Here is a summary of the current entertainment briefs.
Spielberg brings long-standing fandom to reinvented ‘West Side Story’
Steven Spielberg has been remaking the classic musical “West Side Story” in his head for decades, but says finally meeting it was his riskiest challenge in a career that has spanned 50 years. Half a century after the musical written by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim won 10 Oscars, Spielberg has reimagined the love story between rival street gangs for a new generation, but with the respect of a true fan.
‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Early Ticket Sale Breaks ODEON Records
London-based ODEON Cinemas said on Monday it sold more than 200,000 advance tickets for the Marvel superhero film “Spider-Man: No Way Home” in the first week, breaking a record held by “Avengers: Endgame” and indicating a good appetite for movies this holiday season despite Omicron’s concerns. ODEON, owned by the world’s largest movie chain AMC Entertainment, said ticket sales for the film, starring Tom Holland as the friendly neighborhood hero, were three times those of “James Bond – No Time to Die “recently released.
Disney’s ‘Encanto’ leads another quiet weekend at the box office
Without any new releases to pose a threat, Disney’s animated musical fable “Encanto” once again nabbed No. 1 at the domestic box office. During its second weekend of release, “Encanto” raised $ 12.38 million at 3,980 locations in the United States and Canada. That marks a 54% drop from its debut and brings the film’s two-week total to $ 57.6 million nationally.
Actor Tom Holland says he will play Fred Astaire in new biopic
British actor Tom Holland has said he will play legendary movie star Fred Astaire in an upcoming Sony biopic, best remembered for dancing and singing with Ginger Rogers in several musicals, including “Top Hat” and “Swing Time”. Known as one of the greatest dancers of all time, Astaire has had a seven-decade film and stage career on Broadway and the West End.
Oscar winners reunite for climate warning comedy “Don’t Look Up”
Director Adam McKay has assembled a star-studded cast of Oscar winners to deliver a humorous warning about climate change in the new movie “Don’t Look Up.” In the Netflix film, Oscar winners Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio play two astronomers who set out to warn the world of an approaching comet poised to destroy the planet. But the message is falling on deaf ears, starting with Meryl Streep’s president, Janie Orlean.
Weeping reunions, music returns and pop freedom: 2021 showbiz stories
From the return of the cinema’s favorite spy to the “Friends” reunion, an array of stories have dominated the entertainment headlines this year. Below are some of the biggest stories. * After several delays, the release of the James Bond film “No Time To Die” has given cinemas affected by the pandemic a much needed boost.
Polish opera star’s Met performance broadcast live in cinemas around the world
Polish opera star Jakub Jozef Orlinski’s first performance at New York’s Metropolitan Opera in “Eurydice” in November was broadcast live in theaters around the world on Saturday. Orlinski, 30, who studied and lived in Manhattan while attending the Juilliard School for the arts, said being in the city as an artist was a new experience.
Back to tradition: Biden celebrates Bette Midler and Joni Mitchell at Kennedy Center Honors
President Joe Biden on Sunday celebrated performers such as Bette Midler, Joni Mitchell and Lorne Michaels at the Kennedy Center Honors, bringing presidential attendance back to an annual event that Republican Donald Trump overlooks. Singer Justino Díaz and Motown founder Berry Gordy rounded out the Kennedy Center-selected group of artists for top honors this year in a show that had been rocked by pandemic politics and restrictions. of COVID-19.
Ghetts, Dave and Little Simz win MOBO Awards in Great Britain
Rappers Ghetts, Little Simz and Dave triumphed at this year’s UK MOBO Awards, which returned with their first show in four years. Held in the UK city of Coventry on Sunday night, the MOBOs, which honor Music of Black Origin, saw London-born Dave win Album of the Year for his # 1 album “We’re All Alone In This Together “.
(With contributions from agencies.)