'Sesame Street' creators sue backer of raunchy puppet film

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The creators of “Sesame Street” have filed a lawsuit against the distributor of an upcoming raunchy Hollywood film “The Happytime Murders” to halt an advertising tagline that it claims falsely associates itself with the children’s television show. An early trailer release for the film shows Muppet-like characters engaged in sex, coarse language, drugs and violence. Sesame Workshop alleges in the lawsuit, filed on Thursday in New York state court, that STX Productions has created confusion among the public into believing the film is connected to the…

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Actor Morgan Freeman apologizes after accusations

(Reuters) – Actor Morgan Freeman said on Friday any suggestion he assaulted women or created an unsafe workplace is false and apologized to anyone he may have upset after media reported that women have accused him of inappropriate behavior or harassment. FILE PHOTO: Actor Morgan Freeman takes part in the opening ceremonies of the Invictus Games in Orlando Florida, U.S., May 8, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File PhotoThe accusations against the Oscar-winning actor are the latest in a torrent against male actors, filmmakers and agents that have roiled Hollywood since October 2017,…

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Dior brings equestrian glamor to the catwalk at French chateau

CHANTILLY, France (Reuters) – Christian Dior turned the runway into a Mexican-inspired rodeo on Friday at France’s sumptuous Chantilly chateau, unveiling its latest mid-season “cruise” collection alongside a horse-riding spectacular. Under driving rain, riders decked in full white skirts put on a galloping display in the grounds of the chateau just north of Paris, famed for its equestrian traditions, from horse breeding to races. Models in full, embroidered riding skirts with sturdy leather belts later took to the runway around the ring, while some wore equestrian-style jackets, leather corsets and…

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It's 'Love, Actually' as bachelor Hugh Grant marries at 57

(Reuters) – Hugh Grant, best known for playing bumbling Britons in romantic comedies like “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” has married for the first time, British media reported on Friday. FILE PHOTO – Hugh Grant and Anna Eberstein arrive for the British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA) at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Britain, February 18, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKayGrant, 57, who has played a string of commitment-phobic characters, married Swedish television producer Anna Eberstein, 39, at a low-key civil ceremony in London’s Chelsea district, photos of the…

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'We got you': Weinstein accusers relieved, elated at rape charges

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Women in Hollywood expressed relief, hope and vindication on Friday as movie producer Harvey Weinstein was charged with rape after decades of alleged sexual misconduct. FILE PHOTO: Actor Rose McGowan addresses the audience during the opening session of the three-day Women’s Convention at Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., October 27, 2017. REUTERS/Rebecca CookWeinstein was met by dozens of photographers and camera crews as he walked into a New York City police station to be charged with two counts of rape and one count of a…

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Film mogul Weinstein appears handcuffed in court to face rape charges

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein appeared in handcuffs in a New York court on Friday to face charges of rape and other sex crimes against two of the scores of women who have accused him of misconduct, ending his reign as a Hollywood kingpin. Weinstein, the 66-year-old co-founder of the Miramax film studio and the Weinstein Co, intends to plead not guilty to the charges, his attorney, Benjamin Brafman, told reporters outside the Manhattan courthouse. Prosecutors charged him with two counts of rape and one count of…

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Kenyan filmmakers rise up against 'archaic' 1960s restrictions

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenyan filmmakers have urged authorities to revamp a 1960s law that threatens them with jail if they do not pay for a license and imposes other restrictions they say are stifling their resurgent industry. FILE PHOTO: Red Carpet Arrivals – Cannes, France, May 9, 2018. Actors Sheila Munyiva and Samantha Mugatsia and director Wanuri Kahiu of “Rafiki” arrive. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier/File PhotoDirectors and producers poured onto social media this week to protest after the regulator printed adverts in newspapers reminding them of the terms of the legislation, which…

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Movie mogul Weinstein handcuffed in court to face sex crime charges

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Film mogul Harvey Weinstein appeared in handcuffs in a New York court on Friday to face charges of rape and other sex crimes against two of the scores of women who have accused him of misconduct, ending his reign as a Hollywood kingpin. Weinstein, the 66-year-old co-founder of the Miramax film studio and the Weinstein Co, intends to plead not guilty to the two counts of rape and one count of a criminal sexual act, his attorney, Benjamin Brafman, told reporters outside the Manhattan courthouse. Prosecutors…

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Movie producer Weinstein appears in court to answer rape, sex abuse charges

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Film producer Harvey Weinstein surrendered to New York City police on Friday on charges of rape and sex abuse and was taken to court in handcuffs, months after he was toppled from Hollywood’s highest ranks by scores of women accusing him of misconduct. More than 70 women have accused the co-founder of the Miramax film studio and the Weinstein Co of sexual misconduct, including rape, with some allegations dating back decades. He has denied having nonconsensual sex with anyone, and his lawyer Benjamin Brafman said he…

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Pacific Ocean features in new royal Markle's Coat of Arms

LONDON (Reuters) – A Coat of Arms has been created for U.S. actress Meghan Markle, who married Britain’s Prince Harry in a lavish ceremony watched by millions last weekend, featuring California’s state flower and a blue background to represent the Pacific Ocean. Britain’s Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex’s, new coat of arms can be seen in this undated handout illustration issued by Kensington Palace in London, Britain, May 25, 2018. Kensington Palace/Handout via REUTERS Meghan, who is now officially the Duchess of Sussex, joined Britain’s royal family when she wed…

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