Entertainment News Roundup: Harry Potter actor Robbie Coltrane dies aged 72; Queen Releases Rediscovered Song With Freddie Mercury & More

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A Minute With: South Korean Kian84 exhibited at London’s StART art fair

South Korean artist and reality TV star Kian84 is making his UK debut this week, showing his pop art as part of the StART art fair in London. The 39-year-old, who rose to prominence as a webtoon artist and through his TV show “I Live Alone,” is showcasing his paintings alongside other South Korean names at the event on October 12 to 16, which features contemporary works from around the world. world.

‘She Said’ Movie Highlights Women Who Confronted Harvey Weinstein

Actors Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan play the award-winning journalists who brought the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal to light in the new film ‘She Said’, which premiered at the London Film Festival on Friday. The film is based on the 2019 book of the same name about the New York Times investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by Weinstein, then one of Hollywood’s most powerful producers. Mulligan and Kazan play Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor, who wrote the book and won Pulitzer Prizes for their reporting.

Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. avoids criminal record in Manhattan sex abuse case

Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. pleaded guilty Thursday to a single count of harassment under a deal with prosecutors sparing him any jail time while disposing of a criminal case stemming from allegations by multiple women of sexual misconduct. The second-degree harassment citation, classified as a non-criminal violation under the New York State Criminal Code, similar to trespassing, will remain in Gooding’s case, but his guilty plea in April to a more criminal misdemeanor serious forcible touching will be cleared, a spokesperson for the Manhattan District Attorney said.

Queen releases rediscovered song with Freddie Mercury

Queen released a rediscovered song featuring Freddie Mercury on Thursday, the band’s first new track with the late frontman’s instantly recognizable vocals to be released in more than eight years. Guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor first told fans about the existence of “Face It Alone” during an interview this summer.

Harry Potter actor Robbie Coltrane dies aged 72

Robbie Coltrane, the larger-than-life Scottish actor who played beloved half-giant Hagrid in the Harry Potter films, died on Friday aged 72, his agent said. Coltrane’s career spanning more than four decades ranged from roles in the James Bond films ‘GoldenEye’ and ‘The World Is Not Enough’ to starring in the 1990s British TV series ‘Cracker’ as criminal psychologist Dr. Edward ‘Fitz’ Fitzgerald.

Fintech Aspiration backed by Leonardo Dicaprio appoints new CEO

Fintech startup Aspiration, backed by Hollywood celebrities Robert Downey Jr and Leonardo DiCaprio, announced on Thursday the appointment of Olivia Albrecht as chief executive. Albrecht, who joined the company earlier this year as chief sustainability officer, succeeds Aspiration co-founder Andrei Cherny, who served as CEO for nine years. Cherny will retain her position on the board, the company said in a statement.

Mattel celebrates Tina Turner with the creation of Barbie

Toy company Mattel is paying tribute to Tina Turner on the 40th anniversary of her hit song “What’s Love Got To Do With It” with a Barbie doll created in her likeness. The doll, part of their Barbie Signature Music Series, wears an outfit inspired by the song’s music video – a black mini dress paired with a denim jacket and her signature hairstyle.

Main nominees for the 2022 American Music Awards

Nominations were announced Thursday for the 2022 American Music Awards. Fan votes will determine the winners, and the awards will be presented at a televised ceremony in Los Angeles on Nov. 20. Here is a list of the main nominations:

BTS will hold a free concert in support of South Korea’s bid to host the World Expo

K-pop boy group BTS is reuniting for a concert in the southern port city of Busan on Saturday, which the city and the South Korean government hope to help win a bid to host the 2030 World Expo. BUSAN” is a free concert scheduled to take place at 6 p.m. local time (0900 GMT) and is expected to attract around 100,000 fans to the stadium and designated areas of Busan, more than 300 km (190 miles) southeast of the capital Seoul, according to the metropolitan city of Busan.

Bad Bunny dominates American Music Awards nominations

Puerto Rican rapper and singer Bad Bunny has picked up the most nominations for this year’s American Music Awards, leading rapper Drake and pop superstars Beyonce and Taylor Swift on the list of contenders unveiled Thursday. Bad Bunny has received a total of eight AMA nominations and will compete for Entertainer of the Year against British singers Adele and Harry Styles and Canadian musician The Weeknd.

(With agency contributions.)