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Tory Lanez accused of ‘exploiting’ Megan Thee Stallion shooting to promote new album Daystar

On Thursday (24 September), Tory broke his social media silence for the first time since his arrest to tease the release of his new album Daystar.

“I’m sorry for my silence…. but respectfully.. I got time today,” he tweeted, telling his fans to tune in at 9pm.

However, rather than acknowledging the event, 9pm marked the release of his album, writing on social media: “There is a time to stay silent. And a time to speak ….. I said all I could say on this … ALL PLATFORMS … in 5 MINUTES.”

The rapper faced backlash online from critics who argued that Tory was taking advantage of the incident to promote his own music.

“It don’t sit right with me how tory lanez is using what happened to Megan to promote himself and his music…he’s a different type of low,” one critic tweete...

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Did Downton Abbey lead to Brexit? How ITV’s flagship drama put the upper classes on a pedestal

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an it really be 10 years since Downton Abbey swept onto our screens in a flurry of fascinators, evening gowns and forelock-tugging footmen? At this point, it’s customary to observe how it only seems like yesterday that Lady Sybil was giving the chauffeur the glad eye. But right now, the early days of Downton seem about as far away as the Mesolithic period. This was 2010, a time before Brexit and Covid-19. We had yet to fully understand how the world was being choked by plastic, how social media posed a threat to democracy and that politics was about to be hijacked by a parade of rich clowns. What sweet, innocent fools we were.

When it first aired on 26 September 2010, Downton’s impact was huge and instant...

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Evel Knievel estate sues Disney and Pixar over Toy Story 4 character Duke Caboom

Disney is being sued by Evel Knievel’s estate over claims that it used the stunt performer’s likeness in Toy Story 4.

Released in 2019, the fourth instalment in the Disney/Pixar franchise featured a toy called Duke Caboom (voiced by Keanu Reeves), who wore a white jumpsuit with red accents while performing tricks on a motorbike.

In legal documents seen by TMZ, K&K Promotions have filed a lawsuit against Disney and Pixar claiming that the character is a clear copy of Knievel.

They allege that Disney did not seek permission to use his likeness, which they own, and that the character is a near replica of the original Evil Knievel toy from the 1970s, in which the stuntman is sat on a wind-up motorcycle.

Knievel’s son, Kelly, said of the lawsuit: “Evel Knievel did not thrill millions a...

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Virus disrupting Rio’s Carnival for first time in a century

A cloud of uncertainty that has hung over Rio de Janeiro throughout the coronavirus pandemic has been lifted, but gloom remains — the annual Carnival parade of flamboyant samba schools won’t be held in February.

And while the decision is being characterized as a postponement of the event, no new date has been set.

Rio’s League of Samba Schools, LIESA, announced Thursday night that the spread of the coronavirus has made it impossible to safely hold the traditional parades that are a cultural mainstay and, for many, a source of livelihood.

“Carnival is a party upon which many humble workers depend...

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Reporter arrested after deputies’ shooting won’t be charged

A radio reporter taken into custody while covering a demonstration the night two Los Angeles County sheriff s deputies were shot will not be criminally charged, the county’s district attorney’s office said Thursday.

Josie Huang, a journalist for NPR affiliate KPCC, was slammed to the ground by deputies and accused of interfering with the arrest of a protester outside a hospital Sept. 12.

After she was released from jail, Huang tweeted she was “filming an arrest when suddenly deputies shout ‘back up.’ Within seconds, I was getting shoved around. There was nowhere to back up.”

In cellphone video of the incident, Huang can be heard shouting, “I’m a reporter. … I’m with KPCC” as she tumbles to the pavement. She said she was wearing a press pass.

Sheriff Alex Vill...

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Chris Rock will host Saturday Night Live’s season premiere next week

SNL’s official twitter account announced the news on Thursday evening (24 September). The post also revealed that rapper Megan Thee Stallion will feature as a musical guest on the first episode.

This will be Rock’s third appearance as an SNL host, having previously emceed the show in 1996 and 2014.

The comedian was also a cast member for three years between 1990 and 1993, and has since made various cameo appearances over the years.

After halting production in March due to pandemic-related filming restrictions, SNL concluded its previous season by airing three remotely-produced episodes.

The popular show will return to live broadcasts on 3 October for its 46th series.

Earlier this week, Bridesmaids star Maya Rudolph won an Emmy for her performance as Biden’s running mate Ka...

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Tom Hanks reveals he helped pay for iconic ‘Forrest Gump’ scene

Twenty-six years after Forrest Gump stole movie lovers’ hearts with its titular character’s earnest charm, Tom Hanks has revealed which iconic scene almost never got made.

In a new interview on In Depth with Graham Bensinger, Hanks explained that Paramount initially refused to fund the sequence in which Gump becomes a national legend by humbly running across the US. The studio claimed it was too expensive, so director Robert Zemeckis hatched a clever plan with Hanks to fund it themselves in return for more of the movie’s profits.

“The studio said, ‘We can’t afford it, you’re not going to do it,'” Hanks, 64, recalled. “And Bob said, ‘It’s too important a part of the movie just to cut, we can make this work.’ And they said, ‘No you can’t.’

“‘He said, ‘Well, this run is going to cost...

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UK government warned about contaminated blood risk for haemophiliacs, new documentary reveals

A new documentary is set to detail how the UK was warned about risks of a haemophilia treatment that led to thousands of patients being infected with HIV and Hepatitis C.

Letters were sent to the UK officials warning of potential dangers of using blood imported from the US, the upcoming ITV film claims. 

Thousands of patients were infected with HIV and Hepatitis C through contaminated blood products in the 1970s and 1980s.

Many of those affected by the scandal were receiving treatment for haemophilia.

The UK was struggling to get enough Factor VIII – a clotting agent made from pooled human blood plasma used as treatment – and imported supplies from the US, who would pay people to give blood. 

A new inquiry into the scandal has been launched, after campaigners claimed previous ...

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Ellen DeGeneres selling off $10 million art collection in wake of turbulent summer

After a turbulent summer fielding allegations of a “toxic work environment,” Ellen DeGeneres has turned to a different matter: a multimillion-dollar liquidation of part of her art collection.

The talk show host is “quietly” selling $10 million worth of art from her extensive collection, according to Bloomberg. The works up for sale include a painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat, a sculpture by Alexander Calder, and a flock of sheep sculptures by French designer Francois-Xavier Lalanne. Some of the sheep have reportedly already found new homes and were priced up to $1 million each.

The works are reportedly being sold through Sotheby’s private sales gallery in East Hampton, New York. DeGeneres is also selling an additional Basquiat through Van de Weghe Fine Art in New York.

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Paloma Faith announces she is pregnant after six rounds of IVF: ‘It was a struggle to get here’

Paloma Faith has announced she is expecting her second child, following six rounds of IVF.

The singer shared the news with fans on Thursday evening (24 September) in an emotional Instagram post.

In the post’s caption, Faith opened up about her struggle to conceive and detailed her IVF experience.

The 39-year-old revealed the news, stating: “It is with extreme pleasure I announce I am pregnant. I am going to be releasing new music at this time and wanted to feel free in my body as it changes before all our eyes!

“I love my job and can’t wait for you all to hear my 5th album and I will be out and about playing as much as this crazy time will allow (also a tour next year).”

The “Can’t Rely On You” singer added: “I am not a skinny pregnant person and I am also high risk in pr...

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