Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.
U.S. lawmakers quiz Disney CEO over Xinjiang connection to ‘Mulan’
A group of bipartisan U.S. lawmakers urged Walt Disney Co CEO Bob Chapek to explain the company’s connection with “security and propaganda” authorities of China’s Xinjiang region during the production of live-action war epic “Mulan” . Disney’s $200 million live-action remake of its animated classic about a female warrior in ancient China has run into controversy for being partly filmed in the Xinjiang region, where China’s clampdown on ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims has been criticized by some governments, including the United States, and human rights groups.
The Rolling Stones become first band to top UK album charts over six different decades
Veteran rockers The Rolling Stones topped the British album charts once again on Friday, creating history by becoming the first band to score a number one album across six different decades, the Official Charts Company said. The band, who first began performing in 1962, went straight to the top spot with a remastered version of their “Goats Head Soup” album, which was originally released in 1973 when it also reached number one.
Hungarian orchestra conductor invents music-enhancing face mask
When he saw a sea of face masks around Budapest, Hungarian orchestra conductor Ivan Fischer had an idea; turn an unpopular pandemic necessity into a tool of music appreciation. Fischer’s music-enhancing face mask has two plastic cups shaped liked life-size palms attached to the mask’s strings and designed to fit around the wearer’s ears, allowing concertgoers in the age of coronavirus to enjoy improved acoustics. ‘He changed the way we live’:
British designer Terence Conran dies at 88
Terence Conran, a renowned designer and restaurateur credited with modernising British retail and decor, has died aged 88, his family said on Saturday. Conran made his name in the 1960s with the Habitat home-furnishing store, known for its contemporary pine furniture, brightly coloured fabrics and tasteful kitchenware which proved a big hit with the public.
‘Wonder Woman’ movie sequel delayed two months to December
The Warner Bros movie studio on Friday postponed the debut of superhero sequel “Wonder Woman 1984” until Christmas Day as many theaters remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The film starring Gal Gadot had been scheduled for release in cinemas on Oct. 2 but will now debut on Dec. 25. It was the next big-budget Hollywood movie slated for theaters.
Disney’s ‘Mulan’ battles mixed reviews and media muzzle at Chinese launch
Walt Disney Co’s live-action war epic “Mulan” opened to a lukewarm reception in China on Friday as it battled with mixed reviews, COVID-19 curbs on cinemas and a government ban on major media coverage amid international calls for a boycott. The film, based on a Chinese folk story, had taken in 46 million yuan ($6.73 million) at the box office by 8 p.m. local time (1200 GMT), according to online ticketing platform Maoyan – a slow start compared with other blockbusters.
‘Nomadland’ wins top prize at masked and distanced Venice film festival
“Nomadland” , a U.S. movie about a community of van dwellers traversing the vast American West, won the Golden Lion award for best film at the Venice film festival on Saturday. The film, by U.S.-based Chinese director Chloe Zhao, stars Frances McDormand as a widow in her 60s in a depressed Nevada mining town who turns her van into a mobile home and sets out on the road, taking on seasonal jobs along the way.
K-pop group BTS revels in a milestone but misses celebrating with fans
For K-pop superstars BTS, 2020 is turning out to be a good year, with the group becoming the first Korean act to debut at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart — if only they could celebrate with their fans. The group’s first English-language song, “Dynamite” logged nearly 34 million U.S. streams and 300,000 sales in its first week — the biggest digital sales week for any artist in nearly three years.
Biggie Smalls crown likely to fetch top dollar at Sotheby’s first-ever hip hop auction
It started out as just a plastic prop from a party shop but the gold-colored crown that American rapper Biggie Smalls wore on the last photoshoot before his death could fetch hundreds of thousands of dollars at Sotheby’s first-ever hip-hop auction. After highlighting sneakers and handbags in recent years, Sotheby’s in New York is dedicating its September auction to hip-hop culture, featuring some 120 lots that will include boomboxes, photos of Snoop Dogg, and Louis Vuitton luggage.
Rapper T.I. in $75,000 U.S. settlement over cryptocurrency offering
Grammy award-winning rapper Clifford Harris, known as T.I., agreed to pay a U.S. regulator $75,000 to settle charges that he broke securities laws by selling fraudulent crypto-currency investments, the agency said on Friday. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said it had charged the Atlanta rapper and actor along with four associates, including film producer Ryan Felton who it says controlled the companies FLiK and CoinSpark that conducted the initial coin offerings which T.I. promoted.