3 production companies say they won’t film in Georgia after abortion law signed

(CNN)Hollywood has been outspoken against a controversial Georgia abortion law, and now the heads of three production companies are saying they will not film in the state. Georgia has been the location for the filming of multiple television shows and blockbuster films, including one of Marvel’s biggest hits, “Black Panther.” Such films and the production of wildly popular TV series including “The Walking Dead” and “Stranger Things” have resulted in an estimated $2.7 billion pouring into the Southern state from direct spending via 455 productions, the governor’s office announced last year. Filmmakers J.J. Abrams and Jordan Peele released a joint statement Friday stating they’d stand “shoulder to shoulder with the women of Georgia” as their new show “Lovecraft Country” begins …

Peter Mayhew, Chewbacca in ‘Star Wars,’ dies at 74

(CNN)Peter Mayhew, the original Chewbacca, has died, according to his agent. “He put his heart and soul into the role of Chewbacca and it showed in every frame of the films from his knock-kneed running, firing his bowcaster from the hip, his bright blue eyes, down to each subtle movement of his head and mouth,” his family said. “But, to him, the Star Wars family meant so much more to him than a role in a film.” Mayhew started the Peter Mayhew Foundation to support people in crisis situations, including providing food and supplies for the children of Venezuela during their recent road to freedom. “His kindness, generosity and care will live on in the Peter Mayhew Foundation with Angie …

Prince’s 5 best-selling albums

(CNN)When Prince died on April 21, 2016, he left behind an extensive catalog which could not to be confined to a single genre. ‘Purple Rain’ (soundtrack) 13x multi-platinum Released June 25, 1984 Singles: “When Doves Cry,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” “Purple Rain,” “I Would Die 4 You,” “Take Me With U” The first album credited to Prince and The Revolution, this was his blockbuster — and one of the defining albums of the ’80s. The soundtrack to his rock drama, “Purple Rain,” it was released a month before the movie and helped drive audiences to theaters. It also won Prince an Oscar for Best Original Song Score. ‘1999’ 4x multi-platinum Released October 27, 1982 Singles: “1999,” “Little Red Corvette,” “Delirious,” and …

Taylor Swift donates $113,000 to Tennessee LGBTQ advocacy group

(CNN)Taylor Swift has said she is “finding my voice in terms of politics,” and now she has put her money where her mouth is. “Please convey my heartfelt thanks to them and accept this donation to support the work you and those leaders are doing. I’m so grateful that they’re giving all people a place to worship.” The group has been battling a series of bills in the Tennessee Legislature it says target the LGBTQ community. “Taylor Swift has been a long-time ally to the LGBTQ community,” Sanders told the Nashville paper. “She sees our struggle in Tennessee and continues to add her voice with so many good people, including religious leaders, who are speaking out for love in the …

Nipsey Hussle was more of a movement than a musician

(CNN)Hours after Nipsey Hussle was gunned down in the Hyde Park neighborhood, Los Angeles Police Commissioner Steve Soboroff announced that he had been scheduled to meet with the rapper. The reason? They wanted to speak with Soboroff and Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore “about ways he could help stop gang violence and help us help kids,” Soboroff tweeted. “I’m so very sad.” Anyone familiar with Nipsey’s woke brand of gangbanging wasn’t surprised. While Crips and Bloods have provided great gangland fodder for Hollywood and other storytellers, Nipsey bucked the conventional trappings of gang life. View this post on Instagram Police: 1 dead, 2 injured in Los Angeles shooting “I got an email that came through my team and it …

Hollywood comes out in opposition to Georgia’s ‘heartbeat’ bill

(CNN)Alyssa Milano is leading the charge in Hollywood against a controversial bill in Georgia. Dozens of other celebrities including Amy Schumer, Sean Penn, Alec Baldwin, Don Cheadle, Rosie O’Donnell, Patton Oswalt, Sarah Silverman and Mia Farrow signed the letter in support. “This dangerous and deeply-flawed bill mimics many others which have already been deemed unconstitutional,” said the letter, a copy of which Milano tweeted Thursday. “As men who identify as small-government conservatives, we remind you that government is never bigger than when it is inside a woman’s body or in her doctor’s office.” Georgia is the site of multiple film and television productions, and the letter threatens a boycott if the bill becomes state law. “We want to stay in …

Why did prosecutors drop all charges against Jussie Smollett?

(CNN)Police said investigators had more than enough evidence to convict actor Jussie Smollett but in an unexpected turn of events, prosecutors decided to drop all charges against him. Police in Chicago found several pieces of evidence that led them to believe that Smollett orchestrated the attack. Investigators had footage of the men involved in the alleged assault buying a ski mask, sunglasses and other items. They also had a check that Smollett used to pay one of them. But no surveillance cameras captured the incident and one of the men was actually Smollett’s personal trainer, the actor’s attorneys said. If prosecutors saw holes in their case, they had to do the “best they could do in the interest of justice.” …

Attorney for brothers involved in the Jussie Smollett case says they were ‘betrayed’ by the celebrity

(CNN)Two brothers who authorities said took part in a staged attack on actor Jussie Smollett were “betrayed” by the celebrity, their attorney told CNN on Monday. She added: “We’ve seen a lot of stories in the news where celebrities think they might be above the law. It’s just not the case.”

Big Bang idol Seungri quits K-pop as he becomes a suspect in prostitution investigation

(CNN)One of K-pop’s biggest idols has dramatically quit the entertainment industry after it emerged he is being investigated on suspicion of violating South Korea’s prostitution law. But in recent months a scandal dogging the Burning Sun nightclub in Seoul, which Seungri sat on the board of, had put that reputation in danger. It had also caused some to question how clean-cut K-pop idols really are. Illicit spy cam cases skyrocket in South Korea Celebrities caught with even small amounts of marijuana can find themselves suspended by labels or forced to make public apologies. “Scandals involving drinking, drugs or even dating not only make waves in the entertainment news section but also the finance news section,” Bernie Cho, a Korean music …

Jussie Smollett paid $3,500 to stage his attack, hoping to promote his career, police allege

Chicago (CNN)Jussie Smollett paid two brothers $3,500 to stage an attack on him last month, taking “advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career,” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson alleged Thursday. The “Empire” actor was arrested Thursday morning on suspicion of filing a false report about the January 29 incident and appeared in court in the afternoon. He paid a bond later and was released. Smollett then went to work on the “Empire” set to shoot some scenes, CNN contributor Nichelle Turner said. The company behind “Empire,” 20th Century Fox Television, has previously backed the actor. On Thursday, it said it was “evaluating the situation and we are considering our options.” Rush to judgment in the …