Entertainment News Roundup: Spielberg Brings Lifelong Fandom to Reimagined ‘West Side Story’; Disney’s ‘Encanto’ leads another quiet weekend at the box office and more

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Spielberg Brings Lifelong Fandom to Reimagined ‘West Side Story’

Steven Spielberg remade the classic musical “West Side Story” in his head for decades, but says finally taking it on was his riskiest challenge in a career that spanned 50 years. Half a century after the musical written by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim won 10 Oscars, Spielberg has reimagined the romance between rival street gangs for a new generation, but with the respect of a true fan.

Disney’s ‘Encanto’ leads another quiet weekend at the box office

With no new releases to pose a threat, Disney’s animated musical fable “Encanto” once again landed the top spot on the domestic box office charts. In its second weekend of release, “Encanto” collected $12.38 million from 3,980 venues in the United States and Canada. This marks a 54% drop from its debut and brings the film’s two-week total to $57.6 million domestically.

Google and Meta dominate as digital propels global advertising growth – forecast

The global advertising industry will see higher growth this year than expected as brands rely more on search engines and social media companies such as Google and Alphabet Inc’s Meta Platforms Inc to reach customers during the pandemic, according to two ad industry forecasts released on Monday. Despite a year marked by global supply chain disruptions that delayed products reaching shelves and a crackdown on user privacy by Apple Inc that many feared would disrupt mobile advertising, brands have continued to advertise online as in-store purchases have been slow to return due to the ongoing pandemic, said Jonathan Barnard, director of global intelligence at advertising firm Zenith, which released a forecast on Monday. advertising expenses.

Actor Tom Holland says he will play Fred Astaire in a new biopic

British actor Tom Holland has said he will play legendary movie star Fred Astaire in an upcoming Sony biopic, who is best remembered for dancing and singing with Ginger Rogers in several musicals, including “Top Hat” and “Swing Time”. Famous as one of the greatest dancers of all time, Astaire had a seven-decade career in film and on stage on Broadway and in the West End.

Tearful reunions, musical comebacks and pop freedom: stories from showbiz 2021

From the return of the movie’s favorite spy to reuniting with “Friends,” an array of stories have dominated the entertainment news headlines this year. Here are some of the biggest stories. * After several delays, the release of the James Bond film ‘No Time To Die’ has given cinemas affected by the pandemic a much-needed boost.

Polish opera star’s Met performance streamed live in cinemas around the world

Polish opera star Jakub Jozef Orlinski’s first performance at New York’s Metropolitan Opera in November’s “Eurydice” aired live in cinemas around the world on Saturday. Orlinski, 30, who studied and lived in Manhattan while attending the Juilliard School for the arts, said being in the city as a working artist was a new experience.

Back to tradition: Biden celebrates Bette Midler and Joni Mitchell at Kennedy Center Honors

President Joe Biden celebrated artists such as Bette Midler, Joni Mitchell and Lorne Michaels at the Kennedy Center Honors on Sunday, bringing presidential attendance back to an annual event overlooked by Republican Donald Trump. Singer Justino Díaz and Motown founder Berry Gordy rounded out the group of artists selected by the Kennedy Center for top honors this year at a show that had been upended by politics and pandemic restrictions. of COVID-19.

Ghetts, Dave and Little Simz win UK MOBO Awards

Rappers Ghetts, Little Simz and Dave triumphed at this year’s UK MOBO Awards, which returned with their first live show in four years. Held on Sunday night in the British city of Coventry, the MOBOs, which honor music of black descent, saw London-born Dave win album of the year for his No. 1 record ‘We’re All Alone In This Together”.

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