Entertainment news roundup: Brad Pitt’s action flick ‘Bullet Train’ hits theaters; Nintendo Switch sales plummet on chip shortages and more

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Nintendo Switch sales plummet due to chip shortages

Japanese company Nintendo Co Ltd sold 23% fewer Switch consoles in the April-June quarter than a year earlier following chip shortages, it said on Wednesday. The Kyoto-based game company said it expected buying to improve “from late summer through fall” and stuck to its forecast of selling 21 million units over the course of the year. year until the end of March 2023.

K-pop’s BTS may still be able to perform while doing military service – minister

K-pop boy group BTS may still be able to perform overseas while serving in the military, South Korea’s defense minister said on Monday, as the country debates reducing the Mandatory military service for K-pop stars at three weeks to around two years. The question becomes increasingly clear with the oldest member of the group, Jin, who turns 30 next year. Under a 2019 law review, globally recognized K-pop stars were allowed to defer service for up to 30 years.

At 75, the Edinburgh Festival more determined than ever to heal divisions

Self-proclaimed working-class playwright Kieton Saunders-Browne used to think the Edinburgh Fringe wasn’t for people like him – until a fund set up to attract a more diverse cast of performers to the largest art festival in the world steps in to help. The 24-year-old Londoner, of Irish and Caribbean descent, is using a Generate Fund grant to direct his play ‘Block’d Off’, which runs at the city’s Pleasance Theater from August 3 and breaks the cycle of deprivation which is at the center of the work.

Inspired by ABBA, digital popstar Polar aims for real-world debut

After headlining a festival in the metaverse, virtual singer and influencer Polar has ambitions to perform in the real world – taking inspiration from avatar gigs pioneered by Swedish pop giants ABBA, said the digital team behind it. The creation of media company TheSoul Publishing, Polar currently only exists in virtual world environments and on social media.

Brad Pitt’s action movie ‘Bullet Train’ hits theaters

The action movie “Bullet Train” starring Brad Pitt enters its final stage – cinemas – from Wednesday. The film sees Pitt’s hitman character Ladybug seemingly take on her easiest job as she is asked to locate a suitcase on a high-speed train and then disembark. Unbeknownst to him, he’s not the only assassin looking for the case or seeking revenge. The other intentionally traveling assassins are Lemon (Brian Tyree Henry), Tangerine (Aaron Taylor Johnson), Prince (Joey King), Hornet (Zazie Beetz), and Wolf (Bad Bunny). Pitt said he read the script while locked down during the COVID-19 pandemic and found himself laughing.

(With agency contributions.)

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