Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.
Jane Fonda to get lifetime award at Golden Globes
American actor and activist Jane Fonda will get a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes ceremony next month, marking a career in film, television and at the forefront of social issues over some 60 years. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), which organizes the Golden Globes, said on Tuesday that Fonda would receive its Cecil B. deMille award at the Feb. 28 ceremony.
‘Iron Man’ Downey launches funds in environmental fight
As inventor Tony Stark, Hollywood actor Robert Downey Jr. transformed into superhero Iron Man. Now the Oscar nominee is taking action against environmental threats to the planet. Downey is looking to sustainable technology to tackle issues like deforestation and microplastics.
Rockin’ in a ‘space bubble’: Flaming Lips hold socially-distanced show
American rock band The Flaming Lips have come up with a creative way to put on live shows in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic – putting themselves and their audience in protective «space bubbles». The group performed two concerts over the weekend in Oklahoma, where audience members danced along while enclosed in plastic bubbles.
Dwayne Johnson shares stories from his crazy youth in ‘Young Rock’
Dwayne Johnson may be one of the most successful and popular celebrities in Hollywood, but he says there’s a lot more to his life than wrestling champion, football player and actor. In the new TV comedy series «Young Rock,» starting on NBC on Feb. 16, fans can watch stories from his colorful but complicated life growing up in multiple places.
Disney’s Jungle Cruise ride to remove ‘negative depictions’
The Jungle Cruise ride at Disney’s theme parks in California and Florida is getting a makeover to remove what the company called «negative depictions» of some cultures. Disney said on Monday that the river boat attraction would be updated to «reflect and value the diversity of the world around us.»
Chanel hosts family reunion in absence of big Haute Couture show
French fashion house Chanel chose to put family at the forefront of its Spring-Summer 2021 Haute Couture show, with models strutting under flower arches at a socially-distanced presentation with a few famous faces. With France under COVID-19 restrictions, the label, like others, shared a video online on Tuesday of its show to fashionistas at a time when traditional catwalk presentations, usually packed with editors, buyers and influencers, are not possible
. In depths of pandemic, one fashion designer turns hand to being a movie director
French fashion designer Julien Fournie first learned to wield a pair of scissors, then to design a dress on an iPad. Now, the global pandemic has forced him to pick up a new skill – as movie director. Paris Haute Couture Week is normally a riot of runway shows where the fashion crowd congregate in sumptuous locations. This year, COVID-19 means most live events are off.
Who’s a good doggy? Martha Stewart launches cannabis pet products
Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart on Tuesday launched a line of cannabis-infused oil drops and soft-baked chews for dogs, months after the successful release of her cannabidiol (CBD) gummie treats for humans hit shelves in the United States. Stewart is banking on a nearly one-year partnership with Canada’s Canopy Growth Corp, the world’s top pot producer by market value, and now wants to reach pet owners and tap into a meteoric rise in demand for pot-based products.
Cannes Film Festival postponed due to COVID-19
The 2021 edition of the Cannes Film Festival will be postponed until July because of the coronavirus pandemic, organisers said on Wednesday. Last year’s event was cancelled and replaced by a low-key event in October showcasing short films but without the A-list movie stars, directors and producers.
(With inputs from agencies.)