Below is a summary of the entertainment news briefs.
Discovery to suspend broadcasts in Russia
Discovery Inc announced Wednesday that it will suspend broadcasting of its channels and services in Russia, joining a growing number of companies pulling out of the country in response to its invasion of Ukraine. Fifteen of Discovery’s entertainment brands, including HGTV, Animal Planet, TLC and Eurosport, are distributed by Media Alliance, a joint venture with Russia’s National Media Group.
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.
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.
F1-motor racing ‘marriage’ with Netflix has even more mileage
The fourth season of ‘Drive to Survive’, the Netflix docu-series that turbocharged Formula 1 for new and younger audiences, debuts on Friday with the sport still committed to ‘marriage’ despite controversy and criticism. The 10 new episodes provide a behind-the-scenes look at the 2021 season, one of the most exciting and hotly contested championships in Grand Prix racing.
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.
Ed Sheeran sings, says he wants his name cleared in copyright lawsuit
UK chart-topper Ed Sheeran sang part of his 2017 mega-hit ‘Shape Of You’ outside court on Tuesday during a copyright lawsuit over the song, and said the tunes may sound similar without be copied. The chart-topper is in a legal battle with grime artist Sami Chokri, who plays Sami Switch, and music producer Ross O’Donoghue, who argue that “Shape of You” breaks “lines and phrases.” special” from their 2015 song “Oh Why”.
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.
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