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Friday, October 15, 2021

Category: Entertainment

“Squid Game” sweeps the views among the “Netflix” original series

The South Korean series “Squid Game” has officially become the most-watched of its original series, Netflix said.

The series “Squid Game” has caused a global uproar since it began airing less than a month ago, and it consists of 9 episodes, in which competitors in financial difficulty play children’s games but with deadly consequences, in pursuit of a prize of 45.6 billion won (38 million dollars).

“Squid Game” has officially reached 111 million followers, which makes it the biggest launch of our series ever, Netflix said on Twitter, on Wednesday.

Netflix signs long-term contract with “Lupin” Star

French actor Omar Sy has signed a long-term contract with the “Netflix” platform to produce films for him, in a cooperation that is the first of its kind between the American platform and a French actor, and comes after the global success of the series “Lupin”.

And “Netflix” said in a statement that “Omar C Production Company in Paris and Los Angeles will, under this contract, prepare special films for Netflix, and “C” will be the representative and executive producer in them.”

The statement quoted Omar Sy as saying that he was “happy with the opportunity to continue” his relationship with the platform and that he was “excited for the next stage in the joint adventure” between them.

Omar Sy re-published the “Netflix” advertisement on his account on “Instagram”, while the broadcasting platform did not specify the value of the contract.

And the American magazine “Variety” said that this kind of cooperation with “Netflix” has not happened before, except with actress Vanessa Kirby, who appeared in the series “The Crown.”

Omar Sy was known on a global level after the success of the movie “The Intouchables”, and his fame increased after the French series “Lupin” broke records on “Netflix”, attracting tens of millions of subscribers in the world.

Daniel Craig joins the Hollywood Walk of Fame After farewell to “James Bond”

Daniel Craig was finally awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday, days before his latest James Bond movie premiered in the United States.

“No Time to Die” is the fifth and final in the series of films in which Craig played the role of the elegant British agent, ending the role he played over 15 years.

Craig’s star was ranked 2704 on the Walk of Fame and was placed alongside the late Roger Moore, who played the role of Bond in seven films between 1973 and 1985.

“Being on this driveway, surrounded by all these legends makes me a very happy man,” said Craig.

Film producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson, as well as Rami Malek, who played villain Savin in No Time to Die, attended Craig’s tribute.

The film garnered 121 million dollars in ticket sales when it premiered during the weekend in Britain and international cinemas after the show was postponed 3 times due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Craig will play Macbeth on Broadway in March.

“Spencer” about the late Princess Diana screened at the London Film Festival

The movie “Spencer”, which narrates the life of the late British Princess Diana, was shown at the London Film Festival on Thursday, starring American star Kristen Stewart.

Stewart, 31, said she was excited to showcase her performance as Princess Diana to British audiences, in a role that won critical acclaim.

The events of “Spencer”, the family name of the late princess, focus on three days in Diana’s life, as the story of the film follows her as she reluctantly heads to Sandringham House for a Christmas gathering with members of the British royal family, at a time when her marriage to a crown prince falls apart. Covenant Prince Charles.

The film, directed by Chilean Pablo Larren, was first shown at the Venice Film Festival last month, prompting some critics to say that Stewart, best known from the “Twilight Saga” series, could be nominated for a Best Oscar. an actress.

“I’m excited to show the movie in his home country,” Stewart told Reuters on the red carpet. “We did it with a lot of love. Even if everyone hated the movie, it wouldn’t be a bad thing, because we did everything we could to make it happen.”

And she continued, “We love her so much and wanted to understand her… I hope everyone loves the movie as much as we loved her.”
“Spencer” depicts Princess Diana growing increasingly isolated from the rest of the royal family as she desperately seeks to free herself from royal shackles. The film also shows her close relationship with her two sons, William and Harry.

The London Film Festival will continue until October 17, and the festival has returned this year to live shows, after it held its activities virtually last year, in light of the exceptional situation imposed by the Corona epidemic.

Scarlett Johansson and Disney sign Black Widow deal

Actress Scarlett Johansson and Disney announced Thursday that they have reached an agreement over a financial dispute that has erupted between them since the movie “Black Widow” was made available via streaming at the same time as it was shown in cinemas, which the American star considered a breach of contract.

And Johansson, who is considered one of the most prominent and highest-paid Hollywood stars, was supposed to receive a percentage of the box office revenues from the upcoming Marvel movie, in which she plays the main role, according to the text of a lawsuit she filed at the end of last July with a Los Angeles court.

Johansson considered that the simultaneous release of the film in cinemas and via the video-on-demand platform “Disney +” of the giant entertainment company, missed her millions of dollars in profits.

Disney, which owns Marvel Studios, which specializes in superhero films, confirmed that it had not breached the contract, and regretted Johansson’s ignoring the “horrific and continuing global impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.”

The film was originally scheduled to be shown on the big screen last year, but its release was postponed more than once due to the Coronavirus.

The Swiss art fair “Art Basel” had no problem with the absence of the richest Americans

It seemed as if the number of attendees on the first VIP day of the “Art Basel” fair in Switzerland surprised almost everyone.

“There were days when no one wanted to come and there were days when we felt like no one was going to be here, but we have to do it anyway,” says Marc Glimcher, president of Megabase.

It was only by last week, Glimcher said, “I felt the show was going to be good.”

Known as the world’s most prestigious art gallery, Art Basel boasts 272 galleries selling hundreds of millions of dollars worth of artwork to the world’s ultra-rich.

During normal years, anticipation and hype lead to a (high-end) crowd at the opening, as collectors rush to their favorite departments to buy them before they are snatched away by someone else.

That rush was decimated in 2020, due to the complete cancellation of the exhibition, which can be attended in person, and moved to online preview rooms.

Then the 2021 edition was postponed until September. Since then, many galleries have cautiously re-entered the art market, but none have matched the level – or degree of the exhibit – enjoyed by Art Basel.

This means that the art world has had to wait more than two years for the Swiss gallery to bring together the high-quality, high-priced artworks to provide a true test of the market.

Singer R. Kelly convicted in ‘sex trafficking’ trial

A federal jury indicted singer R. Kelly on Monday in his sex-trafficking trial, with prosecutors accusing the R&B singer of using his stardom to lure women and underage girls to have sex with them.

Jurors in Brooklyn federal court deliberated for more than a day, before voting to convict Kelly, 54, on the nine charges against him.

Kelly’s lawyer expressed to reporters the defense team’s frustration. “I am confident that we will appeal the ruling,” he said.

Kelly faces a mandatory sentence of at least ten years behind bars and may be imprisoned for life when he is sentenced on May 4, 2022.

A restaurant employee kicks Nicolas Cage out into the street barefoot

In a surprising incident of the international star’s behavior, an employee of a luxury restaurant expelled the American star Nicholas Cage to the street barefoot, after he behaved aggressively with restaurant workers.

The photographers’ lenses monitored the arrest of the international star Nicolas Cage, while drunk, inside a famous restaurant in the US state of Las Vegas, after he got into a big fight with the restaurant’s employees and workers.

The English newspaper, The Sun, reported the details of the arrest of the 57-year-old international star, which began with Cage taking off his shoes in the restaurant, and addressing him to the workers in the restaurant in a loud voice while telling the workers that he did not have any shelter.

Cage appeared in the video published by the English newspaper, as he exited the Lawry’s Prime Rib restaurant near the famous Las Vegas last week, and the report stated that the workers in the restaurant did not recognize the Oscar-winning star, and after learning his true identity, they called for security.

The report quoted some details from workers at the luxury restaurant, who confirmed that Nicolas Cage was aggressive, and Cage appeared wearing leopard-print pants, sitting on a sofa while he was barefoot.

Cage was recently contracted to star in Butcher’s Crossing, an adventure based on John Williams’ original 1960 novel about the rugged frontiers of the American West, slated to be directed by Abe Polsky.

The film will be produced by Altitude Group, which produces, finances, and has British and Irish distribution rights, as well as an international sale at Cannes Market, which began today, with the market opening ahead of next month’s festival.

The new “Body Guard” is coming soon to Hollywood

Warner Brothers, the film production company, intends to present a new treatment for the famous movie “Body Guard”, which was released in 1992, and launched the late singer Whitney Houston’s career in the world of acting, and included her most famous songs.

The company said that the new treatment of the suspense, excitement, and romance film is “in progress”, and that “American writer Matthew Lopez is writing the script.”

Warner Brothers did not release details about the cast, plot, or possible release date of the film, but said Lawrence Kasdan, the writer, and producer of the 1992 film, would co-produce the remake.

Whitney Houston began acting in that film, playing a singer who is protected from an unknown stalker by a former Secret Service officer. The role of the bodyguard was embodied by the famous star Kevin Costner.

Although the film met with critical reviews at the time of its release, it came in at number two at the global box office that year, and Houston’s lead single “I Will Always Love You” became a classic.

Microsoft launches cloud gaming service on Xbox

Microsoft has announced the launch of xCloud and Xbox Remote Play cloud video game services through the Xbox app for Windows devices so that users can enjoy full gaming experiences, even if the capabilities of the devices they are using are modest.

The idea of ​​Microsoft’s cloud-playing services is based on playing games on the company’s servers directly, and then the games are played and broadcast to the user’s device, regardless of their capabilities in terms of data and graphics processing, according to what the company published on the official Xbox blog.

Microsoft had made its xCloud service available on users’ devices via Internet browsers but in the form of a standalone application that works directly across the desktop, greatly improving the experience.

The provision of Remote Play for Windows devices is also a major addition, as it will make it easier for gamers to broadcast the games they play on Xbox devices, such as Xbox Series One, Xbox Series S, and Xbox Series X, to Windows 10 and Windows 11 devices when it is officially available so that they can follow the game freely anywhere.

And in order for the user to enjoy the new services, he must have a device running Windows 10, a game controller that works with “Bluetooth” or supports working with a USB-C port, as well as a subscription to the Microsoft Xbox Game Pass Ultimate service.

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