Entertainment News Roundup: "The Matrix" co-producer Village Roadshow considering strategic options - WSJ; Alec Baldwin turns over cellphone for 'Rust' shooting probe and more

The standard plan, which allows for two simultaneous streams, now costs $15.49 per month, up from $13.99, in the United States. 'Spider-Man' helps Cineworld box office sales climb Cineworld's on Friday reported its December box office sales recovered to nearly 90% of pre-pandemic levels helped by the Marvel superhero film "Spider-Man: No Way Home", sending its shares 3% higher in early trade.


Reuters | Updated: 16-01-2022 10:37 IST | Created: 16-01-2022 10:29 IST
Entertainment News Roundup: "The Matrix" co-producer Village Roadshow considering strategic options - WSJ; Alec Baldwin turns over cellphone for 'Rust' shooting probe and more
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"The Matrix" co-producer Village Roadshow considering strategic options - WSJ

Village Roadshow Entertainment Group, which has co-produced 'Joker' and 'The Matrix', is considering taking on an investor or selling itself, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing sources familiar with the matter. Village Roadshow's controlling shareholder, Vine Alternative Investments, has tapped PJT Partners Inc and held talks with potential buyers, the report said, adding that the process may not result in a deal.

Alec Baldwin turns over cellphone for 'Rust' shooting probe

Actor Alec Baldwin has handed over his cellphone to investigators who are looking into the fatal shooting on the New Mexico set of the film "Rust" in October, his attorney and a law enforcement official said on Friday. A search warrant for Baldwin's iPhone was issued in December. The Santa Fe County, New Mexico, sheriff's office had said earlier this week that it was still trying to obtain the device from the "30 Rock" actor.

S.African singer Msaki's new electro album recalls mine massacre

Backed by silky synthesizers and down-tempo electronic beats, South African singer Msaki's new Afropop album revisits the 2012 killing by police of dozens of striking mine workers that she says inspired her to protest against social injustice. Singing in her Xhosa mother tongue, Msaki's lilting voice aims to capture the sadness and disappointment felt by many after the showdown between police and strikers at the Marikana platinum mine 110 kms (68 miles) northwest of Johannesburg.

Netflix raises monthly subscription prices in U.S., Canada

Netflix Inc has raised its monthly subscription price by $1 to $2 per month in the United States depending on the plan, the company said on Friday, to help pay for new programming to compete in the crowded streaming TV market. The standard plan, which allows for two simultaneous streams, now costs $15.49 per month, up from $13.99, in the United States.

'Spider-Man' helps Cineworld box office sales climb

Cineworld's on Friday reported its December box office sales recovered to nearly 90% of pre-pandemic levels helped by the Marvel superhero film "Spider-Man: No Way Home", sending its shares 3% higher in early trade. The world's second-largest theatre operator said its cash flow turned positive in the fourth quarter after sales improved.

Betty Blue director Jean-Jacques Beineix dies aged 75 - AFP

French film director Jean-Jacques Beineix died on Thursday at the age of 75, his family told Agence France Presse on Friday. Beineix came to prominence with his first film, "Diva", in 1980, and achieved wider international fame in 1986 with the movie "Betty Blue", starring Jean-Hugues Anglade and Beatrice Dalle.

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