Entertainment News Roundup: Grammy organizers change rules; Five charged in violent abduction of Lady Gaga’s bulldogs and more – Devdiscourse


Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.

Josh Duggar, former reality TV star, charged for possessing child sex abuse materials

Joshua James Duggar, the 33-year-old former star of the popular reality TV show «19 Kids and Counting,» appeared in federal court on Friday to face criminal charges that he received and possessed materials that depicted the sexual abuse of children, the U.S. Justice Department said. A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Arkansas confirmed that Duggar made his initial appearance in federal court and pleaded not guilty to the charges, which allege he obtained the sexually explicit material sometime between May 14 and May 16 of 2019.

Grammy organizers change rules after allegations of corruption

The organizers of music’s Grammy Awards on Friday announced an end to the so-called «secret» committees that have led to allegations that the highest honors in the industry are open to rigging. The Recording Academy said that nominations for the next Grammy Awards in January 2022 will be selected by all of its more than 11,000 voting members, instead of by committees of 15-30 industry experts whose names were not revealed.

California Disneyland re-opens but you can’t hug Mickey Mouse

Masks, temperature checks, and no hugs with Mickey Mouse greeted visitors to Disneyland in California on Friday as Walt Disney’s original theme park reopened for the first time in over a year. Under coronavirus pandemic guidelines, «The Happiest Place on Earth» was opened only to California residents, and capacity was limited to 25% to allow for social distancing.

Five charged in violent abduction of Lady Gaga’s bulldogs

Five people have been arrested on charges stemming from the violent theft of two bulldogs belonging to pop star Lady Gaga and the shooting of a dog walker during the pets’ abduction in Hollywood earlier this year, authorities said on Thursday. Four of the five suspects were known street gang members, while the fifth was the woman who reported she had found the dogs and safely returned them after a reward was offered, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

Harvey Weinstein extradition delayed, new challenge expected

California’s effort to extradite Harvey Weinstein on rape and sexual assault charges was delayed on Friday, and the convicted former movie producer will have another 30 days to challenge its latest effort to bring him to court. Erie County Court Judge Kenneth Case said prosecutors could arrange for Weinstein’s transfer to Los Angeles on May 30.

BAFTA suspends UK actor Clarke after groping and harassment allegations

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has suspended actor and filmmaker Noel Clarke after the Guardian newspaper reported he had been accused of groping, harassment and bullying by 20 women. Clarke, 45, denied any sexual misconduct or wrongdoing and said he would defend himself against the «false allegations».

Spain’s Primavera Sound festival to resume in 2022 over two weekends: sources

Barcelona’s Primavera Sound music festival, one of Europe’s largest, will resume next year in an expanded version after being canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, two sources with close knowledge of the festival told Reuters. In this new format, the festival will take place on June 2-5 and June 9-12 of 2022 in the northeastern Spanish city, doubling its usual length and will have around 400 shows across two lineups which will include major singers, the sources said.

Bittersweet moment at final season premiere of TV show ‘Pose’

True to the colorful nature of the show, the cast and creators of the TV series «Pose» came out in style on Thursday for the premiere of their final season, in one of New York’s first red carpet events since the start of the pandemic. There were mixed feelings about the return.

Block by block, LEGOLAND New York prepares to open

After spending a lot of time indoors through the year-long coronavirus pandemic, families in the New York area will soon have one of the first new theme parks in years to visit as restrictions are eased, with LEGOLAND preparing to launch its latest resort. Located in Goshen, some 60 miles (95 km) north of New York City, LEGOLAND New York is in the final stages of construction and plans a phased-in opening this summer in order to comply with social distancing guidelines.

(With inputs from agencies.)

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