Entertainment

28
Dec
Film posters withdrawn over race bias

An Italian film distributor has apologised after releasing unauthorised posters which promoted white actors over black actors in 12 Years A Slave. Unofficial posters for the film gave prominence to white stars Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt over the film's leading man, Chiwetel Ejiofor. BiM Distribuzione apologised for the "inappropriate" promotional material. "We are very proud of the film and regret any distraction this incident may... [read news]

23
Dec
Rolf Harris facing three further sexual assault charges

Rolf Harris is facing three further prosecutions for sexual assault including one against a girl "aged seven or eight", prosecutors have said. The three counts are in addition to 13 alleged sexual offences which the entertainer was charged with in August. The new counts are against females aged 19 in 1984, aged seven or eight in 1968 or 1969, and aged 14 in 1975. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said the allegations related to one... [read news]

21
Dec
Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi PAs cleared of fraud

Nigella Lawson has said she is "disappointed but unsurprised" that two sisters who worked as her personal assistants have been cleared of fraud. The trial of Francesca Grillo, 35, and sister Elisabetta, 41, heard they spent £685,000 on credit cards owned by the TV cook and ex-husband Charles Saatchi. They claimed the TV cook allowed their spending to cover up her cocaine use. Ms Lawson, 53, said her experience as a witness was "deeply... [read news]

19
Dec
Heather Mills accused of abusing Paralympic official in fit of rage

The former wife of Beatles star Paul McCartney was accused Thursday of lunging at a Paralympic official in a fit of rage and screaming insults after being forced to abandon her attempt to qualify for the British skiing team for next year's games. Heather Mills' hopes of competing in Sochi ended Monday when the International Paralympic Committee ruled that a new prosthetic she was using hadn't been ratified by the governing body. An... [read news]

18
Dec
Jennifer Lawrence: weight comments 'should be illegal'

Actress Jennifer Lawrence has said she thinks "it should be illegal to call someone fat on TV", after red carpet criticism of her own figure. Speaking to US host Barbara Walters, The Hunger Games star added: "Because why is humiliating people funny?" The 23 year-old actress, who plays Katniss Everdeen in the teen franchise, said she was worried about how the media's attitude affected young people. Lawrence features in Walters' series The... [read news]

16
Dec
Nude photos leak of former Disney star Dylan Sprouse

Another day, another slew of pictures of a Disney Channel star naked. This time Dylan Sprouse, star of "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody," is the one who has been completely revealed, with multiple extremely revealing pictures of the Disney actor hitting the internet on Sunday. But actually, he seems pretty cool with it. The pictures — one a selfie of Dylan, 21, in boxer-briefs, the other of Dylan totally naked and showing everything — made... [read news]

14
Dec
'American Hustle' review: Actors take 70s stereotypes and run with them in entertaining sting flick

Extravagant hair, eccentric costumes and truly fine acting adorn “American Hustle,” David O. Russell’s follow-up to his smash hit “Silver Linings Playbook,” fusing 1970s grit with camp to create a near-perfect, somewhat factual comedy. The film opens with the coy statement: “Some of this actually happened,” a smirk from Russell that only grows wider into full-on bellowed laughter by film’s end. If only all “based on true... [read news]

14
Dec
Senegal sculptor Ousmane Sow awarded French honour

Senegal sculptor Ousmane Sow has become the first African to join France's Academy of Fine Arts. The 78-year-old, considered one of Africa's foremost artists, dedicated the honour to "all of Africa...and the great man Nelson Mandela" at a Paris ceremony on Wednesday. A minute's silence for the anti-apartheid hero was also held. Sow captured the world's attention in 1999 when his larger-than-life wrestler sculptures were exhibited in... [read news]

13
Dec
Beyonce puts surprise album on iTunes

Beyonce has unexpectedly released her fifth album on iTunes overnight, with 14 new songs and 17 music videos. The self-titled record is the follow-up to 2011's 4, and features guest spots from her husband Jay-Z and daughter Blue Ivy. "Surprise!" wrote the 32-year-old in a press release, adding she was "bored" of releasing music the traditional way. The instantaneous release means "I am able to speak directly to my fans," she continued. It... [read news]

12
Dec
12 Years leads Globe nominations

12 Years A Slave, directed by Britain's Steve McQueen, and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor is leading the nominations at this year's Golden Globe Awards. The movie about a man forced to live as a slave picked up seven nominations, including film drama. McQueen will go head to head for the best director trophy with American Hustle's David O Russell, whose film also received seven nods. Ejiofor will vie with fellow Brit Idris Elba for best actor... [read news]


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