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Teen angst plus super powers collide in 'Runaways'

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 5:16pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - When Brian K. Vaughan was approached by Marvel Comics to write a comic book to bring in new readers, he hit on the idea of "Runaways," the story of a diverse group of teenage friends whose bond grows stronger when they make a gruesome discovery.

Vivendi's music unit UMG worth more than $40 billion, CEO says

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 9:15am
BARCELONA/LONDON (Reuters) - Vivendi's Universal Music Group (UMG) could be worth more than $40 billion, Chief Executive Arnaud de Puyfontaine said on Friday, helping buoy shares in the French media group following third-quarter results where UMG was a highlight.

Spotify buys online recording studio Soundtrap

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 7:58am
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Music streaming company Spotify has bought online music and audio recording studio Soundtrap, it said on Friday, declining to give financial details of the deal.

Netflix's Marvel antihero 'The Punisher' explores the toll of violence

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 7:06am
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Frank Castle, the vigilante sniper assassin at the center of Netflix Inc's new Marvel series "The Punisher," is neither a hero nor a villain. He is a man in pain.

Vivendi's music unit UMG has a value of more than $40 billion, CEO says

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 6:51am
BARCELONA (Reuters) - Vivendi deems that its music unit has a value of more than $40 billion, driven by the success of music streaming platforms such as Spotify, chief executive Arnaud de Puyfontaine said on Friday.

Woman accuses Senator Al Franken of unwanted groping, kiss

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 10:37pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A radio broadcaster accused U.S. Senator Al Franken on Thursday of touching her breasts while she slept and forcing a kiss on her in 2006 when he was still a comedian and the two were preparing to perform before U.S. troops in the Middle East.

George Clooney makes TV return with 'Catch-22,' two decades after ER

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 7:05pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - George Clooney will make his return to television in a serialized adaptation of "Catch-22," Paramount Television said on Thursday, nearly 20 years after he left hit show "ER" to become one of film's biggest names.

Films about migration, terrorism win German Bambi awards

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 6:22pm
BERLIN (Reuters) - Films about terrorism, migration and the struggle for women's rights swept Germany's Bambi awards on Thursday evening, with Chinese dissident and filmmaker Ai Weiwei urging the star-studded audience to keep faith in humanity.

Woman accuses U.S. Senator Al Franken of unwanted groping, kiss

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 12:06pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A radio broadcaster accused U.S. Senator Al Franken on Thursday of touching her breasts while she slept and forcing a kiss on her in 2006 when he was still a comedian and the two were preparing to perform before U.S. troops in the Middle East.

London theater says 20 men made allegations against Kevin Spacey

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 8:55am
LONDON (Reuters) - The Old Vic theater in London said on Thursday it had received 20 separate allegations of inappropriate conduct by Kevin Spacey from 20 men who came into contact with him at the theater, or in connection with it, between 1995 and 2013.

Harvey Weinstein, movie studios sued over alleged sexual misconduct in class action suit

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 3:18pm
(Reuters) - A second actress has filed an anonymous case claiming she was sexually harassed by movie producer Harvey Weinstein and has also asked for class action status against Weinstein and the two companies he co-founded in a lawsuit on Wednesday.

Conservation by killing? Documentary asks if commerce can save threatened species

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 8:23am
LONDON (Reuters) - Could a hunter's bullet be a tool in helping save Africa's endangered species from extinction? The question is one of the many complex ethical dilemmas raised by "Trophy", a documentary that examines whether commerce can help wildlife conservation.

Harvey Weinstein sued by actress, who claims he raped her in 2016

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 10:51pm
(Reuters) - Harvey Weinstein and the movie company he co-founded, The Weinstein Company, were sued in California state court on Tuesday by an anonymous actress who said she was raped by the movie producer in the spring of 2016.

Blake Shelton named People's 2017 'Sexiest Man Alive'

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 7:59pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Blake Shelton was named Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine, a first for any country singer, prompting "The Voice" judge to shake off his shyness about his looks.

As 'Roman J. Israel, Esq.' Denzel Washington explores social injustice

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 5:25pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - For his latest role, as an attorney who defends young people of color imprisoned without trial, Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington weighed how family dynamics played into the lives of young criminals.

Taylor Swift's 'Reputation' sales soar, but Adele keeps her crown

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 3:38pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Taylor Swift's new album "Reputation" has sold more than one million copies in its first five days, Nielsen Music said on Tuesday, but the U.S. pop star failed to beat the record set by Britain's Adele two years ago.

Wonder Woman sword, Spider-Man drone land on 'Worst Toys' list

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 11:15am
BOSTON (Reuters) - A plastic version of comic-book superhero Wonder Woman's sword and a Spider-Man drone showed up as villains on a U.S. child safety advocacy group's annual list of potentially hazardous toys.

Franco hopes 'Disaster Artist' conveys passion of worst film ever made

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 8:00pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - When James Franco set out to direct "The Disaster Artist," a faux behind-the-scenes look at the making of 2003's "The Room," often called one of the worst films ever made, he said it was not to poke fun at the "Room" creator Tommy Wiseau.

Russia's RT America registers as 'foreign agent' in U.S.

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 3:15pm
MOSCOW/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Kremlin-backed television station RT America registered Monday with the U.S. Department of Justice as a "foreign agent" in the United States, the outlet's editor in chief said and the Department of Justice confirmed later in the day.

Sam Smith scores first top spot on Billboard 200

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 12:56pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sam Smith's "The Thrill of it All" scored the British singer's first No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 album chart, edging out new releases by Maroon 5 and Blake Shelton, according to data from Nielsen SoundScan on Monday,