Ailing Aretha Franklin visited by Stevie Wonder, Jesse Jackson

Aretha Franklin, the legendary soul singer who has fallen gravely ill, was visited at her Detroit-area home on Tuesday by fellow recording artist Stevie Wonder, U.S. civil rights leader Jesse Jackson and ex-husband Glynn Turman, her publicist said. Reuters: Entertainment News

Crazy rich on film, proud to be Asian

The film is called “Crazy Rich Asians,” but the cast is proud to be showcasing such a rare array of Asian culture and identity in a Hollywood movie. Reuters: Entertainment News

With K-pop back in U.S. spotlight, Korean-American stars take hope

Tens of thousands of fans eagerly rode the wave of Korean pop or K-pop this weekend at a convention in Los Angeles, the world’s entertainment capital, at a time when a boy band’s success in America is giving new hope to many stars in the music genre. Reuters: Entertainment News

‘Cold War’ opens largest Sarajevo film festival

“Cold War”, by Oscar-winning Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski, will open the 24th Sarajevo Film Festival (SFF) on Friday, the largest film competition and industry platform in a region stretching from Vienna to Istanbul. Reuters: Entertainment News

‘Asian August’ comes to Hollywood, but will it last?

Phil Yu is excited. The Los Angeles-based blogger saw an advance screening months ago of “Crazy Rich Asians” and now the first Hollywood movie in 25 years with an all-Asian cast is about to arrive in theaters along with two other predominantly Asian films. Reuters: Entertainment News

Spike Lee hopes Trump watches KKK film ‘BlacKkKlansman’

Director Spike Lee says he wants U.S. President Donald Trump to see his new movie “BlacKkKlansman,” an impassioned, tense but often funny movie about race relations in the United States across the decades. Reuters: Entertainment News

Oscars move to honor ‘popular’ movies sparks swift backlash

The Oscars will introduce a new award for popular films and the annual ceremony will be limited to three hours, organizers said on Wednesday, in a bid to stave off slumping audiences for the movie industry’s most prestigious honors. Reuters: Entertainment News

Oscars to honor popular movies, cut TV ceremony to three hours

The annual Oscars ceremony will recognize popular films and be limited to just three hours, organizers said on Wednesday, in a bid to stave off slumping audiences for the most prestigious honors in the movie industry. Reuters: Entertainment News

Screen legend Robert Redford is retiring from acting

Oscar winner Robert Redford will retire from acting following this autumn’s release of his upcoming film “The Old Man & The Gun,” the 81-year-old told Entertainment Weekly in a story published on Monday. Reuters: Entertainment News

Actress Charlotte Rae, star of ‘Facts of Life,’ dead at 92

Charlotte Rae, the actress, singer and comedienne who won acclaim on Broadway and was best known for her starring role as a girls boarding school housemother on U.S. television’s “The Facts of Life” from 1979 to 1986, has died at the age of 92. Reuters: Entertainment News

Singer Demi Lovato speaks out, says will keep fighting addiction

U.S. pop singer Demi Lovato spoke out on Sunday about her battle with addiction, saying she needed “time to heal and focus on my sobriety” days after media reports said she was taken to a Los Angeles hospital suffering from a suspected overdose. Reuters: Entertainment News

Russia tasks Hollywood actor Seagal with improving U.S. ties

Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Saturday it had made U.S. actor Steven Seagal its special representative for Russian-U.S. humanitarian ties, a role it said was meant to deepen cultural, art and youth ties between the two countries. Reuters: Entertainment News

Movie producer Weinstein seeks to dismiss sex charges based on emails

Movie producer Harvey Weinstein’s lawyers asked a New York judge on Friday to dismiss rape and sexual assault charges against him, releasing emails between one of his accusers and Weinstein they said were not shown to the grand jury that indicted him. Reuters: Entertainment News

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