Natalie Portman says to skip Israeli ceremony due to Netanyahu speech

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman said she chose not to attend a ceremony in Israel to accept a million-dollar prize because she did not want to be seen as supporting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was scheduled to speak at the event.

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

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

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.

Judge delays ruling on deposition by Cosby accuser’s friend

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.

Natalie Portman snubs Israeli award ceremony over “distressing” events

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

Cosby defense witness says accuser talked of framing a celebrity

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

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.

Minnesota prosecutor to announce if charges will be filed in singer Prince’s death

(Reuters) – A Minnesota prosecutor will announce on Thursday whether anyone will be criminally charged in the death of pop star Prince, who died two years ago from an opioid overdose.

Saudi Arabia launches first new cinema, public showings start Friday

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.

Amy Schumer says self-esteem, not size, rules in ‘I Feel Pretty’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Comedian Amy Schumer has made a name for herself with her sharp wit and self-deprecating observations about romance, drinking and sex.

Warner Bros’ $1 billion theme park in Abu Dhabi to open in July

ABU DHABI (Reuters) – Abu Dhabi hopes the opening of a $1 billion Warner Bros theme park in July will help it in its bid to nearly double the number of tourists visiting the emirate over the next few years.

National Public Radio newscaster Carl Kasell dies at 84

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Carl Kasell, whose Southern baritone was a presence on National Public Radio programs for more than three decades, died on Tuesday in Potomac, Maryland, from complications from Alzheimer’s disease, NPR said. He was 84.

Jack White, Nick Cave, N.E.R.D. booked at Montreux jazz festival

MONTREUX, Switzerland (Reuters) – Jack White, Nick Cave and Jamie Cullum join Massive Attack and punk icon Iggy Pop at the 52nd edition of the Montreux Jazz Festival this July, where the eclectic line-up also includes hip hop and electronic music, the organizers said on Tuesday.

‘Desperate Housewives’ actress Eva Longoria gets Hollywood star

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – There were laughs and tears on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday as actress Eva Longoria was honored with a star.

Kendrick Lamar becomes first rapper to win Pulitzer

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California rapper Kendrick Lamar on Monday became the first rapper to win the Pulitzer Prize for music, one of the most prestigious arts awards in the United States.

Broadway’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ may be scrapped in legal flap

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The producers of a Broadway adaptation of Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” on Monday sued the author’s estate saying the premiere cannot go ahead as scheduled and the production may have to be scrapped entirely unless a legal dispute is settled soon.

Baby girl True joins the Kardashian clan

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Khloe Kardashian on Monday officially announced the arrival of her first child, and said the baby girl would be called True.

Kendrick Lamar becomes first rapper to win Pulitzer music prize

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California rapper Kendrick Lamar won the Pulitzer Prize for music on Monday for his album “DAMN.,” organizers announced.

‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web’ to untangle Salander’s life: director

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – The latest cinematic installment of the smash hit “Millennium series” will reveal more details about mysterious hacker heroine, Lisbeth Salander, and delve into her past, director Fede Alvarez said.

Country stars return to Vegas for ACM awards after 2017 mass shooting

(Reuters) – Singer Carrie Underwood returned to the stage on Sunday after a serious face injury as country stars went back to Las Vegas for the first time since a mass shooting there last October.

R. Lee Ermey, ‘Full Metal Jacket’ sergeant dies at 74

(Reuters) – R. Lee Ermey, a former marine turned Hollywood actor known for hardheaded military roles like Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket” has died at 74, his manager said.

‘Rampage’ Sneaks Up on ‘A Quiet Place’ to Win Weekend Box Office

LOS ANGELES, (Variety.com) – After a weekend of fluctuating projections, Dwayne Johnson (just barely) owned the North American box office after all.

Feted Italian film director Vittorio Taviani dies

ROME (Reuters) – Celebrated Italian director Vittorio Taviani, who made more than 20 films alongside his brother Paolo, has died aged 88, his family said on Sunday.