Entertainment news roundup: Peter Dinklage directs new remake of French classic in ‘Cyrano’; Actor Jussie Smollett’s trial, accused of faking a hate crime, goes to a jury and more


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Peter Dinklage directs new remake of French classic in ‘Cyrano’

‘Game of Thrones’ actor Peter Dinklage stars in the musical drama ‘Cyrano’, a new film adaptation of the classic French story, which had its UK premiere on Tuesday. Adapted from a theatrical production written by his wife Erica Schmidt, Dinklage reprises his 2018 stage role of the word-savvy swordsman, who finds it difficult to declare his feelings to the woman he loves due to her poor appearance. attractive.

Trial of actor Jussie Smollett, accused of faking hate crime, goes to jury

A Chicago jury began deliberating Wednesday in the trial of actor Jussie Smollett, a former star of the television series “Empire,” accused of orchestrating a hate crime against himself to boost his notoriety. Jurors heard closing arguments in the case and spent around 2.5 hours deliberating before being sent home for the day.

DiCaprio calls ‘Don’t Look Up’ a ‘one-of-a-kind gift’ for fighting climate change

Leonardo DiCaprio calls his new film “Don’t Look Up” a gift. Not because he worked with a cast that includes Jennifer Lawrence, Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep, Timothee Chalamet and Jonah Hill, to name a few, but because the film captures the perils of climate change, while making people laugh.

South Korea’s “webtoon” companies are leveraging low-cost stories with huge potential upside

Netflix’s most-watched series at the end of November, ‘Hellbound’, is causing a stir on television, but it first appeared on much smaller screens as an online comic book, or ‘webtoon’, optimized for smartphones. The webtoon format, which started in Korea two decades ago, has revolutionized content creation for the film industry around the world.

Drake pulls out of Grammy race

Canadian rapper Drake withdrew from the Grammy Awards on Monday, stripping both of his nominations for music’s highest honors, sources close to the musician said. Drake, 35, earned two Grammy nominations last month for rap – best rap album for “Certified Lover Boy” and best rap performance for his song “Way 2 Sexy.”

Robbie Shakespeare of reggae duo Sly and Robbie dies aged 68

Robert “Robbie” Shakespeare, the Jamaican bassist best known as one half of reggae and dub duo Sly and Robbie, died on Wednesday, Jamaica’s culture minister announced. He was 68 years old. Born Robert Warren Dale Shakespeare in East Kingston in 1953, Shakespeare was a prolific bassist who worked with reggae greats including Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Gregory Isaacs.

ViacomCBS Partners with Distributor “Parasite” to Debut with Paramount+ Asia

ViacomCBS Inc and Seoul-based CJ ENM, the distributor of the Oscar-winning film “Parasite,” have signed a content partnership agreement, the companies announced Tuesday, marking the Asian debut of the company’s Paramount+ streaming service. American. The partnership will include co-productions of original series and films, content licensing and distribution on the streaming services of ViacomCBS and entertainment company CJ ENM.

‘West Side Story’, ‘Dune’ among AFI’s Top 10 Films of 2021

The musical ‘West Side Story’, the sci-fi epic ‘Dune’ and ‘King Richard’, the biopic about the father of tennis champions Serena and Venus Williams, were among the 10 best films of 2021 chosen on Wednesday by the American Film Institute (AFI). The list, which is unranked, previews the likely favorites for the annual Oscars next year. The films were chosen for their cultural and artistic significance.

Spielberg Opens Doors To Latin Artists With New “West Side Story”

Steven Spielberg marks a milestone in American cinematic history by insisting on an authentic Latin cast for his remake of the musical “West Side Story,” which will be released worldwide this week. For the film, an adaptation of the 1957 Broadway play and the 1961 film, Spielberg recruited young Latino performers and researched Puerto Rican life in 1960s New York.

The show must continue; ‘Macbeth’ opens La Scala opera season despite COVID

Giuseppe Verdi’s ‘Macbeth’ kicked off La Scala’s opera season in front of hundreds of spectators on Tuesday as the fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic again forces many theaters elsewhere in Europe to close their doors. Italian President Sergio Mattarella and celebrities attended the premiere which marks the opening of Milan’s cultural calendar.

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