Entertainment News Roundup: Netflix steps up original Asian content; "Star Wars" prequel series
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Netflix steps up original Asian content to hook international viewers
Netflix Inc unveiled a plan on Thursday to make 17 more original productions in Asia including Thai and Chinese language shows, as the U.S. firm seeks to attract new international users through more local content. The plan, which includes nine productions in India and five anime series, should help ease concern that the video streaming pioneer is running out of space to expand in developed markets.
Satanic Temple sues Netflix over 'Sabrina' use of Baphomet deity
The Satanic Temple sued Netflix Inc and Warner Bros Entertainment on Thursday, seeking more than $50 million for their alleged unauthorized use of a statue of the goat-headed deity Baphomet in the series "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina." In a complaint filed with the U.S. District Court, the plaintiff, whose stated mission includes encouraging benevolence and empathy among people rejecting tyrannical authority, accused the defendants of copyright infringement, trademark violations and injury to its reputation.
Disney plans new 'Star Wars' prequel series for streaming service
A new "Star Wars" prequel series is on its way, this time for Walt Disney Co's planned Disney+ streaming service, Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger said on Thursday. The live action series will be a prequel to the 2016 movie "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" and will star Diego Luna, Iger said in an earnings call. The series will start production in 2019.
'Fantastic Beasts' casts its spell over Paris
Harry Potter fans got their first look at the second "Fantastic Beasts" movie on Thursday at a world premiere in Paris - the setting for the latest wizarding adventure from British author J.K. Rowling. Eddie Redmayne, who stars as magical zoologist Newt Scamander, along with Jude Law in his first outing as a young version of Hogwarts School headmaster Albus Dumbledore, walked a red carpet decorated with huge gold-colored wands.
Michael Douglas joins dad Kirk with star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
Michael Douglas celebrated his 50th year in showbusiness on Tuesday with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame near that of his screen legend father, Kirk Douglas, now 101. Douglas, 74, best known for his Oscar-winning turn as Gordon Gekko in "Wall Street," was accompanied by his father - star of 1960 gladiator movie "Spartacus" - his actress wife Catherine Zeta-Jones and "The China Syndrome" co-star Jane Fonda.
Excited Spice Girls say reunion tour will feel strange without "Posh"
British pop band the Spice Girls joked on Wednesday about their plans for a new album after announcing they would reunite for a UK tour next year but said it would feel strange performing without "Posh Spice" Victoria Beckham. Fashion designer Beckham posted on Instagram on Monday that she wouldn't join the other four Spice Girls on stage again, but wished Geri Horner (Ginger Spice), Melanie Brown (Scary Spice), Melanie Chisholm (Sporty Spice) and Emma Bunton (Baby Spice) well for their six-date tour next year.
'Wizard of Oz' draft scripts head for auction block
A collection of draft scripts for "The Wizard of Oz" and other material from the archives of the 1939 film are going up for auction in December and could fetch up to $1.2 million. Los Angeles auctioneers Profiles in History said on Thursday four handwritten draft screenplays by Noel Langley were being sold.
Beyond 'Serial': Hollywood eyes gameshows in booming podcast market
Four years after "Serial" put podcasts on the mainstream map with a twisty true crime murder story, Hollywood is rushing to embrace the audio format with everything from fictional thrillers to game shows. At the same time, TV and movie producers are making their own podcasts, which are fast and relatively inexpensive to produce, in a search for the next breakout hit in a rapidly expanding crossover market.
(With inputs from Reuters)
(With inputs from agencies.)