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Korean Stage Director Lee Yoon-taek Accused of Rape

Korean Stage Director Lee Yoon-taek Accused of Rape

Lee Yoon-taek, artistic director of Yeonheedan, one of South Korea’s top theater groups, has been accused of sexual violence, including rape. The case is the latest scandal as the #MeToo campaign
Norway’s ‘Home Ground’ Bows in Berlinale Series

Norway’s ‘Home Ground’ Bows in Berlinale Series

In town for the Berlin Film Festival, Norwegian prod-co Motlys world premiered their Norwegian soccer drama “Home Ground,” on Tuesday Feb. 20. A day later, Norwegian broadcaster NRK announced they had
Parkland Survivors, Parents of Victims Challenge NRA, D.C. Politicos at CNN Town Hall

Parkland Survivors, Parents of Victims Challenge NRA, D.C. Politicos at CNN Town Hall

One of the highlights of CNN’s Wednesday town hall on guns came when Cameron Kasky, a student survivor of the Florida school shooting, stood several feet away from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and
HBO Renews ‘High Maintenance’ and ‘Crashing’ for Season 3

HBO Renews ‘High Maintenance’ and ‘Crashing’ for Season 3

The laughs will keep on coming at HBO. The cabler has renewed two of its half-hour comedies, “High Maintenance” and “Crashing,” for third seasons. “High Maintenance,” which is created by Katja
Kiersey Clemons to Star in Jonás Cuarón’s ‘Zorro’ Movie

Kiersey Clemons to Star in Jonás Cuarón’s ‘Zorro’ Movie

“The Flash’s” Kiersey Clemons will star in Jonás Cuarón’s “Zorro” film “Z” opposite Gael Garcia Bernal. The film will be written and directed by Cuarón and financed by Lantica Media. Set in the near
TV News Roundup: ‘Scandal’ Books Michael O’Neill in Recurring Guest Role

TV News Roundup: ‘Scandal’ Books Michael O’Neill in Recurring Guest Role

In today’s roundup, ABC casts Michael O’Neill in a recurring guest star role in the final season of “Scandal” and released a promo trailer for the finale of “The Bachelor Winter Games.” CASTING
Kid Rock, Vector Management’s Ken Levitan Sign Country Group Sweet Tea Trio

Kid Rock, Vector Management’s Ken Levitan Sign Country Group Sweet Tea Trio

Kid Rock and Vector Management founder Ken Levitan have signed country newcomers Sweet Tea Trio via a joint venture. Levitan and Robert Ritchie (Rock) will manage the group, comprised of singers
Film News Roundup: Kristen Bell to Narrate ‘Pandas’ Documentary for Imax

Film News Roundup: Kristen Bell to Narrate ‘Pandas’ Documentary for Imax

In today’s film news roundup, Kristen Bell will narrate “Pandas,” David Rubin joins Global Road, and two documentaries are set for release. DOCUMENTARY RELEASE Imax Corp. and Warner Bros. Pictures
Weinstein Co. Sued by Lindt Chocolatier Over Canceled Golden Globes Party

Weinstein Co. Sued by Lindt Chocolatier Over Canceled Golden Globes Party

A manufacturer of chocolate truffles sued the Weinstein Co. on Wednesday, alleging it has not been reimbursed for its sponsorship of the company’s canceled Golden Globes party. Lindt & Sprungli is
Lupita Nyong’o to Star in Trevor Noah Biopic ‘Born a Crime’

Lupita Nyong’o to Star in Trevor Noah Biopic ‘Born a Crime’

Lupita Nyong’o will star in the Trevor Noah biopic “Born a Crime,” portraying the mother of the host of “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah.” The movie is an adaptation of Noah’s bestselling
Father John Misty, Reggae Night on Tap for KCRW’s Summer Concert Slate

Father John Misty, Reggae Night on Tap for KCRW’s Summer Concert Slate

Santa Monica-based public radio station KCRW has announced the 20th summer of the World Festival concert series at the Hollywood Bowl. Among the headliners are Flying Lotus and Little Dragon (June
Damon Wayans Jr. Lands Lead Role in CBS Comedy Pilot From Austen Earl, Tim McAuliffe

Damon Wayans Jr. Lands Lead Role in CBS Comedy Pilot From Austen Earl, Tim McAuliffe

Damon Wayans Jr. will play the lead role in the CBS comedy pilot that hails from Austen Earl and Tim McAuliffe, Variety has confirmed. The untitled multi-camera series centers on a 30-something
‘Superstore’ Renewed for Season 4 at NBC

‘Superstore’ Renewed for Season 4 at NBC

NBC has renewed “Superstore” for a fourth season, the network announced Wednesday. The early renewal comes as the show is in the midst of its third season. The fourth season will consist of 22
Off Broadway Review: ‘Kings’ With Aya Cash, Gillian Jacobs

Off Broadway Review: ‘Kings’ With Aya Cash, Gillian Jacobs

Representative Sydney Millsap is the kind of politician we all want to be, if we absolutely must be politicians. A Gold Star widow with the high ethical standards of an old school Texas Democrat like
SXSW 2018 Highlights: Visit the ‘Westworld’ Theme Park, ‘Shameless’ Bar

SXSW 2018 Highlights: Visit the ‘Westworld’ Theme Park, ‘Shameless’ Bar

This year’s South by Southwest (SXSW®) conference and festival will feature screenings, panels, happy hours, a special pop-up theme park and more. The event runs from March 9 to 18 in Austin, Texas.
Behind the Scene: How Pasek and Paul’s ‘Greatest Showman’ Anthem ‘This Is Me’ Became a Smash Hit

Behind the Scene: How Pasek and Paul’s ‘Greatest Showman’ Anthem ‘This Is Me’ Became a Smash Hit

It’s been a good year for Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the songwriting and composing duo better known as Pasek and Paul. After landing an Academy Award for their song, “City of Dreams” from “La La
Pandora Shares Surge as Fourth-Quarter Subscription Revenue Climbs 63%

Pandora Shares Surge as Fourth-Quarter Subscription Revenue Climbs 63%

Pandora reported mixed financial results for the fourth quarter of 2017, but its shares jumped more than 9 percent after it reported a substantial growth in subscription revenue. The company reported
‘Claws’ Star Niecy Nash Lists Northridge Starter House (EXCLUSIVE)

‘Claws’ Star Niecy Nash Lists Northridge Starter House (EXCLUSIVE)

Emmy nominated actress and Emmy winning reality TV host Niecy Nash has her unassuming Spanish-style starter house in an unpretentious neighborhood of the San Fernando Valley’s largely uncelebrified
Will ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Be the Film That Dethrones ‘Black Panther’?

Will ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Be the Film That Dethrones ‘Black Panther’?

What movie can dislodge Disney-Marvel’s blockbuster “Black Panther” from the top spot at the box office? It’s looking like another Disney movie, time-travel fantasy “A Wrinkle in Time,” is the logical
Berlin Film Review: ‘Unsane’

Berlin Film Review: ‘Unsane’

With the word “gaslighting” getting thrown around a lot in our current age of fake-news awareness, to the point where some use it simply as a heated synonym for “lying,” along comes “Unsane” to remind