Below is a summary of the entertainment news briefs.
Top auction houses cancel Russian art sales in London
Auction houses Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Bonhams canceled sales of Russian art in London in June, part of the art market’s response to Western sanctions on Russia as punishment for its invasion of Ukraine. Auction houses hold sales of Russian art in June and November in a period known as “Russian Art Week”, attracting wealthy Russian buyers.
Bollywood thriller stars child with cerebral palsy in rare sign of inclusivity
Upcoming Bollywood thriller drama ‘Jalsa’ features the role of a child with cerebral palsy played by an actor with the same disability, in what the film’s director and cast called a rare sign of inclusivity in the most major film industry in the world. Starring Vidya Balan and Shefali Shah, two of Bollywood’s most admired actors, “Jalsa” (Celebration) revolves around a road accident where a driver hits a girl and flees. Surya Kasibhatla, a 10-year-old Texas Indian with cerebral palsy, plays Balan’s son.
Kanye West suspended from Instagram for 24 hours for policy violation
Kanye West has been suspended from the Instagram social network for 24 hours after the rapper violated the platform’s harassment policy, a spokesperson for his parent company Meta Platforms Inc has said. The platform has removed the content sent from the 44-year-old rapper’s account which violated its policies on “hate speech, bullying and harassment”, spokesman Joe Osborne told Reuters in an emailed statement.
The second Oscar nomination eased Italian director Sorrentino’s insecurities
For Italian director Paolo Sorrentino, scoring the second Oscar nomination of his career this year has helped ease some of his lingering insecurities as a filmmaker. “It makes me really happy and proud,” Sorrentino, whose film “The Hand of God” is up for best international feature film at this month’s Oscars, said in an interview. “If the first time could be attributed to chance, the second proves that we have done a good job over the years.”
Universal Music Label Acquires Ape NFT to Lead Virtual Music Band
Universal Music Group is capitalizing on the popularity of non-fungible tokens by acquiring one of the cartoon monkeys that have taken the world of digital collectibles by storm to lead an all-virtual music band. On Friday, Universal’s 22:22 label said it paid $360,817 to buy Bored Ape #5537 – a female character now known as Manager Noët All, to front the band he founded in November called Kingship.
Amazon.com reaches agreement to buy MGM film studio
Amazon.com Inc announced Thursday that it has completed its $8.5 billion deal to buy MGM, combining the legendary filmmaker behind ‘Rocky’ and James Bond with the online retail giant as it seeks to attract consumers through more streaming videos. In a statement, Amazon said it would welcome all MGM employees back to the company and work with studio management, saying there would be no layoffs. Its decision to close comes after a deadline for the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to challenge the deal expired.
Marvel’s ‘Moon Knight’ puts the emotional struggle at its heart
Hollywood star Oscar Isaac tackles multiple roles and dons a cape and English accent in “Moon Knight,” the latest superhero series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Based on a lesser-known Marvel hero, the new Disney+ show sees Isaac portraying “at least four” personalities.
Cineworld Puts Hope On More Blockbusters In 2022 As Debt Pile Grows
Cineworld said it was confident on Thursday that a meatier slate of films in 2022 would help the British cinema chain rebound from a two-year lull, although its growing debt load remains a challenge. The world’s second-largest cinema chain with more than 9,000 screens worldwide, Cineworld said its 2021 losses narrowed to $708 million from around $3 billion in 2020, thanks in part to the blockbuster movie. Marvel superhero “Spider-Man: No Way Home”.
(With agency contributions.)