December 15th, 2017

Entertainment News

Producer of live events drops ties to Tavis Smiley

By Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press on December 15th, 2017

NEW YORK – Tavis Smiley’s career has taken another hit as live producer Mills Entertainment pulled out of backing the TV host’s theatrical production focusing on the last year of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life. Smiley, who has been indefinitely suspended from his PBS talk show and lost his Walmart sponsorship, was to launch a ... Read More »

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Mario Batali kicked off ABC amid misconduct allegations

By Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press on December 15th, 2017

NEW YORK – Celebrity chef Mario Batali has been kicked off ABC’s “The Chew” amid allegations from several women that he touched them inappropriately. ABC said that while it was not aware of any inappropriate behaviour involving him and the show, the network says “we are committed to a safe work environment and his past ... Read More »

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3 car gurus from ‘The Grand Tour’ ponder the car’s future

By Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press on December 15th, 2017

NEW YORK – When it comes to cars, three names instantly come to mind. No, not Ford, Chevy and Honda. We’re talking Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, the former “Top Gear” hosts who have just launched season two of their new automotive show, “The Grand Tour,” on Amazon Prime. They stopped by to ... Read More »

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9 films now vying for foreign language Oscar nomination

By The Associated Press on December 15th, 2017

LOS ANGELES – Nine films are now vying for an Academy Award nomination in the foreign language category. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the short-list Thursday, which includes films from Chile, Germany, Israel and Lebanon. Ninety-two films were initially in contention for possible nomination. Five films are typically nominated for foreign ... Read More »

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Dustin Hoffman accused of new incidents of sexual misconduct

By The Associated Press on December 14th, 2017

LOS ANGELES – More women are accusing Dustin Hoffman of sexual misconduct, including an incident in which a playwright says the actor exposed himself to her in a New York hotel room when she was 16-years-old. Playwright Cori Thomas described the 1980 incident in a story published Thursday by the trade outlet Variety. She confirmed ... Read More »

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Top 20 Global Concert Tours from Pollstar

By The Associated Press on December 14th, 2017

The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows Worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers. TOP 20 GLOBAL CONCERT TOURS 1. The Rolling Stones ; $9,996,473; $158.81. 2. ... Read More »

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Canadian film out of the running for next year’s Oscars

By The Canadian Press on December 14th, 2017

LOS ANGELES – A Canadian film is out of the running for the best Foreign Language Film category in next year’s Oscars. Historical drama “Hochelaga” had been selected as Canada’s pick for the best foreign-language film category. However “Hochelaga” was not on the list released Thursday of the nine films that were submitted for the ... Read More »

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The Latest: NYPD investigating Simmons rape allegations

By The Associated Press on December 14th, 2017

NEW YORK – The Latest on sexual misconduct allegations against music mogul Russell Simmons (all times local): 8:45 p.m. The New York Police Department has launched an investigation into allegations made by three women who say that music mogul Russell Simmons raped them. Deputy Chief Timothy Trainor said Thursday that detectives are in the process ... Read More »

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The Latest: Omarosa: Trump’s senior staff has no blacks left

By The Associated Press on December 14th, 2017

WASHINGTON – The Latest on Omarosa Manigault Newman and her departure from the White House staff (all times local): 6:30 p.m. Former “Apprentice” contestant Omarosa Manigault Newman says her departure from the White House means President Donald Trump will have no African-Americans on his senior staff. Manigault Newman tells ABC’s “Nightline” for its program airing ... Read More »

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Disney buying much of Fox, will help it compete with Netflix

By Tali Arbel, The Associated Press on December 14th, 2017

NEW YORK – Disney is buying a large part of Fox, including its movie and television studios, for about $52.4 billion, as the home of Mickey Mouse tries to meet competition from technology companies in the entertainment business. Disney’s all-stock deal for the Murdoch family’s 21st Century Fox gives it the studios that produce the ... Read More »

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