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Dec 12, 2011

Contents of Jackson’s final home reach auction

BEVERLY HILLS (Reuters) – Contents of the mansion where Michael Jackson’s lifeless body was found by convicted killer Dr. Conrad Murray go under the auction hammer next week, closing one chapter on a tragic saga that started in 2009 and ended last month with his former physician behind bars.

Some 500 lots of mostly paintings, furniture and ornaments are for sale from the Bel Air home Jackson rented while preparing for a series of comeback concerts in London. But only a handful of the items bear a poignant but personal connection to the singer, his three children and famous family.

Dec 1, 2011

“Neverland” gives fantasy twist to Peter Pan tale

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – British writer and director Nick Willing has always been fascinated with the story of “Peter Pan,” but it took decades before he summoned the courage to put his own version of the children’s classic on screen.

Television movie “Neverland”, making its U.S. debut on the Syfy cable channel on December 4 and 5, and on British-based Sky Movies on December 9, is a two-part prequel to the story of the boy who refuses to grow up, taking viewers from the grimy streets of 19th century London to a world of pure imagination.

Dec 1, 2011

Kanye West, Adele, Bruno Mars lead Grammy choices

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Rapper Kanye West led the field of Grammy contenders on Wednesday with seven nominations, including for his album “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” and his joint venture with Jay-Z “Watch The Throne”.

But British singer Adele — whose album “21″ is the biggest-selling of 2011 — and R&B artist Bruno Mars were close behind with six apiece, including nods for the three big awards of album, song and record of the year.

Nov 16, 2011

Lawsuit dropped, but Bieber baby claim lingers

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The woman who claimed teen singer Justin Bieber fathered a baby with her has dropped her paternity lawsuit, but Mariah Yeater’s lawyer said on Wednesday she is pursuing her claim out of court.

Yeater, 20, of southern California, had claimed in her lawsuit that she had sex backstage with the 17-year-old Canadian singer last year and that he was the father of her baby who was born in July. She was demanding child support.

Nov 3, 2011

Westerns saddle up for TV comeback

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The TV Western is saddling up for a big comeback, and actor Anson Mount couldn’t be happier.

Mount, 38, plays a rugged post-Civil War soldier with revenge on his mind in the new series “Hell on Wheels”, making its debut on cable channel AMC on Sunday and heralding a revival of a genre that dominated U.S. television in the 1950s and ’60s.

Oct 18, 2011

Forget “Frasier.” Meet Kelsey Grammer’s brooding “Boss”

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Kelsey Grammer doesn’t want to turn off audiences for his dark new TV drama “Boss” by comparing it to Shakespeare. But he just can’t help saying the S word.

Grammer’s ruthless, power-hungry Chicago Mayor Tom Kane is an abrupt change of direction from the jaunty “Frasier” persona that gave the actor 20 years of TV comedy success.

Oct 14, 2011

Doctor’s defence faces tough task in Michael Jackson trial

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The defence in the trial of Michael Jackson’s doctor takes centre stage next week with a major question still to be answered: will Dr Conrad Murray take the witness stand?

After three weeks of often damaging evidence against the doctor accused of involuntary manslaughter in the singer’s death, legal experts say Murray’s version of events is riddled with inconsistencies.

Oct 14, 2011

Doctor’s defense faces tough task in Jackson trial

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The defense in the trial of Michael Jackson’s doctor takes center stage next week with a major question still to be answered: will Dr Conrad Murray take the witness stand?

After three weeks of often damaging evidence against the doctor accused of involuntary manslaughter in the singer’s death, legal experts say Murray’s version of events is riddled with inconsistencies.

Oct 10, 2011

Burton-Taylor romance puts sparkle in diamonds auction

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but for Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor they were a lifelong passion that could now strike gold for the AIDS sufferers she championed.

Rubies, sapphires, emeralds and pearls — many of them given to Taylor by her two-time husband Richard Burton during their stormy romance — are among the 269 jewels up for auction in December following the death in March of the legendary film actress.

Oct 8, 2011

‘The Simpsons’ to stay around for two more seasons

LOS ANGELES, Oct 7 (Reuters) – Fox Television said on
Friday it had renewed animated TV series “The Simpsons” for
another two seasons after settling a pay stand-off that had
threatened to end the satirical parody of working-class
American life.

“Fox has renewed ‘The Simpsons,’ the longest-running comedy
in television history, for an incredible 24th and 25th season,”
the network said in a statement.

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      "I'm a British import to Los Angeles who still hasn't managed to lose the accent after 10 years. I cover all things celebrity -- Hollywood award shows, stars in trouble, U.S. television and California lifestyle. Before arriving in Los Angeles, I worked for Reuters in London and Italy, covering stories like the death of Princess Diana, the Italian Mafia, and the Good Friday Northern Ireland peace agreement."
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