Summary of the latest entertainment news: Michael Nesmith, famous musician and television star “The Monkees”, deceased at the age of 78; White House respects jury decision to convict Jussie Smollett and more

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Michael Nesmith, musician and TV star “The Monkees”, died aged 78

Michael Nesmith, one of the stars of “The Monkees,” a 1960s comedy television series about a Beatles-inspired rock quartet, died of natural causes at the age of 78 on Friday, his family announced in a report. press release published on its website. Nesmith, known for his woolen watch cap and calm demeanor, was a singer, guitarist, and songwriter for the band, a made-for-television ensemble that would form the cast for the NBC series.

White House respects jury’s decision to convict Jussie Smollett

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

Can’t shake this: Taylor Swift will face copyright lawsuit

Pop superstar Taylor Swift faces legal action from songwriters who claim Grammy-winning singer copied their lyrics from her 2014 single “Shake It Off”, California judge ruled . In a ruling on Thursday, U.S. District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald rejected Swift’s offer to dismiss a lawsuit that claimed she was repeating the text for the 2014 song “Playas Gon ‘Play” by R&B girl group 3LW.

Garth Dennis of reggae band Black Uhuru has died at 72

Garth Dennis, a musician who helped launch a style of electronic and echo reggae in the 1980s as frontman of the band Black Uhuru, has passed away, the Jamaican Ministry of Culture said on Saturday. He was 72 years old. The cause of death was not immediately known.

Hobbit, Sauron and Gollum metamorphose 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.

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

US President Joe Biden urged Americans to get vaccinated against COVID-19, 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 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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