Entertainment news roundup: Pop superstar Britney Spears marries Sam Asghari; ‘The Boys’ Actors Urban and Ackles on Season 3 and More

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The Grammys will introduce new awards for songwriting, song for social change

The Grammy Awards will have five new categories starting at the ceremony next year, organizers announced Thursday, including honors for songwriting, as well as special recognition for best song for social change. The Recording Academy said it was adding an award for Songwriter of the Year (Non-Classical), which would recognize “the most prolific non-performing, non-producer songwriters for their body of new work released during one year of eligibility”.

A Minute With: ‘The Boys’ actors Urban and Ackles on Season 3

The comedy-drama “The Boys” returns for a third season, for more bad self-serving superhero antics. Based on the comic book by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, the show follows a group of rogue vigilantes called The Boys who attempt to take down The Seven, a group of superheroes (“supes”) who are adored by the world but who abuse their powers.

Motor racing co-producer Hamilton says he won’t appear in Brad Pitt F1 movie

Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton said on Friday he would not appear in a film starring Brad Pitt based on Formula One that the Mercedes driver is co-producing because he does not want it to fail. Apple TV said earlier this week that its studio had secured the rights to the feature film, which will be directed by Joseph Kosinski, director of the new blockbuster “Top Gun: Maverick.”

‘The Janes’ Reflects in New US Documentary on Illegal Abortions Before Roe

About 50 years ago, before the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade who legalized abortion, a group of women on Chicago’s South Side worked underground, providing illegal abortions to desperate women in need. These women had little or no medical training.

Ex-judge Roy Moore files libel suit against Sacha Baron Cohen

On Friday, a US appeals court in Manhattan seemed unlikely to revive the trial of former Alabama judge Roy Moore accusing Sacha Baron Cohen of defamation for falsely portraying him as a sex offender on the comedian’s show British “Who Is America?” Moore, 75, filed a lawsuit for $95 million in September 2018 over an interview in Washington, D.C., where the former Republican Alabama Supreme Court chief justice and U.S. Senate nominee stood expected to receive an award for his support of Israel.

Pop superstar Britney Spears marries Sam Asghari

Pop singer Britney Spears has married her longtime boyfriend Sam Asghari after nearly six years together, a rep for Asghari confirmed on Friday. “I am very happy that this day has arrived, and they are married,” BAC Talent’s Brandon Cohen, who represents Asghari, said in an emailed statement, a day after the couple tied the knot.

Hong Kong protest film raises fears of arrest, director defies

The maker of a documentary about pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong on Friday defended his film as a true historical record after the city’s police chief advised people not to watch it. Fears of falling foul of a national security law imposed on the city by Beijing in 2020 have intensified and some residents said they chose not to watch the film ‘Revolution of our Times’, in another sign rampant self-censorship.

K-pop BTS to release new album “Proof” on Friday

South Korean boy band BTS are set to release their new album “Proof” on Friday in a much-anticipated return to the music scene as they celebrate the ninth anniversary of their debut this month. The album will be released at 1 p.m. (0400 GMT). A teaser, “Yet to Come (The Most Beautiful Moment)”, has been viewed more than 17.8 million times on YouTube in less than two days.

Johnny Depp and Jeff Beck team up for cover album

Hollywood star Johnny Depp, who last week won a near-total victory in a defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard, and English guitarist Jeff Beck will release an album of mostly covers next month, after getting on scene together. Titled “18,” the 13-track album will be released on July 15. The ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ actor has performed alongside Beck at several UK venues over the past two weeks.

Australia’s oldest soap Neighbors call it a wrap

Neighbours, the Australian soap opera that launched the careers of Kylie Minogue, Margot Robbie, Guy Pearce and the three Hemsworth brothers, shot its final episode on Friday, wrapping up the country’s longest-running TV drama after four decades. A staple of the small screen in Australia since 1985 and Britain since 1986, cameras stopped rolling on the fictional street of Ramsay and his families after main backer, UK free-to-air broadcaster Channel 5, cut the series of his program. to make room for local content.

(With agency contributions.)

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