The family of late singer Michael Jackson has filed court documents indicating they plan to seek a new trial in a wrongful death lawsuit against concert promoter AEG, after a Los Angeles jury cleared the company of liability in October. Katherine Jackson and the singer's three children Prince Michael, Paris and Blanket, sued AEG Live over Jackson's 2009 death at age 50 in Los Angeles from an overdose of the powerful anesthetic propofol given to the pop star by his then doctor, Conrad Murray. The wrongful death lawsuit claimed the concert promoter had acted negligently by hiring Murray as Jackson's personal physician, but a jury concluded Murray was sufficiently qualified for his job. Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011 for Jackson's death and served half of his four-year sentence in a Los Angeles prison. More »Michael Jackson's family to seek new trial in wrongful death lawsuit
Mumbai, Dec 4 (IANS) If all goes as planned, Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio, whose latest film "The Wolf of Wall Street" releases in India on Christmas day, may visit the country's entertainment capital in the first month of the new year. "His visit is likely to be a part of a different strategy, by way of which the "Titanic" star will meet some of India's promising entrepreneurs," a source from the film's distribution team in India, told IANS. The film follows the real life story of Jordan Belfort's rise to a wealthy stockbroker to his fall due to use of fraudulent methods. "The actor has learnt that India is a country booming with young firms and start-ups and hence he felt that more than an obvious promotion of the movie, a platform to interact with such a crowd of young enthusiasts would be a far better connect and a great opportunity," the source added. More »Leonardo DiCaprio plans India visit?
By Ronnie Cohen SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Bill Beckwith, a carpenter and co-host of the hit HGTV home improvement show "Curb Appeal," has died after a motorcycle accident in San Francisco, the medical examiner's officer said on Tuesday. Beckwith, 38, died at a local hospital after his motorcycle collided with another vehicle in San Francisco's Lower Haight neighborhood on Monday night, authorities said. The driver of the car, who was not injured, was cooperating with police, said San Francisco police spokesman Gordon Shyy. More »'Curb Appeal' co-host killed in San Francisco motorcycle crash
Pop singer Miley Cyrus and the trial of boyfriend-killer Jodi Arias dominated Yahoo's online searches in 2013, the web search engine said on Tuesday, while rapper-producer duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis dominated music streams on Spotify. Cyrus, 21, generated the most overall searches on Yahoo this year, overtaking reality television personality Kim Kardashian, who topped the list last year. Cyrus has had an attention-filled 2013, in which she grabbed headlines for her breakup with actor-fiance Liam Hemsworth, danced provocatively on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards in August, and released her new album "Bangerz" in October. More »Miley Cyrus, Arias murder trial top Yahoo's 2013 searches
By Mary Milliken BEVERLY HILLS, California (Reuters) - Leave it to the prolific filmmaking pair Joel and Ethan Coen to create their own movie conundrum, and engineer (or maybe luck) their way out of it. For their new film, "Inside Llewyn Davis," the brothers Coen painted themselves into this corner: They needed an actor for the title role of a struggling folk singer in the early 1960s who could carry an entire movie, be in every scene, convince the audience he was a musician and play songs live in their entirety multiple times. ... More »Casting conundrum solved, Coen brothers go 'Inside Llewyn Davis'
By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York Film Critics Circle named "American Hustle," a film about 1970s con artists forced to work with the FBI, as best film of 2013 on Tuesday and gave its top acting prizes to Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett in the first major movie honors in the run-up to the Oscars. British director Steve McQueen won the best director prize for "12 Years a Slave," the historical drama about a free black man sold into slavery and based on the 1853 memoir of Solomon Northup. Tuesday's awards pit director David O. Russell's "American Hustle," which will be released in U.S. theaters later this month, and "12 Year a Slave," the winner of the top prize at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, as early contenders in the race for the Academy Awards. Redford picked up the best actor award for his solo performance in the survival drama "All is Lost," and Blanchett was named best actress for her portrayal of a pill-popping former socialite forced to deal with reduced circumstances in Woody Allen's film "Blue Jasmine." Actor Jared Leto won the best supporting actor prize for his role in "Dallas Buyers Club" as an HIV-positive transgender woman who helps smuggle medication not approved in the United States to AIDS patients. More »New York critics name 'American Hustle' best film of year
By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - A driver's license, film scripts, and a skimpy red swimsuit that once belonged to 1970s icon Farrah Fawcett will go up for auction in Dallas on Friday. The dozen or so items come from a collection owned by Fawcett's nephew Greg S. Walls and are expected to fetch tens of thousands of dollars, according to Heritage Auctions. "Though Farrah Fawcett will forever be associated with the 1970s and that famous, famous hairdo of hers, she remains a beloved, respected instantly recognizable Hollywood star just as much today," said Margaret Barrett, Heritage director of entertainment and music auctions. Texas-born Fawcett was one of the best-known celebrities in the United States nearly 40 years ago, thanks to her role in the TV show "Charlie's Angels" and an iconic poster of her in a red swimsuit that sold millions of copies. More »Farrah Fawcett passport, red swimsuit up for auction in Dallas
Manil Suri has won the annual Bad Sex in Fiction award for a scene in his novel "The City of Devi" describing a sexual encounter in terms of exploding supernovas and streaking superheroes, Britain's Literary Review said on Tuesday. Suri, a dual American and Indian citizen, joins an illustrious list of past winners including John Updike, Norman Mailer, Tom Wolfe and Sebastian Faulks. "We streak like superheroes past suns and solar systems, we dive through shoals of quarks and atomic nuclei. More »Author Manil Suri wins Britain's bad sex award for "quarks" and "superheroes" scene
By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. military website showing Santa Claus delivering his presents while guarded by warplanes has some children's advocates worried. In a twist to its tradition of tracking an animated version of Santa Claus' sleigh and reindeer as he flies around the globe on December 24, the military is adding the animated fighter plane escort to give a realistic feel to the popular feature, said a spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command. "We wanted to let folks know that, hey, this is a NORAD video, and we're the military and this is our mission," said the spokesman, Navy Captain Jeff Davis. The program sponsored by NORAD drew 22.3 million visitors last year and generated 114,000 phone calls from around the United States, he said. More »Ho, ho, holy cow - Santa gets fighter escort on U.S. military site
It`s the clash of the titans, as Delhi heads out to vote for the Delhi Assembly elections on 4th December 2013. Congress has successfully managed to maintain its numero uno status in Delhi for the last 15 years, but, this year is definitely different. With the BJP hoping to cash in on the Narendra Modi wave and the new entry, the Aam Aadmi Party all set to clean the political system with their broom; the race to the Delhi Legislative Assembly won`t be an easy one. More »Predictions for Aam Aadmi Party
New Delhi, Dec 3 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Tuesday sent Bollywood actor Rajpal Yadav to 10 days' judicial custody for making misleading statements in court in a recovery suit of Rs.5 crore filed against him and his wife by a Delhi entrepreneur. Justice S. Murlidhar also asked Yadav's wife, who was with their few months old daughter, to remain present in the Registrar General's office till the rising of the court. The judge also issued contempt of court notice against a woman lawyer representing the couple and an oath commissioner, after the advocate Monday submitted in the court a joint affidavit of the couple with forged signature of Yadav's wife, which was affirmed with seal by the oath commissioner and identified by counsel. "Apart from the couple, prima facie both the oath commissioner as well as counsel who purportedly identified Rekha Yadav have falsified the record of the court," the court said. More »Actor Rajpal Yadav sent to 10 days' judicial custody
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is the latest stylish celeb to jump on the slicked back hair trend, sporting the look at the British Fashion Awards. But she is not alone. More »CELEBRITY HAIR: How to do the slicked back trend like Nicole Scherzinger and Jennifer Lawrence
CAIRO (Reuters) - Prominent Egyptian poet Ahmed Fouad Negm, renowned for his witty criticism of authorities in Egypt, passed away on Tuesday at age 84, state media reported. Negm, who was born in the Sharqiya province in 1929, was imprisoned several times for his criticism of Egyptian leaders Gamal Abdel Nasser, his successor Anwar Sadat, and Hosni Mubarak, who was ousted by a popular uprising in 2011. Negm, who wrote in colloquial Arabic, was also critical of the country's first elected leader Mohamed Mursi, who was overthrown by the army in July after mass protests against his rule. ... More »Ahmed Fouad Negm dies at age 84
By Jill Serjeant NEW YORK (Reuters) - Despite just a handful of acting roles to date, country singer and "American Idol" winner Carrie Underwood was the first choice to play the coveted lead role of Maria in a new live version of "The Sound of Music" for television. Since winning "Idol" in 2005, Underwood, 30, has taken the country music scene by storm with hits like "Before He Cheats," and "Jesus, Take the Wheel," winning six Grammys and more than 100 other music awards. Underwood spoke with Reuters ahead of the December 5 broadcast about taking on a challenge like Maria. More »A Minute With: Carrie Underwood climbs 'Sound of Music' mountain
By Maria Tsvetkova MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko was sentenced to six years in a high-security prison on Tuesday for ordering an acid attack that nearly blinded the artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet and tarnished the reputation of the renowned theatre. A judge announced the sentence after convicting Dmitrichenko and two co-defendants of the attack on Sergei Filin last January, which exposed poisonous rivalries over roles, money and power at one of Russia's most prominent cultural institutions. Yuri Zarutsky, who admitted to being the masked attacker who threw acid in Filin's face in January, was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Andrei Lipatov, who drove Zarutsky to the scene, was sentenced to four years. More »Russian dancer gets six years for Bolshoi acid attack
New Delhi, Dec 3 (IANS) Miss India Earth 2013 Sobhita Dhulipala has won the Miss Photogenic sub-contest, judged through online voting. More »Sobhita wins 'Miss Photogenic' sub-contest of Miss Earth 2013
Mumbai, Dec 3 (IANS) Samir Soni, last seen in Zee TV's schmaltzy "Parichay - Nayee Zindagi Kay Sapno Ka", is back on television as a ghostbuster. In the supernatural thriller "Ringa Ringa Roses", which went on air Life OK channel this week, marks Samir's first foray into fearsomeness. For someone who has been around on television to see myriad changes, Samir is nonchalant about the changes. As the audience adopts changes of lifestyle and morals, television too must incorporate the changing mores and sensibilities," he said. More »I'm sure ghosts exist: Samir Soni
New Delhi, Dec 3 (IANS) Look like a diva when you hit the dance floor on New Year's eve. Take charge by getting your hands on eyeliner, eye shadow, blush and other make-up tools. More »Make-up tips for New Year party
Mumbai, Dec 3 (IANS) If things will turn out well, producer Ramesh Taurani will take the "Race" franchise ahead and make the third part. Taurani told IANS: "We are still scripting for 'Race 3'. More »Ramesh Taurani mulls over 'Race 3'
Mumbai, Dec 3 (IANS) TV actress Neha Marda, who rose to fame as Gehna in popular daily soap "Balika Vadhu", returns as small town girl Urmi with "Doli Armaano Ki". In "Balika Vadhu" too, her character was of a teenage girl, but matured and different as she played someone who is forced to marry a middle-aged man. The actress, however, admits her character was stronger in "Balika Vadhu". "In 'Balika Vadhu', the character was very mature but I was playing not even an adult. More »Happy to play my age in 'Doli Armaano Ki': Neha Marda
By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - A basement sushi restaurant whose octogenarian chef features in a documentary and an eatery serving potentially poisonous blowfish gained three-star ratings in the Michelin guide to Tokyo launched on Tuesday, Michelin said. The city held onto its crown as the Michelin guide's gourmet capital, with the most starred restaurants for the seventh straight year, a status likely to lure still more of the Asian tourists who say Japan's tasty treats are a key attraction. Tokyo also gained the distinction for the most restaurants with the coveted three-star rating, the guidebook's top honour, although the number dipped to 13 from 14 last year. "Tokyo proves how dynamic is Japanese gastronomy today," said Michael Ellis, international director of the Michelin guides, in a statement. More »Tokyo keeps crown as Michelin's most gourmet capital for seventh year
The actor, director, writer, stud muffin is pushing his boundaries on the cover of W magazine's Art Issue in a spotty suit and a spot of guyliner if we're not mistaken. Usually known for his dapper suit collection, Clooney can be seen sporting a Giorgio Armani suit and shirt combo, customised with lots of spots by artist Yayoi Kusama. Tenuously promoting his new film The Monuments Men about a team of art historians sent to the front line of World War II to save priceless world art from Hitler, Clooney is following in the footsteps of Kim Kardashian and Nicki Minaj as the art issues cover star. It is testament to George's (can we call you George?) suit wearing abilities that he can pull of a spotty suit in a spotty room like it just ain't no thang. More »George Clooney dabbles in high fashion and man make-up for W cover
'Are they or are they not?' is something that everyone keeps speculating when they hear the names of two Bollywood heartthrobs- Katrina Kaif and Ranbir Kapoor. Are they in a relationship? Well, the speculations have taken a new high this time as Kareena Kapoor made some tongue-in-cheek confessions about Katrina and Ranbir's relationship. Kareena, very casually and lovingly called Katrina, her 'sister-in-law'. For more, take a look at what bubbly Kareena had to say about the 'always in news' lovebirds of B-town. More »Kareena Kapoor Accepts Katrina Kaif as her Sister-in-Law
New Delhi, Dec 3 (IANS) Singer-actress Monica Dogra turns curator for the first edition of a boutique luxury music festival called Magnetic Fields. She says the fest will be "dream-like". More »Monica Dogra curates luxury music fest