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May 2016

Films chronicle gay rights from Stonewall to U.S. Supreme Court

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Actress Ellen Page arrives with her girlfriend, Samantha Thomas, on the red carpet for the film “Freeheld”. REUTERS/Mark Blinch By Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) – The fight for gay rights was sparked by demonstrations against a heavy-handed police raid on a New York nightclub in 1969, and registered a coda this year with the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that same-sex marriage is legal across the country. Amid a rush of…

More drama, more music promised as hip hop drama ‘Empire’ returns

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(L-R) Cast member Taraji P. Henson, executive producer Lee Daniels, executive producer Brian Grazer, and executive producer Ilene Chaiken participate in the FOX “Empire” panel at the Television Critics Association (TCA) Summer 2015 Press Tour in Beverly Hills, California August 6, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn By Katherine Davis-Young LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Family conflicts, tempestuous romances and power struggles made hip hop show “Empire” the highest-rated new hit for Fox this…

Judge curbs Boston band founder’s lawsuit vs ex-guitarist

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Tom Scholz performs the national anthem during the Boston Strong benefit concert in Boston, in this file photo taken May 30, 2013. REUTERS/Gretchen Ertl/Files By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) – A federal judge on Monday dismissed most of a lawsuit in which Tom Scholz, the founder of the rock band Boston, accused former bandmate and guitarist Barry Goudreau of trademark infringement over the use of the band’s name. Goudreau played on…

Emmy awards show draws record low TV audience

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Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus poses backstage as she holds the awards for Outstanding Comedy Series and for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series for her role in HBO’s “Veep” at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California September 20, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Blake LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Emmy Awards show, television’s biggest night, drew the smallest TV audience on record, despite big wins for HBO’s popular medieval fantasy…

Decade of Emmys show little change in women behind the scenes on TV

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Actress Amy Schumer poses during the CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada April 23, 2015. CinemaCon is the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners. REUTERS/Steve Marcus By Katherine Davis-Young LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – In a year where comedian Amy Schumer scored Emmy nods for acting, directing and writing her own show, it may appear that women are finally breaking through the…

Jackie Collins, doyenne of the steamy Hollywood novel, dies at 77

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British author Jackie Collins poses for a photograph in New York in this June 10, 2008 file photo. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/Files By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Jackie Collins, the best-selling author of dozens of steamy novels who depicted the boardrooms and bedrooms of Hollywood’s power crowd, died on Saturday of breast cancer at age 77, her family said. The British-born Collins, younger sister of actress Joan Collins, died in…

Jack Larson, who played Superman’s pal Jimmy Olsen in TV series, dies

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Actor Jack Larson, who portrayed “Jimmy Olson” on the Superman TV series, arrives at the opening night gala of the 2011 TCM Classic Film Festival featuring a screening of a restoration of “An American In Paris” in Hollywood, California April 28, 2011. REUTERS/Fred Prouser By Bill Trott (Reuters) – Jack Larson, who played Jimmy Olsen, the boyish, frequently imperiled cub reporter on the 1950s U.S. television series “Adventures of Superman”…

London designers blend creativity with commerce at fashion week

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Models present creations from the Gareth Pugh Spring/Summer 2016 collection during London Fashion Week in London, Britain September 19, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett By Li-mei Hoang LONDON (Reuters) – London Fashion Week has sharpened its business focus over the past few years to usher in a new generation of fashion designers who blend creativity with a healthy dose of commerce. Long known as the little sister to Paris, Milan and New…