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By Dana Feldman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A British man who accuses "X-Men" director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him as a teenager was spurred to bring a lawsuit against the filmmaker after Singer was sued by another man on similar allegations, the plaintiff's lawyer said Monday. The lawsuit in federal court in Los Angeles said that Singer, 48, and entertainment industry executive Gary Goddard, 59, coerced the British man into sex acts as a minor with the promise of helping him in an acting career. A lawyer for Goddard also denied the allegations, calling them spurious. The plaintiff's lawyer, Jeff Herman, also represents Michael Egan, who last month sued Singer, Goddard and two other entertainment executives over allegations that they abused him as part of an underage sex ring in Hollywood.
NEW YORK (AP) — "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" swung into North American theaters with a $91.6 million debut, kicking off Hollywood's summer season.
ABERDEEN, Wash. (AP) — Two benches that became an unofficial memorial to Kurt Cobain after the grunge rock singer killed himself 20 years ago are up for sale.
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Singer Gregg Allman has filed a lawsuit to stop movie producers from reviving a film based on his life story after a freight train plowed into crew members shooting on train tracks in southeast Georgia, killing one worker and injuring six others.
As part of worldwide "Star Wars" celebrations on Sunday, the Star Wars YouTube channel co-ordinated a "May the 4th Be with YouTube" event with contributions from the likes of Corey Vidal, Bored Shorts, CollegeHumor and YouTube Nation.
"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" sprang to the top of the North American box office this weekend, its first in movie theaters, industry estimates showed Sunday. The sequel featuring Andrew Garfield in the title character's celebrated red and blue tights took in $92 million in 4,324 theaters, outperforming the original that went on to gross $262 million. Falling to number two, romantic comedy "The Other Woman" starring Cameron Diaz earned $14.2 million its second week in theaters. "Heaven Is For Real," starring Greg Kinnear as the father of a four-year-old boy who wakes up from emergency surgery with a story about going to heaven and back, held on to third place with $8.7 million in receipts.
After a four-year break, Kiefer Sutherland's Jack Bauer will return to the small screen this week - something the actor was initially very anxious about. "At first it was nerve-racking," Kiefer told Access Hollywood at the "24: Live Another Day" premiere on Friday, when asked how it felt to step back into Jack's world for the upcoming mini-series.
By Lisa Richwine and Chris Michaud LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," a sequel about the web-slinging superhero, snared $92 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales over the weekend, taking the top spot on movie box office charts at the start of Hollywood's lucrative summer blockbuster season. The big-budget, effects-filled movie starring Andrew Garfield is expected to rank as one of the year's highest-grossing films. With international sales, it has rung up nearly $370 million around the globe through Sunday, distributor Sony Corp said. "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," another superhero sequel and previous box office champ, landed in the No. 4 slot with $7.8 million from Friday through Sunday, behind "Heaven Is for Real," a faith-based drama and Sony release which grabbed third place with $8.7 million for a $65 million box office total in just its third week of release.
By Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama poked fun at himself and what he called a hard year but aimed his most caustic humor at Washington gridlock when political and media luminaries gathered at the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner. "In 2008 my slogan was, 'Yes we can.' In 2013, it was control-alt-delete," Obama joked to a Saturday night audience also studded with film and television stars. "At one point, things got so bad the 47 percent called Mitt Romney to apologize," he said, referring to a 2012 presidential campaign gaffe in which the Republican candidate said, in comments that were secretly taped, that 47 percent of Americans have become reliant on government handouts. More than 2,000 guests packed the ballroom of the Washington Hilton, where the capital's political and media worlds collide every year in lubricated goodwill punctuated by a long dash of glamour on loan from Hollywood.
By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Fearless counter terrorism agent Jack Bauer returns to TV on Monday after a four-year absence as Fox revives Emmy-winning thriller "24" in a limited-run series, a format the network bets is better tailored for today's viewing habits. As audiences shift toward recording shows to watch later on digital video recorders and have less patience for committing to months-long traditional TV series, Fox believes a short run of "24: Live Another Day" will encourage viewers to skip the DVR and watch the show as it airs. The rebooted "24," starring Kiefer Sutherland as Bauer, will be told in 12 episodes, half the length of its preceding eight seasons. That is a formula inspired in part by cable television's ability to draw respectable ratings by cutting the length of a show's season, said Joe Earley, chief operating officer of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc's Fox Broadcasting arm.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Little was sacred when President Barack Obama tossed out playful but pointed jokes Saturday night — not even his own health care plan.
San Francisco's mayor is putting his staff to work to find a site for "Star Wars" filmmaker George Lucas' planned art museum, three months after a proposal was rejected to build the center on a prime slice of federal parkland at the city's northern edge. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee faces competition from Chicago, which is also seeking to attract the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum and its 10,000 pieces ranging from animation to fine art, with works by Maxfield Parrish and Norman Rockwell. In February, the board of the Presidio Trust, a federal agency created to preserve and repurpose a park and former military base known as the Presidio on the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula, rejected a proposal from Lucas to build the museum on a coveted eight-acre (3.2-hectare) piece of land. Lee has directed city staff to develop a shortlist of potential sites, public and private, that San Francisco could present to Lucas before the end of May as possible locations.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Mayor Edwin Lee isn't about to lose a museum to be filled with George Lucas' lifetime art collection and movie memorabilia to another city.
Efrem Zimbalist Jr., who portrayed the indefatigable Inspector Lewis Erskine on the long-running U.S. television series "The F.B.I.", died on Friday at the age of 95, according to media reports. Zimbalist died at his home in Solvang, California, his daughter, actress Stephanie Zimbalist, and his son Efrem Zimbalist III, said in a statement, Hollywood trade magazine Variety and other media reported. From the late 1950s to the mid-1970s, Zimbalist was one of the top stars on U.S. television, playing a private detective on the ABC series "77 Sunset Strip" from 1958 to 1964 before his stint on "The F.B.I." on the same network from 1965 to 1974. Zimbalist, the son of opera singer Alma Gluck and concert violinist Efrem Zimbalist Sr., also appeared in about 20 movies - usually in supporting roles but sometimes as the leading man.