Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.
Woody Allen calls HBO documentary on abuse allegation a ‘hatchet job’
Woody Allen and his wife Soon-Yi Previn have attacked a new HBO documentary that re-examines a decades-old allegation that the Oscar-winning filmmaker molested his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow, calling the television series a «hatchet job.» HBO debuted the first episode of the four-part documentary series «Allen v. Farrow» on Sunday. The series includes extensive interviews with Allen’s former partner Mia Farrow and with Dylan Farrow, who repeated their accusation that Allen sexually assaulted Dylan in 1992 when she was seven years old.
Mick Jagger narrates tribute film for Royal Albert Hall’s 150th year
Britain’s Royal Albert Hall launched its 150th anniversary celebrations on Tuesday, releasing a short video narrated by rocker Mick Jagger and paying tribute to live performances. «Your Room Will Be Ready» mixes archive footage of Royal Albert Hall entertainment shows and political as well as sports events with shots of the empty London venue, which has been closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
French actor Depardieu placed under sexual violence investigation: judicial source
French actor Gerard Depardieu was placed under formal investigation on charges of rape and sexual violence in December last year, a judicial source told Reuters on Tuesday. A lawyer representing the 73-year-old Depardieu, one of France’s most prolific and famous actors, did not immediately respond to a request for comment left by Reuters at his office.
Not one more time: Dance music duo Daft Punk split
French electronic music band Daft Punk have announced they are splitting up, industry title Variety quoted their publicist as saying on Monday, ending a 28-year collaboration that spawned dance hits including «Around the World» and «One More Time.» The group, known for performing while dressed as robots in metallic helmets, posted a video on YouTube entitled «Epilogue,» with an image that flashed on screen bearing the dates 1993-2021. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuDX6wNfjqc
Indian police in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh questioned a top Amazon executive for nearly four hours on Tuesday over allegations that one of its political dramas on Prime Video hurt religious sentiments and caused public anger. Shows on streaming platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime have often faced complaints in India, a key growth market, for obscenity or hurting sentiment, but the latest controversy involving the Amazon show «Tandav» is among the highest-profile cases.
Cat-and-mouse hijinks return in new ‘Tom & Jerry’ movie
«Tom & Jerry,» the rambunctious cat and mouse duo that has entertained audiences since 1940, will appear in a new feature film that finds the cartoon characters threatening to disrupt a celebrity wedding at a posh New York City hotel. The film, a hybrid of animation and live action, debuts Friday in theaters and on the HBO Max streaming service. It stars Chloe Grace Moretz as a newly hired hotel worker who tries to curb the pair’s long-standing behavioral problems.
Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen team up for new Spotify podcast
Former U.S. President Barack Obama and rock music legend Bruce Springsteen debuted a new podcast on Monday where the pair discuss topics ranging from fatherhood and marriage to race and the state of America. The eight-episode series, called «Renegades: Born in the U.S.A.,» is available exclusively through Spotify Technology SA’s music streaming service. The first two episodes were released on Monday.
Disney+ will bring «Lost», «Family Guy» and other titles from across studios to viewers in Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore under its new Star channel, the Walt Disney Co streaming service said on Tuesday. Star, which joins Pixar, Marvel and other tiles on the Disney+ app’s home screen, will feature entertainment with more mature ratings, including TV series «Grey’s Anatomy» and «The X-Files» as well as movies including «Pretty Woman», «Die Hard 2» and «Moulin Rouge» .
German band turn van into club so fans can rock out one at a time
German two-piece rock band Milliarden have turned a van into a club where they stage gigs for one fan at a time as a way of reaching music-lovers during the pandemic. Separated by a plastic sheet, Milliarden https://www.milliardenmusik.de, which translates as Billions, treat fans to acoustic versions of their songs, recreating a club atmosphere with lighting effects, posters and plastic roses.
Gotta catch ‘em all: Pandemic sends prices soaring for Pokemon cards
Pokemon is all grown up, and so are its prices. Two decades after the Japanese trading card game became the biggest thing in schoolyards around the world, Pokemon cards are fetching six figures at auction in a boom that appears to have been fueled by coronavirus pandemic lockdowns.
(With inputs from agencies.)