Entertainment News Roundup: Actor Jussie Smollett Found Guilty of Organizing Fake Hate Crimes; Michael Nesmith, Musician and TV Star of ‘The Monkees’ Fame, Dead at 78+

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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 win sympathy and boost 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.

Michael Nesmith, musician and ‘The Monkees’ TV star, dies aged 78

Michael Nesmith, one of the stars of ‘The Monkees,’ a 1960s TV series about a Beatles-inspired rock quartet, died Friday of natural causes at the age of 78, his family said in a statement. published on its website. Nesmith, known for his woolen watch cap and calm demeanor, was a vocalist, guitarist and songwriter for the band, a made-for-TV ensemble that would form the cast of the NBC series.

The White House respects the jury’s decision to convict Jussie Smollett

The White House said Friday it respects the jury’s decision to convict actor Jussie Smollett, former star of the television series “Empire,” for masterminding a hate crime against himself. Spokeswoman Jen Psaki said false accusations can divert valuable law enforcement resources from important investigations.

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

Actor Alec Baldwin shared a letter on his Instagram account on Thursday from members of the “Rust” team 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 to the crush 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.

I Can’t Get Rid Of It: Taylor Swift Will Face Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

Pop superstar Taylor Swift is facing a lawsuit from songwriters who claim the Grammy-winning singer copied their lyrics from her 2014 single “Shake It Off,” a California judge has ruled. In a ruling on Thursday, U.S. District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald rejected Swift’s bid to dismiss a lawsuit that said she had covered lyrics to the girl group’s 2014 song “Playas Gon’ Play.” R&B 3LW.

Reality TV personality Josh Duggar sentenced over child sex abuse footage

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.

Biden jokes about poor cooking skills in late night TV debut on ‘Tonight Show’

US President Joe Biden has urged Americans to get a COVID-19 vaccine, vowed to fight inflation and joked about his lack of cooking skills during his first late night TV appearance on ‘The Tonight Show’. from NBC on Friday. Biden, 79, told host Jimmy Fallon that he and first lady Jill Biden convinced White House staff to let them cook their own breakfast at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

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