Scene that included registered sex offender cut from new Predator movie hours before premiere

Just hours before the premiere of The Predator at the Toronto International Film Festival, Twentieth Century Fox said it removed a scene from the film with actor Steven Wilder Striegel after learning he is a registered sex offender.

A spokesperson for Fox said Striegel's single scene in the film was promptly cut after the studio learned of Striegel's background. Fox said it didn't know of the actor's history because of legal imitations on running background checks on actors.

"Our studio was not aware of Mr. Striegel's background when he was hired," said the spokesperson. "Several weeks ago, when the studio learned the details, his one scene in the film was removed within 24 hours."

Shane Black, director of the fourth instalment in the sci-fi action franchise, has long been a friend of Striegel's and has frequently cast him in his films.

Black said in a statement, "Having read this morning's news reports, it has sadly become clear to me that I was misled by a friend I really wanted to believe was telling me the truth when he described the circumstances of his conviction. I believe strongly in giving people second chances — but sometimes you discover that chance is not as warranted as you may have hoped.

"After learning more about the affidavit, transcripts and additional details surrounding Steve Striegel's sentence, I am deeply disappointed in myself. I apologise to all of those, past and present, I've let down by having Steve around them without giving them a voice in the decision."

The Lost Angeles Times first reported the reediting of The Predator to remove Striegel. It said that Fox was alerted to Striegel's background by actress Olivia Munn. Munn stars in the film, and played opposite Striegel in his one scene.

Striegel plead guilty in 2010 for attempting to entice a 14-year-old female into a sexual relationship via the internet. He served six months in jail. The former Melrose Place actor has previously appeared in Black's 2013 film Iron Man 3 and his 2016 comedy The Nice Guys.

Black told The Los Angeles Times: "I personally chose to help a friend. I can understand others might disapprove, as his conviction was on a sensitive charge and not to be taken lightly."

This image released by Twentieth Century Fox shows a scene from the film, "The Predator." Twentieth Century Fox has cut a scene from the film featuring actor Steven Wilder Striegel after learning he is a registered sex offender. Just hours before the film was to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday, a spokesperson for Fox said Striegel’s single scene in the film was removed immediately after the studio learned of Striegel’s background. (Kimberley French/Twentieth Century Fox via AP)
A scene from the film, "The Predator." Source: Associated Press



Asia Argento threatens Rose McGowan with legal action for telling 'horrendous lies'

Asia Argento has threatened Rose McGowan with legal action for the alleged "horrendous lies" she told about her.

The 42-year-old actress was accused last month of having sexually assaulted a 17-year-old boy in 2013, and fellow actress Rose - who had become friends with Asia after they both accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct - later said she was "heartbroken" by the accusations.

Now, Asia has issued a statement to Rose via Twitter, claiming she has 24 hours to retract her previous comments, before the actress takes "immediate legal action".

Her tweet read: "Dear @RoseMcGowan. It is with genuine regret that I am giving you 24 hours to retract and apologise for the horrendous lies made against me in your statement of August 27th.

"If you fail to address this libel I will have no option other than to take immediate legal action."

In Rose's statement, she urged the actress to be "honest and fair" following allegations that she had reached a $US380,000 settlement with Jimmy Bennett at the end of last year, after he accused her of sexual assault.

The 45-year-old actress wrote: "Asia you were my friend. I loved you. You've spent and risked a lot to stand with the MeToo movement. I really hope you find your way through this process to rehabilitation and betterment.

"Anyone can be be better- I hope you can be, too. Do the right thing. Be honest. Be fair. Let justice stay its course. Be the person you wish Harvey could have been."

Italian actress and MeToo activist Asia Argento. Source: Associated Press


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Game of Thrones, Mrs. Maisel triumph at Emmys

Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel became the first streaming series to win top Emmy comedy honours and HBO's Game of Thrones recaptured the best drama series award today a ceremony that largely slighted its most ethnically diverse field of nominees ever.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Amazon's freshman sitcom about an unhappy 1950s homemaker liberated by stand-up comedy, earned best actress honours for star Rachel Brosnahan.

Her castmate Alex Borstein earned the supporting actress trophy and the series creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino, nabbed writing and directing awards.

Claire Foy of The Crown and Matthew Rhys of The Americans won top drama acting Emmys, their first trophies for the roles and last chance to claim them, with Foy's role as Queen Elizabeth II going to another actress and Rhys' show wrapped.

The field bested by Foy included last year's winner Elisabeth Moss for The Handmaid's Tale and Sandra Oh of Killing Eve, who would have been the first actor of Asian descent to get a top drama award.

"This wasn't supposed to happen," said a startled Foy.

Game of Thrones, which sat out last year's Emmys because of scheduling, won despite competition from defending champ The Handmaid's Tale.

"Thank you for letting us take care of your people," Game of Thrones producer D.B. Weiss said to George R.R. Martin, whose novels fuel the drama.

In a ceremony that started out congratulating TV academy voters for the most ethnically diverse field of nominees ever, the early awards all went to whites.

"Let's get it trending: #EmmysSoWhite," presenter James Corden joked at the midway point, riffing off an earlier tribute to Betty White.

"I want to say six awards, all white winners, and nobody has thanked Jesus yet," co-host Michael Che said, referring back to his earlier joke that only African-American and Republican winners do.

Then Regina King broke the string, with a best actress trophy in a limited series or movie for Seven Seconds, which tracks the fallout from a white police officer's traffic accident involving a black teenager.

She was followed by Darren Criss, who won the lead acting award for the miniseries The Assassination of Gianni Versace and who is of Filipino descent.

Thandie Newton won best supporting drama actress for Westworld, and Peter Dinklage added a third trophy to his collection for Game of Thrones.

Brosnahan used her acceptance speech to give a shout-out to her comedy's celebration of women power.

"It's about a woman who's finding her voice anew, and it's one of the things that's happening all over the country now," she said. She urged the audience to exercise that power by voting.

Bill Hader collected the best comedy actor award for Barry, a dark comedy about a hired killer who stumbles into a possible acting career.

Henry Winkler, aka 'The Fonz', won a supporting actor award - his first Emmy - for Barry, four decades after gaining fame for his role in Happy Days.

"If you stay at the table long enough, the chips come to you. Tonight, I got to clear the table," an ebullient Winkler said, with an equally delighted auditorium audience rising to give him a standing ovation. To his grown children, he said: "You can go to bed now, daddy won!"

The biggest award so far won by a broadcast network was Saturday Night Live for best variety sketch series.

The Emmys had a real-life dramatic moment when winning director Glenn Weiss, noting his mother had died two weeks ago, proposed to his girlfriend, Jan Svendsen.

"You wonder why I don't want to call you my girlfriend? It's because I want to call you my wife," Weiss said. She said yes, he put his mother's ring on her finger and the crowd whooped and cheered.

John Oliver, in picking up the trophy for best variety talk show award for Last Week Tonight, thanked Weiss' girlfriend for giving the right answer or, he joked, the whole ceremony could have gone south.

The Emmys kicked off with a song, We Solved It, a celebration to the diversity of nominees sung by stars including Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson. The tune included a mention that Oh could become the first woman of Asian descent to win an Emmy. "There were none, now there's one, so we're done," the comedians sang.

Oh played along from her seat: "Thank you, but it's an honor just to be Asian," said the Korean-Canadian actress.

Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels, producing his second Emmy telecast in 30 years, was tasked with turning viewership around after the 2017 show's audience of 11.4 million narrowly avoided the embarrassment of setting a new low.

The ceremony clearly bore his stamp, with Che and Jost as hosts and familiar SNL faces, including Kate McKinnon and Alec Baldwin, as presenters and nominees. The long-running NBC sketch show, already the top Emmy winner ever with 71, won again for best variety sketch series.

The pressure's on Michaels because NBC and other broadcasters are increasingly reliant on awards and other live events to draw viewers distracted by streaming and more 21st- century options. The networks, which air the Emmy telecast on a rotating basis, are so eager for the ad dollars it generates and its promotional value for fall shows that they endure online competitors sharing the stage.

The cast of Game of Thrones poses backstage after winning the award for outstanding drama series at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Source: Associated Press

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Photos: Ed Sheeran delights young fans with private show at children's hospital

Ed Sheeran has cheered up some sick kids by performing one of his hits for them in a private show at Boston Children's Hospital on the weekend.

Sheeran, who played at Boston's Gilette Stadium on Friday and Saturday, took time out of his busy schedule to visit the kids, where he played a song and posed for selfies with his young fans.

Ed Sheeran at Boston Children's Hospital. Source: Boston Children's Hospital

"Over the weekend, Boston Children’s welcomed special guest Ed Sheeran! The award-winning singer/songwriter answered questions from patients, posed for selfies, and sang his hit song ‘Perfect.'

"Thank you Ed for helping to bring smiles to faces of our patients, families and staff! We hope to see you again soon!" Boston Children's Hospital wrote in a Facebook post with pictures of his visit.

Ed Sheeran at Boston Children's Hospital. Source: Boston Children's Hospital

According to WCBV5 the British singer also met with a 10-year-old girl who was paralysed by a brain tumour at his concert on Friday.

Ed Sheeran meets a young fan at Boston Children's Hospital. Source: Boston Children's Hospital


Photo Gallery: The best and worst dressed at the 70th Emmy Awards in Los Angeles

Game of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage arrives at the Emmys with his wife, Erica Schmidt. Dinklage has been nominated for an Emmy for best supporting actor in a drama series. Source: Associated Press

Singer John Legend and his wife, model Chrissy Tiegen, arrive at the 70th Primetime Emmys awards. Source: Associated Press

Killing Eve's Sandra Oh. Oh has been nominated for an emmy for Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Killing Eve. Source: 1 NEWS

The Sinner actress Jessica Biel and her husband, hitmaker Justin Timberlake, arrive at the 70th Prime Time Emmy Awards. Biel has been nominated for an Emmy for her work on The Sinner. Source: Associated Press

Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke arrives for the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards. Source: Associated Press

Westworld's Evan Rachel Wood arrives at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards. Wood has been nominated for an Emmy for her work on Westworld. Source: Associated Press

The Marvelous Ms. Maisel's Rachel Brosnahan arrives at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards. Brosnahan has been nominated for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in The Marvelous Ms. Maisel. Source: Associated Press

Tracee Ellis Ross arrives at the 70th Primetime Emmys Awards. Ross has been nominated for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on Black-ish. Source: 1 NEWS

Stranger Things' Noah Schnapp and Gaten Matarazzo pose at the 70th Primetime Emmys Awards. Source: Associated Press

Stranger Things' Millie Bobby Brown arrives at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards. Brown has been nominated for an Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role in Stranger Things. Source: Associated Press

Scarlett Johansson, left, and Colin Jost arrive at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards. Source: Associated Press

Black Panther's Letitia Wright arrives for the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards. Source: Associated Press

The Handmaid's Tale star Elisabeth Moss arrives at the Emmys. Moss has been nominated for Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her work in The Handmaid's Tale. Source: Associated Press

The Alienist's Dakota Fanning arrives at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards. Source: Associated Press