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Triple Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis retiring from acting

June 20, 2017 By Jill Serjeant LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis is retiring from acting, his spokeswoman said on Tuesday, ending a storied movie career that includes performances in “Lincoln” and “Gangs of New York.” Day-Lewis, 60, the only man to have won three best actor Oscars, gave no reason for his decision, calling it private. “Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer be working as an actor,” his publicist, Leslee Dart, said in a statement. “He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over…

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Prodigy, one half of New York rapper duo Mobb Deep, dead at 42

June 20, 2017 LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Prodigy, one half of New York rapper duo Mobb Deep, died on Tuesday days after being hospitalized for complications related to sickle cell anemia, his publicist said. He was 42. Prodigy, born Albert Johnson, was admitted to a Las Vegas hospital “a few days ago” after a Mobb Deep performance in the city, his publicist Roberta Magrini told Reuters in a statement. The rapper had suffered from sickle cell anemia, a hereditary blood disorder, since birth, and the exact cause of his death…

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Cosby deadlock makes task of finding second jury even more difficult

June 19, 2017 By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) – Now that Bill Cosby’s first sex assault trial has ended in deadlock, the difficulty of seating an unbiased jury for the famed entertainer’s retrial may have ratcheted higher, thanks to blanket media coverage of the sensational case, legal experts say. Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Judge Steven O’Neill has kept secret the names of the 12 jurors who spent 52 hours in an unsuccessful effort to decide whether Cosby, now 79, drugged and sexually assaulted Andrea Constand at his…

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Lynyrd Skynyrd sues ex-drummer over movie about 1977 plane crash

June 19, 2017 By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) – Surviving members of Lynyrd Skynyrd have filed a lawsuit against the Southern rock band’s former drummer to halt the production of a movie depicting the 1977 plane crash that killed lead singer Ronnie Van Zant. Lead guitarist Gary Rossington, Ronnie’s brother and current lead singer Johnny Van Zant, and others contend that “Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash,” based on recollections of former drummer Artimus Pyle, violated a 1988 consent order governing the use of…

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Actress Carrie Fisher had cocaine, heroin in system, autopsy shows

June 19, 2017 LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “Star Wars” actress Carrie Fisher had traces of cocaine, heroin and party drug MDMA, also known as ecstasy, in her system when she died suddenly in December, according to a full autopsy report released on Monday. The autopsy report from the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner could not ascertain what effect the cocaine and other drugs may have had on her system. Coroner’s officials ruled on Friday that the death of the “Star Wars” actress was due to sleep apnea and other causes….

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Jack Black leads star-studded cast for ‘Jumanji’ reboot

June 19, 2017 By Sarah Mills BARCELONA (Reuters) – U.S. actor Jack Black has some big comedic shoes to fill in his forthcoming project, which sees him take the lead role in “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”, a star-studded reboot of the hit 1995 comedy that starred the late Robin Williams. Black said that he only watched the original film after being cast in the follow-up. He described Williams as a “genius” who was “at the peak of his powers” in the movie. The original “Jumanji” saw Williams play a…

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Beyonce’s father confirms the birth of her twins in Twitter message

June 19, 2017 (Reuters) – The father of pop star Beyonce turned to Twitter on Sunday to say his daughter was now the mother of twins, confirming earlier reports of the year’s most highly anticipated celebrity birth. “They’re here!” wrote Mathew Knowles in a tweet that included a digital birthday card that read: “Happy Birthday to the twins! Love, Grandad.” The message was the first word from a family member about the birth of the twins, which took place last Monday, according to several entertainment media websites that quoted unnamed…

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Box Office: ‘Cars 3’ Races Past ‘Wonder Woman’ to No. 1

June 18, 2017 By Seth Kelley LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – This weekend featured a heated race between four new films that opened in wide release. As of Sunday morning, it appears some have fared better than others. The big winner is Disney and Pixar’s “Cars 3,” which is speeding to $53.5 million from 4,256 locations, putting it in first place. That’s a lower opening than “Cars” ($60.1 million) and “Cars 2” ($66.1 million), but still enough to win the weekend. The first two “Cars” movies combined have made more than…

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Mistrial declared in Cosby sex assault case after days of deliberations

June 18, 2017 By Joseph Ax NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) – Pennsylvania prosecutors vowed to retry comedian Bill Cosby on sexual assault charges after a jury on Saturday failed to render a unanimous verdict despite 52 hours of deliberations in a case that echoed accusations made by dozens of women against him. Judge Steven O’Neill, of the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas, declared a mistrial on Saturday morning following a note from jurors saying that they were hopelessly deadlocked on three counts of aggravated sexual assault. The result was a…

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Cosby retrial could favor defense though publicity a wild card

June 18, 2017 By Anthony Lin and Noeleen Walder (Reuters) – A retrial of Bill Cosby on sexual assault charges will likely offer major advantages to the defense, former prosecutors and defense lawyers say, but the enormous publicity surrounding the case may also produce a second jury that is more eager to convict. Judge Steven O’Neill of the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas in Pennsylvania declared a mistrial on Saturday after jurors said they were deadlocked after 52 hours of deliberations. Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele immediately announced…

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