Oct 3, 2011, 1:58 a.m.
Gene Simmons, Shannon Tweed tie the knot
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Kiss frontman Gene Simmons and his girlfriend of 28 years, the actress and former Playmate Shannon Tweed, were married this weekend before 400 guests. The outdoor evening ceremony on Saturday at the Beverly Hills Hotel is the latest celebrity nuptials to have a second life as a television event. It is scheduled for an October 18 episode as part of the new season of A&E's "Gene Simmons Family Jewels," a reality series that has chronicled the pair's unconventional relationship since 2006.
Michael Jackson fans stay faithful at trial
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Their faith has been tested many times, but Michael Jackson's fans have always supported the "Thriller" singer. That remains true at the trial of his former doctor who is accused in the superstar's death. Outside the Los Angeles courthouse where Dr. Conrad Murray faces a manslaughter charge, the fans do not number as many as they did at the singer's 2005 child molestation trial. But his supporters are just as colorful and no less passionate.
Actor Jeff Conaway's death ruled accidental
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Autopsy results show that Jeff Conaway, the star of "Taxi" and "Grease" who struggled with addiction before his death in May, died from multiple causes including a major internal infection. In ruling the actor's death accidental in a report released on Friday, the Los Angeles County coroner specified a number of contributing factors, among them septic emboli, aortic valve endocarditis, coronary artery disease, pneumonia and encephalopathy.
"Dolphin Tale" jumps to top of movie box office
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Simba the lion may rule the jungle, but he couldn't beat a plucky dolphin at the weekend box office. Family film "Dolphin Tale" made a surprising leap to first place with a projected $14.2 million in domestic ticket sales over three days, studio estimates released on Sunday showed.
Week 1: winners, losers in Michael Jackson trial
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The trial of the doctor accused of responsibility for the June 2009 death of pop star Michael Jackson ended its first week, after an emotional start covered on television and making headlines worldwide. Dr. Conrad Murray denies a charge of involuntary manslaughter against him in the death of the "Thriller" singer through an overdose of the anesthetic propofol and prescription drugs.
UK studio tour aims to conjure Harry Potter magic
LONDON (Reuters) - Wave a wand and a ladle across the room turns in a cauldron. Move your hand and a knife starts to chop. Warner Brothers aims to recreate the magic of the Harry Potter movies with a major tour at its newly renovated Leavesden Studios on the outskirts of London, with the attraction due to open next spring.
Afghans rock at first music festival in three decades
KABUL (Reuters) - Live rock returned to Afghanistan after three long decades on Saturday as young men and women cheered and leapt into the air to the sound of heavy bass beats and punk rock. Bands from Australia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Afghanistan served up a six-hour musical feast of blues, indie, electronica and death metal to hundreds of fans, many of whom had never seen live music before.