Entertainment News Roundup: ‘Star Wars’ model, Elvis costume among movie items up for auction; Claire Danes Digs into Mystical Mystery in ‘The Essex Serpent’ and More

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‘Star Wars’ model and Elvis suit among movie items up for auction

From a model “Star Wars” X-Wing spaceship to a “Thor Hammer,” a treasure trove of much-loved movie entertainment memorabilia will be auctioned off in Hollywood next month. More than 1,800 items are on offer at the June 21-24 auction, which film and TV memorabilia company Propstore estimates will fetch more than $9 million.

Claire Danes digs into mystical mystery in ‘The Essex Serpent’

Claire Danes says her first role after nearly a decade in hit drama ‘Homeland’ was both ‘wonderful’ and ‘scary’, transitioning from a CIA officer to a British widow 19th century mourners in new miniseries “The Essex Serpent”. The 43-year-old actress won numerous awards for her portrayal of fearless bipolar protagonist Carrie Mathison on the 2011-2020 show.

Disney Will Provide Next Streaming Gauge After Netflix Pulls

On Wednesday, Walt Disney Co’s streaming television business will come under scrutiny from investors reassessing the media industry’s aggressive shift from cable television to online video subscriptions. Netflix Inc rocked Wall Street last month when the streaming video pioneer revealed it had lost subscribers in the first three months of the year and was planning further defections through June.

The creators of “Everything Everywhere” decided to surprise with a sci-fi action comedy

As its title suggests, “Everything Everywhere All at Once” by creative duo Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, takes audiences on an elaborate adventure through several universes. The film stars Michelle Yeoh as laundromat owner Evelyn Wang, who struggles to connect with her family and pay her taxes.

Apple unplugs iPod after 20 years

Apple Inc is discontinuing the iPod more than 20 years after the device became the face of portable music and launched its meteoric evolution into the world’s biggest company. The iPod Touch, the only version of the portable music player still sold, will be available while supplies last, Apple said in a blog post Tuesday.

Game over: EA and FIFA part ways after decades of partnership

Electronic Arts is parting ways with FIFA, world football’s governing body, after a nearly three-decade partnership and ending one of the world’s most successful, billion-dollar video game franchises of sales. EA made a ‘meaningful offer’ to FIFA for an eight-year exclusivity period on all FIFA gaming and esports rights, but the football body was unwilling to lock in all of its rights gaming and football with a single publisher, sources familiar with the told Reuters on Tuesday.

A minute with the cast of ‘Conversations with Friends’ on adapting a bestselling book

A highly anticipated adaptation of Irish author Sally Rooney’s debut novel ‘Conversation with Friends’ is out this weekend, following in the footsteps of her TV-turned-book ‘Normal People’. Alison Oliver and Sasha Lane star as ex-girlfriends and now best friends Frances and Bobbi, who meet older married couple Melissa and Nick, played by Jemima Kirke and Joe Alwyn, at a poetry night in Dublin. The story follows their different relationships as their lives intertwine.

Celebrity chef Mario Batali acquitted of sexually assaulting woman in Boston

Chef Mario Batali was acquitted on Tuesday of sexually assaulting a woman at a Boston bar in 2017 as he posed with her for fan ‘selfie’ photos, with the judge doubting the accuser’s credibility in the latest trial of the #MeToo era involving an American celebrity accused of misconduct towards women. At the non-jury trial, Boston City Court Judge James Stanton found Batali, 61, not guilty of a 2019 charge of indecent assault and assault.

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