Entertainment news roundup: Taylor Swift and Jennifer Lopez headline Tribeca Film Festival; Kevin Spacey faces trial from sex abuse accuser in New York and more

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‘Top Gun’ heirs sue Paramount over ‘Top Gun: Maverick’

The family of the author whose article inspired Tom Cruise’s 1986 film “Top Gun” sued Paramount Pictures on Monday for copyright infringement over this year’s hit sequel “Top Gun: Maverick.” According to a lawsuit filed in federal court in Los Angeles, the Paramount Global unit failed to repurchase the rights to Ehud Yonay’s 1983 “Top Guns” article from the family before publishing the “spin-off” sequel. “.

Taylor Swift and Jennifer Lopez star at Tribeca Filmfest

A documentary about Jennifer Lopez, a “Heat” reunion and a conversation with chart-topping Taylor Swift are among the highlights of this year’s Tribeca Film Festival which opens in New York on Wednesday. Lopez herself is set to attend the screening of “Halftime,” a film about the singer and actor’s career that kicks off the annual 20-year event.

Box Office: ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Makes $86 Million In Massive Second Weekend

“Top Gun: Maverick” has the box office sizzling…again. In its second weekend of release, Tom Cruise’s all-American action flick raked in a whopping $86 million from 4,751 North American theaters. These returns rank among the second 10 highest-grossing weekends in domestic box office history.

Kevin Spacey faces trial from sex abuse accuser in New York

A federal judge on Monday denied Kevin Spacey’s request to dismiss a civil lawsuit in which actor Anthony Rapp accused the Oscar-winning actor of making an unwanted sexual advance at a party at Spacey’s in Manhattan in 1986, when Rapp was 14 years old. US District Judge Lewis Kaplan in Manhattan said there was a genuine factual dispute over whether Spacey, now 62, forcibly touched Rapp’s “private parts” to satisfy his own sexual desire.

The Italian Scala will open a new season with a Russian opera

The Italian Scala will open its 2022-23 season with a performance of “Boris Godunov”, a Russian composition opera performed by Russian artists, without any plans for a cultural boycott despite the invasion of Ukraine. “I am not for a witch hunt or for the cancellation of Russian works,” Dominique Meyer, artistic director of the theatre, told the press. “I don’t hide while reading [Russian writer Alexander] Pushkin.”

(With agency contributions.)

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