Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.
Lawyer for Kevin Spacey tells UK court his client denies sex assault charges
A lawyer for Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey said he sternuously denies any criminality as he appeared at a British court on Thursday to face charges of sex offenses. Spacey is accused of five offenses: four counts of sexual assault, and a further charge of causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent. Prosecutors say Spacey forced a man to have oral sex.
Netflix plans ‘Squid Game’ reality show with a big cash prize, no fatal consequences
Netflix Inc’s most-watched series is no longer just a fictitious television show after the streaming service greenlit “its the biggest reality competition ever” called “Squid Game: The Challenge.” Unlike the series where the stakes are life or death, the worst possible fate in this 456 player competition will be leaving without the $4.56 million winnings, which Netflix claims is the largest lump sum prize in reality TV history.
Take a look in the original ‘Top Gun’ house
In Oceanside, California, a tiny pastel blue bungalow is nestled between lofty hotels and apartment blocks. It is the “Top Gun” house. The house was owned by Maverick’s love interest, Charlie, in the 1986 original film. Now restored and moved a block down from its original location, it has been opened to the public.
K-pop pioneers BTS’s time-out leaves fans tearful, investors irate
K-pop pioneers BTS faced tears and sympathy from fans but anger from shareholders in their management company on Wednesday, a day after the band, pleading exhaustion, announced a break from group musical activities to pursue solo projects. Many in South Korea reacted with shock and dismay at Tuesday’s news that, with some of its seven members approaching military service age, also triggered speculation about the future of a band whose upbeat hits and messages of youth empowerment have turned them into global stars. “I could relate to them as they shed tears and honestly told us how they felt,” fan Nini Lee told Reuters from a café in Seoul where she had gathered with other fans. “Their voice gave me huge strength when I had tough times, and I’m no longer afraid of such headwinds …Now I want to give my voice of courage to them.” Kim Young-sun, who runs the cafe, said she felt sorry that she as a fan had only wanted more from BTS at a time when they were struggling, wishing them a well-deserved break to recharge their batteries.
Actor Kevin Spacey ‘strenuously’ denies UK sex charges, lawyer says
Kevin Spacey “strenuously” denies allegations of sex offenses, his lawyer said on Thursday as the Oscar-winning actor made his first appearance at a British court to face charges dating back almost 20 years. Spacey is accused of five offenses in Britain – four counts of sexual assault by touching, and a more serious charge of causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent. Prosecutors say Spacey forced a man to have oral sex.
Cosby accuser seeks damages, his side says ‘game over’ in final arguments
Legal arguments in a civil case against Bill Cosby came to a close on Wednesday with his attorney telling jurors they should not believe his accusationr’s claim that the comedian sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion in 1975. Cosby’s lawyer Jennifer Bonjean said plaintiff Judy Huth “did not tell the truth about a number of important things” in her testimony that Cosby forced her to perform a sex act when she was 16 and he was 37. The actor and comedian deny the allegation.
Korean pop band BTS taking a break to work on solo projects
BTS, the South Korean band that spearheaded a global K-pop craze, is taking a break as a group to work on solo projects, the singers announced on Tuesday. Band member RM, speaking at the annual FESTA dinner that celebrates the group’s founding, said he had been feeling a need to explore his own work without the constant recording and required of BTS.
Beyonce announces new music coming end of July
Music superstar Beyonce revealed the title of what appears to be her first solo album in six years, “Renaissance” , following on the critically-acclaimed “Lemonade”. Taking to social media on Thursday, the chart-topper simply listed the words “act i Renaissance” and July 29 date in her bio. Streaming sites Spotify and Apple also posted artwork for the record.
US rapper Lil Wayne was denied entry into the UK for a festival performance
US rapper Lil Wayne will no longer perform at a British music festival this weekend after he was declined entry into the United Kingdom, organizers have said. The five-time Grammy Award winner, who was relating to one year in jail in 2010 to a gun possession charge, was scheduled to take to the stage at the Strawberries & Creem festival on Saturday.
Rocker Ozzy Osbourne ‘on road to recovery after surgery
British rocker Ozzy Osbourne is “doing well and on the road to recovery” after undergoing surgery earlier this week, his wife said. Sharon Osbourne in a message on Instagram thanked fans for their support, after saying last week that the frontman for the former group Black Sabbath was going to have “a very major operation” on Monday. She did not give details about the surgery.
(With inputs from agencies.)