Entertainment News Roundup: Cat-and-mouse hijinks return in new 'Tom & Jerry' movie; Top Amazon India executive questioned by police over video series and more
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".Reuters | Updated: 25-02-2021 02:33 IST | Created: 25-02-2021 02:27 IST
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French actor Depardieu strongly contests rape charges: lawyer
French actor Gerard Depardieu strongly contests rape and sexual assault charges leveled against him, his lawyer said on Wednesday, and asked that the associated investigation be allowed to proceed away from the public eye. Depardieu, one of France's most famous and prolific actors, was placed under formal investigation on charges of rape and sexual violence in December last year, a judicial source told Reuters on Tuesday.
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.
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.
Next 'Star Wars' series to hit Disney streaming service in May
The next "Star Wars" series, an animated show about an elite group of clones called "The Bad Batch," will debut on the Disney+ streaming service on May 4, the company said on Wednesday. Marvel Studios live-action series "Loki," about the villain played by Tom Hiddleston, will premiere on June 11, Disney said in a statement ahead of a presentation of upcoming programming to the Television Critics Association.
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" .
Italian brands Missoni and Fendi kicked off the first day of Milan Fashion Week on Wednesday, with designers once again forced to swap the buzzing catwalks for digital presentations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A year after Italy registered its first positive case of the coronavirus in the north, leading to the first lockdown in Europe, designers have had to find new ways to entice fashionistas with their creations.
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.
Drunk driving charge dropped against Springsteen; $500 fine for drinking at beach
Bruce Springsteen was fined $500 on Wednesday after the rock 'n' roll legend pleaded guilty to a charge of consuming alcohol at a federally run New Jersey beach in November, and prosecutors dropped drunk driving and reckless driving charges. Springsteen, 71, whose songs have chronicled life in his home state of New Jersey and its shore scene for more than 50 years, entered his plea in an online arraignment before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Anthony Mautone in Newark.
Two popular French YouTube comedians got more than 10 million views on YouTube with a song about social distancing, winning a bet made with President Emmanuel Macron. Macron challenged dared Mcfly and Carlito, who have over six million subscribers on YouTube, to make a video about the need to wear masks, disinfect hands and keep a safe distance to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
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