Entertainment news roundup: Machine Gun Kelly offers up as face in Berlinale semi-biopic ‘Taurus’; NFL-Eminem kneels at Super Bowl high-powered hip-hop halftime show and more


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Machine Gun Kelly offers itself as muse in the semi-biopic “Taurus” of the Berlinale

Colson Baker, the actor better known as rapper-turned-rockstar Machine Gun Kelly, has said he hopes his semi-autobiographical film about the final days of troubled rapper Cole will inspire others with lives turbulent. In “Taurus,” director Tim Sutton teamed up with Baker for a film that blurs fact and fiction, starring Baker as Cole, in a study of the superstar and his pitfalls. The similarities between Baker and Cole are certainly no coincidence.

NFL-Eminem kneels at Super Bowl high-powered hip-hop halftime show

Los Angeles-area natives Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre teamed up for ‘California Love,’ surprise guest 50 Cent was hung upside down, and rapper Eminem took a knee as superstars of hip-hop put on a high-energy halftime show at Sunday’s Super Bowl. The star-studded lineup, also including R&B star Mary J. Blige and rapper Kendrick Lamar, made hip-hop the center of the halftime extravaganza, a platform that attracts top musical artists of the world.

Gainsbourg stars in Berlinale film about nostalgia and Parisian nightlife

Paris in the early morning and even the revelers sleep. The town is quiet apart from the whispers of radio calls all night long, forging insomniacs, lovers and the lost into a fleeting community. “Les Passagers de la nuit” by Mikhael Hers, which will premiere on Sunday at the Berlin Film Festival, is a tribute to the night radio of the early 1980s, when, as one character puts it, the medium still had ” the monopoly of the night”.

Chicago penguin couple famous in children’s book

There are new tour guides in town at the Chicago Shedd Aquarium, and they’re about to star in a children’s book. A video of an inseparable couple of penguins, affectionately nicknamed ‘Edward and Annie’, has gone viral as they explored the aquatic world of sea animals at the aquarium in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

A German film sheds light on the place of Turkish migrants in today’s Germany

A film about a German-Turkish mother’s quest to free her son from Guantanamo prison raises questions about Germany’s attitude towards the millions of Turkish migrants who call the country home, even though many don’t are not citizens. German director Andreas Dresen’s film, “Rabiye Kurnaz vs. George W. Bush,” which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival on Saturday, explores the place and identity of Turkish migrants in today’s Germany.

Box Office: ‘Death on the Nile’ beats ‘Marry Me’ in quiet Super Bowl weekend showdown

There’s a battle between love and “death” this weekend at the domestic box office, as Jennifer Lopez’s romantic comedy “Marry Me” and Kenneth Branagh’s follow-up to his 2017 thriller “Murder on the Orient Express” are both trying to lure older audiences back into theaters when they open. “Death on the Nile” appears to be tilting at No. 1 with muted $12.8 million from 3,912 locations, while “Marry Me” will follow with an expected inflow of $8 million.

Disney and 20th Century Studios’ “Death on the Nile,” based on Agatha Christie’s acclaimed novel, raked in a disappointing $5.1 million on Friday. It was only half the opening day gross of its predecessor “Murder on the Orient Express” ($10.7 million), which ultimately brought it down to $102 million domestic gross. While Gal Gadot’s character Linnet Ridgeway-Doyle may have enough champagne to fill the Nile in the film, it seems doubtful the whodunit will be able to sell enough tickets to fill the $90 million hole left by its production budget.

One year after the Bataclan: a Berlinale film explores the aftermath of terror

Entrenched in a locker room for hours as armed men rampaged around the Paris Bataclan nightclub in November 2015, Ramon Gonzalez was preoccupied with one thought: what if he died without doing anything, would his life be a failure? It was this thought in the mind of a terrified man that prompted Spanish director Isaki Lacuesta to make ‘One Year, One Night’ examining the aftermath of the attack, in which 90 spectators died, as well as 40 others elsewhere in Paris.

Javier Bardem and Cate Blanchett honored at the Goya awards in Spain

Javier Bardem won Best Actor at the 36th Goya Awards, Spain’s top film honours, held in Valencia on Saturday night, while Australian actress Cate Blanchett won the first-ever international Goya. Bardem won his seventh Goya for his role in the satire of Fernando Leon de Aranoa’s work “The Good Boss,” which won six awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.

A Burmese collective recounts life after the coup at the Berlinale

You find out you’re pregnant, but should you tell your boyfriend, who is off to the jungle in a few hours to train with the forces fighting the Burmese junta following a police raid on his safe house? The police beat a protester in front of your house. Keep filming yourself and risk them noticing, inflicting the regime’s wrath on you and everyone you love. Or do you listen to your family’s pleas to get away from the window and hide?

Amy Schumer, Regina Hall and Wanda Sykes will host the Oscars – reports

Comedian actors Amy Schumer, Regina Hall and Wanda Sykes will host the Oscars in March, Hollywood publication Variety and other outlets reported Monday. The cast are finalizing details and an announcement will be made Tuesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Variety said. ABC, owned by Walt Disney Co, will broadcast the Academy Awards on March 27.

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