Queen Latifah strikes Netflix deal
NEW YORK - Queen Latifah's production company, Flavor Unit Entertainment, has signed a deal with Netflix.
The entertainer announced Tuesday the multiyear deal gives the streaming service first look at titles from her production company. It starts this spring.
Latifah, above, launched Flavor Unit in New Jersey with Shakim Compere. It's now based in Miami. The company has produced films such as "Bringing Down the House" and "Just Wright," both starring Latifah. It also produced the HBO film "Life Support," which earned a Golden Globe Award for Latifah.
Prosecutor wants re-do on Chris Brown
LOS ANGELES- Los Angeles prosecutors are asking a judge to order Chris Brown to re-do his community service because of significant discrepancies in records submitted to a court.
Deputy District Attorney Mary Murray writes in a motion filed Wednesday that the records submitted by Richmond, Va., police to prove the R&B singer performed six-months of community labor are "at best sloppy documentation and at worst fraudulent reporting."
Brown was allowed to perform his community labor sentence for the 2009 beating of Rihanna in his home state of Virginia. Richmond police submitted paperwork last year indicating Brown had completed his sentence, but the logs showed the singer performing double shifts in the city and at a day care center where his mother once worked.
A phone message for Brown's attorney wasn't immediately returned.
Sutherland honored by Harvard
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Golden Globe-winning actor Kiefer Sutherland has been named Man of the Year by Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals.
Sutherland will be roasted and receive his ceremonial pudding pot at a ceremony scheduled for Friday.
The 46-year-old Sutherland has been in dozens of films but is perhaps best known for his role as Jack Bauer in the television series "24," for which he won Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy awards. He is currently starring in the television show "Touch."
Last year's Man of the Year was Jason Segel.
The 2013 Woman of the Year, Marion Cotillard, was honored last week.
Hasty Pudding Theatricals is the nation's oldest undergraduate drama troupe.
The awards are presented annually to performers who have made a lasting and impressive contribution to entertainment.
Troggs singer Reg Presley dies
LONDON - Rock star Reg Presley, lead singer of the Troggs on hit songs including "Wild Thing," has died. He was 71.
Presley's death after a year-long bout with lung cancer was announced late Monday night by friend and publicist Keith Altham on his Facebook page.
Altham said his "old pal" died at his home with his family and friends at his side.
Presley had recently retired because of his health problems.
He is remembered for the band's breakthrough garage band hits, also including "Love is All Around" and "With a Girl Like You."
Presley founded the Troggs in the 1960s.
Pesci settles dispute over 'Gotti' film
LOS ANGELES - Joe Pesci has settled a lawsuit filed against a company planning a biopic on the Gotti crime family.
The Oscar-winner sued Fiore Films in July 2011 claiming the filmmakers reneged on a deal for a $3 million role in the film and were offering him a lesser part in the project and a lower payday.
Pesci's attorney Jessica Trotter confirmed Monday a settlement had been reached in the case but said she could not provide any details.
Michael Froch, an attorney for Fiore Films, said he could only confirm the case had been dismissed.
Pesci's lawsuit stated the actor gained 30 pounds in anticipation of playing a childhood friend and enforcer of crime boss John Gotti Sr.
The film, "Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father," has not started filming.