Actor Jussie Smollett not returning to ‘Empire,’ TV creator says

Jussie Smollett will not be returning to U.S. television series "Empire", the show's creator says, marking the first public confirmation that the actor has been dropped after a furor over claims that he was the victim of [Read entire story]

New season of ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ not meant to be ‘torture to watch,’ creator says

With its chilling portrait of a patriarchal dictatorship where women are routinely raped, mutilated and forcibly separated from their children, "The Handmaid's Tale" has sometimes proved tough to stomach. [Read entire story]

Disney’s ‘Avengers: Endgame’ sets opening day record in China

Marvel superhero movie "Avengers: Endgame" set an opening-day record in China with an estimated $107.2 million in ticket sales, distributor Walt Disney Co said on Wednesday. [Read entire story]

In summer movie season, superheroes and a king may set movie records for Disney

The final chapter in a decade-long superhero saga and the remake of a big-screen classic could topple box-office records during a summer movie season expected to be dominated by Walt Disney Co. [Read entire story]

Writers Guild of America sues four major talent agencies

A long-simmering dispute between The Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Association of Talent Agents (ATA) came to a head on Wednesday, with the WGA saying it had filed a lawsuit against the four major U.S. talent [Read entire story]

‘Avengers: Endgame’ movie directors plead: ‘Don’t spoil it’

The directors of "Avengers: Endgame" pleaded with fans on Tuesday not to spoil the movie by giving away storylines after reports that some scenes had leaked online. [Read entire story]

Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin face college admissions scam charges in Boston

Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin arrived at Boston federal court on Wednesday to face charges tied to the largest college admissions scam uncovered in U.S. history, while another parent became the first to [Read entire story]

Filming 30 feet down: underwater movie studio opens in Belgium

Director Joachim Heden filmed scenes of his survival movie in a blizzard in the Arctic, but the idea of putting actors and crew into the frozen waters was out of the question - fortunately he had another option. [Read entire story]

‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ coming to Netflix

The groundbreaking novel "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez is coming to the screen for the first time in a Spanish language series for Netflix, the streaming service said on Wednesday. [Read entire story]

Singer R. Kelly denies sexual abuse charges in CBS interview

Grammy-winning R&B singer R. Kelly on Tuesday denied sexual abuse charges against him and broke into tears while saying he was fighting for his life, according to interview excerpts released by CBS television. [Read entire story]

U2’s Bono and Pope discuss Irish sexual abuse crisis

Bono, frontman for Irish rock band U2, met Pope Francis on Wednesday and said afterwards he is an extraordinary man who is sincere in his pain over a sexual abuse crisis in Ireland. [Read entire story]

Alberta Ferretti’s soft-toned urban explorers open Milan Fashion Week

The curtain went up on Milan's fashion week on Wednesday with a soft-toned and feminine collection designed by Italy's Alberta Ferretti with urban safari-inspired looks. [Read entire story]

Emboldened by #MeToo, ‘mad as hell’ women take spotlight at Cosby retrial

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) - As Bill Cosby approached a Pennsylvania courthouse for the beginning of his retrial on charges of drugging and sexually assaulting a one-time friend, a bare-breasted protester ran toward him [Read entire story]

Saudi Arabia launches first new cinema, public showings start Friday

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia launched its first commercial movie theater on Wednesday, ending a nearly 40-year ban on cinemas under a push by the crown prince to modernize the deeply conservative Muslim kingdom. [Read entire story]

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. [Read entire story]

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, [Read entire story]

Thousands to join Hollywood #MeToo march against sexual abuse

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Thousands of people are expected to march in Los Angeles on Sunday to support victims of sexual assault and harassment, inspired by a social media campaign that has portrayed such abuse as a [Read entire story]

Hollywood puts scandal aside for a night at the honorary Oscars

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Putting aside the sexual harassment scandal for a night, the stars of Hollywood came out on Saturday to celebrate the work of actor Donald Sutherland and four other filmmakers awarded honorary [Read entire story]

Apple, Amazon bid for James Bond film rights- Hollywood Reporter

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The film franchise features Bond, James Bond. And Apple Inc and Inc have joined a bevy of suitors bidding for distribution rights for the lucrative movies depicting the exploits of [Read entire story]

More Clooney babies? Not likely, says Amal Clooney

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - After welcoming twins earlier this year and mastering the art of changing diapers, George Clooney and wife, human rights lawyer Amal Clooney are not looking to expand their brood further. [Read entire story]

Marvel brings hammerless Thor, new king Black Panther for Comic-Con

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Thor has lost his invincible hammer and Black Panther shoulders the responsibility of being a new king, in exclusive scenes shown from Disney's Marvel studios' upcoming superhero movies at San [Read entire story]

Justin Bieber cancels rest of ‘Purpose’ tour without explanation

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pop singer Justin Bieber on Monday canceled the remainder of his "Purpose" world tour citing "unforeseen circumstances" but gave no specific reasons. [Read entire story]

Lines of cocaine? No, says Kim Kardashian, it’s just the table design

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Reality star Kim Kardashian has shot down speculation that she is using cocaine, saying white lines seen on a table in one of her social media postings were in fact the markings on a marble table. [Read entire story]

Spotify signs Sony royalty deal while Warner holds out: reports

(Reuters) - Spotify has reached a licensing deal with a second major label, Sony Music Entertainment, according to media reports, setting the stage for a U.S. stock market listing by the music streaming leader. [Read entire story]

‘Fate of the Furious’ Debuts to Hefty $100.2 Million

LOS ANGELES ( - "The Fate of the Furious" is roaring to a record-setting global debut over the weekend even as domestic audiences showed less enthusiasm for the latest installment in Universal's long-running [Read entire story]

‘Cash me ousside’ star cashes in as viral villain

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - When Barbara Ann Bregoli appeared on CBS's "Dr. Phil" show in December to get advice about how to control her car-stealing teenage daughter, nobody could have predicted she would be giving birth [Read entire story]

Milan’s fashion week wraps up with Armani’s expressive colors

MILAN (Reuters) - Once again Italian designer Giorgio Armani stunned with bright and eloquent colors in his autumn and winter collection, wrapping up six days of catwalk shows at Milan's Fashion week. [Read entire story]

‘Moonlight’ upsets ‘La La Land’ for top Oscar after major gaffe

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - African-American coming-of-age tale "Moonlight" won the Oscar for best picture on Sunday on a big night for Hollywood diversity that was overshadowed by an embarrassing onstage gaffe over the top [Read entire story]

Singer Jennifer Holliday pulls out of Trump inauguration event

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Broadway star Jennifer Holliday said on Saturday she was pulling out of a concert celebrating the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, citing an online article that cast the performance [Read entire story]

Actors Johnny Depp, Amber Heard finalize bitter divorce

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Film star Johnny Depp's tumultuous divorce from actress Amber Heard was finalized on Friday, ending the couple's marriage after months of highly publicized claims by Heard of domestic violence and [Read entire story]