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Elvis Director Calls Presley Family Response ‘Biggest Criticism of My Life’
Director Baz Luhrmann said the reaction of Elvis Presley’s family to his film about the flamboyant American icon, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, was “the biggest criticism of my life”. The film chronicles more than 20 years in the life of the king of rock and roll, highlighting the relationship between Presley, played by Austin Butler, and his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker, played by Tom Hanks.
UK prosecutors clear sex crimes charges against actor Kevin Spacey
Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has cleared prosecution of Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey for sex offenses, including assaults against three men, following an investigation by police in London, it said on Thursday. Police said the alleged offenses took place between March 2005 and April 2013, with four incidents occurring in the capital and one in Gloucestershire. They involved a man who is now in his 40s and two men who are now in their 30s.
Super Trouper: ABBA returns to the stage as virtual avatars for concerts in London
Performing their much-loved hits like “Mamma Mia!” and “Dancing Queen,” Swedish supergroup ABBA returned to the stage on Thursday, albeit as digital avatars, for a new gig residency in London. The group – Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad – have been brought to virtual life as digital versions of themselves since their 1970s heyday, thanks to motion capture technology. Their last performance together was around 40 years ago.
The jury will begin to deliberate on Depp and Heard’s defamation allegations
Jurors will begin deliberations Friday on allegations of dueling defamation of actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard after six weeks of explicit and graphic evidence and testimony that detailed the former Hollywood couple’s embittered relationship. The 58-year-old ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ star sued Heard in Virginia for $50 million and claimed she defamed him when she called herself a “public figure representing domestic violence”.
Factbox-Key moments in Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s libel trial
Actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are suing for defamation, each claiming they were abused before and during their roughly two-year marriage. The jury is expected to begin deliberations on Friday after each side presents its closing arguments.
Bollywood superstar Khan’s son cleared in high-profile drug case
Indian authorities have dropped a case against the Bollywood superstar’s son, Shah Rukh Khan, who was arrested in a raid on a cruise ship last year on suspicion of having drugs on him. India’s top drug law enforcement body, the Narcotics Control Board (NCB), said on Friday it was dropping the case against Aryan Khan, 24, and five others due to lack of of “sufficient evidence”, while filing a complaint against 14 others.
Biden to host K-pop stars BTS and discuss anti-Asian hate crimes
K-pop superstars BTS will visit the White House next week to fight hate crimes targeting Asians and people of Asian descent with U.S. President Joe Biden, the White House said in a statement Thursday. Biden would host the global phenomenon musical group on Tuesday and “discuss Asian inclusion and representation, and address anti-Asian hate crimes and discrimination that have become bigger issues in recent years,” said Biden. he declared.
The Ukrainian director explores the traumas of war in his Cannes debut ‘Butterfly Vision’
Ukrainian director Maksym Nakonechnyi gives a raw and timely depiction of post-traumatic stress disorder in his Cannes debut “Butterfly Vision,” which premiered Wednesday at the film festival. The Kyiv-based director sets his story in the Donbass region of Ukraine. In the fictional tale, the fighter Lilia, played by Rita Burkovska, has just been liberated by a pro-Russian militia.
Goodfellas actor Ray Liotta dies
American actor Ray Liotta, 67, who starred in the 1990 crime film “Goodfellas,” died in his sleep on Thursday in the Dominican Republic, the Dominican Republic’s Directorate General of Cinema confirmed to Reuters. Liotta died in bed at a hotel where he was staying with his fiancee Jacy Nittolo while filming “Dangerous Waters,” his publicist Jennifer Allen said. He played a starring role in the film about a sailing vacation that goes wrong when family secrets come to light.
Depeche Mode keyboardist Andrew Fletcher dies aged 60
Andrew Fletcher, keyboardist and founding member of British electronic pioneers Depeche Mode, has died, the band announced on Thursday. He was 60 years old. “We are shocked and filled with immense sadness at the untimely passing of our dear friend, family member and bandmate Andy ‘Fletch’ Fletcher,” the band said on Twitter.
(With agency contributions.)