in tax case

(Reuters) - Former reality TV celebrity Michael "The Situation" Sorrentino is expected to plead guilty in a tax evasion case where U.S. prosecutors accused him and his brother of hiding millions of dollars he made while starring in the MTV series "Jersey Shore."

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Lebanon allows Spielberg film 'The Post' after censorship threat

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon will let cinemas show Stephen Spielberg's latest film "The Post" after the interior minister ruled on Wednesday against a request to ban it over the director's links to Israel.

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Sundance Film Festival: 5 Movies to Watch

The festival starts Thursday. Here’s a look at five films we’re excited about.

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French saxophone maker Selmer sells stake to face up to Chinese pressure

MANTES-LA-VILLE, France (Reuters) - Its saxophones are played by the most famous jazzmen around the world and have even been sent into space, but growing competition from China pushed the French family company Henri Selmer Paris to sell a majority stake to an investment fund.

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Hong Kong star Eric Tsang denies sexual assault allegations

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong celebrity Eric Tsang denied allegations of sexual misconduct on Wednesday and said he was taking legal action against one of his two accusers.

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Alec Baldwin defends film maker Woody Allen as Hollywood backs away

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor Alec Baldwin on Tuesday expressed support for film maker Woody Allen as a growing number of entertainment industry stars seek to distance themselves from the "Annie Hall" director as part of the Time's Up campaign against sexual misconduct.

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Actor Alec Baldwin defends film maker Woody Allen as Hollywood backs away

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor Alec Baldwin on Tuesday expressed support for film maker Woody Allen as a growing number of entertainment industry stars seek to distance themselves from the "Annie Hall" director as part of the Time's Up campaign against sexual misconduct.

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'The Fakeys': Comedians turn tables on Trump's 'fake news' awards

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Comedian Samantha Bee is campaigning for "Shrillest Reporting," late-night talk show host Stephen Colbert put up a billboard in New York's Times Square in a bid to win votes, and rival Jimmy Kimmel calls them "The Stupid People's Choice Awards."

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Kim Kardashian announces birth of third child, this one by surrogate

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Kim Kardashian and husband Kanye West announced their third child on Tuesday, a girl born to a surrogate.

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Widow of Eagles guitarist Frey sues NYC hospital for wrongful death

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The widow of Glenn Frey on Tuesday filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan over its treatment of the former co-lead singer and guitarist for The Eagles before he died in January 2016 at age 67.

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Death of Cranberries star O'Riordan not suspicious - police

DUBLIN (Reuters) - The death in London of Cranberries lead singer Dolores O'Riordan is not being treated as suspicious, police said on Tuesday, as tributes flowed in for one of Ireland's most successful artists.

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Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan dies suddenly at 46

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Dolores O'Riordan, the lead singer of Irish rock group The Cranberries, died suddenly on Monday at the age of 46 during a recording trip to London, her publicist said. The cause of death was unclear.

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Cranberries lead singer Dolores O'Riordan dies suddenly at 46

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Dolores O'Riordan, the lead singer of rock group The Cranberries, died suddenly on Monday at the age of 46 during a trip to London for a recording session, her publicist said.

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Cranberries lead singer Dolores O'Riordan dies suddenly at 46: RTE TV

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Dolores O'Riordan, the lead singer of rock group The Cranberries, has died suddenly in London at the age of 46, Irish state broadcaster RTE reported on Monday.

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France's Deneuve apologizes to sex assault victims, stands by letter

PARIS (Reuters) - Actress Catherine Deneuve apologized to victims of sexual assault who were offended by a column denouncing "puritanism" she signed following the Harvey Weinstein scandal, but maintained her reservations about the #MeToo campaign.

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Color returns to Hollywood's red carpets but Time's Up still strong

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - After making a strong statement in black dresses at the Golden Globes to protest sexual harassment, actresses brought a burst of color back to the red carpet last week but said the message of the Time's Up campaign will continue throughout Hollywood's awards season.

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Box Office: 'Jumanji' dominates MLK weekend, 'The Post' leads newcomers

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Sony's "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" is dominating the North American box office to easily win the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. weekend with about $33.4 million at 3,849 sites, estimates showed Sunday.

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Male models say top fashion photographers harassed them: New York Times

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Male models and assistants who worked with high-powered fashion photographers Bruce Weber and Mario Testino say they were subjected by them to molestation, sexual advances and unnecessary nudity, The New York Times reported on Saturday.

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Redmayne calls for Hollywood change on gender equality

LONDON (Reuters) - Oscar-winning actor Eddie Redmayne said on Sunday that Hollywood's campaign for gender equality had been "a long time coming" and that a "huge amount of change" was still needed.

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Ed Sheeran and Dua Lipa dominate Brit Award nominations

LONDON (Reuters) - Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa, Liam Payne and Stormzy are among the nominees for this year's Brit Awards, Britain's most prestigious pop music prizes.

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Brigitte biography says young Macron wrote steamy book about their romance

PARIS (Reuters) - A new biography of French first lady Brigitte Macron says her husband penned a racy novel inspired by their early romance, when he was still a teenager and she his married drama teacher.

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DiCaprio to star in Charles Manson-era Tarantino movie

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Leonardo DiCaprio will star in a movie set around the Charles Manson murders, Hollywood entertainment publications reported on Friday, but he will not play the role of the American cult leader.

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Captive orca Lolita can stay at Miami aquarium: U.S. appeals court

(Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Friday rejected efforts by animal rights advocates to force the Miami Seaquarium in Florida to release Lolita, a killer whale it has held in captivity for nearly half a century.

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Japanese pop group chants cryptocurrency choruses

TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese pop group hopped on the bitcoin bandwagon on Friday, dedicating themselves to singing and dancing about the cryptocurrencies that have taken the world by storm, and especially their homeland.

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Director Guild embraces women, minorities in awards nominations

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hollywood directors nominated a woman and two people of color for their 2018 movie awards on Thursday in a line-up that favored newcomers over veterans like Steven Spielberg.

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Motorhead's 'Fast Eddie' Clarke dies at 67

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Guitarist Eddie Clarke, the last surviving member of British metal band Motorhead's line-up during its heyday, has died at the age of 67, the band's official Facebook page said on Thursday.

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Italy's Berlusconi hails Deneuve's 'blessed words' on harassment

ROME (Reuters) - Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi hailed French actress Catherine Deneuve on Thursday for defending men accused of sexual harassment in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

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Fans shake, rattle and roll at Australia's Elvis festival

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Hundreds of hip-shaking and wig-wearing Elvis Presley lookalikes and fans of the late King of Rock and Roll took trains from Sydney bound for Australia's annual Elvis festival on Thursday.

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'Sell Drugsz' rapper sentenced for narcotics trafficking in Rhode Island

BOSTON (Reuters) - A Rhode Island rapper whose songs include "Sell Drugsz" and "Feds Watching" has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for trafficking heroin and fentanyl, federal prosecutors said on Wednesday.

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Donatella Versace says won't be watching U.S. TV series on brother's murder

MILAN (Reuters) - When a long-awaited U.S. television series about the murder of Gianni Versace hits the small screen in a week's time, one key character will not be watching - the fashion designer's sister Donatella.

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Actor Michael Douglas makes pre-emptive move to deny sexual misconduct

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Oscar winning actor Michael Douglas has issued a pre-emptive denial of a sexual misconduct accusation, saying he wanted to get ahead of a potential story being investigated by Hollywood publications.

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Spiders and fleas pack Albert Hall as Cirque du Soleil's Ovo hits London

LONDON (Reuters) - London's Royal Albert Hall was crawling with spiders, crickets, ants and fleas on Wednesday as Cirque du Soleil brought its insect-themed show Ovo to the famous venue for the first time.

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Actor Franco says sex accusations 'not accurate' but will fix any wrongs

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Golden Globe winner James Franco said accusations of sexual misconduct made against him on Twitter this week were "not accurate" but said in a television interview that "if I’ve done something wrong, I will fix it."

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French feminists liken Deneuve and fellow #Metoo critics to 'tiresome uncle'

PARIS (Reuters) - Catherine Deneuve and other critics of the #Metoo movement against sexual harassment sound like "the tiresome uncle at the family dinner", leading French feminists said on Wednesday.

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Jimmy Iovine says not leaving Apple: Variety

(Reuters) - Music mogul Jimmy Iovine is committed to staying at Apple Inc's music streaming service, according to a report by Variety on Tuesday.

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Versace TV murder series treats family with kindness, producer says

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The producer of an upcoming American TV series about the murder of designer Gianni Versace has defended the show from criticism, saying the family is treated "with respect and kindness."

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Los Angeles prosecutor drops artist's sex accusation against Polanski

(Reuters) - Prosecutors in Los Angeles said on Tuesday they declined to pursue criminal charges against film director Roman Polanski after a woman said last fall that he molested her 43 years ago when she was 10 years old.

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Trump says he would beat Oprah Winfrey in White House race

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he could beat Oprah Winfrey in a presidential race, while one of Winfrey's closest friends said the media mogul and actress was "intrigued" by the possibility of running but was not considering it now.

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UK's Harry and fiancee Meghan get wedding music tips on radio station visit

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Prince Harry and his U.S. fiancee Meghan Markle were given some street-level tips for their wedding music as they visited a pioneering radio station in south London on Tuesday.

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TV newsman John Dickerson to replace Charlie Rose on 'CBS This Morning'

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - CBS named television journalist John Dickerson on Tuesday to replace fired co-host Charlie Rose on the network's "CBS This Morning" news show.

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Trump says he could beat Oprah Winfrey in a presidential race

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he could beat media mogul Oprah Winfrey in a presidential contest but said he did not think the actress and talk show host would run.

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France's Deneuve denounces #Metoo campaign for 'puritanism'

PARIS (Reuters) - Actress Catherine Deneuve and 99 other French women on Tuesday denounced a backlash against men following the Harvey Weinstein scandal, saying the #Metoo campaign against sexual harassment amounted to "puritanism" and was fueled by a "hatred of men."

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Oprah Winfrey 'intrigued' by U.S. presidential run: friend Gayle King

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Media magnate Oprah Winfrey is "intrigued" by the possibility of running for the U.S. presidency in 2020 but is not considering it now, a close friend said on Tuesday after Winfrey's speech at a Hollywood awards show thrust her name into the political arena.

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'The Shape of Water' leads nominations for Britain's BAFTA awards

LONDON (Reuters) - Guillermo del Toro's fantasy "The Shape of Water" leads the field for next month’s British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards after securing 12 nominations on Tuesday.

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Gwyneth Paltrow to give marriage a second shot

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actress Gwyneth Paltrow on Monday announced her engagement to U.S. television producer Brad Falchuk, saying she had decided to give marriage a second shot after accepting "the soul-stretching, pattern-breaking opportunities" of intimacy.

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Trump would welcome challenge from Oprah Winfrey for president

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump would gladly face Oprah Winfrey as an opponent in the 2020 presidential race, a White House spokesman said on Monday after social media buzz from her speech at an awards show thrust her name into the political arena.

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Pink to sing national anthem at Super Bowl LII

(Reuters) - Pink will get the Super Bowl party started by singing the national anthem before the championship game in Minneapolis on Feb. 4, the NFL said on Monday.

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Golden Globes U.S. TV audience down 5 percent despite Oprah, Time's Up

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The U.S. television audience for the 2018 Golden Globes ceremony dropped about 5 percent to 19 million viewers, broadcaster NBC said on Monday, despite the show's high profile following sexual misconduct scandals that have rocked Hollywood.

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Versace family disowns 'fiction' of U.S. TV series on designer's death

MILAN (Reuters) - The family of Italian designer Gianni Versace has distanced itself from a long-awaited U.S. television series about his violent death.

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Oprah for president? Winfrey fans urge White House run after #MeToo speech

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Oprah Winfrey fans lit up Twitter on Monday with calls for her to run for U.S. president after the entertainment star gave an inspiring "new day" speech at an awards show in support of those who have exposed sexual misconduct in Hollywood and beyond.

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Paid less than male peers, BBC China editor quits and speaks out

LONDON (Reuters) - The BBC's China Editor Carrie Gracie has quit her post in Beijing to fight for her right to pay equality with male peers, posting an attack on what she called the "secretive and illegal BBC pay culture".

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Thai king orders history-themed festival paying homage to past monarchs

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn has ordered a history-themed festival for the public, a government spokesman said on Monday, as the Southeast Asian nation emerges from a year of mourning for his revered father.

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'Three Billboards' wins big as Golden Globes power through sex scandal

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Dark drama "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" was the big winner with four Golden Globes awards on Sunday on a night marked by scathing jokes about sexual harassment and passionate odes to those breaking their silence.

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'Three Billboards,' 'Lady Bird' win top Golden Globes

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Dark drama "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" and mother-daughter comedy "Lady Bird" were the top winners at the Golden Globe awards on Sunday on a night marked by barbed comments about sexual harassment in Hollywood and passionate odes to those breaking their silence on the issue.

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Black gowns, sex scandal jokes mark Golden Globe awards show

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Golden Globe host Seth Meyers on Sunday tackled head-on the sexual misconduct scandal that has roiled Hollywood, pulling no punches with a series of barbed jokes about powerful men and the women who are standing up to them.

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BBC editor quits China post over pay discrimination

BEIJING (Reuters) - Carrie Gracie, the China editor for Britain's public broadcaster the BBC, has resigned from her post in Beijing due to pay disparities with her male colleagues, according to an open letter she wrote.

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Seth Meyers rips into Hollywood sex scandal at Golden Globes

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Golden Globe host Seth Meyers kicked off Hollywood's first major awards show of 2018 with a series of barbed jokes about the sexual misconduct scandal that has roiled the entertainment industry, and the emergence of women as a powerful force in show business.

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Stars say 'Time's Up' wearing black on the Golden Globes red carpet

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - From flowing gowns to tailored tuxedos, Hollywood's film and television stars dressed in their finest black on the Golden Globes red carpet on Sunday in solidarity with the Time's Up campaign to fight sexual harassment in the workplace.

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Golden Globes a sea of black as Hollywood marks sex scandal

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Golden Globes kicked off Hollywood's countdown to the Oscars on Sunday with the normally colorful red carpet transformed into a sea of black gowns as stars showed solidarity with victims of sexual harassment after a scandal that has roiled show business.

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Box Office: 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' roars past 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi,' 'Insidious 4'

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Sony's "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" handily won the first box office weekend of 2018 over the launch of "Insidious: The Last Key" and "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" with $36 million at 3,801 North American locations.

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Diane Kruger discusses her challenging 'In The Fade' role

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - German-born actress Diane Kruger's latest role as a woman whose husband and son are killed in an attack in the German movie "In the Fade" left her "physically exhausted" and taking a step back from acting.

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Director Paul Haggis denies sexual misconduct accusations

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Oscar-winning director Paul Haggis on Friday denied accusations of sexual misconduct made by four women, including two who accused him of rape.

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Letterman lands Obama as first guest on new Netflix show

(Reuters) - Veteran former U.S. talk show host David Letterman will return to television on Jan. 12 in a new Netflix show where his first guest will be former U.S. President Barack Obama, Netflix Inc said on Friday.

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Big designers step off London men's catwalk amid digital disruption

LONDON (Reuters) - Models will strut their stuff on catwalks when London's menswear fashion week gets under way on Saturday, but absent will be some big industry names who have chosen to skip the event, or make digital presentations in place of runway shows.

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Jimmy Iovine to leave Apple Music in August: Billboard

(Reuters) - Music mogul Jimmy Iovine is said to leave Apple Inc's music streaming service in August, the Billboard magazine reported on Thursday, citing sources.

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Fox TV producers offered assurances ahead of Disney merger

PASADENA, Calif. (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co executives have voiced support for the Fox television studio's adult-oriented programming and development is continuing as usual while a proposed merger undergoes regulatory review, Fox executives and producers said Thursday.

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Spotify reaches 70 million subscribers

(Reuters) - Music streaming service Spotify, which filed confidentially with U.S. regulators for an initial public offering on Wednesday, has 70 million subscribers, it said in a tweet on Thursday.

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'Game of Thrones' last season set for 2019

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Game of Thrones" fans will have to wait until 2019 for the planned final season of the award-winning medieval fantasy series, a gap of more than a year since the end of season seven.

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Hip hop and R&B surpass rock as biggest U.S. music genre

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hip hop and R&B surpassed rock for the first time in 2017 as the biggest music genre in the United States, but British artist Ed Sheeran's romantic pop album "Divide" was the year's biggest single draw, according to a Nielsen Music report.

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German TV director denies sexual harassment allegations

BERLIN (Reuters) - German TV director Dieter Wedel has denied accusations of sexual harassment and assault in Germany's first such case since a scandal involving Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein unleashed a global wave of abuse allegations in the entertainment and media worlds.

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Party or not? Golden Globes proves test for Hollywood sex scandal

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The red carpet is rolling out, the champagne is on ice and the statuettes are about to be handed over.

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Cate Blanchett to Lead Cannes Film Festival Jury

The actress is a vocal campaigner against harassment, and will be the 12th woman to take the role at a festival sometimes accused of disregarding female voices.

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Australia's Cate Blanchett to head Cannes Film Festival jury

PARIS (Reuters) - Australian movie star Cate Blanchett will head the jury at this year's Cannes Film Festival on the French Riviera, its organizers said on Thursday.

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Prince Harry's wedding to Meghan Markle 'set to boost UK economy'

LONDON (Reuters) - Prince Harry's wedding to American actress Meghan Markle could provide a 500 million pound boost to Britain's economy as tourists flock to the country and Britons celebrate, according to an estimate.

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YouTuber Logan Paul says suicide video was 'huge mistake'

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - American YouTube star Logan Paul on Tuesday apologized for posting a video of a suicide victim in Japan, saying he had made a "huge mistake" and was ashamed of himself.

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New York Ballet leader retires after claims of sexual, physical abuse

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Longtime New York City Ballet chief Peter Martins said on Monday he was retiring from the prestigious dance company and from the American School of Ballet, where he is chairman of faculty, after allegations of sexual harassment and verbal and physical abuse of dancers.

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NBC says Hoda Kotb to replace Lauer as 'Today' co-anchor

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Television host Hoda Kotb was named the new co-anchor of the NBC News "Today" show on Tuesday, replacing former co-host Matt Lauer several weeks after the longtime anchor was fired for inappropriate sexual behavior, according to a network statement.

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Box Office: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Holds Off 'Jumanji' on New Year's Weekend

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - In a battle of box office heavyweights, Luke Skywalker just managed to hold off Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as the world rang in another year.

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China box office posts turnaround in 2017 with 13 percent growth

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's movie box office revenue rose 13.45 percent last year to 55.91 billion yuan ($8.59 billion), more than tripling the 2016 growth rate as foreign films won a larger share of ticket sales compared to the previous year, said the Xinhua News Agency.

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Box Office: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Tops $1 Billion Worldwide

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Disney-Lucasfilm's "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" has cleared the $1 billion milestone in worldwide grosses in less than three weeks.

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Tamil film star Rajinikanth to enter politics in India's 'Detroit'

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A big star of India's Tamil-language movies, Rajinikanth, said on Sunday he is launching a political party, adding drama to a heated political scene in a state with a history of film stars becoming chief ministers.

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India's censors clear Bollywood movie, objectors say protests to continue

MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's censors on Saturday cleared a controversial film backed by Viacom Inc that looks into the relationship of a Hindu queen and a Muslim ruler, after suggesting some modifications.

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Jay-Z 'confesses' to Beyonce in 'Family Feud' music video

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Jay-Z released a music video on Friday that features the rapper addressing the pain of infidelity as he appears in a confessional booth opposite his wife Beyonce.

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Arise Sir Ringo: Beatles drummer knighted in UK honors list

LONDON (Reuters) - Ex-Beatles drummer Ringo Starr has been knighted in Queen Elizabeth's New Year's honors list, along with Bee Gees singer Barry Gibb and author Michael Morpurgo, while ballet dancer Darcey Bussell becomes a dame.

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Serbian authorities uncover 25 tonnes of illegally stored toxic waste

BELGRADE (Reuters) - Serbian police and the state security agency have uncovered a massive stockpile of toxic waste and arrested the owner of the company that illegally stored it, the government said on Friday.

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Veteran male rock'n'roll acts had biggest 2017 world tours

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Veteran, white male rock stars raked in the most cash from world tours in 2017, according to an annual list released on Thursday, while the highest-ranked women - Celine Dion and Lady Gaga - failed to make the top 10.

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Tibetan film-maker flees China, arrives in United States

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Tibetan film-maker jailed in China for making a film about the Olympics and Tibet has escaped from China and arrived in the United States, according to an activist group which campaigned for his release.

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Now 80, Jane Fonda says she didn't think she'd live to 30

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actress Jane Fonda, who celebrated her 80th birthday last week, says that growing up she never expected to reach 30.

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Israel ambassador asks to meet New Zealand pop star Lorde over canceled show

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Israel's ambassador to New Zealand on Wednesday appealed to the pop star Lorde to meet him after she canceled a show in Tel Aviv after appeals from activists for her to shun Israel as a protest against its treatment of Palestinians.

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39 injured in fireworks explosion at Cuban festival on Christmas Eve

HAVANA (Reuters) - A fireworks explosion injured 39 people, including six children between the ages of 11 and 15, during a popular Cuban carnival on Christmas Eve, state-run media reported on Monday.

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22 injured in fireworks explosion at Cuban festival on Christmas Eve

HAVANA (Reuters) - A fireworks explosion seriously injured 22 people, including six children between ages 11 and 15, during a popular Cuban carnival on Christmas Eve, state-run media reported on Monday.

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'Sound of Music' actress Heather Menzies-Urich dies at 68

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Actress Heather Menzies-Urich, best known for portraying Louisa von Trapp in the 1965 film "The Sound of Music," died Sunday night. She was 68.

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Box Office: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' soars to $745 million worldwide

(Variety.com) - Disney-Lucasfilm's "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" is showing plenty of force at mulitplexes worldwide with $745.4 million globally as of Sunday.

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Miss America CEO, other leaders resign after report of derogatory emails

(Reuters) - The head of the organization that stages the Miss America beauty pageant and other leaders with the group resigned on Saturday after a report this week alleging that emails he had sent were derogatory toward past winners.

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Aaron Sorkin finds unlikely feminist heroine in 'Molly's Game'

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - When writer and producer Aaron Sorkin met with Molly Bloom, the 'poker princess' who ran high-stakes games with Hollywood's top celebrities, he did not expect to be impressed.

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U.S. sports broadcaster Dick Enberg, 82, dies in San Diego: media

(Reuters) - Broadcaster Dick Enberg, who charmed sports fans with his "Oh My!" declaration as he called some of the most memorable sporting events during the last five decades, died on Thursday, ESPN reported. He was 82.

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Sports broadcaster Dick Enberg, 82, dies in San Diego: ESPN

(Reuters) - Broadcaster Dick Enberg, who charmed sports fans with his "Oh My!" declaration as he called some of the most memorable sporting events during the last five decades, died on Thursday, ESPN reported. He was 82.

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'Hamilton' takes center stage in London's West End

LONDON (Reuters) - They may have been casting off the yoke of British rule, but the cast of Broadway smash "Hamilton" nonetheless received a rapturous reception from a star-studded, 1,500-strong audience at the show's official opening night in London on Thursday.

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Sylvester Stallone 'categorically disputes' claim of 1990s sexual assault

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor Sylvester Stallone on Thursday denied an accusation that he raped a woman in the 1990s and said the allegation was "completely fabricated."

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Daniel Day-Lewis bows out with twisted romance 'Phantom Thread'

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Director Paul Thomas Anderson calls his movie "Phantom Thread" a romance, but its star Daniel Day-Lewis said that filming it made him so sad he decided to quit acting.

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UK's Prince Harry and fiancée Meghan Markle release engagement pictures

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Prince Harry and his American fiancée Meghan Markle have released a series of portraits by New York-based fashion photographer Alexi Lubomirski to mark their engagement.

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Netflix aims to make 'Bright' a living room blockbuster

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Netflix Inc's new movie "Bright" features the key ingredients of a Hollywood blockbuster: an A-list actor, an experienced director, and special effects that light up the screen during shootouts and car chases.

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Robot DJ puts the tech into techno for Czech clubbers

PRAGUE (Reuters) - These days artificial intelligence is so advanced that robots trade shares, make restaurants suggestions and diagnose diseases. But can a robot get a dance floor jumping?

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Wailing fans bid farewell to South Korean singer, officials flag suicide concerns

SEOUL (Reuters) - Grief-stricken fans braved Seoul's winter cold on Thursday to bid farewell to Kim Jong-hyun, the lead singer of top South Korean boy band SHINee, but his apparent suicide fueled health officials' concern about copycat bids.

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Wailing fans bid farewell to lead singer of South Korean boy band SHINee

SEOUL (Reuters) - Grief-stricken fans braved Seoul's winter cold on Thursday to bid farewell to Kim Jong-hyun, the lead singer of top South Korean boy band SHINee, who died in hospital in a suspected suicide.

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Venus Williams will not be charged in Florida fatal accident: report

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) - Tennis star Venus Williams will not face any criminal charges in relation to a June fatal traffic accident she was involved in near her Florida residence, the Sun-Sentinel newspaper reported on Wednesday, quoting police.

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Chilled music: performer makes instruments out of ice

LONDON (Reuters) - While most musicians seek to avoid a frosty reception at concerts, for Norwegian composer and performer Terje Isungset a chilly feeling is nothing to fear: he performs with instruments he makes himself out of ice.

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Feminism and press freedom come together in 'The Post'

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Steven Spielberg's movie "The Post" is being hailed as a timely reminder about press freedom, democracy, whistle-blowing and government lies.

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Serbian, Croatian police detain 17 for smuggling migrants to EU

BELGRADE (Reuters) - In a joint sting, Serbian and Croatian police have detained 17 people suspected of smuggling dozens of migrants into the European Union, Serbia's Interior Ministry said on Wednesday.

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Lady Gaga heads for Las Vegas concert residency

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pop star Lady Gaga is swapping touring for a two-year stint in Las Vegas, joining the likes of music divas Celine Dion, Britney Spears and Shania Twain who have recently taken up concert residencies in the entertainment mecca.

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U.S. Justice Department loses music licensing appeal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. federal appeals court on Tuesday ruled that music licensing giant BMI did not have to abide by the Obama administration's more restrictive interpretation of how royalties should be collected.

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'Downsizing' puts microscope on environment, immigration and humanity

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - When filmmaker Alexander Payne and his writing partner came up with the idea in 2006 of a future in which humans could opt to be five inches tall to live better lives, little did they know how timely the story would be in 2017.

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Plummer brings on the charm in reshot 'All the Money in the World'

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - When director Ridley Scott decided to remove Kevin Spacey from his film "All the Money in the World" and reshoot it with Christopher Plummer, he did not just pull off an extraordinary feat.

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ESPN President Skipper resigns to deal with substance addiction

(Reuters) - Walt Disney Co's John Skipper resigned on Monday as president of ESPN, the company's most important network, due to a problem with addiction.

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Luke Bryan's 'What Makes You Country' debuts at No. 1 on Billboard

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Luke Bryan's "What Makes You Country" album debuted in the top spot this week on the Billboard 200 chart, giving the country singer his fourth No. 1 album.

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Lead singer of South Korean boy band SHINee dies in possible suicide

SEOUL (Reuters) - The lead singer of top South Korean boy band SHINee died in hospital on Monday in a possible suicide that robs fans of the globally-famous K-Pop genre of one of its biggest stars.

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Serbia's Smederevo steel mill boosts revenue -statement

BELGRADE, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Serbian steelmaker Zelezara Smederevo has boosted production and revenue in 2017, the office of the country's president said on Monday.

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Lead singer of South Korean boy band Shinee dies: Yonhap

SEOUL (Reuters) - The lead singer of South Korea's top boy band Shinee died on Monday after being taken to hospital unconscious, several news outlets including the Yonhap news agency reported without giving any source for the information.

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Lead singer for South Korean boy band Shinee dies: Yonhap

SEOUL (Reuters) - The lead singer for South Korea's top boy band Shinee died on Monday after being taken to hospital unconscious, Yonhap news agency reported without giving any source for the information.

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TV host Matthews was reprimanded after woman's 1999 complaint: MSNBC

(Reuters) - TV "Hardball" host Chris Matthews was reprimanded after he was accused in 1999 of making inappropriate comments about a female employee, and the woman was given a separation payment, MSNBC said on Sunday.

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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' opens with galactic $450 million box office

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" burst into theaters with a staggering $450 million in global ticket sales in its opening weekend, confirming that the celebrated space adventure franchise remained a powerful force at the box office.

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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' scores massive $450 million in opening weekend

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," the latest chapter in the hugely popular franchise, debuted with a massive $450 million in global ticket sales over the weekend, distributor Walt Disney Co said on Sunday.

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Weinstein denies blacklisting actresses Ashley Judd, Mira Sorvino

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Harvey Weinstein on Friday denied barring actresses Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino from working on the movie adaptation of "The Lord of the Rings" or blacklisting them from further projects.

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'The Last Jedi' cruises toward $200 million domestic debut

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," the new film in the beloved space saga, opened with massive ticket sales that put it on track to ring up around $200 million at domestic theaters over the weekend, distributor Walt Disney Co said on Friday.

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'The Post' is about the state of America, star Hanks says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Steven Spielberg's new movie "The Post" isn't just a 1971 tale of press freedom or the place of women in the workplace.

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Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to marry on May 19

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Prince Harry and his American fiancée, Meghan Markle, will marry on Saturday May 19, Kensington Palace said.

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Documentarian Morgan Spurlock steps down after admitting misconduct

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Award-winning U.S. documentary maker Morgan Spurlock stepped down from his production company on Thursday after saying on social media that he had engaged in sexual misconduct.

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Music producer Russell Simmons denies newspaper reports of sexual misconduct

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Music and film producer Russell Simmons faced new accusations of sexual misconduct from nine woman dating back to 1983, including four who alleged he raped them, and New York police have opened an investigation, police and U.S. newspapers said on Thursday.

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Three more women accuse Dustin Hoffman of sexual misconduct -Variety report

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Three more women have accused Oscar-winning actor Dustin Hoffman of sexual misconduct, Hollywood trade publication Variety reported on Thursday, bringing to six the number of people accusing him of impropriety decades ago.

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Documentarian Morgan Spurlock says he engaged in sexual misconduct

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Award-winning U.S. documentary maker Morgan Spurlock wrote on Twitter late on Wednesday that he has engaged in sexual misconduct, saying, "I am part of the problem."

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Music producer Russell Simmons denies newspaper reports of new misconduct accusations

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Music and film producer Russell Simmons faced new accusations of sexual misconduct from nine woman in incidents dating back to 1983, including four who alleged that he raped them, according to separate reports in two U.S. newspapers.

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Oasis star Liam Gallagher lends voice to Christmas climate change campaign

LONDON (Reuters) - Former Oasis front man Liam Gallagher has lent his distinctive voice to a Christmas-themed video produced by an activist group highlighting climate change.

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Wrestler turned actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson receives star on Walk of Fame

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Professional wrestler turned actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson paid tribute to his family on Wednesday as he accepted his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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'He was my monster': Actress Salma Hayek alleges Harvey Weinstein misconduct

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SAG nominations focus on indie movies, snubbing Streep and Day-Lewis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Small-town dramedy "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" led the 2018 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) nominations on Wednesday in a list that shut out veterans Meryl Streep and Daniel Day-Lewis as well as Steven Spielberg's press freedom movie "The Post."

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'Three Billboards' leads SAG nominations, Spielberg's 'The Post' shut out

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Small-town dramedy "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" led the 2018 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) nominations on Wednesday in a list that shut out celebrated veterans like Meryl Streep and Daniel Day-Lewis as well as Steven Spielberg's press freedom movie "The Post."

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'Three Billboards' leads 2018 Screen Actors Guild nominations

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Small-town dramedy "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" led the 2018 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) nominations on Wednesday with four nods, including the top prize for best movie ensemble.

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Bon Jovi, Nina Simone among five Rock Hall of Fame inductees

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Livin' on a Prayer" rockers Bon Jovi, British bands Dire Straits and the Moody Blues, the late Nina Simone and The Cars will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, organizers said on Wednesday.

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Prince Harry's fiancee Meghan Markle to spend Christmas with UK royals

LONDON (Reuters) - Prince Harry's fiancee, American actress Meghan Markle, will join Queen Elizabeth and other senior Windsors for their family Christmas celebrations in what commentators said was a break with royal protocol.

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Egyptian singer jailed over video inciting debauchery

CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian court jailed a little-known singer for two years on Tuesday for inciting debauchery, judicial sources said, after she appeared in a music video in her underwear and suggestively eating a banana.

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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' mostly finds its force with critics

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" won warm reviews from most critics on Tuesday, a day before the latest installment in the sci-fi saga begins hitting movie theaters worldwide in what is projected to be the biggest-grossing movie of 2017.

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Major Cineworld investor 'uncomfortable' with debt for Regal deal

LONDON (Reuters) - One of the biggest shareholders in Cineworld has expressed concern about the company's $3.6 billion takeover of bigger U.S. rival Regal Entertainment, saying it is uncomfortable with the debt the British business will take on to finance the deal.

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Adorable or deplorable? Porgs stir debate in 'Star Wars' galaxy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Furry, wide-eyed and winged critters called Porgs are invading the "Star Wars" galaxy, and Walt Disney Co hopes they will soon be roosting under fans' Christmas trees.

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Saudi sovereign fund plans cinema venture with AMC Entertainment

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's main sovereign wealth fund said it planned to enter the cinema business with major U.S.-based movie exhibition company AMC Entertainment Holdings, as the conservative kingdom lifts a 35-year-old ban on cinemas.

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'Shape of Water' leads Globes nominees; risk-takers rewarded

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hollywood's long awards season began to take shape on Monday with Golden Globe nominations that rewarded risk-taking and shone a spotlight on veterans and newcomers alike.

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'Shape of Water' leads wide ranging Golden Globe nominations

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro's fantasy romance "The Shape of Water" led nominations for the Golden Globes on Monday, heading a list of dramas and comedies on issues ranging from press freedom, war, racism and the many aspects of love.

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Fantasy romance 'Shape of Water' leads 2018 Golden Globe nods

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro's fantasy romance "The Shape of Water" led the nominations for the 2018 Golden Globes on Monday, landing seven nods, including for best drama film, director and actress Sally Hawkins.

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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.

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Box Office: 'Coco' Wins as 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Waits in the Wings

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.

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Former British celebrity publicist Max Clifford dies in prison

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's best-known publicist, Max Clifford, died on Sunday after collapsing in prison, where he was serving an eight-year sentence for indecently assaulting teenage girls in the 1970s and 1980s.

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

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: The Last Jedi” where the anticipated first screening was dedicated to the franchise’s late star, Carrie Fisher.

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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 rock and roll giant Johnny Hallyday to a memorial service attended by French stars and politicians.

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Abu Dhabi to acquire Leonardo da Vinci's 'Salvator Mundi': Christie's

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New-York based Christie's auction house said on Friday Abu Dhabi's Department of Culture and Tourism was acquiring Leonardo da Vinci's portrait of Christ, "Salvator Mundi," a painting that sold for $450.3 million.

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'X-Men' film director Bryan Singer sued for alleged sexual assault

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Brian Singer, the director of the film series "X-Men", has been sued for allegedly sexually assaulting a 17-year-old boy in 2003, according to a lawsuit filed in King County Superior Court in Washington state.

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Actor Geoffrey Rush sues Australian newspaper over 'inappropriate behavior' report

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian actor Geoffrey Rush said on Friday he had filed a defamation lawsuit against Sydney's Daily Telegraph newspaper after it published a report about a complaint alleging inappropriate conduct.

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Are Earthlings alone? Half of humans believe in alien life

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Nearly half of humans believe in alien life and want to make contact, a survey in 24 countries has found, in what researchers said helps to explain the lasting popularity of the "Star Wars" franchise 40 years after the first movie was screened.

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'Wonder Woman,' 'The Post' among AFI's movies of the year

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Press freedom movie "The Post," gay romance "Call Me By Your Name," World War Two film "Dunkirk" and superhero movie "Wonder Woman" were among 10 films of the year chosen by the American Film Institute (AFI) on Thursday, in a list likely to be echoed at Hollywood's high-profile awards shows next year.

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Petals and confetti shower stage at La Scala opening

MILAN (Reuters) - Rose petals, flowers and golden confetti showered the stage of the rarely-performed Italian opera 'Andrea Chenier' at La Scala's season premiere on Thursday.

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J.K. Rowling defends Johnny Depp casting in next 'Fantastic Beasts'

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling on Thursday defended the decision to cast Johnny Depp in the next "Fantastic Beasts" movie after a backlash from fans unhappy about the circumstances of the actor's recent divorce.

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Oscar body adopts conduct code as Hollywood reacts to harassment issue

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Academy of Motion Pictures, the body that chooses the Oscars, has adopted a code of conduct and warned members it reserves the right to expel any who flout the new rules.

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Pop star Ed Sheeran receives honor from Britain's Prince Charles

LONDON (Reuters) - Grammy-winning singer Ed Sheeran received an MBE - a British state honor - for services to music and charity from Prince Charles in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Thursday.

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Allison Janney puts her spin on ice-skating scandal in 'I, Tonya'

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The stars aligned for Allison Janney when she dressed up in a cheap fur coat, perched a parakeet on her shoulder, and chain-smoked and swore through figure-skating movie "I, Tonya."

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Sean Combs leads four black artists as world's highest paid musicians

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rapper Sean "Diddy" Combs was ranked the world's highest-paid musician on Wednesday in an annual list that saw black artists take the top four spots.

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France mourns death of "French Elvis" Johnny Hallyday

PARIS (Reuters) - Johnny Hallyday, whose death at 74 was announced by his wife and the French president on Wednesday, was a rock and roll giant in his native France, surviving drug use, family strife and near-death episodes to strut the stage for more than 50 years.

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Time magazine names #MeToo 'silence breakers' as person of the year

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Time magazine has named the social movement aimed at raising awareness about sexual harassment and assault, epitomized by the #MeToo social media hashtag, as the most influential "person" in 2017, the publication announced on Wednesday.

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French mourn death of 'French Elvis' Johnny Hallyday

PARIS (Reuters) - Johnny Hallyday, whose death at 74 was announced by his wife and the French president on Wednesday, was a rock and roll giant in his native France, surviving drug use, family strife and near-death episodes to strut the stage for more than fifty years.

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Johnny Hallyday, 'French Elvis', dies at 74 after cancer

PARIS (Reuters) - Johnny Hallyday, whose death at 74 was announced by his wife and the French president on Wednesday, was a rock and roll giant in his native France and survived drug use, family strife and near-death episodes to strut the stage for more than fifty years.

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French rocker Johnny Hallyday dies at 74 after battle with cancer

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 Wednesday.

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French singer Johnny Hallyday dies at 74 after battle with cancer

PARIS (Reuters) - Johnny Hallyday, a singer known as the "French Elvis" who 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 Wednesday.

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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.

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NBC's 'Today' show ratings jump after Lauer firing

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Ratings for NBC's "Today" show rose last week after the network announced it had fired longtime co-host Matt Lauer following an allegation of inappropriate sexual behavior, according to Nielsen data released on Tuesday.

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Taylor Swift spends third week atop Billboard 200 chart

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Taylor Swift held onto her throne atop the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart for a third consecutive week on Monday.

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Final 'House of Cards' season to focus on Robin Wright after Spacey exit

(Reuters) - The final season of Netflix's political drama "House of Cards" will focus on Robin Wright's first female president character and will start production in 2018, following a hiatus after the exit of star Kevin Spacey, the company said on Monday.

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

(Corrects Dec. 3 story headline and paragraphs 1, 2, 4 to show "A Prairie Home Companion" has not been renamed "Town Hall," a new name has not been chosen)

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Bollywood matinee idol Shashi Kapoor dies at 79

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor, a Bollywood matinee idol who starred in over 100 films, died in Mumbai on Monday. He was 79 and had been battling a kidney ailment.

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Billy Bush: It was Trump's voice on "Access Hollywood" tape

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former NBC television host Billy Bush accused U.S. President Donald Trump of "indulging in some revisionist history" for reportedly telling allies it was not his voice making lewd remarks as the men waited to film a segment for "Access Hollywood" in 2005.

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New York Met opera suspends conductor on sexual misconduct allegations

(Reuters) - 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.

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'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.

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

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.

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Napoleon feted in Czech reenactment of Battle of Austerlitz

(Reuters) - Cannons roared and horses' hooves pounded across the battlefield on which French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte won one of his most famous victories as hundreds of people took part in a weekend reenactment of the Battle of Austerlitz.

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Sundance Film Festival 2018: 6 Films to Know

Directing debuts by Idris Elba. Documentaries on Gloria Allred and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The 2018 Sundance Film Festival feature lineup is here.

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The long winter: 'Game of Thrones' fans in four-day viewing marathon

LONDON (Reuters) - Ice zombies and fire-breathing dragons plague the characters in the hit fantasy TV series "Game of Thrones," but for fans who took part in a four-day marathon to watch the series' 67 episodes back-to-back, a pained rear end posed a greater threat.

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Actor Jim Nabors, TV's 'Gomer Pyle' of 1960s, dies at 87

(Reuters) - Actor Jim Nabors, whose portrayal of the grinning country bumpkin Gomer Pyle on the 1960s television hit "The Andy Griffith Show" belied a classic baritone singing voice, died on Thursday at the age of 87, his website said.

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Music producer Russell Simmons steps down after sex assault claim

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Music producer Russell Simmons said on Thursday he was stepping down from his fashion and production businesses after a screenwriter said in a column in the Hollywood Reporter that Simmons sexually assaulted her in 1991.

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Matt Lauer apologizes after 'Today' firing as more women come forward

NEW YORK (Reuters) - "Today" show host Matt Lauer apologized for what he called his "troubling flaws" in a statement read aloud on the popular NBC morning show on Thursday, a day after the network fired him, citing inappropriate sexual behavior.

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Matt Lauer apologizes, says he's 'soul searching' after 'Today' show firing

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Matt Lauer apologized and said he was "soul searching" in a statement read out on NBC's "Today" show on Tuesday, a day after he was fired from his role as co-host of the popular morning show for what the network said was inappropriate sexual behavior.

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Sundance works to make film festival safer amid Hollywood sex scandal

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sundance Film Festival organizers say they are working with law enforcement to make the annual independent film showcase in January a safer place in the wake of sexual harassment accusations sweeping Hollywood.

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U.S. radio host Keillor fired over accusation of improper behavior

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. radio host Garrison Keillor, creator of the long-running folksy variety show "A Prairie Home Companion," has been fired over an accusation of inappropriate behavior, Minnesota Public Radio said on Wednesday.