Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.
South Korean retail investors bid over $50 billion to win coveted shares in BTS label
South Korean retail investors ponied up over $50 billion as they sought to lay their hands on shares in Big Hit Entertainment, the management label of K-pop sensation BTS – more than 600 times the value of shares on offer. The combined 58.4 trillion won ($50.3 billion) in orders fell just shy of a record 58.55 trillion won in bids for the retail portion of Kakao Games’ listing in September.
Singer Johnny Nash dead at 80, U.S. media report
American singer Johnny Nash, known for the 1970s reggae hit “I Can See Clearly Now,” has died at the age of 80, his son told celebrity website TMZ and a Los Angeles TV station. Nash died on Tuesday of natural causes, his son, John Nash III, told TMZ.
Netflix faces indictment in Texas over controversial French film ‘Cuties’
Netflix Inc is facing a criminal charge in a Texas county for promoting lewd visuals of a child in the French film “Cuties”, according to a statement from Tyler county’s district attorney’s office on Tuesday. The document, filed on Sept. 23, said Netflix promoted material in the film that depicts lewd exhibition of the pubic area of a clothed or partially clothed child who was younger than 18 years of age which appeals to the prurient interest in sex.
‘Jurassic World’ sequel delayed by a year in pandemic movie shuffle
Comcast Corp’s Universal Pictures has delayed the release of “Jurassic World: Dominion” by one year until June 2022, the studio said on Tuesday. The new installment in one of cinema’s biggest franchises is the latest movie to be postponed amid the global coronavirus pandemic.
Led Zeppelin emerges victor in ‘Stairway to Heaven’ plagiarism case
British rock band Led Zeppelin on Monday effectively won a long-running legal battle over claims it stole the opening guitar riff from its signature 1971 song “Stairway to Heaven.” The band, one of the best-selling rock acts of all time, was handed victory after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up the case, meaning that a March 2020 decision by a U.S. appeals court in Led Zeppelin’s favor will stand.
AMC Entertainment to keep most theaters open
AMC Entertainment, the largest theater chain in the world, said on Tuesday most of its theaters in the United States and Europe would remain open, with several movie releases lined up for October and November. The move comes a day after rival Cineworld, the world’s second-biggest cinema operator, said it would close all its screens in the U.S. and Britain after studios delayed major releases such as the latest James Bond film.
Warner Bros delays ‘Dune’, ‘The Batman’ movies
AT&T Inc’s Warner Bros said it is delaying the release of “Dune” and “The Batman” movies, another setback for the entertainment industry hit by COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns and social distancing measures that have closed theaters worldwide. The movie industry received a jolt on Monday when Cineworld , the world’s second-biggest cinema chain, said it would close its UK and U.S. movie theaters, blaming the reluctance of studios to go ahead with major releases for the decision.
Alec Baldwin defends Trump satire on ‘SNL’ while president hospitalized
Alec Baldwin defended his impersonation of Donald Trump on television’s “Saturday Night Live” sketch show while the U.S. President was hospitalized with COVID-19, saying he wouldn’t have done so had Trump been “truly, gravely ill.” Baldwin said the producers and the NBC network “don’t want to sink the ship. So if there was ever the suggestion that Trump was truly, gravely ill … really in trouble, then I would bet you everything I have that we wouldn’t even get near that in terms of the content of the show,” Baldwin said in an Instagram video on Sunday night in response to criticism on social media.
Absent with leave: calls grow for BTS members to postpone or skip military service
Calls are mounting within South Korea for members of megaband BTS to be granted alternatives or delays to mandatory military service, with some lawmakers and fans arguing they are doing plenty for their country without wearing a soldier’s uniform. By law, all able-bodied men in South Korea aged between 18 and 28 must serve in the military for roughly two years as part of the country’s defences against North Korea.
Eddie Van Halen dies at 65, guitar virtuoso ruled ’70s, ’80s rock
Eddie Van Halen, the pioneering guitar player whose hard-rocking band emerged from the Sunset Strip music scene in Los Angeles in the early 1970s to stand at the top of rock ‘n’ roll for a decade, died of cancer on Tuesday. He was 65. Van Halen’s death was announced by his 29-year-old son, Wolfgang, a bass player who joined the band, best known for songs like “Jump” and “Ain’t Talkin ‘Bout Love,” in later years.