Entertainment news recap: Russia banned from Eurovision Song Contest following invasion of Ukraine; Disney launches a new level of immersion in the “Star Wars” experience and more

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Russia Banned From Eurovision Song Contest Over Ukraine Invasion

Russia will not be allowed to take part in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest final, the organizer announced on Friday, after Ukraine and several other European public broadcasters called for Russia’s expulsion. “The decision reflects concern that, in light of the unprecedented crisis in Ukraine, the inclusion of a Russian entry in this year’s competition will bring the competition into disrepute,” the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) said. in a press release.

Disney launches a new level of immersion in the “Star Wars” experience

Walt Disney Co’s new theme park offering aims to make fans forget they’re in Florida and feel like they’re on a luxury vacation in a galaxy far, far away. The two-night “Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser” experience, which opens Tuesday at Walt Disney World in Orlando, immerses guests in a story set on the Halcyon, a sleek spaceship believed to be where the Princess Leia and Han Solo took their honeymoon.

Sean Penn in Ukraine for the filming of a documentary on the Russian invasion

Hollywood actor and director Sean Penn is in Ukraine to shoot a documentary about the Russian invasion, kyiv and Hollywood publication Variety said. Photos released by Ukraine’s presidential press service on Thursday show the Oscar-winning actor attending a press conference at the presidential office in Kyiv as the Russian army invades the country.

Gang of Youths frontman talks about his late father on new record

It was while writing his new album that Gang of Youths frontman Dave Le’aupepe uncovered some secrets about his late father. His grief and some of those revelations came to fruition in ‘Angel in Realtime’ – the Australian rock band’s third album, due out on Friday.

Groundbreaking 1977 miniseries “Roots” returns for its 45th anniversary

The groundbreaking TV miniseries “Roots,” which tells the story of Kunta Kinte, kidnapped from Africa and sold into slavery in the United States, celebrates its 45th anniversary with a re-release on Home Entertainment and HBO Max.

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alex Haley, the series was a huge hit, sweeping Emmys and Golden Globes and watched by nearly half of America when it first aired in 1977, according to Warner Bros. .

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