Holly to Bolly: Nick Gordon responsible for Bobbi Kristina Brown’s death, new Superman movie, and more


Nick Gordon has been found legally responsible for the death of Bobbi Kristina Brown after failing to appear at his court date, according to a judge ruling, reports E! News.

Brown’s estate filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the defendant in August last year, alleging the late daughter of Whitney Houston died after a violent altercation, after which he placed her unconscious in a bathtub and injected her with a toxic substance.

The US$10 million (Dh36.7m) suit also claimed Gordon abused his girlfriend Brown and made unauthorised money transfers of $11,000 from her bank account during her hospitalisation. Bobby Brown also became a plaintiff in the legal battle, in May.

Judge T Jackson Bedford of Fulton County Superior Court, Atlanta, said because Gordon failed to appear on two occasions, anything he now alleges is admitted through omission.

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Henry Cavill’s manager says Superman movie in works

The manager for Man of Steel star Henry Cavill says a new standalone sequel to the Superman film is in the works.

Cavill reprised his role as Superman earlier this year in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and is filming a Justice League film alongside Ben Affleck’s Batman which is due out next year.

Cavill’s manager Dany Garcia told Newsweek that Cavill is “beginning to expand” the Superman world and is in development for the standalone sequel.

Both Man of Steel and Batman v Superman received tepid reviews from critics but were successes at the box office.



Settlement reached in ‘Fifty Shades’ royalty dispute

A Texas woman has reached a settlement with a former business partner whom she claims defrauded her of her share of the multimillion sale of erotic bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey and two companion novels.

Citing court records, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Jennifer Pedroza will receive at least US$1.7 million (Dh6.24m). The settlement sets aside a judge’s earlier ruling that awarded Pedroza US$11.5m in royalties and interest, according to the Washington Post.

The Fort Worth schoolteacher operated an e-book business with others, including Australian Amanda Hayward, and it was the first to publish Fifty Shades of Grey. A jury last year determined that Hayward cut Pedroza out of her share of the ensuing US$40 million sale of the E L James trilogy to Random House.

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Vir Das to have his own Netflix comedy special

Actor-comedian Vir Das, whose popularity has surged since he conducted two back-to-back successful tours in the United States, will now have his own Netflix Original comedy special.

The streaming media and video on-demand online platform has, in the past, produced a select number of Netflix Original comedy specials with top comedians, such as Kevin Hart, Louis CK, Aziz Ansari, Chris Tucker, Bo Burnham, Bill Burr and Russel Peters.

Das’s entertainer will be filmed in his hometown of Delhi, India, and will be streamed on Netflix in more than 100 countries.



Lady Gaga announces new album Joanne

Pop singer Lady Gaga announced on Apple Radio’s Beats 1 that her fifth album, Joanne, will be out on October 21.

Gaga, who released the collection’s first track Perfect Illusion last week, told Beats 1’s Zane Lowe that the album is “actually going to be done in the next 48 hours”. Gaga says she has been collaborating with producer Mark Ronson and tinkering on the final track, and will “[spend] the last 48 hours meditating with it”, reports Entertainment Weekly.

Though Gaga has revealed few details about the album, she’s already spoken about some of the collaborators: Ronson, Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, Florence Welch.and Hillary Lindsey. The album is named after Gaga’s father’s late sister.


Rajinikanth’s daughter appointed AWBI brand ambassador

Soundarya Ashwin, daughter of superstar Rajinikanth, known for directing her father in India’s first motion capture 3-D film Kochadaiiyaan, has been appointed brand ambassador of Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI).

“AWBI is delighted to announce that Soundarya Rajinikanth has accepted our invitation to be a co-opted member of the Board and, in addition, to serve as a member of its Performing Animals sub-committee,” said AWBI vice chairman S. Chinny Krishna.


Published: September 17, 2016 04:00 AM


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