Entertainment news roundup: Kevin Spacey wins civil sex abuse lawsuit brought by actor Rapp; Taylor Swift reveals late-night thoughts on pop album ‘Midnights’ and more

Below is a summary of the latest entertainment news.

Kevin Spacey wins civil sex abuse lawsuit brought by actor Rapp

Kevin Spacey on Thursday thwarted a sexual abuse trial against him after a jury in a civil trial in Manhattan found his accuser failed to prove his allegations that the Oscar-winner made an unwanted sexual advance to him when he was 14. The verdict followed three weeks of trial in Manhattan federal court and came about two hours after the jury began deliberating.

Motorsport Pitt updates team principals as F1 film picks up speed

Formula 1 executives and team principals were briefed by Brad Pitt at the US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas on Friday as plans for a film based on the sport gained momentum. Apple TV announced in June that its studio arm had acquired the rights to a feature film that will be directed by Joseph Kosinski, the director of Top Gun: Maverick.

India’s leading multiplex chains are banking on the festive season to bring spirit back

A string of flop Bollywood films have hit India’s top cinemas hard, leaving the industry betting heavily on the ongoing festival quarter to revive its fortunes and good content for the lackluster second quarter performance, saying they are banking on the third quarter to get them back on the growth path.

Netflix opens “immersive” store for fans of popular shows

Streaming giant Netflix has opened a store in Los Angeles that it hopes will combine retail therapy with an “immersive” experience for fans of its popular shows Stranger Things, Bridgerton and Squid Game. Open through early January, the store will offer shoppers a chance to snap photos alongside the iconic animatronic laser-eyed Young-hee doll from “Squid Game” and Queen Charlotte’s throne from historical drama “Bridgerton.”

Taylor Swift reveals late-night thoughts on pop album ‘Midnights’

Taylor Swift returned to pop on Friday with the debut of her 10th studio album, a record called “Midnights” inspired by her late-night thoughts, and she also released a video of her “nightmare scenarios” in the horror film genre. The 32-year-old singer-songwriter described the 13-track Midnights as “a collage of intensity, highs and lows and highs and lows.”

Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson are honored as MusiCares Person of the Year

Motown icons Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson are being honored by the music industry in Los Angeles as the 2023 MusiCares People of the Year ahead of the annual Grammy Awards, the organization announced Thursday. MusiCares, which is dedicated to supporting the music community, said the music world will celebrate the legacy of both songwriters during their 32nd annual benefit gala.

Judi Dench says Netflix’s The Crown uses ‘raw sensationalism’

British actress Judi Dench has urged Netflix to add a disclaimer to royal drama The Crown, joining a chorus of voices criticizing the series’ fictional storylines. In a letter to The Times on Thursday, the 87-year veteran said as the award-winning show neared the present day, “the more freely it seems willing to blur the lines between historical accuracy and gross sensationalism.”

Jennifer Coolidge wants to show fans another realm in Season 2 of The White Lotus

Jennifer Coolidge returns to The White Lotus to play Tanya McQuoid for Season 2 of the HBO Max series, created by Mike White, and she’s ready for fans to see a new side of her character. “I really enjoyed that because the entire length of ‘The White Lotus’ 1 was a woman stricken with grief and there are bright rays of light because she met this amazing woman, Belinda, and Tanya felt like she was really saved someone,” Coolidge told Reuters at a red carpet event in Los Angeles. “Season 2 was fun to be in another realm, the grief is over.”

Filming of “Rust” will not return to New Mexico after filming is complete

When the western film Rust resumes filming, it won’t take place in New Mexico, the state where actor Alec Baldwin fatally shot the film’s cinematographer Halyna Hutchins in 2021, an attorney for the production company said Thursday. The announcement follows a civil settlement between Baldwin, the Rust producers and the von Hutchins family on October 5, stating that filming will resume in January with the same cast and director. Matthew Hutchins, Halyna’s husband, will serve as executive producer.

Rapper Cardi B wins California lawsuit over explicit album cover art

A California federal jury on Friday dismissed claims that musician Cardi B misappropriated the picture of a man on the cover of her debut 2016 mixtape album. The cover of “Gangsta Bitch Music, Vol. 1” did not violate plaintiff Kevin Michael Brophy’s rights of publicity or privacy by showing an altered photo of another man with Brophy’s unique back tattoo performing oral sex on the popular rapper, the Santa found Ana jury after a four-day process and an afternoon of deliberations.

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