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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.
Mattel reclaims rights to Disney Princess toys from Hasbro
Mattel Inc won the rights to produce dolls based on Disney royalty like Elsa and Jasmine on Wednesday, scooping up a highly lucrative license from arch-rival Hasbro Inc. The meeting sent Mattel shares up 11% and is part of the plan from chief executive Ynon Kreiz to turn the business around by rooting itself more in large entertainment properties.
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.
Disney Says It’s “Taking A Different Approach” For Snow White Remake After Critics
Walt Disney Co says it’s “taking a different approach” to its upcoming live-action remake of the animated film “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” following criticism from actor Peter Dinklage. In an interview on comedian Marc Maron’s “WTF” podcast on Monday, Dinklage, who suffers from a form of dwarfism known as achondroplasia, said casting a Latina actress in the lead role was “progressive but called the story, based on the 19th-century fairy tale, “upside down”.
Chile’s President-Elect Boric Sends Taylor Swift Songwriting ‘Hugs’, 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.
Elton John has COVID, postpones US tour dates
British singer and songwriter Elton John has said he has COVID-19 and has been forced to postpone some concerts in the United States, although his symptoms are mild and he expects to be able to resume his farewell tour this weekend. The singer of hits such as “Rocket Man” and “Tiny Dancer” restarted his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour last week, returning to the stage in New Orleans after a nearly two-year hiatus.
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”.
Spotify removes Neil Young’s music after his ultimatum to Joe Rogan
Neil Young’s music is being removed from Spotify’s streaming service after the singer-songwriter objected to his songs being released on the same platform that offers Joe Rogan’s podcast, it was announced on Wednesday society and the musician. Earlier this week, Young posted a letter to his manager and label, Warner Music Group, demanding that Spotify no longer play his music because he said Rogan was spreading false information about COVID-19 vaccines.
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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