Summary of entertainment news: actor Jussie Smollett convicted of organizing bogus hate crimes; “And just like that”: the characters of “Sex and the City” return to the small screen and more

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Actor Jussie Smollett convicted of organizing bogus hate crimes

Former ‘Empire’ TV star actor Jussie Smollett was convicted on Thursday of staging a hate crime against himself in what prosecutors said was an attempt to gain sympathy and spur 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”: the characters of “Sex and the City” return to the small screen

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

Italy’s Wertmuller, first woman to earn Oscar nomination, dies aged 93

Italian screenwriter and director Lina Wertmuller, the first woman to be nominated for the best director at the US Academy Awards, has died at the age of 93, the Culture Ministry said 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 To Stream Exclusively On Peacock

The newly released Universal Studios films will air exclusively on Peacock as early as 45 days after their theatrical debut and will be available for users to rent or buy, the company said Thursday. The new release strategy begins with Universal’s 2022 films. It will bring movies to NBCUniversal’s fledgling streaming service Peacock 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 on Thursday shared a letter on his Instagram account from members of the “Rust” crew defending the production of the film in which a director of photography was killed by a live bullet. In the open letter, the cast and crew objected to another team’s portrayal of “Rust” as a dangerous production, and instead described a set where morale was high and working conditions fair. .

Travis Scott says he was unaware of the issues that led to Astroworld concert crash

Rapper Travis Scott has said he was not aware of any issues at his Astroworld concert last month that caused him to stop the show and denied that the high-energy culture he promotes has helped to the crash that killed 10 people. In his first interview about the crowd surge that injured dozens of fans during his concert in Houston on November 5, Scott said he was unaware that people had been killed or injured until he left the stage. .

Reality TV personality Josh Duggar convicted of child sexual abuse images

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

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

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

“West Side Story”, “Dune” among AFI’s 10 best films in 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 top 10 films of 2021 chosen on Wednesday by the American Film Institute (AFI). The unrated list gives a first look at future favorites for the annual Oscars next year. The films were chosen for their cultural and artistic significance.

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

US President Joe Biden plans to make his first late-night TV show appearance since taking office on “The Tonight Show” on Friday, host Jimmy Fallon 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 falling approval rates spurred by inflation, including high prices at the gas pump.

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