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'Smallville' actress charged in self-help guru's sex traffic case

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 4:58pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York actress Allison Mack was arrested Friday on charges that she recruited women into a secret society led by self-help guru Keith Raniere in which they were forced to have sex with Raniere and were branded with his initials.

Saudis flock to 'Black Panther' as first public cinema premieres

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 4:11pm
RIYADH (Reuters) - Dozens of Saudi families flocked to the movies on Friday for the first time in almost 40 years after the lifting of a ban on a form of entertainment once deemed corrupting and un-Islamic.

‘Smallville’ actress arrested in self-help guru's New York sex traffic case

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 2:43pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York actress Allison Mack was arrested Friday on charges that she aided self-help guru Keith Raniere in running a secret society that enslaved women and branded them with his initials, federal prosecutors said.

Avicii, Swedish electronic dance music artist and DJ, dead at 28

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 2:19pm
(Reuters) - Swedish DJ and record producer Avicii, one of the biggest stars of electronic dance music (EDM) in Europe, was found dead on Friday at the age of 28, his U.S. publicist said.

Natalie Portman snubs Israeli award ceremony over "distressing" events

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 1:39pm
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli-American actress Natalie Portman has refused to attend a ceremony in Israel to accept a million-dollar prize because of "distressing" events in the country, the organizers said, announcing the prize-giving had been canceled.

Swedish electronic music DJ Avicii found dead at age 28

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 1:23pm
(Reuters) - Swedish DJ and record producer Avicii, one of the biggest stars of electronic dance music (EDM) in Europe, was found dead on Friday afternoon in Muscat, Oman, his U.S. publicist said.

Judge delays ruling on deposition by Cosby accuser's friend

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 12:58pm
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) - The judge in Bill Cosby's sex assault retrial on Friday delayed a decision on whether defense attorneys can introduce testimony from a woman they say could undercut his accuser's claim that she was unaware of the entertainer's physical interest in her.

'The Man Who Stole Banksy' tells Middle East street art tale

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 8:07am
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "The Man Who Stole Banksy," a street art documentary that will premiere at New York's Tribeca Film Festival on Friday, spins a tale that mixes would-be art-world avarice with Middle East politics.

Natalie Portman refuses to attend ceremony for Israeli million-dollar prize

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 7:26am
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli-American Hollywood actress Natalie Portman has refused to attend a ceremony in Israel to accept a million-dollar prize because of "distressing" events in the country, the organisers said, announcing the prizegiving had been cancelled.

'Exorcist' director Friedkin films the real thing in documentary

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 5:08am
ROME (Reuters) - William Friedkin, director of the 1973 classic film "The Exorcist", is dealing with the devil again but don't expect more twisting heads, levitating beds or spurts of green vomit.

Three defense witnesses to testify in Cosby sex assault retrial

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 4:34am
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) - Three witnesses are expected to testify on Friday for the defense in the trial against comedian Bill Cosby, who is accused of drugging and sexual assaulting a former friend more than a decade ago.

Cosby sex assault retrial to go to jury next week - judge

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 6:21pm
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) - Prosecutors wrapped up their sexual assault case against comedian Bill Cosby on Thursday as experts offered conflicting testimony about the drugs he is accused of giving a then-friend before allegedly raping her.

Probe into Prince's opioid death brings no criminal charges

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 2:10pm
CHASKA, Minn. (Reuters) - A two-year investigation into the death of "Purple Rain" singer Prince failed to determine where he obtained a counterfeit painkiller laced with fentanyl, resulting in no criminal charges, a Minnesota prosecutor said on Thursday.

Quaaludes, Benadryl in spotlight at Cosby sex assault retrial

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 1:19pm
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) - Bill Cosby's sex assault trial on Thursday focused on the drugs he is accused of giving a then-friend before raping her, with a toxicologist saying the pills could have left the comedian's alleged victim feeling incapacitated or even paralyzed.

No criminal charges to be filed in 2016 death of pop star Prince

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 12:09pm
CHASKA, Minn. (Reuters) - No criminal charges will be filed in the 2016 death of pop star Prince from an opioid overdose, a Minnesota prosecutor said on Thursday.

Bad-boy Von Trier returns to Cannes, 7 years after being expelled

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 10:53am
LONDON (Reuters) - Danish director Lars Von Trier will present a movie at Cannes next month for the first time since he was thrown out of the film festival seven years ago for saying he was a Nazi who sympathized with Adolf Hitler.

Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel masterpieces beamed to Rome theater

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 8:43am
ROME (Reuters) - With the help of lasers, dancers and music from British rock star Sting, Michelangelo's masterpieces are reaching new audiences outside the Vatican's Sistine Chapel.

Both sides to call toxicologists in Cosby sex assault trial

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 6:57am
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) - Expert toxicologists for both sides are expected to take the stand on Thursday in the trial of Bill Cosby who is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting a former friend more than a decade ago.

Cosby defense witness says accuser talked of framing a celebrity

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 7:00pm
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) - Bill Cosby's star defense witness testified on Wednesday that the woman who has accused him of sexual assault once told her how easy it would be to fabricate an accusation of sexual assault against a celebrity to make money.

Saudi cinema launch ends decades-old ban, public screenings start Friday

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 5:05pm
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.

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