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Nicole Kidman laughs while playing Lucille Ball
Nicole Kidman having fun. The Oscar-winning Australian actress got her first real shot at physical comedy playing beloved American comedian Lucille Ball in ‘Being the Ricardos’ and she’s loving it.
Travis Scott concert death due to accidental suffocation, medical examiner says
The 10 people who died in a stampede at rapper Travis Scott’s concert at the Astroworld festival in Houston last month accidentally suffocated, the Harris County Medical Examiner said Thursday. The victims, aged 9 to 27, died of compression asphyxiation, the examiner’s report concluded, essentially crushed to death in the crowd surrounding the scene. Another 300 people were injured among the audience of 50,000 people.
Warner Music Group acquires label behind rapper Megan Thee Stallion
Media company Warner Music Group announced Thursday that it has acquired 300 Entertainment, the music label behind artists including Megan Thee Stallion, Fetty Wap and Mary J. Blige. The company did not disclose terms of the transaction. A person familiar with the matter told Reuters the deal was worth around $400 million.
Avatar director James Cameron’s inspirations laid bare in art book
Director James Cameron has created some of the most striking images on screen, from the sinking of the ocean liner in “Titanic” to Sigourney Weaver battling an alien creature in “Aliens.” The original concepts and characters stem from his beginnings as a young artist in Canada, as revealed in the book “Tech Noir: The Art of James Cameron”, which shows how his early ideas evolved into films.
AMC says more than a million people have watched the new ‘Spider-Man’ movie in its US theaters
AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc said Friday that nearly 1.1 million people watched “Spider-Man: No Way Home” at its theaters in the United States, a record opening for a movie at the company’s theaters in December. “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” produced by Sony Corp and Walt Disney Co.’s motion picture studio, stars Tom Holland as Marvel’s superhero and Zendaya as his girlfriend, MJ.
Warrant Issued for Alec Baldwin’s Cell Phone in ‘Rust’ Shooting Investigation
Police obtained a search warrant for actor Alec Baldwin’s cellphone on Thursday as part of the investigation into the October fatal shooting of a cinematographer on the New Mexico set of his film. western “Rust,” according to court documents. The search warrant and accompanying affidavit were filed in Santa Fe County Trial Court nearly two weeks after a prosecutor overseeing the investigation said that some people who handled firearms on set could face criminal charges stemming from Halyna Hutchins’ death.
‘Sex and the City’ actor Chris Noth denies sexual assault charges
‘Sex and the City’ actor Chris Noth has denied sexual assault accusations reported Thursday by The Hollywood Reporter, saying his encounters with two women in 2004 and 2015 were consensual. Noth plays romantic partner Mr. Big, or Big, in the HBO television series and its new sequel “And Just Like That.”
‘Spider-man’ mania sets pandemic record for opening day in theaters
‘Spider-man: No Way Home’ grossed $50 million in U.S. and Canadian theaters on Thursday, the third-highest total for previews ahead of what is expected to be a massive weekend in theaters that struggled against the pandemic. Opening day sales set a record for the COVID-19 era. Box office analysts predict that “No Way Home”‘s total domestic receipts over the weekend could reach $240 million, which would put it in the top five films of all time.
One Minute With: Nile Rodgers on guitars, music and charity
After a career spanning six decades, veteran guitarist, songwriter and producer Nile Rodgers is as focused on his charity work as he is on music these days. The Grammy Award winner who shot to fame in the 1970s with the band Chic and the hit song ‘Le Freak’, has collaborated with some of music’s biggest stars, including David Bowie and Madonna, and has been an influential guitarist, but now sells some valuable goods for charity.
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