Entertainment News Roundup: Disney CEO, Responding to LGBTQ Employees, Says Company’s Stories Promote Inclusion; Ed Sheeran denies borrowing ideas in ‘Shape of You’ copyright lawsuit and more

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Disney CEO, responding to LGBTQ employees, says company stories promote inclusion

Walt Disney Co Chief Executive Bob Chapek said Monday, in response to calls for the company to take a public stand against a Florida bill that would ban classroom discussions about the sexual orientation and identity of genre, that Disney stories “are our corporate statements” in support of a diverse, inclusive world. In a memo to Disney staff, Chapek wrote that he met with a group of LGBTQ+ leaders at Disney on Friday to discuss the legislation and its potential impact on their communities. He expressed the leadership team’s support for Disney employees and their families and the company’s commitment to inclusion – although Disney is not releasing a statement.

Ed Sheeran denies borrowing ideas in ‘Shape of You’ copyright lawsuit

British singer Ed Sheeran has denied simply altering other artists’ music and lyrics to pass off their work as his own, as he gave evidence in a copyright trial on Monday over his 2017 hit ‘ Shape Of You”. The award-winning singer is in a legal battle with grime artist Sami Chokri, who plays Sami Switch, and music producer Ross O’Donoghue, who claim ‘Shape of You’ violates ‘particular lines and phrases. from their 2015 song “Oh Why”.

US Supreme Court refuses to restore Bill Cosby’s conviction

Bill Cosby avoided further legal peril on Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a bid from prosecutors to overturn last year’s decision in Pennsylvania that overturned the actor’s sexual assault conviction and 84-year-old comedian in 2018.

Justices let stand a divided Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling that Cosby should never have faced charges because a former local district attorney publicly promised in 2005 not to prosecute him, dismissing an appeal prosecutors. The state court ruling freed Cosby after spending nearly three years in state prison, angering sexual assault victims and their attorneys.

The Inspirational Story of a Kosovo War Widow Told in the Movie ‘Hive’

The true story of a Kosovo war widow who defied tradition to start a successful business venture is told in ‘Hive,’ a film the director hopes will teach viewers how to overcome the traumatic aftermath of the conflict . Fahrije Hoti was 28 when she lost her husband, along with almost the entire male population of her village, in the 1998-1999 uprising by ethnic Kosovo Albanians against the repressive Serbian regime.

Italian dancer leaves the Bolshoi Ballet because of the war in Ukraine

Italian Jacopo Tissi said on Monday he was quitting his role as principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. “I am shocked by this situation which is happening to us overnight, and quite honestly I find myself unable to continue my career in Moscow,” Tissi wrote in an Instagram post.

Oscar nominees celebrate “a year like no other” ahead of the awards show

Will Smith, Kristen Stewart and other Oscar nominees gathered Monday to celebrate the annual Oscar nominee luncheon, one of the film industry’s biggest gatherings since the COVID-19 pandemic limited the circuit Hollywood awards. Benedict Cumberbatch, Jessica Chastain, Steven Spielberg and Bradley Cooper also joined the crowd in a packed ballroom at the Fairmont Century Plaza hotel in Los Angeles. The stars mingled with sound mixers, costume designers and other behind-the-scenes workers vying for this year’s Oscars, which will be awarded in a live ceremony on March 27.

Bolshoi Theater conductor resigns after pressure to condemn Ukraine invasion

Tugan Sokhiev, the conductor of the prestigious Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, announced on Sunday that he was quitting his job after coming under pressure to condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Sokhiev also said he was resigning from his post as conductor in the French city of Toulouse, where officials had pressed him to clarify his attitude to the invasion.

Box Office: “The Batman” makes $ 128 million, the second biggest debut of the pandemic

Big ticket sale, Batman! Robert Pattinson’s pitch-black superhero adventure “The Batman” raked in $128.5 million in its box office debut, marking the biggest opening weekend of 2022 by a landslide. . But what’s more impressive: It’s only the second pandemic-era movie to break the $100 million mark in a single weekend, a feat first achieved by “Spider-Man: No. Way Home,” which launched last December for a historic $260 million.

(With agency contributions.)

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