Reuters Entertainment News Summary
Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.
Tribute to Las Vegas victims marks CMA Awards as Brooks wins top award
The Country Music Association's (CMA) annual awards on Wednesday blended somber reflections on recent tragic events including the Las Vegas mass shooting, with show-stopping performances by top music stars and even a dose of political humor. Eric Church opened the live three-hour broadcast from Nashville, which aired on ABC, with an a cappella rendition of the hymn "Amazing Grace."
'Justice League' must battle film critics as well as villains
Saving Metropolis and Gotham City from the clutches of super-villains might be enough pressure for the average caped crusader but the cast of the forthcoming "Justice League" film also face another equally-terrifying foe: film critics. The film is the latest installment from the DC comics stable of super-heroes - a series which, with the notable exception of this summer's "Wonder Woman," has met with a less than positive critical response and has failed to match the box office of rival Marvel's biggest super-hero offerings.
Apple orders Witherspoon, Aniston drama in TV push
Apple Inc has ordered two seasons of a dramatic series that stars Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston and looks at the lives of people working on a morning television show, a company spokeswoman said on Wednesday. The series is among the first projects the iPhone maker has acquired for its plunge into original television programming, where it aims to compete with established players such as Netflix Inc and Time Warner Inc's HBO.
Pokemon Go's Niantic taps 'Harry Potter' magic for new augmented reality game
Fantastic beasts, wizard adventures and magic spells will come to life in a new "Harry Potter" augmented reality mobile game from Pokemon Go developer Niantic Inc and Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment, the companies said on Wednesday. "Harry Potter: Wizards Unite" will bring author J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World to mobile phones and use augmented reality (AR) to create a real-world scavenger hunt, allow players to cast spells, find artifacts, team up and encounter magical beasts and characters from the popular book series.
Swiss drop rape inquiry against director Polanski
Swiss prosecutors have dropped an investigation of film director Roman Polanski after finding the statute of limitations did not allow pursuing allegations by a former German actress and model that he raped her in 1972 when she was 15 years old. The woman, Renate Langer, made the allegations to Swiss authorities only in September.
Dance star Akram Khan prepares for swansong tour
One of Britain's most celebrated dancer-choreographers, Akram Khan, is tackling the rise of xenophobia in his latest work, which he says will be his last as a leading performer. The production, "Xenos," is Khan's tribute to the Indian soldiers of the British Empire who fought in World War One. It focuses on the story of a shell-shocked Indian soldier, but also tackles contemporary political issues.
'Glengarry Glen Ross' revival examines the dark side of cutting deals
In an age where a real-estate salesman has assumed the highest political office in the United States, a new revival of David Mamet's Pulitzer Prize-winning "Glengarry Glen Ross" in London is highlighting the dark side of the art of the deal. The play, which first premiered in London's National theater in 1983, charts two days in the life of a group of desperate Chicago real estate salesmen and chronicles the moral compromises they are willing to make in order to make a sale.
Greta Gerwig explores complexities of growing up in 'Lady Bird'
"Why won't you call me Lady Bird? You promised that you would." That is the line that popped into actor and filmmaker Greta Gerwig's head one day and went on to become the opening statement from the precocious teenage heroine of her directorial debut, "Lady Bird."
Kevin Spacey to be erased from Sony film about Getty kidnapping: reports
The director and producers of the completed but unreleased Hollywood film "All the Money in the World" have chosen to remove Kevin Spacey from the movie, recast his role and reshoot his scenes following sexual misconduct allegations against the actor. The extraordinary measure to erase a leading actor from a completed major studio picture and reconstruct the film without him was reported by three major Hollywood trade publications - Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline Hollywood.
Harvey Weinstein hires NY defense lawyer Benjamin Brafman
Harvey Weinstein has hired Manhattan criminal defense attorney Benjamin Brafman to represent him in New York, a spokeswoman for the Hollywood producer said on Wednesday, days after New York police said an unidentified woman had accused Weinstein of rape. “We do not believe an indictment of Mr. Weinstein is imminent," the spokeswoman for Weinstein said in an emailed statement.
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