Hype surrounding the eagerly anticipated "Star Wars" reboot made the jump to light speed on Thursday as the movie's makers unveiled a new trailer that delighted fans with a glimpse of iconic characters Han Solo and Chewbacca.
The action-packed second trailer for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" showed spacecraft dogfights and a chase involving the Millennium Falcon before concluding with the unmistakable voice of Harrison Ford as Solo.Full Story
Pop diva Lady Gaga's duet with veteran crooner Tony Bennett will top the bill at this year's Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, with other headliners including Lenny Kravitz and Portishead, organizers said Thursday.
The "elegant collision of charisma" pairing the 28-year-old super star and the 88-year-old industry veteran will set the tone at the 49th edition of the festival on the shores of lake Geneva, the festival team said in a statement.Full Story
The latest movies starring Cate Blanchett, Rachel Weisz and Matthew McConaughey will be among those competing at the Cannes Film Festival next month, organisers said on Thursday.
Blanchett will appear in "Carol" with Rooney Mara, a lesbian love story set in New York, while Rachel Weisz will be in two movies, the Italian-directed "La Giovinezza" also featuring Michael Caine and Jane Fonda, and Greece's "The Lobster" with Colin Farrel. McConaughey will be in the American film "The Sea of Trees" with Naomi Watts.Full Story
The National Geographic Channel, not usually a place you'd look for laughs, is making its first comedy.
The network said Wednesday that it is making a miniseries, "History of the World ... For Now," that takes on the broadest of possible topics with the help of cartoons, puppets and the like. It is expected to air next winter.Full Story
Though Hilary Duff is 27, when it comes to the music industry, she's first to admit she's trying to make up for lost time in the seven years since she last released an album.
"When I first started it was all about selling records and I was lucky to sell a lot," Duff said in a recent interview. "Now it's just different."Full Story
Royal fans are ready to welcome Prince William and Kate's second child — a younger brother or sister to Prince George, whose birth two years ago whipped up a worldwide media frenzy.
As in 2013, the royals are keeping everyone guessing by disclosing virtually nothing about the baby — including the due date and gender.Full Story
Russia on Wednesday canceled the release of a Hollywood thriller set in the Stalin era on grounds it distorts history and would be shown as the country celebrates the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in WWII.
The film, "Child 44", starring Tom Hardy, Vincent Cassel and Gary Oldman, tells the story of a serial killer who targets children in the Stalin era. It is based on a fantasy novel by English writer Tom Rob Smith and was due to go on wide release in Russia on Thursday.Full Story
Daniel Craig, who won international acclaim playing James Bond, received a special mission on Tuesday when Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed the actor as the first U.N. Global Advocate for the Elimination of Mines and Explosive Hazards.
In a brief ceremony at U.N. headquarters, Ban thanked Craig for his commitment to support the U.N.'s vision for a world free from the threat of land mines and explosive remnants of war.Full Story
HBO's "Game of Thrones" has the dubious honor of being popular with both pirates and viewers.
After its fifth season began Sunday, users of a Twitter-owned live-streaming app shared the fantasy drama.Full Story
Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen will strut her stuff on the catwalk for the last time Wednesday, putting a gold-plated seal on the runway career that launched her to stardom.
Bundchen, the world's top-earning model, will take her final sashay down the catwalk at Sao Paulo Fashion Week (SPFW), the same event where she made her debut 20 years ago.Full Story