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Katy Perry appeals plagiarism ruling in Christian rap song case

Katy Perry is appealing against a recent ruling that her hit song "Dark Horse" plagiarised a Christian rap single released in 2009. Variety reports that the appeal, which also cites Lukasz "Dr Luke" Gottwald, Capitol Records and others, asks the court to overturn the ruling or grant a new trial. → Read More

Lady and the Tramp: Trailer for live-action Disney+ film shows iconic spaghetti and meatballs scene

The new trailer for Disney+'s Lady and the Tramp shows the iconic scene where the dogs share a plate of spaghetti and meatballs. → Read More

The Batman: Zoe Kravitz to star as Catwoman opposite Robert Pattinson’s Bruce Wayne

Zoe Kravitz has been cast as Catwoman opposite Robert Pattinson‘s Bruce Wayne in The Batman. → Read More

Harry Styles ‘locked himself in his bedroom at night’ after being stalked by homeless man

A homeless man who camped outside the home of pop star Harry Styles for several months has been found guilty of stalking him. Styles, 25, said he offered to buy 26-year-old Pablo Tarzaga-Orero food after he saw him sleeping rough outside his home in north-west London in March. Speaking at Hendon Magistrates’ Court, Styles said Tarazaga-Orero’s behaviour became “erratic and → Read More

Booker Prize 2019: Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo win joint award in historic judgement

Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo have been announced as the joint winners of the 2019 Booker Prize in a historic, rule-defying judgement. The announcement was made at a ceremony at London’s Guildhall, broadcast live on the BBC. Atwood won for The Testaments, her sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, while Evaristo won for her novel Girl, Woman, Other. → Read More

Pharrell says backlash to Blurred Lines made him realise ‘we live in a chauvinist culture’

Pharrell Williams has said that the backlash he faced over his Robin Thicke and T.I. collaboration “Blurred Lines“ opened him up to a different view of women. The Grammy Award-winning artist and producer was featured in a rare interview with GQ magazine, where he discussed issues including the #MeToo movement, climate change, and his career. → Read More

Game of Thrones director admits final season was ‘really rushed’

Game of Thrones director Neil Marshall has revealed that he agrees with fans who felt the series finale was “really rushed”. The director, who worked on key episodes including “Blackwater” and “The Watchers on the Wall” in the final season of the hit fantasy drama, said he would have taken a “different approach” to the series. → Read More

Martin Scorsese doubles down on Marvel critique and says cinema is being ‘invaded by theme park’ films

Martin Scorsese has doubled down on his comments regarding Marvel, after causing a stir when he claimed the Avengers films were “not cinema” and comparing them to a “theme park”. → Read More

Elton John review, ‘Me’: ‘Rocket Man’ star’s autobiography is full of warmth and candour

Elton John is not an artist known for being shy about his personal life. Even so, the candour with which he speaks in his first – and apparently only – autobiography, Me, is astounding. → Read More

Paul Rudd recalls embarrassing Jennifer Aniston moment during final episode of Friends

Paul Rudd has revealed an embarrassing moment he experienced while filming the final-ever episode of Friends. Rudd, who starred as Phoebe Buffay’s (Lisa Kudrow) boyfriend and eventual husband Mike Hannigan on the hit sitcom, appeared on the Graham Norton Show to promote his new Netflix show Living With Yourself. → Read More

Rose McGowan attacks Hillary Clinton over ties to ‘monster’ Harvey Weinstein

Rose McGowan has lashed out at Hillary Clinton over a report that Ronan Farrow’s investigation into Harvey Weinstein was a “concern” for the Clinton camp. The actor was one of the first to come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against the disgraced producer, and a lead campaigner for the #MeToo movement. Weinstein has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex. → Read More

Spongebob Squarepants promotes ‘violent and racist’ colonialism, university professor claims

Spongebob Squarepants has been accused of normalising the colonisation of indigenous lands by a professor at the University of Washington. The children’s cartoon – which marked its 20th anniversary this year – was criticised in a report by Professor Holly M Barker. → Read More

Saturday Night Live: Pete Davidson asks David Harbour if Chief Hopper is still alive during Stranger Things skit

Pete Davidson quizzed Stranger Things star David Harbour about the fate of his character Chief Hopper, on the latest episode of Saturday Night Live. → Read More

Daphne Dorman death: Comedian and transgender activist dies from apparent suicide, aged 44

Comedian and trans activist Daphne Dorman has died aged 44 by apparent suicide, after posting a message on Facebook that said goodbye to her loved ones. Dorman’s sister Becky Kugler confirmed the death of her sister and shared a tribute online that read: “Sweet, sweet Daphne. I so wish we could all have helped you through your darkness. We’ll always love you, fly high sweet → Read More

Saturday Night Live: David Harbour stars in Joker spoof as Grouch from Sesame Street

David Harbour has appeared in a Saturday Night Live skit that pokes fun at Todd Phillips’ new film, Joker. The Stranger Things star, who hosted this week’s episode, plays a garbage man named Oscar in the mock origin story of Grouch, the grumpy character from Sesame Street. → Read More

Saturday Night Live: David Harbour stars in Joker spoof as Grouch from Sesame Street

David Harbour has appeared in a Saturday Night Live skit that pokes fun at Todd Phillips’ new film, Joker. The Stranger Things star, who hosted this week’s episode, plays a garbage man named Oscar in the mock origin story of Grouch, the grumpy character from Sesame Street. → Read More

Strictly Come Dancing: Katya Jones collapses with emotion after successful Mike Bushell dance

Katya Jones collapsed to the ground after being overwhelmed by her dance with Mike Bushell on the latest episode of Strictly Come Dancing. → Read More

Now Hear This: New music from Big Thief, Harry Styles, SebastiAn and Angele, plus spotlight artist Julien Chang

There was likely a collective reshuffling on critics’ end of year lists upon the release of Big Thief’s new album – their second of 2019 – Two Hands, this week. It really is extraordinary – you can read my review of it here. → Read More

Elton John says Michael Jackson ‘couldn’t cope with adult company’ in new book

Elton John has recalled an incident where he found Michael Jackson playing video games with the 11-year-old son of his housekeeper, after inviting him to a dinner party with his future husband David Furnish. John wrote about the event in his first memoir, Me, which is released on 15 October. In the book, John explains that one of his guests was Jackson’s psychiatrist, and → Read More

Harvey Weinstein told Ronan Farrow ‘you think you can save everyone’ when journalist confronted him over sexual misconduct allegations

Harvey Weinstein tried to undermine women’s claims of sexual assault against him by telling journalist Ronan Farrow there was “no retaliation in Hollywood”, according to an excerpt from his new book Catch and Kill. → Read More