Entertainment News Roundup: Miley Cyrus hit 'Flowers' named best-selling single of 2023 in IFPI chart; 'Road House' screenwriter sues Amazon to block movie remake and more

Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs. Alec Baldwin 'Rust' shooting trial set for July Actor Alec Baldwin's manslaughter trial is set for July 10 for the 2021 fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins during filming of the Western movie "Rust," a New Mexico judge ruled on Monday.


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Entertainment News Roundup: Miley Cyrus hit 'Flowers' named best-selling single of 2023 in IFPI chart; 'Road House' screenwriter sues Amazon to block movie remake and more
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Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.

Alec Baldwin 'Rust' shooting trial set for July

Actor Alec Baldwin's manslaughter trial is set for July 10 for the 2021 fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins during filming of the Western movie "Rust," a New Mexico judge ruled on Monday. Should Baldwin's case reach trial, it would be remarkable as Hollywood has little precedent for an actor being held criminally responsible for an on-set shooting. Charges against Baldwin have been dropped once already.

Prosecutors explore how live rounds got onto set of Baldwin movie 'Rust'

Prosecutors on Tuesday focused on how live rounds got onto the set of "Rust," questioning a detective who said the film's armorer was mistaken when she said the live round used in a fatal shooting came from an ammunition box provided by a props supplier. On day four of armorer Hannah Gutierrez's manslaughter trial, jurors saw a video of a police interview with her on Oct. 21, 2021. That was the day "Rust" cinematographer Halyna Hutchins died, struck by a bullet Gutierrez loaded into a revolver star Alec Baldwin was rehearsing with. Baldwin's separate involuntary manslaughter trial is set for July 10.

Miley Cyrus hit 'Flowers' named best-selling single of 2023 in IFPI chart

Miley Cyrus's hit "Flowers" was named the world's best-selling single in 2023 on Monday, the first time the U.S. singer-songwriter has topped the chart run by industry body the IFPI. The emotional disco-tinged breakup anthem - in which the singer reminds herself she can buy her own flowers after the end of a relationship - got the coveted IFPI Global Single Award for 2023 just weeks after picking up two Grammys.

'Road House' screenwriter sues Amazon to block movie remake

Writer Lance Hill sued Amazon.com on Tuesday to halt its upcoming remake of the 1989 film "Road House," arguing that the film violates his rights in the original's screenplay. Hill said in the California federal court lawsuit that Amazon never received a license to remake his screenplay after he reclaimed his copyright in it. He requested an unspecified amount of monetary damages and a court order to block Amazon from distributing the movie without a new license.

Will Taylor Swift endorse him in 2024? Biden says that's 'classified'

U.S. President Joe Biden made light of conspiracy theories about him and pop superstar Taylor Swift during an appearance on a late night show and had a ready answer to the question of whether she'll endorse him in 2024: that's classified. During an appearance on NBC's "Late Night with Seth Meyers" on Monday, Biden, a Democrat, joked with Meyers, a comedian, about conspiracy theories that the president and the singer-songwriter are in "cahoots." Meyers said recent polling showed 18% of Americans believed Biden and Swift were somehow working together.

Thousands of artists ask Venice Biennale to exclude Israel

Almost 9,000 people, including artists, curators and museum directors, have signed an online appeal calling for Israel to be excluded from this year's Venice Biennale art fair and accusing the country of "genocide" in Gaza. Israel has been facing mounting international criticism, including in the arts world, over its military offensive in the Palestinian enclave, which was triggered by an Oct. 7 attack by Hamas militants in southern Israel.

Seventeen's album "FML" tops IFPI global chart as K-pop dominates

Seventeen's "FML" was on Tuesday named last year's biggest-selling album globally, with the K-pop band topping the chart run by industry body the IFPI for the first time. Five of the chart's top 10 albums were by South Korean acts, representing the best ever Global Charts performance for K-pop, the IFPI said.

Set designer lodges sexual assault complaint against Gerard Depardieu, lawyer says

A formal complaint of sexual harassment and sexual assault has been lodged against Gerard Depardieu by a crew member of a film they worked on together, the complainant's lawyer said, in the latest in a string of allegations against the French actor. The complaint was filed on Friday, lawyer Carine Durrieu-Diebolt said in an e-mailed statement on Monday.

Kanye West sued by Donna Summer's estate over use of 'I Feel Love'

The estate of disco legend Donna Summer filed a lawsuit in California federal court on Tuesday against Ye, the rap star formerly known as Kanye West, accusing him of incorporating her 1977 hit "I Feel Love" into his new album without permission. The lawsuit said that Ye and singer Ty Dolla $ign used "instantly recognizable" parts of her song in "Good (Don't Die)" for their collaborative album "Vultures 1" after the estate had explicitly rejected their request to sample it.

Palestinian pop singer hopes to compete for Iceland at Eurovision

Palestinian pop singer Bashar Murad hopes to represent Iceland at the Eurovision Song Contest in May, and bring a Palestinian voice to the event, which draws millions of television viewers, he said. Eurovision, which this year takes place on May 7-11 in the Swedish city of Malmo, bills itself as a non-political event and can disqualify those it considers to be in breach of this rule.

(With inputs from agencies.)

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