Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.
The Blonds close out New York Fashion Week with sparkly show
The design duo that is The Blonds closed out New York Fashion Week on Wednesday with a runway show that sparkled with hand-sewn outfits covered in laser-cut crystals, glittering heels and jewellery. The brand, which co-designer Phillipe Blond described as extremely over-the-top, sparkly and dangerous, found inspiration in vampires and the Matrix for its Fall 2022 collection.
Ten million Americans tune in to watch Olympic figure skating drama
The faltering performance of 15-year-old Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva in Thursday night’s long-form routine drew an audience of 10.3 million to NBCUniversal’s Olympic television and digital broadcasts, according to network figures. The U.S. primetime replay of the skating competition brought in 1.4 million more viewers than the previous night’s Olympics coverage, NBC said.
Rupert Murdoch family documentary planned for CNN+ streaming service
A new documentary series, “The Murdochs: Empire of Influence,” will premiere on CNN+ when the streaming subscription service launches in the spring, the company said on Thursday. The series is based on Jonathan Mahler and Jim Rutenberg’s New York Times Magazine article “How Rupert Murdoch’s Empire of Influence Remade the World,” which examined the legacy of media mogul Rupert Murdoch.
Oscars to require COVID tests for all, vaccines for most
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will require attendees of the 94th Oscars ceremony in March to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination and at least two negative results from PCR tests, a person with knowledge of the matter said on Thursday. Performers and presenters at the film industry’s highest honors also must undergo polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing, but will not need to show proof of vaccination, the source said.
Paul McCartney announces 14-date U.S. tour, first live shows since 2019
Sir Paul McCartney plans to launch a 14-date U.S. concert tour in the Pacific Northwest this spring, marking his first series of live performances since the end of a world tour in 2019, the former Beatle announced on Friday. The “Got Back” tour will open on April 28 in Spokane, Washington, McCartney’s first show in that city, followed by back-to-back concerts at the Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle on May 2-3, according to the tour schedule posted on his official website.
Brad Pitt sues ex-wife Angelina Jolie for selling stake in French winery
Brad Pitt sued his former wife Angelina Jolie for selling her stake in a French winery they had bought together — and where they were married — to a Russian businessman. In a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles on Thursday, Pitt said Jolie broke their agreement not to sell their interests in Chateau Miraval without the other’s consent by selling her stake to a unit of Stoli Group, a spirits maker controlled by oligarch Yuri Shefler.
Spanish tale of threatened family farm wins Berlinale’s Golden Bear
Spanish director Carla Simon’s film “Alcarras,” which explores the divisions ripped into a close-knit family of Catalan farmers when they face eviction from their ancestral plot, won the Berlin Film Festival’s top prize on Wednesday. Simon herself grew up on a peach farm in the village of Alcarras, and her film was made using amateur actors from that area whom she recruited at village fairs and coached into playing several generations of a family of smallholders.
‘Assassin’s Creed’ maker Ubisoft sees FY results at lower end of guidance
Ubisoft, the maker of the blockbuster “Assassin’s Creed” video game franchise, said on Thursday it expected to post full-year results at the lower end of its guidance despite seeing growth in its current fourth quarter. “We can still achieve the high side of (the guidance) because we have a lot of content to be released and upside is possible, but it’s fair to say for now the forecast is in the lower side of the guidance,” Chief Financial Officer Frederick Duguet said in a conference call.
Pop star Troye Sivan fights HIV stigma in first big film role
Australian pop singer Troye Sivan, whose YouTube videos and music have inspired a generation of young LGBTQ+ people, wants his first major film role to combat ignorance around HIV/AIDS. In “Three Months”, Sivan plays 17-year-old Caleb, who is exposed to HIV after a one-night stand on the eve of his high school graduation.
Iconic Madonna dress and pre-Beatles drum kit go up for auction in California
The pink Marilyn Monroe-style dress worn by pop star Madonna in her 1984 “Material Girl” music video and a drum kit used by the prototype Beatles are some of the items going under the hammer at a music memorabilia auction in California. The Madonna lot, consisting of a pink satin dress with bustier top and oversized pink satin bow, satin opera gloves and rhinestone bracelets, is estimated to fetch between $100,000 and $200,000 when it goes under the hammer in May, as part of the “Music Icons” auction at Julien’s Auctions.
(With inputs from agencies.)