Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.
Jay-Z, The Go-Gos among Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees
Rapper Jay-Z, 1980s pop group The Go-Gos and rock band Foo Fighters were among first-time nominees announced on Wednesday for possible induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Others on the ballot for the first time include singer-songwriter Carole King and singer-actress Dionne Warwick, heavy metal group Iron Maiden, and the late Nigerian singer Fela Kuti.
‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ joins surge of Black stories in Hollywood
Just a few years after the #OscarsSoWhite uproar in Hollywood, Black culture is making its mark on this year’s award season with critically acclaimed films like «One Night in Miami,» «Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom» and the latest release, «Judas and the Black Messiah.» Out in movie theaters and on streaming service HBO Max on Friday, the movie tells the story behind the killing in 1969 of 21 year-old Black Panther activist Fred Hampton at the hands of Chicago police.
Actor Chopra Jonas dissects her life in memoir «Unfinished»
Actor and producer Priyanka Chopra Jonas says spending six months at home during the pandemic gave her time to «dissect» her life. The former Miss World, Hollywood and Bollywood star wrote memoir «Unfinished», choosing a title she says reflects what she still wants to do with her career.
Actors Reynolds, McElhenney complete Wrexham takeover
Actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney have completed the takeover of Welsh team Wrexham, the fifth-tier club said late on Tuesday. Canadian Reynolds, famed for starring in superhero comedy «Deadpool», and American actor McElhenney, creator and star of sitcom, «It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia», first expressed interest in investing in the club in September.
Oscars ceremony in April to be live, in person and from many locations
The Academy Awards, or Oscars, ceremony in April will be an in-person event that will air live from multiple locations, organizers said on Wednesday. A spokesperson for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said in a statement that despite the coronavirus pandemic that has caused havoc in the entertainment industry, the group was «determined to present an Oscars like none other, while prioritizing the public health and safety of all those who will participate.»
Rocker Bruce Springsteen faces drunk driving charge after 2020 arrest
Rock music legend Bruce Springsteen was arrested nearly three months ago at a national park in New Jersey on charges that included reckless driving and driving while intoxicated, a park spokeswoman said on Wednesday. «The Boss,» whose career of more than 50 years has often highlighted his home state of New Jersey and its shore scene, received the citations on Nov. 14 at Sandy Hook, a strip of beach that extends into the Atlantic just south of New York City, the spokeswoman said.
Louis Vuitton owner LVMH and music star Rihanna have agreed to suspend her fashion line Fenty less than two years after its launch, the French luxury goods giant said on Wednesday. LVMH said in a statement that Fenty’s ready to wear activity, based in Paris, would be «put on hold» pending better conditions – a rare setback for the luxury group, which has weathered the coronavirus crisis better than most rivals.
‘This used to be your favourite show’: Polish media falls silent to protest tax
Several private TV and radio stations and web portals in Poland took themselves off the air on Wednesday in protest against a proposed media advertising tax they say threatens the industry’s independence and its diversity of views. In place of their usual shows, the outlets ran written or spoken slogans like «This used to be your favorite program» and «Media without choice».
Larry Flynt, porn publisher and free-speech activist, dead at 78
Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt Jr., the self-described «smut peddler» who used his pornography empire and flair for the outrageous to push the limits of free speech and good taste, died on Wednesday at the age of 78, his publicist said. Flynt, suffering from a variety of health problems since a 1978 assassination attempt that left him a paraplegic, died «from the recent onset of a sudden illness,» according to Minda Gowen, spokeswoman for Larry Flynt Publications, which runs the adult entertainment business he founded.
Disney’s Lucasfilm ditches ‘The Mandalorian’ star Gina Carano over social media posts
Lucasfilm, the Walt Disney Co-owned movie studio, said on Wednesday that it had ditched Gina Carano, a lead actor in its TV series «The Mandalorian» , over social media posts that drew parallels between the persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany and current hate towards people with different political views. «Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future,» a Lucasfilm spokesperson said in a statement.
(With inputs from agencies.)