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Elton John concludes the US leg of the farewell tour with a starry show at Dodger Stadium
Elton John gave his final North American concert of his farewell tour with a star-studded show at Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium on Sunday. The ‘Tiny Dancer’ and ‘Rocket Man’ hitmaker played three shows at the stadium in the past few days, returning to where he appeared in a sequined baseball uniform at the height of his fame in 1975.
Voting for the Eurovision Song Contest is to be opened to non-participating countries
Viewers from countries not taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest will be able to vote for their favorite act next year for the first time in the history of the competition, the organizer announced on Tuesday. The new “Rest of the World” poll is intended to strengthen the power of the audience to influence results and recognize the global reach of the competition, which attracted more than 160 million TV viewers last year.
The new Avatar movie gets a rare release in China
The long-awaited sequel to James Cameron’s blockbuster Avatar will be released in cinemas in mainland China on December 16, 20th Century Studios announced on its official Weibo account on Wednesday. Avatar: The Way of Water is one of the few foreign films to gain access to the Chinese market in recent months, including the latest film in the Minions franchise and Sony Pictures’ Where the Crawdads Sing.
Taylor Swift dominates again at the American Music Awards
Superstar singer-songwriter Taylor Swift won all six trophies she competed for at Sunday’s American Music Awards, including the night’s grand prize: Female Artist of the Year. The new AMA awards pushed Swift’s lifetime to 40 and broke her own record for most wins at the world’s largest fan-voted awards ceremony.
China resumes streaming South Korean content after six-year ban
A Chinese streaming platform has resumed distribution of South Korean content after suspending it for nearly six years, South Korean officials said Tuesday, in what Seoul called a sign of Beijing’s willingness to improve ties. China’s streaming site Tencent began distributing a film by South Korean director Hong Sang-soo, Hotel by the River, earlier this month, they said, as the first such step after Beijing banned K-pop imports amid tensions over THAAD US had effectively banned missile defense system deployed in South Korea.
“Good Night Oppy” on NASA’s Rover Mission Might Make You Cry
When “Good Night Oppy,” which follows NASA’s Opportunity and Spirit rovers before and after they land on Mars, was unveiled at a film festival in September, the documentary had an unexpected effect on audiences: they cried. “It’s funny because I promise you we didn’t have any conversations in the editing room about how we were going to make people cry,” director Ryan White told Reuters.
Cuba’s Pablo Milanes, songwriter and social crusader, dies aged 79
Pablo Milanes, a Cuban singer-songwriter and one of the founders of the “Nueva Trova” music movement that emerged after Fidel Castro’s 1959 revolution, died early Tuesday in Spain at the age of 79, according to the artist’s official Facebook page. Milanes was hospitalized after suffering infections related to an immune disorder that forced him to seek medical treatment and settle in Madrid as of 2017.
At Disney, Iger faces the succession issue he helped create
Walt Disney Co.’s Bob Iger is once again being asked to name his successor as chief executive — one of his biggest failures in his first breakthrough as the company’s CEO, say people who have worked with him and pundits. Iger is credited with transforming Disney into a modern media company and acquiring well-known entertainment brands like Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars, which would serve as a beacon for consumers as they navigate a crowded entertainment landscape.
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