Entertainment News Summary: ‘Vape’ Is the Word: US Judge Allows ‘Grease’ Parody; Claire Danes Digs into Mystical Mystery in ‘The Essex Serpent’ and More

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‘Vape’ is the word: US judge allows parody of ‘Grease’

A U.S. judge ruled Thursday that “Vape: The Musical,” which mocks the 1978 hit movie “Grease,” constitutes fair use and does not infringe the rights of “Grease” copyright holders. Manhattan Federal Court Chief Judge Laura Taylor Swain says Sketchworks Industrial Strength Comedy, the Atlanta troupe that created “Vape,” transformed “Grease” by updating it for the #MeToo era and exposing his misogynistic tendencies.

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.

Abbey Road Studios honors music photography with inaugural awards

London’s Abbey Road Studios are holding their first music photography awards this weekend, shining the spotlight on a category they believe deserves recognition. From live shots to intimate portraits, the May 14 awards, described as the first to celebrate the art of music photography, will pay tribute to emerging and established photographers.

Ukrainian orchestra Kalush seeks to boost morale at Eurovision

Kalush Orchestra aims to “lift the spirits” of their fellow Ukrainians by riding a wave of public support to win the Eurovision Song Contest in the Italian city of Turin on Saturday night. Their entry “Stefania”, sung in Ukrainian, fuses rap with traditional folk music and is a tribute to frontman Oleh Psiuk’s mother.

Movie critics rave about Tom Cruise’s return in ‘Top Gun’ sequel

It took 36 years for Tom Cruise to return to the danger zone, and movie critics said Thursday it was worth the wait to see “Top Gun” on the big screen again. The sequel to the 1986 blockbuster, titled “Top Gun: Maverick”, has a positive rating of 96% from 76 reviews collected on the Rotten Tomatoes website.

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 on sale, will be available while supplies last, Apple said in a blog post 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.

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