October 19, 2021

Entertainment News Roundup: Hollywood Producers, Union to Meet After Vote Authorizing Strike; HBO Max refines prices for European launch, adds more countries and more

Here is a summary of the current entertainment briefs.

Hollywood producers, union to meet after vote to authorize strike

Cameramen, makeup artists and other behind-the-scenes workers at Hollywood movies and TV shows have voted overwhelmingly to allow a strike if they fail to come to an agreement with producers on a new contract, their union said on Monday. The International Theater Employees Alliance (IATSE), which represents some 60,000 off-screen workers, said 90% of its members voted and more than 98% of the votes returned were in favor of allowing a strike. .

HBO Max refines prices for European launch, adds more countries

HBO Max is stepping up price competition with Netflix and Disney for the streaming service’s next European launch, and adding more countries to its launch list. The service, owned by AT&T Inc, will initially be available in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Spain and Andorra from October 26, followed by 21 more countries over the next year, up by compared to its previous launch plans in 14 countries. .

Russian actor flies off for world premiere: a film in space

A Russian actress and director flew to the International Space Station on Tuesday, beating Tom Cruise in the race to shoot the first film in space. The Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft is expected to dock at 12:12 GMT at the station, which orbits Earth at an altitude of about 220 miles (354 km).

‘Venom’ and Bond draw 4 million people to AMC theaters this weekend

Nearly 4 million people around the world flocked to AMC Entertainment-owned theaters over the weekend to watch “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” and the latest James Bond film, setting a record since theaters reopened. theater after being closed for over a year. Moviegoers are returning to theaters in droves after relying on Netflix and Apple TV for much of their entertainment during pandemic-induced shutdowns, leading to a surge in advance ticket bookings as a number eagerly awaited titles were released in theaters.

Spanish court backs Shakira’s tax claim, still pending criminal case

A Spanish administrative court has ordered tax authorities to reimburse Colombian singer Shakira, court officials and lawyers said on Monday, while a separate criminal trial she faces over a € 14.5million tax dispute ($ 16.8 million) continues. Shakira’s legal team did not say how much money she would get back, however, or when the decision would have been made.

Britney Spears thanks the FreeBritney movement for its “constant resilience”

Britney Spears on Monday thanked fans who have led a long campaign to end her tutelage. Spears, 39, made the comments on Twitter following a court ruling last week that suspended his father as controller of his business affairs and set a November date to consider ending the 13-year legal arrangement.

Bieber fans will be able to smoke ‘peaches’ at new cannabis business

Pop star Justin Bieber has teamed up with Palms Premium to launch cannabis products, the California-based company said on Monday. The limited edition cigarettes or marijuana joints, called “Peaches Pre-Rolls,” are named after a song from Bieber’s latest studio album and will be available in California, Nevada, Massachusetts and Florida, the company said. .

Billie Eilish to headline Glastonbury Music Festival next year

Grammy Award-winning Billie Eilish will perform at Glastonbury next June, becoming the youngest solo headliner at the UK music festival, organizers said on Monday. The 19-year-old hitmaker, who sings the theme song from the latest James Bond film “No Time To Die”, performed at the festival’s Other Stage in 2019, the last time the big greenfield music event was held. .

‘No Time to Die’ opens with $ 121 million in international box office sales

The latest James Bond film took home $ 121 million at the international box office during its opening weekend, Universal Pictures announced Monday. The UK and Irish box office led the way with a total of $ 35 million, making ‘No Time to Die’ the biggest film release of the coronavirus pandemic and the three-day opening weekend the highest ever recorded in the UK and Ireland for a Bond film.

Private collection recounts the height of Egyptian cinema

In a tiny apartment turned into a museum in Alexandria, in the north of the country, the cluttered collection of negatives, posters and projectors of 72-year-old Makram Salama traces the history of Egyptian cinema to its peak in the 20th century. The collection began with photos and posters from his hometown in southern Egypt, where he worked in a sugar cane factory, and grew to include thousands of items salvaged from production companies. and others who have abandoned them by switching to digital film.

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