Entertainment News Roundup: K-pop supergroup BTS meets Biden, speaks at the White House; Warner Bros Chairman Steps Down, MGM Studio Chiefs Take Over & More

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K-pop supergroup BTS meets Biden and speaks at the White House

South Korean boy band BTS, a fundraising juggernaut for American social justice causes, met with President Joe Biden at the White House on Tuesday to discuss hate crimes targeting Asians. The K-pop stars gave brief statements to reporters ahead of the meeting, calling for an end to crimes targeting Asian Americans.

Warner Bros chairman resigns, MGM studio heads take over

Warner Bros. Pictures Group Chairman Toby Emmerich is stepping down, the company announced Wednesday, as Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav puts his imprint on the newly formed media company. Emmerich has been president of the studio since 2018, the year the studio enjoyed its greatest box office success, fueled by hits such as “Aquaman”, “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”, “Ready Player One “, “The Meg” and “A Star Is Born”.

Jamaican lawmaker calls for reggae legend Bob Marley to be named national hero

A Jamaican lawmaker is asking the country’s parliament to name reggae legend Bob Marley a national hero, an effort that comes amid growing nationalism in English-speaking Caribbean countries that are distancing themselves from their colonial past. Lawmaker Lisa Hanna’s proposal would make the iconic singer a national hero, a title already held by seven Jamaicans, including black nationalist leader Marcus Garvey and the country’s first prime minister, Alexander Bustamante.

Bill Cosby in court sued by woman alleging sexual assault

The attorney for a woman who accused Bill Cosby of assaulting her at the Playboy Mansion in the mid-1970s told a California jury on Wednesday that the comedian had a sense of “entitlement,” while the attorney for Cosby called the alleged assault a “fabrication”. The statements came at the start of a civil trial for Cosby, 11 months after he was released from prison when Pennsylvania’s highest court overturned his sexual assault conviction in a separate case.

Depp wins near-total victory in US libel case against ex-wife Heard

Actor Johnny Depp won more than $10 million in damages on Wednesday, winning a near-total victory in a libel suit against ex-wife Amber Heard to cap a six-week lawsuit with graphic testimony about the soured relationship of the stars. A seven-person jury in Virginia also ruled for Heard on a counterclaim against Depp. The ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ movie star described the decision as vindication, and his ex-wife said it was “a disappointment.”

US Cinemark’s movie plan attracts one million subscribers

Cinemark Holdings Inc has signed 1 million paid subscribers to its Movie Club monthly subscription plan, the company announced on Wednesday, welcoming a rebound in cinema from the disruptions of the coronavirus pandemic. The third-largest movie theater chain in the United States said it was the first cinema operator to cross the million mark for a paid subscription plan.

Cholita Mona Lisa: a Bolivian artist revamps a famous indigenous portrait

High in the Bolivian Andean mountains, surrounded by small thatched-roof houses and sheep, 32-year-old Claudia Callizaya puts the finishing touches to her new work of art: an interpretation of the “Mona Lisa” as a indigenous cholita woman. His adaptation has the same staring gaze as in the portrait of Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece and a similar nose. But on her head is the traditional bowler hat of the cholitas of Bolivia and she is wrapped in a colorful Andean shawl.

Indian singer KK dies after falling ill at concert

Indian singer Krishnakumar Kunnath, better known as KK, died on Tuesday night after falling ill in the middle of a concert, local media reported. Kunnath was performing in a crowded indoor stadium in the city of Calcutta, eastern India, when he complained of being unwell. He was rushed to hospital, the Hindustan Times newspaper reported.

The Rolling Stones kick off 60th anniversary European tour in Madrid

The Rolling Stones rocked Madrid on Wednesday with excitement and a bit of nostalgia for their late drummer Charlie Watts, as they embarked on a European tour marking their 60th anniversary as a band. Some 53,000 fans at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium roared with delight as they welcomed original band members Mick Jagger, 78, and guitarists Keith Richards, 78, and Ronnie Wood, who turned 75 on Wednesday, to the stage.

(With agency contributions.)