Entertainment news roundup: The Iron Throne up for grabs again in ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel series; Director Lars von Trier diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and more

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The Iron Throne again up for grabs in ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel series

It’s been three years since HBO’s flagship show “Game of Thrones” came to an end. Now the history of the throne is examined in the prequel “House of the Dragon”, which explains how House Targaryen falls into civil war. The series debuts on HBO on August 21. The show begins with King Viserys Targaryen (Paddy Considine) having to choose an heir, either his devoted daughter, Princess Rhaenyra, or his wayward and violent brother, Prince Daemon.

Director Lars von Trier has Parkinson’s disease

Danish director Lars von Trier, 66, has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and will do limited promotion for his upcoming supernatural TV series “Kingdom Exodus”, his production company announced on Monday. Von Trier, often called the “enfant terrible” of contemporary cinema, was in “good spirits” and is being treated for his symptoms, Zentropa said in a statement.

Hollywood actress Anne Heche in coma since fiery car accident – spokesperson

Hollywood actress Anne Heche remained hospitalized in a critical condition, in a coma and connected to a breathing machine on Monday, four days after being seriously injured in a violent car accident in Los Angeles, a spokesperson said. ‘artist. Heche, 53, was hospitalized shortly after the compact car she was driving spun out of control in a Westside neighborhood in Los Angeles on Friday morning, drove into a house and caught fire, police say.

Brazilian pop singer Anitta quits Nubank board

Latin American financial startup Nubank said on Tuesday that Brazilian pop singer Anitta has quit its board, about 14 months after joining, and will now become a global brand ambassador for the digital bank. The fintech, backed by investors such as Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, said the singer asked to leave the board because of her schedule.

Seattle exhibit focuses on the philosophy of Bruce Lee

After a pandemic-induced delay, a permanent exhibit focusing on the philosophy of Bruce Lee opens at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience in Seattle, with support from the Bruce Lee Foundation. His daughter Shannon Lee, who oversees the foundation, told Reuters the “Be Water, My Friend” exhibit was an immersive extension of her research into her father’s life as a philosopher.

Motown legend Lamont Dozier dies at 81

Motown legend Lamont Dozier, prolific singer-songwriter who composed and produced hits such as ‘Stop! In The Name Of Love’, ‘Baby Love’ and ‘Two Hearts’, has died aged 81 years, his family announced on Tuesday. . Dozier died Monday at his home, they said in a statement.

In Australia, tributes pour in for pop star Newton-John

Australians expressed their shock and sadness on Tuesday when they learned that 1970s and 1980s pop icon Olivia Newton-John, star of the hit musical ‘Grease’, had died aged 73 at her home in California. from South. Since the prime minister, tributes have poured in for the four-time Grammy winner, who grew up in Australia. She has been hailed for her passionate work in promoting cancer research and wellness care after battling the disease for 30 years.

Pop music and ‘Grease’ star Olivia Newton-John dies at 73

Singer Olivia Newton-John, who rose to the top of the world pop music charts in the 1970s and 1980s with tracks such as ‘I Honestly Love You’ and ‘Physical’ and starred in the musical at hit “Grease,” died Monday at age 73 at her home in Southern California. The British-born, Australian-raised artist’s death was announced on her Instagram account, saying she “passed away peacefully” at her ranch “surrounded by family and friends”.

(With agency contributions.)

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