Entertainment News Roundup: ‘The Matrix’ co-producer Village Roadshow considers strategic options – WSJ; Alec Baldwin hands over his cell phone for the “Rust” shot probe and more

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‘The Matrix’ Village Roadshow co-producer considers strategic options – WSJ

Village Roadshow Entertainment Group, which co-produced “Joker” and “The Matrix,” is considering taking an investor or selling itself, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday, citing people familiar with the matter. Village Roadshow’s majority shareholder, Vine Alternative Investments, has tapped PJT Partners Inc and held talks with potential buyers, the report said, adding that the process may not result in a deal.

Alec Baldwin hands over his cell phone for the ‘Rust’ firing probe

Actor Alec Baldwin has turned over his cellphone to investigators investigating the fatal shooting on the set of the movie “Rust” in New Mexico in October, his attorney and a law enforcement official said Friday. A search warrant for Baldwin’s iPhone was issued in December. The Santa Fe County, New Mexico, Sheriff’s Office said earlier this week that it was still trying to obtain the “30 Rock” actor’s device.

South African singer Msaki’s new electro album recalls the landmine massacre

Backed by silky synthesizers and down-tempo electronic beats, South African singer Msaki’s new Afropop album revisits the 2012 police killing of dozens of striking miners who she says inspired her to protest. social injustice. Singing in her native Xhosa tongue, Msaki’s melodious voice aims to capture the sadness and disappointment felt by many after the standoff between police and strikers at the Marikana platinum mine 110 km (68 miles) northwest of Johannesburg.

Netflix raises monthly subscription prices in the US and Canada

Netflix Inc has raised its monthly subscription price from $1 to $2 per month in the United States under plan, the company announced on Friday, to help pay for new programming to compete in the crowded streaming TV market. . The standard plan, which allows two simultaneous streams, now costs $15.49 per month, compared to $13.99 in the US.

‘Spider-Man’ Boosts Cineworld Box Office Sales

Cineworld’s announced on Friday that its December box office sales had reached nearly 90% of pre-pandemic levels, helped by the Marvel superhero film ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’, boosting its shares. 3% in the first trades. The world’s second-largest cinema operator said its cash flow turned positive in the fourth quarter after sales improved.

Betty Blue director Jean-Jacques Beineix dies aged 75

French director Jean-Jacques Beineix died Thursday at the age of 75, his family announced Friday to Agence France Presse. Beineix rose to prominence with his first film, “Diva”, in 1980, and achieved wider international fame in 1986 with the film “Betty Blue”, starring Jean-Hugues Anglade and Béatrice Dalle.

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