Entertainment News Roundup: K-pop group BTS to take extended hiatus ahead of March concert; Peter Dinklage directs new remake of French classic in ‘Cyrano’ and more

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K-pop group BTS will take an extended hiatus ahead of March concert

South Korean superstar pop group BTS will take an “extended period of rest” after their appearances in the United States this month before returning to the stage in Seoul in March, the group’s management company has announced. Bighit Music, the group’s management company, said in a statement on Sunday that the musicians will take a break during the holidays and prepare for a concert and a new album that will open a “new chapter”.

Peter Dinklage directs new remake of French classic in ‘Cyrano’

‘Game of Thrones’ actor Peter Dinklage stars in the musical drama ‘Cyrano’, a new film adaptation of the classic French story, which had its UK premiere on Tuesday. Adapted from a theatrical production written by his wife Erica Schmidt, Dinklage reprises his 2018 stage role of the word-savvy swordsman, who finds it difficult to declare his feelings to the woman he loves due to her poor appearance. attractive.

Trial of actor Jussie Smollett, accused of faking hate crime, goes to jury

The jury began deliberations on Wednesday in the trial of actor Jussie Smollett, a former star of the television series “Empire”, who is accused of orchestrating a hate crime against himself to boost his notoriety. The actor, who is black and openly gay, faces six counts of disorderly conduct in Cook County circuit court on charges he made false reports to police.

DiCaprio calls ‘Don’t Look Up’ a ‘one-of-a-kind gift’ for fighting climate change

Leonardo DiCaprio calls his new film “Don’t Look Up” a gift. Not because he worked with a cast that includes Jennifer Lawrence, Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep, Timothee Chalamet and Jonah Hill, to name a few, but because the film captures the perils of climate change, while making people laugh.

South Korea’s “webtoon” companies are leveraging low-cost stories with huge potential upside

Netflix’s most-watched series at the end of November, ‘Hellbound’, is causing a stir on TV, but it first appeared on much smaller screens as an online comic book, or ‘webtoon’, optimized for smartphones. The webtoon format, which started in Korea two decades ago, has revolutionized content creation for the film industry around the world.

Drake pulls out of Grammy race

Canadian rapper Drake withdrew from the Grammy Awards on Monday, stripping his two nominations for music’s highest honors, sources close to the musician said. Drake, 35, earned two Grammy nominations last month for rap – best rap album for “Certified Lover Boy” and best rap performance for his song “Way 2 Sexy.”

Actor Kidman brings Lucille Ball to life in ‘Being the Ricardos’

Actors Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem launched their latest film ‘Being the Ricardos’ in Los Angeles on Monday about Hollywood icon Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, who starred in the classic American sitcom ‘I Love Lucy’ but were also in a relationship off screen. Tony Hale, who plays the sitcom’s executive producer Jess Oppenheimer, said audiences don’t need to know about “I Love Lucy” before watching the film, which was written and directed by Aaron Sorkin.

ViacomCBS Partners with Distributor “Parasite” to Debut with Paramount+ Asia

ViacomCBS Inc and Seoul-based CJ ENM, the distributor of the Oscar-winning film “Parasite,” have signed a content partnership agreement, the companies announced Tuesday, marking the Asian debut of the company’s Paramount+ streaming service. American. The partnership will include co-productions of original series and films, content licensing and distribution on the streaming services of ViacomCBS and entertainment company CJ ENM.

Spielberg Opens Doors To Latin Artists With New “West Side Story”

Steven Spielberg marks a milestone in American cinematic history by insisting on an authentic Latin cast for his remake of the musical “West Side Story,” which will be released worldwide this week. For the film, an adaptation of the 1957 Broadway play and the 1961 film, Spielberg recruited young Latino performers and researched Puerto Rican life in 1960s New York.

The show must continue; ‘Macbeth’ opens La Scala opera season despite COVID

Giuseppe Verdi’s ‘Macbeth’ kicked off La Scala’s opera season in front of hundreds of spectators on Tuesday as the fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic again forces many theaters elsewhere in Europe to close their doors. Italian President Sergio Mattarella and celebrities attended the premiere which marks the opening of Milan’s cultural calendar.

(With agency contributions.)