China big-budget movie pulled after box office flop

A Chinese blockbuster hopeful, backed by Alibaba Pictures Group and with a reported budget of over $ 100 million, has been abruptly pulled from cinemas in the country after sinking on its opening weekend at the box office. Reuters: Entertainment News

China’s Weibo blocks comedian John Oliver after Xi Jinping roasting

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China’s Twitter-like microblogging service Weibo has blocked and deleted posts referring to British comedian John Oliver after he slammed the country’s human rights record and mocked President Xi Jinping on his show, Last Week Tonight. Reuters: Entertainment News

ABC apologizes for Hindu terror plot in Quantico after online backlash

MUMBAI (Reuters) – U.S. television studio ABC has apologies to Indian fans of its crime drama “Quantico” after an episode featuring Indian nationalists trying to frame Pakistan in a terrorist plot sparked online outrage against Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra, who plays a lead role in the show. Reuters: Entertainment News

ABC cancels TV’s Roseanne hours after star’s racist ‘ape’ tweet

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co’s ABC network on Tuesday canceled the popular U.S. television comedy “Roseanne” after star Roseanne Barr sparked outrage by comparing a black former Obama administration official to an ape in remarks on Twitter. Reuters: Entertainment News

Actor Morgan Freeman apologizes after accusations

(Reuters) – Actor Morgan Freeman said on Friday any suggestion he assaulted women or created an unsafe workplace is false and apologized to anyone he may have upset after media reported that women have accused him of inappropriate behavior or harassment. Reuters: Entertainment News

Cannes Film Festival faces new era after #MeToo “tectonic shift”

CANNES, France (Reuters) – The Cannes Film Festival is taking place for the first time since sexual harassment allegations shocked the global movie industry and led to the creation of the “Me Too” movement to demand greater respect for and representation of women. Reuters: Entertainment News

Broadway’s ‘Mockingbird’ play to go ahead after dispute settled

(Reuters) – The producer of a Broadway adaptation of Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” and the author’s estate have settled a legal dispute over the Aaron Sorkin-penned script, which will allow the production to go head on schedule. Reuters: Entertainment News

Transgender show ‘Transparent’ to end after one more season

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Transgender show “Transparent,” the television series that put Amazon Studios original programming on the map, will end after its upcoming fifth season, its creator, Jill Soloway, said in an interview published on Monday. Reuters: Entertainment News

Cuban artists stage alternative festival after government delay

HAVANA (Reuters) – A group of Cuban artists launched an alternative arts festival this weekend in Havana in response to the Communist government saying it was postponing the official biennial by a year to prioritize funding on rebuilding after Hurricane Irma. Reuters: Entertainment News

After Cosby’s conviction, his alma mater rescinds honorary degree

(Reuters) – Temple University on Friday rescinded an honorary doctorate it had awarded to Bill Cosby, a longtime fundraiser and graduate of the Philadelphia school, where years later he met the victim of the sexual assault that resulted in his conviction this week. Reuters: Entertainment News

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