Following is a abstract of present leisure information briefs.
Whereas accepting her award for a best-supporting actress at Sunday’s Academy Awards, South Korean movie icon Youn Yuh-jung joked that her win might have been the results of American hospitality for a Korean actor. If that’s the case, it was the hospitality that had by no means been prolonged earlier than. Youn’s Oscar win for her position in “Minari” was a historic first for any Korean performer, a yr after the South Korean-produced “Parasite” was lauded for “breaking the language barrier” when it turned the primary non-English language movie to win Finest Image.
Pandemic-constrained Oscars function extra oratory, much less music, comedy
The Oscars telecast on Sunday, stripped to its naked necessities by constraints of the COVID-19 pandemic, exhibited a feel and appear like no others – devoid of the standard comedy and musical performances however chock stuffed with prolonged oratory from the winners. Because the producers had promised, the 93rd annual Academy Awards ceremony marked a dramatic departure from televised Oscar shows of the previous, with no opening monologue, no dwell orchestra or any of the glitzy song-and-dance numbers that sometimes fill the present.
Amanda Seyfried, James Norton face ghosts and marriage disaster in new horror
Amanda Seyfried and James Norton play a younger couple whose marriage and life unravel after they transfer to a haunted home in upstate New York within the supernatural thriller “Issues Heard & Seen”. Based mostly on Elizabeth Brundage’s novel “All Issues Stop to Seem”, the Netflix movie tells the story of Catherine and George Claire, who go away Manhattan for the tiny city of Chosen with their 4-year-old daughter after George is obtainable a educating job at a close-by school.
Downtown Music sells a catalog of 145,000 songs to Concord for $400 million, sources say
New York-based Downtown Music Holdings is promoting a 145,000-song catalog to music rights firm Concord Music for about $400 million, two sources near the matter stated on Tuesday. The talks to amass the music copyright to songs together with some carried out by the likes of Adele, Aretha Franklin, Beyonce, David Bowie, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, and Marvin Gaye, started in January, the sources added.
Spotify launches podcast subscription platform to problem Apple
Spotify launched on Tuesday a paid subscription platform for podcasters within the United States and plans to broaden in different areas within the coming months, every week after Apple unveiled the same service. A podcaster may mark episodes as subscriber-only and publish them on Spotify and different podcast listening platforms, the corporate stated in a press release.
Closing TV rankings for Oscars inch as much as 10.4 million viewers
The Oscars telecast on Walt Disney Co’s ABC broadcast community averaged 10.4 million viewers, lower than half of the viewers for final yr’s ceremony, based on remaining Nielsen information launched on Tuesday. The determine marks a file low for the movie business’s highest honors, falling 56% from the 23.6 million who tuned in final yr. It follows a pattern for pandemic-era dwell awards reveals after audiences for the latest Emmys and Grammys additionally slumped to new lows.
Netflix joins digital YouTuber increase
Netflix has joined Japan’s booming digital Youtuber – or VTuber – scene with the launch of an animated character to advertise its rising anime streaming providing. N-ko, a “sheep-human lifeform”, is Netflix’s try and faucet into the attraction of VTubers – characters animated by movement seize that has constructed a loyal viewers on YouTube in Japan by singing, dancing, and interacting with followers.
Britney Spears to talk on to LA court docket on her conservatorship
Popstar Britney Spears will personally deal with the Los Angeles court docket coping with her long-running conservatorship in June, a decide agreed on Tuesday. Spears, 39, has been underneath conservatorship since 2008, however not often takes half in court docket hearings and has not publicly commented on the authorized association the place a court-appointed adviser controls her private and monetary affairs, together with her medical therapy, safety and profession.
MultiChoice’s Showmax invests in African content material for development
MultiChoice’s on-line streaming platform Showmax is investing in producing its personal native content material for African audiences because it competes for his or her consideration towards Netflix on the continent, a senior govt informed Reuters. MultiChoice is Africa’s largest pay-TV group, obtainable in 50 African nations. Its streaming service Showmax, launched in 2015, is out there in 46 African nations and likewise in a number of Western nations, together with Britain and France, which have sizeable African diaspora populations.
Reinvented Oscars palms ‘Nomadland’ win on diversity-packed night time
“Nomadland,” the story of van dwellers in America, gained one of the best image Oscar and two different Academy Awards on a triumphant night time for ladies that additionally noticed a return to Hollywood glamour after a protracted pandemic shutdown. In a significant upset, Britain’s Anthony Hopkins gained one of the best actor trophy for his position as a person battling dementia in “The Father.” The Oscar had been extensively anticipated to go to the late Chadwick Boseman for his remaining movie, “Ma Rainey’s Black Backside.”
(With inputs from businesses.)