Drake on course to smash streaming records with ‘Scorpion’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Canadian rapper Drake, the world’s best-selling artist of 2016, looked on course to set records tumbling again on Friday with his soul-baring new album “Scorpion,” in which he reveals he is a father. Reuters: Entertainment News

Quincy Jones honored as Montreux Jazz Festival kicks off

MONTREUX, Switzerland (Reuters) – Quincy Jones, the legendary American music producer, was honored on Friday at the Montreux Jazz Festival, the annual event where he served as co-director in the 1990s and continues to be a regular feature. Reuters: Entertainment News

Singer James Arthur urges more mental health support in music

LONDON (Reuters) – More support should be given to music artists dealing with mental health problems and singers, DJs and musicians should talk more openly about their concerns, British singer-songwriter James Arthur has said. Reuters: Entertainment News

‘Proud to be a Jackson’: Paris Jackson thanks grandfather Joe

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Michael Jackson’s daughter has paid an emotional tribute to her grandfather Joe, posting a photo showing her holding his hand during his final hours and saying he made her and others “proud to be a Jackson.” Reuters: Entertainment News

Sling TV introduces ‘a la carte’ channels, raises base package price

(Reuters) – Dish Network Corp’s Sling TV said on Thursday it would allow viewers to buy Showtime, sports events and other TV channels without a subscription to the No. 1 online streaming service, as it seeks new revenue sources to deal with growing competition. Reuters: Entertainment News

Independent record labels get boost from streaming music services

(Reuters) – For decades, independent record labels have dreamed that if only they had the massive budgets to get their artists in front of music fans, the fans would love the music – and maybe even choose it over offerings from major record labels. Reuters: Entertainment News

China issues new rules to stop movie stars evading tax: Xinhua

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China will take action to curb tax evasion and control “unreasonable” rates of pay in the film industry, the official Xinhua news agency said late on Wednesday, citing a notice issued by China’s film and tax regulators. Reuters: Entertainment News

Film producer sentenced to prison for U.S. investment fraud

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A California movie producer who headed a boutique merchant bank was sentenced to eight years in prison on Wednesday, following his conviction for defrauding investors out of $ 26 million. Reuters: Entertainment News

Dogs have their day at ‘Patrick’ film premiere

LONDON (Reuters) – Dogs took center stage at the premiere of British family comedy “Patrick” on Wednesday with the film’s star pug leading the pack at the canine-friendly screening of the movie. Reuters: Entertainment News

Joe Jackson, patriarch of U.S. musical dynasty, dead at 89

(Reuters) – Joe Jackson, the patriarch of an American musical dynasty who started his son Michael and his Jackson 5 brothers on the road to stardom but also verbally and physically abused them, has died at the age of 89, U.S. media reported on Wednesday. Reuters: Entertainment News

Joe Jackson, patriarch of U.S. musical dynasty, dead at 89: media

(Reuters) – Joe Jackson, the patriarch of an American musical dynasty who started his son Michael and his Jackson 5 brothers on the road to stardom but also verbally and physically abused them, has died at the age of 89, CNN reported on Wednesday. Reuters: Entertainment News

Grammy top categories expand to eight nominees in diversity push

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Grammy Awards are expanding the number of nominees in the top categories for the highest honors in the music business from five to eight in the biggest push to increase diversity in the 60-year history of the awards. Reuters: Entertainment News

Movie academy invites 928 new members in diversity push

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The group that hands out the Oscars said on Monday that it had invited 928 new members from 59 countries, in its biggest diversity drive after years of criticism of its mostly white and male membership. Reuters: Entertainment News

Flower power takes hold at Dior in break from menswear past

PARIS (Reuters) – A giant sculpture made of pink and black flowers set the tone at Christian Dior’s catwalk show in Paris on Saturday as new menswear designer Kim Jones stamped his style on the storied French label with a display of floral-inspired, airy looks. Reuters: Entertainment News

Death, disputes and disgrace, but the TV show must go on

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Charlie Sheen’s “Two and a Half Men” character was run over by a bus and got a full-scale funeral. “Glee” actor Corey Monteith died in real life and had a tribute episode. “House of Cards” will return minus scandal-tainted Kevin Spacey, with his screen wife taking center stage. Reuters: Entertainment News

‘Roseanne’ spinoff called ‘The Conners’ to air on ABC in fall

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – U.S. broadcast network ABC said on Thursday it has ordered a 10-episode spinoff of comedy “Roseanne” that will air without any involvement of its creator Roseanne Barr, who sparked widespread outrage by tweeting a racial slur. Reuters: Entertainment News

ABC announces ‘Roseanne’ spinoff TV series

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – U.S. broadcast network ABC has ordered a 10-episode spinoff of comedy “Roseanne” without creator Roseanne Barr, the channel said on Thursday. Reuters: Entertainment News

Ancient Greek sounds transfix audience in Athens

ATHENS (Reuters) – Hymns sung to the Greek gods thousands of years ago resonated from ancient musical instruments in Athens on Thursday, transporting a transfixed audience to antiquity. Reuters: Entertainment News

Belgium beach plays host to Hollywood sand sculptures

OSTEND, Belgium (Reuters) – On a Belgium beach, an artist adds the final touches to an imposing sand sculpture of the Incredible Hulk and his bristling muscles ahead of the opening of the world’s biggest festival of its kind. Reuters: Entertainment News

China’s Weibo blocks comedian John Oliver after Xi Jinping roasting

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China’s Twitter-like microblogging service Weibo has blocked and deleted posts referring to British comedian John Oliver after he slammed the country’s human rights record and mocked President Xi Jinping on his show, Last Week Tonight. Reuters: Entertainment News

Pete Davidson confirms engagement to Ariana Grande

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “Saturday Night Live” cast member Pete Davidson on Wednesday confirmed reports that he and American pop star Ariana Grande are engaged after dating for less than two months. Reuters: Entertainment News

Sculptor Giacometti’s Paris studio opening to public

PARIS (Reuters) – More than 50 years after his death, art lovers can see sculptor Alberto Giacometti’s Parisian studio exactly as he left it, right down to half-finished sketches and his ashtray. Reuters: Entertainment News

Sesame Workshop to create new children’s TV shows for Apple

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Apple Inc has ordered multiple live-action and animated series from Emmy award-winning children’s television producer Sesame Workshop, a source close to the agreement said on Wednesday. Reuters: Entertainment News

Hollywood producers speak out against Fox over immigration stance

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Some powerful Hollywood producers and directors have criticized Twenty-First Century Fox Inc over its news commentators’ support for the U.S. immigration crackdown that separates children from their parents, with one award-winning producer threatening to take his work elsewhere. Reuters: Entertainment News

Michael Jackson show headed to Broadway in 2020

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A musical inspired by the life of late pop singer Michael Jackson will open on Broadway in 2020, Jackson’s estate and its producing partner said on Tuesday. Reuters: Entertainment News

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