Entertainment News Roundup: Beyonce leads all-star line-up at Mandela tribute concert; 'Ralph Breaks the Internet' Stays No. 1 With $26 Million
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Beyonce leads all-star line-up at Mandela tribute concert
Thousands turned out on Sunday for a concert in Johannesburg to honor the life of Nelson Mandela, with Beyonce leading an all-star line-up. The event, held to mark 100 years since the birth of South Africa's first black president, was organized by advocacy group Global Citizen. It also aimed to highlight the fight against poverty, gender inequality and hunger, causes that Mandela championed.
Female film directors and producers shine in Romanian New Wave
Starting out as a unit production manager in Romania's film industry more than two decades ago, Ada Solomon felt she needed to punch above her weight. But after fighting with crew on set early on in her career, Solomon, now a producer of some of Romania's most internationally renowned films, took the advice of an assistant director that she would get farther by staying calm and treating them as partners.
Priyanka Chopra, Nick Jonas to marry in traditional Hindu ceremony
U.S. singer Nick Jonas and "Quantico" actor Priyanka Chopra will be married in a traditional Hindu ceremony today, the culmination of a three-day long wedding celebration that featured cricket matches and Bollywood songs, all taking place in a heritage Indian palace atop a hill. The couple exchanged vows in a Christian ceremony on Saturday, wearing custom-made Ralph Lauren clothes, and later shared pictures on their social media of a pre-wedding ritual, the mehendi ceremony, which involves applying henna on the bride's hands as a good omen.
Cher, Reba McEntire and 'Hamilton' creators shine at Kennedy Center Honors
Cher, Reba McEntire, and the creators of the Broadway musical "Hamilton" -- superstars of the entertainment world -- gathered in Washington on Sunday to enter the ranks of highly celebrated artists as recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors. Cher, the Oscar-winning actress and pop icon, and McEntire, a country music singer and songwriter who has acted on stage and television, joined jazz musician Wayne Shorter and composer Philip Glass to receive the awards, which recognize a lifetime of contributions to the arts.
Rapper Cardi B fails to show up for hearing over fight at New York club
A New York judge on Monday rescheduled Cardi B's court hearing to Friday after she failed to appear in criminal court to face charges of assault in connection with a fight at a strip club but warned that she risked arrest if she did not show up again. The 26-year-old performer, whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar, surrendered to police in October after being accused of involvement in the Aug. 15 incident at the Angels NYC strip club in the borough of Queens.
Post-Thanksgiving Box Office: 'Ralph Breaks the Internet' Stays No. 1 With $26 Million
Disney's "Ralph Breaks the Internet" recharged for its second consecutive weekend atop the North American box office, generating a healthy $25.8 million. That marks a decline of just 53 percent, and pushes the animated sequel's domestic haul past $100 million. Overseas, "Ralph" earned $33.7 million this weekend, taking its international total to $87 million. Keeping in line with end of the year traditions, major studios largely sat out the post-Thanksgiving frame. The only new nationwide release, "The Possession of Hannah Grace," opened in line with industry estimates and brought in $6.5 million from 2,065 locations.
Luke Skywalker's lightsaber to light up 'Star Wars' props auction
Luke Skywalker's lightsaber from the first "Star Wars" film - one of the most iconic movie weapons - is going up for auction in Los Angeles next week and could fetch up to $200,000. Auctioneers Profiles in History said on Monday it also is selling some 25 other "Star Wars" items, including an original black TIE-fighter pilot helmet from the first, 1977 movie that could fetch even more money - up to $300,000.
(With inputs from Reuters)
(With inputs from agencies.)