Star Wars game in U-turn after player anger

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Games publisher EA has changed a rule in its Star Wars Battlefront II video game after a huge backlash.

During the game, players have to obtain credits – either by buying them or through long hours of game play – to unlock popular characters including Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader.

Many players said it was unfair as the gaming required worked out at around 40 hours per character, unless they paid.

EA says the number of credits required will now be reduced by 75%.

“Unlocking a hero is a great accomplishment in the game, something we want players to have fun earning,” said executive producer John Wasilczyk from the developer Dice, in a statement.

“We used data from the beta [testing period] to help set those levels, but it’s clear that more changes were needed.”

The change will be effective from today, he added.

The credit system has faced huge criticism from the game’s fans.

The game without any of the extras is available for pre-order at £69.99 in the UK, which many felt meant there should not be additional payments for the most popular Star Wars characters.

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A post by EA on community news site Reddit, explaining the reasons for the original rule, has become the most “down-voted” in the site’s history.

The post explained that the rule was intended to “provide players with a sense of pride and accomplishment for unlocking different heroes”.

The post currently has a score of -639,000 points – which is a total of the number of “upvotes” (those who liked it) minus the number of “downvotes” (those who didn’t).

According to Reddit’s own statistics the previous most unpopular post had a score of -24,333 and that was a message which asked people to downvote it.

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One of the game’s developers, tweeting from a locked account, said he had received seven death threats and more than 1,600 “individual personal attacks”.

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Jimmy Fallon holds back tears as he pays tribute to late mother

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Jimmy Fallon made an emotional tribute to his late mother on Monday night’s episode of The Tonight Show.

The comedian cancelled his NBC nightly programme for a week following the death of his mother Gloria Fallon, who passed away with her son by her side.

Fallon described the 68-year-old as “the best audience”, adding: “She was the one I was always trying to make laugh.”

Fallon then fought back tears as he recounted a story about his mother.

“When we were little, my mum would walk us to the store – me and my sister – and we would hold hands. And she would squeeze my hand three times and say, ‘I love you,’ and I would squeeze back, ‘I love you too.’

“Last week I was in the hospital, at her side, and I grabbed her hand and I squeezed ‘I love you,’ and I just knew we were in trouble,” Fallon said with his voice breaking.

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He went on to thank fans for all the support he and his family had received since his mother’s death.

The presenter said everyone at the show would “continue to work really hard to bring some light and some laughter into the world.”

He finished by promising his mother: “Mum, I’ll never stop trying to make you laugh.”

Gloria Fallon died “peacefully” on 4 November in hospital in New York. At the time, Fallon issued a statement saying: “Today I lost my biggest fan.”

Separately, the talk show host’s sister Gloria Fallon thanked fans for their messages, saying it “meant more than you’ll ever know”:

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Harassment in Hollywood: Who’s been accused?

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Since early October, some of the biggest names in arts and entertainment have been caught up in a Hollywood sexual harassment scandal.

Here, in alphabetical order, is a summary of some of the key people who have been accused to date and what they have said in response.

Ben Affleck

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On 11 October, Oscar winner Ben Affleck “sincerely” apologised for acting “inappropriately” towards MTV presenter Hilarie Burton in 2003.

Having condemned producer Harvey Weinstein for his “unacceptable” behaviour, the actor was reminded of and criticised for groping Burton on air.

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On 19 October, former model Natasha Prince came forward with claims that the illusionist David Blaine raped her in west London in 2004.

Speaking through a representative, Blaine “vehemently” denied the allegations and pledged to “fully cooperate” with any police investigation.

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On 9 November, the New York Times reported on five women who had accused US comedian Louis CK of sexual misconduct.

Four of the accusers told the paper he had masturbated during interactions with them, while a fifth said he had asked to do so.

The comedian – full name Louis Szekely – admitted the allegations were true and said he had “wielded power irresponsibly”.

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On 1 November, the Hollywood Reporter published a guest column by a former intern who accused Dustin Hoffman of sexually harassing her in 1985.

Anna Graham Hunter accused the Oscar-winning actor of groping her and making inappropriate comments about sex to her when she was 17.

In a statement, Hoffman apologised and said he felt “terrible that anything [he] might have done could have put [Ms Hunter] in an uncomfortable situation.”

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Around 18 October, it emerged that Roy Price, the head of Amazon’s film and television arm, had resigned after being accused of sexually harassing a television producer.

Isa Hackett accused the Amazon Studios boss of repeatedly making unwanted propositions to her during a taxi ride in 2015.

Price was also accused by actress Rose McGowan of failing to act on her claim that she was sexually assaulted by producer Harvey Weinstein.

Price has not directly responded to the claims.

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On 1 November, the Los Angeles Times reported on six women who had accused director Brett Ratner of sexual harassment or misconduct.

Among them were Natasha Henstridge, who claimed she was forced into a sex act with Ratner when she was a teenager, and fellow actress Olivia Munn, who accused him of masturbating in front of her in 2014.

Ratner, director of Red Dragon, X-Men: The Last Stand and the Rush Hour films, denied the claims via his lawyer.

Terry Richardson

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On 23 October, the executive vice-president of Conde Nast International instructed staff to drop fashion photographer Terry Richardson from its titles, which include GQ, Vogue and Glamour.

The move followed the publication of a Sunday Times article that claimed the photographer was “the subject of widespread allegations of sexually abusing models over many years”.

A representative for Richardson said his subjects had all “participated consensually” in his “sexually explicit” work and that the photographer was “disappointed” by Conde Nast’s decision.

Steven Seagal

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On 8 November, actress Portia de Rossi accused action star Steven Seagal of unzipping his trousers while she was auditioning for one of his films.

Actress Julianna Margulies also accused Seagal of inappropriate behaviour, while model Jenny McCarthy repeated an earlier claim she had made against him.

Seagal’s manager said the Under Siege star had no comment.

Kevin Spacey

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In an interview published on 30 October, actor Anthony Rapp accused Kevin Spacey of making a sexual advance towards him when Rapp was 14.

In the days that followed, a number of other allegations were made against the two-time Oscar winner by people who claimed he had groped, sexually harassed or made indecent overtures towards them.

Spacey claimed to have no memory of the events Rapp described and later issued an “absolute” denial of the other allegations through his lawyer.

The accusations have had a serious impact on his career, with Netflix pulling the plug on his House of Cards TV series and Sony announcing its intention to excise him completely from an upcoming film release.

  • Kevin Spacey timeline: How the story unfolded

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On 22 October, the Los Angeles Times reported that 38 women had come forward to accuse film-maker James Toback of sexual harassment.

The paper subsequently reported that more than 200 further women had come forward to accuse him of unwanted sexual advances, among them actress Julianne Moore.

Actresses Selma Blair and Rachel McAdams made their own claims against the Oscar-nominated writer of Bugsy in a Vanity Fair piece.

Toback denied the initial allegations but has yet to comment on the others. In an interview conducted before his accusers went public, though, he accused his accusers of spreading “pathetic lies”.

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On 17 October, Variety reported on a woman who had accused Bob Weinstein – the brother of producer Harvey Weinstein – of making unwanted romantic overtures towards her.

Amanda Segel, an executive producer of sci-fi series The Mist, claimed that Weinstein had repeatedly asked him to join him for private dinners and that he only desisted when she threatened to leave the show.

Bob Weinstein, co-founder of The Weinstein Company, strongly denied Ms Segel’s claims.

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The scandal that has engulfed Hollywood was set in motion on 5 October when the New York Times published a story detailing decades of allegations of sexual harassment against Harvey Weinstein.

Many more allegations of sexual harassment followed, along with public denouncements from stars with whom the producer had worked. Weinstein was also accused of rape by a number of women.

The producer issued an apology after the initial New York Times story, saying his past conduct had “caused a lot of pain”. After the New Yorker published its own expose, he issued an “unequivocal” denial he had engaged in non-consensual sex through a spokeswoman.

It was subsequently reported that a Canadian actress was suing Weinstein for two sexual assaults that allegedly took place in Toronto in 2000.

  • How the Harvey Weinstein scandal unfolded

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British actor Ed Westwick issued a strong denial on 7 November after being accused of rape by an actress.

The 30-year-old made another denial when another actress claimed she was raped by the actor at his home.

The BBC subsequently announced that the actor had “paused” filming the second series of White Gold and that Ordeal By Innocence, in which he appears, would not be broadcast until “matters [were] resolved”.

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MTV EMAs: What we learned on the red carpet

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It was good news for fans of MTV, Europe, music and awards ceremonies on Sunday night as the MTV Europe Music Awards took place at London’s Wembley Arena.

You’ve probably already seen the winners list and watched the performances – but there’s some other stuff you might not have heard about.

Such as James Bay’s fashion makeover and Stormzy accidentally using the ladies’ loos.

Here’s our red carpet round-up.


Liam Payne

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When we spoke to him, Liam had just discovered his performance was scheduled straight after Eminem’s.

“That makes things slightly harder,” he said. “Eminem’s was one of the first albums I genuinely used to rock out to on my bed when I was a kid.”

He hadn’t heard about the night’s most important story, though: Stormzy accidentally getting trapped in the ladies’ toilets backstage.

“Maybe he thought it said Laddies instead of Ladies,” Liam said, before adding apologetically: “That was a Dad joke. Good to finish on.”

Could Liam see himself and the other One Direction lads still performing at awards ceremonies like this a few years (or decades) down the line?

“Who knows? We might be like the Rolling Stones, just rocking out.”

Referring to Mick Jagger, who recently became a father again at the age of 73, he added: “Maybe I’ll still be having babies then.

“There’s your headline tomorrow!”

Anne-Marie

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“I’m nervous as hell,” said Anne-Marie, using a slightly stronger word than hell which we can’t print here.

“Wait, this interview isn’t live is it?” (No, thank goodness.)

Having successfully avoided an Ofcom fine, the singer continued: “I’m not nervous about the performance, when it comes to singing I’ve got it down, but when it comes to the rest of it, I’m bad at that.”

The singer, whose hits include Heavy, Ciao Adios and the Clean Bandit-assisted Rockabye, is currently gearing up for the release of her debut album.

“My music is constantly changing because I am. I’m writing it and changing as I’m writing,” she said.

“So there’s going to be a lot of different subjects on there that I talk about, I’m putting my life into it, so I hope people like it.”

James Bay

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It’s been a while since we’ve heard from pop’s premier enthusiast, James Bay.

But, scandalously, he made his way down the red carpet without his trademark headgear and said he’d ditched it as part of an image change.

“You know what? It was time. I was done,” he said. “Everybody’s got to evolve [so] here I am switching it up doing something else,

“I think we’ve all got to embrace that in each other. And it feels great, like it’s time for a whole new thing for me.”

With all this hat talk we almost forgot to ask about how his actual music is going.

“I’m hungry to get back to playing, I’ve got loads of new music now that nobody’s heard yet,” James said.

“I’ve managed to make 99% of 2017 about making new music, so I’m basically ready to show everybody, just making those final tweaks, and then I’ll be back.”

Sabrina Carpenter

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Sabrina Carpenter set admirably simple goals as she traipsed the red carpet at Wembley Arena.

“I just don’t want to trip. I’ve been halfway down the carpet already so I’m off to a good start,” she told us.

The singer said she’s excited about new material she’s working on – but was tight-lipped about the collaborations she has lined up.

“The response to [her latest single] Why has been incredible, and I’ve been writing my third album, so that’s why I’m here. I’ve been in Sweden, London and Norway writing so I’m excited.

“I’m definitely collaborating with some really cool people. I’m always up for changing and growth and trying new things. So you’re definitely going to hear some new sounds, whatever they are, on the new album. There’s already some that I’m really excited about.”

Any hints about who those duets might be with?

“No! That would spoil it. I can’t spoil it. You’ll see a very cryptic Instagram at some point and then you’ll be like ‘It’s coming!’”

Ray BLK

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With the BBC preparing to announce the longlist for the prestigious Sound of 2018, Ray BLK reflected on what topping this year’s did for her career.

“I’d say it’s definitely helped me with more exposure,” she said.

“My advice to anyone in this year’s list would be keep on doing what you’ve been doing before, stay focused, and don’t get lost in the noise.”

Donae’O

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While watching Strictly Come Dancing with a takeaway might be our idea of a perfect weekend, Donae’O's included performing at 1Xtra Live on Saturday night before attending the EMAs on Sunday.

“1Xtra Live was really special, there was something in the air. Everything just really came together well,” he said.

On the topic of red carpets and awards ceremonies, he said: “All of this is new to me, but I’m enjoying it.

“I’ve been on the underground for, like, 16 years so this is a new experience. I used to see people do this stuff on TV. And it’s a bit scary, but it’s new, and you should always try new things out.

“I like to face my fears, because once you get over those things you start enjoying them. If I can enjoy it now, when you get older you have great memories.”

Might get that printed on a tee.

Clean Bandit

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Ahead of their set at the ceremony, Grace Chatto explained: “It’s the biggest performance we’ve ever done, and we’ve got lots of extra violinists and drummers joining us in lots of crazy outfits.”

For their three-song medley, they brought out Anne-Marie, Julia Michaels and Zara Larsson – the guest vocalists on their three biggest singles this year.

“They’re meeting altogether for the first time, so the rehearsals have been really fun,” Grace said.

So, having made Christmas number one last year with a refreshingly non-Christmassy song, could they do something more festive-themed in the future?

“I’d really like to do a Christmas song. It’s too late though, we’ll have to do it next year,” said Jack.

“We’ve got a Christmas version of Rockabye actually but we’re not allowed to use it, because it’s too funny.”

Yeah, we’re going to need to hear that version at some point.


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Stormzy snapchats while stuck in ladies loo at MTV awards

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Stormzy had a good night at the MTV European Music Awards: he won the award for best worldwide act for UK and Ireland and performed to thousands of fans at the ceremony in London.

However, it wasn’t all plain sailing.

The artist accidentally went into the ladies toilet before his performance, only realising his mistake when hearing “bare girls” outside.

Documenting his mistake on Snapchat, Stormzy worried he would “look mad creepy” if he left the cubicle.

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Luckily Stormzy’s mate Kenneth was outside to help him dodge other guests and guide him to safety.

However, the escape attempt was interrupted by singer Anne Marie brushing her teeth opposite the marooned grime artist.

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Unaware of Stormzy’s predicament at the time, Anne Marie later found out about the saga on Twitter.

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Luckily Stormzy managed to escape the toilet in time to perform his single “Big For Your Boots”.

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Ed Westwick: BBC shelves drama after rape allegations against actor

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A BBC drama has been taken out of the Christmas schedule after Ed Westwick, one of its stars, was accused of rape.

Agatha Christie’s Ordeal by Innocence, which was due to be on BBC One, will not be broadcast “until these matters are resolved”, the BBC said.

And the former Gossip Girl star has “paused” filming on the second series of BBC Two comedy White Gold.

Westwick has vehemently denied the allegations, which have been made by two women.

One of the accusers has made a complaint of sexual assault to the Los Angeles Police Department.

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A BBC spokesperson said: “These are serious allegations which Ed Westwick has strenuously denied.

“The BBC is not making any judgement but until these matters are resolved we will not include Ordeal by Innocence in the schedules.

“The independent production company making White Gold has informed us that Ed Westwick has paused from filming while he deals with these allegations.”

The three-part Ordeal By Innocence, adapted from the Agatha Christie novel of the same name, also stars Bill Nighy, Eleanor Tomlinson and Anna Chancellor. It was expected to be one of the BBC’s key festive dramas.

BBC One tweeted a photo from the drama on Tuesday, before it was pulled from the schedule.

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Meanwhile, filming had begun on the second series of White Gold, in which Westwick stars as an Essex double glazing salesman.

The actor wrote on Twitter on Tuesday: “It is disheartening and sad to me that as a result of two unverified and provably untrue social media claims, there are some in this environment who could ever conclude that I have had anything to do with such vile and horrific conduct.

“I have absolutely not, and I am co-operating with the authorities so that they can clear my name as soon as possible.”


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Rebel Wilson reveals sexual harassment experience

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Rebel Wilson says a male star repeatedly asked her to perform an obscene act

Australian actress Rebel Wilson is the latest Hollywood star to reveal her experience of sexual harassment in the entertainment industry.

In a series of tweets, she alleged that “a male star in a position of power” had repeatedly asked her to perform an obscene act.

“I refused. The whole thing was disgusting,” she said.

Wilson said the unnamed star’s male friends had attempted to film the incident before she left the room.

She complained to the film studio about the encounter, but says she was later “threatened by one of the star’s representatives”.

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The Pitch Perfect actress also recounted a second incident which she described as a “hotel room encounter with a top director”.

“Nothing physical happened because the guy’s wife called and started abusing him over the phone for sleeping with actresses… I bolted out of there immediately,” she said.

Wilson added: “If I witness this behaviour, whether it happens to me or someone I know, I will no longer be polite.”

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A growing number of sexual misconduct allegations have been made against public figures in recent weeks.

The allegations have been sparked by multiple women speaking out against the Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, and a subsequent campaign encouraging victims to share their stories of sexual harassment under the #metoo hashtag..

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Some of the stars facing accusations include Kevin Spacey, who has been accused of predatory sexual behaviour by a number of men, and Steven Seagal, who has been accused of sexual harassment.

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The club where The Who first rocked

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The Who were among the bands to tune their skills at the Ealing Club

It’s decades since the Ealing Club closed. With a capacity of 200 it had never made huge amounts of money. But the new film documentary Suburban Steps to Rockland recalls the club’s remarkable role in Britain’s booming RB scene of the 1960s.

The Rolling Stones, The Who and The Animals all played early gigs there. But without a young Iranian who stumbled by accident into west London, the whole thing might never have happened.

Even at the age of 77, Fery Asgari still talks like a born entrepreneur. He admits to being “more or less semi-retired” although his business card still says senior property consultant.

In 1962 he took over and reinvented a small music club which was to have a bigger influence than more celebrated venues. Now Suburban Steps to Rockland tells the story of Fery and the Ealing Club.

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Fery Asgari discovered the venue by chance after hearing the sounds of jazz

He’d come to London as a teenager from Tehran. One day he and a friend left the Iranian embassy in Kensington and got chatting to a couple of English girls.

“We asked where would be a good place to study English and they said Ealing Technical College. I had no idea where Ealing was but we got on a bus and went there – and that was the next 10 years of my life.”

The art school at the college could boast various bands, many in love with the blues.

“I found myself helping to promote the music nights but it was hard to find a venue because the music was so loud.

“Then I was walking near Ealing Broadway station and I heard jazz and I followed it down the steps… and I found this little basement music club.

“Within a few weeks I was running the place. To start with we had jazz on Thursdays and Fridays and RB on Saturday.”

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In the early days of the club the entry fee was 25 pence

Fifty-five years ago tastes were changing. Writer Paul Trynka has studied a rich era for British music. “There was a really wide range of tribes at that time. They were all intertwined but they had different followers.

“So you got purists like Brian Jones of the Stones who had a passion for a British form of Chicago blues – which people then called RB, though it’s a long way from what we mean by RB today.

“There was something like an arms race going on where musicians wanted to be the first to use a certain type of guitar or get a certain sound. Things were moving very quickly. People who wanted to be cooler than anyone else tended to like RB. There was a rawness to it.”

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Asgari recalls RB initially as entirely a student scene.

“To start with there were two big names who really drew the college crowd. Cyril Davies was a fantastic blues harmonica player who died early – I think probably people don’t remember him much now.

“But Cyril played with Alexis Korner who was a genius with the guitar and later he used to do lots of broadcasting for the BBC.

“Students in those days were such lovely people – very well-behaved and not the way people became later. They didn’t have much money and they just drank cider. Saturday night it was five shillings to get in – that’s 25p.

“There was no problem with drugs until maybe 1964 when a few people began taking pills which I think they’d got from nurses. But I told them to leave. Eventually we got a violent crowd in but that was much later. In the good years we had celebrities turning up like Sonny and Cher.

“Cyril and Alexis attracted younger musicians just to listen. The excitement in people’s faces – I have never seen anything like it. When I first met the Rolling Stones they had come to the club to have a drink, to hear Alexis play and socialise. It was only later they started to perform.”

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Paul Jones, later of Manfred Mann, also performed at the club

Suburban Steps to Rockland is a reminder of the big names who developed at the Ealing Club after the Davies-Korner era.

Sitting in his office (still in Ealing) Asgari gives a wry smile.

“But that was the problem: when groups got big they weren’t going to play a small venue like ours.

“When the Stones first played for us, Brian Jones would come into my office afterwards and we’d sort out the 50-50 split of the door money – it was Brian who was in charge of all their bookings. The first Saturday they played we took £7. By the time they played their last Ealing gig it was £33.

“When groups were getting started, they would beg to play. The club saw lots of groups who became famous like The Who and the Dave Clark Five. Not everyone became a star but quite a few people did.

“I could see the Rolling Stones taking off week by week. And they were a pretty good group: certainly we had much worse. After them came the Mann-Hugg Blues Brothers – which became Manfred Mann.

“The lead singer was Paul Jones and I think Paul and Manfred were two of the really talented people I knew in those days. But the same thing happened: we couldn’t pay the money the performers wanted. So they would go somewhere like the Eel Pie Hotel on the Thames, which could take far more people.”

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Asgari finally closed the club in 1971 and the site has had a chequered history since. It’s now the Red Room and has an uncertain future. For the past 14 years it’s been run by Dubliner Cathal Curtis.

“In the last five years we’ve tried to put on more live performances: usually we’re live three nights a week. But in truth the live music does not make much money – we’re no longer in the glory days of the 1960s when a small venue could be full night after night.

“It’s obvious that in London small and medium-sized music venues are struggling. Every year it gets more difficult to get people through the door.

“The interesting thing is that the number of amateur or semi-pro acts who want to play would almost compare with the bands around in the 1960s. And I see groups coming in here with musicians in their 20s who could definitely make it to the next level.

“That’s how acts like The Who and The Animals got started. But in London now there are probably half a dozen small venues like the Red Room left. We’re proud of our history going all the way back to what Fery Asgari did and even before that. But if we go, where will the kids of 19 or 20 perform and learn their trade the way Mick Jagger and Brian Jones did 50 years ago?”

Suburban Steps to Rockland is due for cinema release in the UK in 2018.

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Louis CK admits sexual misconduct allegations are true

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US comedian Louis CK has admitted that sexual misconduct allegations made against him by five women are true.

He said he had “wielded power irresponsibly” and could hardly wrap his head around the “scope of hurt” he had caused them.

Four of the accusers told the New York Times he masturbated during interactions with them and a fifth said he had asked to do so.

The allegations led to the release of his new movie being scrapped.

I Love You Daddy – a comedy about an ageing film director, played by John Malkovich, who has a reputation for getting embroiled with young women – was due to have been released in the US on 17 November.

“These stories are true,” Louis CK said in his statement, which is reproduced in full at the bottom of this article.

“The power I had over these women is that they admired me. And I wielded that power irresponsibly.”

The comedian added that he regretted the hurt he had inflicted on people he worked with, including his manager Dave Becky, his family, his friends, his children and their mother.

In Thursday’s New York Times report, four comediennes – Dana Min Goodman, Julia Wolov, Rebecca Corry and Abby Schachner – and a fifth woman, who spoke on condition of anonymity, made allegations about the entertainer.

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Actresses Julia Wolov (left) and Dana Goodman in Hollywood in 2011

Goodman and Wolov said Louis CK stripped naked and masturbated after inviting them to his hotel room during the US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado, in 2002.

Schachner said she called Louis CK in 2003 to invite him to one of her shows and was dumbfounded to realise during their phone conversation that he was masturbating. “I felt very ashamed,” she told the New York Times.

A fifth woman, who did not want to be named, told the newspaper of alleged incidents involving the comic in the late 1990s, while she was working in production on The Chris Rock Show.

Louis CK, who was a writer and producer on the show, repeatedly asked her to watch him perform a sex act, she said. “He abused his power,” she said.

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Abby Schachner told the New York Times she felt “very ashamed”

Louis CK’s planned appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert was cancelled and HBO announced it would purge Louis CK’s past projects from its On Demand service.

The cable TV network also said the comic would no longer participate in a charity comedy special, Night of Too Many Stars, later this month.

On Thursday, a Los Angeles County district attorney Jackie Lacey announced a task force of veteran sex crimes prosecutors to address “the widespread allegations of sexual abuse in entertainment industry”.

Louis CK statement in full (warning – contains explicit language)

“I want to address the stories told to the New York Times by five women named Abby, Rebecca, Dana, Julia who felt able to name themselves and one who did not.

“These stories are true. At the time, I said to myself that what I did was okay because I never showed a woman my dick without asking first, which is also true. But what I learned later in life, too late, is that when you have power over another person, asking them to look at your dick isn’t a question. It’s a predicament for them. The power I had over these women is that they admired me. And I wielded that power irresponsibly.

“I have been remorseful of my actions. And I’ve tried to learn from them. And run from them. Now I’m aware of the extent of the impact of my actions. I learned yesterday the extent to which I left these women who admired me feeling badly about themselves and cautious around other men who would never have put them in that position.

“I also took advantage of the fact that I was widely admired in my and their community, which disabled them from sharing their story and brought hardship to them when they tried because people who look up to me didn’t want to hear it. I didn’t think that I was doing any of that because my position allowed me not to think about it.

“There is nothing about this that I forgive myself for. And I have to reconcile it with who I am. Which is nothing compared to the task I left them with.

“I wish I had reacted to their admiration of me by being a good example to them as a man and given them some guidance as a comedian, including because I admired their work.

“The hardest regret to live with is what you’ve done to hurt someone else. And I can hardly wrap my head around the scope of hurt I brought on them. I’d be remiss to exclude the hurt that I’ve brought on people who I work with and have worked with who’s professional and personal lives have been impacted by all of this, including projects currently in production: the cast and crew of Better Things, Baskets, The Cops, One Mississippi, and I Love You Daddy. I deeply regret that this has brought negative attention to my manager Dave Becky who only tried to mediate a situation that I caused. I’ve brought anguish and hardship to the people at FX who have given me so much The Orchard who took a chance on my movie. and every other entity that has bet on me through the years.

“I’ve brought pain to my family, my friends, my children and their mother.

“I have spent my long and lucky career talking and saying anything I want. I will now step back and take a long time to listen.

“Thank you for reading.”


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Kim Kardashian West may have just changed the way you shop

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Kim Kardashian West spoke at the Forbes Women’s Summit in June 2017

Kim Kardashian West tweeted last year that she had made $80m (£62m) from her video game app.

Her latest project, ScreenShop, could see her add some serious cash to her tech empire as it’s released worldwide.

The app, which lets social media users buy what they see in posts, is something Kardashian West says she has “never seen before”.

It works on platforms like Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat by matching clothes you see on them to the exact items.

The reaction hasn’t been entirely positive, though, with some bloggers afraid that the app will stop them from earning commission from sales via their own social media platforms.

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So excited to share something I’ve been working on for over a year, @screenshopit! Screenshot any look on Instagram, Snapchat, anywhere and find the exact designer looks you see people wearing online, plus it suggests similar items at all price points! It basically turns your screenshots into a shoppable boutique! Watch my videos for a demonstration. #Screenshop_Ambassador

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ScreenShop also offers you cheaper alternatives because items on celebrities are likely to be designer or have high prices.

The app partners with company Farfetch to provide the technology to show copies and similar items.

This feature is something Kardashian West approves of. “I obviously want to invest my time in projects that I really think people would want and things I haven’t seen before,” she tells Vogue.

“Shoppers are so much more visual and so much more creative than maybe in the past.

“I truly think if they see something worn a certain way, if you market it that way and merchandise it that way in the store, people will buy it.”

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Kim’s eye-catching outfits will be searchable online

Katie Baron, a fashion writer and global head of retail at Stylus Media Group, tells the BBC that Kardashian West’s app “means serious business in an era where instant digital gratification is pretty much expected”.

“It’s not quite as seamless as the initial headline may suggest,” she says. “You still need to take a screenshot, upload it, scour through the various options and then be redirected to a retail website to buy.

“But it’s possibly one of the best tools to date for translating the power of social media, driven by a youth sector who talk a largely visual language, into cold hard cash.

“Brands, of course, just have to hope that these social media fashion fans don’t always go for the budget option, or that there’s a way within the app to surface their products. Without that, many brands will be left in the cold.”

ScreenShop has struck commission deals with big name brands ASOS, Topshop, Boohoo and Forever 21.

These companies will provide a databases of items and better matches of clothes, but other retailers’ items will still be featured as part of search results.

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Kardashian West and the tech creators she has built the app with will make money by taking a small slice of the sales made on the app.

This is where it gets complicated, as the app could cause all sorts of problems for bloggers and influencers.

That’s because many of them already have their own system in place, which gives them a commission when their followers buy clothes they post online.

Em Sheldon is a blogger and Instagram influencer with an online following of more than 100,000 users.

One of the ways she makes money is through affiliate links, which are clickable links that take you to buy the clothes she is wearing.

She earns a small commission from the sale, but it doesn’t cost the shopper any more than if they would have found the item on their own.

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Em Sheldon’s profile on LIKEtoKNOW.it, which helps her make money from clothes she wears

She tells the BBC: “A blogger is a personal shopper for you, you pay absolutely no more money, sometimes the blogger will have a discount code for you or scout out the best deals.

“We make a tiny percent [of the sale price] for a lot of work – finding constant sales, which benefit the buyers.

“Bloggers spend thousands on clothes and make absolutely no money so making 10p per sale is nothing to the customer but helps the blogger.”

She says ScreenShop stops a key revenue stream for bloggers because instead of them clicking on their links, followers will simply use the app to find out where bloggers’ clothes are from.

“[Kardashian West] is monetising our content and making money out of our fashion sense and style,” Sheldon says.

Other bloggers have agreed, including influencer Lydia Millen, who posted on Twitter that the app “can’t be fair”.

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The system bloggers use to make money from their outfits is an app and website called LIKEtoKNOW.it, made by the company rewardStyle.

The app shows the exact clothes worn by bloggers on their own websites and social media, and also has its own section to shop screenshots too.

RewardStyle’s co-founder Amber Venz Box tells the BBC she finds Kim’s app and use of technology “flattering”.

“Imitators like this only further confirm what we know well – consumers are inspired by influencers and they want to shop their looks,” she says.

Venz Box says what separates ScreenShop from LIKEtoKNOW.it is that her company pays bloggers commission, which Kardashian West is not set to do.

Venz Box’s app compensates bloggers based on how many items they help sell and how much they cost.

“I created rewardStyle in 2011 as a solution to monetise my fashion blog and today, rewardStyle provides monetisation to 20,000 hand-picked influencers through a global technology platform,” she says.

Katie Baron acknowledges the appeal of apps like LIKEtoKNOW.it, but likes the fact ScreenShop turns any image into a “shoppable inspiration” rather than just being the photos from an “elite band of influencer bloggers”.

“This could effectively democratise the system once again, which is fantastic, with so many bloggers having transitioned from a point of genuine excitement to little more than new generation advertising space,” she says.


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