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November 3, 2020 | Via CNBC

Johnny Depp Loses ‘Wife Beater’ Libel Case in London

Hollywood actor Johnny Depp lost a libel case on Monday against British tabloid newspaper The Sun which published an article that called him a “wife beater.” The article questioned Depp’s casting in the second installment of the “Fantastic Beasts” movie series, with the headline: “Gone Potty: How can JK Rowling be ‘genuinely happy’ casting wife beater Johnny Depp in the new Fantastic Beasts film?’”

September 21, 2020 | Via The Guardian

Watchmen, Succession and Schitt’s Creek Dominate Virtual Emmys

Jimmy Kimmel hosted the mostly virtual “Pandemmys” from a nearly empty Staples Center in Los Angeles. Canadian comedy Schitt’s Creek swept the comedy awards, HBO’s Succession dominated in drama and the evening’s most-nominated show, HBO’s prescient, eerie Watchmen, cleaned up in the limited series category. It was uncharted waters for the 72nd Emmy awards – the first major acting awards show held since the pandemic began, a strange and subdued ceremony in which stars accepted awards on Zoom.

September 10, 2020 | Via NBC News

Disney Faces More ‘Mulan’ Backlash

Disney is facing a new round of controversy, including calls for a boycott, after it was revealed that the new live-action remake of “Mulan” thanked Chinese government agencies that have been accused of extreme human rights violations in the Xinjiang province. The province is home to detention camps that have held Uighur Muslims, where detainees have allegedly been subjected to terrible human rights violations.

September 9, 2020 | Via The Guardian

Oscars Reveal New Diversity Requirements for Best Picture Nominees

The Oscars are raising the inclusion bar for best picture nominees, starting with the 96th Academy Awards in 2024. In a historic move, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Tuesday laid out sweeping eligibility reforms to the best picture category intended to encourage diversity and equitable representation on screen and off, addressing gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity and disability.

August 24, 2020 | Via BBC

BTS’s Dynamite Explodes YouTube Records

Dynamite, the latest single by Korean boy band BTS, has smashed YouTube records – and looks set to be the UK’s number one single this Friday. The pastel-colored, dance-heavy video was watched 101.1 million times in 24 hours after its release last Friday. That surpasses the previous record, set by fellow K-Pop band Blackpink, whose song How You Like That racked up 86.3 million views in 24 hours in June.

August 18, 2020 | Via NPR

3 ‘Ellen DeGeneres’ Producers out After Misconduct Accusations

Three senior producers at The Ellen DeGeneres Show have left the popular daytime talk show after some of the show’s leadership was accused of sexual harassment, racism and creating a toxic work environment, among other allegations. Last month, the show’s leadership team was hit with two rounds of allegations, including accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct against Glavin, Leman and Norman by 36 former employees to BuzzFeed News.

August 14, 2020 | Via The Guardian

Apple and Google Remove Fortnite Video Game from App Stores

Apple and Google have removed the enormously popular video game Fortnite from their app stores for violating their in-app payment guidelines, prompting the maker, Epic Games, to take legal action challenging the tech giants’ iron grip over the industry. Its removal from Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store came after Fortnite circumvented the companies’ in-app payment system and hefty fees, encouraging users to pay the gaming company directly.

July 27, 2020 | Via CNN

Olivia de Havilland, Star of ‘Gone With the Wind,’ Dies at 104

Olivia de Havilland, a two-time Oscar winner and for decades the last surviving star of “Gone With the Wind,” considered the top moneymaking film of all time when adjusted for inflation, has died at the age of 104, her publicist Lisa Goldberg told CNN. The actress died Sunday of natural causes at her residence in Paris, Goldberg said. She lived in Paris for more than six decades.

July 15, 2020 | Via BBC

Glee Star Died of Accidental Drowning

Actress Naya Rivera died of accidental drowning, officials in California have said after a post-mortem examination. The 33-year-old, best known for playing cheerleader Santana Lopez in Glee, went missing during last Wednesday’s boat trip with her son at Lake Piru. After a long search, divers found her body on Monday, prompting an outpouring of love and sympathy from her co-stars.

June 19, 2020 | Via Reuters

‘Into the Wild’ Bus Removed from Alaska Trail for Safety Concerns

Alaska officials on Thursday airlifted from a remote trail outside Denali National Park the wrecked bus made famous by the 1996 book and 2007 movie “Into the Wild,” removing an object that drew hundreds of fans and sightseers. Too many people were putting themselves at risk trekking to the site where adventurer Christopher McCandless died of starvation in 1992, officials said.

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