J.K Simmons open to Spider-Man return

J. K. Simmons
Updated 10 November 2017
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J.K Simmons open to Spider-Man return

NEW YORK: J.K Simmons would “never say never” to returning to the Spider-Man world.
The 62-year-old actor starred as Daily Bugle newspaper editor J. Jonah Jameson in all three of the Sam Raimi “Spider-Man” movies, and he has returned to the comic book genre playing Police Commissioner James Gordon in the DC Extended Universe film “Justice League.”
Simmons loved playing Jameson and would very much like to make a return to the character in Tom Holland’s Spider-Man films which are part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Simmons said: “I never say never. I mean, you know, obviously I had an amazing time with Sam Raimi in those movies and Tobey Maguire and everybody.
“That was a great, great time and huge for my career and my life, and just pure fun. If there were an opportunity to revisit that ... I do not know though. How old is “Spider-Man” going to be if J. Jonah Jameson is this old?”
Holland starred in his first feature film as the webslinger this year in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming.’
Despite being part of the MCU, the film marked the first time Marvel and Sony Pictures — who own the film rights to Spider-Man — worked together on the fan favorite superhero after Marvel sold the rights in 1985 for $225,000.

However, Sony Pictures are also developing their own ‘Spider-Man’ universe and recently announced two spin-off movies are in the works.
Sony has announced the release date for the upcoming Gina Prince-Bythewood directed movie ‘Silver and Black’, which will hit cinemas four months after the previously announced October 2018 release of ‘Venom’, starring Tom Hardy.


Spanish prosecutors file tax evasion charges against Shakira

Colombian singer Shakira visits Tannourine Cedars Reserve, in Tannourine, Lebanon July 13, 2018. (REUTERS)
Updated 15 December 2018
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Spanish prosecutors file tax evasion charges against Shakira

  • Shakira was named in the “Paradise Papers” leaks that detailed the offshore tax arrangements of numerous high-profile individuals, including musical celebrities like Madonna and U2’s Bono

MADRID: Spanish prosecutors have charged pop music star Shakira with tax evasion, alleging she failed to pay more than 14.5 million euros ($16.3 million) between 2012 and 2014. The Colombian singer denied the charges.
The charges published Friday allege that Shakira listed the Bahamas as her official residence for tax purposes during those years but was in fact living in Spain with her partner, Spanish soccer player Gerard Pique.
Tax rates are much lower in the Bahamas than in Spain.
Shakira said in a statement Friday through her representatives that she was not a legal resident in Spain during the years in question and owed nothing to the Spanish tax authorities, who are using her “as a scapegoat” to frighten other taxpayers into coming clean.
Prosecutors in Barcelona said Shakira’s travel abroad was for short periods because of professional commitments, while most of the year she stayed in Spain. They want her to pay tax in Spain on her worldwide income.
Shakira officially moved to Spain for tax purposes in 2015, after having two children by Pique.
A magistrate will assess whether there is enough evidence to put Shakira on trial.
Prosecutors want Shakira to pay a bond of 19.4 million euros — the amount they say she owes in tax, plus 33 percent, in accordance with Spanish law. Otherwise, they recommend a court freeze of her assets to that amount.
Shakira was named in the “Paradise Papers” leaks that detailed the offshore tax arrangements of numerous high-profile individuals, including musical celebrities like Madonna and U2’s Bono.
The documents were obtained by German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung and investigated by Spanish news website El Confidencial.
Spain’s tax authorities referred their probe to the Barcelona prosecutor’s office a year ago.
Sports celebrities have also been in trouble with Spanish tax authorities, including soccer stars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.