Entertainment News Roundup: Taylor Swift fans gather for cooler Rio show after fan’s death; BBC scraps UK Top Gear show for 'foreseeable future' following crash and more
Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs. Taylor Swift fans gather for cooler Rio show after fan’s death Taylor Swift fans headed to her eagerly expected show in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday, following a last-minute postponement of Saturday’s performance due to record breaking heat after a fan died in the sweltering conditions a day earlier.
Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.
Taylor Swift fans gather for cooler Rio show after fan’s death
Taylor Swift fans headed to her eagerly expected show in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday, following a last-minute postponement of Saturday’s performance due to record breaking heat after a fan died in the sweltering conditions a day earlier. Temperatures were significantly lower on Sunday following two days of record-breaking heat in Brazil’s second-largest city. Fans outside the Nilton Santos stadium were hopeful Sunday's show would go on as planned.
BBC scraps UK Top Gear show for 'foreseeable future' following crash
The British version of the globally popular BBC car show 'Top Gear' will not return for the foreseeable future, the broadcaster said, after a crash in December which left presenter Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff with serious injuries. The BBC said in March it had decided to halt production following the accident, which occurred during filming.
Music rights giant BMI to be bought by New Mountain-led group
An investor group led by New Mountain Capital on Tuesday agreed to buy Broadcast Music Inc (BMI), the music rights company that represents top songwriters including Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and Rihanna. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. New Mountain Capital, which manages more than $45 billion in assets, will acquire BMI from its shareholders, the private equity firm said.
A.M. Lukas sues actor Nuno Lopes for alleged rape in New York court
American writer and filmmaker A.M. Lukas has accused "White Lines" actor Nuno Lopes of drugging and raping her in 2006, in a filing lodged just days before a one-year window to sue over historic sexual abuse expires. Lopes denied any wrongdoing and said he would not be afraid to take legal action against anyone who tried to defame him.
Rapper A$AP Rocky ordered to stand trial in Los Angeles on assault charges
Rapper A$AP Rocky, the romantic partner of recording star Rihanna and father of her two sons, was ordered on Monday to stand trial in Los Angeles on two felony counts of assault with a semi-automatic weapon. Rocky, 35, whose given name is Rakim Mayers, is accused of pointing a handgun at another hip-hop artist and former friend, Terell Ephron, during a heated argument, then firing twice in Ephron's direction during a second confrontation. Both encounters occurred on Nov. 6, 2021.
'Wish' commemorates Disney's past and present magic
"Wish," the new animated musical movie marking Walt Disney Co's 100th anniversary, reaches back to its modest beginnings to inspire future generations. The lavish folk tale draws from the song "When You Wish Upon a Star" from the 1940 cartoon film "Pinocchio," about a puppet wishing to become a real boy.
Shanghai's Jewish refugee history takes centre stage in new oratorio
Four years after it was first conceived, the oratorio Emigre made its debut this month in Shanghai, paying tribute to the Chinese financial hub's war-time role in protecting European Jewish refugees who fled to the city in the late 1930s. A collaboration between the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic as well as choirs from the U.S. and China, the work premiered on Nov. 17.
'The Color Purple' cast praise film's heritage at London premiere
The cast of the 2023 movie adaptation of "The Color Purple" said that it was important for them to retell the classic story in a new way as they walked the red carpet on Monday for the London premiere. The new musical adaptation, directed by Blitz Bazawule, draws from a screenplay by Marcus Gardley, based on the stage musical of the same name, which were all based in turn on the 1982 novel of the same name by Alice Walker.
Disney sees higher costs to create content after Hollywood pay raises
Walt Disney said on Tuesday the new collective bargaining agreements with the Directors Guild of America, WGA and SAG-AFTRA will lead to increased costs to create content. The media conglomerate expects its fiscal 2024 capital expenditure to total roughly $6 billion and spend on produced and licensed content to be about $25 billion.
Baz Luhrmann's Australia epic back as 'Faraway Downs'
Fifteen years after his sweeping adventure movie "Australia" drew mixed reviews from critics, director Baz Luhrmann has brought the story back to life in six-part television series "Faraway Downs". Unable to shoot his movie "Elvis" during the COVID-19 pandemic, Luhrmann used the time to look through rushes he shot while making "Australia" starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman and create something new.
(With inputs from agencies.)