Entertainment News Roundup: Actress Betty White’s personal effects will go under the hammer; “The Northman” aims to tell the Viking story with precision and action and more

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Outgoing WarnerMedia CEO Kilar sees Hollywood’s future in blockchain

WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar says the future of Hollywood is in the blockchain as he prepares to leave the media company he helped lead into the age of streaming. Kilar said he sees new opportunities at the intersection of storytelling and technology, though he declined to discuss his next pursuit.

‘The Northman’ aims to tell the Viking story with precision and action

Filmmaker Robert Eggers says his star-studded new revenge epic “The Northman” is both a great popcorn flick and a truthful depiction of Viking culture and mythology. Set in 895, the film stars Alexander Skarsgard as the Viking prince Amleth, who flees his home in the North Atlantic after his uncle (Claes Bang) brutally kills his father, King Aurvandil (Ethan Hawke). .

The personal effects of actress Betty White will go under the hammer

Personal items that once belonged to iconic comedic actress Betty White, including a gold watch from her mother, are set to go up for auction in September. Awards, paintings, scripts, jewelry and red carpet outfits from the homes of “The Golden Girls” actress were on display at Julien’s auction in Beverly Hills on Tuesday.

Batiste wins album honor, Zelenskiy appeals to Grammys

Multi-genre artist Jon Batiste won album of the year and R&B duo Silk Sonic picked up two top honors on Sunday at a Grammy Awards ceremony that featured a surprise plea for support from the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in wartime. Batiste, who fronts the band on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” picked up five awards in total, including the biggest prize of the night for “We Are,” a jazz album inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.

Rock On: Misfit Teens Go Heavy In ‘Metal Lords’ Movie

Two misfits attempt to start a heavy metal band at their high school in the new Netflix movie “Metal Lords,” a coming-of-age comedy inspired by teenager DB Weiss’ own musical experiences. “Knives Out” actor Jaeden Martell plays college student Kevin, who wants to please his best friend Hunter, a hardcore metal fan determined to win the Battle of the Bands contest with their band Skullf*cker.

Rock n’ roll singer Bobby Rydell dies aged 79

Rock n’ roll singer and actor Bobby Rydell, a 1950s and 1960s teen idol who starred in the hit musical ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ and recorded dozens of hits, has died in Pennsylvania, according to his site. Internet. He was 79 years old. Rydell died Tuesday from complications of pneumonia unrelated to Covid-19 at a hospital in Abington, according to a statement posted on his website.

New Batman Story Coming to Spotify Podcasts in May, in 9 Languages

Spotify’s fictional podcast series about Batman’s alter-ego Bruce Wayne will debut globally in May with local adaptations in nine countries, including India, Brazil and Japan, the company announced on Tuesday. society. The podcast follows the movie “The Batman,” which hit theaters in March and sold nearly $712 million in tickets worldwide.

Sheeran slams ‘baseless’ lawsuits after ‘Shape Of You’ win

British singer Ed Sheeran has said baseless copyright claims are hurting the music industry after winning a case in London’s High Court on Wednesday over whether a chorus from his 2017 mega-hit ‘Shape Of You” had been removed from another artist. Sheeran had been embroiled in a legal battle with grime artist Sami Chokri, who plays Sami Switch, and music producer Ross O’Donoghue, who argued the hook to “Shape of You” was copied from their 2015 song “Oh Why”.

Film academy advances Will Smith slap discussion to Friday

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has moved its meeting forward to discuss possible sanctions against Best Actor winner Will Smith for slapping presenter Chris Rock until Friday, according to a letter from the group’s president. The organization’s board of directors, the group that awards the Oscars, was previously scheduled to discuss the incident on April 18 at last month’s Oscars ceremony.

(With agency contributions.)