Entertainment News Roundup: Amazon.com Reaches Deal to Buy MGM Film Studio; Marvel’s ‘Moon Knight’ Puts Emotional Struggle at the Heart of Wrestling and More

Below is a summary of the entertainment news briefs.

Bollywood thriller stars child with cerebral palsy in rare sign of inclusivity

Upcoming Bollywood thriller drama ‘Jalsa’ features the role of a child with cerebral palsy played by an actor with the same disability, in what the film’s director and cast called a rare sign of inclusivity in the most major film industry in the world. Starring Vidya Balan and Shefali Shah, two of Bollywood’s most admired actors, “Jalsa” (Celebration) revolves around a road accident where a driver hits a girl and flees. Surya Kasibhatla, a 10-year-old Texas Indian with cerebral palsy, plays Balan’s son.

The second Oscar nomination eased Italian director Sorrentino’s insecurities

For Italian director Paolo Sorrentino, scoring the second Oscar nomination of his career this year has helped ease some of his lingering insecurities as a filmmaker. “It makes me really happy and proud,” Sorrentino, whose film “The Hand of God” is up for best international feature film at this month’s Oscars, said in an interview. “If the first time could be attributed to chance, the second proves that we have done a good job over the years.”

Universal Music Label Acquires Ape NFT to Lead Virtual Music Band

Universal Music Group is capitalizing on the popularity of non-fungible tokens by acquiring one of the cartoon monkeys that have taken the world of digital collectibles by storm to lead an all-virtual music band. On Friday, Universal’s 22:22 label said it paid $360,817 to buy Bored Ape #5537 – a female character now known as Manager Noët All, to front the band he founded in November called Kingship.

Amazon.com reaches agreement to buy MGM film studio

Amazon.com Inc announced Thursday that it has completed its $8.5 billion deal to buy MGM, combining the legendary filmmaker behind ‘Rocky’ and James Bond with the online retail giant as it seeks to attract consumers through more streaming videos. In a statement, Amazon said it would welcome all MGM employees back to the company and work with studio management, saying there would be no layoffs. Its decision to close comes after a deadline for the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to challenge the deal expired.

Marvel’s ‘Moon Knight’ puts the emotional struggle at its heart

Hollywood star Oscar Isaac tackles multiple roles and dons a cape and English accent in “Moon Knight,” the latest superhero series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Based on a lesser-known Marvel hero, the new Disney+ show sees Isaac portraying “at least four” personalities.

(With agency contributions.)