LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The creators of the new television drama “Confederate,” set in an imaginary world where slavery still exists in the United States, defended their vision after the concept provoked outrage on social media this week. “This is scary, for all of us … It is a pretty terrifying prospect getting into it.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Illusionist Criss Angel received a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame on Thursday, saying he drew inspiration from another famous magician, Harry Houdini. “It’s unbelievable. Houdini died in 1926 and this star will remain here for as long as this planet is here,” Angel said during a ceremony in Los Angeles.
BEIJING (Reuters) – It is not appropriate for Canadian pop star Justin Bieber to visit China because of his bad behavior and he needed to improve his conduct to become a singer “truly loved” by the public, a Chinese state office has said. Bieber’s lifestyle overseas and his “words and actions” when he last performed
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – From the dragons of Westeros and the “Walking Dead” zombies to the deadly humanoid robots of “Westworld,” the golden age of television is dominating the limelight at San Diego’s annual Comic-Con. Kicking off on Thursday, this year’s four-day Comic-Con gathering of nerd and pop culture fans will see fewer films being
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A New York state judge on Thursday said an online auction of Madonna’s personal items including worn satin panties, a hair brush with her hair, and a break-up letter from a former boyfriend, late rapper Tupac Shakur, cannot go forward. Supreme Court Justice Gerald Lebovits in Manhattan let stand his July
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Chester Bennington, the lead singer of rock band Linkin Park, was found dead on Thursday at his southern California home in an apparent suicide, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office said. Coroner’s office spokesman Brian Elias said his office had been notified by law enforcement of the death of Bennington, 41,
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Ryan Seacrest confirmed on Thursday that he will return as host of “American Idol,” the most popular music reality show in U.S. television history, when it comes back to the screen on ABC TV in 2018. After much anticipation and speculation, Seacrest, who served as host of the talent competition show
SEOUL (Reuters) – A South Korean court on Thursday handed K-pop sensation T.O.P. a suspended 10-month jail sentence for drug use, after he pleaded guilty and sought leniency to avoid a prison term. The suspended term for the 29-year old, whose legal name is Choi Seung-hyun, followed his indictment without detention last month for using
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia has banned the catchy summer dance song “Despacito” from state radio and television broadcasts after critics in the Muslim-majority country complained the lyrics were obscene. The ban was announced on the government’s Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) on Wednesday by Salleh Said Keruak, the communications and multimedia minister, but the song can
NEW YORK (Reuters) – “Emeralds,” “Rubies” and “Diamonds” will dazzle as never before as three of the world’s top dance companies share the stage for the first time to mark the 50th anniversary of “Jewels,” the world’s first full-length plotless ballet, this week. The work by legendary choreographer George Balanchine, in three acts honoring the
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The creators of HBO’s hit medieval fantasy “Game of Thrones” have their next show lined for the premium cable network, but this one has no dragons or an undead army of white walkers. David Benioff and Dan Weiss, who adapted “Game of Thrones” from George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice
(Reuters) – The Hogwarts universe is set to expand by an additional two new Harry Potter books, published in conjunction with a British Library event, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the magical series. The library exhibition titled, “A History of Magic,” featuring the two books will be open from October 2017 to February
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – For the filmmaker who re-imagined Batman as “The Dark Knight” and explored deep space in “Interstellar,” the story of British troops trapped on a French beach during World War Two may seem like an unlikely draw. But the events of May 1940 that Christopher Nolan explores in “Dunkirk” is a “very
By Chris Aluka Berry | MACON, Ga. MACON, Ga. Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and entertainer Cher were among the political and musical luminaries who attended the funeral for Southern rock pioneer and Allman Brothers Band vocalist Gregg Allman in Georgia on Saturday. Hundreds of mourners joined a procession from the chapel where Allman was
NEW YORK Television talk-show host and comedian Bill Maher drew harsh criticism on Saturday for using a racial epithet on his HBO series “Real Time” in an interview with a U.S. senator from Nebraska. Maher issued a statement on Saturday apologizing for the comment, which HBO called “inexcusable.” Maher was interviewing Ben Sasse, a Republican,