In January 1973, George Lucas wrote his first treatment for "Star Wars." Words did not come easily to the director, who always considered himself more a filmmaker than a screenwriter, but the universe in his mind was already bulging at the seams.
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia became the 26th nation to legalize same-sex marriage on Thursday, prompting cheers and singing from a packed parliament public gallery in a country where some states ruled homosexual acts to be illegal until just 20 years ago.
For avid skiers and snowboarders, it's the most wonderful time of year -- the winter ski season has officially begun. But it's not just vacationers and action sports buffs hitting mountains across the country.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With the notable absence of President Donald Trump, the Kennedy Center on Sunday celebrated singers Lionel Richie and Gloria Estefan, rapper LL Cool J, television producer Norman Lear and dancer Carmen de Lavallade with honors for the arts.
The idea of achieving immortality through awfulness -- being "So bad, it's good" -- is hardly a new one. Still, "The Disaster Artist" -- James Franco's hyphenated turn as star, producer and director -- deftly falls into that comedic pantheon, joining the likes of "Ed Wood" in making an entertaining movie about a truly terrible one.
PALERMO, Italy (Reuters) - Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi looked poised on Monday for a stunning political comeback, as his rightist bloc claimed victory in an election in Sicily that puts it in pole position for a national vote due by next May.
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Reuters) - Oil-rich Bruneiâ€™s absolute ruler marked 50 years in power on Thursday, with elaborate celebrations that included a glittering procession through the capital on a gilded chariot.
PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodia could make more arrests of people linked to a plot to overthrow the government, Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Monday, attacking opposition figures as "rebels in the city" bent on staging a "color revolution", despite past failures.
MILAN (Reuters) - Italian designer Angela Missoni celebrated 20 years at the creative helm of the family-owned knitwear brand with a party-inspired collection, declaring herself proud of having kept the brand relevant over the years.
(The Sports Xchange) - Deshaun Watson passed for 125 yards and had a 49-yard TD run in his first career start on his 22nd birthday, lifting the Houston Texans to a 13-9 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night at Paul Brown Stadium.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Patty Jenkins will return to direct the 2019 sequel to this year's hit superhero movie "Wonder Woman," film trade publications said on Monday, after she became the highest-grossing female director in Hollywood history.
LOS ANGELES, Sept 11 (Reuters) - Patty Jenkins will return to direct the 2019 sequel to this year's hit superhero movie "Wonder Woman," film trade publications said on Monday, after she became the highest-grossing female director in Hollywood history.
(Reuters) - For some, Leonard Bernstein was the person who opened up the world of classical music for the first time. Others played in his orchestras. One man remembers hearing of Bernstein's death as a 9-year-old.
LOS ANGELES, Aug 23 (Reuters) - Marvel and DC Comics superheroes may be battling for box office domination, but on the small screen, a little known blue superhero is offering up a satirical take on larger-than-life crusaders for justice.
CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Monday celebrated the election of a new legislative superbody that is expected to give the ruling Socialist Party sweeping powers and mocked U.S. criticism that the vote was an affront to democracy.
The assist surely wasn't intentional, but Donald Trump has provided Al Gore with a heck of an ending for "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power," adding a sense of urgency to this dutiful follow-up to the documentary that officially wedded Gore, Hollywood and environmental activism, "An Inconvenient Truth."
SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Canadian director Denis Villeneuve had fended off numerous requests to direct big-budget sequels until he was approached to make a follow-up to Ridley Scott's 1982 neo-noir sci-fi film "Blade Runner."
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A new exhibit featuring the work of Muppets creator Jim Henson will go on permanent display in New York City on Saturday to celebrate the career of the American puppeteer who brought to life such characters as Miss Piggy and Big Bird.
It probably requires having a child under 12 to appreciate just what big business a Disney Channel movie like "Descendants 2" is, which makes the numbing nature of this sequel puzzling. Because while the first exhibited flashes of inspiration, the second feels entirely phoned in, as if it could skate by on the title alone.
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Prince Harry on Thursday presented the Royal Air Force's ground fighting force with a new "Colour", or standard, as part of celebrations for the regiment's 75th anniversary.
LOS ANGELES, July 15 (Reuters) - Avengers, Mary Poppins and Luke Skywalker brought star power to Walt Disney Co's annual D23 fan convention on Saturday, as the studio drummed up excitement for upcoming films including a live-action "Lion King," "Aladdin" and "Dumbo."
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Revelers wearing Renaissance helmets, feathers and striped pantaloons paraded through Brussels on Friday in a tradition stretching back five centuries to the zenith of the city's...
If the All England Lawn Tennis Club is well known for its strict rules and regulations, fashion designer Stella McCartney says she's hoping to bring a "bit of rebellion" to the courts at Wimbledon this July.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - In the verdant rain forests of Hawaii, Jack Black, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Kevin Hart and Karen Gillan simulated dodging rampaging rhinos and hungry hippos as they filmed the long-anticipated sequel to the Robin Williams 1995 adventure film "Jumanji."
President Donald Trump declared victory Monday after the Supreme Court announced that it would allow a limited version of his travel ban to take effect andÂ will hear oral arguments on the case this fall, even though has derided the revised order as "watered down" and "politically correct" in the past.
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - People in the Iraqi city of Mosul celebrated their first Muslim Eid holiday without Islamic State in years on Sunday after the militants were ejected from much of the city, and hoped the battle to recapture the remaining area would soon be over.
(Reuters) - Malaysia's Nicholas Fung held his nerve to secure a narrow victory at the Queen's Cup in Thailand on Sunday and celebrated Father's Day by dedicating his maiden Asian Tour title to his dad.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Electronic trading in the US$900bn leveraged loan market celebrates its one-year anniversary Friday. Bank of America Merrill Lynchâ€™s Instinct Loans, the bankâ€™s electronic loan trading platform that kicked off June 16, 2016, touts increased liquidity and has won over many initial skeptics in the private loan market where trades typically take place over the phone.
Death, or the specter of it, is a key supporting player in "If You're Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast," a warm, wonderfully wry look at people who have stayed active and vital into their 90s. Amid a sea of depressing documentaries, this uplifting film hosted by 95-year-old Carl Reiner should put extra pep into anyone's step.
TORONTO (Reuters) - Lululemon Athletica Inc shares rallied as much as 16 percent on Friday as investors responded to better-then-expected quarterly results and news that it would close most of the stores in its girls apparel unit.
SOMERSET, England (Reuters) - The British inventor of an "Iron Man"-style jet suit has lofty hopes that his project, which started out as fun experiment, could become a practical tool for industries...
CANNES, France (Reuters) - Sofia Coppola brought her remake of "The Beguiled" to Cannes on Wednesday, putting Colin Farrell through the pleasures and pain that Clint Eastwood experienced in the 1971 original.
HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finnish mobile games and animation studio Rovio Entertainment has decided to proceed with plans for a sequel to its Angry Birds movie, it said on Monday, aiming for release in September 2019.
HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finnish mobile games and animation studio Rovio Entertainment has decided to proceed with its plans to produce a sequel to its Angry Birds movie, it said on Monday, aiming for release in September 2019.
There was no better demonstration of Marvel's box-office magic than turning the obscure "Guardians of the Galaxy" into a major hit in 2014. The sequel, perhaps inevitably, lacks that sense of discovery, delivering some fun moments while getting a bit bogged down in an uneven narrative and a surplus of daddy issues.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump hit the road on Saturday to celebrate his first 100 days in the White House with cheering supporters at a campaign-style rally, touting his initial achievements and lashing out at critics who have given his tenure poor marks.
LONDON (Reuters) - Actress Zoe Saldana is happy release dates for the long-anticipated sequels to 2009 box office smash hit "Avatar" have been announced, joking she does not want to get "too old" to not be able to do her own stunts in the adventure fantasy.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The stars of "Guardians of the Galaxy," the Marvel movie about a rag-tag group of integalactic heroes, landed in Hollywood to debut their return in a much-anticipated sequel that sees them embark on another high-stakes space adventure.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer, who once played the role of the White House Easter Bunny himself, celebrated Easter Monday by posing with this year's bunny at the 139th annual White House Easter Egg Roll.
Donald Trump, in possibly his biggest win to date as president, celebrated Neil Gorsuch's ceremonial swearing in to the Supreme Court at the White House on Monday, nodding to the fact that not everything has been easy in his first 100 days in the White House.
For comic-book fans, the release of "X-Men" in 2000 represented a watershed moment: after years of indignities and disappointments on screens big and small, a serious, well-made superhero movie helped set in motion the dominant cultural and box office force they have become.
LONDON (Reuters) - Actress Emma Thompson has said she is not taking part in a short "Love Actually" sequel for Britain's Comic Relief charity appeal because it is "too soon" to reprise her role in the romantic comedy after the death last year of co-star Alan Rickman.
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's most revered TV naturalist David Attenborough, 90, is returning to present a sequel to "The Blue Planet" documentary series, 16 years after the original illuminated the depths of the world's oceans.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Keanu Reeves did not need much persuasion to reprise his role as a lethal retired hitman whose path to revenge sees him killing dozens more in the upcoming sequel "John Wick: Chapter 2."
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - China's moviegoers embraced big-screen superheroes, cartoon animals and a video game-turned-action flick in 2016, adding $1.8 billion in ticket sales to Hollywood's 20 highest-grossing films of the year.
A new video raises questions about President-elect Donald Trump's relationship with Joseph "Joey No Socks" Cinque, who once reportedly survived a mob hit and was associated with the infamous mob boss John Gotti.
A new video calls attention to President-elect Donald Trump's relationship with convicted felon Joseph "Joey No Socks" Cinque, who once was associated with infamous mob boss John Gotti. CNN's Miguel Marquez reports.
(Reuters) - A game drawn up to occupy some bored boys as winter approached at a Massachusetts gymnasium celebrates its 125th anniversary on Wednesday and basketball's status as the world's second most popular sport.
BEIJING, Dec 20 (Reuters) - A Beijing driver calls a radio station in a panic. The smog is so thick he's just shot through five red lights because he couldn't see properly and wants to know what to do.
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Feted for playing an FBI agent in "The X-Files" tackling the supernatural, actress Gillian Anderson has cast herself in the real-life role of an anti-slavery campaigner after being shocked at the scale of the problem.
Thanks to his work as Kraglin in Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy," Sean Gunn has had his fair share of exposure to a notoriously passionate group -- comic book fans. But even they, he said, aren't quite as fervent as fans of "Gilmore Girls."
Did anyone really need a "Gilmore Girls" revival? No more so than an updated "Full House," which doesn't mean the practice isn't smart business-wise for Netflix -- not just tapping into nostalgia, but offering fans an excuse to revisit old episodes.
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Gremio have been ordered to play the second leg of their Brazilian Cup final away from home after the coach's daughter celebrated the semi-final victory on the field with her father.
PARIS (Reuters) - Andy Murray celebrated his impending rise to the world number one ranking with a 6-3 6-7(4) 6-4 victory against John Isner to claim his maiden Paris Masters title and his eighth tournament win of the season on Sunday.
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - An Indian fringe group on Friday celebrated the "victory" of U.S. presidential contender Donald Trump, hailing his friendship with diaspora Indians and backing his call to ban immigration by Muslims from countries hit by Islamic militancy.
LOS ANGELES, Nov 1 (Reuters) - Johnny Depp has swashbuckled as a pirate, played a mad hatmaker and will next step into "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling's wizarding world of magic in the "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" sequel, film trade publications said Tuesday.
CLEVELAND (Reuters) - The greatest day in Cleveland sporting history began on Tuesday with Major League Baseball's Indians hosting the World Series opener while the Cavaliers unveiled their NBA championship banner to open a new season.
LONDON (Reuters) - Crowds of screaming fans braced the cold and packed into London's Leicester Square on Thursday to catch a glimpse of Tom Cruise as he premiered his film "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back", which he described as a "classic action" film filled with suspense.
Oct 17 (Reuters) - Tom Cruise stars as the aggrieved former U.S. military officer in sequel "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back", promising "a level of unique brutality" in the new film based on Lee Childs' books.
Follow the lives of two young girls on opposite sides of the globe, and see how different their futures turn out because of education. "We Will Rise" premieres on CNN International on October 11, followed by a CNN US premiere on October 12 at 9 p.m. ET.
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A Syrian teenager who saved fellow refugees from drowning and then swam for the refugee team at the Rio Olympics was among those honored at the inaugural Global Goals Awards in New York.
ZARIA, Nigeria, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Riders wearing brightly coloured warrior robes and bearing spears were again packing the streets of this northern Nigerian city, greeting their traditional ruler as locals celebrated a thousand-year-old tradition in a region hit by Boko Haram.
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Nico Rosberg led from pole to flag to win the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday and celebrate his 200th Formula One race by retaking the championship lead from Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton.
More than a year after she was sacked from Serbia's army for coming out as transgender, Helena Vukovic has finally received identity documents stating her new sex - a small but important step forward...
BELGRADE (Reuters) - More than a year after she was sacked from Serbia's army for coming out as transgender, Helena Vukovic has finally received a passport, driving license, health and ID cards confirming her identity as a woman - a small but important step forward for a deeply conservative country.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Reaching top of the world seemed to agree with Angelique Kerber, who celebrated her ascension to world number one with a 6-4 6-3 win over Caroline Wozniacki on Thursday to advance to the U.S. Open final.
VENICE (Reuters) - Canadian director Denis Villeneuve says making a sequel to 1982 cult film "Blade Runner", in which Harrison Ford hunted down humanoids, is "an insane project" but that it is one the way nonetheless.
VENICE, Sept 6 (Reuters) - Canadian director Denis Villeneuve says making a sequel to 1982 cult film "Blade Runner", in which Harrison Ford hunted down humanoids, is "an insane project" but that it is one the way nonetheless.
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A fictional domestic abuse trial in the popular British radio soap opera "The Archers" has prompted charities to call for more support for real-life victims of domestic abuse.
HELSINKI, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Finnish mobile game and animation maker Rovio Entertainment Ltd said on Wednesday it made a profit in the first half of the year and was planning a sequel to its successful Angry Birds Movie.
HELSINKI, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Rovio Entertainment Ltd, the maker of mobile phone games and animations, turned a profit from the first half of the year and said it was planning a sequel to its Angry Birds Movie.
OTTAWA, Aug 20 (Reuters) - The Tragically Hip, the Canadian rock band beloved for songs about local culture, small towns and hockey, wrapped up an emotional tour with a hometown concert on Saturday, giving fans a chance to bid farewell to lead singer Gord Downie, who has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.
OTTAWA (Reuters) - The Tragically Hip, the Canadian rock band beloved for songs about local culture, small towns and hockey, will wrap up an emotional tour with a hometown concert on Saturday, giving fans a chance to bid farewell to lead singer Gord Downie, who has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.
(Reuters) - Peeping out from her mother's arms, Embe, a Francois' Langur, makes her debut at Sydney's Taronga Zoo where she was born on July 21, in what conservationists hailed as great news for one...
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday praised warming relations with Egypt and its president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who ousted an Islamist government seen as hostile to ties between the neighbors.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Participants at Comic-Con that went into a screening for upcoming horror movie "The Woods," last week were surprised to come out from the movie having watched the sequel to the 1999 found-footage horror film hit, "The Blair Witch Project."
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Reuters) - Oscar-winning actor Eddie Redmayne brought the wizarding world of "Harry Potter" to real life briefly on Saturday, as he helped hand out wooden wands to the 6,500-plus audience at a Comic-Con panel and made everyone perform a spell.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A slew of superheroes, magic and King Arthur are just some of the bait that movie studios are using to entice fans at this year's San Diego Comic Convention as Warner Bros' DC Comics franchise goes head-to-head with Disney's Marvel universe.
DADAAB, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Somali schoolgirls risk losing out on education and becoming child brides if they are forced to leave the world's largest refugee camp in Kenya and move to their war-torn country where there are not enough schools, Malala Yousafzai said on Tuesday.