Below is a summary of the entertainment news briefs.
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.
‘Star Trek: Picard’ goes romantically where Picard has never gone before
After a successful first season, the sci-fi drama series ‘Star Trek: Picard’ returns to see its titular hero, played by British actor Patrick Stewart, boldly go where he’s never gone before – in a relationship. . “I really enjoyed the relationship aspects of the show, certainly when they’re set in a romantic atmosphere. It’s been fascinating from the start,” Stewart, 81, told Reuters.
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.
Kim Kardashian now legally single from Kanye West
A Los Angeles judge on Wednesday granted reality TV star Kim Kardashian’s request to be declared legally celibate to rapper Kanye West after nearly eight years of marriage. The businesswoman and ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’ star filed for divorce a year ago, citing irreconcilable differences with West, who legally changed her name to Ye. The couple have four children aged 2 to 8.
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.
CNN confirms CNN+ streaming service will launch this spring
Cable news network CNN announced Wednesday that it will launch a news and entertainment streaming service called CNN+ this spring, at a discounted initial subscription price of $2.99 per month. Competing against familiar rivals in the highly competitive world of streaming content, CNN will offer the promotional price to those who sign up within the first four weeks. Once the deal ends, the service will revert to a monthly fee of $5.99 — the same price as Fox Nation, Fox Corp’s Fox News-operated streaming service.
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.
Spotify closes its office in Russia in response to the attack on Ukraine
Spotify announced on Wednesday that it has closed its office in Russia indefinitely in response to what the audio streaming platform described as Moscow’s “unprovoked attack on Ukraine”. Since July 2021, Russian legislation signed by President Vladimir Putin requires foreign social media companies with more than 500,000 daily users to open local offices or be subject to restrictions as severe as outright bans.
(With agency contributions.)