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U2 is sued for allegedly stealing song for 'Achtung Baby'

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 9:20am
(Reuters) - A British songwriter and guitarist has sued U2, claiming the band stole one of his works for a song on its blockbuster 1991 album "Achtung Baby."

SoundCloud launches budget plan to attract paying subscribers

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 7:03am
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Music-streaming service SoundCloud launched a budget subscription package on Tuesday, hoping to convert more listeners into paying subscribers and undercutting rivals Apple and Spotify.

Future's self-titled album tops Billboard 200 chart

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 6:11pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rapper Future topped the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 chart on Monday, scoring his fourth chart-topping album.

U.S. State Department tweets, then deletes congratulations for Iran Oscar win

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 4:18pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department on Monday issued and then deleted a congratulatory message for an Oscar win by a prominent Iranian director who criticized President Donald Trump's travel ban as "inhumane."

For White Helmets leader, Oscar win a victory for Syrian people

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 2:59pm
GAZIANTEP, Turkey/BEIRUT (Reuters) - For Raed Saleh, the leader of the White Helmets civil defense group, Sunday night's Oscar win symbolized a victory for Syrian people ravaged by six years of war - and kindled some hope that the world had not forgotten them.

Early Oscars ratings show fewer viewers than last year - Nielsen

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 9:46am
(Reuters) - ABC's Sunday night broadcast of the 89th Academy Awards drew a 22.4 overnight rating, down 4 percent from last year's low-rated show, according to Nielsen data released by the Walt Disney Co unit.

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

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 7:29am
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.

Pennsylvania judge to hear arguments on moving Cosby criminal trial

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 5:09am
(Reuters) - Lawyers for comedian Bill Cosby return to court on Monday to argue that his sexual assault case has drawn too much publicity to allow for a fair criminal trial in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

Trump policies play supporting role in 2017 Oscars

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 2:08am
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Donald Trump's name was rarely mentioned during Sunday's Academy Awards, but the U.S. president's policies were a running subtext throughout the evening.

Amazon, Netflix grab a share of Oscar glory

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 1:03am
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Silicon Valley crashed Hollywood's biggest awards show on Sunday as Amazon.com Inc and Netflix Inc collected the first Academy Awards for streaming services while independent studio A24 won the coveted best picture Oscar.

Oscar host Jimmy Kimmel pokes fun at new world under Trump

Sun, 02/26/2017 - 9:51pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Comic Jimmy Kimmel opened Sunday's Oscars show seeking to break the tension among jittery nominees by poking deadpan fun at the political tumult roiling the United States and the globe during President Donald Trump's early weeks in office.

Iran's 'The Salesman' wins best foreign language Oscar

Sun, 02/26/2017 - 9:10pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Iranian film "The Salesman," a domestic tale of revenge and honor within a modern marriage, won the Oscar on Sunday for best foreign language film.

Stars shimmer on Oscar red carpet as diamonds and gold have their day

Sun, 02/26/2017 - 7:21pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hollywood's A-list stars flaunted gold and silver gowns on the Oscar red carpet on Sunday, doused with a generous helping of diamonds, feathers, sequins and symbolic blue ribbons on the world's most cinematic runway.

'People's Court' judge Joseph Wapner dies at 97: reports

Sun, 02/26/2017 - 5:35pm
(Reuters) - Joseph Wapner, the former real-life judge who presided over "The People's Court" on reality television with a Solomonic presence that made him one of the best-known legal figures in the United States, died on Sunday at the age of 97, news reports said.

Part premiere, part Trump protest, Londoners gather for Oscar movie

Sun, 02/26/2017 - 1:32pm
LONDON (Reuters) - Thousands of people braved London's winter drizzle on Sunday for a screening of the Oscar-nominated movie that has become a rallying point for opponents of U.S. President Donald Trump’s immigration policy.

Box Office: Jordan Peele's 'Get Out' scores monster $30.5 million opening

Sun, 02/26/2017 - 11:03am
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - "Get Out," a trenchant horror film about race relations, rode critical raves to a smashing box office debut.

Actor Bill Paxton, known for roles in 'Big Love,' 'Titanic,' dies at 61

Sun, 02/26/2017 - 10:53am
(Reuters) - American actor Bill Paxton, who rose to stardom with roles in Hollywood blockbusters such as "Aliens" and "Titanic," has died at age 61 after complications from surgery, his family said in a statement on Sunday.

Escape with 'La La Land' or time to get real? Oscars face choice

Sun, 02/26/2017 - 7:11am
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The red carpet has been rolled out and the champagne is on ice for Hollywood's big night on Sunday, but the biggest question may not be who will win but how much politics will rain on the "La La Land" Oscar parade.

Syrian Oscar nominee says can't get to ceremony because of passport problem

Sun, 02/26/2017 - 2:46am
BEIRUT (Reuters) - A Syrian cameraman and rescue worker whose documentary about the "White Helmets" Civil Defence group has been nominated for an Oscar will not attend the awards ceremony because Damascus has canceled his passport, the group said on Sunday.

Meryl Streep accuses Karl Lagerfeld of spoiling her Oscars

Sat, 02/25/2017 - 11:18pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Meryl Streep on Saturday accused designer Karl Lagerfeld of spoiling her night at the Academy Awards ceremony by falsely accusing her of being paid to wear a gown on the Oscars red carpet.

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