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Disney has announced that it will introduce an ad-supported version of the Disney+ streaming service
The Walt Disney Co announced on Friday that it will offer a cheaper, ad-supported version of its Disney+ streaming service later this year as it seeks to hit its profit target by 2024. Disney joins a growing number of media companies, including AT&T’s WarnerMedia, Comcast, Discovery, and Paramount Global, by offering ad-supported tiers of their streaming services to appeal to price-sensitive customers.
Madrid Opera cancels Bolshoi Russian Ballet show after Ukraine invasion
Madrid’s Teatro Real announced on Friday that it has canceled performances by the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet scheduled for May due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the “painful humanitarian emergency” it has caused. Thousands of people are believed to have been killed or injured and more than a million refugees have fled Ukraine since February 24, when Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the biggest attack on a European state since World War II. .
‘Bridgerton’ Rhimes Producer, Makeup Artist McGrath Announced With Barbie Dolls
American television producer and writer Shonda Rhimes, British make-up artist Pat McGrath and French blogger Lena Mahfouf are honored with Barbie dolls in their likeness as part of a celebration of women business founders. In its latest range of Barbie mannequins, toymaker Mattel pays tribute to women around the world, including Sonia Peronaci, founder of Italian cooking site “GialloZafferano” and German digital entrepreneur Tijen Onaran.
Dolly Parton to Host Monday’s Academy of Country Music Awards
Dolly Parton will take center stage Monday at the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards, hosting the Las Vegas event alongside fellow singer-songwriter Jimmie Allen and rising star Gabby Barrett. The awards show will feature a tribute from Grammy-winning singer Kelly Clarkson to Parton, 76, one of country music’s most beloved artists and a cultural icon that transcends genre.
Paul McCartney, Kendrick Lamar and Olivia Rodrigo will perform at Glastonbury
Veteran Paul McCartney, rapper Kendrick Lamar and American star Olivia Rodrigo will perform at Glastonbury in June, organizers announced on Friday, after the music festival returned after a three-year absence due to the COVID pandemic. McCartney and Lamar round out Pyramid’s main stage headliners at the June 22-26 festival after Billie Eilish and Diana Ross were previously announced as part of the lineup.
Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher’s fundraiser for Ukrainian refugees exceeds $6.8 million
Hollywood couple Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis raised more than $6.8 million on Friday, a day after setting up a GoFundMe page seeking humanitarian aid for Ukrainian refugees.
Kunis, born in Chernivtsi, Ukraine, in 1983, moved to the United States in 1991.
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