Sep 14, 2011, 2:21 a.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.

A Minute With: Marilu Henner's "Unforgettable" life

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actress Marilu Henner has enjoyed living with a fantastic memory since she was a child, but it was only recently that her special powers were diagnosed as real-life condition and given a name. Now the "Taxi" actress and self-help author is a consultant on the new TV crime drama "Unforgettable" featuring a detective played by Poppy Montgomery who can't forget the past. Henner also has been cast on the show in a very different role.

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.

Editor's Picks

Most Recent