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Shakira refuses to settle with Spanish prosecutor to end tax evasion case
Latin American superstar Shakira has rejected a proposed settlement by the prosecutor in her €14.5 million Spanish tax evasion case and is now set to go to trial, her media team said on Wednesday. The Colombian singer – who has sold more than 80 million records worldwide with hits such as “Hips Don’t Lie” – has always met all of her tax obligations, according to a statement. She views the case as “a total violation of her rights”, he said.
Supermodel Bella Hadid joins the metaverse with the NFT collection
American model Bella Hadid has gone from catwalk to metaverse with the launch of CY-B3LLA – a collection of non-fungible tokens featuring artwork based on 3D scans of her face and body. Hadid, 25, told Reuters in an interview from New York that she was intrigued by shared virtual world environments and wanted to make ‘cool versions’ of herself after becoming obsessed with games video during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Netflix’s ‘Gray Man’ Marketing Blitz: Emojis, TV Ads and a Tram
The Gray Man has his own emoji, he’s sprinted across 3D billboards from Krakow to Seoul, and he’s fought bad guys in over 100 TV commercials. Netflix Inc launched one of its biggest marketing campaigns to make sure audiences around the world knew that Ryan Gosling was starring in “The Gray Man,” the company’s big-budget summer action flick.
Katie Holmes on Writing, Directing and Acting in a New Film: “It’s Very Satisfying”
Katie Holmes is sharing one of her pandemic hobbies with the world in her new feature ‘Alone Together,’ as writer, director and star of the film. The film, which was shot when the first COVID-19 vaccines were released, centers on two strangers who end up spending a week together in an upstate New York rental house after double-booking. The pair start out as enemies, but quickly bond.
‘Game of Thrones’ prequel ‘House of the Dragon’ takes off in Hollywood
“Game of Thrones” is back as the prequel “House of the Dragon” with an all-new cast showing up Wednesday to kick off the show at a Los Angeles premiere. The new showrunners, who took over from David Benioff and DB Weiss, are Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik.
Sci-Fi Villain ‘Predator’ Returns in Action Thriller Prequel ‘Prey’
Thirty-five years after the alien monster movie “Predator” was first released, the creature is back in action in the upcoming movie “Prey.” Directed by “10 Cloverfield Lane” filmmaker Dan Trachtenberg, “Prey” is set in 1719 and sees “Predator” land in the Northern Great Plains, ready to hunt.
‘Leave It to Beaver’ co-star Tony Dow dies at 77, a day after premature announcement
Actor Tony Dow, best known for his role as Wally Cleaver in the 1950s American television sitcom ‘Leave It to Beaver’, died Wednesday at age 77, his family and management team announced on Wednesday, a day after the premature announcement of his death. Dow, whose television career as an actor, director and producer spanned seven decades, died in hospice care with his family by his side, according to a Facebook statement citing his son Christopher. The cause of death has not been released, although he and his wife, Lauren, said Dow suffered a recurrence of cancer in May.
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