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China's Bytedance buying lip-sync app Musical.ly for up to $1 billion

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 10:59pm
HONG KONG/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese online content platform Bytedance said on Friday it would buy popular lip-sync platform Musical.ly, in a deal seen valued at up to $1 billion that underlines the global ambitions of the fast-growing tech startup.

China's Bytedance says to merge with lip-syncing app Musical.ly

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 10:03pm
(Reuters) - China's AI-powered content platform Bytedance Ltd said on Friday it would merge with lip-syncing app Musical.ly Inc.

'Last Jedi' director Rian Johnson to oversee new 'Star Wars' trilogy

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 4:48pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The galaxy far, far away is expanding further on screen with a new trilogy of "Star Wars" films outside of the ongoing Skywalker saga, Walt Disney Co said Thursday, to be overseen by Rian Johnson, the director of the franchise's upcoming film "The Last Jedi."

Five women detail sexual misconduct claims against comedian Louis C.K.: report

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 3:41pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Five women detailed sexual misconduct allegations against Emmy-winning comedian Louis C.K. in a New York Times report published Thursday, including three who said he had masturbated in front of them.

Israeli intelligence firm regrets working for Weinstein, official says

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 2:32pm
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An Israeli intelligence firm which reportedly helped Harvey Weinstein gather information on women accusing him of sexual harassment and assault is sorry it agreed to work with the Hollywood producer, a company official said on Thursday.

Israeli intel firm regrets working for Weinstein, official says

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 1:52pm
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An Israeli intelligence firm which reportedly helped Harvey Weinstein gather information on women accusing him of sexual harassment and assault is sorry it agreed to work with the Hollywood producer, a company official said on Thursday.

LGBT characters on U.S. TV at record highs

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 8:05am
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The number of lesbian, gay and transgender characters on U.S. television shows have reached record highs, and campaign group GLAAD said on Thursday that their stories were more important than ever given moves in the United States to roll back LGBT acceptance.

Dance star Akram Khan prepares for swansong tour

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 5:37am
LONDON (Reuters) - One of Britain's most celebrated dancer-choreographers, Akram Khan, is tackling the rise of xenophobia in his latest work, which he says will be his last as a leading performer.

Swiss drop rape inquiry against director Polanski

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 2:56am
ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss prosecutors have dropped an investigation of film director Roman Polanski after finding the statute of limitations did not allow pursuing allegations by a former German actress and model that he raped her in 1972 when she was 15 years old.

Kevin Spacey to be erased from Sony film about Getty kidnapping: reports

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 12:33am
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The director and producers of the completed but unreleased Hollywood film "All the Money in the World" have chosen to remove Kevin Spacey from the movie, recast his role and reshoot his scenes following sexual misconduct allegations against the actor.

Tribute to Las Vegas victims marks CMA Awards as Brooks wins top award

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 11:33pm
(Reuters) - The Country Music Association's (CMA) annual awards on Wednesday blended somber reflections on recent tragic events including the Las Vegas mass shooting, with show-stopping performances by top music stars and even a dose of political humor.

Harvey Weinstein hires NY defense lawyer Benjamin Brafman

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 8:16pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Harvey Weinstein has hired Manhattan criminal defense attorney Benjamin Brafman to represent him in New York, a spokeswoman for the Hollywood producer said on Wednesday, days after New York police said an unidentified woman had accused Weinstein of rape.

Pokemon Go's Niantic taps 'Harry Potter' magic for new augmented reality game

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 7:10pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Fantastic beasts, wizard adventures and magic spells will come to life in a new "Harry Potter" augmented reality mobile game from Pokemon Go developer Niantic Inc and Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment, the companies said on Wednesday.

Apple orders Witherspoon, Aniston drama in TV push

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 1:03pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Apple Inc has ordered two seasons of a drama series that stars Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston and looks at the lives of people working on a morning television show, a company spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

'Glengarry Glen Ross' revival examines the dark side of cutting deals

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 11:13am
LONDON (Reuters) - In an age where a real-estate salesman has assumed the highest political office in the United States, a new revival of David Mamet's Pulitzer Prize-winning "Glengarry Glen Ross" in London is highlighting the dark side of the art of the deal.

Brother Love? Puff Daddy? Call me what you want, says Sean Combs

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 1:42pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Two days after declaring he had changed his name again, this time to Brother Love, rapper and producer Sean Combs says it was all just a joke.

Greta Gerwig explores complexities of growing up in 'Lady Bird'

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 12:53pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Why won't you call me Lady Bird? You promised that you would."

'Justice League' must battle film critics as well as villains

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 5:11am
LONDON (Reuters) - Saving Metropolis and Gotham City from the clutches of super-villains might be enough pressure for the average caped crusader but the cast of the forthcoming "Justice League" film also face another equally-terrifying foe: film critics.

Australia can breathe easy after 17th century map restored

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 12:18am
SYDNEY (Reuters) - A 17th century map of Australia, predating British settlement, has gone on display for the first time after suffering extensive damage while purportedly housed for hundreds of years in a Swedish warehouse.

While the poor collector gently weeps, Hendrix, McCartney guitars go up for auction

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 11:14pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Collectors who want to own a piece of music history - Fender, Gibson and Guild guitars used by the likes of Tom Petty, Paul McCartney and Jimi Hendrix - will have to be ready to put up some serious cash next month in New York City.