Entertainment

Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher lead cast of new ‘Star Wars’ film

(Reuters) – Harrison Ford will lead returning and rising stars, including Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Andy Serkis and Oscar Isaac, for the anticipated new “Star Wars: Episode VII” film, Walt Disney Co and Lucasfilm said on Tuesday. Ford, Fisher and Hamill, who were rumored to be returning to director J.J. Abrams’ reboot of the franchise, will be joined by the series’ original stars Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) and Kenny Baker (R2-D2). Ford played […]

A Minute With: Sam Claflin on horror, heroes and ‘Hunger Games’

(Reuters) – Sam Claflin has fought pirates, fallen in love with Snow White and participated in a “Hunger Games” battle-to-the-death, but in his latest film, the British actor takes on the frightening consequences of the supernatural. “The Quiet Ones,” out in U.S. theaters on Friday, sees Claflin play Brian, a cameraman hired to document “the experiment,” where an Oxford professor tries to make a young girl manifest a supernatural being that haunts her. The role […]

Stephen Colbert pays visit to new ‘Late Show’ home

(Reuters) – Stephen Colbert dropped in on David Letterman’s late night CBS talk show, the “Late Show” on Tuesday, to get a glimpse of the rigors of the high-profile job he will take over in 2015. “He just stopped by to sign the lease,” Letterman said of his successor in his opening monologue. Continuing the passing-of-the-torch theme, the host quipped, “You look right at home,” as Colbert took his seat. In a nod to Letterman’s […]

Miss America defends student suspended for asking her to prom

By Chris Francescani NEW YORK Sat Apr 19, 2014 7:40pm EDT (Reuters) – Miss America has suggested officials at a Pennsylvania high school reconsider their decision to suspend a student for approaching her at a school assembly and asking her to be his prom date, the beauty queen said on Saturday. The disciplinary action taken by school administrators in York against the 18-year-old senior made national headlines, and generated sympathy for the young man on […]

‘Frozen’ album sells 2 million, tops Billboard chart for 10th week

By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES Wed Apr 16, 2014 6:30pm EDT (Reuters) – Two Nordic princesses held their reign atop the weekly Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday as the soundtrack to Disney’s hit animated film “Frozen” crossed the 2 million sales mark and continued to hold off new entries. “Frozen,” led by its Oscar-winning hit song “Let It Go,” sold 133,000 copies in its 20th week on the chart, according to figures from Nielsen […]

Paul Walker’s brothers to fill in for late actor in ‘Fast 7’

(Reuters) – The brothers of actor Paul Walker, who died in November, will fill in for the late action star in order to complete scenes in the upcoming film “Fast & Furious 7,” according to a statement posted on the film’s Facebook page. Caleb and Cody Walker will help finish action scenes for their brother and “fill in small gaps left in production,” the statement said. Walker, 40, died on November 30 in a fiery […]

‘Captain America’ soars above ‘Rio 2’ birds to win box office

(Reuters) – Marvel’s red-white-and-blue superhero soared to a second straight box office win in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” beating out new animated movie “Rio 2,” the story of a family of Brazilian birds on a trip to the Amazon. Walt Disney Co’s “Captain America,” which set an April ticket sales record when it opened a week ago, pulled in another $41.4 million from Friday to Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters. The “Rio” sequel […]

‘Game of Thrones’ premiere gives HBO top draw since ‘Sopranos’

  (Reuters) – The season four premiere of fantasy epic “Game of Thrones” drew an average of 6.6 million viewers, making it the largest audience for HBO since the 2007 finale of mafia drama “The Sopranos,” the premium cable network said on Monday. The highly anticipated premiere on Sunday of “Game of Thrones” beat out its season three premiere of 4.4 million viewers and topped its all-time-high audience of 5.5 million. The series of civil […]

Disney’s latest hero, ‘Captain America,’ sets box office record

    (Reuters) – “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” the sequel to Marvel’s 2011 film about the red, white and blue superhero, smashed its way to $96.2 million in weekend ticket sales, setting a new record for an April release and speeding past last week’s winner, “Noah.” In the process, it also validated the strategy of the film’s distributor, Walt Disney Co, to ramp up its pipeline of films featuring super heroes made famous by […]