Entertainment News Roundup: K-pop Pioneers BTS Timeout Leaves Fans in Tears, Investors Angry; Hugh Jackman tests positive for COVID, withdraws from ‘Music Man’ shows and more

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

Walt Disney Co was unable to secure permission to show its new Pixar film “Lightyear” in 14 countries in the Middle East and Asia, a source said 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.

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.

Netflix Plans ‘Squid Game’ Reality Show With Big Cash Prize, No Fatal Consequences

Netflix Inc’s most-watched series is no longer just a fictional TV show after the streaming service greenlit “its biggest reality competition ever” called “Squid Game: The Challenge.” Unlike the series where the stakes are life or death, the worst possible fate in this 456-player competition will be leaving without the $4.56 million in prize money, which Netflix says is the biggest lump sum prize of the history of reality television.

The Stones are planning a new show in Amsterdam to compensate for the cancellation of COVID, other shows next week will continue

The Rolling Stones plan to return to Amsterdam on July 7 to make up for a concert that was canceled earlier this week after lead singer Mick Jagger tested positive for COVID-19, promoter Mojo said on Wednesday. In a tweet shared on Wednesday, the Stones said Mick Jagger was feeling much better. “All other dates next week should go ahead as planned,” the band added in a separate tweet.

K-pop pioneers BTS’ timeout leaves fans in tears and investors furious

K-pop pioneers BTS faced tears and sympathy from fans but anger from their management company’s shareholders on Wednesday, a day after the group, pleading exhaustion, announced a hiatus from musical activities of the group to pursue solo projects. Many in South Korea reacted with shock and dismay to Tuesday’s news which, with some of its seven members approaching military service age, also sparked speculation about the future of a group whose optimistic and youth empowerment messages have made them global stars. “I could relate to them as they shed tears and told us honestly how they felt,” fan Nini Lee told Reuters from a cafe in Seoul where she had gathered with other fans. . “Their voice gave me tremendous strength when I had hard times, and I am no longer afraid of such headwinds… Now I want to give them my voice of courage.”. Kim Young-sun, who runs the cafe, said she was sorry that as a fan she only wanted more from BTS at a time when they were struggling, wishing them a well-deserved break to recharge their batteries. batteries.

Lawyer for Bill Cosby accuser asks jury to ‘hold him accountable’

Closing arguments began on Wednesday in a civil lawsuit against Bill Cosby, with his accuser’s attorney saying she provided sufficient evidence of a sexual assault at the Playboy Mansion in 1975 and should be awarded damages for emotional distress. Judy Huth, who filed her lawsuit in 2014, testified that the comedian forced her to perform a sex act at the famed Los Angeles mansion when she was 16 and Cosby was 37.

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 singers 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.

Rocker Ozzy Osbourne ‘on the road to recovery’ after surgery

British rocker Ozzy Osbourne is “well and on the road to recovery” after undergoing surgery earlier this week, his wife has said. Sharon Osbourne in an Instagram post thanked fans for their support, after saying last week that the former Black Sabbath frontman was going to have “a very important operation” on Monday. She did not give details of the operation.

‘Lightyear’ star Chris Evans calls criticism of on-screen portrayal ‘idiots’

Walt Disney Co’s new Pixar animated film “Lightyear” features a gay couple, the company’s latest step to bring traditionally underrepresented groups to the big screen. Actor Chris Evans, who plays the title character in ‘Lightyear’, applauded the moves for reflecting all types of people and said those who react negatively should be ignored.

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