Hollywood: Lizzo in the soup over dancer drama; Ken’s song hits the Billboard charts


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Lizzo sued by dancers

The pop star Lizzo, who is known for hits such as “About Damn Time”, is being sued by three of her former dancers over alleged sexual, religious and race-related harassment, as well as creating an unsafe work environment.

Arianna Davis, Crystal Williams and Noelle Rodriguez are the former dancers who brought the case against the singer, her dance coach and her production company Big Grrrl Big Touring (BGBT).

Lizzo, whose real name is Melissa Viviane Jefferson, is also accused of discriminating against a dancer based on her larger figure and forcing another to “touch the breasts of an artist in a nightclub in Amsterdam”.

In addition, the dance team’s captain, Shirlene Quigley, is alleged to have tried to force her Christian beliefs on dancers and booed those believed to have had premarital sex.

Lizzo dismissed the allegations as false in an Instagram post and said that her character, work ethic and respect were called into question.

“Normally I choose not to respond to false allegations, but these allegations sound too outrageous not to touch upon. I am hurt, but will not allow the good work I have already done in the world to be overshadowed by this,” the singer’s post reads.

Hollywood celebrities donate millions to actors union

Several big names in Hollywood, including George Clooney, Dwayne Johnson, Nicole Kidman and Meryl Streep, have each donated $1 million (about R19 million) or more amid the nearly month-long strikes by the Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA) to support actors who are currently unemployed.

The strike by SAG-AFTRA, which represents around 160,000 Hollywood actors, as well as a strike by American film and television writers, has brought the American entertainment industry to a standstill since May.

RNews previously reported that with their agreement, SAG-AFTRA wants to determine, among other things, a policy that will protect actors against the use of artificial intelligence (AI). The dwindling compensation that actors and writers are replacing due to streaming services has also come under scrutiny.

While some actors are paid millions, Fran Drescher, president of SAG-AFTRA, said this week that 86% of the union’s 160,000 members earn less than $26,500 (about R400,000) a year.

While the writers’ union resumed talks on Friday, SAG-AFTRA’s efforts with firms such as Netflix and Disney, represented by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), have reached a deadlock for the time being after the AMPTP announced that no negotiation talks will be held on their part at present.

Ryan Gosling’s Ken song on Billboard charts

The Barbie-movie may be painting the world pink, but it seems the name on everyone’s lips is instead that of her doll boyfriend, Ken.

The actor Ryan Gosling, who plays the role of Barbie’s plastic match in this blockbuster movie, has just reached a new professional milestone – a song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

“I’m just Ken”, a song sung by Gosling’s character in this movie, is a worldwide hit and, thanks to its popularity, made its debut this week in 87th place.

The song, an almost satirical 1980s-inspired love ballad, was penned by Grammy-winning producer Mark Ronson (who is also responsible for hits like “Uptown Funk”) and writer Andrew Wyatt.

However, this isn’t the first time Gosling has graced fans with his singing talent.

The actor starred in the 2016 Oscar-winning movie, La La Landshowcasing his versatility as a singer and dancer.

Old school video shows Princess Catherine singing on stage

An old video in which Princess Catherine of Wales sings during a school concert made the rounds on social media this week.

In the video, the princess sings “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly” from the musical My Fair Ladyin which she played the lead role.

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The precious flashback moment was shared by a fan account, “Catherine Princess of Wales” on Instagram.

The former Duchess of Cambridge has twice boasted of her talent on the keyboard; first during 2021’s royal Christmas carol service where she accompanied the Scottish singer Tom Walker and later also during this year’s Eurovision song contest.

Sources: BBC, Independent UK, People, AFP