Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.
Bieber "under the weather", lunges at UK photographer
LONDON (Reuters) - Canadian pop star Justin Bieber was filmed lunging and shouting abuse at a photographer on Friday during an ill-fated stay in London which has gone from bad to worse after he collapsed on stage the day before. The altercation, caught on camera and featured on popular celebrity news websites including TMZ, showed the 19-year-old get out of a van, try to move towards the unnamed member of the paparazzi and threaten him using several swear words.
Can Bowie turn acclaim and hype into record sales?
LONDON (Reuters) - He caught the music world napping in January with his first new song in a decade and soon had critics searching for superlatives to describe his new album "The Next Day". The next big question for David Bowie and his remarkable comeback is whether the element of surprise and subsequent acclaim will turn into record sales.
U.S. film highlights link between girls' education and poverty
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A new feature film that debuted in U.S. theaters this week explores the link between improving education for girls in poor countries around the globe and the battle against poverty. "Girl Rising" blends documentary and narrative filmmaking to focus on the impact of education on the lives of nine girls from Cambodia, India, Afghanistan, Egypt, Ethiopia, Peru, Sierra Leone, Nepal and Haiti.
Star Wars creator George Lucas imagines San Francisco museum
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Filmmaker George Lucas, the creator of "Star Wars," has submitted a bid to build a "storytelling museum" in San Francisco to share his vast collection of contemporary paintings, illustrations and digital art. Lucas has offered to construct the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum on federal land, run it and stock it with hundreds of millions of dollars worth of art by the likes of Norman Rockwell and Maxfield Parrish.
Actress Demi Moore asks for alimony from Ashton Kutcher
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actress Demi Moore is seeking alimony from estranged husband Ashton Kutcher, according to divorce documents filed in a Los Angeles court on Thursday. Kutcher, the star of CBS television comedy "Two and a Half Men," filed for divorce from the "G.I. Jane" actress in December 2012 after more than a year of separation.
Joy Behar leaving "The View" after 16-year tenure
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Television host Joy Behar is leaving ABC's talk show "The View" after more than 16 years, the network said on Thursday. Behar, 70, who has been with the daytime show since its inception in 1997, hosts the show alongside Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd and Elisabeth Hasselbeck.
Actor Jeremy Irons talks trash with EU bureaucrats
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - British actor Jeremy Irons hates waste with a passion - so much so that he overcame his natural dislike of regulation to team up with the EU bureaucrats and inject some movie magic into the bloc's latest plans on recycling rubbish. The Oscar-winning Irons took to the Commission podium on Thursday, alongside the EU environment commissioner, to kick off months of debate on plastic waste.
Ford, Fisher, Hamill in talks for new "Star Wars": source
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Star Wars" original cast members Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill are in talks to join the next installment of the science-fiction franchise, a person with knowledge of plans for the new film told Reuters on Thursday. The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said lawyers had the contracts for all three actors and that an announcement would be made soon.
Book Talk: Alan Bradley on young sleuths and TV series
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Alan Bradley was already in his mid-60s when he wrote the first of his Flavia de Luce mysteries, starring an almost 11-year-old amateur sleuth in the 1950s English countryside. His fifth book, "Speaking From Among the Bones," was published last month, and he is already working on next one.