Chinese regime replaces real celebrities: Promotes animated holograms

Politics 08/04/21, 02:47

In China, more and more brands are leaning toward sponsoring animated holograms to replace real idols, the propaganda arm of China's Communist Party (CCP), the Global Times, reported. An unidentified "industry insider" told the state-run media on Sunday, Aug. 1, that virtual idols are cheaper and safer for a brand's reputation. The ...

‘Friday’ actor-comedian John Witherspoon dies at 77

U.S. 10/30/19, 01:59

Actor-comedian John Witherspoon, who memorably played Ice Cube's father in the "Friday" films, has died. He was 77. Witherspoon's manager Alex Goodman confirmed late Tuesday that Witherspoon died in Los Angeles. No cause of death was released. The actor had a prolific career, co-starring in three "Friday" films, appearing on "The Wayans ...

Actor Robert De Niro in real-life drama with ex-worker

U.S. 10/03/19, 16:02

Robert De Niro has found himself in a real-life court drama, trading dueling lawsuits with his former assistant after their decade-long working relationship went dreadfully sour. He's accusing her of misappropriating money. She says he subjected her to sexist and harassing comments. Chase Robinson sued the 76-year-old De Niro Thursday in Manhattan ...

Gloria Vanderbilt, heiress, jeans queen, dies at 95

U.S. 06/17/19, 14:45

Gloria Vanderbilt, the intrepid heiress, artist and romantic who began her extraordinary life as the "poor little rich girl" of the Great Depression, survived family tragedy and multiple marriages and reigned during the 1970s and '80s as a designer jeans pioneer, died Monday at the age of 95. Vanderbilt was the ...

Kim Kardashian thanks President Trump for criminal justice reform

Politics 06/13/19, 18:42

Reality star and activist Kim Kardashian West has returned to the White House to speak at an event promoting efforts to help those leaving prison return to the workforce. Kardashian West, who has been advocating for criminal justice reform issues, tweeted a video of herself en route to the event Thursday ...

Andy Cohen pushes to allow surrogacy agreements in New York

New York 06/10/19, 17:32

Andy Cohen has joined New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in pushing to legalize paid gestational surrogacy, in which a woman is compensated for carrying a baby for its parents.The "Watch What Happens Live" host and the Democratic governor held a news conference Monday in New York City to call on ...

Tracy Morgan involved in NYC fender bender in his Bugatti

New York 06/04/19, 16:03

Comedian Tracy Morgan was involved in a minor traffic crash while driving his 2019 Bugatti in midtown Manhattan.Police say the fender bender happened just before 1:30 p.m. Tuesday near Tenth Avenue and 42nd Street.Police say the mishap involved the 50-year-old Morgan and his white Bugatti, reportedly worth around $2 million, ...

Paris wants a ‘Princess Diana Square’ at site of her death

Entertainment 05/30/19, 08:01

Paris City Hall wants to name a small plaza after Princess Diana, at the site of the 1997 car crash that killed the cherished British royal.The site already holds a golden flame-shaped monument in her honor, adjacent to the Alma Tunnel where the accident occurred.The plaza is currently named after ...

Kit Harington checks into wellness center post-‘Thrones’

Entertainment 05/28/19, 20:44

Game of Thrones" star Kit Harington has checked into a wellness retreat to work on what his representative says are "personal issues."A representative for Harington said Tuesday the British actor was utilizing a post-"Game of Thrones" break in his schedule to spend time at the facility. No additional details were ...

Belgium’s ex-monarch agrees to DNA test in paternity case

World 05/28/19, 13:26

A decades-old royal paternity scandal is setting Belgium abuzz again.Lawyers said Tuesday that Belgium's former King Albert II, 84, has finally agreed to a DNA test demanded by a woman who claims to be his daughter in what could be a decisive breakthrough in the long-running case.By the evening, news ...

Lawyer accuses Chris Brown of “disrespect” in rape case

Entertainment 05/28/19, 07:32

The lawyer for a woman who filed a rape complaint in Paris against Chris Brown says the American singer-songwriter "has thumbed his nose at and shown disrespect for the French legal system" after he did not attend a formal meeting with the alleged victim on Tuesday.Brown was arrested in January ...

Edmund Morris, known for his biography of Reagan, dies at 78

Entertainment 05/27/19, 18:01

Presidential biographer Edmund Morris, best known for writing a book about the life of Ronald Reagan, has died. He was 78.Morris died Friday in a hospital in Danbury, Connecticut, a day after suffering a stroke, his wife, Sylvia Jukes Morris, told The Associated Press on Monday."We at Random House mourn ...

Spanish ex-monarch Juan Carlos I retires from public life

Entertainment 05/27/19, 12:19

Spain's former monarch, Juan Carlos I, says he wants to completely retire from public life on June 2, five years after abdicating the throne.The king emeritus said in a letter published Monday on the Spanish royals' website and addressed to his son, King Felipe VI, that "I think the moment ...

Stan Lee’s former manager arrested on elder abuse charges

Entertainment 05/25/19, 15:05

A former business manager of Stan Lee has been arrested on elder abuse charges involving the late comic book legend.Los Angeles police say Keya Morgan was taken into custody in Arizona early Saturday on an outstanding arrest warrant.Morgan was charged earlier this month with felony allegations of theft, embezzlement, forgery ...

Chef Mario Batali pleads not guilty to assault charge

Entertainment 05/24/19, 08:31

Celebrity chef Mario Batali, whose career crumbled amid several sexual misconduct accusations, pleaded not guilty Friday to a charge that he forcibly kissed and groped a woman at a Boston restaurant in 2017.Batali, 58, wearing his signature red ponytail and a blazer, did not speak during the brief hearing but ...

Michael Jackson’s estate and former manager settle lawsuit

Entertainment 05/23/19, 14:29

A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit between a former manager of Michael Jackson and his estate.The settlement announced Thursday with Tohme Tohme (TOH'-mae TOH'-mae) ends one of the last remaining legal fights involving Jackson's estate and comes just short of the 10th anniversary of the pop superstar's death.The ...

Comedian Artie Lange awaits drug program violation hearing

Entertainment 05/23/19, 12:01

Authorities say a court hearing has not yet been scheduled for comedian Artie Lange following his arrest on a charge of having failed to comply with his court-ordered drug program.The Essex County sheriff in New Jersey says Lange was arrested Tuesday morning at a halfway house on an unspecified violation.Sheriff ...

Making history: Rihanna launches brand Fenty in Paris store

Business 05/23/19, 00:28

Rihanna, the first black woman in history to head up a major Parisian luxury house, is unveiling her first fashion designs for Fenty at a pop-up store in Paris.The collection, named after the singer-turned-designer's last name, comprises ready-to-wear, footwear, accessories, and eyewear and is available for sale Paris' Le Marais ...

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