Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.
Samurai dance teacher moves online asbans foreign spectators
There was a time when Koshiro Minamoto had hoped to welcome foreign tourists during theby introducing them to the arts of the samurai from a classroom in central Tokyo. But when the 2020 Organising Committee decided last year that the Games would be postponed, and then last month that they would be held without overseas spectators, he was forced to scrap his plans.
Audio appfloats payments feature for creators
Audio-chat appsaid on Monday it will launch a monetization feature for its creators on the platform and that it will not receive any payment from it. Starting Monday, all users will be able to send payments through the platform, said. The feature to receive payments will initially be available only to a small test group, and later rolled out to other customers.
A Minute With: musician Jon Batiste on making ‘Soul’ and winning awards
American musician Jon Batiste says he was born to work on, a hit Pixar animation about a Black music teacher, which has already won him a Golden Globe. Along with fellow composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Batiste has also been nominated for an and BAFTA for the film’s score.
Prayer vigil called for rapper DMX outsidehospital
Fans of rapper DMX announced a prayer vigil to be held on Monday outside a suburbanhospital just days after reports the musician and actor suffered a heart attack during a drug overdose. “Prayer for DMX” was set for 5 p.m. EDT in front of , said supporters using the hashtag #PrayerForDMX.
Princeand Meghan’s first project to focus on Invictus Games
Britain’s Princeand his wife will produce their first Inc series that will focus on athletes competing in the for injured veterans in in 2022. will appear on camera in the documentary series called and serve as an executive producer through the couple’s , said in a statement on Tuesday.
From 007 to private detective, Danielsigns up for more ‘Knives Out’
Looks like Danielhas a new movie franchise after ending his role as Bond. is to star in two sequels to the 2019 crime caper that will stream on in a multi-million dollar deal.
‘Trial of Chicago 7,’score SAG wins ahead of Oscars
Courtroom drama “The Trial of the Chicago 7” and jazz period film “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” were the big winners at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards, one of the last major ceremonies before the Oscars. “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” set during aprotest in 1968, took the prize for best ensemble with a cast that includes , , Frank Langella and Mark Rylance.
Harveyappeals sexual assault conviction, seeks new trial
Formerproducer Harvey on Monday asked a state appeals court to throw out his conviction for sexual assault and rape and grant a new trial, saying the trial judge made several errors that denied him an impartial jury. , 69, was sentenced in March 2020 by Justice Burke of criminal court to 23 years in prison for assaulting former production assistant Mimi Haleyi and raping former aspiring actress Mann.
Box Office: ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ Sets Pandemic Record With $48.5 Million Debut
“Godzilla vs. Kong” muscled its way to a pandemic-era box office record, givingstudios and theater owners alike hope that people are ready to return to the movies after a year of watching at home. The tentpole, from and Legendary Entertainment, generated $32 million over the weekend and $48.5 million in its first five days of release. That’s easily the biggest debut since coronavirus hit. Prior to this weekend, “Wonder Woman 1984” had the biggest three-day start with $16.7 million, followed by “Tom and Jerry” with $14 million.
Nike wins halt to sales of Lil Nas X ‘Satan Shoes’
A federal judge on Thursday sided withInc in ordering a company to temporarily stop further sales of “Satan Shoes” it produced in collaboration with the rapper Lil Nas X. District Judge Eric Komitee in ruled three days after sued MSCHF Product Studio Inc, claiming that the black-and-red, devil-themed sneakers, which carry the “swoosh” logo, infringed its trademarks.
(With inputs from agencies.)