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Entertainment News Round-up: 'Colette' to rainy London, Rare 1932 'The Mummy', Widows' kicks off London Film Festival

British director Steve McQueen opened the BFI London Film Festival on Wednesday with the heist movie "Widows", kicking off the 12-day event which organizers said this year prides itself on promoting women filmmakers.


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Updated: 12-10-2018 11:50 IST
Entertainment News Round-up: 'Colette' to rainy London, Rare 1932 'The Mummy',  Widows' kicks off London Film Festival

At London's central Leicester Square, McQueen was joined on the red carpet. (Image Credit: Twitter)

Keira Knightley brings period drama 'Colette' to rainy London

Keira Knightley brought her period biopic "Colette" to a wet London red carpet on Thursday, saying she felt "empowered" by the story of the French novelist who gave the film its name. The 33-year old, known for other costume dramas including "The Duchess" and "Pride & Prejudice", portrays Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette during the early part of her life.

Rare 1932 'The Mummy' film poster poised to hit record $1 million at auction

A rare, original poster from the Boris Karloff horror classic, "The Mummy," is expected to sell for over $1 million, a record price for a film poster, Sotheby's said on Thursday. One of only three known surviving examples of the original lithographic poster from the 1932 film, the piece set a film poster record more than 20 years ago when it fetched $453,500.

Harvey Weinstein wins dismissal of one criminal charge

A New York judge on Thursday dismissed one of the six criminal charges against movie producer Harvey Weinstein after prosecutors said they could not oppose the dismissal in light of the information they had learned while investigating the case. The dismissed charge concerns an alleged sexual assault of an aspiring actress by Weinstein in 2004. Five other charges, involving alleged assaults of two other women, remain in the case in Manhattan criminal court. Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

McQueen heist movie 'Widows' kicks off London Film Festival

British director Steve McQueen opened the BFI London Film Festival on Wednesday with the heist movie "Widows", kicking off the 12-day event which organizers said this year prides itself on promoting women filmmakers. At London's central Leicester Square, McQueen was joined on the red carpet by cast members Oscar winner Viola Davis, "Black Panther" actor Daniel Kaluuya and "Fast and Furious" regular Michelle Rodriguez.

Windsor gears up for its second UK royal wedding of the year

Final preparations were being made in the English town of Windsor on Thursday for Britain's second major royal wedding this year, this time involving Queen Elizabeth's granddaughter Princess Eugenie. Eugenie, the younger daughter of the queen's third child Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, will tie the knot with Jack Brooksbank, at the monarch's Windsor Castle home on Friday.

Kanye West defends support for Trump, in front of Trump

(Editor's note: Paragraphs 7 and 8 contains language that readers may find offensive.) Rapper Kanye West, with a stream of consciousness speech in the Oval Office and a burst of profanity, defended his support for President Donald Trump on Thursday, to the great delight of Trump himself.

Family and U.S. politics collide in Thanksgiving film 'The Oath'

Satirical dark comedy "The Oath" could reflect many American households this Thanksgiving with its depiction of a family getting through the holiday while trying to avoid politically polarizing arguments. Written, directed and starring Ike Barinholtz as a liberal news junkie, and Tiffany Haddish as his wife, the film is set around a Thanksgiving gathering after the government demands, on pain of arrest, all citizens to pledge an oath of allegiance to an unnamed U.S. president.

Hollywood rewrites its script to resist Trump in midterms

On a recent Thursday night, more than 100 people in Hollywood turned their attention to politics. They mingled with Stormy Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti inside a hip piano bar lighted by a sign that screamed "OMG WTF." The sign stands for a political action committee that supports Democrats running for state posts in Republican-controlled Ohio, Michigan, Georgia, Wisconsin, Texas and Florida - OMG WTF being the first letters of each state.

Lindsey Buckingham sues Fleetwood Mac after being axed from tour

Guitarist Lindsey Buckingham has sued his former Fleetwood Mac bandmates, accusing them of breach of contract for cutting him out of their North American tour and the millions of dollars he would have earned from it. Buckingham, 69, one of the most influential members of the British-American band behind hits like "Dont'Stop" and "Rhiannon," was dropped earlier this year from the tour lineup.

Singer Amy Winehouse to return to the stage as a hologram

Fans of late British singer Amy Winehouse, whose untimely death in 2011 at age 27 shook the music world, will be able to see her on concert stages again in the form of a hologram, her father told Reuters. The show, expected to debut in 2019, will be created by the same company that has produced hologram tours for 1960s crooner Roy Orbison and opera singer Maria Callas. Producers hope to take the concert around the world for three years.

(With inputs from agencies.)


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