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Here we go again – ABBA reunites for their first new album in 40 years
Swedish supergroup ABBA on Thursday announced its first new album in four decades and said it will host a series of virtual concerts using digital avatars of themselves in London next year. Fans crowded in line to celebrate the long-awaited reunion of one of the world’s most successful bands. â2021 has been saved by new music from ABBA,â @ elliemiles23 said in a widely shared Twitter post.
Tom Cruise Films ‘Top Gun’, ‘Mission: Impossible’ Delayed Amid COVID Wave
Paramount Pictures has postponed the release of Tom Cruise’s films “Top Gun: Maverick” until May 2022 and “Mission: Impossible 7” until September 2022, a spokesperson for the studio ViacomCBS Inc said on Wednesday, as the COVID-19 infections are increasing. The sequel to âTop Gun,â which was repeatedly delayed during the pandemic, was scheduled to debut in theaters on November 19, just before Thanksgiving, to kick off the holiday movie season.
China represses showbiz for ‘polluting’ society and youth
China on Thursday ordered broadcasters to avoid artists with “incorrect political positions” and “effeminate” styles, and said a patriotic atmosphere must be cultivated, stepping up the crackdown on its burgeoning entertainment industry. After years of rampant growth in the world’s second-largest economy, regulators have tried to tighten control over Chinese society by tightening oversight over a wide range of industries ranging from technology to education and culture.
Move Clooney? Pitt lands lead role with Italian De ‘Longhi
Brad Pitt followed in the footsteps of his Hollywood friend and Nespresso star George Clooney on Thursday by becoming a brand ambassador for the De ‘Longhi coffee machine. The Italian home appliance company said it has launched a global campaign for its domestic espresso coffee machines with a video directed by La La Land director Damien Chazelle and featuring Oscar-winning actor Pitt.
Italian director Sorrentino turns the camera on his own family tragedy
Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino gets personal with “The Hand of God”, a film about his own coming of age in 1980s Naples after losing his parents as a teenager. Showing the film at the Venice Film Festival, Sorrentino said that at the age of 50 last year, he finally felt able to tell the story of his overcrowded and cheerful family and how his life had gone. devastated by the accidental death of her parents.
Back in the movies, Jane Campion says #MeToo was “like the end of apartheid”
Famous New Zealand director Jane Campion, back on the big screen after a 12-year hiatus, praised her fellow directors on a string of awards over the past year, saying the #MeToo movement was like “the end apartheid “for women. Campion, who presented his new film “The Power of The Dog” at the Venice Film Festival on Thursday, has pointed fingers at fellow Chloe Zhao – whose “Nomadland” won top prize in Venice last year and won three Oscars. – and Cannes this year winner Julia Ducournau.
“Our Mikis are gone”: the composer of “Zorba the Greek” Theodorakis dies at the age of 96
Composer Mikis Theodorakis, whose music crossed international borders in his captivating score for the film “?? Zorba the Greek”, died Thursday, plunging Greece into three days of mourning. A towering man with a brooding presence and a tuft of wavy hair, Theodorakis’ work evoked a progressive and democratic view of the world, though his political struggles reflected a darker side of Greece rarely seen by visitors.
Coronavirus vaccine team and Southgate win GQ Awards
Coronavirus vaccine developer Sarah Gilbert and England manager Gareth Southgate were among the winners of the GQ Men Of The Year Awards on Wednesday. The men’s fashion and style magazine named Oxford University Professor Gilbert, biologist Catherine Green and the team behind the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine as the Hero of the Year.
Angelina Jolie wants children to ‘fight back’ with new book on children’s rights
Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie says she hopes to give children around the world the tools to âfightâ for their rights with a book she wrote with Amnesty International. “Know your rights and claim them” – written with human rights lawyer Geraldine Van Bueren, one of the original drafters of the 1989 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child – aims to endow children with the knowledge to safely challenge injustices.
The stars return to the Venice red carpet at the opening of the film festival
Wearing a black and white Chanel gown, Oscar-winning actress Penelope Cruz led the return of movie stars to the red carpet of the Venice Film Festival on its opening night on Wednesday, as the cinema hopes to shake up the gloominess of the coronavirus pandemic. Unlike its rival Cannes, the oldest film festival in the world has not skipped the 2020 edition due to the health crisis, but it is only this year that celebrities are back in force on the verge of Lido water, as a sign of support for an industry hammered by confinement.
(With contributions from agencies.)