Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.
Tom Hanks returns as symbologist Robert Langdon in 'Inferno'
Tom Hanks reprises the role of Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon in the film version of Dan Brown's thriller "Inferno," unlocking more mysterious codes as the world-famous character he describes as "the smartest guy in the room". "Inferno", which follows on the blockbuster book and film franchise Brown's 2003 religious-themed mystery novel "The Da Vinci Code," centers on the "Divine Comedy," the masterpiece by Italian poet Dante Alighieri.
Gay-themed traffic lights get Vienna into mood for Eurovision Song Contest
Gay-themed traffic lights are getting Vienna into the mood for the annual Eurovision Song Contest, one of the world's most popular kitsch cultural events which this year is being hosted by the Austrian capital. Dozens of traffic lights in central Vienna have been programmed to show male or female gay couples with hearts -- in red for stop and green for go -- replacing the usual single, gender-neutral figure.
Prince takes the stage for 'Rally 4 Peace' show in Baltimore
Reclusive rocker Prince took the stage on Sunday in a "Rally 4 Peace" concert in response to the death of a 25-year-old man, whose death from injuries suffered while in police custody triggered riots, telling the crowd: "We are here for you." The Grammy-winning musician, appearing at Royal Farms Arena along with his backing band 3RDEYEGIRL, performed such hits as "When Doves Cry" and "Raspberry Beret", as well as a new song called "Baltimore," which he dedicated to the city.
Curtains for 'American Idol' after 15th season, says Fox
"American Idol", the most popular music reality show in U.S. television history, will end after its 15th season airs in January next year, Fox Television said on Monday. The show was once a ratings powerhouse for Fox, watched by more than 30 million viewers at its peak, but the popularity of the competition, which launched the careers of stars such as Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, has fallen in recent years.
Watkins aces Cumberbatch as best actor in British TV awards
Jason Watkins beat out Benedict Cumberbatch to take the best actor honour at Britain's top television awards on Sunday, while Georgina Campbell was named best actress by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). Cumberbatch, who plays Sherlock in the hit series of the same name, has been nominated more times than anyone else in the top categories of the BAFTA television awards, but had to forgo it once again as Watkins won for his portrayal of the title character in "The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies".
'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Tops With $77.2 Million, 'Hot Pursuit' Flounders
"Avengers: Age of Ultron" iced out "Hot Pursuit" at the weekend box office, picking up $77.2 million and topping charts for a second consecutive time. Disney and Marvel's comic book adventure has made $312.9 million domestically since debuting stateside ten days ago. That massive figure makes it the second fastest film to clear $300 million domestically, and its sophomore weekend is the second biggest in movie history, surpassing "Avatar's" $75.6 million haul.
Cinema becomes war zone for 'Call of Duty' eSports fans
On a bright Sunday afternoon in central London, in a low-lit converted wing of a shopping-mall cinema, hundreds of fans cheer as two teams of 20-somethings riddle each other with bullets during a big-screen game for a $25,000 reward. The game is "Call of Duty", a hugely popular first-person shooter that demands hair-trigger "twitch" reflexes, teamwork and hours of daily training to beat the best in the fast-growing world of competitive gaming tournaments.
George Clooney teams up with Disney for futuristic 'Tomorrowland'
George Clooney teams up with Disney for the expected summer box office hit "Tomorrowland", a futuristic adventure which the Hollywood actor says he was drawn to because of its hopeful message. Clooney, known for his roles in "Ocean's Eleven" and "Syriana", plays the jaded former boy-genius Frank, who joins teenage science-fan Casey (Britt Robertson) on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space called "Tomorrowland".
Cannes Festival pays tribute to Ingrid Bergman in official poster
The 68th Cannes film festival unfurled its official poster featuring Ingrid Bergman on Monday, in a tribute to the Hollywood actress on what would have been her 100th birthday this year. Bergman, one of the leading ladies of Hollywood's Golden Age with films such as "Casablanca", "Notorious" and "Spellbound", was president of the festival's jury in 1973.