Chevy Chase leaving ‘Community’ early
The NBC series “Community” will finish the season without Chevy Chase.
Sony Pictures Television said Wednesday that the actor is leaving the sitcom by mutual agreement with producers.
His immediate departure means he won’t be included in the last episode or two of the show’s 13-episode season, which is still in production.
Chase had a rocky tenure playing a bored and wealthy man who enrolls in community college. The actor publicly expressed unhappiness at working on a sitcom and feuded last year with the show’s creator and former executive producer, Dan Harmon.
Promoter: Chris Brown cancels Guyana show
American R&B star Chris Brown has canceled a stadium concert in Guyana, organizers said, after local protests over his 2009 beating of then-girlfriend Rihanna.
Brown was billed to headline a Dec. 26 show, but he drew the ire of women’s rights groups and opposition lawmakers, who said Brown would not be welcome in Guyana three years after his assault of Rihanna.
Concert promoter Hits & Jams Entertainment said Thursday that Brown backed out, citing discomfort with the protests.
Suit in Russia against Madonna dismissed
A Russian court dismissed a lawsuit Thursday that sought millions of dollars in damages from Madonna for allegedly traumatizing minors by speaking up for gay rights during a concert in St. Petersburg.
The ruling came after a one-day hearing that bordered on the farcical. During it, plaintiffs claimed that Madonna’s so-called “propaganda of perversion” would negatively affect Russia’s birthrate and erode the nation’s defense capability by depriving the country of future soldiers.
At one point the judge threatened to expel journalists from the courtroom if they laughed too much.
In the end, the Moskovsky district court in St. Petersburg threw out the Trade Union of Russian Citizens’ lawsuit and the 333 million rubles ($10.7 million) it sought from the singer for allegedly exposing youths to “homosexual propaganda.”