Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.
Prosecutors rest case against R. Kelly after month of testimony
U.S. prosecutors on Monday rested their sex trafficking case against R. Kelly, after a month of often disturbing and graphic testimony from people who accused the R&B star of sexually abusing women and girls. Prosecutors have sought to portray the 54-year-old Kelly as a hot-tempered predator who exploited his fame to draw fans and aspiring singers into his circle, only to coerce them into obeying his rigid rules and punish them if they failed.
Pianist Beisembayev ‘on cloud nine’ after winning Leeds competition
Kazakhstan-born pianist Alim Beisembayev began his musical career when he picked a miniature toy piano for his fifth birthday present. Now aged 23, he has scooped the career-making Leeds International Piano Competition, beating four other finalists.
Dinner party-style Emmys display little overt sign of pandemic constraints
While departing yet again from the look of Primetime Emmys of yore, Sunday’s presentation of television’s highest honors gave little overt appearance of being constrained by a second year of the COVID-19 pandemic. So much so, that the night’s first presenter, comic actor-writer Seth Rogen, joked that the site of hundreds of attendees assembled unmasked in an enclosed space, with no obvious sign of social distancing, made him uncomfortable even though vaccinations were mandated.
British royals to join health workers at James Bond world premiere
Britain’s Prince Charles and his son William will join healthcare workers and members of the armed forces at the world premiere of «No Time To Die» next week when the highly anticipated James Bond movie makes its delayed debut. Daniel Craig, who takes on the role of the suave 007 agent for a fifth and final time in the film, will lead co-stars Rami Malek, Lea Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris on the red carpet at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Sept. 28.
Factbox-Key winners for the 2021 Emmy Awards
‘Ted Lasso,’ ‘The Crown,’ win top Emmy Awards on streaming heavy night
Royal drama «The Crown» and feel good comedy «Ted Lasso» nabbed the top prizes at television’s Emmy awards on Sunday on a night dominated by streaming shows, British talent and rare wins by women. Chess drama «The Queen’s Gambit» was named best limited series and tied with «The Crown» for the most wins overall at 11 apiece. https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/key-winners-2021-emmy-awards-2021-09-20
Audience for Emmy Awards show rises to 7.4 million
The television audience for Sunday’s Emmy Awards reached 7.4 million viewers, according to data released by broadcaster CBS, up some 16% from last year’s record low. A year ago, when the ceremony was held virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic, the audience for the highest awards in television slumped to 6.4 million viewers.
Permission to Dance? BTS sing their way through United Nations
Fully vaccinated South Korean band BTS danced its way through the United Nations in a Monday broadcast, promoting global goals tackling poverty, inequality, injustice and climate change ahead of the annual U.N. gathering of world leaders. The seven-member group filmed a music video to its song ‘Permission to Dance’ in the world body’s New York headquarters over the weekend, dancing through the General Assembly hall and out into the gardens. It was broadcast during an event on the Sustainable Development Goals.
Exclusive-Netflix offers free plan in Kenya to entice new subscribers
Netflix Inc on Monday began offering a free mobile plan with about one-quarter of its TV shows and movies in Kenya, a strategy aimed at sparking growth in a key African market, the company told Reuters. The free plan is available on Android mobile phones and will not have ads. It features Netflix movies and TV shows such as dramas «Money Heist» and «Bridgerton» and African series «Blood & Water,» plus some of the programming the company licenses from others.
Apple Inc burnished its streaming TV credentials on Sunday as «Ted Lasso» scored the Emmy award for best comedy, and Netflix Inc landed its biggest television award to date with a best drama win for «The Crown.» Netflix also tied the all-time record for the most Emmys in a single year with 44, a mark previously reached by ViacomCBS Inc’s CBS broadcast network in 1974.
(With inputs from agencies.)