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Jon Stewart will receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor
Comedian Jon Stewart, whose irreverent brand of political and media satire has made him a beloved figure on television, will receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center in Washington in April, becoming the 23rd recipient of the price. The national award is named after novelist and essayist Samuel Langhorne Clemens, known by his pseudonym Mark Twain. Richard Pryor was the first recipient of the award; its last recipient was Dave Chappelle.
NBCUniversal Says Beijing Olympics Coverage Will Include ‘Geopolitical’ Issues
Comcast’s Corp. NBCUniversal, under pressure from human rights groups, said Wednesday its broadcast coverage of the 2022 Beijing Olympics would include the “geopolitical context” of China as the host country. The coverage plans, detailed in a video presentation to reporters, followed urgings from human rights groups and a US congressional committee to cover China’s rights abuses during the Olympics, which begin on February 4.
Analysis-Sony faces deep-pocketed rivals in war over gaming’s future
Sony Group, perched atop the games sector, faces a fresh challenge from cash-rich rivals betting on a boom in next-gen online video games as the Japanese conglomerate eyes expansion on multiple fronts, including electric cars. Microsoft Corp, a latecomer in the generational console battle with Sony, has taken a major step to position itself for the “metaverse” – a proposed immersive experience where people play, shop and socialize online – with a $69 billion deal. dollars for “Call of Duty” developer Activision Blizzard.
French actor Gaspard Ulliel dies aged 37 after skiing accident
French actor Gaspard Ulliel, known for his appearances in Chanel fragrance ads and his role as fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent in a 2014 biopic, has died aged 37 following a skiing accident in the Alps , French media reported on Wednesday. Ulliel, who won the César for best actor in 2017 for his role in “It’s only the end of the world”, a film by director Xavier Dolan, was the face of Bleu de Chanel men’s perfume.
Elton John Says Hello Again With Farewell Tour Revival
Flamboyant British rocker Elton John has resumed his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour, returning to the stage in New Orleans after a nearly two-year hiatus. The ‘Tiny Dancer’ and ‘Crocodile Rock’ hitmaker, 74, performed at Crescent City on Wednesday night. Marking his retirement from performing on the road, John’s world tour began in September 2018. Like other musicians, he was forced to postpone live shows due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Amazon Reveals ‘The Lord of the Rings’ Subtitle That Hints at the Storyline
Amazon.com Inc’s long-awaited and expensive Middle-earth fantasy series has a name: “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.” Amazon’s Prime Video revealed the fantasy series’ full name on Wednesday ahead of its scheduled September 2 streaming debut.
Less politics, more love as Berlin film festival returns to live screenings
The theme of love dominates the main entries in competition at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, moving away from the hard-hitting political dramas for which the annual film showcase is best known. Live screenings will resume in 2022 after last year’s online-only version, in an event that artistic director Carlo Chatrian hoped to restore social ties that two years of lockdown and isolation have weakened.
‘The Voice’ has been put on hiatus as the #MeToo scandal hits Dutch TV
The original Dutch version of the hit global TV show The Voice, which has spawned local versions in more than 150 countries, has been taken off the air after allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior, including by celebrities. The scandal threatens to affect other figures in the Dutch media and entertainment world in the first big #MeToo moment in the Netherlands since the global movement to end the sexual harassment of women began some four years ago.
Music Grammy Awards moved to April 3 in Las Vegas
The Grammy Awards for Best Musical Performance has been postponed to April 3 in Las Vegas, the Recording Academy and broadcaster CBS said in a statement on Tuesday. The awards were scheduled to take place on January 31 in downtown Los Angeles, but organizers canceled that date as the Omicron variant sparked a new wave of COVID-19 infections.
Microsoft to Gobble Activision in $69 Billion Metaverse Bet
Microsoft Corp is buying “Call of Duty” maker Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion in the games industry’s biggest deal in history as global tech giants claim a virtual future. The deal announced by Microsoft on Tuesday, its biggest ever and expected to be the largest all-cash acquisition ever, will bolster its firepower in the booming video game market where it faces leaders Tencent and Sony.
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