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Ringling Bros. circus to stop elephant acts by 2018

(Reuters) – Ringling Bros. and Barnum Bailey Circus will eliminate its elephant acts – long an integral part of the spectacle billed as “The Greatest Show on Earth” – by 2018 amid criticism by animal welfare activists, the circus’ parent … Continue reading

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Tribeca Festival blends films, live performances in varied slate

NEW YORK (Reuters) – From a crime drama starring actress Glenn Close to an Arnold Schwarzenegger film about a deadly zombie epidemic to an expose of the financial crisis, the Tribeca Film Festival unveiled a varied slate of movies on … Continue reading

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Nirvana rocker Kurt Cobain’s childhood home on sale for $400,000

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain’s childhood home in Washington state is on sale for $400,000, complete with drawings he made on the bedroom wall, a realtor said on Wednesday. Cobain rose to fame as the lead singer and … Continue reading

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Leonardo DiCaprio partners with Netflix for documentary projects

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is the latest high-profile name to partner with Netflix Inc, as he and his production company Appian Way will produce a documentary and a series that will premiere exclusively on the digital streaming … Continue reading

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Rapper Big Sean beats Kid Rock to top of Billboard 200 chart

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Rapper Big Sean topped the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday for the first time, beating out rocker Kid Rock. Big Sean’s “Dark Sky Paradise” sold 139,000 album copies, 218,000 songs and was streamed … Continue reading

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Cate Blanchett on being evil in ‘Cinderella’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – After playing both real and mythical queens, a golden age screen idol and Bob Dylan, Cate Blanchett is taking on another iconic, complex character – Cinderella’s evil stepmother. In Disney’s live-action “Cinderella,” out in U.S. theaters … Continue reading

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Rebel-turned-filmmaker asks why Syria went so wrong

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – With Syria’s civil war spilling across its borders and Islamic State militants beheading captives in their self-declared caliphate, it is little wonder Syrian movies have had pride of a place at an independent film festival in Turkey. … Continue reading

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Brother of socialite Paris Hilton to plead guilty to assault

(Attention to strong language in paragraphs four and seven) (Reuters) – The brother of celebrity socialite Paris Hilton will plead guilty to an assault charge for threatening flight attendants on a Los Angeles-bound flight out of London last year, officials … Continue reading

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Brother of socialite Paris Hilton to plead guilty to assault

(Attention to strong language in paragraphs four and seven) (Reuters) – The brother of celebrity socialite Paris Hilton will plead guilty to an assault charge for threatening flight attendants on a Los Angeles-bound flight out of London last year, officials … Continue reading

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Franchise Man swoops in to save Bollywood

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Bollywood is looking for its next superhero, one who can swoop in to amuse audiences in a film industry bereft of fresh ideas. Its name might be Franchise Man. At least two movie studios in India are … Continue reading

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