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Ryan Adams accused of sexual misconduct by several women”:


Ryan Adams found fame with albums like Gold and songs such as New York, New York in the early 2000s

Several women have accused alternative rock star Ryan Adams of emotional and verbal abuse and offering career opportunities as a pretext for sex.

A report in the New York Timesoutlines a pattern of manipulative behaviour, including accusations of psychological abuse from his ex-wife, Mandy Moore.

Another woman said Adams sent explicit texts and exposed himself during a Skype call when she was a teenager.

The star, who rose to fame in the early 2000s, has denied the allegations.

“I am not a perfect man and I have made many mistakes,” he said in a statement posted on social media.

“To anyone I have ever hurt, however unintentionally, I apologise deeply and unreservedly.

“But the picture that this article paints is upsettingly inaccurate. Some of its details are misrepresented; some are exaggerated; some are outright false. I would never have inappropriate interactions with someone I thought was underage. Period.”

Acclaimed indie artist Phoebe Bridgers was among the seven women and dozens of associates who were interviewed for the New York Times article.

She said that Adams reached out to her when she was 20, offering to release her songs on his record label. Their relationship turned romantic, but Adams became obsessive and manipulative, she claimed, demanding to know her whereabouts and threatening suicide if she did not reply to his texts immediately.

When she broke off their relationship, Adams “became evasive about releasing the music they had recorded together and rescinded the offer to open his upcoming concerts,” the New York Times reported.

Through his lawyer, Adams rejected Bridgers’ account, describing their relationship as “a brief, consensual fling,” and denying he had threatened to withhold her songs.

This Is Us actress Mandy Moore also described a pattern of abuse, describing instances of “destructive, manic sort of back and forth behaviour” during their six-year marriage.

“Music was a point of control for him,” she added, saying the star had belittled her own musical career.

“He would always tell me, ‘You’re not a real musician, because you don’t play an instrument.'”

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Moore, who is now a successful actress, says her musical career stalled because of Adams’ behaviour

Another woman, identified only by her middle name, Ava, told the paper her relationship with Adams started in 2013, when she was a teenage bass player.

Although they never met, she shared 3,217 text messages she had exchanged with Adams over a nine-month period when she was 15 and 16, describing how their correspondence became sexually explicit.

In one text he wrote to her: “I would get in trouble if someone knew we talked like this”.

The newspaper reported that Adams, then 40, “fretted about Ava’s age” and repeatedly asked for reassurances that she was over 18.

“If people knew they would say I was like R Kelley lol,” he wrote in one message, referring to the R&B singer, who has faced allegations of inappropriate relationships with teenagers, which he denies”:

Adams’ lawyer said the star “did not recall having online communications with anyone related to anything outside of music,” adding that “if, in fact, this woman was underage, Mr Adams was unaware”.

Familiar behaviour

After the report was published on Wednesday, dozens of female artists came forward to say they had been through similar experiences in the music industry.

“None of this is surprising to female artists,” wrote country musician Caroline Rose on Twitter .

“This is an important article,”added singer-songwriter Vanessa Carlton . “This also cracks the door on more like him in our industry. There are more. We’re all fed up.”

“Literally find me a woman in the music industry who hasn’t had a some dude pull that Ryan Adams ‘I wanna help you’ with strings attached [expletive]?” wrote music journalist Jessica Hopper .

“And like in this story, these are some of the reasons women abandon careers, keep their dreams private, record in their bedrooms alone.”

“Having to perpetually question if a potential collaborator is interested in you musically or personally is an enormous and unspoken barrier for women in music,” said Tamara Lindeman, of Canadian folk band The Weather Station .

“Every gatekeeper is a man. And so you have to ask yourself.”

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Frozen 2: Five questions from the trailer we just can’t let go.


Elsa (Idina Menzel), Anna (Kristen Bell) and Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) in the Frozen 2 trailer

The first trailer for Disney’s Frozen 2 has arrived.

The film, which will be released in November, is a sequel to 2013’s Frozen, which became the highest-grossing animated movie of all time.

The original told the story of sisters Anna and Elsa and was loosely based on Hans Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen.

Disney aren’t giving much away about the plot in the trailer, which clocks in at just under two minutes long.

Disney announced they would be making a sequel in 2015 and work began on it in September 2017.

The first trailer appeared online on Wednesday.

It’s left us with a lot of burning questions.

1. What’s with the dark new tone?

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The cold never bothered them anyway

It’s a beautiful autumn in the kingdom of Arendelle, but ominous music signals that all is not well.

Kristen Bell’s Anna tries to cross dangerous looking rocks, and her sister Elsa (Idina Menzel) uses her icy powers to try to cross a stormy sea.

Later, Elsa and magical snowman Olaf (Josh Gad) are surrounded by flames. Anna’s fiance Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) races through the forest on his reindeer Sven, flanked by other reindeer.

In the final shot, Anna grabs Kristoff’s sword and lunges at the audience.

Who or what is threatening the kingdom? The trailer doesn’t show us, but the internet is excited anyway.

2. Is climate change causing trouble in Arendelle?

A still from the Frozen 2 trailer

The trailer opens with a 40 second sequence of Elsa trying to cross a raging sea.

All those wild waves have spawned some an even wilder theory amongst some Frozen fans that the sequel is actually about… climate change!

3. Could one of these new characters be Elsa’s girlfriend?

A still from the Frozen 2 trailer

Two new characters were fleetingly revealed in the trailer, prompting a lot of speculationabout their identities.

They are a woman with red hair, and a blond figure who emerges, floating from a pile of leaves. One of these characters may be voiced by Westworld actress Evan Rachel Wood, who is attached to the film in an unknown role.

Perhaps these new characters could be the villains of the piece, but some fans are hoping otherwise.

Frozen’s writer and co-director Jennifer Lee has reportedly been considering giving Elsa a female love interest.

Elsa’s sexuality was not made clear in the first film, but many fans signed a petition calling for her to come out as gay.

Lee has previously said there have been “tons of conversations” about whether Elsa will become the first Disney princess to have a girlfriend.

So perhaps one of these characters could be a love interest for our heroine?

4. What’s the significance of the floating diamonds?

A still from the Frozen 2 trailer

Strange floating diamonds are seen hovering outside the castle, as Anna watches, in a short section of the trailer, prompting speculation.

Sharp-eyed fans have also noticed that the newly-released poster for the film features connecting diamonds which all contain different patterns.

The Frozen 2 poster

Can we assume the diamonds are going to play a major part in the film? It certainly looks that way.

5. Why have Anna and Elsa changed their looks?

A still from the Frozen 2 trailer
Elsa pictured wondering how much merch she can sell

Actually, this one is probably easy to guess. Dolls based on the Frozen sisters have been flying off the shelves since the original film’s release.

Anna and Elsa both sported new outfits in the previous Frozen short animations released after the original film, Frozen Fever and Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, and merchandise featured the new outfits.

With that in mind, perhaps it’s no surprise that Elsa is sporting a new icy blue ensemble and Anna has ditched her trademark braids for a new half-up, half-down hairdo.

We’ll have to wait until the film is released in November to find out if Frozen 2 will be as successful as its predecessor.

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Baftas 2019: Film awards ceremony is under way


SPOILER ALERT: This story is being updated live and will include the latest news from the Bafta ceremony, which runs from 19:00 GMT to 21:30 GMT.

It is being broadcast on BBC One from 21:00 until 23:00. So please stop reading if you don’t want to know the winners in real time!

The Favourite has dominated the awards, winning seven including outstanding British film.

Olivia Colman won best actress and Rachel Weisz best supporting actress.

She said they were having “such an amazing night” and would be enjoying some drinks later.

The Favourite’s other awards were best production design, best costume design and best hair and make-up and best original screenplay.

Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma also had a successful night picking up four prizes – best film, best director, best cinematography and best film not in the English language.

After picking up best cinematography, Curaon said: “It’s an amazing honour, Bafta, thank you very much.

“Foreign is just a different colour, and colour complements each other, I’m very happy Bafta is honouring a story about a domestic worker of indigenous background.

“The specific colour of this film is Mexico, so I want to thank also Mexico.”

Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman
The Favourite is also nominated for the Oscars

Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite’s director, said of the outstanding film award: “It’s a great honour… this film took 20 years to make – I contributed to the last 10.”

He also thanked actresses Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz saying: “Of course the three leading ladies that I couldn’t be more proud of.”

Collecting the prize for original screenplay, Deborah Davis said: “I’m so excited to be standing here to receive my first Bafta for my first screenplay.

“Thank you for celebrating our female-dominated movie about women in power.”

Rami Malek won the leading actor prize at the Baftas for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody.

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Malek paid tribute to Freddie Mercury

The film also won best sound.

Malek said as he collected his Bafta: “You Brits do music well, it’s not lost on me how sacred your musical heritage is. Thank you to the greatest outsider of them all, Freddie Mercury.”

‘Different colour’

Many of the night’s prizes were split amongst several films.

Mahershala Ali won best supporting actor for Green Book and was visibly moved as he collected his award. He praised his fellow nominees for “their work”.

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Claire Foy is nominated for her role in space drama First Man

Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman won best adapted screenplay.

“Brooklyn’s in the house!” he yelled triumphantly as he collected his prize.

Letitia Wright gave an emotional speech as she picked up the Bafta rising star award.

Boost from Bafta

“A few years ago I saw myself in a deep state of depression and I wanted to quit acting.

“The only thing that pretty much pulled me out of that was God, my belief, my faith and my family and an email from Bafta saying they wanted me to be a part of the Bafta Breakthrough Brits, and I was like ‘let me try again’.”

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Yalitza Aparicio is the star of Roma, which has won two awards so far

No Lady Gaga

Black Panther won best visual effects.

Other winners included Spider-Man: Into The Spider-verse, which won best animated film and Roughhouse, which won British short animation.

Best British short film was 73 Cows, while Vice won best editing.

A Star is Born won the award for best original music.

Lady Gaga, who appears opposite Cooper in A Star Is Born, did not attend as the ceremonyclashes with the Grammys in the US.

But she posted on Twitter:

Richard Madden
Bodyguard star Richard Madden was among the early arrivals

The Favourite, which stars Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, led the race with 12 nominations.

The ceremony, at London’s Royal Albert Hall, is being hosted by Joanna Lumley for the second consecutive year.

Bohemian Rhapsody, A Star Is Born, Roma and First Man, each have seven nods.

The ceremony began at 19:00 GMT.

The Baftas are often a good indicator of who will go on to awards glory at the Oscars – which are being held this year on Sunday 24 February.

The Oscars have decided to not have a host this year after Kevin Hart stepped down following a controversy over homophobic tweets.

Lumley joked: “Thank goodness Bafta has a host. But that’s probably just down to the fact I’m not on Twitter.”

Bafta best actress nominee Melissa McCarthy praises her co-star Richard E Grant
Bafta best actress nominee Melissa McCarthy praises her co-star Richard E Grant

Last year, the winners of the acting categories – Frances McDormand, Gary Oldman, Allison Janney and Sam Rockwell – were exactly the same at the Baftas and the Oscars.

However, the Baftas are historically more likely to reward British talent than the Academy Awards, which could mean wins for Colman and Richard E Grant.

A selection of this year's Bafta nominations

The Favourite was the only production to be up for both best film and outstanding British film.

Weisz told the BBC: “It was very exciting to work with the two goddesses that are Olivia Colman and Emma Stone.

“It was a true ensemble so it’s lovely that all three of us have been recognised here tonight (Weisz, Colman and Stone). Emma’s not here, she’s filming… but she’s an honorary Brit, her English accent is better than mine!”

Speaking of the film’s playfulness and wit, she said: “It was Yorgos Lanthimos (the director) – the tone was down to him. I’m just a member of his orchestra.”

One person who definitely won’t be recognised among the winners is Bohemian Rhapsody director Bryan Singer.

His name has been removed from the film’s Bafta nomination due to allegations he sexually abused under-age boys.

Brian May
Brian May and Anita Dobson are supporting the Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody

Singer denies the allegations which he calls a “homophobic smear”.

Speaking on the red carpet, Queen’s Brian May said of the Singer controversy: “It’s nothing to do with us. He hasn’t been the director for a long time. He was sacked for very good reason… not by us, by Fox so it’s a very arm’s-length thing for us.

“The only reason he’s on the movie is his guild forced Fox to do this… technically, really, he’s not the director of the movie. That’s just life.

“Everybody who had something to do with the movie should be very proud.”

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Lindsey Buckingham: Ex-Fleetwood Mac guitarist has heart surgery


Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham is recovering after emergency open heart surgery but his vocal cords were damaged as a result, his wife has announced.

Kristen Buckingham, who is based in Los Angeles, said her husband had been taken to hospital late last week.

He is recovering at home and getting “stronger” every day, she said, posting a photo of him in his hospital bed.

Buckingham, 69, was fired from the British-American band last year.

He then launched a legal case before settling out of court.

“This past year has been a very stressful and difficult year for our family to say the least,” Mrs Buckingham said in her social media post.

“We feel so fortunate he’s alive. As does he. He looks forward to recovery and putting this behind him.”

It was not clear, she said, if the vocal damage would be permanent.

She also revealed Buckingham’s family had had a history of heart-related health issues and urged greater reporting from people experiencing symptoms.

Buckingham joined Fleetwood Mac in 1975 with his then-girlfriend, Stevie Nicks. After leaving in 1987, he returned a decade later.

He has writing credits on some of the band’s best known songs, including Go Your Own Way.

Last year, Buckingham’s lawyer said his band mates had “cut him off entirely” after a disagreement reportedly emerged between them regarding a tour.

In a lawsuit filed in California he said he had lost up to $14m (£10.5m) as a result of his firing In December he announced the two sides had come to a settlement out of court.