Bryan Singer to pay USD 150,000 to resolve rape accusation

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June 14, 2019

Los Angeles, Jun 14: Filmmaker Bryan Singer is set to pay USD 150,000 to settle allegations that he raped a 17-year-old boy in 2003.

Cesar Sanchez-Guzman said in a lawsuit filed in December 2017 that Singer sexually assaulted him during a 2003 Seattle yacht party, when Sanchez-Guzman was 17.

According to the Wrap, Sanchez-Guzman had filed for bankruptcy in 2014, and the case was discharged. The bankruptcy trustee reopened the case in 2018, on the grounds that Sanchez-Guzman's claim against Singer had not been listed among his assets, and that any proceeds should be available to his creditors.

In the filing, the bankruptcy trustee recommended that the court approve a USD 150,000 settlement with Singer.

In a statement, Singer's attorney Andrew Brettler said that the director maintains his innocence.

"Mr Singer has denied even knowing this individual, let alone allegedly having interacted with him more than 15 years ago," Brettle said.

"The decision to resolve the matter with the bankruptcy trustee was purely a business one, as litigation costs would well exceed the amount requested by the trustee to pay off the creditors who were owed money when the debtor filed for bankruptcy," he added.

In January, The Atlantic published a story detailing four accounts from men accusing Singer of sexual misconduct, beginning in 2014.

Soon after the allegations Millennium Films put on hold its comic book adaptation, "Red Sonja" which Singer had been scheduled to direct.

Prior to this, the director was also fired from last year's hit "Bohemian Rhapsody", due to his repeated failures to show up on the set.

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February 26,2021

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Washington, Feb 26: Actor Emma Watson, who rose to fame by playing Hermione Granger in the popular 'Harry Potter' franchise, has been recently making headlines after it was reported that the star has retired from acting. However, it seems like the rumour mills have got it all wrong.

As per Entertainment Weekly, the actor's manager cleared the air, putting an end to all such reports doing the rounds. Her manager, Jason Weinberg, denied the rumours, telling the publication in a statement, "Emma's social media accounts are dormant but her career isn't."

The 30-year-old star's Instagram account bio currently reads, "Emma's official Instagram page is currently dormant and is not being updated," while her profile picture is a simple black icon.

The actor had started trending on Thursday after an online report by a leading outlet alleged that Watson had retired from acting, leaving her fans distressed.

The news hurt Watson's fans who took to social media to remember her work. One fan claimed that her career didn't get enough appreciation while another wrote, "She is one of my favs but it's okay as long as she's happy with her decision."

"Emma Watson retiring is something very personal to me. No, I will not be getting over this," tweeted another fan.

Watson was last seen in Greta Gerwig's 2019 film 'Little Women' opposite Saorise Ronan, Florence Pugh, Timothee Chalamet, Laura Dern, and Meryl Streep. She also acted in the 2017 thriller drama 'The Circle' and 'Beauty and the Beast', which released in the same year.

In November last year, she made a rare public outing with her boyfriend Leo Robinton in London while grabbing coffee and walking around the city's Primrose Hill neighbourhood. Their outing came over a year after the two were first spotted together in October 2019.

Watson's beau Robinton was first identified in April of this year and is a businessman from Los Angeles, though little else is known about him. He reportedly deleted all of his social media after photos of the two sharing a kiss surfaced last year.

The couple has rarely been seen together since, though they appear to be going strong based on the recent outing.

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February 28,2021

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Washington, Feb 28: A classic sci-fi franchise is making its way to Netflix in the form of a 'Terminator' anime series.

As per Variety, the upcoming series will unfold a new chapter and will not be a reboot of the parent franchise. As the project is still in the early stages, plot details are being kept under tight wraps.

Netflix has partnered with Skydance for the forthcoming series, with Skydance having produced the last two 'Terminator' films.

The series is produced in partnership with Production I.G, with who Netflix has had a production line deal since 2018. Production I.G's past anime credits include 'Ghost in the Shell', 'B: The Beginning', and 'Eden of the East'.

The series is being led by showrunner Mattson Tomlin, who has co-written 'The Batman' starring actor Robert Pattinson. Tomlin will also serve as executive producer on the series. 
In a statement, Tomlin thanked Netflix and Skydance for this chance to break conventions and subvert expectations.

Tomlin said, "Anyone who knows my writing knows I believe in taking big swings and going for the heart. I'm honored that Netflix and Skydance have given me the opportunity to approach 'Terminator' in a way that breaks conventions, subverts expectations, and has real guts."

The 'Terminator' franchise has been wildly successful. To date, the franchise has six films, two web series, one TV series, comic, novel, and game adaptations.

The franchise started with James Cameron and Gale Anne Hurd in 1984 with the first film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as the villainous robot from 2029 who came to the past to kill a woman named Sarah Connor and thus stop human resistance to a machine uprising.

The most recent entries were 'Terminator: Dark Fate' and 'Terminator: Genisys'. Although the Netflix series will be the first animated series in the franchise's history, it has previously been adapted for the small screen.

The live-action drama titled 'Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles' aired on Fox for two seasons with Lena Headey starring as Sarah Connor and Thomas Dekker starring as John Connor. Summer Glau starred as the Terminator sent back in time to protect John.

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February 28,2021

ഓസ്കർ മത്സരത്തിന് മികച്ച ചിത്രം കാറ്റഗറിയിൽ, ഐം എം വിജയൻ നായകനായ ചിത്രവും

Kochi, Feb 28: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Friday announced the list of 366 movies eligible for this years' Oscars race, which included the Vijeesh Mani directorial film Mmmmm (Sound of Pain), a film in Kurumba language that is spoken by the tribal community in Attapadi in Kerala's Palakkad district. 

The film now officially stands eligible to contend for the Oscars nominations. The voting will start on March 5, and the official nominations will be announced on March 15. 

The film features former India footballer IM Vijayan in the lead role and tells the story of a tribal person hailing from the Kurumba tribe, who ekes out a living by collecting honey. 

The story tells the difficulties the tribal person has to go through when environmental changes occur due to irresponsible human activities, leading to scarcity of honey. It also portrays his fight against the challenges and how he eventually adapts to the changing environmental conditions. 

Sohan Roy, the producer of the film, said that this is a proud moment for the entire team behind the movie. 

The film is directed by Vijeesh Mani. Grammy award-winning American musician Edon Molla and Indian folk singer Nanjamma have written the lyrics and sung for the movie. Jubair Muhammad is the music director for the film. 

Apart from Mmmmmm (Sound of Pain), Tamil movie Soorarai Pottru also features in the list of 366 feature films that are eligible for consideration at the 93rd Oscars. The Sudha Kongara directorial stars Suriya and Aparna Balamurali in lead roles. However, Jallikattu, which was India's official entry in the Best International Feature Film category, did not make it to the shortlist. 

Director Karishma Dev Dube’s Bittu has also been shortlisted in the Live Action Short Film category. Bittu is presented by Ekta Kapoor, Guneet Monga and Tahira Kashyap Khurrana under the banner of Indian Women Rising (IWR). The movie is set in rural India and revolves around the close friendship of two girls.

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