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Home-grown streaming app helps Pakistan's musicians find voice

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 1:25am
KARACHI (Reuters) - For years, violence kept most of Pakistan's aspiring young musicians from following their dreams, whether the threat of Taliban militant attacks or gang wars in the crowded southern port city of Karachi.

Keanu Reeves gets deadlier in 'John Wick 2,' talks 'Bill & Ted' sequel

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 9:09pm
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."

'White Helmets' filmmakers say Trump travel ban hurts Syrian subjects

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 7:49pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The filmmakers of Oscar-nominated "The White Helmets" about Syria's rescue workers said the documentary's subjects are directly affected by U.S. President Donald Trump's travel ban and their absence at the Oscars is a "lost opportunity."

Diversity to rock the runway at New York Fashion Week

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 6:03pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - From faux furs and statement outerwear to floral prints and pants suits for warmer weather, a diversity of styles for all seasons will hit the runway at New York Fashion Week.

YouTube stars can live stream from mobile, make money from fans

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 10:15am
(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's YouTube said it was rolling out live streaming from mobile devices for users with more than 10,000 subscribers, adding a feature that will help them make money, as it takes on Facebook Live.

Bell Media says Super Bowl ratings drop, cites ruling on commercials

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 8:27am
TORONTO (Reuters) - The Canadian broadcaster of Sunday's U.S. National Football League's Super Bowl game said its ratings fell 39 percent from last year after a broadcast regulator ruled it could no longer substitute its commercials into U.S. feeds available in the country.

Madonna granted permission to adopt two children from Malawi

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 6:46am
LILONGWE (Reuters) - Madonna has been granted permission to adopt two more children from Malawi after the High Court in the impoverished southern African country gave its approval.

Pakistan bans hit Bollywood film starring Pakistani actress

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 6:08am
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan has banned cinemas nationwide from screening an Indian blockbuster movie starring a famous Pakistani actress, a censor official said on Tuesday, the latest media clampdown after last year's spike in tension between the nuclear-armed neighbors.

Sting, Wayne Shorter win 2017 Polar Music Prize

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 2:05am
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - British rock star Sting and American jazz musician Wayne Shorter have been awarded Sweden's Polar Music Prize, committee officials said on Tuesday.

Oscar awards organizers call for artistic freedom, no U.S. barriers

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 5:32pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The head of the organization behind the Oscar awards on Monday called for diversity and freedom of expression, saying the United States should not put barriers in the way of artists from around the world.

Fans camp out for tickets to more serious Berlin film fest

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 4:57pm
BERLIN (Reuters) - Movie fans waited for hours -- and in some cases camped overnight -- to make sure they got passes to the 67th annual Berlin Film Festival, or Berlinale.

Kanye West appears to dump Trump with disappearing tweets

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 2:59pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Kanye West, one of Donald Trump's biggest celebrity supporters, appeared to have deleted his tweets about his meeting last year with the then U.S. president-elect in which the two discussed multicultural issues.

NFL Super Bowl draws lower TV ratings than previous two games

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 8:52am
(Reuters) - Fox Television's broadcast of Super Bowl LI on Sunday night drew a 48.8 overnight rating, according to Nielsen data released by the network, lower than the previous two Super Bowls.

Ricky Gervais' shtick gets tricky in Trump and Brexit era

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 7:04am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Playing a brash, bigoted bore in the Trump and Brexit era is double trouble for comedian-actor Ricky Gervais.

Lady Gaga soars over Super Bowl stage with bow to inclusion

Sun, 02/05/2017 - 8:27pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Standing atop the roof of Houston's NRG Stadium with drones illuminating an American flag in the night sky behind her, Lady Gaga kicked off her Super Bowl halftime set on Sunday by singing "God Bless America" as a subtle message of inclusion and unity in a deeply divided United States.

Box Office: 'Split' Tops 'Rings,' as 'Space Between Us' Bombs

Sun, 02/05/2017 - 1:01pm
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - It was a squeaker, but Universal's "Split" has edged past Paramount's "Rings" to narrowly claim victory at the domestic box office. The low-budget thriller retained its first place position for the third consecutive weekend, earning $14.6 million. So far, "Split," the story of a man with multiple personalities, has made $98.7 million stateside, while costing just $9 million, making it very profitable indeed. The film stars James McAvoy, was directed by "The Sixth Sens

'La La Land' director Chazelle wins top DGA award, stoking Oscar hopes

Sun, 02/05/2017 - 2:38am
(Reuters) - Hollywood directors named Damien Chazelle the best film director of 2016 for “La La Land" at a gala ceremony on Saturday, placing the musical in a strong position for the movie world's top honors, the Oscars, later this month.

'Land of Mine' takes Denmark's dark secret to the Oscars

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 8:21pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A country's dark secret is the subject of an Oscar-nominated film, as a Danish filmmaker tells the true story of German prisoners of war ordered to disable and remove Nazi-planted land mines in Denmark after World War Two.

Singer LeAnn Rimes focuses on love for new album 'Remnants'

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 7:35pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Just ahead of Valentine's Day, singer LeAnn Rimes' latest album "Remnants" is all about love.

U.S. Coast Guard to suspend search for Canadian 'Sharkwater' filmmaker

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 4:31pm
(Reuters) - The U.S. Coast Guard will suspend at sunset on Friday a three-day search for award-winning Canadian filmmaker Rob Stewart, an environmental activist who went missing after a deepwater dive off the southern Florida coast.