Summary of Entertainment News: South Korea’s “Squid Game” Is Netflix’s Greatest First Original Show; Branagh’s ‘Belfast’ Premieres UK As Oscars Buzz Grows And More

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South Korea’s ‘Squid Game’ Is Netflix’s Greatest First Original Show

South Korean hit show “Squid Game” has officially become Netflix’s biggest original series launch, the streaming service said on Wednesday. Nine-part thriller, in which cash-strapped contestants play life-threatening childhood games with the goal of winning 45.6 billion won ($ 38 million), has become a worldwide sensation for Netflix since its launch less than a month ago.

Branagh’s ‘Belfast’ Premieres UK As Oscars Buzz Grows

Actor and filmmaker Kenneth Branagh takes audiences to the city of his birth and childhood with the semi-autobiographical dramatic comedy “Belfast” which made its European premiere at the London Film Festival on Tuesday. The predominantly black-and-white film centers on nine-year-old Buddy and his family, who live in a working-class neighborhood in North Belfast where Protestants and Catholics live side by side.

It’s an Allegory: North Korea’s Website Says “Squid Game” Reflects South Korea’s “Beast” Society

A North Korean propaganda website said on Tuesday that Netflix’s international hit “Squid Game” exposes the reality of South Korean capitalist culture where “corruption and immoral villains are rampant.” North Korean site Arirang Meari cited anonymous South Korean film critics as saying that the television series showed an “unequal society where people with no money are treated like chess pieces to the rich.”

“Dopesick” miniseries tells stories from all sides of the opioid epidemic

New “Dopesick” TV series aims to tell stories about the opioid epidemic still ravaging the rural United States, weaving testimonials from Purdue Pharma board members, prescription drug vendors, victims and government officials. Based on Beth Macy’s book, the semi-fictional miniseries is produced by 20th Television and will air on Hulu starting Wednesday.

Media veteran Alan Horn to retire as head of Disney Studios

Alan Horn of Walt Disney Co, who has turned the company’s studio into a media powerhouse and oversaw blockbusters such as “Avengers: Endgame” and “Black Panther,” retires at the end of the year after nearly ‘a decade. A former US Air Force captain, Horn joined Disney in 2012 and led the integration of Marvel Studios, home to some of the world’s biggest box office hits. Horn also oversaw “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” – the highest-grossing domestic release in history.

With “Captain Kirk” on board, Blue Origin returns to “space, the last frontier”

Three months after billionaire American businessman Jeff Bezos flew into space aboard a rocket built by his company Blue Origin, the craft is expected to take another fully civilian crew on a suborbital ride on Wednesday , this time with “Star Trek” actor William Shatner in the lead role. As one of four passengers selected for the flight, 90-year-old Shatner is set to become the oldest person to ever venture into space.

Paul McCartney accuses John Lennon of breaking up the Beatles

Paul McCartney said he wanted to continue playing with The Beatles when the band broke up in 1970 and John Lennon was the instigator of the breakup. Speculation about the causes of the disappearance of the world’s most famous pop group ranges from artistic and legal disputes to Lennon’s marriage to artist Yoko Ono.

Amy Winehouse’s belongings have been auctioned

Nearly 800 Amy Winehouse items, including the short dress the late British singer wore to her last concert, are up for auction. The green and black dress and a heart-shaped Moschino handbag that the Grammy Award winner has often been photographed in are expected to fetch $ 15,000 to $ 20,000 each.

Superman turns out to be bisexual; “Not a gadget”, says the writer

Out, out and far! – for Superman on National Coming Out Day. Jon Kent, the son of original Superman Clark Kent and journalist Lois Lane, turns out to be bisexual in DC Comics’ latest iteration of The Superhero’s Adventures.

KKR-led group set to close deal for rights to hits from The Weeknd, Lorde – FT

A consortium led by private equity giant KKR & Co is set to close a deal to buy the rights to the music of pop icons Lorde and The Weeknd for $ 1.1 billion, the Financial reported on Tuesday. Times, citing people familiar with the talks. The group of investors, which will take a majority stake, and the family office of Stephen Hendel, a former partner of Goldman Sachs, reach an agreement to buy the catalog of the music company Kobalt, whose roster also includes Paul McCartney and Stevie. Nicks, according to the FT report.

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