Sep 13, 2011, 8:36 p.m.
For Michelle Yeoh, "The Lady" is role of lifetime
TORONTO (Reuters) - For action star Michelle Yeoh, one of Asia's best known actresses, the chance to play Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi posed perhaps the biggest challenge in her nearly three-decade career, and that is exactly what she wanted. Taking the lead role in "The Lady", which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on Monday, meant the responsibility of playing one of the world's most revered pro-democracy figures, who is still fighting for reform in her native Myanmar.
Trust fund request made for Michael Jackson beneficiaries
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The executors of Michael Jackson's estate asked a judge on Tuesday to allow them to put aside $30 million in a trust fund for the late singer's mother and three children, who are the designated beneficiaries. The executors, attorney John Branca and music executive John McClain, also requested permission from Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff, who is overseeing matters related to the Jackson estate, to sell the longtime Jackson family compound in the Los Angeles suburb of Encino.
Madonna to critics: review my movie, not me
TORONTO (Reuters) - Madonna on Monday said she said she doesn't mind any criticism of her filmmaking abilities, so long as it is directed at her movie and not at herself. The pop star told reporters at the Toronto International Film Festival, where she is promoting her second film "W.E.", she had to earn her reputation as a musician and she expected to do the same as a film director.
Lady Gaga, Bono to play Clinton Foundation concert
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Lady Gaga, Bono and Usher will pay tribute to the work of the Bill Clinton Foundation in a one-night concert at the Hollywood Bowl in October, the organization and Yahoo said on Tuesday. Other "socially responsible artists" in music, film and television also will take part in the event, which is aimed at celebrating 10 years of the former U.S. president's foundation and raising awareness of its work on issues such as AIDS and the environment.
Broomfield film looks for insight into Sarah Palin
TORONTO (Reuters) - Will the real Sarah Palin please stand up? In "Sarah Palin: You Betcha," British filmmaker Nick Broomfield travels to Wasilla, Alaska -- the hometown of the gun-toting hockey mom, Tea Party activist, former Republican vice presidential nominee and now possible contender for the White House in 2012 -- to learn what she really is like.
Clooney ex Elisabetta Canalis gets naked for PETA
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - George Clooney's ex-girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis is the latest celebrity to strip down for animal rights group PETA, unveiling her campaign and her naked body in Beverly Hills on Tuesday. Shoppers on ritzy Rodeo Drive got an eyeful of Canalis as she posed next to her nude, black-and-white campaign portrait for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
Toronto film fest builds buzz, but business is off
TORONTO (Reuters) - The Toronto International Film Festival reached its midpoint on Tuesday with films like the "The Descendants" and actor Michael Fassbender winning praise, but a nagging question about the future of dark dramas in Hollywood has hovered over the event. Toronto, which along with recently wrapped festivals in Venice and Telluride, helps launch the movie awards season and industry pros gather here to build buzz for their films. Yet, while some dramas here have been praised for their stories and characters, few business deals have been made to put many of those movies into theaters.
Tyler Perry is Hollywood's highest paid man
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor Tyler Perry, who has his own film and TV studio in Atlanta, ranks atop the list of Hollywood's highest paid men, in a new ranking from Forbes.com that includes director Steven Spielberg and singer Elton John. Perry topped the list by making $130 million from May 2010 to May 2011, financial website Forbes.com reported on Monday.
Miss Angola crowned Miss Universe in Brazil
(Reuters) - Miss Angola Leila Lopes, a business student from the town of Benguela in her home country, was crowned Miss Universe on Monday after dazzling a panel of judges with her beauty and impressing them with her brain. Lopes, 25, laughed and smiled as she hugged runner-up Miss Ukraine Olesia Stefanko, then felt a crown placed carefully on her head at the pageant held in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Perez Hilton launches celebrity family website
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hollywood blogger Perez Hilton is in a family way, sort of. On Tuesday, Hilton is expanding his work of serving up the latest dish on Hollywood stars by launching a new website focused on celebrity families and kids called Perezitos.com.
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