Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.
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.
Director Spike Lee changes direction with musical about Viagra
Director Spike Lee, best known for making movies about the experience of being Black in America, is switching course with a musical – on the subject of Viagra. Lee will direct the as-yet-untitled film from a screenplay he has co-written about the discovery and launch of the erectile dysfunction drug. It is based on a 2018 article in Esquire magazine called «All Rise,» producers said on Tuesday.
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.
A French court has ruled that Clint Eastwood cannot testify during the trial of a suspected Islamist gunman, whose attack on a high-speed train was thwarted by three Americans, who later played themselves in a movie by the U.S. actor and director. The trial of Moroccan national Ayoub el Khazzani, who opened fire aboard a Thalys train traveling through Northern Europe in August, 2015, started on Monday in Paris.
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.
Country singer LeAnn Rimes turns to chants to relieve pandemic blues
After a nearly 25-year country music career, singer LeAnn Rimes is finding new ways to share her voice – through a podcast and her first chant record. The Grammy Award winner, 38, meditates regularly and says she wanted to make chanting more accessible to her fans to relieve the pandemic blues. The stress caused Rimes’ psoriasis to flare up, which she revealed through a picture of her skin outbreak in October to encourage people to shed their hang-ups.
Thomas Markle not important witness in Meghan’s UK court case, judge says
Thomas Markle does not appear to be an important witness in the London court battle pitting his daughter Meghan, the British royal, against a tabloid newspaper, so he need not give evidence in person, the judge overseeing the case said on Wednesday. Meghan, the wife of Queen Elizabeth’s grandson Prince Harry, is suing Associated Newspapers over articles in the Mail on Sunday that included parts of a handwritten letter she had sent to her estranged father in August 2018.
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.
Michael B. Jordan named People magazine’s ‘sexiest man alive’
«Black Panther» actor Michael B. Jordan was named People’s magazine’s ‘sexiest man alive’ on Tuesday, the third Black actor in a row to be given the annual pop culture honor. Jordan, 33, who is single, said the title gave him «a cool feeling.»