Soccer - Messi's life to be portrayed in Cirque du Soleil show
Cirque du Soleil is to base a new show around the life of Argentina soccer great Lionel Messi, the Montreal-based group of performing artists said on Tuesday. The show, which will be produced in conjunction with PopArt Music and Sony Music, will tour the world in 2019, although exact dates and venues have not been published.
Injunction blocking Lynyrd Skynyrd movie is overturned
Surviving members of Lynyrd Skynyrd cannot block the release of a movie created with help from a former drummer, and which depicted the plane crash that killed the southern rock band's lead singer, a federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday. By a 3-0 vote, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan overturned a permanent injunction that had stopped Los Angeles-based Cleopatra Records Inc from distributing "Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash."
AT&T plans Warner Media subscription video service
AT&T Inc is preparing to launch a subscription video service by the end of 2019 that will offer movies and TV shows from Hollywood's biggest library, as well as licensed programming from other companies and, within a year, original content, a top executive told Reuters. The service, to be anchored by HBO, will include everything from film classics like "Casablanca" to the "Harry Potter" and "Batman" franchises to TV series "ER" and "Pretty Little Liars."
Snapchat announces new scripted shows to win over users
Snap Inc on Wednesday announced new scripted shows for its photo messaging app Snapchat which will launch this fall and struck partnerships with Hollywood production companies and writers in hopes of reversing its decline in users. Shares of Snap have fallen 52 per cent since the beginning of the year as Snapchat has struggled to attract new users as rivals Facebook Inc and Instagram introduced Snapchat-like features on its own apps.
K-pop comes to London as South Korea's BTS take to stage
South Korean boy band BTS made their London stage debut to a packed O2 arena on Tuesday, with K-pop fever sweeping the British capital ahead of the hugely successful group's sold-out concerts. Fresh from their stadium performance in New York last week, the seven-member band brought their "Love Yourself" world tour to London, where they will play two nights at the venue which has a capacity of up to 20,000 people.
McQueen heist movie 'Widows' kicks off London Film Festival
British director Steve McQueen opened the BFI London Film Festival on Wednesday with the heist movie "Widows", kicking off the 12-day event which organizers said this year prides itself on promoting women filmmakers. At London's central Leicester Square, McQueen was joined on the red carpet by cast members Oscar winner Viola Davis, "Black Panther" actor Daniel Kaluuya and "Fast and Furious" regular Michelle Rodriguez.
'First Man' depicts astronauts 'with death nipping at their heels'
Neil Armstrong went down in history as the first person on the moon, but it was the personal sacrifices and challenges along his journey that most interested the makers of movie "First Man." "First Man," opening worldwide this week, places audiences inside the bone-rattling, deafening, claustrophobic cockpits inhabited by Armstrong and his fellow astronauts in the risky early days of the U.S. space program.
Robbie Williams' daughter, 6, to be bridesmaid at UK royal wedding
Theodora Williams, the six-year-old daughter of singer Robbie Williams and his wife Ayda Field is to be a bridesmaid at the wedding of Britain's Princess Eugenie, Buckingham Palace announced on Wednesday. Eugenie, 28, younger daughter of Queen Elizabeth's third child Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, will marry Jack Brooksbank, 32, at the monarch's Windsor Castle home on Friday.
Stevie Nicks, Def Leppard early favorites for Rock Hall of Fame
Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks and glam metal band Def Leppard led voting among fans on Tuesday for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, outstripping the 13 other nominees eligible for a place in music history. Nicks and British band Def Leppard were among 15 acts from a wide range of styles announced as nominees, including country singer-songwriter John Prine, Chicago funk group Rufus featuring Chaka Khan and leftist rockers Rage Against the Machine.
Taylor Swift sets new American Music Award record, urges people to vote
Taylor Swift, straight off a controversial dive into U.S. politics, was the big winner at the American Music Awards on Tuesday where she used her platform to again urge her fans to get out and vote. The 28-year-old pop singer won a record fourth artist of the year trophy at the fan-voted American Music Awards, beating rappers Drake and Post Malone, as well as Britain's Ed Sheeran and rock band Imagine Dragons for the top prize.
(With inputs from agencies.)