(Los Angeles, CA-AP) — A pretrial hearing will be held Thursday in downtown Los Angeles for the man accused of stealing Frances McDormand’s Oscar from her table during the post-Academy Awards Governors Ball.
Terry Bryant pleaded not guilty to grand theft charges and faces up to three years behind bars if convicted. McDormand reportedly didn’t want to see the 48-year-old Bryant prosecuted. However — the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences technically owns the statuette and is listed on the police report as the victim.
McDormand won the Best Actress Oscar in March 2018 for her performance in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”
(New York, NY-AP) — Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has reportedly reached a 44-million dollar settlement with women who accused him of sexual assault.
The Wall Street Journal says board members of his former film studio and the New York Attorney General’s office have reached an agreement.
The deal will reportedly include 30-million dollars in cash for the alleged victims as well as former company employees, creditors and lawyers. Weinstein still faces criminal charges in connection with two alleged attacks in 2013 and 2006.
(Chicago, IL-AP) Jussie Smollett’s run on Empire may be over. FOX renewed the show for a sixth season yesterday, and said Smollett likely won’t be returning.
He was written out of the last episodes of season five after Chicago police accused him of staging a racist and homophobic attack on himself. Smollett was charged with filing a false police report over the alleged attack, but the charges were later dropped.
He is being sued by the city of Chicago over the cost of the investigation. The fifth season of Empire wraps May 8th.
(Worldwide-AP) — Avengers: Endgame is destroying box office records. The latest installment in the Marvel superhero franchise is setting opening weekend records for domestic and international ticket sales.
Avengers: Endgame took in an estimated 350-million dollars at U.S. and Canadian theaters since Friday. It’s grossed an estimated 859-million dollars outside North America.
That’s more than one-point-two billion dollars in ticket sales worldwide. It’s the fastest any movie has generated a billion dollars in ticket sales. The previous record-holder was last year’s Avengers: Infinity War, which ran up a billion dollars in tickets in eleven days.
(AP) — Beyonce is releasing a surprise album today to coincide with her new Netflix documentary Homecoming.
The unannounced 38-track live album is from her 2018 performance at Coachella.
The documentary also covers the same event, which fans came to call Beychella.
(New York, NY-AP) – Soulja Boy is taking shots at Drake, Kanye West and Tyga. The rapper said during on the radio show, The Breakfast Club, yesterday that he taught Drake everything he knew. He also accused him of hiding his son from the world.
When asked about West, Soulja Boy said his support for Trump made him look “goofy,” and that he does not have good fashion sense. He also called Tyga the person who let Travis Scott steal his woman, Kylie Jenner.
(Washington, DC-AP) — A Georgia senator is getting worried the partial government shutdown entering its 27th day could threaten the Super Bowl. Republican Johnny Isakson pointed out the biggest tourism event in the world this year is coming to Atlanta. He wondered what would happen if the largest airport in the world goes out of business because of TSA strikes. TSA officials are reporting that the number of its employees calling in sick has doubled over the same time last year.
Most TSA employees make less than 30-thousand dollars a year and are struggling to pay bills while they continue to work without getting paid. Isakson said he walked through Atlanta’s airport and a number of TSA employees recognized him and approached him. He said, “We’re just doing the wrong thing, punishing the wrong people, and it’s not right.”
(Atlanta, GA) – After a struggle to solidify a lineup for the halftime show for this year’s Super Bowl, it looks like posters can now be printed as a few acts have signed on to be this year’s entertainment for Super Bowl 53.
Many performers stayed away from the offer as fallout continues over the treatment of Colin Kaepernick. But, now it has been confirmed that Maroon 5 will take center stage at the halftime show at Super Bowl LIII.
The NFL made the announcement today that the three-time Grammy Award-winning rock group will in fact headline the show at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on February 3rd. Other artists joining Maroon 5 are Atlanta native and half of hip-hop super group Outkast, Big Boi and Grammy-nominated rapper Travis Scott.
(AP) – R. Kelly says he plans to sue everyone involved in the new Lifetime docu-series about his alleged sexual misconduct. The six-part series Surviving R. Kelly features testimonies from women accusing him of mental, physical and sexual abuse.
It also includes interviews with some of Kelly’s family members and associates. The singer said he did not know many of people on the show, and that the people who made the series have a personal vendetta against him. Surviving R. Kelly just premiered last week, and its first episode broke Lifetime’s viewership record.
(Monrovia, CA-AP) — A house in the Los Angeles suburb of Monrovia is becoming a tourist attraction for fans of Netflix’s latest hit Bird Box. Droves of visitors are showing up to the home, where Sandra Bullock’s character used to hideout in the movie.
Some are taking pictures, re-enacting scenes and even peeking in. At least one neighbor who lives in the area says some of the visitors have been a bit disrespectful, blocking the street at times.
This comes as Netflix warned fans not to hurt themselves taking on the so-called Bird Box Challenge, in which people have been going outside and doing things around their home while wearing blindfolds like the characters in the movie.