Entertainment News roundup: Paul Simon joins trend to monetize old song; Dua Lipa, Celeste, and Arlo Parks lead BRITs nominations ad more
Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.
Nike wins halt to sales of Lil Nas X 'Satan Shoes'
A federal judge on Thursday sided with Nike Inc in ordering a Brooklyn company to temporarily stop further sales of "Satan Shoes" it produced in collaboration with the rapper Lil Nas X. U.S. District Judge Eric Komitee in Brooklyn ruled three days after Nike sued MSCHF Product Studio Inc, claiming that the black-and-red, devil-themed sneakers, which carry the Nike "swoosh" logo, infringed its trademarks.
A Minute With the 'Family Reunion' cast on relatable storylines
Netflix sitcom "Family Reunion" returns for its second season next week, bringing its mix of comedy and family conflicts back to television screens. The NAACP Image Award-winning show, which premiered in 2019 and whose first season was presented in two parts, follows a Black family, the McKellans, after they move from Seattle to Columbus, Georgia, to be closer to their relatives.
Singers Dua Lipa, Celeste, and Arlo Parks led nominations for the BRITs on Wednesday, with the three female singers scoring three nods each at Britain's pop music honors, organizers said. The three British women are all nominated in the female solo artist and album categories, with Lipa's "Future Nostalgia", Celeste's "Not Your Muse" and Parks' "Collapsed in Sunbeams" records recognized.
Eurovision song contest to have limited audience in COVID-19 trial
A limited audience will be allowed to attend the Eurovision song contest in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam in May as part of a COVID-19 trial, newspaper de Telegraaf reported on Thursday. The event will be part of a series being held in the Netherlands under the name "field lab", which has allowed small crowds into a theatre, conference center, and a soccer match under strict monitoring.
On London rooftop, Royal Opera Chorus reunites for performance
Wrapped up in coats and with London's famed landmarks behind them, members of the Royal Opera Chorus sing the Anvil Chorus from Giuseppe Verdi's 1853 opera "Il Trovatore" in their first reunion in a year. Standing apart due to social distancing measures brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, the 25 singers are gathered on the rooftop of the Royal Opera House in London's Covent Garden.
Britney Spears says she "cried for two weeks" over documentary
Singer Britney Spears said she cried for weeks over a television documentary that examined her meteoric rise to fame as a teenager, the ensuing media scrutiny, and her widely publicized breakdown. In an Instagram post, the 39-year-old singer said she didn't watch the whole of "Framing Britney Spears".
John le Carre, the British novelist who cast flawed spies onto the bleak chessboard of Cold War rivalry, was so disillusioned by the 2016 Brexit vote to leave the European Union that he secured Irish citizenship shortly before he died. David Cornwell, known to the world as John le Carre, discovered his Irish roots and gained Irish citizenship before he died aged 89 last year.
UK's Glastonbury Festival, cinemas, museums get government cash to survive COVID
Glastonbury Festival will join 2,700 museums, theatres, cinemas, and arts venues in receiving a share of 400 million pounds in grants and loans to help them survive the COVID-19 pandemic, the British government announced on Friday. Entertainment venues across Britain were forced to close last March because of the coronavirus crisis and while some partially reopened last summer, many have remained shut since then.
Paul Simon joins trend to monetize old song catalogs
Paul Simon has sold his entire song catalog to Sony Music Publishing, joining a string of older musicians cashing in on their life's work. Sony Music Publishing said on Wednesday the deal includes classic songs ranging from "Bridge Over Troubled Water," to "Still Crazy After All These Years" that Simon wrote and recorded over his six-decade career.
From 007 to private detective, Daniel Craig signs up for more 'Knives Out'
Looks like Daniel Craig has a new movie franchise after ending his role as James Bond. Craig is to star in two sequels to the 2019 "Knives Out" crime caper that will stream on Netflix in a multi-million dollar deal.
(With inputs from agencies.)