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Top auction houses cancel Russian art sales in London
Auction houses Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Bonhams canceled sales of Russian art in London in June, part of the art market’s response to Western sanctions on Russia as punishment for its invasion of Ukraine. Auction houses hold sales of Russian art in June and November in a period known as “Russian Art Week”, attracting wealthy Russian buyers.
Kanye West has been suspended from Instagram for 24 hours for violating the policy
Kanye West has been suspended from the Instagram social network for 24 hours after the rapper violated the platform’s harassment policy, a spokesperson for his parent company Meta Platforms Inc has said. The platform has removed the content sent from the 44-year-old rapper’s account which violated its policies on “hate speech, bullying and harassment”, spokesman Joe Osborne told Reuters in an emailed statement.
Bollywood thriller stars child with cerebral palsy in rare sign of inclusivity
Upcoming Bollywood thriller drama ‘Jalsa’ features the role of a child with cerebral palsy played by an actor with the same disability, in what the film’s director and cast called a rare sign of inclusivity in the most major film industry in the world. Starring Vidya Balan and Shefali Shah, two of Bollywood’s most admired actors, “Jalsa” (Celebration) revolves around a road accident where a driver hits a girl and flees. Surya Kasibhatla, a 10-year-old Texas Indian with cerebral palsy, plays Balan’s son.
The second Oscar nomination eased Italian director Sorrentino’s insecurities
For Italian director Paolo Sorrentino, scoring the second Oscar nomination of his career this year has helped ease some of his lingering insecurities as a filmmaker. “It makes me really happy and proud,” Sorrentino, whose film “The Hand of God” is up for best international feature film at this month’s Oscars, said in an interview. “If the first time could be attributed to chance, the second proves that we have done a good job over the years.”
Jared Leto and Anne Hathaway tell the story of WeWork’s descent
The rise and fall of office-sharing company WeWork has been turned into a TV series with Oscar winners Anne Hathaway and Jared Leto at the helm. “WeCrashed,” an eight-part limited series about founders Rebekah and Adam Neumann, will begin streaming on Apple TV+ on Friday. The show details the couple’s love story, successes and mistakes.
Jussie Smollett will be released from prison as he appeals his conviction
An Illinois appeals court on Wednesday ordered actor Jussie Smollett released from prison as the former ‘Empire’ TV star is appealing his conviction for staging a hate crime against him -same. The 2-1 ruling by a three-judge panel noted Smollett’s conviction was for a nonviolent offense and said he could be released after posting $150,000 bond. It was unclear when Smollett might be released.
Amazon.com reaches agreement to buy MGM film studio
Amazon.com Inc announced Thursday that it has completed its $8.5 billion deal to buy MGM, combining the legendary filmmaker behind ‘Rocky’ and James Bond with the online retail giant as it seeks to attract consumers through more streaming videos. In a statement, Amazon said it would welcome all MGM employees back to the company and work with studio management, saying there would be no layoffs. Its decision to close comes after a deadline for the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to challenge the deal expired.
Marvel’s ‘Moon Knight’ puts the emotional struggle at its heart
Hollywood star Oscar Isaac tackles multiple roles and dons a cape and English accent in “Moon Knight,” the latest superhero series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Based on a lesser-known Marvel hero, the new Disney+ show sees Isaac portraying “at least four” personalities.
Cineworld Puts Hope On More Blockbusters In 2022 As Debt Pile Grows
Cineworld said it was confident on Thursday that a meatier slate of films in 2022 would help the British cinema chain rebound from a two-year lull, although its growing debt load remains a challenge. The world’s second-largest movie theater chain with more than 9,000 screens worldwide, Cineworld said its 2021 losses narrowed to $708 million from around $3 billion in 2020, thanks in part to the blockbuster movie. Marvel superhero “Spider-Man: No Way Home”.
(With agency contributions.)