Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.
Shakira vows to fight ‘false’ Spanish tax accusations in first public comments
Colombian superstar Shakira vowed to fight what she claimed were “false” accusations by Spanish authorities that she dodged 14.5 million euros ($14.31 million) in taxes, in her first public comments on a case that could see her sent to prison for up to eight years. Shakira, 45, is facing trial in Spain accused of failing to pay taxes between 2012 and 2014, a period in which she said she was leading a “nomadic life” because of her work.
David Bowie honoured with stone on London’s Music Walk of Fame
David Bowie was honoured with a paving stone on the London Music Walk of Fame on Thursday, joining the likes of The Who, Amy Winehouse, Madness and Soul II Soul on the cultural attraction trail in the city’s famed Camden Town area. Depicting a music record with the word “icon” on it, the stone was unveiled at a ceremony where Bowie’s hits were played.
Prada plays with contrasts at Milan Fashion Week show
Simplicity and contrasts were the main themes at the Prada catwalk show in Milan on Thursday, with the Italian luxury label stripping off “unnecessary complication” in its latest womenswear collection. Designers Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons opened the Spring/Summer 2023 show with sharp grey looks including pointy-collared shirts, slim-fit trousers and a jumpsuit.
Thirteen years later, ‘Avatar’ to return with a focus on family
The first sequel to blockbuster movie “Avatar” will focus on a theme of protecting family and will expand the world of Pandora that enchanted audiences more than a decade ago, the movie’s stars told Reuters. James Cameron’s “Avatar: The Way of Water” is scheduled to reach theaters in December. Ahead of that, Walt Disney Co is releasing a remastered version of the original 2009 film in cinemas starting on Friday.
Why ‘House of Dragon’ separated the older and younger actors for Alicent and Rhaenyra
When audiences tune into HBO Max’s “Game of Thrones” spin-off “The House of the Dragon” on Sunday, there will be a few changes. The two actors, Emily Carey and Milly Alcock, who portrayed the young frenemies, Queen Alicent Hightower and Princess Rhaenyra respectively, have been recast as the show time jumps a decade forward for its sixth episode.
Soccer-Youtuber KSI and friends to sell out Charlton stadium
British YouTuber KSI and other social media personalities are expected to attract a capacity crowd to Charlton Athletic’s Valley stadium for a charity soccer game this weekend, something the League One (third-tier) side have not managed this season. The south-east London side’s stadium can hold over 27,000 fans but attendances have been well below that number this season, with their season opener against Derby County in August attracting a little over 17,000.
Soccer-Mourinho’s got rapping talent in Stormzy’s new song
AS Roma manager Jose Mourinho has come up with some memorable quotes in his career but he probably never thought his words would one day turn into lyrics for a British rapper. Stormzy released his new song ‘Mel Made Me Do It’ on Friday, which includes what the Portuguese coach said in 2014 when his Chelsea side lost 1-0 at Aston Villa after Mourinho and two of his players were sent off.
Betty White’s belongings being auctioned for the public to take home
Over 1,600 belongings from the late American actor Betty White will be up for auction this week, from her old TV and Disney VHS collection to her Cadillac. Taking place both online and in-person, the auction at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills from Sept. 23 to Sept. 25 also includes her dining room table, a blue ceramic horse, and her leather baby shoes. The list goes on.
Apple will sponsor Super Bowl halftime show starting in February
The National Football League has reached a multiyear deal with Apple Music to sponsor the Super Bowl Halftime Show, beginning with the American football championship game in February 2023, the league said on Thursday. The Super Bowl is usually the most watched television event of the year in the United States, and the halftime show has become a showcase, featuring such notable artists as The Weeknd, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Prince and Madonna.
Star-studded ‘Amsterdam’ merges facts, fiction and team work
Director David O. Russell got his starry cast involved in the creation of his new crime drama “Amsterdam”. The five-time Oscar nominee reunited with his “The Fighter” and “American Hustle” star Christian Bale to develop the movie, with the duo getting together in diners over several years to bounce ideas off each other.
(With inputs from agencies.)