Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs. Cannes jury head Inarritu hails cinema experience in Netflix age
Cannes jury president Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu lauded the "communal experience" of watching movies in cinemas as the French film festival, locked in a row with streaming services such as Netflix, got under way on Tuesday. The Mexican maker of "Birdman" heads up a panel that includes U.S. actress Elle Fanning and "The Favourite" director Yorgos Lanthimos, and will pick the winner of the top Palme D'Or prize on May 25. Tearful Felicity Huffman admits role in U.S. college admissions scandal
Actress Felicity Huffman tearfully pleaded guilty on Monday to paying to rig a college entrance exam for her daughter, part of a wide-ranging scandal in which wealthy parents used fraud to secure their children spots at prominent U.S. universities. The onetime star of the television series "Desperate Housewives" pleaded guilty in federal court in Boston to a conspiracy charge related to her payment of $15,000 to have someone secretly correct her daughter's answers on the SAT exam. Madonna, on Eurovision, says she won't bow 'to suit someone's political agenda'
Pop superstar Madonna on Tuesday explained her decision to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel this week, saying that she will always speak up to defend human rights and hopes to see "a new path toward peace." Madonna will make a guest appearance on Saturday during the Eurovision finals in Tel Aviv. The venue has prompted calls for a boycott by pro-Palestinian activists who want companies, performers and governments to disengage from Israel. Doris Day, Hollywood star of the 1950s and '60s, dead at 97
Actress Doris Day, who became one of the greatest box-office attractions of her time as the cheery, freckle-faced personification of wholesomeness, died on Monday at the age of 97, her foundation said on Monday. Day, who co-starred with 1950s and '60s superstars such as Rock Hudson and Cary Grant, died at her Carmel, California home after a bout with pneumonia, the Doris Day Animal Foundation said on its website. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg gets 'best fight' MTV Movie award nod
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg scored nominations on Tuesday for the 2019 MTV Movie and TV awards, where she will compete for top honors with blockbuster offerings "Game of Thrones" and "Avengers: Endgame." The diminutive liberal justice, 86, got four nods at the youth-oriented awards show, including "best fight" and "best real-life hero" courtesy of the 2018 documentary "RBG" that chronicled her legal legacy and rise to become an unexpected pop culture icon, especially among women. Stan Lee's ex-manager charged with elder abuse against comic book co-creator
The former manager of Stan Lee has been charged with elder abuse against the late comic book legend, a Los Angeles court official said on Monday. Keya Morgan was charged on Friday with five counts of elder abuse, including false imprisonment, fraud and forgery stemming from an incident last summer when Lee was 95 years old, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Superior Court public information office told Los Angeles City News Service. 'Star Wars' movie in 2022 will come from 'Game of Thrones' creators
After the Skywalker saga concludes in December, Walt Disney Co's next venture into the "Star Wars" galaxy will come from the creators of HBO's global hit "Game of Thrones," the company's chief executive said on Tuesday. Disney announced last week that it had scheduled "Star Wars" movies for December 2022, 2024 and 2026 but did not reveal any other details. Those will be the first "Star Wars" films after "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" in December 2019. U.S. actor Tim Conway of 'The Carol Burnett Show' dies at age 85
Emmy-winning actor Tim Conway, who brought an endearing, free-wheeling goofiness to skits on "The Carol Burnett Show" that cracked up his cast mates as well as the audience, died on Tuesday at the age of 85, his publicist said. Publicist Howard Bragman said Conway died in the Los Angeles area on Tuesday morning. Prior to his death, he had suffered complications from normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH) and had no signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s, Bragman said. 60 years on, 'Catch-22' lands on TV in new age of absurdity
Joseph Heller's 1961 novel "Catch-22" was set in World War Two, but the makers of the first television adaptation believe its satirical take on the insanity of war is just as relevant in today's age of anxiety. With characters like profiteering Milo Minderbender, mediocre commander Major Major and parade loving Lieutenant Scheisskopf, "Catch-22" portrays a U.S. bomber squadron whose superiors are not just incompetent, but deaf to reason. Tilda Swinton, Selena Gomez swap zombies for Cannes red carpet
Pop royalty mingled with screen stars at Cannes on Tuesday, with the eclectic cast of zombie movie "The Dead Don't Die" leading the glamor on the red carpet as the film festival got underway on the French Riviera. British actress Tilda Swinton, in a sparkling silver gown, singer Selena Gomez and actors Bill Murray and Adam Driver made their grand entrance to the first screening and opening gala alongside the film's director Jim Jarmusch.
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