Entertainment News Roundup: Next stop for Taylor Swift's Eras Tour film: Disney+; A Minute With: Emin and Engelbert Humperdinck on Elvis, duets and sideburns and more

Carano argued in the suit that she was fired in 2021 for voicing conservative opinions on social media platforms including Twitter, which is now owned by Musk and known as X. 'American Fiction' stars hope film's success is 'a lesson for Hollywood' "American Fiction" actors Jeffrey Wright and Sterling K.


Devdiscourse News Desk | Updated: 08-02-2024 10:39 IST | Created: 08-02-2024 10:29 IST
Entertainment News Roundup: Next stop for Taylor Swift's Eras Tour film: Disney+; A Minute With: Emin and Engelbert Humperdinck on Elvis, duets and sideburns and more
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Fired 'Mandalorian' actor sues Disney with funding from Elon Musk

Actor Gina Carano sued Walt Disney for wrongful termination from Star Wars series "The Mandalorian" in a lawsuit filed on Tuesday and backed by billionaire Elon Musk. Carano argued in the suit that she was fired in 2021 for voicing conservative opinions on social media platforms including Twitter, which is now owned by Musk and known as X.

'American Fiction' stars hope film's success is 'a lesson for Hollywood'

"American Fiction" actors Jeffrey Wright and Sterling K. Brown and director Cord Jefferson hope the film's five Oscar nominations and its enthusiastic reception will help shift attitudes in Hollywood. Written by Jefferson, the comedy drama is based on Percival Everett's 2001 book "Erasure". It centres on Thelonious "Monk" Ellison, a professor and writer who is having no luck in publishing a new literary novel. But then he jokingly writes an outrageously stereotypical "Black" book out of spite - and it becomes an instant success.

Former UK pop star Gary Glitter, jailed for child sex crimes, denied parole

Former British pop singer Gary Glitter, who shot to fame in the 1970s as a "glam-rock" star but was later convicted of child sex crimes, lost a bid to be released from prison on parole, officials said on Wednesday. Glitter, 79, whose real name is Paul Gadd, rose to prominence with the hit song "Rock and Roll", and became renowned for his figure-hugging shiny silver jump suits and platform shoes.

Crew member dies in fall on set of Marvel TV's 'Wonder Man'

A crew member died in a fall on the set of Marvel Studios television series "Wonder Man" on Tuesday, a spokesperson for the Walt Disney-owned studio said. The man, a rigger, fell from a catwalk onto a stage at Radford Studio Center just outside of Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Riggers set up scaffolding to hold lights, cameras and other equipment at different angles.

NFL-Kelce thinking about Super Bowl bling not engagement rings

Travis Kelce admits he has been thinking about a ring, the Super Bowl variety he hopes to win on Sunday when his Kansas City Chiefs take on the San Francisco 49ers and not the engagement one for girlfriend Taylor Swift that has social media buzzing. Speculation Kelce might get down on one knee at centre field after the Super Bowl and pop the question to his pop superstar girlfriend has had Swift's army of fans known as 'Swifties' in a tither and hardcore football fans scratching their heads.

'The great contraction' hits Hollywood

When stars returned to the red carpet in early January after two bruising strikes to celebrate the success of “Oppenheimer” and “Succession,” one existential threat above all was on everyone’s mind: Hollywood is shrinking. The era of “peak TV,” is over, said 17 entertainment business executives, agents and bankers who spoke with Reuters. From fewer original series and movies to greater scrutiny of budgets and a further squeeze on movie theater profits, people who call the shots said the television and film industries are adjusting to sober economic realities.

Actor Samantha Morton to be awarded BAFTA Fellowship

Actor Samantha Morton, known for films such as "Minority Report" and "In America", will be honoured with a fellowship by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) at its annual movie awards ceremony next week. Morton, 46, joins the likes of actors Helen Mirren and Judi Dench as well as directors Ang Lee and Ridley Scott in receiving the arts charity's highest accolade.

NFL-Japan’s 'Swifties' root for Chiefs ahead of Super Bowl

Japanese Swifties, devoted fans of Taylor Swift, are rallying behind the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs for this weekend's Super Bowl, fuelled by the American singer's boyfriend, Travis Kelce, who plays at tight end for the team. The romance between Swift and Kelce has boosted the sport's global popularity, showcased by Japanese fans donning red clothes in support of the Chiefs.

A Minute With: Emin and Engelbert Humperdinck on Elvis, duets and sideburns

Azerbaijani singer Emin reimagines 12 Elvis Presley songs for his new album "Now or Never", which includes a duet with veteran British performer Engelbert Humperdinck. The two singers met in Baku in 2012 when Humperdinck, 87, represented the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest.

Next stop for Taylor Swift's Eras Tour film: Disney+

Taylor Swift's Eras Tour concert film will start streaming next month on Disney+ with the addition of five songs that were not shown in theaters, Walt Disney said on Wednesday. "Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour" will debut exclusively on Disney+ on March 15, Disney said. Acoustic performances of "Cardigan" and four other songs will be added to the version that played in cinemas last year.

(With inputs from agencies.)

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