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  • Pinewood Group, owner of the British studio where James Bond is filmed, said the firm could be sold as it looks to boost shareholder value and help the company grow. Pinewood, which has a market capitalisation of more than 250 million pounds ($362.23 million), said on Wednesday it had appointed Rothschild to carry out …

  • By Vera Afdjei LONDON (Reuters) - When acclaimed choreographer Christopher Wheeldon first saw "Portrait of Madame X", he was captivated by the painting that caused a social uproar in 19th century Paris. The John Singer Sargent portrait of married socialite Amelie Gautreau showed her in a black dress with one of her jewelled …

  • First-time director shares grim dystopian vision in … Reuters - Tue, Feb 9, 2016 11:17 PM SGT

    In "The Survivalist", director Stephen Fingleton's feature film debut, there is a dark imagining of a post-apocalyptic world where society has collapsed and each must fend for himself. It is enough to have earned Fingleton a BAFTA nomination on his first go. "Our civilisation is based on a foundation of resources that …

  • Actress Gwyneth Paltrow testifies in trial of accused … Reuters - Tue, Feb 9, 2016 1:18 PM SGT
    Paltrow poses at the premiere of "Thanks for Sharing" in Los Angeles

    Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow told a Los Angeles court on Monday that she feared for her safety after receiving dozens of letters from a man accused of stalking her for the past 17 years, according to media reports. Paltrow, who read aloud from the letters sent by Dante Michael Soiu, 67, told the jury she found …

  • Rihanna's 'Anti' scores Billboard 200 top … Reuters - Tue, Feb 9, 2016 4:41 AM SGT
    Singer Rihanna poses at the second annual Diamond Ball fundraising event in Santa Monica

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Rihanna's new album, "Anti," officially took the top spot on the Billboard 200 album charts on Monday, a week after 1 million giveaway copies made it ineligible for Billboard consideration. "Anti" sold 166,000 units, comprising album and song sales and streaming activity, in …

  • Cast member Brad Pitt gestures on the red carpet at the premiere of  "The Big Short" in New York

    By David Gaffen and Jennifer Ablan NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street villains are having their big moment on both television and the big screen. With the 2008-2009 financial crisis and the accompanying Great Recession not only fresh in many people’s minds but still having an impact on many lives, stories about greed on …

  • Lily James promises Zombie treat for Jane Austen f … Reuters - Mon, Feb 8, 2016 10:43 PM SGT
    Cast member Lily James poses at the European premiere of "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" in Leicester Square

    Actress Lily James is confident Jane Austen fans will warm to "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies", a gory variation on the classic English novel, despite her own initial reservations about the project. The film, based on a 2009 New York Times bestselling book, sees the Bennet sisters don swords to fight the undead, in a …

  • Hulu's time-travel drama '11.22.63' examines … Reuters - Mon, Feb 8, 2016 10:04 PM SGT
    J.J. Abrams presents an award during the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards in Santa Monica

    By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Few events have ever garnered as much discussion as the assassination of President John F. Kennedy at Dealey Plaza in Dallas on a Friday afternoon in November 1963, which changed the nation forever. "11.22.63," based on Stephen King's best-selling book of the same name and premiering …

  • Beyonce, Bruno Mars heat up Coldplay's Super Bowl … Reuters - Mon, Feb 8, 2016 12:02 PM SGT
    Beyonce, Martin and Mars perform during the half-time show at the NFL's Super Bowl 50 between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos in Santa Clara

    By Deborah M. Todd and Rory Carroll SANTA CLARA, Calif. (Reuters) - Coldplay headlined at Sunday's Super Bowl halftime show, but it was R&B super stars Beyonce and Bruno Mars who delivered the sizzle with a lively, upbeat production that paid homage to previous halftime performers. After Coldplay crowd-pleasers "Paradise" …

  • Travel agency in isolated Gaza recalls the "golden" … Reuters - Sun, Feb 7, 2016 5:21 PM SGT
    Palestinian travel agent Nabil Shurafa stands at the entrance of his office in Gaza City

    By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Nabil Shurafa's travel agency in Gaza was once packed with clients booking flights to London, Paris, New York or cities across the Arab world. The posters of the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty and a map of the world look out of place on the walls, given the sense of isolation …

  • Zayn scores fastest-selling single of 2016 with solo … Reuters - Sat, Feb 6, 2016 2:07 AM SGT
    Former One Direction member Zayn Malik arrives at the fifth annual Asian Awards in the Grosvenor House Hote

    The debut solo of former One Direction singer Zayn shot straight to the top of the British charts on Friday as the fastest-selling single of 2016 so far, while David Bowie continued to dominate the albums. Zayn's "Pillowtalk" notched up combined sales of 112,000 with 4.97 million streams, according to the Official Charts …

  • Big name Dutch art fair follows flush collectors to … Reuters - Sat, Feb 6, 2016 1:28 AM SGT

    By Thomas Escritt AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - One of the world's largest art fairs is venturing away from its Dutch home base for the first time as economic weakness in Europe and emerging Chinese and Russian markets leave New York an increasingly important source of wealthy collectors. Nestled in a pocket of the southern Netherlands …

  • Pouts and selfies as models Derek and Hansel back for … Reuters - Fri, Feb 5, 2016 10:19 PM SGT
    Ben Stiller and Valentino pose for photographers at the screening of Zoolander 2 at a cinema in central London

    Male models Derek and Hansel are back on the catwalk in fashion comedy sequel "Zoolander 2", returning with their famous pouts, poses -- and a record-breaking selfie to capture them. On a blue carpet that evoked his trademark "blue steel" pout, Derek Zoolander himself, actor Ben Stiller, helped set a record for the longest …

  • Former "Friends" star Matt LeBlanc joins … Reuters - Thu, Feb 4, 2016 8:11 PM SGT
    Actor Matt LeBlanc poses for a portrait in Los Angeles

    Britain's BBC said Matt LeBlanc, former star of 1990s U.S. hit comedy "Friends", will join the new presenting line-up for its popular car show "Top Gear" when it returns in May. The American actor, who achieved global fame as Joey Tribbiani in the NBC sitcom, will be the first non-British host of the show, the BBC said …

  • House-proud Koreans embrace decor as IKEA, rivals tap … Reuters - Thu, Feb 4, 2016 4:14 PM SGT
    A woman listens to music inside a showroom at an Ikea store in Gwangmyeong

    By Hooyeon Kim and Joyce Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - IKEA was onto something when it opened its first South Korean store, its largest anywhere, in late 2014. Local market leader Hanssem Co Ltd, with sales of more than $1 billion in 2014, saw a 31 percent increase in revenue for the first nine months of 2015 and a doubling in …

  • Interview: Don't take Lebanon's stability for … Reuters - Thu, Feb 4, 2016 2:23 AM SGT
    Kaag, special coordinator of the OPCW-UN joint mission on eliminating Syria's chemical weapons programme, speaks during a news conference in Damascus

    By Tom Perry BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon has weathered five years of Middle Eastern turmoil remarkably well but its stability should not be taken for granted and it needs long-term financial help to cope with a huge number of Syrian refugees, a senior U.N. official said. U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Sigrid Kaag, …

  • Ryan Reynolds calls "Deadpool" a "game … Reuters - Thu, Feb 4, 2016 1:34 AM SGT
    Actor Ryan Reynolds  arrives for the premiere of the movie "Mississippi Grind" during the 40th Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto.

    In the last few years, superheroes of all kinds have faced a wide range of villains in countless action adventure movies. Hollywood actor Ryan Reynolds says "Deadpool", Marvel's anti-hero about to hit cinema screens, is redefining the genre. According to the movie's synopsis, the film tells the story of former Special …

  • Hard Rock Cafe fetes 45 years with London memorabilia … Reuters - Wed, Feb 3, 2016 9:21 PM SGT
    Helmets are stacked on a bar counter during a preview of an upcoming Hard Rock Cafe in Vienna

    From Madonna's bustier to Paul McCartney's suit, fashion memorabilia from the world of music goes on display at an exhibition in London on Wednesday celebrating the 45th anniversary of the opening of the Hard Rock Cafe. The display, called "Hard Rock Couture", features items worn as well as instruments played by singers …

  • Italy to measure costs of tattoos, men's shorts … Reuters - Wed, Feb 3, 2016 8:34 PM SGT
    A man dressed as ancient Roman soldier shows a tattoo during a parade in Rome April 18, 2004. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi/Files

    Italy will include the cost of tattoos and men's shorts in its monthly report on consumer prices, while fees for overnight berths on trains will be dropped, the national statistics office said on Wednesday. The country's national statistics office ISTAT adjusts the basket of goods used to measure consumer prices every …

  • Lady Gaga to perform 'multisensory' Bowie tribute … Reuters - Wed, Feb 3, 2016 2:48 AM SGT
    Singer Lady Gaga arrives at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills

    (Reuters) - Lady Gaga will lead what organizers called an "experiential tribute" to late British singer David Bowie at the Grammy Awards this month. The Recording Academy said Gaga would perform three or four of Bowie's songs in a "multisensory testament" to Bowie's creativity as a musician whose work constantly evolved …

  • Adele tops Billboard, Rihanna's million 'Anti' … Reuters - Tue, Feb 2, 2016 10:47 AM SGT
    British singer Adele perfoms the song "Skyfall" at the 85th Academy Awards in Hollywood

    By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - British singer Adele regained the top spot on Monday on the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 chart, while R&B star Rihanna's latest record sold less than 500 copies after a million copies were given away for free, making them ineligible for Billboard charts. Adele's record-breaking "25" …

  • With Cara Delevingne as muse, artist Yeo presents new … Reuters - Tue, Feb 2, 2016 12:11 AM SGT
    Cara Delevingne poses for photographers at the Chanel "Mademoiselle Prive" exhibition, in London.

    The self-taught artist will present the portraits, which in age of constant selfies on social media also look at where the genre is headed, as part of a retrospective of his work in an exhibition opening in Denmark next month. "A lot of my work in the past has been about one painting of someone and trying to get everything …

  • US construction spending hit 8-year-high in 2015 Associated Press - Mon, Feb 1, 2016 11:13 PM SGT
    In this Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, photo, construction cranes for high rise buildings are shown in downtown Miami. On Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, the Commerce Department reports on U.S. construction spending in December. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. construction spending rebounded slightly in December, helping push total spending for 2015 to the highest level in eight years.

  • Decades old British comedy show "Dad's Army" … Reuters - Mon, Feb 1, 2016 9:13 PM SGT
    Cast member Catherine Zeta-Jones attends the premiere of the film "Side Effects" in New York

    Popular British television show "Dad's Army" gets a cinema reboot this week in a new comedy hoping to garner the same laughs the sitcom did nearly 40 years after it ended. The BBC show, running from 1968 to 1977, followed the antics of an incompetent Home Guard platoon in the fictional English town of Walmington-on-Sea …

  • British broadcaster Terry Wogan dies of cancer - B … Reuters - Sun, Jan 31, 2016 5:50 PM SGT
    Irish-born broadcaster Terry Wogan holds his OBE award at Buckingham Palace in London

    British television and radio personality Terry Wogan died of cancer aged 77 on Sunday, his family said. Irish-born Wogan, one of the BBC's most recognisable faces and voices, was granted a British knighthood in 2005. "Sir Terry Wogan died today after a short but brave battle with cancer.

  • Factbox - Key winners at the 2016 Screen Actors Guild … Reuters - Sun, Jan 31, 2016 12:45 PM SGT
    Mark Ruffalo accepts the award for his fellow cast members for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for the film "Spotlight" at the 22nd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Screen Actors Guild awards for performances in film and television were presented on Saturday at a ceremony in Los Angeles. ...

  • 'Spotlight,' actors of color win big at SAG … Reuters - Sun, Jan 31, 2016 12:45 PM SGT
    Actors Crudup, Schreiber, McAdams, Slattery, Keaton, Brian d'Arcy James and Ruffalo pose backstage with their award for Outstanding Performance in a Motion Picture for the film "Spotlight" at the 22nd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles

    By Piya Sinha-Roy and Nichola Groom LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to diverse TV," Idris Elba joked on stage after winning twice at Saturday's Screen Actors Guild Awards, where actors of color claimed a slew of wins amid a furor in Hollywood over the lack of on-screen diversity. Leonardo DiCaprio, …

  • Actor Elba poses at the 7th Annual Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood

    By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hollywood actors will gather to crown the best performances in film and television on Saturday as a furor over diversity in show business casts a shadow over an awards season usually marked by congratulations and red carpet fashion. In contrast to the Oscars, where no actors of …

  • After 68 years, last classic Land Rover Defender 4x4 … Reuters - Fri, Jan 29, 2016 8:19 PM SGT
    A man walks past a Land Rover Defender parked on a street in London, Britain.

    By Costas Pitas LONDON (Reuters) - The last classic Land Rover Defender, the 4x4 known the world over and with famous owners including Queen Elizabeth, rolled off the production line on Friday, 68 years since first being built. Designed originally for farming and agricultural use, the offroader became an iconic British …

  • Oxford keeps statue of colonialist Rhodes, angering … Reuters - Fri, Jan 29, 2016 6:20 PM SGT
    File photograph of the statue of Cecil Rhodes on the facade of Oriel College in Oxford

    By Estelle Shirbon LONDON (Reuters) - An Oxford University college has announced it will keep a statue of 19th century colonialist Cecil Rhodes on display, resisting pressure to remove it from student campaigners who say it glorifies a brutal racist. Inspired by protests at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, …

  • James Murdoch rejoins high-flying Sky as chairman Reuters - Fri, Jan 29, 2016 3:47 PM SGT
    21st Century Fox  CEO James Murdoch walks with his wife as they arrive for the first day of the annual Allen and Co. media conference in Sun Valley

    James Murdoch is to return as the chairman of Sky four years after a phone-hacking scandal forced him out, regaining his grip on a pay-TV group that now spans five European countries and is growing strongly. Murdoch's return to a senior role in Britain could fuel speculation that 21st Century Fox, the global media group …

  • US new-home sales soar in December Associated Press - Thu, Jan 28, 2016 8:14 AM SGT
    A new home is shown for sale Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, in Riverview, Fla. On Wednesday, the Commerce Department reports on sales of new homes in December. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans rushed to buy new homes in December at the strongest pace in 10 months, with 2015 marking the strongest year for this segment of the housing market since 2007.

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    (Reuters) - British actor Joseph Fiennes has been cast as iconic African-American pop star Michael Jackson in an upcoming TV comedy, provoking scorn on social media on Wednesday and fuelling a controversy in the entertainment industry over opportunities for black artists. Fiennes, who is white, will play the late "King …

  • Go figure! Game victory seen as artificial intelligence … Reuters - Thu, Jan 28, 2016 2:06 AM SGT

    In what they called a milestone achievement for artificial intelligence, scientists said on Wednesday they have created a computer program that beat a professional human player at the complex board game called Go, which originated in ancient China. The feat recalled IBM supercomputer Deep Blue's 1997 match victory over …

  • Celebrity backed anonymous messaging app alarms parents, … Reuters - Thu, Jan 28, 2016 12:43 AM SGT
    A billboard advertisement for Israeli app Blindspot, which allows people to send text messages anonymously, is seen in Tel Aviv

    By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A new app that allows users to send anonymous text messages is causing alarm among parents, politicians and some teenagers, who say it is being used as a weapon for cyber-bullying. Blindspot, launched by Israeli company Shellanoo, has attracted 700,000 users since it was launched …

  • Thailand is top Asia-Pacific tourist stop thanks to … Reuters - Wed, Jan 27, 2016 6:21 PM SGT
    A Chinese tourist strikes a similar pose to statues as they visit the Grand Palace in Bangkok

    By Miral Fahmy SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Chinese tourists can't seem to get enough of Thailand, with visitor numbers to the Southeast Asian kingdom surging over the past year at one of the fastest clips in the Asia-Pacific region. In a year that saw the Thai military government grapple with an outbreak of the deadly flu-like …

  • Thais turn to "child angel" dolls as economy … Reuters - Wed, Jan 27, 2016 5:37 PM SGT
    A "child angel" doll is pictured at a shop inside a department store in Bangkok

    By Patpicha Tanakasempipat and Juarawee Kittisilpa BANGKOK (Reuters) - A craze for lifelike dolls thought to bring good luck is sweeping Thailand, reflecting widespread anxiety as the economy struggles and political uncertainty persists nearly two years after a coup. Thailand is predominantly Buddhist and has been modernizing …

  • Hiring rises in 36 US states in December Associated Press - Wed, Jan 27, 2016 12:10 AM SGT
    FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, file photo, job applicants fill out forms during a job fair at Dolphin Mall in Miami. On Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, the Labor Department reports on state unemployment rates for December 2015. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Employers added jobs in 36 states last month, led by big gains in California, Texas and Florida, evidence that hiring remains solid nationwide. Low oil prices caused job losses in energy-rich states.

  • Kitty-in-Boots: New Beatrix Potter story found after … Reuters - Tue, Jan 26, 2016 8:50 PM SGT

    A story by children's author Beatrix Potter, written more than a century ago, is to be published for the first time after the rediscovery of the tale which features some of her best-known characters such as Peter Rabbit. "The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots", penned by Potter in 1914, was found by publisher Jo Hanks after she came …

  • Panic! At the Disco holds off Adele for Billboard 200 … Reuters - Tue, Jan 26, 2016 7:18 AM SGT
    Urie, lead singer of the band Panic! at the Disco, performs at the Miss Universe 2013 pageant in Moscow

    By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pop-rockers Panic! At the Disco scored its first chart-topping album on the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart, keeping British singer Adele's hit record "25" at bay. "Death of a Bachelor," the fifth studio album from Panic! At The Disco, sold 190,000 …

  • Ian McKellen to host London bus tours for Shakespeare … Reuters - Tue, Jan 26, 2016 12:30 AM SGT
    Actor McKellen arrives for screening at 65th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin

    Having tackled Shakespeare's works on stage and screen, Ian McKellen will host bus tours of locations used in his movie adaptation of "Richard III" as part of a film programme marking 400 years since the playwright's death. The 76-year-old McKellen, who has starred in numerous Shakespeare adaptations, will take fans to …

  • Bulgari targets Chinese shoppers with mainland bou … Reuters - Sat, Jan 23, 2016 5:30 PM SGT
    Bulgari Chief Executive Officer Jean-Christophe Babin points at a photographer during the Bulgari 130th anniversary party in Tokyo

    By Martinne Geller DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Bulgari is investing more than ever in China, aiming to tap in to the growing reluctance of Chinese shoppers to buy abroad due to security fears, stricter customs checks and a devaluation of its currency. The world's third-largest watch and jewelry brand, part of luxury …

  • Oscar nominee Rampling calls awards boycott racist … Reuters - Sat, Jan 23, 2016 9:33 AM SGT
    British actress Rampling accepts her award during 28th European Film Award ceremony in Berlin

    By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - British actress and first-time Academy Award nominee Charlotte Rampling said Friday that her comments calling the boycott of the Oscars protesting the absence of black actors and directors "racist toward whites," was misinterpreted. Rampling said in a statement to CBS News that …

  • Canada's Trudeau to DiCaprio: Your climate remarks … Reuters - Sat, Jan 23, 2016 6:07 AM SGT
    Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada attends the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged Leonardo DiCaprio to tone down his "inflammatory rhetoric" on climate change saying it was not helping those who have lost their oil-industry jobs. The movie star had told the World Economic Forum in the Swiss mountain town of Davos on Wednesday that corporate greed was causing …

  • McKay seeks to keep financial misdeeds topical in 'The … Reuters - Sat, Jan 23, 2016 3:42 AM SGT
    Director Adam McKay accepts the award for Best Comedy for "The Big Short" at the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards in Santa Monica

    By Marie-Louise Gumuchian LONDON (Reuters) - As turmoil in world markets revives memories of the 2007-2009 financial crisis, "The Big Short" director Adam McKay says he wanted to tackle the misdeeds of Wall Street in an entertaining but hard-hitting way, to ensure they are not forgotten. The movie, which has earned five …

  • Luke Skywalker's 'Star Wars' prop gun set … Reuters - Sat, Jan 23, 2016 3:26 AM SGT
    Vintage action figures of Star Wars characters Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker stand on a table ahead of an auction of Star Wars and film related toys at the Vectis auction house in Stockton-on-Tees

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A rare "Star Wars" prop piece, Luke Skywalker's DL-44 blaster used in the 1980 film "The Empire Strikes Back", is up for sale at auction with a minimum bid of $200,000. Auction house Nate D. Sanders said the prop gun, made of gray, brown and silver fiberglass, is still in …

  • By Jean-Francois Rosnoblet MARSEILLE, France (Reuters) - French casino operators are seeking to expand beyond their historic hunting grounds of chic holiday resorts in search of younger customers. An industry that has thrived despite strict regulation and a century-old ban in the capital Paris is now eyeing big urban …

  • DiCaprio's electric team pulls plug on Villene … Reuters - Fri, Jan 22, 2016 10:27 PM SGT

    Former Formula One world champion Jacques Villeneuve's venture into electric racing with a team co-founded by Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio has fizzled out after three rounds. The Monaco-based Venturi Formula E team said on Friday they had parted company with the 44-year-old Canadian driver by 'mutual agreement' following …

  • Bennet sisters don swords in "Pride and Prejudice … Reuters - Fri, Jan 22, 2016 7:36 PM SGT
    Cast member James poses at the premiere of "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" in Los Angeles

    Jane Austen's classic tale "Pride and Prejudice" gets a somewhat different makeover for cinema screens this winter with heroine Elizabeth Bennet armed with a sword and fighting zombies. "Downton Abbey" and "Cinderella" actress Lily James plays the much-loved character in "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies", where a new enemy …

  • NYC Marathon organizers are sued over lottery to enter … Reuters - Fri, Jan 22, 2016 4:56 AM SGT
    Runners run across the finish line at the 2015 New York City Marathon in New York's Central Park

    By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - The organizers of the New York City Marathon have been sued by two runners who said the use of a lottery to decide who gets to race in the world's largest marathon is illegal. In a proposed class-action lawsuit filed on Thursday in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, Utah residents …

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