Entertainment news roundup: Singers Louis Tomlinson and Yungblud cancel concerts in Russia amid Ukraine crisis; Hollywood star Sean Penn joins Ukrainian exodus to Poland on foot and more

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Singers Louis Tomlinson and Yungblud cancel concerts in Russia amid Ukraine crisis

British singers Louis Tomlinson and Yungblud along with the band Franz Ferdinand have canceled upcoming performances in Russia in light of the Russian-Ukrainian war, following in the footsteps of other musicians to do so. Taking to Twitter on Tuesday, Scottish indie rockers Franz Ferdinand said they were holding Russian concerts planned for the summer, adding that “the only reason for this is the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian state” .

Hollywood star Sean Penn joins Ukrainian exodus to Poland on foot

Days after visiting the Ukrainian capital kyiv to film scenes for his documentary about the Russian invasion, Hollywood actor-director Sean Penn found himself among thousands of refugees fleeing to Poland, joining the exodus on foot . Penn, 61, posted a photo on his Twitter feed on Monday showing the movie star sporting a backpack and carrying wheeled luggage as he trudged along the shoulder of a road next to a line of cars stretching into the distance.

Yves Saint Laurent sends silky evening dresses to the Eiffel Tower catwalk

French fashion house Yves Saint Laurent held a runway show during Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday, showcasing a series of slender cocktail dresses from a catwalk overlooking the base of the Eiffel Tower. Long-legged models walked a pale pink carpet in long, sleek dresses, some flowing low, and wrapped in pointy-shouldered tuxedos and oversized faux fur coats, while French DJ Sebastian’s electronic music played.

Munich Philharmonic sacks conductor Gergiev over his stance on Russia

The Munich Philharmonic has sacked conductor Valery Gergiev with immediate effect after he failed to respond to calls to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the southern city’s mayor said on Tuesday. of Germany. Gergiev, who is considered a friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin and who conducted an orchestra in the ruins of Palmyra in Syria in 2016 to celebrate Russia’s victory there, was also shunned on Monday by La Scala and the Orchestra Rotterdam Philharmonic.

Adele tops IFPI 2021 album charts with hit comeback record ’30’

British singer Adele has added another accolade to her long list of accolades, with her latest album “30” winning the Global Album All Format Chart for 2021, the recording industry’s representative body IFPI announced on Tuesday. recorded music. “30,” which hit No. 1 worldwide when released in November, also topped the IFPI World Album Sales Chart and its first IFPI World Vinyl Albums Chart.

Dior kicks off Paris Fashion Week with survival momentum

Dior has made fashion a means of survival, kicking off Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday with a range of house classics, reworked – and rewired – with a technical bent. Models paraded through the French capital’s Tuileries Gardens, parading a collection of polished feminine looks infused with workwear references, pairing sheer dresses with motorcycle jackets and gloves, adding utility pockets to long skirts, and throwing airbags and stylized bulletproof vests over the shoulders.

YouTube will block Russian RT and Sputnik-related channels across Europe

YouTube is blocking channels connected to Russian state-backed media RT and Sputnik across Europe with immediate effect, due to the situation in Ukraine, the company operated by Alphabet Inc. Google announced on Tuesday. “It will take time for our systems to fully establish themselves. Our teams continue to monitor the situation around the clock to act quickly,” a YouTube spokesperson said in a statement.

Hitmaker Neil Diamond sells his entire catalog of songs to Universal

American singer-songwriter Neil Diamond, the voice behind classic tunes like ‘Sweet Caroline’ and ‘Cracklin’ Rosie’, has sold his entire catalog of songs to Universal Music Group’s publishing arm (UMG), after other hitmakers profited from their work. In a statement on Monday, UMG said the deal also covers the rights to all recordings from Diamond’s 60-year career, including 110 previously unreleased tracks, an unreleased album and long-form archival videos. He stated that he would record and release Diamond’s future music if he returned to the studio.

Disney, Warner Bros., Sony suspend film releases in Russia following Ukraine invasion

Hollywood Studios Disney, Warner Bros. and Sony Pictures Entertainment have announced that they will suspend theatrical releases of upcoming films in Russia in response to its invasion of Ukraine and the ongoing humanitarian crisis. The Walt Disney Co announced on Monday that it was suspending theatrical release of films in Russia, starting with Pixar Animation Studios’ upcoming release, “Turning Red.” Within hours, WarnerMedia announced that it would pause the release of “The Batman” this week in Russia.

‘The Batman’ stars ‘frightened and very excited’ to see audience response

Robert Pattinson and Zoe Kravitz team up as Batman and Catwoman in the acclaimed DC Comics characters’ latest cinematic outing for “The Batman.” The nearly three-hour film is truly a film noir, with both characters playing detectives to track down a missing girl and locate The Riddler, who assassinates high-profile figures in Gotham City.

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