Entertainment News Roundup: Netflix releases new game titles; Alicia Vikander tackles fame and fears in ‘Irma Vep’ TV series remake and more
Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs. Netflix releases new game titles Netflix Inc announced the launch of three mobile games on Tuesday, with a fourth title coming at the end of the month, as the streaming service best known for its movies and TV shows deepens its investment in interactive entertainment.
Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.
Netflix releases new game titles
Netflix Inc announced the launch of three mobile games on Tuesday, with a fourth title coming at the end of the month, as the streaming service best known for its movies and TV shows deepens its investment in interactive entertainment. Canadian developer East Side Games re-released its Facebook game Dragon Up as a Netflix mobile title, as did Spanish developer 11 Bit Studios with its role-playing adventure game, Moonlighter. German developer HandyGames re-mastered its strategy game, Townsmen – A Kingdom Rebuilt, for Netflix mobile.
Alicia Vikander tackles fame and fears in 'Irma Vep' TV series remake
Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander said her latest leading role allowed her to draw from her own experiences as an actor. The Swedish actress plays the title role in "Irma Vep" an HBO mini-series remake of Olivier Assayas's 1996 cult film of the same name.
Johnny Depp, back on the stand, calls Heard abuse claims 'cruel and false'
Actor Johnny Depp returned to the witness stand on Wednesday to refute ex-wife Amber Heard's testimony in their defamation battle, saying the abuse claims she leveled against him were "unimaginably brutal, cruel and false." The "Pirates of the Caribbean" star, 58, sued Heard for $50 million and argued that she defamed him when she called herself "a public figure representing domestic abuse." Heard, 36, has countersued for $100 million, saying Depp smeared her when his lawyer said her accusations were a "hoax."
'Dream come true' for Pakistan's first Cannes screening
The debut screening of Pakistan's first entry to the Cannes Film Festival felt like "a dream has come true", one of its stars Sarwat Gilani said after the film - which seeks to break gender stereotypes in her country - received a prolonged standing ovation. "It felt like the hard work that people do, the struggles that we face as artists in Pakistan, they've all come to be worth it," Gilani told Reuters on Tuesday.
'Stranger Things' returns with more supernatural horrors
Hit Netflix sci-fi drama "Stranger Things" returns this week with the first part of its highly-anticipated season four promising more supernatural horrors besetting the fictional Indiana town of Hawkins. Set six months after season three ended with the gruesome Starcourt mall battle, season four sees the young protagonist friends separated after Eleven, played by Millie Bobbi Brown, moved to California with Joyce (Winona Ryder) and her two sons, Will and Jonathan.
Actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are suing each other for defamation, each claiming they were abused before and during their roughly two-year marriage. Heard's team rested the defense case on Tuesday. Closing arguments are scheduled for Friday. Below are key moments in the trial so far:
Korea's Park Chan-wook leaves violence behind in new 'adult film'
Celebrated South Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook, best known for his brutal Vengeance Trilogy, is covering new ground with his latest Cannes competition entry, "Decision to Leave." The romantic thriller is about a detective and murder suspect who become infatuated with one another features, contrary to the expectation of some, little violence or nudity.
The King of Rock 'n' Roll died 45 years ago, but Elvis fever was alive in Cannes on Wednesday as fans delighted at seeing an impersonator stroll down the resort city's famed promenade, La Croisette. The Elvis lookalike, real name Eryl Prayer, was in town to celebrate the premiere of Baz Luhrmann's biopic which premieres on Wednesday night at the Cannes Film Festival.
Away from the festival spotlight, Ukrainian rebuilds life in Cannes
When Lesia Bilotserkovets and her family fled Kyiv by car at the start of the war in Ukraine, her father balked at the size of her suitcase, full of winter clothing. The 24-year-old didn't know she would end up in Cannes, on the French Riviera.
Rock band Aerosmith canceled the first two months of shows scheduled for its Las Vegas residency after lead singer Steven Tyler suffered a relapse in his sobriety and entered treatment, the band announced on Tuesday. The group known for hits including "Dream On" and "Walk This Way" plans to take the stage at the Park MGM hotel starting in September, according to a statement posted on Twitter.
(With inputs from agencies.)