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Sonia is the heart and the artist of the team. She loves art and all that it implies. As Sonia says, good music, a well directed movie, or attending a music or film festival melts people’s heart and make them better. She is great at painting and photography. Working on scrapbooks is her favorite activity.


Mira Sorvino said she is “heartsick” after learning she may have lost out on major roles because of Harvey Weinstein.

According to Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson, both Mira Sorvino and Ashley Judd were “blacklisted” following conversations with Harvey Weinstein’s company.

Both actresses have claimed Harvey Weinstein harassed them.

Harvey Weinstein has denied allegations of misconduct, and of blacklisting the actresses.

The Lord of the Rings trilogy was initially in development with Weinstein’s Miramax company, before being passed to New Line Cinema.

In an interview with Stuff.co.nz this week, Peter Jackson said he was interested in casting both women in the blockbuster franchise.

He told the website: “I recall Miramax telling us they were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs. This was probably in 1998.

“At the time, we had no reason to question what these guys were telling us.

“I now suspect we were fed false information about both of these talented women – and as a direct result their names were removed from our casting list.”

“In hindsight, I realize that this was very likely the Miramax smear campaign in full swing,” he said.

Mira Sorvino tweeted: “Just seeing this after I awoke, I burst out crying.”

“There it is, confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed my career, something I suspected but was unsure. Thank you Peter Jackson for being honest. I’m just heartsick.”

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Ashley Judd, meanwhile, recalled how her involvement progressed far enough to be invited by Jackson to see preparation work for the blockbuster trilogy.

She tweeted: “I remember this well.

“They asked which if the two roles I preferred, and then I abruptly never heard from them again. I appreciate the truth coming out.”

In a statement through a publicist, Harvey Weinstein denied the allegations that he was involved in blacklisting Mira Sorvino and Ashely Judd, saying that the casting for Lord of the Rings was carried out by New Line Cinema – not Miramax.

The statement said that Ashley Judd was cast in two other movies by Harvey Weinstein, and that “Sorvino was always considered for other films as well.”

Harvey Weinstein’s denial prompted Peter Jackson to write a further response, carried by Entertainment Weekly, calling it a “deflection from the truth”.

“In the 18 months we developed the Lord of the Rings at Miramax, we had many casting conversations with Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein and their executives,” the director wrote.

“The movies changed hands from Miramax to New Line before casting actually got underway – but because we had been warned off Ashley and Mira by Miramax, and we were naive enough to assume we’d been told the truth, [we] did not raise their names in New Line casting conversations.”

Harvey Weinstein is the central figure of the Hollywood harassment scandal, in which dozens of actresses have accused him of misconduct.

Mira Sorvino and Ashley Judd were among the first women to publicly share her experiences of harassment from Harvey Weinstein back in October.

Harvey Weinstein  has “unequivocally denied” any allegations of non-consensual acts.

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Oprah Winfrey will be the next recipient of the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille award at the 2018 Golden Globes ceremony.

Golden Globes head Meher Tatna announced: “For generations, Oprah has celebrated strong female characters on and off screen, and has been a role model for women and young girls for decades.”

Oprah’s honor was announced by actor Morgan Freeman – who won the same prize in 2012.

The TV star will receive her award at January’s Golden Globes awards.

They are voted for by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HPFA).

The Oprah Winfrey Show was one of the most-watched programs in US history.

Meher Tatna described Oprah as “one of the most influential women of our time”.

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The prize is presented annually at the Golden Globes ceremony, recognizing “a talented individual who has made an incredible impact on the world of entertainment”.

Meher Tatna described Oprah as a “global media leader, philanthropist, producer and actress”, adding: “She has created an unparalleled connection with people around the world, making her one of the most respected and admired figures today.”

Previous Cecil B. DeMille award winners include last year’s recipient, Meryl Streep, along with Audrey Hepburn, Barbra Streisand, Denzel Washington, George Clooney, Harrison Ford, Sidney Poitier and Martin Scorsese.

Along with her famous chat show, Oprah has also enjoyed a career as an actress, including an Oscar-nominated role in Steven Spielberg’s The Color Purple, in 1986.

She also starred in The Butler and Selma, which she produced.

Oprah Winfrey is also well-known for her charity work – this year marks the 10th anniversary of The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa.

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Chris Rea is reportedly in a stable condition after collapsing during a performance the New Theatre Oxford.

Fans posted on Twitter that they saw the singer “fall backwards” on stage halfway through a song.

South Central Ambulance Service said it was called at 21:30 GMT to an incident at the venue and that one patient had been taken to hospital.

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Chris Rea, 66, who is known for his hits Road to Hell and Driving Home for Christmas, is on tour to promote his new album.

Staff at the theater tweeted that they “appreciate everyone’s patience” and will update people with news when they have it.

Chris Rea suffered a stroke in 2016, but recovered to launch an album in September and embark on his tour around Europe from October.

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Bryan Singer has denied assault after being sued for allegedly raping a 17-year-old boy.

According to court documents revealed by Deadline, Cesar Sanchez-Guzman has alleged he was assaulted by the director on a yacht in 2003.

In a statement, a representative for Bryan Singer said the director “categorically denies these allegations”.

It comes in the same week that Bryan Singer was fired as director of the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

According to the court filings, the alleged assault happened when Bryan Singer gave Cesar Sanchez-Guzman a tour of the boat.

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Cesar Sanchez-Guzman is seeking compensation for damages including “emotional distress, mental anguish, physical and mental pain and suffering, a decrease in his ability to enjoy life” as well as past and future medical expenses and legal costs.

Bryan Singer’s representative said: “Cesar Sanchez-Guzman apparently claims that he did not remember this alleged incident from 2003 until now.”

He added: “Bryan categorically denies these allegations and will vehemently defend this lawsuit to the very end.”

The representative said that, “once Bryan prevails”, he will pursue claims for malicious prosecution.

Bohemian Rhapsody production was suspended last week so Bryan Singer could deal with what his representative described as “a personal health matter concerning Bryan and his family”.

Days later, it emerged that Bryan Singer had been fired by Twentieth Century Fox for “unreliable behavior”, and has been replaced by Dexter Fletcher.

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Johnny Hallyday has died at the age of 74 after a long battle with lung cancer.

France’s biggest rock star sold about 100 million records and starred in a number of movies in a career that began in 1960.

Johnny Hallyday was made a Chevalier of the Legion D’Honneur by President Jacques Chirac in 1997.

The French simply called him “Our Johnny”. However, outside the Francophone zone, Johnny Hallyday was virtually unknown.

In a statement released to the AFP, the singer’s wife Laeticia said: “Johnny Hallyday has left us.

“I write these words without believing them. But yet, it’s true. My man is no longer with us.

“He left us tonight as he lived his whole life, with courage and dignity.”

Johnny Hallyday, whose real name was Jean-Philippe Smet, decided he wanted to be a singer after seeing Elvis Presley on screen in 1957. He was nicknamed the French Presley by his numerous fans.

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Reacting to the news, France’s President Emmanuel Macron referenced the title of a recent tribute album by saying: “There is a little bit of Johnny in all of us.”

“Across generations, he carved himself into the lives of French people,” the president said.

“He charmed them through the generosity you saw in his concerts: so epic, so intimate, in huge venues, in small spots.”

Among those to pay tribute to Johnny Hallyday was American guitarist Lenny Kravitz.

Heavily influenced by Elvis Presley, Johnny Hallyday broke from France’s classic “chanson” tradition in the 1950s, and began singing rock and roll in French.

Despite his success at home, Johnny Hallyday failed to crack the lucrative American or any English-speaking market.

The USA Today once described the singer as “the greatest rock star you never heard of”.

Johnny Hallyday was known for his hard work and almost non-stop touring.

However, he was also famous for his wild rock star antics, both on and off stage.

Heavy partying, drugs, drinking and smoking, as well as five marriages all kept Johnny Hallyday’s bad-boy image alive.

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Bollywood legend Shashi Kapoor has died at the age of 79.

Shashi Kapoor, who acted in huge hits like Deewar and Kabhie Kabhie, had been ill for some time and was in hospital.

The actor and producer was a member of the Kapoor dynasty, which has dominated the Hindi film industry for decades.

Shashi Kapoor won several national film awards and was awarded the Padma Bhushan civilian honor by the Indian government in 2011. He also acted in a number of American and international movies.

He died at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in the western city of Mumbai.

His nephew, actor Randhir Kapoor, told Press Trust of India: “Yes he has passed away. He had kidney problem since several years. He was on dialysis for several years.”

The funeral will be held on December 5, he said.

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Shashi Kapoor was married to late English actress Jennifer Kendal, with whom he set up Mumbai’s iconic Prithvi Theater in 1978. His sister-in-law is British actress Felicity Kendal.

He his career as a child actor and appeared in more than 150 movies, including a dozen in English. He became known internationally for his roles in Merchant Ivory productions like Shakespeare-wallah and Heat and Dust.

In 2015, Shashi Kapoor was given the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke Award, the highest honor in Indian cinema.

He was known for his charming smile and was often described by his fans as the “handsomest star ever”. He had a huge fan following among women.

Shashi Kapoor was cast alongside superstar Amitabh Bachchan in some of the biggest Bollywood blockbusters of the 1970s and 1980s, and the two actors played brothers, best friends or rivals.

His comment in Deewar – “Mere paas maa hai” (But I have mother’s support) – during a tense confrontation with screen-sibling Amitabh Bachchan tops the list of best Bollywood lines for millions of fans around the globe.

Over the years, it has found its way on to merchandise like shoulder bags, coffee mugs and cushion covers.

As news of Shashi Kapoor’s death spread, fans took to social media to express their grief and pay tributes, led by Indian PM Narendra Modi: “Shashi Kapoor’s versatility could be seen in his movies as well as in theatre, which he promoted with great passion. His brilliant acting will be remembered for generations to come. Saddened by his demise. Condolences to his family and admirers.”

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Metropolitan Opera has opened an investigation into allegations of abuse against the conductor James Levine.

James Levine, 74, was music director at the Met for 40 years before retiring for health reasons in 2016.

According to the New York Times, the claims were based on a 2016 police report in which a man accused James Levine of abusing him as a teenager in the 1980s.

The newspaper said the Met had been aware of the report since 2016.

However, James Levine had denied the accusations and the Met had heard nothing further from police, the Times added.

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The accusations follow a series of abuse and harassment claims made against high-profile figures in the entertainment industry.

In a tweet, the Met said it was “deeply disturbed” by the claims published online and was investigating “with outside resources” in order to take appropriate action.

An Illinois police report, seen by the New York Times, said the alleged victim claimed that the abuse began in 1985 when he was 15 and James Levine was 41, and continued until 1993.

James Levine has not commented publicly on the accusations.

During his career he conducted more than 2,500 performances at the Met.

James Levine made his debut there in June 1971 with Puccini’s Tosca, becoming principal conductor in the 1973-1974 season and music director in 1976-1977.

He conducted 85 different operas and also worked with the Three Tenors – Luciano Pavarotti, Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo.

Towards the end of his career, James Levine struggled with Parkinson’s disease and other health issues and conducted from a motorized wheelchair.

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The Partridge Family star David Cassidy has died at the age of 67.

He found fame in The Partridge Family before going on to become a 1970s teen pop idol.

A family statement said: “David died surrounded by those he loved, with joy in his heart and free from the pain that had gripped him for so long.”

David Cassidy was admitted to hospital last week after suffering multiple organ failure.

Earlier this year, the actor and singer said he had dementia and would stop touring in order to “enjoy life”.

David Cassidy was born in New York to a family familiar with the entertainment industry. His father was a singer and actor and his mother was an actress.

He became a star playing Keith Partridge in The Partridge Family – a 1970s sitcom about a mother and five children who formed a rock and roll band.

The Partridge Family spawned several hit songs, such as I Think I Love You.

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Following the sitcom David Cassidy enjoyed a hugely successful career in music and acting. He received multiple Grammy nominations and sold more than 30 million records worldwide.

At the peak of his fame in the 1970s, David Cassidy’s fan club had a bigger membership than that of The Beatles and Elvis Presley.

Hundreds were injured in a stampede at one of David Cassidy’s shows in 1974, with a girl dying a few days later.

In recent years the singer has spoken about his struggles with alcohol.

In 2015, David Cassidy filed for bankruptcy. Between 2010 and 2014, he was arrested three times for DUI, and was ordered to rehab as part of his sentence in 2014.

David Cassidy has divorced three times and has two children.

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Morrissey has made surprising remarks in an interview in which he defended Kevin Spacey over allegations of abuse.

The former Smiths singer said Kevin Spacey had been “attacked unnecessarily”, adding it was “ridiculous” that the actor was being erased from an upcoming movie.

Morrissey, 58, also argued that definitions of harassment and assault have become too broad.

Speaking to the German newspaper Der Spiegel, he began by stating “rape is disgusting [and] every physical attack is repugnant”.

Last month, Anthony Rapp accused Kevin Spacey of harassing him when he was 14.

Anthony Rapp told Buzzfeed that Kevin Spacey, then aged 26, laid on top of him at a party at his apartment in 1986 and alleged the star “was trying to seduce” him.

Kevin Spacey said he was “beyond horrified” by the claim, adding that he did not remember the alleged incident.

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Morrissey said Anthony Rapp’s claims “did not sound very credible to me”.

“I don’t know about you, but I was never in situations like this in my youth,” he told the publication.

“Never. I was always aware of what could happen. When you are in somebody’s bedroom, you have to be aware of where that can lead to.”

Morrissey also cast doubt on the dozens of women who have accused Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein of assault.

“People know exactly what’s going on,” the singer reportedly said when asked about Harvey Weinstein inviting actresses to his hotel room, “and they play along”.

“Afterwards, they feel embarrassed or disliked. And then they turn it around and say: <<I was attacked, I was surprised>>.

“But if everything went well, and if it had given them a great career, they would not talk about it.”

“I hate rape… But in many cases, one looks at the circumstances and thinks that the person who is considered a victim is merely disappointed.”

More than fifty women, many of them some of the biggest names in Hollywood, have accused Harvey Weinstein of assault, harassment, abuse and rape, which allegedly took place over four decades.

Morrissey added that many famous musicians had slept with fans who were under the age of consent.

“Throughout the history of music and rock ‘n’ roll there have been musicians who slept with their groupies,” the singer said, while clarifying that he was not one of them.

“If you go through history, almost everyone is guilty of sleeping with minors. Why not throw everyone in jail right away?”

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David Cassidy, best known for his role as Keith Partridge in the 1970’s musical-sitcom The Partridge Family, is ill in hospital but is reported to be conscious, after suffering multiple organ failure earlier this week.

A spokeswoman said the 67-year-old singer was admitted to hospital in Fort Lauderdale on November 15 after suffering pain.

David Cassidy is reportedly suffering kidney failure and needs a liver transplant.

Earlier this year the singer said he had dementia and would stop touring in order to “enjoy life”.

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A spokeswoman for David Cassidy told the Press Association that he was conscious, following reports he had been put into a coma.

She said he was surrounded by family.

David Cassidy’s health has been deteriorating for more than two months, TMZ reported.

He shot to fame playing Keith Partridge in The Partridge Family – a sitcom about a mother and five children who formed a rock and roll band. The show spawned hit songs, such as I Think I Love You.

David Cassidy went on to a hugely successful solo career as a singer and pop idol.

In recent years the singer has spoken about his struggles with alcohol.

In 2015, David Cassidy filed for bankruptcy. Between 2010 and 2014, he was arrested three times for DUI, and was ordered to rehab as part of his sentence in 2014. He has divorced three times.

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AC/DC co-founder Malcolm Young has died at the age of 64 after a long battle with dementia.

The Australian guitarist died peacefully on November 18 with his family nearby, a statement said.

Malcolm Young will be remembered for his powerful rhythm guitar riffs that were instrumental in propelling the Sydney heavy rock group to stardom.

Three Young brothers have been part of AC/DC’s history, including lead guitarist Angus.

Malcolm’s brother, producer George Young, died in October.

The statement read: “Renowned for his musical prowess, Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many.

“From the outset, he knew what he wanted to achieve and, along with his younger brother, took to the world stage giving their all at every show. Nothing less would do for their fans.”

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After founding AC/DC in 1973, the Young brothers were credited as co-writers on every song the band recorded by the band between their 1975 debut High Voltage through to 2014’s Rock or Bust.

Malcolm Young was born in 1953 in Glasgow before his family emigrated to Australia when he was 10. His family confirmed he was suffering from dementia in 2014.

The musician wrote much of the band’s the material that enabled AC/DC to become one of the biggest heavy rock bands, including Back In Black, Highway to Hell and You Shook Me All Night Long.

AC/DC is estimated to have sold more than 200 million records worldwide, including 71.5 million albums in the US.

A statement by the artist’s brother Angus on the AC/DC website praises Malcolm Young’s “enormous dedication and commitment” which made him “the driving force behind the band” who “always stuck to his guns and did and said exactly what he wanted”.

“As his brother it is hard to express in words what he has meant to me during my life, the bond we had was unique and very special. He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever.

“Malcolm, job well done.”

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Louis CK’s I Love You, Daddy premiere has been canceled hours before the screening as five women leveled inappropriate behavior allegations against the comedian.

The movie distributor said it was reviewing plans for its general release.

Four comediennes – Dana Min Goodman, Julia Wolov, Rebecca Corry and Abby Schachner – and a fifth woman who spoke on condition of anonymity made allegations about the entertainer in November 9 edition of New York Times.

Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov said Louis CK had an inappropriate behavior after inviting them to his hotel room during the Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado, in 2002.

Rebecca Corry told the newspaper that the comic was a guest star on a TV pilot she was appearing on in 2005 when he asked if he could go to her dressing room.

She said she rebuked him and pointed out that he had a daughter and a pregnant wife.

Abby Schachner has accused Louis CK of inappropriate behavior during a phone conversation in 2003.

“I felt very ashamed,” she told the New York Times.

A fifth woman, who did not want to be named, told the publication of alleged incidents involving Louis CK in the late 1990s while she was working in production on The Chris Rock Show.

I Love You, Daddy was written and directed by Louis CK, who also stars in the movie as a father who tries to stop his 17-year-old daughter (Chloe Grace Moretz) from having a relationship with a seedy 68-year-old film director (John Malkovich).

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The movie’s distributor has not confirmed that it will go ahead with its release date in cinemas on November 17.

The Orchard has issued a statement to industry publications, saying: “In light of the allegations considering Louis CK references in today’s New York Times, we are cancelling tonight’s premiere of I Love You, Daddy.

“There is never a place for the behavior detailed in these allegations.

“As a result, we are giving careful consideration to the timing and release of the film and continuing to review the situation.”

Louis CK’s planned appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert has also been canceled.

On November 9, HBO announced it would purge Louis CK’s past projects from its On Demand service.

HBO also said Louis CK would no longer participate in a charity comedy special, Night of Too Many Stars, later this month.

Two months ago, at the Toronto film festival, where I Love You, Daddy, was shown, the New York Times said it had asked Louis CK about claims of misconduct against him.

The divorced father of two daughters dismissed the reports as “rumors”.

Louis CK joins a growing list of Hollywood figures including Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Brett Ratner and James Toback who have been engulfed by such allegations.

On November 9, a Los Angeles County district attorney Jackie Lacey announced a task force of prosecutors to address “the widespread allegations of abuse in entertainment industry”.

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Sean Diddy Combs has decided to change his name again.

While celebrating his 48th birthday on November 4, the rapper revealed that he will no longer be answering to any of his previous names including Puff Daddy, Puffy, P. Diddy, Diddy.

He tweeted: “I decided to change my name again! My new name is LOVE aka Brother Love. #TakeDat

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Aside from a week in 2011 when he briefly went by the name Swag, his last proper name change came in 2005 when he dropped the P in P Diddy.

In a video, Brother Love also said: “I know it’s risky, cos it come off as corny to some people.

“But I’ve decided to change my name again.

“I’m just not who I am before.”

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House of Cards production will be suspended following assault allegations against Kevin Spacey.

Kevin Spacey, who stars in the political drama, has been accused of making inappropriate advances to14-year-old actor Anthony Rapp.

The Netflix show had already said it would end after the 6th season, but now say they will permanently “suspend production”.

Meanwhile, London’s Old Vic theater, where Kevin Spacey worked for 11 years say they are “deeply dismayed” by the allegations.

The 200-year-old theater has set up a confidential complaints process for anyone connected to the Old Vic to come forward.

The Old Vic said in a statement: “We aim to foster a safe and supportive environment without prejudice, harassment or bullying of any sort, at any level.”

The decision to end House of Cards was announced in a joint statement by Netflix and Media Rights Capital (MRC), a production company that makes the series.

The statement said: “MRC and Netflix have decided to suspend production on House of Cards season six, until further notice, to give us time to review the current situation and to address any concerns of our cast and crew.”

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The announcement comes after Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp accused Kevin Spacey of inappropriately touching him when he was 14 years old.

Kevin Spacey, who is also executive director of House of Cards, said he owed Anthony Rapp, now 46, a “sincere apology” for what he said would have been “deeply inappropriate drunken behavior”.

The Oscar-winning actor also announced that he was now living “as a gay man”, but he has been widely criticized for choosing this moment to come out.

On October 30, producers said House of Cards would end after its 6th season, which they recently began filming at a studio near Baltimore.

A Netflix representative said the decision to end the series in 2018 had been made months ago.

However, according to Variety magazine, producers are considering a spin-off series.

House of Cards first debuted in 2013 and gathered nine Emmy nominations in the first season, becoming the first online streaming series to win such mainstream accolades.

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Duck Dynasty’s Korie Robertson claims that she and her family were targeted by white supremacists over their adopted biracial son.

Korie Robertson and her husband, Willie Robertson, adopted their son Will when he was just five weeks old. They have become proponents of adoption and previously told People magazine that their son being biracial hasn’t come up in the way they raise him, only in how the public looks at them.

“Here’s the thing: when we look at him, we don’t see an adopted kid. It doesn’t even cross our minds,” Willie Robertson told People magazine.

“He’s as much ours as our biological children.”

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Korie Robertson has become an outspoken voice for racial healing in the US.

She first made a name for herself on the topic of race relations after an emotional interview with CNN in which she called for President Donald Trump to call out white supremacists in the wake of the Charlottesville protests.

Korie Robertson furthered this narrative while speaking to CBN News where she revealed that, as her family’s star rose, so too did the danger from racism.

 “When our family hit mainstream and all the sudden all of America’s watching, they noticed our son’s biracial and we got comments and we got hate and negativity and we were actually targeted by white supremacists at one point. So it’s just shocking and scary and sad to know that that still exists in our country.”

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Justin Timberlake will headline the 2018 Super Bowl half-time show, fourteen years after his role in Janet Jackson’s infamous “wardrobe malfunction”.

The singer revealed the news in a tweet – with a little help from talk show host Jimmy Fallon.

Justin Timberlake sang at the 2001 Super Bowl with former band N’Sync before sharing the stage with Janet Jackson in 2004.

That performance saw Justin Timberlake rip off part of Janet Jackson’s bodice, exposing her right breast.

The moment overshadowed events on the field and saw broadcaster CBS receive a record fine.

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Justin Timberlake will take to the stage on February 4, 2018, at the US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The Super Bowl is traditionally the most-watched TV event of the year in the US.

Other stars to have staged the Super Bowl’s spectacular half-time show in the past include Madonna, Katy Perry, Prince and U2.

This year, Lady Gaga was the headline performer at the NRG Stadium in Houston.

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According to forensic experts, Chilean poet Pablo Neruda did not die of prostate cancer.

The Nobel Laureate author was said to have died of cancer in 1973, less than two weeks after a military coup led by General Augusto Pinochet.

However, Pablo Neruda’s former driver Manuel Araya maintains he actually died after being poisoned by the secret service.

New tests on the poet’s remains have now confirmed he did not die of cancer, but have yet to reveal the actual cause.

Dr. Aurelio Luna told a press conference the experts were “100% convinced” that the death certificate “does not reflect the reality of the death”.

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Pablo Neruda was suffering from prostate cancer, but it was not life-threatening – leading the 16 international experts to conclude a third party could have possibly been involved.

They will now carry out tests on a toxin found in his remains, which were exhumed on a judge’s orders in 2013. It could be up to a year before the results are known.

Pablo Neruda was a supporter and personal friend of Chile’s deposed socialist President, Salvador Allende.

The poet died on September 23, 1973, 12 days after the military coup and three days after he had been offered asylum in Mexico.

According to Manuel Araya, the day Pablo Neruda died he called to say he had been injected in the stomach while he was asleep, and to come to the hospital quickly.

Pablo Neruda died that evening, and Manuel Araya says he has no doubt what killed him.

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Tragically Hip’s frontman Gord Downie has died following a battle with brain cancer at the age of 53.

Gord Downie – who was dubbed Canada’s unofficial poet laureate – had been diagnosed with an incurable glioblastoma in May 2016.

His family said in a statement he passed away quietly surrounded by friends and relatives.

PM Justin Trudeau led the national mourning for the star with a tearful public statement.

He said on October 18: “He loved every hidden corner, every story, every aspect of this country that he celebrated his whole life.

“We are less as a country without Gord Downie in it. We all knew it was coming, but we hoped it was not.”

Despite his diagnosis, Gord Downie continued to tour with Tragically Hip and produce music in the last years of his life.

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The band said in a written statement: “Gord knew this day was coming – his response was to spend this time as he always had – making music, making memories and expressing deep gratitude to his family and friends for a life well lived, often sealing it with a kiss… on the lips.”

Gord Downie’s lyrics often referenced Canadian culture and mythology, which endeared the band to fans who were used to seeing Canadian musicians “Americanize” their music to appeal to an international audience.

The Tragically Hip’s first full-length album, Up to Here, was full of the kinds of blues-tinged party songs like New Orleans is Sinking that helped make the band one of Canada’s most in-demand live acts across the country.

However, it was the band’s subsequent albums, infused with obscure references to Canadian history and hockey and experimental song structures like Fireworks and Bobcaygeon that truly defined the sound of the Tragically Hip.

The band never made it big in the US – a fact that didn’t seemed to bother Gord Downie or his band too much.

At home, they regularly sold out stadiums, but south of the border, they could often be found playing small-town bars, mostly filled with Canadian fans who had made the trek just to see them.

Far from a sign of failure, their lack of international fame only helped seal their reputation at home as a national treasure. Nine out of the band’s 13 studio albums went to No 1 on Canada’s music charts, and all of them cracked the top 10.

Shortly after Gord Downie announced his cancer diagnosis last year, the band went on a sold-out nationwide summer tour, which helped raise C$1 million ($800,000) for brain cancer research.

The tour culminated in a final show in Kingston, Ontario, the band’s hometown, that was broadcast live across Canada.

In the final year of his life, Gord Downie released a solo album and graphic novel titled The Secret Path, inspired by the true story of an indigenous boy who died while trying to escape a residential school.

For his work on reconciliation, Gord Downie was awarded an Order of Canada by PM Justin Trudeau.

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The board of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has voted to expel Harvey Weinstein following numerous allegations of assault made against him.

The organization behind the Oscars said its board “voted well in excess of the required two-thirds majority” to expel the Hollywood film producer.

The board’s members include Hollywood figures such as Tom Hanks and Whoopi Goldberg.

Harvey Weinstein’s films have received more than 300 Oscar nominations and won 81.

In a statement, the Academy said governors voted to expel Harvey Weinstein “not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in s**ually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over”.

They added: “What’s at issue here is a deeply troubling problem that has no place in our society.”

The emergency board meeting followed an avalanche of accusations against Harvey Weinstein by more than two dozen women, including Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Rose McGowan, who alleges that he raped her in a hotel room.

The NYPD and the UK police are investigating the allegations.

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Harvey Weinstein has apologized for some aspects of his behavior but insisted that any contacts he had were consensual, and he denies accusations of harassment, rape and assault.

The 65-year-old’s expulsion comes after Bob Weinstein told the Hollywood Reporter that his “sick and depraved” brother should be “kicked out” of the Academy.

Harvey Weinstein’s expulsion means he will no longer be able to vote for nominees or winners in the Oscars.

Hollywood figures were quick to praise the move but some have called for the Academy to take similar action against other members.

It is only the second time a member has been expelled. Carmine Caridi had his membership revoked in 2004 after he allegedly sent confidential film preview videos to a friend which ended up online.

As the co-founder of Miramax Pictures and the Weinstein Company, Harvey Weinstein produced some of the most celebrated movies, including Pulp Fiction, The English Patient and Shakespeare in Love.

Harvey Weinstein has been thanked dozens of times in Oscar acceptance speeches, and in 2012 Meryl Streep jokingly referred to him as “God” onstage.

As accusations against Harvey Weinstein began to mount in recent days, film industry heavyweights came out to publicly condemn him and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) suspended his membership.

The French government is reportedly considering revoking Harvey Weinstein’s Legion of Honour, France’s highest civilian distinction, and there have been calls from some British politicians for his honorary CBE title to be revoked.

During an interview with Hollywood Reporter, Bob Weinstein called his brother “sick and depraved” and said he had no idea of “the type of predator that he was”.

Bob Weinstein refused to comment on reports that he and the board of Weinstein Company were aware of his brother’s settlements with women during recent contract negotiations, saying only that the board “did not know the extent of my brother’s actions”.

He went on to call Harvey Weinstein’s apology statement “utter insanity” and a “lame excuse”.

“I’ll tell you what I did know,” he said.

“Harvey was a bully, Harvey was arrogant…that I knew.”

Earlier, Bob Weinstein denied media reports that the Weinstein Company – which has placed Harvey Weinstein on indefinite leave – could now be closed or sold.

However, several large film projects have been pulled from the company already, and reports in the Los Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal said that financers had begun to pressure the board to sell.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Tom Petty has died in California aged 66, a statement issued on behalf of his family has announced.

Tom Petty was found unconscious, not breathing and in full cardiac arrest at his Malibu home on October 3.

The singer was taken to hospital, but could not be revived and died later that evening.

He was best known as the lead singer of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers rock band, producing such hits as American Girl, Breakdown, Free Fallin’, Learning to Fly and Refugee.

His long-time manager Tony Dimitriades said: “He died peacefully at 20:40 Pacific time surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends.”

Tom Petty was also a co-founder of the Traveling Wilburys group in the late 1980s, touring with Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Jeff Lynne and George Harrison.

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“It’s shocking, crushing news,” said Bob Dylan, according to the Los Angeles Times.

“I thought the world of Tom. He was great performer, full of the light, a friend, and I’ll never forget him.”

Tom Petty also found solo success in 1989 with his album Full Moon Fever, which featured one of his most popular songs Free Fallin’, co-written with Jeff Lynne.

In 2002, Tom Petty was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The musician was born in Gainesville, Florida, in 1950.

According to legend, Tom Petty decided to become a musician after shaking Elvis Presley’s hand in the 1950s. He traded his slingshot for a box of records and never looked back.

At the age of 17, Tom Petty dropped out of school to join Mudcrutch with future Heartbreakers Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench.

The band learned their craft by listening to pop radio, he once told NPR.

In the early 1970s, they moved to Los Angeles in the hope of finding a record contract. Tom Petty succeeded, but the band fell apart soon after.

It was not until 1975 that the musicians reunited and The Heartbreakers were formed. The quintet released their self-titled debut a year later.

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Marilyn Manson has been badly injured during a concert in New York when a large prop fell on him on stage.

The prop – apparently two large guns held together with metal scaffolding – fell as the rock star was performing at the Hammerstein Ballroom on September 30.

It appears Marilyn Manson, 48, laid on stage for up to 15 minutes covered by a sheet before he was carried out on a stretcher and taken to hospital.

The singer’s condition is not currently known.

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In videos of the incident posted online, stage crew and band members can be seen lifting the prop off Marilyn Manson but he does not get back up.

A black sheet was put around the singer until he could be taken off stage, when an announcement was made that the show was canceled “due to injury”.

A representative told Rolling Stone magazine: “Manson suffered an injury towards the end of his incredible NYC show. He is being treated at a local hospital.”

Marilyn Manson was three dates into his The Heaven Upside Down Tour. He was due to perform in Boston on October 2.

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Soul singer Charles Bradley has died from stomach cancer at the age of 68.

The former James Brown impersonator, nicknamed “the screaming eagle of soul” found fame in his later years. He released his first album No Time For Dreaming in 2011, aged 62.

Charles Bradley had recently returned to live performance after receiving treatment for stomach cancer late last year.

The singer’s death comes just two weeks after the remainder of his 2017 tour dates were canceled due to illness.

Charles Bradley spent much of his life working odd jobs as a handyman – and some of it living on the streets, sleeping in subway cars in New York City.

However, he continued to pursue music, having been inspired by James Brown during a performance he saw as a teenager.

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Charles Bradley was eventually signed to a New York label in the early 2000s, securing a spot as the opening act on tour for soul revival singer Sharon Jones – who died last year aged 60.

He recorded a string of singles before the release of No Time for Dreaming a decade later. It was named one of Rolling Stone magazine’s best albums of the year.

Charles Bradley’s critical success led to live performances at some of the world’s top music festivals, including Glastonbury, Coachella, and Primavera Sound.

His rags-to-riches story was the subject of the documentary Charles Bradley: Soul of America. It followed Charles Bradley from his initial signing to the record label, living in crippling debt, to his sold-out album release show.

Earlier in September, when announcing the tour’s cancelation, a message attributed to Charles Bradley on his social media accounts said: “I love all of you out there that made my dreams come true.

“When I come back, I’ll come back strong, with God’s love. With God’s will, I’ll be back soon.”

Confirming news of Charles Bradley’s death, his publicist said: “Mr. Bradley was truly grateful for all the love he’s received from his fans and we hope his message of love is remembered and carried on.”

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The Handmaid’s Tale has scooped the top drama honors at this year’s Emmy Awards winning five awards including best drama series, best actress for Elisabeth Moss and best supporting actress for Ann Dowd.

Big Little Lies won five prizes in the limited series categories, including wins for Nicole Kidman and Laura Dern.

Riz Ahmed won best lead actor in a limited series or movie for The Night Of.

Charlie Brooker, who won best writing for a limited series for his Netflix show Black Mirror.

One of the episodes, San Junipero, also won the trophy for best TV movie. Charlie Brooker said it “was a story about love, and love will defeat hate, it will win”.

John Oliver and his writing team scooped two prizes for satirical show Last Week Tonight. He said a show like his could definitely work in the UK.

The Handmaid’s Tale’s win for best drama series means Hulu has become the first streaming service to win that award, beating the likes of big hitters Netflix and Amazon.

Bruce Miller – who won two trophies as the show’s writer and executive producer – thanked author Margaret Atwood, “who created this world for all of us”. The show is adapted from Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel.

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In the limited series categories, HBO’s Big Little Lies won best lead actress, (Nicole Kidman), supporting actress (Laura Dern), supporting actor (Alexander Skarsgard), director (Jean-Marc Vallee) and best limited series.

Accepting the award for best limited series, Nicole Kidman said: “The power of television has astounded us, you allowed us into your living rooms… but as much as the show has the entertainment value, it’s about the issues.”

The series, which deals with themes such as domestic violence, also stars Reese Witherspoon, who encouraged the TV industry to provide “more great roles for women”.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus won best actress in a comedy series for Veep for the sixth year in a row – breaking the record for the most Emmys won by a lead actor for the same role.

Veep, which was created by Armando Iannucci, also won one of the night’s top prizes for best comedy series.

Sterling K. Brown’s win for best lead actor in a drama series marked the first time an African-American actor had won in the category in almost 20 years.

He continued his acceptance speech in the press room after being cut off on the main stage.

Host Stephen Colbert and several of the winners made political references on stage.

“At long last, Mr. President, here is your Emmy,” said Alec Baldwin as he collected his prize for supporting actor in a comedy series, mocking Donald Trump’s frustration at never having won for The Apprentice.

Alec Baldwin regularly portrays Donald Trump on comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live, which won four awards including best variety sketch series and best supporting actress in a comedy series for Kate McKinnon.

Several high-profile series failed to live up to expectations, including Westworld and Stranger Things, which both went home empty-handed.

Game of Thrones, a big winner at previous Emmys, was not eligible this year because episodes from its last series didn’t air during the Emmys eligibility window.

Likewise, Twin Peaks will have to wait until 2018 to be considered.

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Frank Vincent, best known for his roles in The Sopranos series and several Martin Scorsese movies, has died aged 78.

According to TMZ, the veteran actor had complications during open heart surgery in a New Jersey hospital.

In The Sopranos, Frank Vincent portrayed gangster Phil Leotardo, the nemesis to the main character Tony Soprano.

The actor also played tough guys for Martin Scorsese in Raging Bull, Goodfellas and Casino.

He had a heart attack last week, TMZ reported.

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Frank Vincent was born in North Adams, Massachusetts and was introduced to show business at an early age by his father, an amateur actor.

He made his acting debut in 1975 in Ralph DeVito’s Death Collector, according to his website. Martin Scorsese saw his work and cast him for Raging Bull, in 1980.

During his 41-year career, Frank Vincent often played mafia characters, most notably in Goodfellas, in 1990, when he portrayed Billy Batts, who famously ended up beaten to death by Joe Pesci’s Tommy DeVito.

Frank Vincent was also a musician, comedian, producer and author – he wrote A Guy’s Guide to Being A Man’s Man.

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JJ Abrams is the new director of Star Wars: Episode IX, Lucasfilm has announced.

He launched the new era of Star Wars series with The Force Awakens in 2015.

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said: “JJ delivered everything we could have possibly hoped for” in the earlier installment, and she was excited he was returning to “close out this trilogy”.

JJ Abrams replaces Colin Trevorrow, who dropped out of Episode IX last month.

Meanwhile the release has been delayed by six months, to December 2019.

The announcement was made on Twitter by Walt Disney Studios, which owns Lucasfilm, on September 8.

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Chris Terrio will co-write the ninth installment with JJ Abrams. He won an Oscar for writing Argo in 2013 and his other scripts include Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the forthcoming Justice League.

Episode IX is expected to star Daisy Ridley and John Boyega.

Rian Johnson is directing the second in the current trilogy, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which will be released this December.

According to a Deadline report, Rian Johnson had declined an offer to take over Episode IX before JJ Abrams was approached.

Most Star Wars fans on Twitter welcomed JJ Abrams’ return to the franchise.

Colin Trevorrow, who directed Jurassic World, left the director’s chair because he and Lucasfilm had differing “visions”, the company said.

Lucasfilm has a reputation for ruthlessness when it comes to hiring and firing directors. In 2015, Fantastic Four‘s Josh Trank was dropped from directing a standalone Star Wars story.

Phil Lord and Chris Miller also left the Han Solo standalone movie with only a few weeks left in production, and were replaced by Ron Howard.