Entertainment News Roundup: Little Simz Wins Mercury Prize for Album Sometimes I Might Be Introvert; In an Indian village, residents use YouTube to fulfill their Bollywood dreams and more

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Little Simz wins the Mercury Prize for his album Sometimes I Might Be Introvert

Rapper Little Simz won the Mercury Prize for her fourth studio album Sometimes I Might Be Introvert on Tuesday, beating out the likes of Harry Styles and indie rock duo Wet Leg for the British Music Award. The 28-year-old, who was previously nominated for the album Gray Area in 2019, was among the favorites to scoop the award for her critically acclaimed album.

In an Indian village, residents use YouTube to fulfill their Bollywood dreams

A man in a black beanie and pink T-shirt sits on a bullock cart with a mound of grass behind him and plays a rhyme into a camera as he drives through the dusty streets of the Indian village of Tulsi. The hip-hop video is just one of many homegrown, Bollywood-inspired productions being created for the village’s flagship YouTube channel, which has nearly 120,000 subscribers and more than 200 videos uploaded.

One Minute With: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson on “Banshees of Inisherin”

Fourteen years after ‘In Bruges,’ filmmaker Martin McDonagh has reunited Irish actors Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson for male friendship and break-up comedy-drama The Banshees of Inisherin. Set and filmed on an island off the west coast of Ireland, The Banshees of Inisherin tells the story of great friends Padraic (Farrell) and Colm (Gleeson). However, Colm unexpectedly ends their friendship and issues an ultimatum should the former bother him.

Hollywood’s Anna May Wong becomes first Asian American with US currency

The US Mint will feature an Asian American on its currency for the first time when it issues a coin next week engraved with the image of actress Anna May Wong, who worked in Hollywood during an era of open racism and stereotypes. A quarter-dollar coin featuring a profile of Wong with her signature bangs and long fingernails will go into circulation Tuesday as part of the American Women’s Quarters Program, the US Mint said in a statement.

India’s leading multiplex chains are banking on the festive season to bring spirit back

A string of flop Bollywood films have hit India’s top cinemas hard, leaving the industry betting heavily on the ongoing festival quarter to revive its fortunes and good content for the lackluster second quarter performance, saying they are banking on the third quarter to get them back on the growth path.

Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson are honored as MusiCares Person of the Year

Motown icons Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson are being honored by the music industry in Los Angeles as the 2023 MusiCares People of the Year ahead of the annual Grammy Awards, the organization announced Thursday. MusiCares, which is dedicated to supporting the music community, said the music world will celebrate the legacy of both songwriters during their 32nd annual benefit gala.

Judi Dench says Netflix’s The Crown uses ‘raw sensationalism’

British actress Judi Dench has urged Netflix to add a disclaimer to royal drama The Crown, joining a chorus of voices criticizing the series’ fictional storylines. In a letter to The Times on Thursday, the 87-year veteran said as the award-winning show neared the present day, “the more freely it seems willing to blur the lines between historical accuracy and gross sensationalism.”

Dwayne Johnson calls the comic adaptation “Black Adam” his passion project

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stars in the anti-hero DC Comics film Black Adam, and he calls it his passion project. “This is right for me,” Johnson told Reuters. Although the ‘Red Notice’ actor has starred in a number of box office hits, he felt uncomfortable releasing this film as it represents a departure from his previous roles.

Filming of “Rust” will not return to New Mexico after filming is complete

When the western film Rust resumes filming, it won’t take place in New Mexico, the state where actor Alec Baldwin fatally shot the film’s cinematographer Halyna Hutchins in 2021, an attorney for the production company said Thursday. The announcement follows a civil settlement between Baldwin, the Rust producers and the von Hutchins family on October 5, stating that filming will resume in January with the same cast and director. Matthew Hutchins, Halyna’s husband, will serve as executive producer.

(With agency contributions.)

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