Entertainment News Roundup: Dua Lipa wins dismissal of 'Levitating' copyright lawsuit; Cuba Gooding Jr settles civil sex abuse case moments before trial and more
Gilberto died on Monday at her home in Philadelphia, her granddaughter Sofia Gilberto said on social media. Hollywood directors reach labor pact, writers remain on strike Hollywood's major studios reached a tentative labor agreement with the union representing film and television directors, likely averting a work stoppage that would have piled pressure on media companies to settle with striking writers.
Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.
New York's Tribeca Film Festival seeks to tell 'untold stories'
With an emphasis on diversity in content and storytellers, New York's Tribeca Film Festival kicks off on Wednesday, with highlights including documentaries about actor Rock Hudson and news anchor Dan Rather. Running from June 7 to June 18, nearly 70% of the competition feature films are directed by women. The festival is showcasing 43 first-time filmmakers, including many from traditionally underrepresented communities.
Dua Lipa wins dismissal of 'Levitating' copyright lawsuit
British pop star Dua Lipa and music label Warner Records convinced a Los Angeles federal court on Monday to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a Florida reggae group that accused Lipa's hit "Levitating" of copying one of its songs. U.S. District Judge Sunshine Sykes said Artikal Sound System failed to argue that the writers of "Levitating" ever had access to the group's 2017 song "Live Your Life."
Peter Chernin's North Road buys Turkish film and TV house Karga Seven
Veteran Hollywood producer Peter Chernin said on Tuesday his company North Road has bought Turkish film and television house Karga Seven Pictures in one of its first major international acquisitions. Los Angeles-Istanbul-based Karga Seven is best known for its popular English-language period piece, "Rise of Empires: Ottoman", and Turkish time travel drama, "Midnight at the Pera Palace", which were among Netflix's top shows.
US calls Roger Waters performance in Berlin 'deeply offensive to Jewish people'
The U.S. State Department on Tuesday weighed in on a controversy over a performance by Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters, denouncing the show in Berlin as "deeply offensive to Jewish people" and accusing Waters of having a record of using antisemitic tropes. Waters, 79, has said the performance last month, during which he wore a black trench coat with a swastika-like emblem, was a statement against fascism, injustice and bigotry and called criticism of it "disingenuous and politically motivated."
Cuba Gooding Jr settles civil sex abuse case moments before trial
Cuba Gooding Jr. reached a settlement on Tuesday with a woman who sued him for $6 million on an accusation that he raped her a decade ago, with the agreement coming minutes before jury selection was set to being in Manhattan federal court. The eleventh-hour deal means the Oscar winning “Jerry Maguire” star will avoid having details of the alleged assault aired in court, while his accuser will not be forced to reveal her identity after U.S. District Judge Paul A. Crotty ruled that week that she could not go to trial anonymously.
'Across the Spider-Verse' spins box office with $120.5 million debut
Audiences swung into theaters for “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse," giving the animated film a hefty $120.5 million in its domestic box office debut, the second-biggest opening weekend of the year. Behind only “The Super Mario Bros” film that garnered $146 million, the movie’s box office performance surpassed Sony Pictures Animation's and the BoxOffice Pro’s estimates of $75 million to $115.5 million over its first three days of release in the U.S. and Canada from Pro.
'Girl from Ipanema' singer Astrud Gilberto dies at 83
Brazilian singer Astrud Gilberto, the voice of Bossa Nova whose soft and dreamy version of "The Girl from Ipanema" was an international success in the 1960s, has died at the age of 83, her family said. Gilberto died on Monday at her home in Philadelphia, her granddaughter Sofia Gilberto said on social media.
Hollywood directors reach labor pact, writers remain on strike
Hollywood's major studios reached a tentative labor agreement with the union representing film and television directors, likely averting a work stoppage that would have piled pressure on media companies to settle with striking writers. The Directors Guild of America (DGA) will ask its 19,000 members to approve the three-year contract, which was announced late on Saturday after three weeks of talks.
Hollywood actors authorize strike as writers still out
Hollywood's actors union voted to authorize a strike if contract talks break down, turning up the heat on major film and television studios already grappling with a monthlong work stoppage by writers. After voting closed on Monday, SAG-AFTRA said 97.91% of ballots cast supported a strike authorization. Nearly 65,000 members, or about 48% of those eligible, voted on the measure.
(With inputs from agencies.)