Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.
K-Pop’s BTS marks year of the pandemic with ‘BE’ album, and single ‘Life Goes On’
South Korean megaband BTS released their latest album «BE» on Friday and will perform the new single «Life Goes On» remotely for the 2020 American Music Awards on Sunday, the group’s music label said. The seven-member boy band is at the forefront of South Korean pop music and has helped build a global fan base for K-pop since their debut in 2013.
Back with new Afrobeat album, veteran musician Bockarie asks for better Sierra Leone
Sierra Leonean musician and activist Emmerson Bockarie is no stranger to controversy, having received death threats from all ends of the country’s political spectrum over two decades and three successive governments. Bockarie is back in his home country after a four-year stay in Nigeria with a new release amid heightened political friction over accusations of corruption, tribalism and partisanship between Sierra Leone’s two main political parties.
Something old, something new: Gucci revives classics to regain edge
Gucci is revisiting 1960s handbags and other classics in its latest collection, mixing them with up-to-the-minute sneakers and logoed skateboards, as it seeks to reach a wider audience and reverse a fall in sales after years of stellar growth. With traditional fashion shows cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic, designer Alessandro Michele teamed up with U.S. director Gus Van Sant to shoot a seven-part miniseries to show off his largely seasonless, gender-neutral creations.
‘Wonder Woman 1984’ to hit theaters and streaming on Christmas
Superhero movie «Wonder Woman 1984» will debut simultaneously in U.S. theaters and on AT&T Inc’s HBO Max streaming service starting on Christmas Day, an unusual release plan prompted by the coronavirus pandemic. AT&T’s Warner Bros studio said on Wednesday that the blockbuster film will be shown in theaters outside the United States, where HBO Max is not available, starting on Dec. 16.
Matthew McConaughey toys with possible Texas governor run
Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey may be the next celebrity to throw his hat into the political ring. The star of «Dallas Buyers Club» and «Magic Mike» appeared to be considering the idea when discussing politics with syndicated talk radio host Hugh Hewitt in an interview posted online on Wednesday.
Josh Groban seeking «Harmony» through new album
Josh Groban is wishing for some «Harmony» as he releases a new album with that title during a virtual concert tour that lacks the usual live action and applause. «Not just because of the obvious musical connotations, but just because of the effort that needed to come as far as just bringing some order to the chaos,» said the 39-year-old singer-songwriter.
Jailed producer Harvey Weinstein does not have COVID-19, spokesmen say
Disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein has not contracted the novel coronavirus while in prison, his spokesmen said on Thursday, but he is being closely monitored due to a number of other health issues. Weinstein, 68, is serving 23 years in prison in New York after being convicted in February for sexual assault and rape. Weinstein, who pleaded not guilty at the trial, is appealing.