Entertainment News Roundup: Hugh Jackman tests positive for COVID; British police charge Kevin Spacey with alleged sex crimes and more

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‘Strange Loop’, ‘Lehman Trilogy’ earn Tony honors as Broadway celebrates comeback

‘A Strange Loop,’ the story of a black gay man and his mental struggles as a playwright, won the Tony Award for Best New Musical on Sunday as Broadway graced its first season since the long pandemic shutdown. . “The Lehman Trilogy,” about the rise and fall of investment firm Lehman Brothers, won Best New Play at a live ceremony held at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

Disney/Pixar-Exclusive ‘Lightyear’, Starring Same-Sex Couple, Won’t Play in 14 Countries; China in question

Walt Disney Co was unable to get permission to show its new Pixar film “Lightyear” in 14 countries in the Middle East and Asia, a source said on Monday, and the animated film appears unlikely to open in China, the world’s largest film market. A “Lightyear” producer told Reuters that Chinese authorities had requested cuts to the film, which Disney refused to do, and she assumed the film would not open there either. The animated film features a same-sex couple sharing a brief kiss, prompting the United Arab Emirates to ban the film.

Mick Jagger positive for COVID-19, Rolling Stones concert in Amsterdam postponed

The Rolling Stones postponed a Monday concert in Amsterdam after singer Mick Jagger tested positive for COVID-19, the band said in a statement. “The Rolling Stones are deeply sorry for tonight’s postponement, but the safety of the audience, fellow musicians and tour crew must come first,” they said.

Hugh Jackman tests positive for COVID and withdraws from ‘Music Man’ shows

Actor Hugh Jackman has had to give up performing on the Broadway show ‘The Music Man’ next week after testing positive for COVID-19 a second time. The Australian star, 53, posted a video message to his Twitter page on Monday evening. The news broke a day after the ‘X-Men’ and ‘The Greatest Showman’ actor performed at the Tony Awards.

Mick Jagger in quarantine with COVID-19, second Rolling Stones show canceled

Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger is in quarantine in the Netherlands after testing positive for COVID-19, a spokesperson told Reuters on Tuesday, adding that the band will miss a second show on their European tour. Stones Sixty”. Jagger suffered symptoms after arriving at the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam and Monday’s performance was canceled at the last minute.

British police charge Kevin Spacey with alleged sex crimes

British police said on Monday they had charged Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey over historic sex offense allegations, with the actor due to appear in court on Thursday. Last month, prosecutors cleared charges against Spacey, 62, on four counts of sexual assault against three men, and another charge of causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent .

Hollywood talent agency UTA acquires London band Curtis Brown

UTA, one of Hollywood’s biggest talent agencies, announced on Monday that it has reached an agreement to acquire Curtis Brown Group, a leading London-based literary and arts company. The terms of the contract are not disclosed.

Korean pop group BTS is taking a break to work on solo projects

BTS, the South Korean group behind the global K-pop craze, is taking a break as a group to work on solo projects, the members announced on Tuesday. Group member RM, speaking at the annual FESTA dinner that celebrates the group’s founding, said he felt the need to explore his own work without the constant recording and performing required by BTS.

Netflix Announces Another Global Hit Series “Squid Game”

Global smash hit “Squid Game” will return for a second season, Netflix Inc announced on Sunday, offering some clues as to what’s to come in the dark Korean drama. “Squid Game” became Netflix’s most-watched series when it was released in September 2021. The show tells the story of cash-strapped contestants who play childhood games in an attempt to win cash prizes. money that change their lives. It’s inspired countless Halloween memes and costumes, and kickstarted sales of green tracksuits.

UAE bans Disney-Pixar film about gay relationships characters

The United Arab Emirates banned Walt Disney-Pixar’s animated feature “Lightyear” from cinemas on Monday because it features characters in a same-sex relationship. The film would not be allowed to be screened in the country as it violated the national media content standard, the Ministry of Youth and Culture’s Media Regulatory Office wrote on Twitter.

(With agency contributions.)

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