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Chloë Grace Moretz addresses body-shaming controversy over Snow White movie

 (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
(Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Actress Chloë Grace Moretz has long been known as a strong voice when it comes to issues of feminism, whether it's over-sexualization of female characters or equal pay for women. Now she's speaking out against the marketing campaign behind one of her own projects.

Moretz went on social media Wednesday to address criticism that marketing for the animated film "Red Shoes and the 7 Dwarfs" — an updated tweak on the Snow White story, with Moretz as the voice of the classic fairy-tale character — engages in body-shaming.

"I have now fully reviewed the [marketing] for Red Shoes, I am just as appalled and angry as everyone else, this wasn't approved by me or my team," the actress wrote.

According to the website of the South Korean animation studio behind the film, its story centers on "a Princess who doesn't fit into the celebrity world of Princesses — or their dress size." When she puts on a pair of magical red shoes, she instantly becomes skinnier.

The film's synopsis promises an empowering message in which Snow White "learns not only to accept herself, but to celebrate who she is, inside and out." But the film's trailer and other marketing materials have been blasted as fat-shaming.

Plus-size model Tess Holliday took to Twitter to criticize a billboard for the film that appeared at the Cannes Film Festival, where "Red Shoes" was seeking distribution, that suggested that the less svelte Snow White was "no longer beautiful."

Hearing the complaints about the film's tone-deaf marketing, Moretz agreed – and told her more than 3 million followers so in a pair of tweets. 

Even as she apologized, she promised that the marketing doesn't represent the complete picture and the film's ultimate message is a far more positive one than initial impressions may suggest.


Singing tween ventriloquist from 'America's Got Talent' is the cure for what ails you

Had enough outrage? Here's the cure for what ails you, courtesy of "America's Got Talent." 

Take a deep breath, exhale slowly and witness one Darci Lynne Farmer, a 12-year-old singing ventriloquist from Oklahoma City, who on Tuesday night got the Golden Buzzer from "AGT" judge Mel B for a performance that exuded unadulterated joy.

Armed with bunny-puppet pal Petunia on lead vocals, Darci Lynne delivered a surprising version of "Summertime" for her audition. She ended up earning a ticket straight to the competition's live shows. 

"You made my heart melt," said Mel B, who Darci Lynne later dubbed "the best Spice Girl."

“I believe that that rabbit is a real separate person," judge Howie Mandel said. "I love you. I believe you’re gonna go far. You just changed your life tonight, young lady."


John Legend makes case to take canceled drama 'Underground' elsewhere

 (Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)
(Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)

John Legend is making a case for the recently canceled TV drama "Underground" to be picked up by other content providers.

The Oscar-winning musician, who is an executive producer and played abolitionist Frederick Douglass on the Underground Railroad-centered show, rallied fans to give it a second life when cable broadcaster WGN America announced Tuesday it would be canceling the series after two seasons

The network has been scaling down its investment in original programming as part of a deal that its parent company, Tribune Media, made with conservative-leaning Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. Sinclair's purchase of Tribune gives it control of more than 200 local TV stations and WGN America.

The shift was not lost on Legend, who fired off a series of tweets to promote the content brought forth by "Underground" and its creators, Misha Green and Joe Pokaski.

"WGN America has been bought and is going a different direction strategically. We will find a new home for Underground!" he tweeted, adding, "Content wins. We're not reliant on a particular network to make great content. We're so proud of our show and the audience that supported!"

Legend, who has made no secret about his liberal politics, cautioned fans to "be wary of Sinclair" and claimed that "they're trying to make local stations mini Fox Newses" that lean even further to the right.

He completed his plea by asking followers to "feel free to drop some hints to the network/streaming services you want to pick up #Underground. Show them who will be watching!"

"Despite 'Underground' being a terrific and important series, it no longer fits with our new direction and we have reached the difficult decision not to renew it for a third season," Peter Kern, president and CEO of Tribune Media, said in a statement. "It is our hope that this remarkable show finds another home and continues its stories of courage, determination and freedom.”

Sony Pictures Television, the studio that produces "Underground," is said to be trying to find it a new home.

See The Times' roster of new, returning and canceled series here.


Coachella 2018 dates and ticket sales announced

We already knew one thing about Coachella in 2018: Beyoncé's headlining. And now we know when the world-famous California music festival will be held and when tickets are on sale.

Organizers announced Wednesday that the festival will again return to the expanded Empire Polo Club in Indio for two weekends, April 13-15 and April 20-22. 

Tickets go on sale Friday at 11 a.m. PDT. Ticket prices start at $429 for general admission and $999 for VIP, and usually sell out within hours and well before a full lineup is announced.

Given that next year will see Beyoncé's much-awaited, post-twins makeup set at Coachella, it's fair to say they'll go fast.

Lady Gaga performed at the 2017 edition of Coachella. (Patrick T. Fallon / For The Los Angeles Times)
Lady Gaga performed at the 2017 edition of Coachella. (Patrick T. Fallon / For The Los Angeles Times)

Liam Gallagher plays new music at Manchester benefit show

In the wake of the terrorist attack outside an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, scores of artists joined forces to raise money for the victims. Among them was Liam Gallagher, the former singer and frontman for the city's most beloved rock band, Oasis.

Gallagher played a benefit show for the bombing victims on Tuesday at the O2 Ritz Manchester. At the show, his first as a solo artist, he played several new songs, including the single "Wall of Glass," which you can watch above. It was a preview of his forthcoming solo LP, "As You Were." (Previously, Gallagher fronted the post-Oasis rock band Beady Eye.) 

For Oasis fans, he played several classic tracks, including "Be Here Now" with Oasis guitarist Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs and an a cappella take on "Live Forever."


CNN fires Kathy Griffin from New Year's Eve show over controversial Trump picture

 (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)
(Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)

Kathy Griffin is out of a job at CNN. 

The cable network on Wednesday terminated its agreement with the comic, who for years has co-hosted its New Year's Eve program with Anderson Cooper, after a photo of Griffin holding a bloody, severed head in the likeness of President Trump went viral on social media. 

The image, taken by photographer Tyler Shields, elicited strong criticism from liberals and conservatives alike. 

Griffin apologized for the gory image in a 30-second video posted online Tuesday night. 

"I beg for your forgiveness," Griffin said in the video. "I went too far."

Trump denounced the image Wednesday, calling it "Sick!" and saying Griffin should be ashamed. 



Lebanon officially bans 'Wonder Woman' from theaters

If you live in Lebanon, "Wonder Woman" won't be coming to a theater near you anytime soon.

On Wednesday, the country officially banned the superhero film just hours before it was set to arrive in theaters. The ban followed an effort by a group called Campaign to Boycott Supporters of Israel, which urged the Lebanese government's Ministry of Economy and Trade to block the film because its star, Gal Gadot, is Israeli.

News of the ban, which had been the subject of speculation since Monday, was announced on social media by Lebanon's Grand Cinemas and Campaign to Boycott Supporters of Israel.

Lebanon has had a contentious relationship with the state of Israel for decades and has an official law on the books that encourages boycotts of products from its neighbor to the south. Israeli citizens and anyone whose passport shows they've traveled to Israel are prohibited from entering Lebanon.

Earlier films featuring Gadot, including "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" and “Furious 7,” have successfully screened in theaters in Lebanon, however. "Batman v Superman," which introduced Gadot's Wonder Woman, was the third biggest hit at the box office in Lebanon last year.

And, as has been pointed out, "Wonder Woman" was, in fact, made by three companies based in America and two based in China, so calling it an Israeli product is debatable.

But, on its Facebook page, the Campaign to Boycott Supporters of Israel complained that Gadot had served two years in the Israeli Defense Forces (national military service is mandatory for Israeli citizens over 18) and "boasted about the army training her for Hollywood."

"Wonder Woman" lands in American theaters on Friday and, fueled by overwhelmingly positive reviews, is expected to perform strongly. Read our recent profile of director Patty Jenkins, in which she explains why the world needs Wonder Woman, right here.


If President Trump's got the whole world in his hands, Trevor Noah says we're in trouble

Having caught fire too late Tuesday for late-night TV, and with several hosts extending their Memorial Day weekend, the #covfefe hashtag would have to wait at least until Wednesday for its monologue moment.

There were, however, some late-night-related tweets reacting to Twitter addict @realdonaldtrump's since-deleted mistyping of what is assumed to be the word "covering" or "coverage."

"What makes me saddest," wrote Jimmy Kimmel, "is that I know I'll never write anything funnier than #covfefe."

The account for CBS' "Late Late Show" poked some fun at Trump's gaffe, too.

Meanwhile, Trevor Noah and Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" were back after a week off, above, catching up with President Trump's whole first trip abroad. "International Hand Stuff" was the name of the segment, which framed the excursion in terms of the president's mitts. 

There were references to Trump touching the "glowing white orb" and Jerusalem's Western Wall ("they build one wall 2,000 years ago," Noah said in his Trump voice, "zero Mexicans in their whole country"); the question of whether First Lady Melania Trump swatted away her husband's hand on the tarmac in Tel Aviv ("leave it to Fox News not to recognize what rejection from a woman looks like"); and Trump's power handshake from new French President Emmanuel Macron ("the first time that President Trump was on the receiving end of an unwelcome hand grab").

The last manual metaphor was given to the German chancellor, who, after her visit with the American president, said, "We Europeans must take our fate into our own hands."

"Yeah," said Noah, "clearly Angela Merkel got one look at Trump and was like, 'All right, our fate is in our own hands, because his clearly ruin everything they touch.'"

Jimmy Kimmel also looked at Trump's trip abroad, which he described, with probable irony, as "spreading joy and optimism all over the world." Titled "Drunk Donald Trump: Sicily," the segment replayed a portion of Trump's speech at half-speed. The effect is uncanny.

Later, sitting outside on some steps -- urine-stained steps, apparently -- Kimmel asked a series of kids, who really do say the darnedest things, about the state of the union.

If we measure a late-night host solely by an ability to engage with children in a way that's friendly, direct, deadpan and mostly honest, Kimmel is in a league with David Letterman, nearly.

How did he think Donald Trump was doing, Kimmel asked one boy.

"Not really well," the child replied. "My sister told me that Donald Trump is against another state."

"Which state? Is it … Nebraska?"

"Yeah, Nebraska."

"A lot of people are happy that he is bombing Nebraska," said Kimmel. (I did say "mostly" honest.) "Do you think it was a good idea?"

"No," replied the boy, "'cause they have, like, better bombs."

"I think they're going to be OK, though, I really do," the host said. "Once football season starts, they're usually pretty solid."


Kathy Griffin apologized for that bloody severed-head stunt. But few are forgiving her

 (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)
(Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)

First Lady Melania Trump is the latest detractor of Kathy Griffin's bloody depiction of the president's decapitation.

"As a mother, a wife, and a human being, that photo is very disturbing," FLOTUS said in a statement to NBC News. "When you consider some of the atrocities happening in the world today, a photo opportunity like this is simply wrong and makes you wonder about the mental health of the person who did it."

Griffin's photographs and video by photographer Tyler Shields showed the comic straight-faced, holding up a blood-splattered severed head that appeared to be Trump's. The president denounced Griffin's stunt, saying that she "should be ashamed of herself" and that the piece greatly disturbed his 11-year-old son, Barron. 

Griffin's apology wasn't accepted by some on Twitter either, which spewed a variety of reactions, including several right-wing jabs that Griffin had been radicalized by Islamic State, the terror group that frequently beheads its victims. Several also sympathized with the president's family, citing TMZ's story about Barron believing that something horrible had happened to his father when he saw the images on the news.

CNN subsequently fired Griffin from her co-hosting duties for its New Year's Eve broadcast, and she has also been dropped as a spokesperson for Squatty Potty.

Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., was delighted by the bathroom footstool maker's response but criticized CNN for not immediately doing the same.

"So Squatty Potty pulls the plug on Kathy Griffin, but CNN still 'evaluating' and weighing their options," the president's eldest son tweeted. "Insane what’s going on there!!!" He then added, "Apologies for my last tweet. I didn’t mean to group Squatty Potty with CNN. Obviously one of them has moral/ethical standards."

Griffin's CNN compatriot, Anderson Cooper, who co-hosts the giggle-filled New Year's Eve show for the cable news channel, did not come to his pal's defense.

"For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in. It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate," Cooper tweeted.

CNN host Jake Tapper also said on the air that he "thought the beheading imagery by Griffin about the president was disgusting and inappropriate."


Meanwhile, others believed that Griffin's apology was a step in the right direction.

"I think she did the right thing asking for forgiveness and acknowledging that this was a horrible mistake, so I think she can," Minnesota Democrat and former "Saturday Night Live" writer Sen. Al Franken told CNN on Wednesday.

"Kathy's a friend and she's a terrific comedian, but this had no business being in our public discourse...," Franken said. "And I talked to her. She has apologized — a real, fulsome apology. She's actually begged for forgiveness, and I believe in forgiveness."

Still, there was more snark to be had. 

Update, 10:55 a.m.: Story added news that CNN has fired Griffin from its New Year's Eve broadcast.


Melania Trump questions Kathy Griffin's mental health after inflammatory photo shoot

President Trump and Melania Trump (Brendan Smialowski / AFP/Getty Images)
President Trump and Melania Trump (Brendan Smialowski / AFP/Getty Images)

As a mother, a wife, and a human being, that photo is very disturbing. When you consider some of the atrocities happening in the world today, a photo opportunity like this is simply wrong and makes you wonder about the mental health of the person who did it.

Melania Trump, responding to Kathy Griffin's controversial stunt involving a "severed head" in the likeness of President Trump

President Trump denounces Kathy Griffin's decapitation stunt: 'Sick!'

Kathy Griffin's controversial presidential commentary didn't go unnoticed by the president himself. 

In the wake of the comedienne's gory display photographed by Tyler Shields, which featured the "New Year's Eve Live" co-host holding a severed likeness of Donald Trump's head, the president took to Twitter early Wednesday morning to denounce her stunt.

UPDATE: CNN fires Kathy Griffin from New Year's Eve show 

"Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!" he wrote.

Griffin has already apologized for the polarizing turn of events, which was publicized online on Tuesday. In a video statement on social media, she said she had asked Shields to take down the photos. 

"I beg for your forgiveness," Griffin said in the 30-second clip. "I went too far."

It seems the controversy is far from blowing over, though. TMZ reports that the Secret Service is investigating the matter, and the site also posted stories about how Trump's son Barron was indeed traumatized by the images.


A Star Is Born: Morgan Freeman turns 80 today

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

I like to play characters who are the absolute opposite of me. I think the farther you get from yourself, the more fun you have because the real you is hidden away. Those are the kind of parts where you can become totally empty and let the character fill you up. That's what I look for -- a role that gives me a chance to be someone completely different.

Morgan Freeman, 1993

A Star Is Born: Clint Eastwood turns 87 today

 (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

If you want to be in for the long haul, you just have to trust your judgment about the material. ... If you go whoring for the money, the audiences will figure you out. They know when you're being a jerk, when you're just trying to get them in a room and show them a movie you don't even care about.

Clint Eastwood, 1993

Kathy Griffin posts apology for graphic Trump photo shoot, and CNN responds

After widespread condemnation, comedian Kathy Griffin issued an apology on social media Tuesday for a photo of herself holding a severed head in the likeness of President Trump.

"I beg for your forgiveness," Griffin says in a 30-second video posted on social media. "I went too far."

That didn't smooth things over with Trump, though, who responded to the stunt on Twitter Wednesday morning, calling it "sick!"

UPDATE: CNN fires Kathy Griffin from New Year's Eve show 

Griffin's “New Year's Eve Live” co-host Anderson Cooper tweeted that he found the display "disgusting,"  and CNN released a statement as well, saying: "We found what she did disgusting and offensive. We are pleased to see she has apologized and asked that the photos be taken down. We are evaluating New Year’s Eve and have made no decisions at this point."

Update, May 31, 8:10 a.m.: Story added information about Trump's reaction Wednesday morning.


'This Is Us' not moving to Thursdays, after all

Milo Ventimiglia, left, and Mandy Moore on "This Is Us." (Ron Batzdorff / NBC)
Milo Ventimiglia, left, and Mandy Moore on "This Is Us." (Ron Batzdorff / NBC)

Consider it a flash-forward flashback: Poised to help NBC reclaim its "Must See TV" glory on Thursday nights, "This Is Us" is now staying put in its Tuesday time slot before the switch even happened.

The breakout drama from last season will keep hold of the 9 p.m. hour on Tuesdays where it performed mightily in its debut season, the network announced Tuesday. It'll retain its lead-in, "The Voice."

The move means some rejiggering for Thursdays. The revival of "Will & Grace," which was slated to open the night, will now kick off the 9 p.m. hour. It will be surrounded by comedies "Superstore," "The Good Place" and "Great News" to create a two-hour comedy block.

"Chicago Fire" will take up the 10 p.m. hour instead of "Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders." That drama will keep its "This Is Us" lead-in by moving to Tuesdays.

Here's NBC's revised schedule:


8 p.m. – "The Voice"

9 p.m. – "This Is Us"

10 p.m. – "Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders"


8 p.m. – "Superstore"

8:30 p.m. – "The Good Place"

9 p.m. – "Will & Grace"

9:30 p.m. – "Great News"

10 p.m. – "Chicago Fire"



Kathy Griffin shocks in gory photo shoot with Donald Trump's (fake) head

 (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
(Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

Comedian Kathy Griffin and photographer Tyler Shields may have pulled off the impossible with the creation of a gory photo that's spurring outrage on both sides of the political aisle. 

The picture, featuring Griffin wearing a navy pussy-bow blouse and holding aloft a bloodied imitation of President Trump's decapitated head, was first published Tuesday morning by TMZ.  

RELATED: Kathy Griffin posts apology for gory Trump photo shoot

Griffin herself shared the video from the shoot on her Twitter feed, while referencing Trump's comments toward Megyn Kelly during the Republican presidential debates. 

"I caption this 'there was blood coming out of his eyes, blood coming out of his ... wherever,'" Griffin wrote, quickly following it with a tweet that clarified that she didn't condone violence toward the president and was only mocking him.

Internet reaction to the vivid photo was immediate, with many condemning Shields and Griffin for exacerbating an atmosphere of violence some believe has already been established by Trump.

Both Shields and Griffin seem unfazed by the reaction, as the latter retweeted many critical comments. 

In a tweet from last week, Shields pondered if it were possible to be jailed for an artistic statement, then went on to joke with BuzzFeed News on Tuesday that he hoped he'd be allowed to visit Griffin "in Guantanamo."

Griffin reiterated the idea of the photo being an artistic expression in an interview with Yashar Ali on Tuesday afternoon.

Implications of violence are generally considered a step beyond in modern political discourse; outrage was the response Ted Nugent when he called for then-President Obama and Hillary Clinton to be tried and hanged, and when then-candidate Trump made reference on the campaign trail to "2nd Amendment people" stopping Clinton.

Though Nugent and Trump have both ended up in the White House at one point or another, it's unclear if Griffin will escape this furor unscathed. 

Griffin serves as co-host for CNN's New Year's Eve special alongside Anderson Cooper and pressure is rising for the cable news provider to drop Griffin from the festivities.

Representatives for Griffin and CNN did not immediately respond to a request to comment. 


WGN America cancels 'Underground,' but will it really be the end?

WGN America has canceled slavery-era-set drama "Underground."

The fate of the series, which centered around the Underground Railroad, seemed doomed given how the network has been scaling back its investment in original programming. Until now, the drama, from creators Misha Green and Joe Pokaski, had stood as the lone original scripted series on the network following the recent cancellation of "Outsiders."

The shift away from original programming comes after Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc., the conservative-leaning Baltimore-based company,  announced it had agreed to buy Tribune Media in a deal that would give it control of more than 200 local TV stations and WGN America.

"As WGN America evolves and broadens the scope and scale of its portfolio of series, we recently announced that resources will be reallocated to a new strategy to increase our relevance within the rapidly changing television landscape," Peter Kern, president and CEO of Tribune Media, said in a statement. "Despite 'Underground' being a terrific and important series, it no longer fits with our new direction and we have reached the difficult decision not to renew it for a third season."

Kern added: "It is our hope that this remarkable show finds another home and continues its stories of courage, determination and freedom.”

Sony Pictures Television, the studio that produces “Underground,” is said to be trying to find it a new home. 

When "Underground" stars Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Aisha Hinds stopped by the Los Angeles Times' video studio last week, both seemed hopeful that "Underground's" story wasn't over.

“We haven’t heard anything yet on the status of Season 3,” said Hinds, who joined Season 2 portraying Underground Railroad icon Harriet Tubman. “But I do know there is quite a bit more of this story to tell. And I know that we have engaged viewers waiting to see the story. If WGN is not our home, we’ll find a home.”


Erin Moran died of cancer, autopsy report confirms

Erin Moran is shown in 1992. (Wally Fong / Associated Press)
Erin Moran is shown in 1992. (Wally Fong / Associated Press)

The coroner reportedly says "Happy Days" actress Erin Moran died of complications from cancer and cancer alone. That's in line with what her husband said in an open letter written shortly after her death on April 22 at age 56. 

Tests showed "no illegal narcotics were involved in her death," according to an autopsy report obtained by TMZ on Tuesday from the coroner's office in Harrison County, Ind.

Moran struggled with substance abuse earlier in her life, and media assumptions about her cause of death were amplified by a comment from Scott Baio during an early morning radio interview April 24.

When Baio learned his former costar had been battling cancer, he fell all over himself trying to set the record straight. 

"I was asked ONLY about Erin's troubled past due to drug & alcohol abuse. I was still upset and said I felt that living that kind of a lifestyle will catch up with you and nothing good would come of it," he said on Facebook. "THIS WAS BEFORE THE CAUSE OF DEATH WAS ANNOUNCED STATING STAGE 4 CANCER."

One of the former child star's brothers, Tony Moran, told the Sun on May 30: “My first thoughts were she must have had a heart attack caused by years of substance abuse. She has always battled demons and in recent years things have gone from bad to worse."

In reality, as described by her husband, Moran had discovered last December that she had squamous cell carcinoma of the throat. After undergoing chemotherapy and radiation, by April she could no longer speak, eat or drink. She had a feeding tube.

Baio posted the open letter from Steve Fleischmann, Moran's husband of nearly 24 years, on his own Facebook page April 25. "It got so bad so fast," Fleischmann said. 

"The coroner told me it was really really bad. It had spread to her spleen, she had alot of fluid in her lungs and part of her brain was infected," Fleischmann wrote. "The coroner said even if she was in the hospital being pumped full of antibiotics she still would not of made it. He said it was the best that she was with me and went in her sleep."


Lebanon might ban new 'Wonder Woman' because of star's Israeli heritage

 (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)
(Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)

A new foe has arisen to oppose Wonder Woman at the box office: Lebanon.

The Associated Press reported Tuesday that Lebanon is seeking to ban Warner Bros.'s new "Wonder Woman" movie because lead actress Gal Gadot is an Israeli.

On Monday, Lebanon's National News Agency reported that the Ministry of Economy and Trade was adopting measures necessary to ban the film from screening.

Relations between Israel and Lebanon have been strained since Israel's independence in 1948, with Lebanon still abiding by the Arab League boycott of Israel adopted in 1945. 

Lebanon does not recognize the State of Israel and does not accept Israeli passports or passports indicating a person has entered Israel.

But is "Wonder Woman" an Israeli product?

The film is produced by five production companies —DC Films, Atlas Entertainment, Cruel and Unusual Films, Tencent Pictures and Wanda Pictures — three companies based in the United States and two in China. 

Gadot, however, is proud of her heritage. She served two years in the Israel Defense Force as required by the country's conscription requirements and has posted in the past in support of IDF during the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict.

The ban of the film would have to move quickly, as screenings are scheduled to begin in Beirut on Wednesday. 

But such action would require approval from a six-member committee from the Ministry of Economy, a process that had yet to begin, according to the Associated Press.

"Wonder Woman" debuts in U.S. theaters Friday.

4:10 p.m.: This article was updated with information from Lebanon's National News Agency.


Olivia Newton-John has a new cancer diagnosis; her June shows are postponed

 (Esteban Felix / Associated Press)
(Esteban Felix / Associated Press)

Olivia-Newton John has "reluctantly" postponed her June concert dates after learning that the back pain she's been waylaid by recently is caused by breast cancer that has metastasized to her sacrum. 

"I decided on my direction of therapies after consultation with my doctors and natural therapists and the medical team at my Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in Melbourne, Australia,” the 68-year-old singer said Tuesday in a statement on social media. 

Those therapies include a short course of photon radiation therapy in addition to "natural wellness therapies," the statement said.

Newton-John was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, at which time she underwent chemotherapy after a modified radical mastectomy with reconstruction. Her treatment also included acupuncture, which she said helped her with nausea, as well as yoga, meditation and massage.

Three weeks ago, Newton-John postponed her May shows, with her team citing "a bad issue with Olivia's sciatica." Now, her June shows in the U.S. and Canada have been put off. Ticket-holders are being directed to venues for refunds, and any rescheduled dates will be posted on Newton-John's official website. 

"Olivia ... is confident she will be back later in the year, better than ever, to celebrate her shows," the Tuesday statement said.

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