Entertainment News Roundup: Oscar-winning actor William Hurt dead at 71 – Deadline; Former Disney chief Bob Iger enters the metaverse by investing in Genies and more

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Oscar-winning actor William Hurt dies at 71

William Hurt, an Oscar-winning actor known for his roles in films such as “Kiss of the Spider Woman” and “Broadcast News,” died Sunday at the age of 71, according to Deadline. “It is with great sadness that the Hurt family mourns the passing of William Hurt, beloved father and Oscar-winning actor, on March 13, 2022, a week before his 72nd birthday,” said the actor’s son, Will. , in a press release obtained. by deadline.

Former Disney chief Bob Iger enters the metaverse by investing in Genies

Former Disney chairman Bob Iger is investing in and joining the board of metaverse startup Genies, the company announced Monday, in the first such executive move since leaving the giant. entertainment at the end of 2021. Genies, popular among celebrities such as Rihanna, Lil Nas X and Jennifer Lopez, said they have 99% of the celebrity avatar market share and include Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group as customers, for which they also manufacture NFTs, or non-fungible tokens.

Discovery will combine its Discovery+ with WarnerMedia’s HBO Max

Discovery Inc. Chief Financial Officer Gunnar Wiedenfels on Monday provided the most concrete details yet on the media company’s plans to combine its Discovery+ streaming service with HBO Max once the WarnerMedia acquisition closes.

Wiedenfels said the services would come together to create a more appealing consumer product, with HBO Max’s more “masculine” scripted series complementing Discovery’s reality shows, with their all-female audience.

Theater operator AMC and fund manager Eric Sprott to invest $56 million in Hycroft Mining

AMC Entertainment announced on Tuesday that it will invest $56 million in gold and silver producer Hycroft Mining Holding Corp with Canadian fund manager Eric Sprott, a move the theater operator CEO said would help the company to diversify. Shares of U.S.-based Hycroft, which owns the 71,000-acre Hycroft mine in northern Nevada, jumped nearly 89% in premarket trading.

Box Office: ‘The Batman’ stays strong with $66 million in second weekend

Robert Pattinson’s moody superhero adventure “The Batman” has once again prevailed at the box office. The film grossed $66 million in its second weekend of release, boosting its domestic tally to $238.5 million. After just 10 days on the big screen, “The Batman” ranks as the highest-grossing movie of 2022, as well as the second-highest-grossing film since the onset of COVID-19. Only “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” which grossed $792 million in North America, earned more money at the domestic box office in the past two years.

Factbox-Key Winners at the British Academy Film Awards 2022

The British Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (BAFTA) held its annual film awards on Sunday, in a glitzy ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Below are the main winners of Britain’s top film honours.

Eurovision favorites, Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra joins the war effort

Topping the Eurovision charts is a dream for many international musical artists, but for Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra, the glitz of the song contest still seems a long way off. Operating from western Ukraine, singer Oleh Psiuk left the stage to lead a group of 20 volunteers, providing medicine and helping people flee war. One of his band members serves in the home defense unit.

Blue Origin will send ‘SNL’ star Pete Davidson into space next week

‘Saturday Night Live’ comedian Pete Davidson has been confirmed as the next celebrity vying for a trip to the far reaches of space thanks to Jeff Bezos’ astro-tourism company Blue Origin, with his suborbital flight scheduled for the week next. The 28-year-old comedian and boyfriend of reality TV star and socialite Kim Kardashian was announced Monday by Blue Origin as a ‘guest of honour’ joining five paying customers for the company’s fourth commercial flight since the summer latest.

On the occasion of their 60th anniversary, the Rolling Stones hit the road again through Europe

The Rolling Stones will embark on a European tour this summer, playing stadiums and arenas, to mark their 60th anniversary as a band, the British rockers announced on Monday. Titled “SIXTY”, the 14-show tour will kick off in Madrid on June 1 and visit 10 countries in total, including Britain.

‘The Power of the Dog’, ‘Dune’ triumphs at the BAFTA Awards

Dark Western ‘The Power of the Dog’ won the top two honors at the British Academy Film Awards on Sunday, winning Best Picture and Director for Jane Campion, while sci-fi epic ‘Dune’ won the most of price. New Zealand filmmaker Campion wrapped up a successful weekend for her feature comeback, after winning top honors at the Directors Guild of America Awards in Beverly Hills the day before.

(With agency contributions.)

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