Chris Rock declining to file police report over Oscars incident: LAPD
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) said that Chris Rock is declining to file a police report after being struck by actor Will Smith in a shocking altercation during the Oscars broadcast."LAPD investigative entities are aware of an incident between two individuals during the Academy Awards program. The incident involved one individual slapping another," a statement obtained early Monday by ITK said following the awards show in Los Angeles."...news.yahoo.com
Will Smith confronts Chris Rock, then wins best actor Oscar
Chris Rock made a joke. Will Smith quickly took offense. Smith — moments before winning best actor honors for his portrayal of tennis dad Richard Williams in “King Richard" — marched on stage and appeared to smack Rock during Sunday night's Academy Awards after the comic made a joke about the appearance of Smith's wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.news.yahoo.com
New this week: Will Smith, 'Tick, Tick... Boom!' and Adele
This week’s new entertainment releases include a much-anticipated album from Adele, a documentary about Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction during the 2004 Super Bowl half-time show and Will Smith playing father and tennis guru to Venus and Serena Williams.
Group seeks to combat misleading information online
(AP Photo/Russ Bynum)RIO RANCHO, N.M. – A group of U.S. Black scholars, activists and writers has launched a new project they say will combat misleading information online around voting, reparations and immigration, supporters announced Friday. The newly formed National Black Cultural Information Trust seeks to counter fake social media accounts and Twitter trolls that often discourage Black voters from participating in elections or seek to turn Black voters against other communities of color. The effort isn't meant to silence groups that are behind any hashtag but counter “bad actors” who are using the hashtags to disseminate false information, Aiwuyor said. The founders also took issue with the National Black Cultural Information Trust on Twitter after the announcement that the project would monitor the #ADOS hashtag for xenophobic comments and false information. But also to measure the plunder of the ADOS community from 1619 to today.”Members of the National Black Cultural Information Trust plan to monitor social media posts and flag those spreading misleading and fake stories.
Will Smith's Production Company Sued Over Film Based on Serena and Venus Williams' Father
News broke last year that Will Smith would be playing Venus and Serena Williams' father, Richard Williams, in an upcoming biopic, King Richard -- but a new lawsuit claims that the tennis coach had already sold his life rights to someone else. In a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles on Tuesday, TW3 Entertainment and Power Move Multi Media claim that the upcoming film, produced by Smith's production company, Overbrook Entertainment, and Warner Bros., is based on a multi-million dollar breach of contract. The plaintiffs are seeking "an injunction requiring all profits for any project using the Richard Williams Rights to be placed in trust for Plaintiffs benefit." King Richard -- starring Smith, Saniyya Sidney as Venus and Demi Singleton as Serena -- is set to hit theaters in 2021. ET has reached out to Williams, Lesane, Smith, Overbrook and Warner Bros. for comment.
Britain's last tin mine could reopen
Tin mining and smelting in this southwest corner of rural England dates back thousands of years. And the last mine to close South Crofty could be the first to reopen. "So you're going to see a growing demand for the use of tin," Williams said. Mark Wills, owner of Blue Hills Tin, a mining visitor's center and tin jewelry shop, said his father was the last of four generations to work underground. Today, Blue Hills Tin attracts visitors from all over the world who are interested in the history behind 4,000 years of tin production.
Richard Williams, 'Roger Rabbit' animator, dead at 86
BRISTOL, United Kingdom (CNN) - Richard Williams, the animator known for his work on "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" and two "Pink Panther" films, is dead, his family told PA Media, the UK national news agency. Williams, who was born in Toronto but moved to the UK in the 1950s, died Friday at his home in St. Andrews, Bristol. His daughter Natasha Sutton Williams told the PA that her father had been suffering from cancer. "He really was an inspiration to everyone that met him," Williams' daughter said. Some of Williams' other work is featured in the movies "The Return of the Pink Panther," "The Pink Panther Strikes Again," and 1967's "Casino Royale," as well as the 1971 TV short "A Christmas Carol."