Entertainment News Roundup: Netflix Shaken by Loss of Subscribers, May Offer Cheaper Ad-Supported Plans; The king lives! Elvis impersonators return to Australian town and more

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Rapper A$AP Rocky arrested in Los Angeles in connection with shooting

American rapper A$AP Rocky was arrested in connection with a shooting in November 2021 as he arrived from Barbados at Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday, NBC News reported. Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested the 33-year-old artist who arrived on a private plane from the Caribbean island where he was in vacation with girlfriend pop singer Rihanna, the network reported.

New Mexico slams movie company ‘Rust’ for ‘willful’ safety breach

New Mexico on Wednesday slapped the maximum fine on Rust Movie Productions LLC and blasted the company for ‘willful’ safety lapses that led to the shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins last year. during the filming of Western “Rust”. An investigation by the state worker’s safety agency, which fined the company $137,000, found the production company knew gun safety procedures weren’t working. not followed and demonstrated “complete indifference” to the hazards, the New Mexico Department of the Environment said in a statement.

Alec Baldwin’s Lawyer Says State’s ‘Rust’ Shooting Investigation Clears Actor

An attorney for Alec Baldwin said Thursday that a New Mexico-led investigation cleared his client of wrongdoing in the fatal shooting on the set of “Rust,” noting that his report said the actor believed his weapon contained only dummy cartridges. The New Mexico Office of Occupational Health and Safety on Wednesday released the findings of a six-month investigation into the shooting during the filming of the western movie last October. He blasted Rust Movie Productions LLC for “willful” safety lapses leading to the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and fined the company $137,000, the maximum amount possible.

The king lives! Elvis impersonators return to Australian town

Thousands of Elvis Presley impersonators and fans of the late king of rock and roll returned to the Elvis Festival in the Australian country town of Parkes on Thursday for the first time in more than two years. Now in its 29th year, the Parkes Elvis Festival was canceled in 2021 due to COVID-19, which also pushed the event this year from January, Presley’s birthday month, to April.

Kapow! American comic stars raise funds for Ukrainian refugees

Like Batman forming the Justice League of superheroes, or Iron Man helping to assemble the Avengers, comics editor Scott Dunbier needed to assemble an all-star team. The call went out, and Dunbier quickly enlisted the biggest names in the American comics industry to collaborate on a special anthology to raise money for Ukrainian war refugees.

Johnny Depp describes a “monster” in texts presented during a defamation case

Lawyers for Johnny Depp’s ex-wife Amber Heard questioned the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ star on Thursday in his defamation case, showing jurors text messages in which Depp referred to a ‘monster’ inside him that he was watching. Depp, 58, is suing Heard, 35, for $50 million in Virginia court after accusing him of abuse. He argued that Heard was the one who turned violent in the relationship.

Netflix rocked by loss of subscribers, may offer cheaper ad-supported plans

Netflix Inc said inflation, the war in Ukraine and fierce competition contributed to a loss of subscribers for the first time in more than a decade and predicted bigger losses to come, marking a sharp change in fortune for a streaming company that has thrived during the pandemic. The company said it lost 200,000 subscribers in the first quarter, well below its forecast to add 2.5 million subscribers. The suspension of service in Russia after the invasion of Ukraine took its toll, resulting in the loss of 700,000 members.

Warner Bros. Discovery to shut down CNN+ streaming service

Warner Bros. Discovery announced on Thursday that it will shut down its CNN+ streaming news service less than a month after its much-hyped launch. The service, which sought to capitalize on the popularity of streaming video and the growth of digital news subscriptions, will cease operations on April 30. The executive who helped design CNN’s streaming strategy, Andrew Morse, will also leave.

(With agency contributions.)

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