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Juventus Coach Says Ronaldo ‘Calm’ as Rape Case Goes Forward

Cristiano Ronaldo is “very calm” amid the latest developments in an alleged rape case involving an American woman, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said Friday.Ronaldo is being asked by police to provide a DNA sample in an investigation of the allegation by Kathryn Mayorga, a former model and schoolteacher, that he raped her in his Las …

Victoria Graham Uses Beauty Queen Title to Spotlight Genetic Disorder

Victoria Graham is a beauty queen. But what is truly extraordinary about this pageant winner are her efforts to overcome a severe genetic condition so that she could use her title wins to highlight her illness. Anush Avetisyan reports from Manchester, Maryland. …

Lady Gaga Apologizes for R. Kelly Collaboration

Lady Gaga is sorry for her 2013 duet with R. Kelly in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against the singer, and she intends to remove the song from streaming services. Posting on Twitter Wednesday, Gaga wrote she had collaborated with Kelly on “Do What U Want (With My Body)” during a “dark time” in …

Judge Dismisses Part of Judd’s Lawsuit Against Weinstein

A federal judge has reportedly dismissed part of Ashley Judd’s lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein. Judge Philip S. Gutierrez of United States District Court in Los Angeles ruled Wednesday that the actress’ sexual harassment claim does not fall within the scope of a California statute. But he said Judd may proceed to trial with separate allegations …

Credits Roll for Moscow’s Soviet-era Cinemas

Scattered throughout the city’s outlying neighborhoods, Moscow’s Soviet-era cinemas have for decades served as the center of communities. With names like “Mars” and “The Diamond,” the cinemas were mostly built in the 1960s and 70s during a Soviet film boom and were popular even after the collapse of the USSR, offering cheaper tickets than their …

Director M. Night Shyamalan Merges Past Storylines in New Movie ‘Glass’

M. Night Shyamalan, the director known for his film-ending twists, brought his latest offering to London on Wednesday, comic book thriller “Glass” – a tale merging two of his previous movies. Starring Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson and James McAvoy, “Glass” blends storylines from Shyamalan’s “Unbreakable,” which came out in 2000 and 2016’s “Split.” “There’s …

Vietnam’s ‘Incense Village’ Blazes Pink Ahead of Lunar New Year

In Vietnam’s “incense village,” dozens are hard at work dying, drying and whittling down bamboo bark to make the fragrant sticks ahead of the busy lunar new year holiday. It is the most frantic time of year for workers in the cottage industry in Quang Phu Cau village on the outskirts of Hanoi, where families …

On Woodstock’s 50th Anniversary, Double the Peace, Love and Music

The 50th anniversary of the Woodstock music festival, one of the watersheds of the 1960s counterculture movement, will be celebrated in August with two competing events. Michael Lang, the co-producer of the 1969 Woodstock festival, announced on Wednesday that the official Woodstock Music and Arts Fair would take place from Aug 16-18 at a motor-racing …

Sundance Adds Documentary About Alleged Jackson Abuse

Sundance said Wednesday that a documentary about two boys who accused Michael Jackson of sexual abuse will premiere at its film festival later this month, while the Jackson estate called the film “just another rehash of dated and discredited allegations.”   The Sundance Institute announced the addition of “Leaving Neverland” to its festival lineup along …

Tia Fuller, Fierce Woman in Jazz, Takes Shot at 1st Grammy

Saxophonist Tia Fuller was crying in bed. And praising God.   She’d just received the news that she was nominated for her first-ever Grammy Award — but it’s not just any nomination: Her inclusion in the best jazz instrumental album category is a historic moment for women because they have rarely been nominated for the …