What follows is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.
Little Simz wins the Mercury Prize for the album “Sometimes I can be an introvert”
Rapper Little Simz won the Mercury Prize for her fourth studio album “Sometimes I Might Be Introvert” on Tuesday, beating contenders Harry Styles and indie rock duo Wet Leg for the British music award. The 28-year-old, previously nominated in 2019 for the album “Grey Area”, was among the favorites to win the award for her critically acclaimed album.
Jin, a member of K-pop star BTS, will release his first solo single next week before his military service
K-pop singer Jin, a member of the hit boy band BTS, will release his first official solo single next week, the seven-member band’s agency said on Wednesday, following this week’s announcement that he would soon begin military service. The song, titled ‘The Astronaut’, will be released on October 28 at 1 pm (0400 GMT), with pre-orders starting later on Wednesday.
Simon Cowell’s new TikTok project gives users unreleased music
Renowned headhunter Simon Cowell is back, but this time he’s focusing on the social media platform, TikTok. With the international TV series “Got Talent”, “American Idol” and many more projects under his belt, Cowell is ready to help aspiring musicians on TikTok share their unique sounds with the world.
Saudi MBC Group signs deals with Turkish production companies as diplomatic ties thaw
Saudi-owned MBC Group, the largest broadcaster in the Middle East, said on Wednesday it had signed a five-year partnership with two Turkish production companies, signaling the end of an unofficial boycott imposed on Turkey by Saudi Arabia while the two countries work to improve ties. . MBC, which in March 2018 removed Turkish shows, including soap operas popular with Arab audiences, said in a statement that the deal would allow it to exclusively host content from production companies Medyapim and Ay Yapim, and produce original Arabic content in Saudi Arabia. .
A Minute With: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson on ‘Banshees of Inisherin’
Fourteen years after “In Bruges,” filmmaker Martin McDonagh has reunited Irish actors Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson for the male friendship and dramatic comedy “The Banshees of Inisherin.” Set and filmed on an island off the west coast of Ireland, “The Banshees of Inisherin” tells the story of best friends Padraic (Farrell) and Colm (Gleeson). However, Colm unexpectedly ends their friendship and gives him an ultimatum in case the former upsets him.
Hollywood’s Anna May Wong to become first Asian American on US currency
The US Mint will feature an Asian American on its coin for the first time when it issues a coin next week engraved with the likeness of actress Anna May Wong, who worked in Hollywood during a time of overt racism and stereotypes. . A quarter dollar coin featuring Wong’s profile with her trademark bangs and long fingernails will begin circulation Tuesday as part of the American Women Quarters Program, the US Mint said in a statement.
Russell Crowe at Vatican screening of new movie with beer and popcorn
The Vatican treated new recruits to its police force and Swiss Guards with beer and popcorn at a special screening of the new film “The Greatest Beer Run Ever” on Monday, which culminated in a meeting with one of its stars. Russell Crowe. Crowe, in Italy for the Rome Film Festival, dropped into the tiny Vatican screening room, which seats only about 50 people, to greet the audience between two back-to-back screenings.
Judi Dench says Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ uses ‘crude sensationalism’
British actress Judi Dench has called on Netflix to add a disclaimer to the royal drama “The Crown,” joining a chorus of voices criticizing the series’ fictional storylines. In a letter to The Times on Thursday, the 87-year-old veteran said that as the award-winning show moved closer to the present “he seems more willing to blur the lines between historical accuracy and crude sensationalism.”
Dwayne Johnson Calls ‘Black Adam’ Comic Book Movie His Passion Project
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stars in the DC Comics antihero movie “Black Adam,” calling it his passion project. “This is the one for me,” Johnson told Reuters. Even though the “Red Notice” actor starred in a number of box office hits, he felt uncomfortable releasing this movie because it’s a departure from his previous roles.
(With contributions from agencies).