Entertainment News Roundup: Actress Julianne Moore to head Venice Film Festival jury; Disney’s ESPN+ Will Increase Monthly Subscription by $3+

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Shooting Survivor Gabby Giffords Shares Her Story in New Film

Gabby Giffords, former congresswoman and gunshot survivor, shares her story of recovery and determination in a new documentary released this week. “Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down” chronicles the former Democratic Representative’s journey since she was seriously injured in a January 2011 bombing at a voter rally in Tucson, Arizona, in which six people were killed.

Disney’s ESPN+ will increase monthly subscription by $3

Walt Disney Co plans to raise monthly subscription fees to its ESPN+ sports streaming platform by $3 a month, a 43% hike, the company announced Friday. The price of an ESPN+ subscription will drop to $9.99 per month starting August 23, while the cost of an annual subscription will drop from $69.99 to $99.99. Subscribers will be officially notified next week.

Actress Julianne Moore to chair Venice Film Festival jury

Oscar-winning actress Julianne Moore will lead the main competition jury at this year’s Venice Film Festival, organizers announced on Friday. Moore will be joined in determining this year’s winners by French director Audrey Diwan, who won the festival’s Golden Lion award last year for her film “Happening,” Iranian actress Leila Hatami, Italian director Leonardo Di Costanzo and Nobel Prize-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro.

Actor Kevin Spacey pleads not guilty to sex offenses

Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey will face trial in London next year after pleading not guilty on Thursday to sex offense charges dating back almost 20 years. Spacey is charged with five offenses in Britain – four counts of sexual assault by fondling and a more serious charge of causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent. Prosecutors say Spacey forced a man to perform oral sex.

After the onset of the pandemic, K-pop aespa stars rub shoulders with fans for the first time

Debuting amid the coronavirus pandemic hasn’t stopped Korean pop group aespa from gaining fans, but it has kept the group from meeting them. The group – made up of members Karina, Winter, Giselle and Ningning – have tried to address this since launching in late 2020. While on tour to promote their new album ‘Girls’, the group performed at Coachella and is appeared on “Good Morning America”. – and enjoy the chance to see the fans in person.

(With agency contributions.)

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