Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.
The Empires Strike Back: Disney, Comcast, AT&T set streaming battle
Next year, as coronavirus vaccines roll out around the world, consumers are expected to return to restaurants, sports arenas and cinemas. But with films like «Matrix 4,» «In the Heights» and «Dune» hitting TVs at the same time as theaters, and Marvel series «The Falcon and the Winter Soldier» and «Loki» streaming on Disney+, will they even want to? K-Pop?
How about T-Pop? Thai artists shoot for global audience
Move over K-Pop. Here comes T-Pop. Thai female band Lyra, backed by the world’s biggest music label Universal Music Group (UMG), is hoping to harness its devoted fan base and match the success of South Korean artists who have who turned ‘K-Pop’ into an international phenomenon.
Berlin rejigs film festival for pandemic times
Berlin became the first of next year’s big European film festivals to bow to the coronavirus pandemic, announcing it would hold a reduced, online-only programme in March, a month later than usual, with an audience event in June. The festival, now in its 71st year, occupies a distinct position in the cinema calendar, with its trade component, the European Film Market (EMF), shaping how films and series are sold around the world and launching that year’s co-productions as studio executives meet film makers.
Dr. Seuss’s estate can sue over ‘Star Trek’ ‘mash-up’
Dr. Seuss’s estate may sue the publisher of a «Star Trek»-themed «mash-up» of the famed children’s author’s final book because it was not protected as «fair use,» a federal appeals court ruled on Friday. Reversing a lower court ruling, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Dr. Seuss Enterprises, which oversees the estate, may sue ComicMix LLC for infringing its copyright in the 1990 Seuss book «Oh, the Places You’ll Go!» by publishing «Oh, the Places You’ll Boldly Go!»
Movie by gondola: Philippine cinema offers Venice-themed pandemic escape
Some moviegoers in the Philippine capital, tired of lengthy COVID-19 restrictions, are opting for a taste of Venice, bobbing in front of the big screen in socially distanced gondolas. Gondoliers in striped uniforms steer and position each boat in an outdoor canal to watch full-length films, a rare chance to visit the cinema after nine months of lockdowns.
Justin Bieber teams up with former rivals for Christmas song
Five years ago pop star Justin Bieber was locked in a contest for Britain’s favourite Christmas song with a group of little known health workers. He gave in. This year, the Canadian singer-songwriter and the health workers are back, singing his hit «Holy» together to raise funds to help Britain’s state-run National Health Service (NHS) tackle the coronavirus pandemic.