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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."
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.
'Last Jedi' director Rian Johnson to oversee new 'Star Wars' trilogy
The galaxy far, far away is expanding further on screen with a new trilogy of "Star Wars" films outside of the ongoing Skywalker saga, Walt Disney Co said Thursday, to be overseen by Rian Johnson, the director of the franchise's upcoming film "The Last Jedi." Johnson, 43, will write and direct the first of a new "Star Wars" trilogy that will bring new characters and worlds not yet explored on screen, Disney said.
Five women detail sexual misconduct claims against comedian Louis C.K.: report
Five women detailed sexual misconduct allegations against Emmy-winning comedian Louis C.K. in a New York Times report published Thursday, including three who said he had masturbated in front of them. In the New York Times article, C.K.'s publicist Lewis Kay said the comedian "is not going to answer any questions" from the publication.
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.
China's Bytedance says to merge with lip-syncing app Musical.ly
China's AI-powered content platform Bytedance Ltd said on Friday it would merge with lip-syncing app Musical.ly Inc. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Israeli intelligence firm regrets working for Weinstein, official says
An Israeli intelligence firm which reportedly helped Harvey Weinstein gather information on women accusing him of sexual harassment and assault is sorry it agreed to work with the Hollywood producer, a company official said on Thursday. The New Yorker said Weinstein had hired Black Cube, which markets itself as a group of ex-members of Israeli intelligence units specializing in business and litigation challenges, to help stop the publication of abuse allegations against him.
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.
LGBT characters on U.S. TV at record highs
The number of lesbian, gay and transgender characters on U.S. television shows have reached record highs, and campaign group GLAAD said on Thursday that their stories were more important than ever given moves in the United States to roll back LGBT acceptance. In it annual report on diversity on the small screen, GLAAD found 329 regular and recurring LGBTQ characters across all broadcast, cable and streaming TV platforms, including the first asexual and non-binary characters.
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