Entertainment – International

Reliance, Disney announce giant India media merger

MUMBAI, Feb 29, 2024 (AFP) – India’s Reliance Industries and Walt Disney have agreed to merge their Indian media businesses, creating a $8.5 billion entertainment giant in the world’s most populous nation. India’s entertainment market is already one of the world’s biggest, with the merger expected to further shake up the multi-billion-dollar industry. The two companies had signed “binding definitive agreements” to form a joint venture that will combine the businesses of Reliance-backed Viacom18 and […]

Shock as Warner Bros Discovery shutters major N.Zealand news outlet

WELLINGTON, Feb 28, 2024 (AFP) – US entertainment giant Warner Bros Discovery announced plans to shutter major New Zealand news outlet Newshub Wednesday, in what the deputy prime minister called a “disaster for this country’s democracy”. Citing cratering advertising revenues, the US firm said it was closing “all Newshub’s multi-platform news operations” in June, with a reported loss of about 300 jobs. The announcement effectively spreads the impact of massive recent US media cost-cutting beyond […]

Pop star’s dad in assault claim: Photographer alleges attack after Swift concert

Australian police are investigating claims Taylor Swift’s dad assaulted a photographer when the star and her entourage were disembarking a superyacht in the early hours of Tuesday morning. “Police have been told a 71-year-old man allegedly assaulted a 51-year-old man at Neutral Bay Wharf about 2:30 am, before leaving the location,” police spokeswoman Alicia McCumstie told AFP. “The younger man reported the incident and inquiries are now under way by officers attached to North Shore […]

Baldwin blamed for “Rust” shooting in defense of armorer on trial

By Andrew MARSZAL SANTA FE, United States, Feb 23, 2024 (AFP) – Lawyers blamed Alec Baldwin for the fatal shooting on the set of Western film “Rust” in opening statements Thursday, as they defended the movie’s armorer from prosecutors’ allegations she was “unprofessional and sloppy.” Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins died from her injuries after being hit by a live round fired from a gun Baldwin was holding during a rehearsal in New Mexico in 2021. Baldwin, […]

BAFTA: “Oppenheimer” dominates with seven wins, including Best Film & Director

By Clara LALANNE, James PHEBY LONDON, Feb 18, 2024 (AFP) – “Oppenheimer”, Christopher Nolan’s epic movie about the creation of the atomic bomb, swept the board at Sunday’s BAFTA film awards in London, delivering a serious statement ahead of next month’s Oscars. The movie earned seven awards in total, including best film, best director for Nolan, best actor for Cillian Murphy and best supporting actor for Robert Downey Jr. Im the film, Murphy plays J. […]

Tom Holland’s ‘Avengers’ bonus sent to… actor Tom Hollander

LOS ANGELES, Jan 25, 2024 (AFP) – British actor and “White Lotus” villain Tom Hollander often gets mistaken for “Spiderman” star Tom Holland, but occasionally it works in his favor — like when he got the payslip for the other man’s seven-figure film bonus. Hollander, who also had turns in “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Pride and Prejudice,” at one time shared an agent with the younger Marvel star.   This week, the 56-year-old told […]

‘Oppenheimer’ tops Oscar nominations with 13

By Paula Ramon and Andrew Marszal in Park City, Utah LOS ANGELES, Jan 23, 2024 (AFP) – “Oppenheimer” — Christopher Nolan’s masterly portrait of the father of the atomic bomb — dominated the Oscar nominations Tuesday, earning an impressive 13 nods including for best picture. It was followed by “Poor Things,” a female-focused take on the Frankenstein myth, on 11, and Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon” on 10, in the race for Hollywood’s […]

Schwarzenegger watch fetches $290,000

VIENNA, Jan 19, 2024 (AFP) – The Swiss watch that got Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger in trouble with German custom officials has been sold for 270,000 euros ($290,000), the actor’s charity said Friday. The action hero-turned-environmental campaigner was held at Munich airport Wednesday for failing to declare the bespoke Audemars Piguet timepiece that was being auctioned for his climate charity. Schwarzenegger called his brush with the law a “wild experience” at the charity dinner Thursday […]

Arnold Schwarzenegger held over luxury watch at Munich airport

MUNICH, Germany, Jan 17, 2024 (AFP) – Hollywood action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger was held at Munich airport on Wednesday for failing to declare an expensive watch, a customs spokesman told AFP. The Austrian-born actor and former governor of California, 76, was detained in the customs area on Wednesday afternoon after arriving from the United States, spokesman Thomas Meister said. Schwarzenegger was expected to be able to continue his journey later in the day but “the […]

‘Oppenheimer’ tops Golden Globes on bittersweet night for ‘Barbie’

By Andrew MARSZAL LOS ANGELES, Jan 8, 2024 (AFP) – “Oppenheimer,” Christopher Nolan’s drama about the inventor of the atomic bomb, topped the Golden Globes on Sunday — but its fellow summer smash hit “Barbie” missed out on best comedy film honors to “Poor Things.” “Oppenheimer” took five prizes including best drama, best director for Nolan, best score, as well as acting trophies for Cillian Murphy and Robert Downey Jr. Nolan told journalists backstage he […]

‘Starsky & Hutch’ star David Soul dies aged 80

LONDON, Jan 5, 2024 (AFP) – US-born actor and singer David Soul, a beloved 1970s icon for his role as Detective Kenneth “Hutch” Hutchinson in the classic TV series “Starsky & Hutch”, has died aged 80, his family announced Friday. UK-based Soul, whose decades-spanning career included work as a director, producer and singer-songwriter, died Thursday “after a valiant battle for life in the loving company of family”, his British wife Helen Snell said. “He shared […]

Legal battles loom as first Mickey Mouse copyright ends

By Andrew MARSZAL LOS ANGELES, Dec 29, 2023 (AFP) – Almost a century after his big-screen debut, Mickey Mouse enters the public domain Monday, opening the floodgates to potential remakes, spin-offs, adaptations… and legal battles with Disney. The copyright on “Steamboat Willie” — a short, black-and-white 1928 animation that first introduced audiences to the mischievous rodent who would become emblematic of American pop culture — expires after 95 years, on January 1, under US law. […]