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Britain’s Cineworld hit with appeal in Cineplex legal battle
Cineworld Group said on Friday that Canada-based Cineplex Inc had appealed its plea challenging an order requiring the British cinema operator to pay Cineplex $1.23 billion ($965.92 million) in damages. for abandoning a planned takeover. The London-listed company said it disagreed with the submissions made by Cineplex in its cross-appeal and will respond, adding that Cineworld does not expect to pay any damages while the appeals are ongoing. .
Joni Mitchell removes music from Spotify due to vaccine misinformation
Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell has announced that she will be removing her music from Spotify, like Neil Young, in protest against the popular streaming service giving voice to misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines. Mitchell acted following Wednesday’s announcement by Spotify and Young that the platform would remove his music following the singer-songwriter’s objection to his songs being streamed on the same service that offers a podcast by prominent vaccine skeptic Joe Rogan.
Australia wants Kanye West to be fully vaccinated before any concert tour
Hip-hop artist Kanye West will need to be fully vaccinated if he wants to perform in Australia, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Saturday, after media reports the artist was planning an Australian tour in March. The warning comes just two weeks after tennis superstar Novak Djokovic’s hopes of a Grand Slam title were dashed when a court upheld the government’s decision to revoke his COVID-19 rules visa and his unvaccinated status.
Lawsuit accuses Chris Brown of raping an unnamed woman on a yacht in Florida
An anonymous woman has filed a lawsuit that accuses musician Chris Brown of drugging and raping her on a yacht in Florida in December 2020 and is seeking $20 million in damages from the Grammy-winning singer. The civil suit, filed Thursday by a musician and choreographer identified as Jane Doe, said she was invited by Brown to meet him at Star Island, Florida, the home of rapper Sean Combs. Upon arrival, she boarded a yacht and accepted Brown’s offer of a drink as they discussed her career, according to the filing.
Netflix to produce Mattel’s ‘Masters of the Universe’ movie
Mattel Inc and Netflix are developing “Masters of the Universe,” a franchise created by the toymaker in the 1980s, into a live-action movie slated to begin production in the summer of 2022. The project, which was previously in development at Sony, will be directed by filmmaking duo Nee Brothers and “West Side Story” star actor Kyle Allen as Prince Adam, or He-Man, the two companies announced Friday.
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