R. Kelly witness says she saw singer’s sexual activity, was pressed to write apology letter

NEW YORK – A former assistant to R. Kelly testified on Friday she once saw him engage in sexual activity with one of the women he is charged with abusing, as prosecutors neared the end of presenting their sex trafficking case against the R&B singer. On the 18th day of testimony at Kelly’s trial in federal court in Brooklyn, Cheryl Mack, the mother of music producer London on da Track, said she saw Kelly begin…

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HBO Max slashes prices in limited offer as streaming wars heat up

– AT&T Inc’s HBO Max streaming service has halved its subscription fees in a limited-period offer to lure back millions of subscribers it lost after dropping out of Amazon.com Inc’s Prime video channels. The limited-time promotion offer of $7.49 per month – for up to six months – is available through Sept. 26 for users who accessed HBO via Prime video channels as well as all new and returning HBO Max subscribers, the company said…

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Pelosi predicts ‘what’s his name’ would fail in a 2024 White House run

– Former U.S. President Donald Trump might make another White House run in 2024, but if he does, he will take his place in American history as a two-time loser, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi predicted on Thursday. Visiting England for a meeting of parliamentary leaders from G7 countries, the Democratic leader was asked during a forum to reflect upon the two impeachment proceedings she initiated against Trump late in 2019 and in January…

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‘Worn Out’ – Dutch museum finds Van Gogh drawing of tired old man

AMSTERDAM – A Dutch museum on Thursday unveiled a previously unknown work by Vincent van Gogh — a study for one of his best-known drawings, “Worn Out” — in which an old man sits in a chair with his head in his hands. Van Gogh “was really interested in the ordinary person, he was also looking to express emotion,” said Van Gogh Museum Director Emilie Gordenker. “I think we’re all coming out of the COVID…

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Factbox – Key nominations for the 2021 Emmy Awards

– Television’s Emmy Awards ceremony takes place in Los Angeles on Sunday, hosted by Cedric the Entertainer and broadcast live on CBS television. Following is a list of nominees in key categories: BEST DRAMA SERIES “The Boys” “Bridgerton” “The Crown” “The Handmaid’s Tale” “Lovecraft Country” “The Mandalorian” “Pose” “This is Us” BEST COMEDY SERIES “black-ish” “Cobra Kai” “Emily in Paris” “The Flight Attendant” “Hacks” “The Kominsky Method” “PEN15” “Ted Lasso” BEST LIMITED SERIES “I May…

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‘The Bodyguard’ movie gets a Hollywood remake

LOS ANGELES – “The Bodyguard,” the 1992 movie that launched the acting career of the late Whitney Houston and featured her most famous song, is getting a reboot. Hollywood movie studio Warner Bros said on Wednesday that a reimagining of the romantic thriller is in development with a script penned by American playwright Matthew Lopez. Lopez is the playwright behind the award-winning “The Inheritance,” a two-part drama about gay men in New York a generation…

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Lady Gaga dubbed ‘The Icon’ on People’s best dressed list

LOS ANGELES – Lady Gaga on Wednesday led a list of People magazine’s best-dressed celebrities that included “Euphoria” star Zendaya and Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis. Gaga was dubbed “The Icon” in People’s best dressed of the year issue, despite never having set foot on a red carpet. Instead, the magazine praised her high fashion street looks that ranged from “a sculptural seersucker number to a black lace corseted gown.” Zendaya, Davis, Leslie Odom Jr., Anya…

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Sylvester Stallone movie memorabilia headed for auction

LONDON – From “Rocky” boxing gloves to “Rambo” headbands, memorabilia from action movie star Sylvester Stallone’s Hollywood career are going under the hammer in a December auction expected to raise around $1.5 million. Nearly 500 items from Stallone’s personal archives are being sold, including costumes, props, scripts, notebooks and other memorabilia from the actor’s biggest films, including the “Rocky” and “Rambo” franchises, “Cliffhanger”, “The Expendables” and “Demolition Man,” Julien’s Auctions said on Tuesday. Highlights include…

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Byrne sees a longing for an ‘American Utopia’ as his show heads to cinemas

LOS ANGELES – While Americans have fought over masks and vaccines during the COVID-19 pandemic, musician David Byrne said he believes the health crisis showed that people actually yearn for a better society as he envisions in his Broadway show “American Utopia.” A filmed version of the stage production, recorded in early 2020, will play in U.S. cinemas for one night only on Wednesday. The show mixes “Once in a Lifetime” and other songs from…

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Making queer stories universal: ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’ premieres in London

LONDON – Stars and cast members walked the pink carpet in London on Monday for the premiere of the film adaptation of the musical “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.” The musical is based on the true story of Jamie Campbell, a 16-year-old boy from the small British town of Sheffield who dreams of becoming a drag queen. Central to the storyline is Jamie’s strong relationship with his mother. Newcomer Max Harwood plays the titular role and…

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