Kind words were in short supply for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel at the premiere of Spike Lee's "Chi-Raq" on Tuesday.
Emanuel fired the city's police superintendent after tensions flared over the release of a graphic video that showed a black teenager, Laquan McDonald, being shot 16 times by a white police officer.
Lee predicted at the premiere, held before he and cast members participated in an anti-gun violence march, that "some more heads are going to roll."
Lee's satire is based on the ancient Greek play "Lysistrata" by Aristophanes. This modern adaptation is about the murder of a child hit by a stray bullet in Chicago's South Side.
Chicago actor John Cusack, who appears in the film, said the shootings and killings in Chicago each year are "unacceptable," and cited political motives.
He said the officer wasn't charged until Emanuel won a second term earlier this year. The shooting took place in 2014. "It's very tragic that information was suppressed for an election cycle," Cusack said.
Past woes force tour cancellation
Chris Brown canceled plans for a Down Under tour Wednesday after Australian authorities earlier warned the R&B singer they were likely to refuse him a visa because of his criminal conviction for assaulting pop star Rihanna. Australia's immigration department declined to say whether they had refused Brown a visa. But in September, it gave Brown 28 days to explain why he should be allowed into the country.
Season's first awards: Todd Haynes' 1950s lesbian romance "Carol" dominated the New York Film Critics Circle Awards, taking best picture and a leading four awards overall. Announcing their picks Wednesday on Twitter, the New York critics voted overwhelmingly in favor of the Patricia Highsmith adaptation starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. They awarded best director for Haynes, best screenplay for Phyllis Nagy and best cinematography for Edward Lachman. Best actor went to Michael Keaton, who plays one of the journalists in the Boston Globe drama "Spotlight." Saoirse Ronan earned best actress for her performance as an Irish immigrant in "Brooklyn." Kristen Stewart landed best supporting actress for her performance as an actor's assistant in Olivier Assayas' "Clouds of Sils Maria." (Stewart won a Cesar Award for the role earlier this year, the first American actress to win at the French awards.) Best supporting actor went to Mark Rylance, who plays Soviet spy Rudolf Abel in Steven Spielberg's Cold War drama "Bridge of Spies."
Adieu for now: The latest Broadway incarnation of "Les Miserables" will roll up its flags this fall. The third Broadway incarnation of Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil's legendary musical will end its run Sept. 4 at the Imperial Theatre after 1,026 performances over 2½ years. This version, directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell, capped a national tour that began in 2010.