Celebrity News: Acquittal 15 years after Richard Gere’s kiss

Shilpa Shetty, 46, Indian actress, cleared of obscenity charges after 15 years. As the BBC reports, the Bollywood actress was hugged and kissed on the cheek by US actor Richard Gere, now 72, at an AIDS awareness event in Delhi in 2007. At the time, the kiss triggered protests from radical Hindus, who saw it as an insult to Indian values. An arrest warrant against Gere for the incident was soon lifted. Only years later did a court acquit Shetty on the grounds that she had been the victim of an unwanted approach. Gere had already apologized for his advance. He just wanted to demonstrate that kissing cannot transmit HIV.

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Prince Harry, 37, and Duchess Meghan, 40, ex-royal self-promoter, get help producing podcast. Of the couple’s podcast “Archewell Audio”, which Spotify paid more than 20 million euros for, only one special episode has been released so far – and that was at the end of 2020. Now the streaming service wants to take over the production itself, like the British Daily Mail reported, and has advertised several positions for it. In the future, “top-class women” should have their say in the podcast, according to one of the job advertisements.

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Javier Bardem, 52, Spanish actor, once jumped out of Daniel Craig’s birthday cake disguised as a woman. “I was supposed to be the Bond girl that night and, oh my god, I was,” Bardem told the magazine Variety with Bond actor Craig, 53. As a surprise guest, he sang a birthday song to his British colleague. “I sang ‘Happy Birthday to You’ in my best Marilyn Monroe impersonation.” Craig laughed at the memory. The two actors had stood in front of the camera together as adversaries in the Bond film “Skyfall” (2012).

People: Safe distance: The wax figures of Olivia Jones (left) and Pope Benedict XVI.  (bottom right) will continue to stand far apart in the Panoptikum in Hamburg.

Safe distance: the wax figures of Olivia Jones (left) and Pope Benedict XVI. (bottom right) will continue to stand far apart in the Panoptikum in Hamburg.

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Olivia Jones, 52, drag queen, no longer wants to stand next to the Pope. A few years ago, Jones had wished that her figure in Hamburg’s wax museum Panoptikum “as a test of tolerance” next to that of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. is set up. Now she prefers to keep her distance, as she wrote on Facebook: “I’m withdrawing my wish, I’d rather be in good company. Is there a seat next to Udo Lindenberg by chance?” The Jones wax museum should probably fulfill the wish: “Fortunately, Olivia Jones is already very far away from the Pope, so we don’t need to move the figures,” said the Panoptikum Facebook page.

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Helene Fischer, 37, pop singer, hopes her song will bring happiness. Fischer’s song “Now or never” is the ARD Olympic song, the broadcaster said. “I remember many moments in my career when it was ‘now or never’ for me too. Most of the time I opted for ‘now’ and did well with it,” said Fischer of the German Press Agency. “I hope that my song will bring as much happiness to our athletes in Beijing as I associate with it myself.” The Winter Games will open in Beijing on February 4th.

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Peter Dinklage, 52, US actor, criticizes the portrayal of dwarfs in a remake of the fairy tale “Snow White”. The 1.35 meter tall “Game of Thrones” star accused the planned “Snow White” project of Walt Disney Studios of hypocrisy on Monday in the podcast “WTF with Marc Maron”. The studio proudly revealed that it was casting a Latina actress as Snow White and showing itself to be progressive – “but then they still do the damn backwards story about seven dwarves living together in a cave?” Dinklage lamented. They wanted to avoid reinforcing negative stereotypes about the original animated film, the Disney studio said loudly Hollywood reporters With. The seven figures would be presented differently. They would also consult with representatives of the short stature community. The musical remake is a live-action adaptation of the classic fairy tale “Snow White” directed by Marc Webb (“The Amazing Spider-Man”). The Disney studio had already awarded the lead role of Snow White to Rachel Zegler, 20, daughter of a Colombian mother, in the summer. Since 2016, Disney has been planning a live-action adaptation of the fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm about the beautiful Snow White and the helpful dwarfs. In 1937, the studio released its first full-length animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

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