Entertainment news roundup: Timothée Chalamet sinks his teeth into Venice’s Cannibal film; Netflix Agrees to Give ‘Bardo’ a Rare Run in US Theaters & More
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Timothée Chalamet bites down hard in Venice’s cannibal film
“Bones and All” starring Timothée Chalamet and Taylor Russell is an old-school love story and road movie with a different twist – the cursed protagonists are cannibals struggling to live with their horrible affliction. “I feel like it’s been one of the weirdest parts of my career,” Chalamet told Reuters ahead of the film’s premiere at the Venice Film Festival on Friday.
Netflix agrees to give ‘Bardo’ a rare run in US theaters
In a break from its normal business model, US streaming giant Netflix has agreed to show Oscar-winning director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s latest film in US and Mexican cinemas before releasing it online. ‘Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths’, which had its world premiere on Thursday at the Venice Film Festival, is a three-hour epic that follows the memories and fears of a Mexican journalist reflecting on his journey in life.
Nirvana gets ‘Nevermind’ naked baby lawsuit dismissed
Nirvana has won the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by a man who claimed his portrayal as a naked four-month-old baby on the cover of the band’s 1991 hit album “Nevermind” was child pornography. In a ruling on Friday, U.S. District Judge Fernando Olguin in Los Angeles said Spencer Elden waited too long to claim Nirvana sexually exploited him, having sued more than 10 years after learning about the cover.
Thai transgender cabaret returns after pandemic shutdown
Transgender performers from one of Thailand’s most famous cabaret shows have returned to the limelight for the first time in about three years after being forced to find other ways to make ends meet during the pandemic of coronavirus. One performer, Peerapong “Bee” Butakul, said she turned to selling chicken rice during this time and was excited to be back on stage this week.
Cate Blanchett sees no agitprop in #MeToo Venice film TÁR
American director Todd Field puts a devastating #MeToo scandal at the heart of his new film, ‘TÁR’, but calling it social commentary or political propaganda would hurt the work, its star Cate Blanchett said on Thursday. Blanchett plays a tough, gifted, gay conductor of a major German orchestra, whose seemingly unstoppable career hits the hurricane with an abuse scandal that is never fully explained.
Jane Fonda says she started chemo for ‘treatable’ cancer
Oscar-winning actress Jane Fonda said on Friday she had been diagnosed with a “very treatable” form of lymphoma and had started a six-month regimen of chemotherapy. The 84-year-old, who starred in the final season of the Netflix comedy ‘Grace and Frankie’ this year, revealed her diagnosis of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in an Instagram post.
Failed assassination gives extra boost to Argentine legal drama
A failed assassination attempt this week on Argentina’s vice president provided an ominous backdrop to the powerful legal drama ‘Argentina 1985,’ which opened at the Venice Film Festival on Saturday. Santiago Miter’s film follows prosecutors who, despite death threats and enormous legal difficulties, brought members of Argentina’s 1976-83 military dictatorship to justice in 1985.
Amazon Says ‘Lord of the Rings’ Prequel Sets Prime Video Viewership Record
Amazon.com Inc said on Saturday that its pricey prequel series “The Lord of the Rings” was watched by more than 25 million viewers worldwide on its first day, a record first for a Prime Video series. On Friday, the company released the first two episodes of “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” on its streaming service in more than 240 countries and territories. Amazon did not specify whether the viewers listed had watched all or part of the first and second episodes.
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