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Queens of the Stone Age singer apologizes for concert kick

Queens of the Stone Age frontman Joshua Homme has apologized after a photographer claimed the singer kicked her camera while she photographed the band's concert in Southern California.

Photographer Chelsea Lauren said on Instagram that she sought medical treatment after the camera smashed into her face from the kick Saturday night at a radio station's annual Christmas event. Video posted to social media shows Homme swinging his leg and connecting with the camera while playing guitar at the Forum near Los Angeles.

Homme said on Twitter Sunday that he was "in a state of being lost in performance" and thought he was kicking lighting equipment on state. He says it was unintentional and he hopes Lauren accepts his apology.

Emails seeking further comment from Homme's representatives were not immediately returned.

Sting performs at Florida Orchestra’s 50th Anniversary Gala

Grammy Award-winning musician Sting performed Saturday night during the Florida Orchestra’s 50th Anniversary Gala in St. Petersburg, The Tampa Bay Times reported.

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Sting, 66, who has won 16 Grammys as a solo artist and as a member of The Police, sang some of his notable hits, including “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,” “Roxanne” and “Englishman in New York,” the Times reported.

Born Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner in 1951, Sting earned his first Grammy in 1980 with The Police. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with The Police in 2003.

Police: Pro wrestler arrested in Florida after putting wife in headlock 

professional wrestler was arrested in Florida early Sunday after police said he put his wife in a headlock and dragged her into his car.

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Richard A. Swann, 26, of Orlando, was booked into the Alachua County Jail just after midnight on charges of simple battery and false imprisonment. World Wrestling Entertainment suspended him indefinitely following the arrest. 

Gainesville Police officers stated that Swann and Vannarah Riggs, also a professional wrestler, were in the car when Riggs started to critique his performance earlier that night at 8 Seconds in downtown Gainesville. 

At some point, according to the arrest report, she got out of the car saying she was getting scared because Swann was becoming more angry at her. 

Swann then got out too and chased her, yelling at her to get back inside. When she did not, he grabbed her, put her in a headlock and dragged her back inside the car while she was screaming for help, according to the arrest report. 

Swann denied the allegations.

'Coco' tops box office again before 'Star Wars' hits

The animated family film "Coco" has topped the box office for a third time on a quiet, pre "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" weekend in theaters.

Disney estimated Sunday that "Coco" added $18.3 million, which would bring its domestic total to $135.5 million.

The weekend's sole new wide release was the Morgan Freeman film "Just Getting Started," which launched to a meager $3.2 million from 2,161 theaters and barely made the top 10.

Most studios have chosen to avoid competing against "The Last Jedi," which is expected to dominate theaters and moviegoer attention when it opens on Dec. 15.

Thus, most of the charts have looked quite similar for the past few weeks. Warner Bros. and DC's "Justice League" took second place with $9.6 million and Lionsgate's sleeper hit "Wonder," which has now passed $100 million, placed third with $8.5 million. Warner Bros. also crossed the $2 billion benchmark domestically Saturday — the first studio to do so in 2017.

This quiet period before "Star Wars" has allowed some of the indie and prestige titles to thrive in limited releases and expansions, like James Franco's "The Disaster Artist." The film, about the making of one of the worst films of all time, "The Room," expanded to 840 locations in its second weekend in theaters. It managed to bring in $6.4 million, landing it in fourth place.

Greta Gerwig's coming-of-age film "Lady Bird" also added 363 locations and placed 9th in its sixth weekend in theaters. With the $3.5 million from this weekend, "Lady Bird" has netted $22.3 million.

The Guillermo del Toro-directed romantic fantasy "The Shape of Water" expanded to 41 theaters in its second weekend and earned $1.1 million.

The Tonya Harding biopic "I, Tonya" launched in four locations in New York and Los Angeles and brought in a solid $245,602.

The Winston Churchill film "The Darkest Hour" and the summer romance film "Call Me By Your Name" also continue to thrive in more limited releases as well. "The Darkest Hour," which stars Gary Oldman as Churchill, earned $777,000 from 53 locations, and "Call Me By Your Name," with Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet, took in $291,101 from nine theaters.

"This is the best time to be a moviegoer if you're an indie fan," said comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian. "The last few weeks have enabled films like 'The Shape of Water,' 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' and now 'I, Tonya' to really find an audience."

He added: "It's great time for those films ahead of the box office death star that is 'Star Wars.'"

The year is still down 4 percent from last year, though, which is a pit that even a juggernaut like "Star Wars" might struggle to fill. The cash influx from "The Last Jedi" will be significant, nonetheless, and if the precedent of "Rogue One" and "The Force Awakens" holds, it could range from $400 million to over $600 million of additional domestic revenue before the books close on 2017.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1."Coco," $18.3 million ($55.3 million international).

2."Justice League," $9.6 million ($15.4 million international).

3."Wonder," $8.5 million ($11.4 million international).

4."The Disaster Artist," $6.4 million ($1 million).

5."Thor: Ragnarok," $6.3 million ($3.1 million international).

6."Daddy's Home 2," $6 million ($11.6 million international).

7."Murder on the Orient Express," $5.1 million ($20.1 million international).

8."The Star," $3.7 million.

9."Lady Bird," $3.5 million.

10."Just Getting Started," $3.2 million.

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Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to comScore:

1. "Coco," $55.3 million.

2. "Paddington 2," $21.5 million.

3. "Murder on the Orient Express," $20.1 million.

4. "Justice League," $15.4 million.

5. "Daddy's Home 2," $11.6 million.

6. "Wonder," $11.4 million.

7. "A Bad Moms Christmas," $6 million.

8. "The Big Call," $5.1 million.

9. "Loving Vincent," $4.5 million.

10. "47 Meters Down," $3.8 million.

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Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.

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Watch: Comedian Hannibal Buress arrested in Miami

A popular stand-up comedian was handcuffed early Sunday in Miami and video of his arrest is going viral.

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“Explain what I’m detained for,” Hannibal Buress asks Miami police officers repeatedly as he leans against a police car while handcuffed.

Buress, 34, was booked into Miami-Dade Jail just before 2 a.m. and released around four hours later after posting bond, according to the Miami Herald.

The details of what he specifically did to be charged have yet to be released. 

In addition to his appearances on stage, the comedian has starred as an actor in “Neighbors,” “Baywatch” and “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”

Max Clifford, the 'King of Spin,' dies in UK prison

Max Clifford, a celebrity publicist whose clients included O.J Simpson, David Beckham and Simon Cowell, died in a British prison, CNN reported Sunday. He was 74.

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Nicknamed the “King of Spin,” Clifford was serving an eight-year prison term after his 2014 conviction for a series of indecent assaults on teenage girls, CNN reported.

Clifford was the first person to be convicted in an investigation into sex abuse allegations against late British TV host Jimmy Savile.

Clifford denied 11 accusations of sex abuse dating from 1966 to 1985, calling his arrest and prosecution “a nightmare.” 

“As with all deaths in custody there will be an investigation by the independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman. Our condolences are with Mr. Clifford's family at this difficult time,” the ministry said in a statement. The cause of Clifford's death was “not self-inflicted” the statement said.

Back injury forces Lindsey Vonn to drop out of World Cup race

After injuring her back in a World Cup race Saturday, skiing champion Lindsey Vonn withdrew from another scheduled super-G event Sunday before the race was canceled because of fog.

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Vonn tweeted her decision 45 minutes before Sunday’s race was to start, saying she was focused on being healthy for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Vonn, 33, hurt her back during her run in Saturday’s super-G race, CNN reported. She made it to the bottom of the slope, but slumped to the snow after crossing the finish line.

Vonn later tweeted she had an "acute facet (spinal joint) dysfunction. I got compressed on the 6th gate and my back seized up,” CNN reported.

Vonn finished 24th in Saturday's race, more than a second behind winner Jasmine Flury of Switzerland.

The Pyeongchang Olympics in South Korea will be held Feb. 9-25. The American star won the downhill title at the 2010 Vancouver Games but missed the 2014 Sochi Games because of injury.

'The Square' wins big at European Film Awards

Swedish comedy "The Square" has swept this year's European Film Awards, winning six prizes, including for best film, director and screenwriter.

Ruben Ostlund's film already took the Cannes Film Festival's coveted Palme d'Or earlier this year, raising hopes it might be a contender at the upcoming Oscars.

Claes Bang, who plays a museum director whose life goes awry in the film, received the best actor award at the ceremony in Berlin late Saturday. Josefin Asberg was honored for the production design.

This year's best actress award went to Alexandra Borbely of Slovakia for her role in "On Body and Soul."

The European Film Awards are decided by a vote of more than 3,000 members of the European Film Academy.

‘Fargo’ actor Steve Reevis dies at 55

Actor Steve Reevis, who had roles in the movies “Fargo,” and "Last of the Dogmen," died Thursday in Montana. He was 55.

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Ralph Foster, of the Foster Funeral Home, said Friday that Reevis died at a hospital in Missoula. He said he did not know the cause of death.

Reevis was a member of the Blackfeet Nation in northwestern Montana and portrayed Native Americans in the films he made.

In “Fargo,” Reevis played the role of Shep Proudfoot, and in “Last of the Dogmen,” he was featured as Yellow Wolf. 

Reevis also appeared in the movie "Dances With Wolves" and the 2005 version of "The Longest Yard." He acted in several television episodes, including "Walker, Texas Ranger," ''Jag" and "Bones."

Celebrity publicist Clifford dies during sex crimes sentence

Disgraced celebrity publicist Max Clifford, a confidant to the stars who fell from grace amid Britain's investigation of past sexual abuse, died Sunday after collapsing in prison. He was 74.

Once one of the most powerful figures in British entertainment, Clifford was convicted in 2014 of eight counts of indecent assault stemming from attacks on teenagers dating back more than 40 years.

He was serving an 8-year prison sentence at Littlehey Prison in Cambridgeshire when he died, Britain's Ministry of Justice said.

Clifford was once as well known as the people he represented — the go-to guy for celebrities looking to limit the damage from drug problems, legal issues or declining popularity.

His clients included TV mogul Simon Cowell and former Harrods owner Mohamed al-Fayed, as well as dozens of ordinary people who found themselves in the news vortex and sought to sell their stories to the press — a common practice in Britain.

The public relations guru was arrested in December 2012 amid allegations that he lured girls as young as 14 into sex by offering them acting roles. Clifford immediately swung into damage-control mode, vowing to clear his name of the charges, some of which stemmed from the 1970s and '80s.

"The allegations in respect of which I have been charged are completely false — very upsetting, very distressing, but completely false," he told reporters outside his home at the time. "I have never indecently assaulted anyone in my life, and this will become clear during the course of the proceedings."

Clifford was arrested as part of an investigation called Operation Yewtree, a wide-ranging inquiry into allegations of past offenses spurred by the case of Jimmy Savile, a well-known British entertainer accused of abusing hundreds of girls and women. He died in 2011.

The Savile case shocked Britain and embarrassed his employer, the BBC, which was accused of killing an investigation into Savile's alleged crimes.

The resulting upheaval is comparable to the stream of sexual misconduct allegations leveled at American actors, politicians and media personalities following revelations about Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

Before he was arrested, Clifford told The Associated Press that he was receiving calls from many celebrities and entertainers who were worried they would be caught up in the widening Savile investigation.

"They're phoning me and saying, 'Max, I'm worried that I'm going to be implicated,' " Clifford said at the time. "A lot of them can't remember what they did last week, never mind 30 or 40 years ago."

Clifford's daughter Louise told the Mail on Sunday that her father first collapsed on Thursday as he was trying to tidy his prison cell. He collapsed again the following day and was taken to a hospital, where suffered a heart attack.

She told the newspaper he had been in a "bad way" in a critical care unit.

"It was just too much," she said.

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