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A Minute With The ‘Queen Bees’ cast on age and role of older women
Oscar-winner Ellen Burstyn plays a reluctant new arrival at a retirement home in the comedy “Queen Bees”, where she comes face to face with a gang of “mean girls”. Despite insisting on a temporary stay while her home is renovated, Burstyn’s character Helen soon makes friends with the women and finds romance as well.
Springsteen to return to Broadway in June, audience vaccinations mandatory
Rocker Bruce Springsteen is returning to Broadway with his one-man show in June, becoming the first major show in New York’s theater district to take place since closing for more than a year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The singer-songwriter will open his “Springsteen on Broadway” one-man show on June 27 for a limited summer run until Sept. 4, producers announced on Monday. Audience members must provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccinations to attend.
Rap superstar Snoop Dogg takes executive role at Def Jam
Rap superstar Snoop Dogg is joining the legendary hip hop label Def Jam Recordings as executive creative and strategic consultant, the U.S. company said on Monday. Def Jam, owned by Universal Music, has been home to some of hip-hop’s most pioneering artists, from Public Enemy to LL Cool J and the Beastie Boys. Its current roster includes Justin Bieber, Rihanna and Kanye West.
Carey Mulligan to star in feature film on Harvey Weinstein scandal
The first Hollywood feature film to focus directly on the Harvey Weinstein scandal is due to start production in the summer, Universal Pictures said on Monday. “She Said” is based on the 2019 book of the same name about the New York Times investigation into claims of sexual misconduct by Weinstein.
Singer R. Kelly tells judge he fired two defense lawyers as trial looms
R. Kelly told a federal judge on Wednesday that he fired two of his defense lawyers, exposing deep rifts in the singer’s legal defense team ahead of his August sex abuse trial in New York. Kelly confirmed to U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly in Brooklyn that he fired Steve Greenberg and Michael Leonard, leaving him with two defense lawyers.
Hiddleston pleased that Marvel’s ‘Loki’ addresses gender fluidity
“Loki” actor Tom Hiddleston said he welcomed Marvel Studios’ decision to address the popular villain’s gender fluidity in a new Disney+ streaming series that debuts on Wednesday. At a screening in London on Tuesday, Hiddleston noted that Loki had been portrayed as gender-fluid in Marvel comic books as well as in Norse mythology, where the character originated.
Chris Harrison exits ‘Bachelor’ franchise after racism furor
The host of television’s popular “Bachelor” dating show franchise is leaving after almost 20 years, ABC Entertainment said on Tuesday, following a furor over racially insensitive remarks. Chris Harrison, who has hosted ABC’s “The Bachelor” and spinoffs including “The Bachelorette” and “Bachelor in Paradise” since 2002, will not be returning after temporarily stepping aside in February, ABC and production company Warner Horizon said in a joint statement.
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