Entertainment News Roundup: Actor Jussie Smollett Found Guilty of Organizing Fake Hate Crimes; ‘And just like that’: ‘Sex and the City’ characters return to the small screen and more

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Actor Jussie Smollett convicted of staging fake hate crime

Actor Jussie Smollett, former star of the television series ‘Empire’, was found guilty on Thursday of masterminding a hate crime against himself in what prosecutors said was an attempt to gain sympathy and stimulate his career. Prosecutors said Smollett, who is black and gay, lied to police when he told them he was accosted on a dark Chicago street by two masked strangers in January 2019.

‘And just like that’: ‘Sex and the City’ characters return to the small screen

The original cast members of popular American television show ‘Sex and the City’ gathered on the red carpet in New York City on Wednesday to celebrate the release of their reboot series, ‘And Just Like That’. Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis will appear in the program, which picks up with the same characters after about two decades. Kim Cattrall, who portrayed Samantha Jones, the fourth member of the Close Girlfriend group in “Sex and the City,” will not appear in the new series.

Italian Wertmuller, first female Oscar nominee, dies at 93

Italian screenwriter and director Lina Wertmuller, the first woman nominated for best director at the US Academy Awards, has died at the age of 93, the Ministry of Culture announced on Thursday. A filmmaker since the early 1960s, Wertmuller took world cinema by storm with his politically charged films of the 1970s, including “The Seduction of Mimi,” “Love and Anarchy” and “Swept Away.” Her Oscar nomination came in 1977 for “Seven Beauties.”

New Universal movies streaming exclusively on Peacock

Universal Studios’ newly released films will stream exclusively on Peacock starting 45 days after their theatrical debut and will be available for users to rent or purchase, the company announced Thursday. The new release strategy begins with Universal’s 2022 films. It will bring movies to NBCUniversal’s fledgling Peacock streaming service faster by compressing the traditional eight to nine month wait between a movie’s theatrical debut and its availability on streaming services.

Alec Baldwin shares letter from ‘Rust’ crew, saying morale was high

Actor Alec Baldwin shared a letter on his Instagram account Thursday from members of the “Rust” crew in defense of the film production in which a cinematographer was killed by live ammunition. In the open letter, cast and crew members dismissed another crew’s portrayal of “Rust” as a dangerous production, and instead described a set with high morale and decent working conditions. .

Travis Scott Says He Wasn’t Aware Of Issues That Led To Astroworld Gig Crush

Rapper Travis Scott said he was unaware of any issues at his Astroworld gig last month that caused him to quit the show and denied the high-energy culture he promotes contributed crash that killed 10 people. In his first interview about the surge of crowds that injured dozens of fans at his November 5 concert in Houston, Scott said he didn’t know anyone had been killed or injured until he left the venue. scene.

Reality TV personality Josh Duggar sentenced over child sex abuse images

Former reality TV personality Josh Duggar was sentenced by a jury in Arkansas on Thursday on federal charges related to uploading and viewing photos and videos depicting child sexual abuse, the department said. American Justice. Duggar, known for the TLC reality show “19 Kids and Counting” which focused on his parents and their 19 children, was found guilty of two criminal charges. Duggar, 33, attempted to hide his actions using a password-protected partition on the hard drive of a desktop computer he kept at his used-car sales yard, prosecutors said.

Hobbit, Sauron and Gollum makeover in New Zealand as Lord of the Rings turns 20

Middle-earth came alive this week as New Zealand celebrated 20 years since the premiere of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy with special screenings, a costume display and art exhibits. Friday marked the 20th anniversary of the premiere of the first feature film in JRR Tolkien’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Hobbit’ trilogies at Odeon Leicester Square in London on December 10, 2001, bringing instant fame to the hills of New Zealand , meadows and forests, the backdrop of the mythical Middle-earth.

‘West Side Story’, ‘Dune’ among AFI’s Top 10 Films of 2021

The musical ‘West Side Story’, the sci-fi epic ‘Dune’ and ‘King Richard’, the biopic about the father of tennis champions Serena and Venus Williams, were among the 10 best films of 2021 chosen on Wednesday by the American Film Institute (AFI). The list, which is unranked, gives a first look at the likely favorites for the annual Oscars next year. The films were chosen for their cultural and artistic significance.

Biden will make his first late-night show appearance on “Tonight”-host

US President Joe Biden plans to make his first appearance on a late-night TV show since taking office on “The Tonight Show” on Friday, host Jimmy Fallon has said. Biden makes his late night debut as he promotes his Build Back Better agenda of social spending and climate policy across the country amid an inflation-spurred drop in approval ratings, including including high prices at the gas pump.

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