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Alec Baldwin Seeks Civil Lawsuit Dismissed For ‘Rust’ Fatal Shooting
Lawyers for Alec Baldwin and other ‘Rust’ producers are asking a court to dismiss a civil suit brought by a script supervisor who was on set when the actor fatally shot a cinematographer. In a filing Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, attorneys said Mamie Mitchell’s claim should be dismissed because there was no evidence that Baldwin or any of the producers intended to harm. Baldwin was the lead actor and a producer of the independent film, a western.
NBCUniversal lowers its TV ratings expectations for the Winter Olympics
NBCUniversal is slashing its TV audience expectations for the Beijing Winter Games in half based on time of day and platform, the company announced on Tuesday, as it prepares to broadcast its second Olympic Games in the event of a pandemic. Comcast Corp-owned NBCU and other media companies are also grappling with a ratings measurement system they say fails to capture consumers’ shift to streaming.
Chile’s President-elect Boric Sends ‘Hugs’ To Taylor Swift For Songwriting, Goes Viral
Chile’s millennial president-elect Gabriel Boric took sides in his first international incident: supporting pop music superstar Taylor Swift in a social media confrontation with Blur frontman Damon Albarn over his songwriting references. Albarn, the British co-founder and songwriter of Gorillaz, had suggested that Swift didn’t write all of her own songs in a media interview, prompting an angry reaction from the American singer. Albarn later apologized.
Sony Music Announces It Has Acquired Bob Dylan’s Recorded Music Catalog
Sony Music Entertainment announced on Monday that it has acquired Bob Dylan’s catalog of recorded music, including his renditions of popular songs such as “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” as well as the rights to future releases. . The deal is the latest in Sony Music’s six-decade relationship with the artist and covers all of Dylan’s oeuvre since 1962. Variety cited sources who valued the deal at between $150 million and $200 million. .
‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Becomes Sixth-Highest-Grossing Film in History with $1.69 Billion Worldwide
Add another notch to “Spider-Man: No Way Home’s” long list of box office achievements. Over the weekend, Sony’s comic book adventure became the sixth-highest-grossing film in history with $1.69 billion at the worldwide box office (unadjusted for inflation). It overtook “Jurassic World” ($1.67 billion) and “The Lion King” ($1.66 billion) to secure that spot.
Dior showcases sparkling craftsmanship on the Paris catwalk
Christian Dior paraded in sequins and couture on Monday for the first day of Paris Haute Couture week, sending models down the runway in strapless dresses and skimpy winter jackets. With the fashion world still hesitating on how to deal with the coronavirus outbreak, Dior has decided to hold an in-person show for one of the season’s most anticipated events.
Neil Young at Spotify: delete my music or the Joe Rogan podcast
Neil Young has threatened to pull his music from the Spotify streaming service to protest his relationship with podcaster Joe Rogan, who the prolific singer-songwriter accuses of spreading misinformation about COVID-19, according to media reports Tuesday. Young, who survived polio as a child, briefly posted a letter on his website to his manager and label, Warner Music Group, demanding that Spotify no longer play his music. The letter was later deleted.
Don’t Imagine: Beatles Memorabilia (Virtually) Up for Auction
John Lennon’s son Julian is auctioning Beatles-related memorabilia, including three guitars his father gave him and handwritten notes to the 1968 song “Hey Jude” – but not physically. Instead, the auction is a sale of non-fungible tokens (NFTs), a type of digital asset. Each winning bidder will be able to claim ownership of a digital file described as an “audio-visual collectible” in which Julian Lennon recounts a “specific heartfelt memory”.
Stéphane Rolland returns to the Parisian catwalks with bold silhouettes
French brand Stéphane Rolland returned to the runway on Tuesday for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, offering a range of feminine draped dresses and puffy cloud dresses at Paris Fashion Week. After almost two years, designer Stephane Rolland said it was time to return to an in-person show for his new couture collection.
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