Entertainment News Roundup: Justin Bieber, Lil Nas X take top prizes at Video Music Awards; Byrne sees a longing for an 'American Utopia' as his show heads to cinemas and more
“D.P.”, short for Deserter Pursuit, has been among the top Netflix shows in South Korea since it premiered at the end of August. Tears, joy and surprise guests as Broadway's big musicals return Broadway's biggest musicals roared back to life on Tuesday, banishing the eerie silence of the last 18 months in New York's pandemic-hit theater district with screams, tears and standing ovations.
Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.
Justin Bieber, Lil Nas X take top prizes at Video Music Awards
Rapper Lil Nas X and pop star Justin Bieber won the top prizes at MTV's annual Video Music Awards (VMA) show on Sunday, in a ceremony packed with surprise appearances, live performances, and thousands of masked fans. Newcomer Olivia Rodrigo and K-pop band BTS were also among the big winners at the first major awards shows in New York to be held with a full audience of fans and celebrities since the coronavirus pandemic
Byrne sees a longing for an 'American Utopia' as his show heads to cinemas
While Americans have fought over masks and vaccines during the COVID-19 pandemic, musician David Byrne said he believes the health crisis showed that people actually yearn for a better society as he envisions in his Broadway show "American Utopia." A filmed version of the stage production, recorded in early 2020, will play in U.S. cinemas for one night only on Wednesday.
Factbox - Universal to list as music streaming picks up
Vivendi, the French media conglomerate, is spinning off Universal Music Group, the largest part of its business and the label behind singers such as Taylor Swift, in a listing on the Euronext stock exchange in Amsterdam. Here are facts about Universal and its flotation:
Red, silver, and blue ruled the Metropolitan Museum of Art steps at a youth-driven Met Gala on Monday in a celebration of the best of American fashion. There were show-stopping outfits from rapper Lil Nas X, wearing a Versace suit of gold armor and supermodel Iman in a stunning feathered gold and beige headdress and cage skirt as actors, singers, sports stars and social media influencers embraced the theme of "American Independence."
Making queer stories universal: 'Everybody's Talking About Jamie' premieres in London
Stars and cast members walked the pink carpet in London on Monday for the premiere of the film adaptation of the musical "Everybody's Talking About Jamie." The musical is based on the true story of Jamie Campbell, a 16-year-old boy from the small British town of Sheffield who dreams of becoming a drag queen. Central to the storyline is Jamie's strong relationship with his mother.
Jessica Chastain transforms into televangelist Tammy Faye in a new biopic
Actor Jessica Chastain takes on the role of Tammy Faye Bakker Messner in a new drama looking at the rise and fall of the late American televangelist. "The Eyes of Tammy Faye," tells the story of Messner and her former husband Jim Bakker, who lead a television ministry in the 1970s and 1980s before their vast empire crumbled in a sex and financial scandal.
Popular Netflix series sparks new debate over S.Korea's military conscription
A hit Netflix series is reigniting a debate in South Korea over the country's massive military, its history of abuse scandals, and the mandatory conscription that fills its ranks with young men. "D.P.", short for Deserter Pursuit, has been among the top Netflix shows in South Korea since it premiered at the end of August.
Tears, joy and surprise guests as Broadway's big musicals return
Broadway's biggest musicals roared back to life on Tuesday, banishing the eerie silence of the last 18 months in New York's pandemic-hit theater district with screams, tears, and standing ovations. Emotions were giddy as the curtain rose again on top musicals "Hamilton," "The Lion King" and "Wicked" before packed audiences welcoming back live theater after the coronavirus shutdown.
Sylvester Stallone movie memorabilia headed for auction
From "Rocky" boxing gloves to "Rambo" headbands, memorabilia from action movie star Sylvester Stallone's Hollywood career are going under the hammer in a December auction expected to raise around $1.5 million. Nearly 500 items from Stallone's personal archives are being sold, including costumes, props, scripts, notebooks and other memorabilia from the actor's biggest films, including the "Rocky" and "Rambo" franchises, "Cliffhanger", "The Expendables" and "Demolition Man," Julien's Auctions said on Tuesday.
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