Entertainment News Roundup: Will Smith apologizes to Chris Rock for slapping, academy weighs action; ‘CODA’ Wins Top Prize, Will Smith Slaps Chris Rock at Oscars & More

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ABBA-backed company buys rights to Swedish House Mafia songs

Swedish company Pophouse Entertainment, founded by ABBA member Bjorn Ulvaeus, has acquired the catalog of electric music pioneers Swedish House Mafia, it announced on Tuesday. Pophouse, which is behind events such as ABBA’s upcoming virtual ‘Voyage’ concerts in London, ‘Mamma Mia the Party’ and the Avicii Experience in Stockholm, said it acquired master recordings and catalogs publication of the Swedish House Mafia.

Jazz artist Somi pays tribute to Miriam Makeba in new album

Late South African singer Miriam Makeba remains an inspiration 14 years after her death, prompting jazz artist Somi to pay homage with new twists to the anti-apartheid icon’s greatest hits. Makeba, who emerged from a black township to world fame with songs like “Pata Pata” and “Malaika” and spent three decades in exile for fighting white minority rule, set an example through his life as much as through his music, Somi said.

From Joker to Morbius: Jared Leto takes on a new role in comics

After playing DC Comics’ Joker, Oscar winner Jared Leto takes on Marvel’s Morbius in the first big-screen adaptation of the vampire-like character. “It was an amazing opportunity,” Leto told Reuters in an interview.

Jada Pinkett Smith Says It’s a ‘Healing Season’ After Oscars Incident

Jada Pinkett Smith promoted healing in an Instagram post on Tuesday, her first public comment since her husband slapped comedian Chris Rock at this year’s Oscars. Will Smith unexpectedly walked onto the Oscars stage on Sunday and slapped Rock in the face in response to a joke about his wife’s bald head. Pinkett Smith, an actor and talk show host, has a medical condition that causes hair loss.

‘CODA’ wins top prize, Will Smith slaps Chris Rock at Oscars

“CODA,” a heartwarming film about a deaf family with a hearing daughter, won the historic best picture award at the Oscars on Sunday, in a ceremony overshadowed by best actor winner Will Smith’s slap in the face on presenter Chris Rock. “CODA” became the first film from a streaming service, Apple TV+, to win the film industry’s biggest prize.

A violent explosion overshadows Oscar’s return from the pandemic

The Oscars telecast was replete with much of what was left of last year’s pandemic-shackled show, offering a trio of female hosts, a return to lavish musical productions and a heavy dose of comedy, in much bolder than usual for the Oscars. It was a bit of that testy humor, delivered by comedian Chris Rock and found offensive by actor Will Smith, that led to Sunday night’s biggest moment – a nominated actor angrily slapping a presenter in the face on national television live.

Will Smith apologizes to Chris Rock for slapping, academy weighs action

Will Smith apologized to Chris Rock on Monday for slapping the comedian at the Oscars on Sunday night, releasing a statement after the film academy said it may take action against Smith over an incident that eclipsed the biggest awards in the industry. Smith, in an Instagram post, said her behavior at the televised ceremony was “unacceptable and inexcusable.”

Will Smith hits Chris Rock on stage, then wins an Oscar

Best Actor winner Will Smith slapped presenter Chris Rock in the face and yelled a vulgarity at the comedian for making a joke about his wife’s hairstyle in a shocking moment overshadowing the Oscars ceremony on Sunday. About 45 minutes later, while accepting his first Best Actor Oscar for his role in ‘King Richard,’ Smith apologized to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and his fellow nominees in a speech filled with tears, but not from Rock.

Boxing-Jake Paul offers Smith and Rock $30 million to fight after Oscars dust

Boxing promoter Jake Paul has offered Will Smith and Chris Rock $15 million each to get in the ring and settle their differences after Smith slapped Rock during the Oscars awards ceremony on Sunday. Smith took the stage during the televised ceremony and punched Rock in the face after the comedian made a joke about how Smith’s wife looked.

CNN+ Subscription Streaming News Service Launched

CNN launched its CNN+ streaming news service on Tuesday with a mix of familiar faces like Anderson Cooper and Chris Wallace, original series and new features, like the “Interview Club,” where viewers ask their own questions. to experts. The cable news pioneer is looking to capitalize on the confluence of two trends, the growing popularity of streaming video and the growth of digital subscriptions in major news outlets. With its acquisition of “The Athletic,” The New York Times announced in February that it had surpassed 10 million subscribers, the majority of which are digital-only subscribers.

(With agency contributions.)

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