Kevin Spacey And His Production Companies to Pay Studio Behind “House of Cards” More Than $30 Million

MRC, the studio behind “House of Cards,” had to fire Spacey, halt production of the show’s sixth season, rewrite it to remove Spacey’s central character, and shorten it from 13 to eight episodes to meet deadlines, resulting in tens of millions in losses, the document said.

Kevin Spacey and his production companies must pay the studio behind “House of Cards” more than $30 million because of losses brought on by his firing for sexual misconduct, according to an arbitration decision made final Monday.

A document filed in Los Angeles Superior Court requesting a judge’s approval of the ruling says that the arbitrators found that Spacey violated his contract’s demands for professional behavior by “engaging certain conduct in connection with several crew members in each of the five seasons that he starred in and executive produced House of Cards.”

The ruling came after a legal fight of more than three years and an eight-day evidentiary hearing that was kept secret from the public, along with the rest of the dispute.

The 62-year-old Oscar winner’s career came to an abrupt halt late in 2017 as the #MeToo movement gained momentum.

Independent investigations found widespread sexual harassment of those who worked under him.

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Police Link Car to a Second Shooting Before Ambush on Rapper Young Dolph

Police in Tennessee have tied a car used in the killing of rapper Young Dolph to a shooting that left a woman dead and wounded another person days before the ambush on the hip-hop artist, authorities said Monday.

Two men exited a white Mercedes-Benz and fired shots into a Memphis bakery where Young Dolph was buying cookies Wednesday and killed him, Memphis police said. Police have released photos taken from surveillance video that captured the shooting.

Capt. Jack Howell of the Covington Police Department told The Associated Press the Mercedes followed another vehicle out of a nighttime high school football game. At an intersection, two people got out of the Mercedes and fired about 40 rounds from high-powered rifles into the other car, Howell said.

Two women were shot. One woman died of her wounds, and the other woman remains hospitalized, Howell said. Covington police are working with Memphis authorities and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on the search for the suspects, who are believed to be from the Memphis area, Howell said.

Evidence found in the Mercedes when it was located in a Memphis neighborhood Saturday tied the car to both shootings, Howell said. “The car connected with our shooting is also connected with the shooting in Memphis regarding the rapper,” Howell said.

Fans of the cookie shop where the rapper was killed, which also sells its products in grocery stores and caters events, say it is an important part of the community.

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Rihanna is a vision in striking orange dress during swearing-in of first President of Barbados after island ended four centuries of British rule

The country of Barbados ushered in a new era by removing the Queen as head of state after 55 years and becoming the world’s new republic. As a result, the Caribbean island swore in its first president, Dame Sandra Mason, during a ceremony in the capital city of Bridgetown, which just happens to be the hometown of its resident superstar, Rihanna. In fact, the pop star-turned-billionaire entrepreneur was among the many dignitaries, including the Prince of Wales, on hand to attend Tuesday’s ceremony.

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SOURCE: Daily Mail

Dave Chapelle’s High School Says It Will Still Rename Its Theater After Him Despite Controversy

Dave Chappelle released a new Netflix comedy special late on Thursday. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

Duke Ellington School of the Arts will rename one of the institution’s theaters after Dave Chappelle no matter the outcome of a fundraising contest the comic suggested after his recent visit to the school apparently went off the rails. Continue reading “Dave Chapelle’s High School Says It Will Still Rename Its Theater After Him Despite Controversy”

Chicago Police Officer Testifies Homosexual “Empire” Actor Jussie Smollett Told Him His Attackers Were White After Actor’s Lawyers Claimed Nigerian Brothers Targeted Him Because They ‘Hate the Person He Is’

Actor Jussie Smollett, center, arrives Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse for day two of his trial in Chicago. He was flanked by his mother Janet, left, and sister Jurnee, right, along with other members of their family

Jussie Smollett hired two Nigerian brothers to stage a hoax attack on him because he was angry that producers of Empire, the show he was on, did not take seriously enough a threatening letter he’d been sent days earlier, his trial has heard. Continue reading “Chicago Police Officer Testifies Homosexual “Empire” Actor Jussie Smollett Told Him His Attackers Were White After Actor’s Lawyers Claimed Nigerian Brothers Targeted Him Because They ‘Hate the Person He Is’”

The “woke” Los Angeles Times go inside the new crop of ‘raunchy as hell’ Christmas movies shaking up TV

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As the holidays rev into high gear, families everywhere will gather to wrap presents, trim trees, sip eggnog and bathe in the glow of the gift that never stops giving — the made-for-cable Christmas movie.

The annual downpour of peppermint-scented tales starring photogenic low- to mid-level celebrities has become a holiday-themed flood, boosting one of TV’s most reliable — and profitable — cottage industries. At least 145 new films are debuting this year on Lifetime, Hallmark, BET+ and numerous other networks.

Most of these titles — “Dancing Through the Snow,” “Gingerbread Miracle” and “Nantucket Noel,” to name just three — position the enchantment of Christmas as the cure for all ills: grief, depression, financial woes, loneliness and family estrangement. In these alternate realities, romances are chaste, political and racial conflicts are nonexistent, small-town values are sacred and there’s no such thing as a pandemic.

But this season, one network is giving the proverbial snow globe a vigorous shake.

Viewers switching the dial might come across a tight group of girlfriends debating the dynamics of “tossing the salad” and the more delicate “eating candy” on their way to a Santa-themed amusement park, where they take Ecstasy and other substances. Or a group of drag queens and proclaimed “sluts” dressed as dominatrixes competing in a Christmas carol competition, singing an X-rated version of “The 12 Days of Christmas.” Or a famous survivalist bragging during a talk show about eating “bull testicles” to increase his sexual appetite. Or a young girl spying on a department store Santa having sex with one of his “elves.” (After their tryst, “Santa” plugs his sideline job dancing in “The Stocking Stuffers — A Triple XXXmas Spectacular.”)

These scenarios and others appear in projects developed by Eva Longoria, Jamie Foxx, Nick Cannon and Kim Fields as they join forces with VH1 for its new “Naughty or Nice” holiday film slate. Spiced with raunchy dialogue, rowdy characters and outrageous shenanigans, the projects bring a sharper edge to the tried-and-true blandness of the Christmas movie genre.

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SOURCE: Los Angeles Times – Greg Braxton

R&B Singer Ari Lennox Arrested at Amsterdam Airport for Disturbing Public Order After Accusing Staff of Racial Profiling

Ari Lennox poses on the red carpet as she arrives for the BET Awards at Microsoft theatre in Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 27, 2021. REUTERS/Ringo Chiu

American R&B singer Ari Lennox was arrested at Amsterdam Schiphol airport on Monday for disturbing public order, Dutch military police said, after she had accused airline staff of racial discrimination. Continue reading “R&B Singer Ari Lennox Arrested at Amsterdam Airport for Disturbing Public Order After Accusing Staff of Racial Profiling”

‘The world has lost a fashion superstar’: Louis Vuitton’s visionary artistic director Virgil Abloh dies at 41 after secret two-year battle against rare cancer, leaving behind his wife Shannon and two children


Virgil Abloh, who made history as Louis Vuitton’s first black artistic director, is dead at age 41 following a years-long secret battle with cancer. ‘We are devastated to announce the passing of our beloved Virgil Abloh, a fiercely devoted father, husband, son, brother, and friend,’ a message posted on the designer’s Instagram account stated. ‘He is survived by his loving wife Shannon Abloh, his children Lowe Abloh and Grey Abloh, his sister Edwina Abloh, his parents Nee and Eunice Abloh, and numerous dear friends and colleagues.’ According to the statement, Virgil ‘chose to endure his battle privately since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing numerous challenging treatments, all while helming several significant institutions that span fashion, art, and culture.’

Pictured: Virgil Abloh with his wife and children
Pictured: Virgil Abloh and wife Shannon Sundberg
Pictured: (L to R) Nee and Eunice Abloh, Virgil Abloh, Shannon Abloh, Edwina Abloh

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SOURCE: Daily Mail