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Ahead of UK film awards, stars seek end to sexual harassment

LONDON — Almost 200 British female entertainment stars called for an international movement to end sexual misconduct across society in a letter published ahead of Sunday’s British Academy Film Awards. Kate Winslet, Kristin Scott Thomas, Emma Thompson, Naomie Harris, Emma Watson and Gemma Arterton are among those saying that 2018 should be “the year that …

Migos star shines in celebrity game, Watson does double duty

LOS ANGELES — Quavo is known for dropping beats and delivering rhymes as one-third of Atlanta’s hip-hop trio Migos. He can also make buckets on the basketball court. Quavo was named MVP after scoring a game-high 19 points to lead Team Clippers to a 75-66 win over Team Lakers in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game …

Vince Gill defends Grammys on female representation

NEW YORK — Vince Gill defended the Recording Academy over the criticism that female artists were underrepresented at this year’s Grammy Awards. Gill said it is “impossible” to not leave someone off the list in a given year. “I look at it kind of trying to see the whole field, you know. And I think …

Hedley dropped by management, radio, tour opener amid sexual misconduct allegations

TORONTO — Besieged pop-rockers Hedley faced a barrage of more bad news Friday as they were dropped by their management team, abandoned by other musicians opening for them on their cross-Canada tour and had their music blacklisted by the CBC and more than 100 Bell Media radio stations. The whirlwind of developments came a day …

Five things to know about Hedley in the wake of misconduct allegations

TORONTO — The broad backlash against pop-rockers Hedley has been swift and stunning in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations that emerged online. The band has said the claims are unsubstantiated but the group acknowledges that they have “engaged in a lifestyle that incorporated certain rock ‘n’ roll cliches.” Once considered Canadian music darlings, the …

Comelec taps Kathryn Bernardo to push women to run for office

MANILA — Teen actress Kathryn Bernardo has been tapped by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to urge qualified women voters to participate in the May 14 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections. In a 41-second video clip, the 21-year-old movie and television personality encouraged Filipinos to join the forthcoming electoral exercises. “Not only as voters, but …

Amazon: ‘Transparent’ star Jeffrey Tambor out of series

LOS ANGELES — Amazon Studios says “Transparent” star Jeffrey Tambor won’t be on the series when it returns for its fifth season, prompting the Emmy winner to denounce what he called false accusations and the studio’s handling of the matter. The decision, confirmed Thursday by an Amazon spokeswoman, followed the conclusion of an internal investigation …

Booker Prize to mark 50th birthday by naming overall champ

LONDON — Organizers of the Man Booker Prize for fiction are marking the award’s 50th anniversary by choosing an overall champion from past winners. There have been 51 Booker winners since 1969, since the prize has twice ended in a tie. The Golden Man Booker Prize, announced Friday, aims to find out which has best …

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux announce separation

LOS ANGELES — Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux are separating after two and a half years of marriage. The couple said Thursday in a statement to The Associated Press released through a publicist that the decision to split “was mutual and lovingly made at the end of last year.” The couple said they are making …

Amy Schumer ties knot with chef Chris Fischer

Amy Schumer has tied the knot with chef Chris Fischer. People magazine says the two wed in a private ceremony in Malibu, California, on Tuesday. The magazine says Jennifer Aniston, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jennifer Lawrence and Larry David were among the approximately 80 guests. The “Trainwreck” star shared photos of the nuptials Thursday on Instagram, complete …