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Producers guild unveils anti-sexual harassment guidelines

The Producers Guild of America has ratified guidelines for combating sexual harassment in the entertainment industry, requesting that every film and TV production offer in-person harassment training and provide multiple ways for alleged victims to complain.

The guidelines are the product of a task force asked to research and propose solutions to sexual misconduct following a flood of accusations that started with revelations about Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. He was expelled from the group last year.

The guild's board of directors unanimously ratified its Anti-Sexual Harassment Guidelines on Wednesday. The Los Angeles-based guild has over 8,000 members and represents those in film, television and new media.

Other guidelines include asking each production to be vigilant to prevent harassment, protect any whistleblowers and assume whoever complains "is being sincere until further inquiry can be undertaken."

The guidelines also ask that producers be sensitive to power dynamics and conduct all meetings "in an environment that is professional, safe and comfortable for all parties." Weinstein has been accused of holding meetings in hotel rooms, in which women accuse him of misconduct.

In a statement, guild Presidents Gary Lucchesi and Lori McCreary said that "while the PGA is a voluntary membership organization, the PGA's Anti-Sexual Harassment Guidelines are sanctioned as best practices for our members."

Neal Schon Says Journey Are Ready to Move on After 'Hard Times'

Neal Schon says Journey are recovering from a very public dispute over the role of religion and politics in the band.

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Def Leppard's Catalog Finally Available to Stream and Download

Def Leppard's catalog is finally available to stream and download from your favorite digital services.

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Author, activist Jewish convert Julius Lester dies at 78

Julius Lester, an author, musician, civil rights activist and university professor who made a late-life conversion to Judaism, has died. He was 78.

Lester's daughter, Lian Amaris, told The Associated Press on Friday that her father died Thursday.

"Julius has passed peacefully, surrounded by family," she posted on her father's Facebook page.

She did not give a cause of death, but Lester had written in his last public post on Facebook on Jan. 3 about his struggles with severe emphysema.

Lester, who lived in Belchertown, was a professor of both black studies and Jewish studies at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst for more than 30 years before retiring in 2003.

"UMass Amherst is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of professor Julius Lester, who enriched our university community and the world as a teacher, scholar and writer," a university spokesman said in a statement. "His legacy includes being a recipient of the university's Distinguished Teaching Award as well as the Chancellor's Medal, a campus honor bestowed on individuals who have rendered exemplary and extraordinary service to the university."

The St. Louis, Missouri-born son of a Methodist minister had long known he had a Jewish ancestor and converted to Judaism in the early 1980s, chronicling his journey in the book "Lovesong: Becoming a Jew."

He wrote more than 40 books, including non-fiction, adult novels and children's books, often confronting slavery and racism.

"The need to know more about my individual past led me to begin studying slavery, and once I did, my interest grew and I became intrigued by the challenge of trying to imagine what it was like to have been a slave," he once wrote in an online biography.

One of his earliest books, co-written by folk singer Pete Seeger, was "The 12-String Guitar as Played by Leadbelly," published in 1965.

Before his career in academia, he recorded two albums of original music, his photographs of the civil rights movement were included in an exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution, and he hosted radio and television talk shows in New York City.

Known as an intensely private person, Lester continued to share his thoughts after retirement on Facebook, where he had about 3,000 followers.

"Again, I am so grateful to all of you who shared so much wonderful energy with me, indeed who lavished wonderful energy on me," he wrote in his last Facebook post.

He is survived by his wife and five children.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Are Pearl Jam Touring Baseball Stadiums This Summer?

Pearl Jam's website accidentally leaked dates in for a month of shows at major league baseball stadiums this summer.

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Hezbollah chief weighs in on Lebanon's Spielberg controversy

The leader of Hezbollah is weighing in on a local controversy surrounding Steven Spielberg's newspaper drama "The Post," saying it was wrong to screen it in Lebanese theaters.

Censorship authorities had recommended the ban because the director is blacklisted by the Arab League over his support for Israel, but a Lebanese minister reversed the decision, allowing it to open Thursday in theaters across the country.

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah on Friday said Spielberg's name is on a "black list" of Israeli supporters and noted he was blacklisted by the League for donating $1 million to Israel for reconstruction during its 2006 war with Lebanon.

Nasrallah said showing the movie in Lebanon was tantamount to "rewarding" Spielberg under the pretext of art, freedoms and tourism.

'Call Me By Your Name,' 'Lady Bird' land GLAAD nominations

GLAAD says the depiction of gay-inclusive story lines in movies improved last year, allowing it to nominate five feature films including "The Shape of Water" and "Call Me By Your Name" for its GLAAD Media Awards.

The nominations announced Friday are an improvement from last year, when the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender advocacy group said there were only two feature films worth nominating. That was its lowest number of film nominees since 2003.

The other nominees for GLAAD's top film honor include "Battle of the Sexes," ''Lady Bird" and "Professor Marston and the Wonder Women."

GLAAD also nominates work in various other media, including television, music, journalism and comic books. Winner announcements are spread between two ceremonies in April and May.

Journey, Def Leppard joining up for North American tour

Journey and Def Leppard are joining together for a 60-date North American tour.

Journey confirmed the rumors of a joint tour on its Twitter page Friday morning.

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“The rumors are true! @JourneyOfficial @DefLeppard are teaming up for a 2018 North American tour kicking off May 21st in Hartford, CT,” the band said. The news comes after Journey guitarist Neal Schon teased a tour announcement from the two groups Sunday.

The two groups first toured together in 2006.

“Twelve years ago we embarked on a US tour with Journey and it was an absolute blast,” Def Leppard bass guitarist Rick Savage said in a statement. “Looking forward to hooking up again. Believe me, this will be even more spectacular.”

Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliot spoke to Rolling Stone about the tour.

“The fact that we’re touring with Journey, and it’s putting us into huge arenas like Madison Square Garden and stadiums, that is very special for us. It’s two iconic bands touring together,” Elliot said. “It makes it more of an event when the bill is all bands that people have heard of. We went out with a really good band called Tripping Daisy in 1996, but nobody cared. But when you have people like Cheap Trick, Poison, Heart or Journey, it makes for a better night for the people in the crowd. They come in and they know what they're going to get.”

According to a news release on the tour, Journey will close half of the shows and Def Leppard will close the the other half. Tickets go on sale at LiveNation.com starting Feb. 3. Information on pre-sale and VIP tickets has not been announced.

The tour dates can be seen below.

May 21 - Hartford, Connecticut, XL Center 

May 23 - Albany, New York, Times Union Center 

May 25 - Hershey, Pennsylvania, Hersheypark Stadium 

May 26 - Buffalo, New York, KeyBank Center 

May 28 - Cleveland, Quicken Loans Arena 

May 30 - Cincinnati, U.S. Bank Arena 

June 1 - Toronto, Rogers Centre 

June 2 - Pittsburgh, PPG Paints Arena 

June 5 - Raleigh, North Carolina, PNC Arena 

June 6 - Knoxville, Tennessee, Thompson-Boling Arena 

June 8 - Bristow, Virginia, Jiffy Lube Live 

June 9 - Charlotte, North Carolina, Spectrum Center 

June 11 - Philadelphia,  Wells Fargo Center 

June 13 - New York, Madison Square Garden 

June 15 - Newark, New Jersey, Prudential Center 

June 16 - Baltimore, Royal Farms Arena 

July 1 - Atlanta, SunTrust Park 

July 3 - Noblesville, Indiana, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center 

July 4 - Milwaukee, Summerfest 

July 6 - Memphis, Tennessee, FedExForum 

July 7 - North Little Rock, Arkansas, Verizon Arena 

July 9 - Tulsa, Oklahoma, BOK Center 

July 11 - Louisville, Kentucky, KFC Yum! Center 

July 13 - Detroit, Comerica Park 

July 14 - Chicago, Wrigley Field 

July 16  - Wichita, Kansas, INTRUST Bank Arena 

July 18 - Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Denny Sanford PREMIER Center 

July 19 - Lincoln, Nebraska, Pinnacle Bank Arena 

July 21 - Denver,  Coors Field 

July 23 - Des Moines, Iowa, Wells Fargo Arena 

July 25 - Kansas City, Missouri, Sprint Center 

July 27 - Minneapolis, Target Field 

July 28 - Fargo, North Dakota, Fargodome 

Aug. 11 - Boston, Fenway Park 

Aug. 13 - Virginia Beach, Virginia, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater 

Aug. 15 - Columbia, South Carolina, Colonial Life Arena

Aug. 17 - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, BB&T Center

Aug. 18 - Tampa, Florida, Amalie Arena 

Aug. 20 - Birmingham, Alabama, Legacy Arena @ The BJCC 

Aug. 22 - Columbus, Ohio, Schottenstein Center

Aug. 24 - St. Louis, Busch Stadium

Aug. 25 - Nashville, Tennessee, Bridgestone Arena 

Aug. 27 - New Orleans, Smoothie King Center

Aug. 29 - Dallas, American Airlines Center 

Aug. 31 - San Antonio, AT&T Center 

Sept. 1 - Houston, Toyota Center 

Sept. 5 - Albuquerque, New Mexico, Isleta Amphitheater 

Sept. 7 - Phoenix, Talking Stick Resort Arena 

Sept. 8 - Las Vegas, T-Mobile Arena

Sept. 21 - San Francisco, AT&T Park 

Sept. 23 - San Diego, Petco Park 

Sept. 25 - Salt Lake City, Vivint Smart Home Arena 

Sept. 26 - Nampa, Idaho, Ford Idaho Center Arena 

Sept. 28 - Portland, Oregon, Moda Center 

Sept. 29 - George, Washington, Gorge Amphitheatre 

Oct. 1 - Vancouver, Rogers Arena 

Oct. 4 - SacramentoCalifornia, Golden 1 Center 

Oct. 6 - Los Angeles, The Forum 

Royal close shave: Prince William opts for dramatic buzz cut

The hair on the heir is no longer quite so apparent.

Prince William, whose hairline has been receding for years, has opted for a dramatic close-shaved new hairstyle.

The buzz cut was captured by photographers as 35-year-old William, who is second in line to the British throne behind his father Prince Charles, visited a London children's hospital on Thursday.

British bookmakers are looking to profit from William's hair loss. They are now taking bets on what style he will sport at younger brother Prince Harry's wedding to Meghan Markle on May 19 at Windsor Castle.

Harry has teased William for years about his thinning hair.

Bookie William Hill is offering 1-2 odds on the current closely cropped style, 6-4 on a totally shaved head and 6-1 on a hair transplant.

Winter is here: "Game of Thrones" ice hotel opens in Finland

A "Game of Thrones"-themed ice hotel complete with a bar and a chapel for weddings has opened in northern Finland in a joint effort by a local hotel chain and the U.S. producers of the hit TV series.

Lapland Hotels said Friday they chose "Game of Thrones" to be the theme for this season's Snow Village, an annual ice-and-snow construction project covering 20,000 square meters (24,000 sq. yards) in Kittila, 150 kilometers (93 miles) above the Arctic Circle.

Snow Village operations manager Janne Pasma told Finnish national broadcaster YLE that he was a huge fan of the series and it was "a dream come true" that HBO Nordic agreed to go along with his team's initiative.

HBO Nordic spokeswoman Nina Palmroos said "Game of Thrones" fans from all over the world have been "completely overwhelmed" by the hotel.

"We found it a wonderful idea. Some of the world's best ice sculptors have done very detailed and thorough work," Palmroos said, calling the hotel's dragon particularly impressive. "Fans are very loyal to the series and this gives them a chance to experience something unique."

The hotel, which stays open until early April, suggests that guests stay only one night due to below-zero temperatures.

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