Entertainment news round-up: Biden administration reviews concert ticket, resort fees; Spotify criticizes Yes comments, keeps its music and more

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Biden administration reviews concert ticket, resort fees

US President Joe Biden said his administration is reviewing fees imposed on consumers across a range of sectors, including entertainment and travel, as regulators on Wednesday targeted overdrafts and other banking fees that he said cost customers would save more than $1 billion. Speaking to reporters at the White House, Biden said other federal agencies are looking into fees related to concert tickets and travel locations.

Spotify criticizes Yes comments, keeps its music

When companies around the world, including Adidas AG, cut ties with Kanye West, music streaming service Spotify Technology SA said it would not remove the rapper’s music unless his label asked for it. Music by the artist, now known as Ye, does not violate anti-hate policies, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek told Reuters.

Gunn, Safran appointed head of DC’s film and television studios

James Gunn and Peter Safran were named co-heads of Warner Bros Discovery’s DC studios on Tuesday to oversee film, television and animation projects featuring popular characters such as Wonder Woman, Batman and Superman. Gunn and Safran have brought heroes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the DC Universe to make films like Guardians of the Galaxy, Aquaman and The Suicide Squad.

New trial against Harvey Weinstein begins with drastic allegations

Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted young women hoping to make it in Hollywood, a Los Angeles prosecutor argued Monday, while the former producer’s attorney said his accusers willingly participated in a “casting couch” culture in order to boost their careers. Weinstein, the man who became the face of the #MeToo allegations five years ago, is currently serving a 23-year sentence for sex crimes in New York. He is now on trial in Los Angeles on 11 charges of rape and sexual assault and has pleaded not guilty.

British sci-fi series Doctor Who premieres worldwide on Disney+

The Walt Disney Co. streaming service, Disney+, announced on Tuesday that it would be streaming one of the BBC’s beloved shows, Doctor Who, exclusively to viewers outside of the UK and Ireland. The collaboration between the BBC and Disney Branded Television allows Disney to stream the British sci-fi series to viewers around the world, while the BBC will continue to stream it exclusively to British viewers.

The Ukrainian Oscar contender celebrates its premiere in Kyiv despite a power failure

Ukraine’s entry for next year’s Oscars, a drama about a family living in a squatted village in eastern Ukraine, premiered in a packed Kiev cinema despite fears of power outages and air sirens as Russia’s war entered its ninth month goes. Many uniformed Ukrainian soldiers were among the 400 or so spectators at the screening of Klondike, which tells the story of Ira, a pregnant Ukrainian woman who refuses to flee her village when it was taken by Russian-backed armed separatists in 2014.

Boxer Tyson Fury releases ‘Sweet Caroline’ remake for charity

WBC Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury swaps his boxing gloves for a microphone for charity with the release of his debut single, a remake of Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline”. The 34-year-old British boxer, who has previously sung for crowds at matches and dueled with Robbie Williams, will release the track, a crowd favorite at sporting events, on November 11 in aid of the men’s charity Talk Club.

(With agency contributions.)


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