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Weinstein verdict: Jurors took women's harrowing testimony to heart

NEW YORK -- To some legal experts, the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault trial came down to one question jurors would have to sort out.

Would the panel believe the emotional testimony of women who said the movie mogul abused them, or would the testimony be colored by the praise and attention some of the women later gave Weinstein?

In the end, ...Read more

Judas Priest announces US tour dates

Judas Priest will be celebrating their 50th anniversary this year with a world tour coming to the United States this fall.

The evening will be fueled by "Firepower," which debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 to become the band's best-charting record yet.

Swedish heavy metal band Sabaton will open for the iconic British metal band.

Judas ...Read more

Harvey Weinstein accusers celebrate 'brave women' after guilty verdict

Several of Harvey Weinstein's accusers are speaking out after the disgraced movie mogul was found guilty of rape and a felony sex crime, but acquitted on the two most serious charges of predatory sexual assault, which each carried a potential life sentence.

After days of deliberation, the jury came to its decision on Monday, marking a major ...Read more

Leonardo DiCaprio surprises Jamie Foxx at the 2020 American Black Film Festival Honors

LOS ANGELES -- Leonardo DiCaprio surprised the audience at the 2020 American Black Film Festival on Sunday night when he emerged onstage to present the excellence in the arts award to his friend and "Django Unchained" costar Jaime Foxx.

"I love you, man," Foxx told DiCaprio after opening his speech reminiscing over their working relationship ...Read more

Five things that have changed in Hollywood since the Weinstein case broke

LOS ANGELES -- Once known for Oscar winners like "Shakespeare in Love," disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein's most lasting legacy will surely be the rise of the #MeToo movement triggered by his downfall.

On Monday, a New York jury convicted Weinstein of two of five counts. Weinstein was found guilty of one count of rape and one count of ...Read more

Jussie Smollett pleads not guilty to new charges in criminal court in Chicago

CHICAGO -- Almost a year to the day after Jussie Smollett was first brought up on charges accusing him of staging a bizarre hate crime on himself, the former "Empire" actor pleaded not guilty in a new criminal case connected to the incident.

Smollett pleaded not guilty to six counts of disorderly conduct before Judge James Linn. A new ...Read more

Rapper Pop Smoke died of gunshot wound to the torso, coroner says

LOS ANGELES -- Pop Smoke, an up-and-coming rapper who was gunned down inside a posh home in the Hollywood Hills last week, died of a gunshot wound to the torso, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office.

Police responded to the $2.5 million home in the 2000 block of Hercules Drive after a phone call from someone reporting that ...Read more

Auschwitz Memorial condemns 'dangerous foolishness' in Amazon's 'Hunters'

The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial criticized Amazon Sunday for creating fictionalized scenes of violence in its new Prime series "Hunters."

The series, executive produced by Jordan Peele and released on Friday, stars Al Pacino as the head of a band of Nazi hunters in 1970s New York who discover that hundreds of escaped Nazis are living in the U.S...Read more

Martin Freeman didn't plan on fame

PASADENA, Calif. -- For most of his life, British actor Martin Freeman didn't want to draw attention to himself. Although he became famous, it wasn't part of his plan. But with roles like Bilbo Baggins in the "Hobbit" trilogy, Dr. Watson to Benedict Cumberbatch's "Sherlock" and the quietly murderous Lester Nygaard in "Fargo," he simply couldn't ...Read more

'Sonic the Hedgehog' surpasses 'The Call of the Wild' for top box office spot

LOS ANGELES -- Two family films ruled a light box office weekend as Disney and 20th Century Studios' "The Call of the Wild" faced off against Paramount's holdover "Sonic the Hedgehog."

Both are live action-CG hybrids, but "Sonic" emerged the victor, surpassing the $100 million milestone in its second weekend by adding $26.3 million (a 55% drop)...Read more

Autumn de Wilde's secret for directing your first film at 49? Keep whiskey in your cane

When her arthritis got so bad that she needed a cane, Autumn de Wilde didn't just pick one up at the pharmacy. She went to a 19th century Victorian umbrella shop in London and told the shopkeeper: "I need your weirdest cane."

"Check this out," she said, unscrewing the top of the French walking stick, supposedly modeled after one once owned by ...Read more

Death of Prince heir complicates estate settlement even more

MINNEAPOLIS -- The death of Prince's brother Alfred Jackson, along with his contested will, are raising new questions in the endlessly complicated efforts to settle the legendary musician's estate, including whether a California man with a reputation for cozying up to celebrities will end up with one-sixth of Prince's riches.

Jackson, one of ...Read more

Lynda Hirsh Soap Opera Summaries For This Week

"THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL": Hope becomes uneasy and Zoe becomes concerned when they overhear an argument between Thomas and Liam. Katie shares with Sally the pain and isolation she went through after giving birth to Will. Brooke catches Thomas eavesdropping on a quarrel she is having with Ridge. Liam is floored when Hope makes it clear that ...Read more

Lynda Hirsh On This Week's TV Gossip

It was akin to a Saint Valentine's Day Massacre on "Days of Our Lives." Feb. 18 is Casey Moss' (JJ) last day. After seven years with the show, the actor decided it was time to seek other acting gigs. He is an amazing actor, one of the few I think should leave and see what is out there. JJ heads to Africa when he learns his grandfather Bill ...Read more

'Love Is Blind' upends the dating show. Its creator explains its wildest choices

Ever been on a date and thought: I'd have more fun talking to a wall?

Netflix's new matchmaking reality show "Love Is Blind" brings that scenario to life -- but with different intentions.

The series begins with 15 single men and 15 single women splitting off into pairs and getting to know each other, one on one, sight unseen: Each is in a "pod...Read more

Review: The enjoyable fantasy adventure 'Onward' finds Pixar not at its best, but possibly at its weirdest

The opening moments of "Onward" whisk us back to a world of wonder, populated by galloping centaurs, spell-casting wizards and fire-breathing dragons. Speaking of which, you'll be forgiven for briefly wondering if you've stumbled into a "How to Train Your Dragon" sequel by mistake. The digital wizards at Pixar Animation Studios pride themselves,...Read more

Anna of the North only sounds like a 'Game of Thrones' character, even if she (kinda) comes with elf ears

People look for liberation in all sorts of ways. Anna of the North found hers in a pair of pointy elf ears that would make "The Lord of the Rings" director Peter Jackson proud.

It all began when the Norwegian electronic-pop singer-songwriter -- birth name Anna Lotterud -- traveled to Los Angeles for a video shoot. She started sharing some of ...Read more

Is intermission dead? Lots of hit musicals and plays are now skipping them.

PHILADELPHIA -- If you've been to the theater lately, you may have noticed something missing: the intermission.

The musical "Come From Away," about what happened in Gander, Newfoundland, when 38 planes were stranded there on Sept. 11, 2001, came and went from the Academy of Music this season without a break in its 100 heartfelt minutes. "The ...Read more

'Friends' reunion special a go — but you'll need HBO Max

The full-out reunion that "Friends" fans have clamored for appears to finally becoming a reality.

Sources have told The Hollywood Reporter that the six core stars and the creators of the mega-hit NBC comedy from Warner Bros. TV are in talks to reunite on HBO Max.

"Talks are currently underway for an unscripted reunion special that would ...Read more

Kevin Hart asks for dismissal of a $60 million sex tape lawsuit after court documents were thrown on his driveway

Kevin Hart is asking a judge to dismiss the $60 million sex tape lawsuit against him, saying he wasn't properly served in the case when court documents were thrown out of a car onto his driveway.

New court documents say that a process server working for plaintiff Montia Sabbag simply "drove by Hart's home and threw a summons and complaint out ...Read more