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Russia declares popular anti-war rapper a foreign agent
Russia’s Justice Ministry said Friday that one of the country’s most popular rappers is a “foreign agent,” a legal designation that has been used to harass Kremlin critics and journalists. Oxxxymiron, whose real name is Miron Fyodorov, has been added to an updated list of foreign agents alongside four journalists and prominent writer Dmitry Glukhovsky.
California exotic dancers vote to join union
Thirty exotic dancers at a topless bar in Hollywood, Calif., are set to vote to join the Actors Equity Association, and a majority “yes” vote would make them the only organized group of strippers in the United States. . Regulators at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) set a voting date in a memo on Thursday.
The musical ‘Matilda’ opens the London Film Festival
A musical version of the childhood classic ‘Matilda’ opened the London Film Festival on Wednesday, with actors Emma Thompson and Lashana Lynch the first of many stars expected to walk the event’s red carpets over the 12 next days. The film, titled ‘Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical’, is an adaptation of the London West End and Broadway stage show based on Roald Dahl’s 1988 book about a young girl who discovers she has a special power when she deals with cruel parents and a mean headmistress Miss Trunchbull.
Liverpool chosen to host Eurovision Song Contest 2023
The city of Liverpool in northern England will host the Eurovision Song Contest 2023, on behalf of this year’s winners, Ukraine, due to the ongoing dispute there. Liverpool edged out other contender Glasgow as host city in a draw held live on BBC television on Friday.
Kevin Spacey’s accuser testifies in sex abuse trial about ‘alarming’ encounter
Anthony Rapp, who accused Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey of making an unwanted sexual advance in 1986 when Rapp was 14, testified in a civil trial on Friday that he felt like a “deer in the headlights” when Spacey climbed on top of him. at a party. Rapp, who sued Spacey in November 2020 and seeks $40 million in damages for battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress, testified on the witness stand in Manhattan federal court that he was able to “deflect my way” under an inebriated Spacey, who was then 26 and performing on Broadway.
Adidas questions its partnership with Kanye West
German sporting goods maker Adidas announced on Thursday that it has reviewed its business partnership with rapper and fashion designer Kanye West. “After repeated efforts to resolve the situation privately, we have made the decision to submit the partnership for review. We will continue to co-manage the current product during this time,” the company said.
Alec Baldwin Settles In With Family Of Slain ‘Rust’ Cinematographer
Actor Alec Baldwin and the producers of the western ‘Rust’ have reached a settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, whom Baldwin shot while filming the last year, the parties announced on Wednesday. As part of the settlement, production on the low-budget film will resume in January with the late cinematographer’s husband, Matthew Hutchins, serving as executive producer. Joel Souza, who was injured in the shooting, will continue as director and the same actors, including Baldwin, will play the lead roles.
‘Queen of the House’ singer Jody Miller dies aged 80
Grammy Award-winning country music singer Jody Miller has died aged 80 from complications from Parkinson’s disease. Miller died in Blanchard, Oklahoma Thursday morning, according to a statement posted on her Facebook page.
The character of “Borgen” was inspired by the Danish Prime Minister
The screenwriter of hit series ‘Borgen’ says the main theme of the show’s final season – the dark side of power – was inspired by Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, who has come under fire for centralizing the authority.
The theme has become relevant in the upcoming elections in which Danes will pass judgment on Frederiksen’s leadership through three chaotic years, plagued by pandemic, war and economic turmoil.
(With agency contributions.)