Entertainment News Roundup: Spotify rebrands live audio streaming service; ‘Baby One More Time’ – Britney Spears is expecting third child and more

Following is a summary of current newsletter for entertainment.

Nicolas Cage plays Nick Cage in custom ‘Massive Talent’

Hollywood star Nicolas Cage says his immediate response to the demand to play a version of himself in the new comedy-action film “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent” was a resounding “no”. The film is a love letter to the actor and his career, which spans four decades. Cage stars as Nick Cage, an older actor who struggles to book new roles. He desperately accepts the offer to appear at the birthday party of a wealthy European fan in exchange for a salary of $ 1 million.

With the jury selected, Johnny Depp opens American defamation case against ex-wife Heard

Lawyers for Hollywood star Johnny Depp on Tuesday gave a jury a review of his American defamation case against his ex-wife Amber Heard, the latest chapter in a long-running legal battle between the two Hollywood stars. Opening remarks began in a Virginia courtroom in a lawsuit Depp, 58, brought against Heard, 35, for $ 50 million in 2018.

Comedian Gilbert Gottfried died at the age of 67, says family

Gilbert Gottfried, a stand-up comic known for a screwball voice and his tendency to move boundaries with jokes over the Sept. 11 attack and the Japanese tsunami, died at the age of 67, his family said Tuesday. A statement from his family said Gottfried, a former cast member on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live”, had died after a long illness, which he did not specify.

Universal Music can not help but fall for Elvis Presley, to manage song catalog

Universal Music adds Elvis Presley’s King of Rock ‘n’ Roll song catalog, including hits such as “Can’t Help Falling in Love” and “Jailhouse Rock”, under a publishing deal with Authentic Brands Group. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, although Universal Music Publishing Group said Tuesday it would approve and collect revenue if Elvis’ songs are used in media, movies or television.

Spotify rebrands live audio streaming service

On Tuesday, Spotify Technology SA relaunched its live audio streaming service to Spotify Live and announced a series of new content by top performers, as it doubles in format at a time when virtual events are attracting audiences. Rolled out as Spotify Greenroom in June 2021, the service will be available as a stand-alone app and as a livestream feature on the main Spotify app.

‘Baby One More Time’ – Britney Spears is expecting third child

Singer Britney Spears announced Monday that she is pregnant with her third child by posting a message on Instagram. Spears, 40, not only revealed her pregnancy but also appeared to announce that she was married to her fiancé Sam Asghari, 28, and called him her “husband” in the post https://www.instagram.com/ p / CcONvpGOelB.

Factbox-From Dylan to Springsteen, music giants sell rights to labels

Universal Music Group said Tuesday it would manage Elvis Presley’s King of Rock ‘n’ Roll song catalog, the latest such deal by worldwide music labels to generate more revenue from royalties, licenses and brand deals. For big-name artists like Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Sting and Neil Diamond, the deals offer a chance to reap the benefits of their catalogs, towards the end of their careers.

Hugh Laurie brings Agatha Christie murder mystery to TV

British actor Hugh Laurie, best known for playing an eccentric doctor in the TV series “House”, brings what he says to his favorite Agatha Christie novel with his new TV show “Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? ” The three-part mini-series was written, produced and directed by Laurie, who also plays a supporting role.

Kurt Cobain’s blue guitar in Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ video will go on sale

The iconic blue guitar Kurt Cobain rocked with in Nirvana’s seminal music video ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ from the 90’s, which is expected to raise up to $ 800,000 when it goes to auction next month. With “Smells Like Teen Spirit” viewed more than 1.4 billion times on YouTube, the 1969 Blue Fender is arguably one of the most famous in rock, said Martin Nolan, executive director of Julien’s Auctions.

Hit ‘Russian Doll’ comes back with more existential questions

Actress and writer Natasha Lyonne delves deeper into existential themes in season two of her hit Netflix show “Russian Doll”, this time sending her character Nadia and friend Alan to explore their past via a New York subway time portal. After successfully escaping a time course that she saw once die in season, Nadia and Alan embark on a new journey across different time periods. However, they will have to find a way out again.

(With input from agencies.)

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