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Carriage horse foes picket Liam Neeson's NYC home

Animal rights activists protesting outside Liam Neeson’s home say they don’t agree with him that New York’s carriage horses should keep working.

Neeson didn’t appear Saturday as about 50 demonstrators filled the sidewalk in front of his Manhattan apartment building. They held signs with such slogans as: “Liam Neeson: Stop Supporting Cruelty!”

The 61-year-old actor is a vocal supporter of the city’s carriage horse industry. His publicist hasn’t immediately responded to a request for comment.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has pledged to ban the horse-drawn carriages and replace them with electric vintage-style cars, commissioned by a group called NYCLASS. READ FULL STORY

Writer sues BBC America, claims producers stole 'Orphan Black'

Is Orphan Black a clone?

Writer Stephen Hendricks claims the celebrated BBC America drama is a ripoff of a screenplay he sent series producer Temple Street Productions in the late 1990s, and he’s suing for $5 million.

In a lawsuit filed Thursday in California federal court, Hendricks accuses the network, Temple Street, series producer David Fortier, and series creators Graeme Manson and John Fawcett of copyright infringement. Hendricks claims he sent his screenplay “Double Double” — registered with the WGA and the Copyright Office — to Temple Street in 2004. The screenplay was sent to co-president Fortier; a couple weeks later he was told they were passing on the project.

According to court documents, Hendricks learned about Orphan Black on March 4, 2013, a series that contained “the same, unusual core copyrightable expression as the Screenplay; i.e. the clandestine development of clones and the resulting journey of the protagonist to discover her origins.” READ FULL STORY

James Franco's ex-managers sued for embezzlement; countersuit filed

James Franco’s recently-fired talent and financial managers have been sued for allegedly bilking the actor and James/Levy Management out of a large sum of money for nearly a decade.

Randy James and Ken Jacobson filed a lawsuit in California Superior Court on Friday, claiming Franco’s ex-managers Miles Levy and Steve Blatt “conspired to, and did by fraudulent means, embezzle significant sums in commissions” beginning in 2006. James and Levy, listed in the court papers as childhood friends, founded James/Levy Management in 1986.

According to the suit, Levy told James that Franco was dropping the amount he paid in commission from 15 percent to 10 percent, and that Levy and Blatt diverted that five percent into a corporation named Down Goes Frazier, Inc., “formed by Miles and Blatt for the sole purpose of facilitating this theft.” Franco isn’t a direct party to the lawsuit. READ FULL STORY

Still recovering from illness, Miley Cyrus postpones US tour until August

Miley Cyrus is postponing her U.S. tour while she recovers from an allergic reaction to antibiotics, but will resume her performances in August.

Cyrus’ representative tells The Associated Press on Friday that the singer will resume the U.S. tour Aug. 1 in Uniondale, N.Y. The new dates will include seven rescheduled shows and two additional stops.

The European leg of the tour is still scheduled to kick off May 2 in Amsterdam.

Cyrus’ rep says the singer suffered from a sinus infection last week during her “Bangerz” tour and had “an extreme allergic reaction” to the antibiotic cephalexin on Tuesday. Cyrus canceled several shows this week as a result.

Existing tickets for the 21-year-old singer’s U.S. tour will be honored at the new date.

Lawyer: 'X-Men' director not in Hawaii at time of sex-abuse claims

A lawyer for X-Men franchise director Bryan Singer says the director has credit card receipts, telephone records, and production schedules from the first movie in the comic book series that show he wasn’t in Hawaii when a lawsuit claims he sexually abused a 17-year-old on the islands.

Singer’s lawyer, Marty Singer, told The Associated Press on Friday that the director was in Toronto working on his first major studio film from August through October 1999. A lawsuit filed by a former child model says Singer abused him several times during that span.

A lawyer for Michael Egan III, who filed the lawsuit, did not immediately respond to phone calls seeking comment.

The lawsuit was filed under a Hawaii law that temporarily suspends the statute of limitations in sex-abuse cases.

Alex O'Loughlin marries Malia Jones

Hawaii Five-O actor Alex O’Loughlin and Malia Jones have tied the knot! Reps for the happy couple confirmed the news to People, saying that the couple, who resides in Hawaii, tied the knot on the island in a quiet ceremony.

The actor and surfer/model have been together since November 2012 and welcomed their first son, Lion, into the world together this past October. Both also have children from previous relationships — O’Loughlin has a teenage son, Saxon, and Jones is mother to a 4-year-old son, Spike.

Chris Brown trial set to start on Monday

A judge in Washington has delayed giving her verdict in the trial of a bodyguard for singer Chris Brown on an assault charge.

Judge Patricia Wynn had been expected to give her verdict in bodyguard Christopher Hollosy’s trial Friday. But she delayed that until Monday. READ FULL STORY

Debbie Matenopoulos reveals marriage and pregnancy

Home & Family host Debbie Matenopoulos is full of big news: She got married last summer and is now pregnant with her first child, People confirms.

Matenopoulos wed Jon Falcone in Greece in a secret ceremony and tells People, “I’ll do a proper wedding after I have the baby.”

The mom-to-be is one of the original hosts of The View and will be returning to the morning talk show April 21 as a guest and also in a special episode saying goodbye to current View co-host Barbara Walters May 16.

Idris Elba and girlfriend welcome baby

Idris Elba is a dad again! The actor and his girlfriend Naiyana Garth welcomed a baby boy, named Winston, to the world April 17.

This is the first son for Elba and Garth, but Elba also has an 11-year-old son with previous wife Dormowa Sherman.

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Fox responds to Bryan Singer sex abuse allegations

Fox, the studio behind Bryan Singer’s upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, has responded to claims that the director drugged and sexually abused a 17-year-old boy over a decade ago.

“These are serious allegations, and they will be resolved in the appropriate forum,” Fox said in a statement. “This is a personal matter, which Bryan Singer and his representatives are addressing separately.”

Michael Egan, now 31, has accused Singer of forcing him to perform sexual acts while promising the then-aspiring actor-model film roles. The abuses allegedly took place at California and Hawaii house parties beginning in the late 1990s. Egan claims Singer was part of an underage sex ring.

“I was raped numerous times in that house by numerous individuals,” Egan said at a press conference on Thursday. “You were like a piece of meat to these people. They’d pass you around between them.” READ FULL STORY

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