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A scheduled show of Dave Chappelle was moved to another venue following controversy over his jokes about transgender people

Emmy Award-winning American comedian Dave Chappelle had a show canceled on Thursday shortly before he was supposed to take the stage following controversy over his jokes about transgender people.

Chappelle had a scheduled performance at First Avenue in Minneapolis, Minnesota, but the venue announced that the show was canceled and would be moved to another place.

“To staff, artists, and our community, we hear you and we are sorry. We know we must hold ourselves to the highest standards, and we know we let you down. We are not just a black box with people in it, and we understand that First Ave is not just a room, but meaningful beyond our walls,” the venue tweeted.

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Dave Chappelle attacked onstage

First Avenue said it supports freedom of expression but that it “lost sight of the impact this would have.” The show was eventually moved to Varsity The..

The author initially described Ukrainian nationalist Stepan Bandera as ‘a great man’ during a fake call with Zelensky

Stephen King has admitted to falling victim to Russian pranksters Vovan and Lexus after he was heard praising Ukrainian nationalist and Nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera as “a great man.” In a tweet posted on Thursday, the best-selling author said he didn’t actually know who Bandera was and that he was embarrassed.

Pranksters Vovan and Lexus spoke with King while pretending to be Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky and asked the author a number of questions throughout the 15-minute-long call.

Among the topics discussed, the pair managed to solicit a promise from King to feature Zelensky in a film, where he could play the role of Pennywise, the dancing demon clown from King’s ‘It’.

They also convinced King to consider writing a script in support of the Azov Regiment – a Ukrainian neo-Nazi paramilitary group. “They are people who really love Ukraine. It’s not Nazis..

Disney will introduce new gender-neutral titles across its theme parks

Disney will be dropping ‘fairy godmothers’ for more inclusive and gender-neutral titles at dress-up boutiques across its theme parks, the company announced on Thursday in an update on both the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort’s websites.

The title of ‘fairy godmother’, which refers to the magical characters featured in several of Disney’s animated films, was given to hairdressers and makeup artists working at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutiques. The salons offer makeovers to kids aged 3 to 12, transforming them into Disney princesses or knights.

From now on, these employees, who were formerly called “fairy godmothers in training” will now simply be referred to as apprentices.

“This way, cast members that might not identify as female can still be part of the process to dress up & style the children without having to refer to themselves as a female Disney character,” Disney said in a ‘Streaming the Magic’..

The Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds says it dropped ballet from its auditions to “decolonize” the curriculum

A dance school in Britain has removed ballet from its auditions because it’s an “elitist art form” that draws heavily on “white European ideas and body shapes.”

This may have discouraged dancers who do not conform to this “aesthetic ideal,” Francesca McCarthy, head of undergraduate studies at the conservatoire, told The Telegraph in an interview published on Saturday.

It is a very specific form that is built around particular white European ideas and body shapes that are often alienating to young people who do not fit that aesthetic ideal.

The Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds explained that its move was part of a broader effort to “decolonize the curriculum.” It also emphasized that, due to the high costs involved, students from poorer communities usually cannot afford to study ballet.

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The Hollywood actor has pleaded not guilty in a British court to charges of sexually assaulting three men

Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey pleaded not guilty in a London court on Thursday to charges of sexually assaulting three men between 2005 and 2013 in Britain.

Spacey’s lawyer Patrick Gibbs said last month that the actor “strenuously denies” the allegations and has traveled to Britain to “establish his innocence.”

The actor was allowed to return to the US on bail after a preliminary hearing last month.

The alleged incidents took place in London in 2005 and 2008 and in southwest England in 2013. Two of the accusers are now in their 30s and one is in his 40s.

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Judge throws out attempt to overturn Depp verdict

Spacey, who was a stage actor before transitioning to the big screen, won two Oscars for his roles in ‘The Usual Suspects’ (1995) and ‘American Beauty’ (1999). His prolific career collapsed in 2017 after multiple men accused him of sexual assault. He denied t..

A judge has blocked actress Amber Heard’s effort to cancel the $10 million judgment she must pay her ex-husband

A judge has squashed actress Amber Heard’s efforts to have a $10 million judgement against her, in favor of ex-husband Johnny Depp, overturned and a mistrial declared. Judge Penney Azcarate threw out every one of Heard’s claims in a written order on Wednesday, beginning with her lawyers’ insistence that a juror had deliberately switched places with his father in order to sit on the “high-profile case.”

“The court cannot assume, as Mr. Depp asks it to, that Juror 15’s apparently improper service was an innocent mistake,” the lawyer argued. The juror in question had responded to a jury summons sent to his father, though the two shared both an address and a name.

“The juror was vetted, sat for the entire jury, deliberated, and reached a verdict,” Azcarate countered, adding “all jurors followed their oaths, the court’s instructions, and orders. The court is bound by the compe..

Monty Norman, the UK songwriter who penned the famed melody, passed away at the age of 94

British composer Monty Norman, who was best known for the iconic James Bond theme, died on Monday at the age of 94, according to a statement posted to his official website.

“It is with sadness we share the news that Monty Norman died on 11th July 2022 after a short illness,” the release read.

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007 producer spills beans on whether future James Bond will be ‘he’ or ‘she’

Norman, born Monty Noserovitch, was hired by producer Albert ‘Cubby’ Broccoli in 1962 to write a theme for ‘Dr. No’, the first James Bond film. His composition, which he’d originally written for a proposed musical adaptation of the VS Naipaul novel ‘A House for Mr. Biswas’, has been used in all 25 films featuring the fictional British super-spy.

While Norman wrote the Bond theme, producers hired another composer, John Barry, to rearrange it and deploy it in the scores of nearly a dozen more Bond films. Confusion in..

Developers seem to be realizing that making players gamble for in-game essentials wins them no favors

Gambling in video games may soon be going extinct as the video game industry shifts towards less predatory business models – and it’s not because the industry has grown tired of making money. It’s because newly introduced laws in China and the European Union have forced its hand.

‘Overwatch 2’, the upcoming first-person shooter from Activision Blizzard, will be the latest high-profile title to do away with pay-to-win game mechanics, which have been rendered illegal in some European Union countries – namely Belgium and the Netherlands. China, similarly, requires companies to be transparent about their games’ gambling systems, which come in the form of “loot boxes.” There’s a cap on how many of them customers can buy in a day, and they’re told exactly how many they need to purchase to gain certain rare items.

In 2020, the UK’s National Health Service declared loot boxes a major con..

Tony Sirico won multiple awards for his role as Paulie ‘Walnuts’ Gualtieri in the hit mobster series

Actor Tony Sirico, best known for his role in ‘The Sopranos’, has passed away at the age of 79, according to family members and colleagues.

Though a cause was not disclosed, Sirico’s brother Robert confirmed his death on Thursday, announcing the news “with great sadness, but with incredible pride, love and a whole lot of fond memories.”

“The family is deeply grateful for the many expressions of love, prayer and condolences and requests that the public respect its privacy in this time of bereavement,” the statement continued.

Launching his career in earnest in the 1970s, Sirico appeared in dozens of films and TV shows, often portraying gangsters on screen, including a brief appearance as wiseguy Tony Stacks in 1990’s ‘Goodfellas’.

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‘The Godfather’ star dies at 82

He was best known for his role in ‘The Sopranos’, where he played a top henchman of protagonist Tony Sopran..

At least one TV channel and a French politician have fallen victim to a crude joke by online trolls

A French politician and a Greek TV channel have picked posts by internet trolls – spreading photos of renowned Japanese game designer Hideo Kojima and claiming he is the prime suspect in the assassination of Shinzo Abe – as a legitimate piece of news. Japan’s ex-PM was fatally wounded by a lone gunman, identified as 41-year-old Yamagami Tetsuya, on Friday.

Far-right politician Damien Rieu was apparently the first public figure to fall for the joke, as he reposted a Twitter message claiming the ex-PM was slain by “left-wing activist Samyuero Hydeo.” The message was accompanied by photos of Kojima.

He also retweeted a tweet announcing that the killer was named “Samyuero Hydeo” 🤡
— Nox Dawn 🐸 (@NoxDawn) July 8, 2022

Rieu also delved into a thread started by French left-wing politician Clementine Autain to express her condolences to Japanese people, sharing ..