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Physician emerges as seller of Marilyn Monroe plastic surgery notes

Published: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 06:26 PM

A folder containing notes and X-rays of Marilyn Monroe by Hollywood plastic surgeon Michael Gurdin is seen in this handout photo provided by Julien's Auctions in Beverly HillsBy Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Southern California plastic surgeon said on Wednesday he is behind the auction of a physician's notes that shows actress Marilyn Monroe had undergone cosmetic surgery, and he will donate the proceeds to assist U.S. veterans with medical work. Norman Leaf, who had previously requested anonymity, told Reuters that interest in the auction of the notes along with a set of X-rays caused him to come forward. ...

Actor Tom Hanks says he has type 2 diabetes

Published: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 12:07 PM

File photo of Tom Hanks attending The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles 23rd Annual Simply Shakespeare benefit reading of "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" in Santa Monica(Reuters) - Actor Tom Hanks has said that he has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the metabolic disease. Hanks, 57, told late night talk show host David Letterman on Monday that he had been battling high blood sugar for some time. "I went to the doctor, and he said, 'You know those high blood-sugar numbers you've been dealing with since you were 36? Well, you've graduated! You've got type 2 diabetes, young man,'" Hanks said on CBS network's "Late Show with David Letterman. ...

France bows to stage director Patrice Chereau, dead at 68

Published: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 10:55 AM

French director Patrice Chereau attends a photocall in Venice.By Tom Heneghan PARIS (Reuters) - The French theatre, opera and film director Patrice Chereau, who mounted one of the most famous productions of Richard Wagner's "Ring" cycle in Bayreuth in the 1970s, has died at the age of 68. Chereau, who was preparing a production of Shakespeare's "As You Like It" when he succumbed to lung cancer, was a restless innovator who began directing at high school in Paris and never looked back. ...

Scarlett Johansson again named 'sexiest woman alive' by Esquire

Published: Monday, October 7, 2013 12:50 PM

Johansson poses at the premiere of the movie "Iron Man 2" at El Capitan theatre in Hollywood(Reuters) - American actress Scarlett Johansson has been named the sexiest woman alive for the second time by Esquire, the men's lifestyle magazine said on Monday. "The Avengers" star was named sexiest woman in 2006 and is the only woman to have been given the title twice by the publication. The annual recipient of the title is chosen by Esquire editors. Husky-voiced Johansson, who rose to prominence as a teenager in the 2001 cult film "Ghost World," stars in three films this fall. ...

Actress Halle Berry gives birth to baby boy

Published: Sunday, October 6, 2013 05:15 PM

Berry poses at the premiere of "The Call" in Los AngelesBy Andrea Burzynski NEW YORK (Reuters) - Actress Halle Berry gave birth to a baby boy on Saturday, her representative confirmed to Reuters. The baby is Berry's second child and her first with French actor Olivier Martinez. Berry and Martinez, both 47, married in July. Berry has a five-year-old daughter, Nahla, with Canadian model Gabriel Aubry. Berry's representative declined to give further details. ...

Jury clears promoter of liability in Michael Jackson's death

Published: Thursday, October 3, 2013 04:23 AM

Attorneys for Katherine Jackson, Deborah Chang and Kevin Boyle listen as jurors are polled following the verdict in Jackson's civil lawsuit against AEG Live at the Los Angeles Superior Court in Los AngelesBy Eric Kelsey and Dana Feldman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Los Angeles jury cleared concert promoter AEG Live of liability on Wednesday in a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of Michael Jackson, in a trial that offered a glimpse into the private life and final days of the so-called King of Pop. The verdict, which concluded that the doctor the company hired to care for the singer was not unfit for his job, capped a sensational five-month trial that was expected to shake up the way entertainment companies treat their most risky talent. ...

Tom Clancy, U.S. master of spy thriller novels, dies at 66

Published: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 05:33 PM

File of Novelist Tom ClancyBy Scott Malone (Reuters) - Best-selling U.S. author Tom Clancy, who thrilled readers with vivid descriptions of soldiers and spies in novels including "The Hunt for Red October" and "Patriot Games," has died at 66, his publisher said on Wednesday. Clancy, whose books sold more than 100 million copies, died on Tuesday in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland, Penguin said. "I'm deeply saddened by Tom's passing," said David Shanks, a Penguin executive who had worked with Clancy from the start of his writing career through the upcoming "Command Authority," which is due out in December. ...

Billionaire Republican donor Adelson loses libel lawsuit

Published: Monday, September 30, 2013 02:39 PM

Las Vegas Sands Corp Chairman and CEO Adelson testifies on the witness stand in Las VegasBy Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino magnate and prominent Republican donor, has lost a $60 million libel lawsuit in which he claimed a Democratic group spread a false accusation that he had condoned prostitution in his casinos in Macau. At issue was an article published on July 3, 2012 by the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) on its website that sought to dissuade then-presidential candidate Mitt Romney and other Republicans from accepting Adelson's allegedly "dirty" and "tainted" money. ...

Catholic rebel Kueng, 85, considers assisted suicide

Published: Thursday, October 3, 2013 08:49 AM

By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor PARIS (Reuters) - Hans Kueng, Roman Catholicism's best known rebel theologian, is considering capping a life of challenges to the Vatican with a final act of dissent - assisted suicide. Kueng, now 85 and suffering from Parkinson's disease, writes in final volume of his memoirs that people have a right to "surrender" their lives to God voluntarily if illness, pain or dementia make further living unbearable. ...

Miley Cyrus aimed to 'make history' with video awards performance

Published: Sunday, September 29, 2013 11:07 PM

Singer Miley Cyrus performs "Blurred Lines" during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards in New YorkBy Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former Disney star Miley Cyrus says she was out to shock and "make history" and is unapologetic for her raunchy performance at this year's MTV Video Music Awards. In a documentary, "Miley: The Movement," airing on MTV on October 2, the 20-year-old singer and actress comes across as a shrewd, ambitious performer determined to see her single, "We Can't Stop," hit No. 1 and put her roots as the wholesome Disney Channel star of "Hannah Montana" far behind her. ...

Marilyn Monroe plastic surgery notes, X-rays up for auction

Published: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 12:49 PM

A folder containing notes and X-rays of Marilyn Monroe by Hollywood plastic surgeon Michael Gurdin is seen in this handout photo provided by Julien's Auctions in Beverly HillsLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A physician's notes on Marilyn Monroe that indicate that the Hollywood sex symbol had undergone cosmetic surgery will be up for sale next month along with a set of her X-rays, an auction house said on Tuesday. The set of six X-rays and a file of doctors' notes that offer a partial medical history of the "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" actress from 1950 to 1962, are expected to fetch between $15,000 and $30,000 at auction on November 9-10, said Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, California. ...

Russia's Khodorkovsky awarded Lech Walesa prize

Published: Thursday, September 26, 2013 08:35 AM

To match interview RUSSIA-POLITICS/KHODORKOVSKYWARSAW (Reuters) - The jailed Russian former oil tycoon and Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky has been awarded the annual Lech Walesa prize, named after the Polish Nobel laureate who helped overthrow Communist rule. The Walesa Institute decided to give Khodorkovsy the prize, because he has "inscribed on the banner of his public life values such as economy freedom, civic values and social justice", Walesa said in the statement. Khodorkovsky, the former head of oil company Yukos, has been convicted of money-laundering, tax evasion and fraud. ...

Cher saves 'best effort' for first album in 12 years

Published: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 09:32 PM

Singer Cher performs on NBC's 'Today' show in New YorkLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Few musicians are able to keep their careers alive for more than five decades, but pop diva Cher says her latest album is her "best effort ever." Cher, 67, a staple of American dance music, released her 26th studio album, "Closer to the Truth" on Tuesday, her first record in 12 years. "It's my best effort ever, so I'm happy with that. I'm singing better than ever and the songs are really good. I'm unbelievably proud of it," the singer said in an interview with Reuters at her home in California's beachside community of Malibu. ...

Amanda Bynes' drunk driving case moved to mental health court

Published: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 06:14 PM

Actress Amanda Bynes arrives for a court hearing at Manhattan Criminal Court in New YorkLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The drunk driving case against troubled actress and former teenage star Amanda Bynes has been moved to the mental health court at the request of her attorney, a Los Angeles judge ruled on Tuesday. Attorney Richard Hutton argued that the 27-year-old former Nickelodeon star was unable to stand trial in the case due to doubts about her mental competence. Bynes has been under court-ordered psychiatric care after she allegedly started a small fire in front of a home in the Los Angeles suburb of Thousand Oaks in July. ...

Prominent Cuban dissident economist Oscar Espinosa Chepe dead at 72

Published: Monday, September 23, 2013 06:35 PM

Cuban economist and former prisoner Oscar Espinosa Chepe talks to Reuters during an interview in HavanaBy Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) - Oscar Manuel Espinosa Chepe, a dissident Cuban economist whose work was censored by the government, died in Spain on Monday at age 72 after battling chronic liver disease and cancer, his wife announced on Facebook. Espinosa, a soft-spoken man known to friends and colleagues as Chepe, was one of 75 dissidents sentenced to long prison terms in an April 2003 crackdown on the opposition and named a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International. Espinosa's health quickly deteriorated in prison and he was paroled for health reasons in November 2004. ...

Entertainer Rolf Harris appears in UK court on child sex charges

Published: Monday, September 23, 2013 07:48 AM

Entertainer Rolf Harris arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court, to face sex offence charges, in central LondonLONDON (Reuters) - Australian entertainer Rolf Harris was charged in a London court on Monday with 13 child sex offences, dating back to the 1980s, as part of an investigation which has led to the arrest of more than a dozen celebrities. Harris, 83, arrived at Westminster Magistrates Court with his wife and was released on conditional bail after the hearing. He was committed for trial at Southwark Crown Court where he is due to appear on October 7. His lawyer indicated he would be pleading not guilty, according to the BBC. ...

Billionaire Soros weds consultant in third marriage

Published: Saturday, September 21, 2013 09:30 PM

Billionaire George Soros and his fiancee Tamiko Bolton arrive at the Museum of Modern Art in New YorkBy Jennifer Ablan NEW YORK (Reuters) - George Soros, the 83-year-old billionaire investor, philanthropist and supporter of liberal political causes, married for a third time on Saturday, tying the knot with education consultant Tamiko Bolton. Soros and Bolton, 42, exchanged vows in a small ceremony at his Bedford, New York, estate, which Soros bought in 2003 from "Jurassic Park" author Michael Crichton. ...

LA jury reaches verdict in Michael Jackson wrongful death lawsuit

Published: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 05:33 PM

Brian Panish, attorney for the Michael Jackson family delivers his closing argument to jurors in packed courtroom in Los AngelesLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Los Angeles jury reached a verdict on Wednesday in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of pop singer Michael Jackson against concert promoter AEG Live, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Superior Court said. The verdict, which will be read at 3:30 p.m. PT (2230 GMT), caps a five-month trial that opened a window into the singer's private life and final days. Jackson's mother, Katherine, and his three children sued AEG Live over the singer's 2009 death at age 50 in Los Angeles from an overdose of the surgical anesthetic propofol. ...

Michael Jackson verdict could shake up entertainment business model

Published: Friday, September 27, 2013 01:26 PM

Brian Panish, attorney for the Michael Jackson family delivers his closing argument to jurors in packed courtroom in Los AngelesBy Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of late pop star Michael Jackson against his concert promoter is now in the hands of a jury, and the verdict could have far-reaching implications for how the entertainment industry does business with its biggest stars. The 21-week trial, which has opened a window into the private life and last days of the King of Pop, has put not only concert promoter AEG Live on trial but also the entertainment industry's live-performance business model, analysts say. ...

Eiji Toyoda, who helped steer Toyota's rise, dies at 100

Published: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 12:32 AM

Toyota Motor Corporation's honorary chairman Eiji Toyoda introduces a Toyota Cavalier compact car, m..By Yoko Kubota TOKYO (Reuters) - Eiji Toyoda, who helped steer Toyota Motor Corp's global rise and pioneered the automaker's vaunted production system, died on Tuesday, the Japanese automaker said. He was 100. Toyoda, cousin of the automaker's founder, died of heart failure in Toyota City, the company said in a statement. A taciturn engineer, Toyoda served as president between 1967 and 1982. He was chairman until 1994 and remained an honorary advisor at Toyota up until the time of his death. Over his career, Toyoda presided over Toyota's rise in the U.S. ...

Pop singer Pink named Billboard's Woman of the Year

Published: Monday, September 16, 2013 05:47 PM

File photo of U.S. singer Pink performing on main stage during Budapest's Sziget Music Festival on an island in the Danube RiverLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pop singer Pink has been named Billboard's Woman of the Year after scoring her first ever No. 1 album this year, the music industry trade magazine said on Monday. Pink, 34, who emerged on the pop scene in 2000 as a self-styled antidote to the girl-next-door image presented by young pop singers Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, released her sixth album "The Truth About Love" last September. ...

Gates tops Forbes rich list again as young wealthy play catch up

Published: Monday, September 16, 2013 10:49 AM

Bill Gates speaks during Peterson Institute 2013 Fiscal Summit on Facing the Future in WashingtonBy Beth Pinsker NEW YORK (Reuters) - The richest 400 Americans are significantly richer in 2013 than they were last year and younger Americans are accumulating wealth at a faster clip than their baby boomer counterparts, according to two reports released Monday. The annual Forbes 400 wealthiest Americans list showed that total wealth climbed 19 percent in the last year to $2.02 trillion, up from $1.7 trillion, with an average net worth per individual of $5 billion, up from $ 4.2 billion in 2012. It now takes $1.3 billion in assets just to get on the list. (See the full list at http://forbes. ...

Miss New York wins Miss America contest

Published: Sunday, September 15, 2013 10:54 PM

Miss America contestant, Miss New York Nina Davuluri celebrates after being chosen winner of the 2014 Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, New JerseyATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey (Reuters) - Nina Davuluri, 24, won the 2014 Miss America Pageant on Sunday, giving the prize to Miss New York for the second year in a row. Davuluri, an aspiring physician, defeated representatives from 49 other states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Contestants were judged on a personal interview, a talent demonstration, an on-stage question, and their appearance in evening gowns and swimwear during the two-hour nationally televised event. ...

Billy Joel, Shirley MacLaine top Kennedy Center honors list

Published: Thursday, September 12, 2013 03:35 PM

Billy Joel performs during the "12-12-12" benefit concert for victims of Superstorm Sandy at Madison Square Garden in New York(Reuters) - Pop singer Billy Joel, Oscar-winning actress Shirley MacLaine and jazz composer Herbie Hancock on Thursday were among the annual recipients of this year's Kennedy Center Honors, one of the United States' top cultural awards. Rock guitarist Carlos Santana and opera soprano Martina Arroyo also will be honored at the ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts on December 8 in Washington, D.C. The Kennedy Center Honors, which were created in 1978, recognize the lifetime contributions of performing artists to American culture. ...

Audio pioneer Ray Dolby of famed sound system dead at 80

Published: Thursday, September 12, 2013 05:52 PM

(Reuters) - Ray Dolby, the engineer who pioneered the noise reduction in audio recordings that produced clearer sound for music and cinema, died on Thursday. He was 80. Dolby, whose name became synonymous with home sound systems and cinema and won an Oscar, a Grammy and two Emmys for his work, died at his home in San Francisco, said the company he founded, Dolby Laboratories Inc. Dolby had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease in recent years and had been diagnosed with leukemia in July. ...

A Minute With: Robert Duvall on Westerns and avoiding stereotypes

Published: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 12:25 PM

Duvall arrives for the gala presentation of "Jayne Mansfield's Car" during the Toronto International Film FestivalBy Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - With a career spanning seven decades, actor Robert Duvall has played roles ranging from Joseph Stalin to Dwight D. Eisenhower, and he still looks for ways to diversify his choices. Duvall, 82, will next be seen as a stoic war veteran patriarch in "Jayne Mansfield's Car," written and directed by and starring Billy Bob Thornton, which will be released in U.S. theaters on Friday. The film, a drama set in 1960s Alabama, explores the cultural impact of a British family in a small Southern town. ...

James Franco doesn't care if people think he's gay: ‘I mean I wish I was'

Published: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 06:07 AM

Director and actor Franco poses during a red carpet for his movie "Child of God" during the 70th Venice Film Festival in Venice(Note: Strong language in paragraph 4) By Greg Gilman LOS ANGELES ( - James Franco has endured never-ending speculation over his sexuality for years, and in an interview published on Monday he finally admitted it - he wishes the gay rumors were true. "I mean, I wish I was gay," Franco told the Daily Beast. Franco made the comment while discussing his Comedy Central Roast which premiered last Monday to solid ratings. The telecast topped Roseanne Barr's last year (but not Charlie Sheen's record-setting Roast in 2011). ...

Syrian intervention gets a no-vote … from Sheryl Crow

Published: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 06:30 PM

Sheryl Crow performs "Boys Round Here" at the 48th ACM Awards in Las VegasBy Tim Kenneally LOS ANGELES ( - In case you were wondering, a U.S. military strike on Syria would not make Sheryl Crow happy. The "Leaving Las Vegas" singer dropped in at HuffPost Live on Wednesday to add her voice to the growing list of celebrities who've weighed in on the Syria crisis, a list that also includes "Vogue" singer Madonna and tough-guy actor Chuck Norris. As it turns out, Crow is against a U.S. military intervention, likening a possible attack to "throwing a rock in a beehive." "It is like throwing a rock in a beehive. ...

Chuck Norris explains Assad's real motivations in Syria

Published: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 06:24 PM

Actor Chuck Norris speaks during the National Rifle Association's 139th annual meeting in CharlotteBy Greg Gilman LOS ANGELES ( - Chuck Norris is a man of many talents: According to the popular internet meme Chuck Norris Facts, he cut through a hot knife with butter, and he counted to infinity (twice). Now he sees right through Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's plan to get America to drop bombs all over his own country. The political activist and aging action star — last seen in "The Expendables 2″ — laid out his case on the issue in a column for WND. "It might sound crazy to some that Assad would want the U.S. ...

Miley Cyrus' Vogue cover axed by Anna Wintour after VMAs backlash

Published: Monday, September 9, 2013 06:00 AM

Singer Miley Cyrus performs "Blurred Lines" during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards in New YorkBy Todd Cunningham LOS ANGELES ( - After Miley Cyrus' twerking, Vogue editor Anna Wintour had done some jerking - scotching plans for the 20-year-old pop star to appear on the magazine's cover in December. Her steamy performance at last month's MTV Video Music Awards, at which Cyrus suggestively cavorted in a flesh-colored bikini with giant teddy bears, a huge foam finger and Robin Thicke, set off a media storm with most seeing the former Disney teen star's dance as over-the-top. Count Wintour among the critics, according to media reports. ...

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