Below is a summary of the latest entertainment news.
Chris Rock becomes the first comedian to appear live on Netflix
Netflix Inc said Thursday that comedian Chris Rock will be the first artist to perform live on the streaming platform. Netflix plans to roll out more live-streaming options soon, starting with unscripted series and stand-up specials. Rock’s live performance is the first to be revealed by the entertainment service.
The disgraced former British Health Secretary seeks redemption in the reality TV jungle
The only vote Britain’s humiliated former Health Secretary is likely to win these days is the repulsive nomination to win food on a reality TV show set in the Australian jungle. Matt Hancock, who quit government after violating his own COVID-19 distancing rules when he was caught kissing an aide, is a contestant on “I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!” — at in which the participants are subjected to experiments with spiders and snakes and the consumption of kangaroo testicles.
From prison to battling depression, rapper Fat Joe shares new memoir
Recording artist Fat Joe shares the ups and downs of his life in his new book, The Book of Jose: A Memoir. Born Joseph Cartagena, the rapper began his career in the early 1990s and achieved success with numerous hits including “Lean Back”, “What’s Luv?” and “All the way up”.
Alec Baldwin files lawsuit over fatal ‘Rust’ shooting
Actor Alec Baldwin on Friday filed a lawsuit against the gunsmith and three other crew members over the deadly shooting on the set of western film Rust, in which a gun Baldwin used during rehearsal killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. Baldwin’s lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court as a counterclaim stemming from a previous lawsuit in which another crew member named Baldwin and the others as defendants.
Stories of trauma and resilience in the spotlight at a Palestinian film festival
The fate of a Palestinian girl forced into exile during Israel’s 1948 founding war is unknown. But her story was brought to life in a film about her experiences, which hit the big screen at this year’s Palestine Cinema Days. Hundreds of viewers flocked to the West Bank city of Ramallah on Monday for the closing ceremony to see “Farha,” a coming-of-age film inspired by true events from the conflict more than 70 years ago.
Disney plans to freeze the hiring and cut some jobs, memos show
According to a Reuters memo on Friday, Walt Disney Co plans to freeze hiring and cut some jobs to bring the Disney+ streaming service to profitability amid economic uncertainty. Chief Executive Bob Chapek sent the memo to Disney executives, saying the company is implementing a targeted hiring freeze and expecting “some small staff cuts” to control costs.
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