R. Kelly back in court to face further sex crimes charges

Disgraced R&B singer R. Kelly, who is serving a 30-year sentence for sex offenses, is back in court this week facing further charges.. Core to the state's case was Kelly's relationship with the late singer Aaliyah, which began when she was around 13 years old.

'Bullet Train' locked and loaded atop N.America box office

Sony's "Bullet Train" held the top spot for the second week running in the North American box office, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations estimated Sunday during a relatively flat mid-August period of moviegoing.. Overall, domestic releases are gradually getting back on track since the coronavirus pandemic hammered the industry, but the schedule remains relatively "thin," according to Franchise Entertainment Research's box office newsletter.

Agent says Rushdie on 'road to recovery' after stabbing

Salman Rushdie is on the "road to recovery," his agent said Sunday, two days after a shocking assault at a literary event left the British author hospitalized on a ventilator with multiple stab wounds. . "He's off the ventilator, so the road to recovery has begun," Andrew Wylie said in a statement sent to multiple media outlets.

Police probe 'online threat' to JK Rowling over Rushdie tweet

Scottish police said on Sunday they were investigating an apparent "online threat" made to Harry Potter author JK Rowling in response to her tweet supporting Salman Rushdie following his stabbing.. "We have received a report of an online threat being made and officers are carrying out enquiries," said a Police Scotland spokeswoman.

Activists accuse Iran of responsibility for Rushdie attack

Iran's rulers bear responsibility for the attack against the British writer Salman Rushdie as the Islamic republic never repudiated a 1989 order issued by its founder calling for the novelist to be killed, activists and opponents charged Saturday.. "There's been a fatwa on Salman Rushdie from Khomeini since 1989 and the Islamic Republic of Iran never backed off the fatwa. @khamenei_ir repeated it on Twitter as well.

Iran conservative media hail Salman Rushdie attacker

Iranian ultra-conservative newspaper Kayhan on Saturday hailed the man who stabbed British author Salman Rushdie -- the target of a 1989 Iranian fatwa calling for his death.. Iranian authorities have yet to make any official comment on the stabbing attack against Rushdie.

New Owen Wilson superhero film bets on streaming power

Owen Wilson's new superhero film "Secret Headquarters," out Friday, was originally slated for a theatrical release -- before creators opted to put it out exclusively on the streaming platform Paramount Plus instead.. Wilson said the film also brought on some awkward moments for him: a lefty, the actor was scripted as a right-handed superhero.

February 14, 1989: The fatwa against Salman Rushdie

Friday's knife attack on Salman Rushdie comes more than 33 years after the fatwa against him by Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, in which he sentenced him to death.. Until Friday's knife attack, he had very much resumed a normal life. ccd/jmy/br/kjm

Salman Rushdie: Magical realist forced to live on the run

British Indian author Salman Rushdie is a master of magical realism who captured global attention as the target of a fatwa that forced him into hiding, and which now drives his fierce defence of freedom of speech.. As an advocate of freedom of speech, he notably launched a strong defence of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo after its staff were gunned down by Islamists in Paris in 2015.