Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.
Analysis-Why TV audiences are tuning out the Tokyo Olympic Games
Broadcasters will not be taking home any gold medals for how many people have watched the Tokyo Olympic Games so far. In several major markets around the world, the TV audience has fallen since 2016, as viewing becomes more fragmented and athletes compete in Japan when audiences are mostly asleep in the United States and Europe.
Motor racing-Netflix to stream Schumacher documentary from Sept. 15
Netflix will air a documentary series on Formula One great Michael Schumacher from Sept. 15, the online streaming platform said on Friday. Approved by his family, “Schumacher” features interviews with his wife and children, including F1 racer son Mick, and other past and present drivers, Netflix said.
Harvey Weinstein loses bid to dismiss three LA sex crime charges
A Los Angeles judge on Thursday rejected an attempt to throw out two sexual assault charges against former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, while prosecutors refiled a third charge that had also been challenged. Weinstein, 69, who was convicted of rape at a trial last year in New York, is facing a total of 11 new charges involving five women in the Beverly Hills and Los Angeles area between 2004-2013.
Amanda Knox criticizes ‘Stillwater’ film for profiting off her story
Amanda Knox, the American woman who was tried and acquitted of murder in Italy more than a decade ago, has hit out at a Hollywood movie that she said seeks to profit off her name without her consent. Knox, who spent four years in jail in Perugia, Italy, before being acquitted of the 2007 murder of her roommate, expressed her frustration as “Stillwater” opened in U.S. movie theaters this week.
Broadway theaters to require COVID-19 shots and masks when shows reopen
Broadway audiences will need masks and proof of vaccination when shows reopen in the fall, an industry association said on Friday, while the Metropolitan Opera plans to bar children under 12, who are ineligible to be inoculated against coronavirus. All of New York’s 41 Broadway theaters are mandating documentation of full vaccination before allowing indoor entry to patrons, performers, backstage crew and theater staff for all shows, the Broadway League said in a statement. Masks are required for audience members.
A minute with: Stand-up Daniel Sloss on pandemic stage fright
Daniel Sloss began performing comedy when he was 16. Now 30, he has taken his jokes about relationships and what he terms “toxic masculinity” across the globe and stands out among British stand-ups for having made it in America. Trade publication Pollstar in a survey of live tours found him to be the world’s top-selling comic so far in 2021, with ticket sales exceeding 40,000.
Bob Dylan, UMG defeat ‘Desire’ co-writer’s claims over catalog sale
Bob Dylan and Universal Music escaped claims on Friday brought by the estate of songwriter and theater director Jacques Levy — who co-wrote the majority of songs on Dylan’s 1976 album “Desire” — seeking a share of Dylan’s $300-million sale of his songwriting catalog to UMG late last year. New York State Judge Barry Ostrager ruled that Dylan and Levy’s contract didn’t entitle Levy’s estate to any proceeds from the sale of Dylan’s copyrights because the contract only granted him specific royalties from the songs.
Hollywood agency slams Disney in heated dispute over Johansson’s ‘Black Widow’
One of Hollywood’s biggest talent agencies on Friday hit out at the Disney movie studio in an escalating public dispute over claims by Scarlett Johansson that she had lost money over the release of her “Black Widow” movie. Bryan Lourd, co-chairman of the Creative Arts Agency (CAA), accused Disney in a statement of attacking the actress’s character and of revealing her $20 million salary for the superhero movie “in an attempt to weaponize her success as an artist and a businesswoman.”
‘Better Call Saul’ star Odenkirk recovering from ‘small heart attack’
Screen actor Bob Odenkirk, best known as the sardonic, morally conflicted criminal defense lawyer on television’s “Better Call Saul,” said on Friday he was recovering from a mild heart attack after collapsing on the set of his show earlier this week. Odenkirk, 58, fell ill in New Mexico on Tuesday during production of the sixth and final season his darkly humorous AMC cable network series, and was taken to a hospital in Albuquerque for treatment.
South Africa’s Ster-Kinekor bets on drive-in cinema under the stars
Under the stars of the South African night, the movie-goers who used to throng a cinema among the shops of Johannesburg’s Sandton City mall, have since the pandemic watched the latest releases from a big screen in a rooftop carpark. Drive-in movies are enjoying a revival in many parts of the world, but for South Africa the stakes are higher because of a slow COVID-19 vaccine rollout that makes a return to normality especially hard and leaves more businesses facing the risk of closure.
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