Entertainment News Roundup: Britney Spears’ Father Calls for Investigation into Allegations of Abuse; See how Van Gogh saw himself in an exhibition in London and more


Here is a summary of the current entertainment briefs.

‘Black Widow’ screening rolls out red carpet for London moviegoers

Film buffs young and old, some dressed as their favorite “Avengers” characters, walked and posed on a red carpet in Leicester Square in London on Tuesday for a special screening of the “Black Widow” superhero story. The Marvel Studios film, starring Scarlett Johansson as Russian-born spy-turned-Avenger Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow, is on a list of upcoming major releases that were postponed from last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and which theater operators hope will boost ticket sales.

Venice Film Festival to Honor Jamie Lee Curtis with Award of Excellence

Hollywood star Jamie Lee Curtis will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Venice International Film Festival in September, where the latest installment of his “Halloween” films will screen out of competition, organizers said on Wednesday. Curtis made his film debut in the 1978 John Carpenter horror film “Halloween” as babysitter Laurie Strode, who faced serial killer Michael Myers.

Bill Cosby post raises fears it will delay #MeToo progress

Bill Cosby’s surprise release from prison sparked concern among women’s advocates that it would erode recent gains in Hollywood and beyond to hold men accountable for harassment and abuse. The 83-year-old comedian and actor was released from custody on Wednesday after Pennsylvania’s highest court overturned a 2018 verdict convicting him of sexual assault. Activists, who celebrated his conviction as a turning point, strongly condemned the new decision.

Actress Allison Mack gets 3 years in prison for her role in the NXIVM cult

“Smallville” TV show actress Allison Mack was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for her role in NXIVM, a New York-based cult in which women were branded with the initials of its leader and ordered to have sex with him. Mack, 38, was convicted by U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis in Brooklyn, after pleading guilty in 2019 to racketeering and conspiracy. She is expected to start serving her sentence on September 29.

Britney Spears’ father calls for investigation into abuse allegations

Jamie Spears, father of Britney Spears, has called for an investigation into the pop superstar’s allegations that she was abused under legal guardianship by being denied the ability to make her own medical decisions. In a case filed Tuesday night, attorneys for Jamie Spears said he was “greatly saddened to learn of his daughter’s hardship and suffering” and “felt there should be an investigation into these allegations.”

See how Van Gogh saw himself in an exhibition in London

Vincent van Gogh’s self-portraits will be on display in London next year, in what organizers say is the first exhibition dedicated to the Dutch post-Impressionist artist’s depictions of himself. From February, the Courtauld Gallery will stage the exhibition – from “Self-portrait with a black felt hat” painted in 1886 in Paris to “Self-portrait with a palette” that van Gogh painted in an asylum in Saint-Rémy-de – Provence, southern France, in September 1889. He died the following year.

Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen to take stake in FTX crypto exchange

National Football League quarterback Tom Brady and his model wife Gisele Bundchen will each take an undisclosed stake in crypto exchange platform FTX Trading Ltd, the company said on Tuesday. As part of the deal, Brady will also become an FTX Ambassador and Bundchen will take on the role of Environmental and Social Initiatives Advisor. The two will receive an unspecified amount of cryptocurrency, the company said.

A Minute With: “No Sudden Move” cast on twists and set in COVID

Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh assembles a star cast for the crime drama “No Sudden Move” in which a gang of criminals are called upon to carry out a heist that goes awry. Benicio Del Toro, Don Cheadle, Ray Liotta, Jon Hamm, Brendan Fraser are the stars of the film, which takes place in 1954 in Detroit, where thieves embark on a mission to find out who hired them.

Financial firm wants to withdraw from Britney Spears guardianship case

Bessemer Trust, a wealth management firm that had been chosen as co-curator of Britney Spears’ estate, on Thursday asked a Los Angeles court to withdraw from the case after the pop superstar testified that ‘she opposed the arrangement. Spears, 39, told court last week that she believed the legal arrangement put in place in 2008 was abusive. The “Stronger” singer said she was forced to take lithium against her will and was prevented from getting married and removing a contraceptive device so she could try for a baby.

(With contributions from agencies.)

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