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NBA: Singer takes knee during performance of national anthem at Nets game

- Singer Justine Skye dropped to a knee toward the end of her rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner prior to the Brooklyn Nets home opener against the Orlando Magic on Friday.

France gets serious over sexual harassment after Weinstein scandal: minister

PARIS - The Harvey Weinstein scandal is forcing a rethink of attitudes toward sexual harassment in France, a country that cherishes its self-image as the land of seduction and romance, said the minister tasked with cracking down on violence against women.

Shia LaBeouf pleads guilty to obstruction charge in July arrest

LOS ANGELES - Actor Shia LaBeouf pleaded guilty in a Georgia court on Thursday to one count of obstruction and was sentenced to community service and a year of probation following his July arrest on charges of public intoxication and disorderly conduct.

Los Angeles police investigating Harvey Weinstein in 2013 sexual assault allegation

LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles Police Department said on Thursday that it is investigating a 2013 sexual assault allegation against movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

Founder of Canadian 'Just for Laughs' comedy festival quits amid abuse allegations

MONTREAL - The founder of Canada's comedy festival 'Just for Laughs', which draws celebrities including Trevor Noah, Sarah Silverman and Jerry Seinfeld, has resigned from his own company in the wake of allegations of sexual harassment.

With the crazy 'Italics', Asterix returns for 37th adventure

PARIS - Asterix, the indomitable pint-sized Gaul forever outfoxing the Romans, returns for his 37th comic adventure on Thursday, this time battling his way across Italy in a chariot race.

U.S. appeals court rejects Cosby accuser's bid to revive defamation suit

BOSTON - A federal appeals court on Wednesday rejected a bid to revive a defamation lawsuit against Bill Cosby by an actress who said the entertainer raped her in 1974 and then called her a liar after she made her accusations public in a newspaper interview.

Ed Sheeran 'bruised and broken' after accident, tour uncertain

LONDON - Singer Ed Sheeran said he was "a bit bruised and broken" on Wednesday as he recovered from a bicycle accident that left him with a broken wrist, elbow and rib and led to the cancellation of shows on the Asia leg of his tour.

Canada's Tragically Hip singer Gord Downie dies, PM weeps

TORONTO - The death of Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie, a music superstar beloved for songs about culture, small towns and hockey, triggered an outpouring of tributes and grief across Canada on Wednesday.

George Saunders' 'Lincoln in the Bardo' wins 2017 Man Booker prize

LONDON - American author George Saunders has won the 2017 Man Booker Prize, a high-profile literary award, for his first novel, "Lincoln in the Bardo," - a fictional account of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln burying his young son.

Harvey Weinstein resigns from Weinstein Co board

LOS ANGELES - Harvey Weinstein has resigned from the board of The Weinstein Company, it said on Tuesday, as he faces allegations that he sexually harassed or assaulted a number of women over three decades in the film business.

Han Solo's standalone film titled 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'

LOS ANGELES - The origin story of Han Solo, the roguish intergalactic "Star Wars" bounty hunter, has finally been given a title, director Ron Howard unveiled on Tuesday.

Snap and NBCUniversal launch studio to produce shows for Snapchat

- Snap Inc, parent company of messaging and video app Snapchat, and NBCUniversal launched a joint venture studio on Tuesday to produce scripted shows and other genres to air on Snapchat.

YouTube debuts comedy video series in virtual reality push

- YouTube virtual reality video series "The Confessional" debuted on Tuesday, featuring comedians Trevor Noah, Judd Apatow and Howie Mandel, as parent company Google races Facebook Inc to attract viewers to the new medium.

FCC chairman rejects Trump suggestion on broadcast licenses

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission's chairman said Tuesday the agency does not have authority to revoke broadcast licenses, despite suggestions from President Donald Trump.

Viacom and Charter's Spectrum reach programming deal

- Viacom Inc and cable operator Spectrum have agreed on a multi-year programming deal that keeps Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and Viacom's 21 other networks in 16.6 million households, the companies said on Tuesday.

Netflix flirting near record on subscriber growth

- Shares of Netflix Inc hit a record high on Tuesday as more subscribers around the globe signed up for its popular original content in the latest quarter.

Lin-Manuel Miranda's Puerto Rico relief song tops Billboard chart

LOS ANGELES - "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda's star-studded charity song to fund relief efforts in Puerto Rico topped the Billboard digital singles chart on Monday, while Christian music rapper NF topped the Billboard 200 album chart.

#MeToo: Sexual harassment stories sweep social media after Weinstein allegations

LONDON - Million of women across the world have been sharing their experiences of sexual harassment and abuse in an online campaign using the hashtag #MeToo on Twitter and with rolling posts on Facebook.

Colony Capital in talks buy Weinstein Co

NEW YORK - The Weinstein Company has entered talks to sell the bulk of its assets to private equity firm Colony Capital, the companies said on Monday, as the film production company looks for stability after the departure of co-founder Harvey Weinstein.

Lawyer who threatened defamation suit against New York Times leaves Weinstein defense: source

NEW YORK - Attorney Charles Harder has withdrawn from the legal team of Harvey Weinstein after previously threatening to sue the New York Times over its reports that the movie producer had been the target of sexual harassment complaints, said a source familiar with the matter on Sunday.

As Hollywood struggles with sexism, female-led story ends London film fest

LONDON - The London Film Festival closed on Sunday with a violent and profanity-laden dark comedy featuring Frances McDormand, as a small-town mother seeking justice for her murdered daughter, tipped for an Oscar nod.

Box Office: 'Happy Death Day' Crushes 'Blade Runner 2049' With $26.5 Million

LOS ANGELES, - "Happy Death Day" has cause for celebration.

Viacom, Charter agree to extend renewal deadline: source

- Viacom Inc and Charter Communications Inc agreed on a short-term extension of their renewal deadline, a source familiar with the matter said, as the companies aim to avoid the immediate blackout of Viacom networks.

WWE signs first woman wrestler from Arab world in global push

DUBAI - World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. signed its first female performer from the Arab world on Sunday, smashing cultural taboos as the U.S.-based pageant seeks to piledrive its way into lucrative foreign markets.