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The Lion King, based on the 1994 Disney film, celebrated its 20th year on Broadway. The celebratory performance was joined by director Julie Taymor and over 100 cast alumni, as well as a surprise appearance by the composer Elton John himself, who performed the show’s famous song “The Circle of Life.”

Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda will reprise his performance as the founding father Alexander Hamilton in the upcoming production of the Broadway hit musical in his home island of Puerto Rico.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art revealed the theme for the Met Gala in 2018—“Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” Conceived to create a dialogue regarding the complex relationship between religious art and fashion, the exhibition will pivot around the papal garbs on loan from the Sistine Chapel sacristy, many of which have never been seen outside the Vatican.

Mariah Carey’s former bodyguard Michael Anello has accused the singer of sexual harassment and has threatened to sue over unpaid invoices. Anello claims that the singer deliberately wore revealing clothing and performed “sexual acts with the intent that they be viewed” by him, made derogatory remarks about him and failed to pay $220,000 for his company’s work.

Comedian Louis C.K. confessed to engaging in sexual misconduct after five women came forward and accused him of inappropriate behavior regarding masturbation. C.K.’s statement came after various media companies cut ties with him and a film distributor cancelled the release of his upcoming comedy film.

The huge information leak of Paradise Papers has revealed that many celebrities including Bono, Madonna, Martha Stewart, Harvey Weinstein, Nicole Kidman and Shakira are avoiding taxes by hiding their investments in various offshore companies.

In honor of her portrayal of The Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming film The Post, three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep will appear on the cover of Vogue’s December issue.

Ahead of its closing on Dec. 31, Britney Spears’ sold-out residency Piece of Me earned the pop princess Best Resident Performer, Best Production Show, Best Bachelorette Party and Best Bachelor Party at the Best of Las Vegas 2017 Awards.

In an effort to delve into the world of video streaming, Apple ordered two seasons of a drama about the world of network morning television that will star Jennifer Aniston, marking her return to the small screen, and Reese Witherspoon. Both stars will also serve as executive producers.

In a highly unprecedented move, director Ridley Scott and Sony Pictures have announced the removal of Kevin Spacey from an already finished film, All the Money in the World. Following the sexual assault allegations against Spacey, the production team has decided to recast Christopher Plummer for the role of J. Paul Getty and reshoot all of Spacey’s old scenes before the film’s release on Dec. 22.

British soul singer Sam Smith achieved his first No. 1 album in the United States with his sophomore longplay The Thrill of It All. Maroon 5 collects its sixth top 10 album as Red Pill Blues bows at No. 2. Country star and “The Voice” coach Blake Shelton arrives at No. 4 with his latest album, Texoma Shore. The record marks Shelton’s 11th top 10 album, as well as the eighth consecutive year in which he has debuted at least one new album on the chart.

November 20, 2017

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