Entertainment news roundup: Black Panther director Coogler has been mistaken for a bank robber; Investigation into rape accusation against French actor Depardieu continues, court rulings and more

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Black Panther director Coogler mistaken for a bank robber

“Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler was briefly detained by Atlanta police in January after being mistaken for a bank robber, according to video footage released by Atlanta police on Wednesday. Coogler, 35, was arrested by police before being released Jan. 7 after going to Bank of America to complete a transaction, according to a Variety report.

The investigation into the accusation of rape against the French actor Depardieu continues, the justice rules

A Paris court said on Thursday it would continue an investigation into Gerard Depardieu, one of the country’s most famous actors whom an actress has accused of rape. In 2019, prosecutors dropped the investigation, citing insufficient evidence, only to resume it later that year after a new complaint was filed with police.

Katy Perry rejects appeal in ‘Dark Horse’ plagiarism case

A federal appeals court ruled on Thursday that pop superstar Katy Perry and her team were not liable to a hip-hop artist who claimed to have copied her No. 1 hit “Dark Horse” from her Christian rap song . In a 3-0 decision, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Flame, whose first name is Marcus Gray, did not deserve damages for copyright infringement on a musical pattern he said Perry, 37, borrowed from his song “Joyful Noise.”

YouTube and Google Play suspend payment-based services in Russia

Alphabet Inc’s YouTube and Google Play Store are suspending all payment-based services in Russia, including subscriptions, as Western sanctions begin to cause banking problems in the country. Google and YouTube had recently stopped selling online advertising in Russia after similar breaks from Twitter Inc and Snap Inc following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

Exclusive-Amazon to get unconditional EU approval for $8.5 billion purchase of MGM – sources

Amazon is set to get unconditional EU antitrust approval for its $8.5 billion purchase of US movie studio MGM, people familiar with the matter have said, a move that is expected to intensify competition with streaming rivals Netflix. and Disney+. Announced in May last year, the deal would also boost Amazon’s video streaming service, prompting people to subscribe to Amazon Prime, which offers fast delivery and encourages consumers to shop more regularly.

Netflix raises prices for UK and Ireland subscribers

Netflix Inc has raised its prices for subscribers in the UK and Ireland, the streaming platform said on Thursday, in a bid to invest more in producing new shows and movies. Prices for its popular UK standard plan, which allows streaming on two devices at the same time, will rise by 2 pounds to 10.99 pounds ($14.48) each month, while customers using the base will now have to pay 6.99 pounds rather than the previous price of 5.99 pounds. The premium plan would cost up to 15.99 pounds ($21.07) per month.

Warner Music Group announces suspension of operations in Russia

Warner Music Group announced on Thursday that it was suspending operations in Russia after all three major labels appealed for an end to violence in Ukraine. Warner Music said it would halt investment and project development, promotional and marketing activities, and manufacturing of all physical products. That means he will stop signing new artists or partnering with producers or labels, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Pixar’s ‘Turning Red’ hopes to dispel the taboo of discussing puberty

The latest film from Pixar studios “Turning Red” wants to break a taboo by addressing what a girl experiences during puberty, but with an analogy. Meilin Lee, voiced by Rosalie Chiang, is an overconfident student who excels at everything. But one night, she goes to bed and wakes up as a giant red panda.

The rocket science behind Dune’s mix of virtual and real

You don’t have to be a technical wizard to succeed in Hollywood, but it helps — especially since the pandemic. Oscar-nominated blockbuster Dune is an outstanding example of the skills that can pave the way for the film industry to a wider range of people, when streaming has increased the appetite for content and production has become highly technical.

Actor Jussie Smollett sentenced to probation and jail for masterminding hate crime

A Chicago court on Thursday sentenced actor Jussie Smollett, former star of the television series “Empire”, to 30 months probation and 150 days in prison for organizing a hate crime against himself. In December, a jury found Smollett, 39, guilty of five of the six disorderly conduct charges he faced, one for each time he was accused of lying to police.

(With agency contributions.)

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