Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.
‘Metallica’ producer Bob Rock sells rights to over 40 tracks
Record producer Bob Rock has sold his share of rights from a catalogue of 43 songs, including heavy metal band Metallica’s self-titled album and singer Michael Bublé’s «Call Me Irresponsible» to Hipgnosis Songs Fund, the latest music insider to sell lucrative record catalogues as the explosion of online streaming attracts investors. The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted a growing list of music industry professionals to monetise their older work by selling valuable tracks and albums as the global health crisis has all but shut down earnings from live concerts.
James Bond movie ‘No Time to Die’ delayed again amid pandemic
The global release of the James Bond movie «No Time to Die» was postponed to October from April, its producers said, another setback for movie theaters trying to rebuild a business crushed by the coronavirus pandemic. The movie’s new debut date is Oct. 8, according to an announcement on the James Bond website and Twitter feed.
China premiered a patriotic documentary film on Friday to mark the one-year anniversary of Wuhan’s coronavirus lockdown, part of a broader effort by authorities to cast the government’s early response to COVID-19 in a positive light. Small numbers of viewers gathered in Beijing to watch the film «Wuhan Days and Nights» as it opened to the public exactly a year after Wuhan went into a surprise 76-day lockdown in the early hours of Jan. 23, 2020.
An emotional Lady Gaga performed a dramatic version of the U.S. national anthem, Garth Brooks sang a cappella, and Tom Hanks hosted a star-studded nighttime celebration to cap President Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday. On a day marked by diversity and appeals for unity, Gaga wowed in a huge fuchsia Schiaparelli couture silk skirt and black top adorned by a large gold brooch of a dove carrying an olive branch as she sung «The Star-Spangled Banner» at Biden’s swearing-in ceremony.
(With inputs from agencies.)