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Disney tells a different 'Nutcracker' story on the big screen
"The Nutcracker," the beloved holiday season tale of toys that come to life, moves from the ballet stage to the big screen in an action-adventure story being released by the Walt Disney Co on Friday. In Disney's "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms," Mackenzie Foy stars as 14-year-old Clara, a girl who is fascinated by engineering and is trying to figure out how to unlock a Christmas gift left behind by her recently deceased mother.
Geoffrey Rush would 'look at me and lick his lips': actor
Oscar-winner Geoffrey Rush touched his co-star on the breast and humiliated her with sexual innuendo during a production of "King Lear", the co-star told an Australian court on Tuesday, as News Corp defended publishing some details of her claims. In Australia's first defamation case of the #MeToo era, Rush is suing News Corp's Australian arm over a series of articles saying he was the subject of a complaint to the Sydney Theatre Company regarding the 2015 Lear production.
Rock band Kiss promises 'unapologetic' final tour
Members of the rock band Kiss said they are kicking off a farewell concert tour in January because they wanted to say goodbye while they could still deliver the over-the-top performances that have thrilled audiences over a 45-year career. Known for their makeup, big hair and outrageous costumes, Kiss was among the biggest acts of the 1970s, coming out of the glam rock era with hits including "Rock and Roll All Nite."
Saying 'I've been used,' Kanye West distances himself from politics
Three weeks after a bizarre White House meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, rapper Kanye West said on Tuesday he was distancing himself from politics. West, Trump's biggest celebrity supporter, also sought to distance himself from a new campaign that encourages black Americans to quit the Democratic Party.
In Japanese film 'Sea', guilt leads to revenge after sexual assault
A young man suffers years of anguish after failing to stop the rape of a schoolgirl in "Sea", a gritty film of revenge and redemption by new Japanese director Kensei Takahashi. "Sea" comes at a time of heightened awareness of sexual assault thanks to the #MeToo movement, although Takahashi said he had already begun developing the film before the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke last year.
TV star Kerry Washington returns to Broadway in 'American Son'
Actress Kerry Washington, best known for her Emmy-nominated role over seven seasons on television drama "Scandal," returns to the Broadway stage this month in the new play "American Son." The four-character story, which opens on Sunday for a limited engagement, is set in a Florida police station where a mother and father are seeking information about their missing son.
Los Angeles prosecutors decline to charge Stallone after sexual assault allegation
The Los Angeles County District Attorney's office has decided there is not enough evidence to prosecute "Rocky" actor Sylvester Stallone over allegations that he sexually assaulted a woman in 1987 and 1990, according to an agency document released on Tuesday. The allegations from a woman in Santa Monica, California, also are outside of the statute of limitations, officials said in a charge evaluation worksheet by the district attorney's office seen by Reuters. The document said the victim, whose name was blacked out, stated that she and Stallone had a consensual relationship in 1987. The complainant's name has never been publicly released.
(With inputs from Reuters)
(With inputs from agencies.)