Entertainment News Roundup: Transformations Abound in New ‘Thor’ Movie; BTS Rekindles Debate Over Military Service In South Korea And More

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Transformations Abound in New ‘Thor’ Movie

There are twists and turns awaiting fans of Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Love and Thunder,” including an unlikely new superhero. Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster returns transformed, wielding Thor’s magic hammer Mjolnir, much to the chagrin of the male god played by Chris Hemsworth.

BTS reignites debate over military service in South Korea

A surprise decision by South Korean boy group BTS to take a break from live broadcasts has rekindled the debate over compulsory military service in a country that sets global pop culture trends while facing a threat of war. cold decades old. Military service is extremely controversial in South Korea where all able-bodied males between the ages of 18 and 28 are expected to serve for approximately two years as part of defense efforts against a hostile North Korea.

Armani dazzles Paris with a sparkling couture show

Giorgio Armani welcomed guests to Paris on Tuesday for his haute couture show in a minimalist and intimate setting, presenting a refined collection dotted with rhinestones, sequins and sequins. The Italian designer, whose designs are worn by royalty and Hollywood stars, sent models in tiered black tulle dresses, sleek jackets with added sparkle and sheer tops with floral details.

Hollywood veteran Chernin creates a new studio with the acquisition of Red Arrow Studios

Hollywood veteran Peter Chernin announced on Wednesday that he is forming a new studio, betting the appetite for new content will remain strong despite the veil thrown over the streaming industry by Netflix Inc.’s recent subscriber losses. executive, best known for films such as “Ford v Ferrari”, the revival of “Planet of the Apes” and “Hidden Figures”, creates the North Road Co, to produce films and television shows for the American and international.

Oscar-winning actor Paul Haggis freed from house arrest in Italy, lawyer says

An Italian judge ruled on Monday that Oscar-winning screenwriter and director Paul Haggis should be released from house arrest while authorities continue to investigate allegations that he raped a woman, his lawyer told Reuters. “Our request to revoke the house arrest was accepted by the judge without further action, therefore Mr. Haggis is free,” said Michele Laforgia, his lawyer, adding that he still did not know if his client wished to leave. Italy.

Guitarist Carlos Santana passed out on stage during an American concert

Veteran guitarist Carlos Santana passed out on stage at a US concert on Tuesday night after being overcome with heat exhaustion and dehydration. The Grammy Award winner, 74, was performing at the outdoor Pine Knob Music Theater in Clarkston, Michigan when the incident took place. A statement on his website says he was taken to the emergency department at McLaren Clarkston Medical Center for observation and is doing well.

Netflix Says ‘Stranger Things’ Sets New Viewing Milestones

The latest season of Netflix Inc.’s “Stranger Things” has brought the series’ total viewership to more than 1.15 billion hours, the streaming service announced Tuesday. The sci-fi drama starring Winona Ryder and Millie Bobby Brown has become the most popular English-language series on Netflix. The only other Netflix show to top 1 billion hours watched is the South Korean drama “Squid Game.”

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