Entertainment News Roundup: ABBA-Backed Company Buys Rights to Swedish House Mafia Songs; ‘Euphoric’ Eddie Redmayne Presents Third ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Film and More

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ABBA-backed company buys rights to Swedish House Mafia songs

Swedish pop house Entertainment, founded by ABBA member Bjorn Ulvaeus, has acquired the catalog of electric music pioneers Swedish House Mafia, it announced on Tuesday. The pop house, which is behind events like ABBA’s upcoming virtual “Voyage” concerts in London, “Mamma Mia the Party” and the Avicii Experience in Stockholm, said it acquired master recordings and Swedish House Mafia publication catalogs.

‘Euphoric’ Eddie Redmayne Presents Third ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Movie

Eddie Redmayne returns for his third outing as magizoologist Newt Scamander in ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore,’ a highly anticipated movie that the Oscar-winning actor said he fears won’t air at some point due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the film’s London premiere on Tuesday night, Redmayne posed for photos and signed autographs, delighting fans of the ‘Harry Potter’ spin-off, which is set around 60 years before JK Rowling’s books but features versions younger of some of the same key characters, such as Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore.

Jazz artist Somi pays tribute to Miriam Makeba in new album

Late South African singer Miriam Makeba remains an inspiration 14 years after her death, prompting jazz artist Somi to pay homage with new twists to the anti-apartheid icon’s greatest hits. Makeba, who emerged from a black township to world fame with songs like “Pata Pata” and “Malaika” and spent three decades in exile for fighting white minority rule, set an example through his life as much as through his music, Somi said.

From Joker to Morbius: Jared Leto takes on a new role in comics

After playing DC Comics’ Joker, Oscar winner Jared Leto takes on Marvel’s Morbius in the first big-screen adaptation of the vampire-like character. “It was an amazing opportunity,” Leto told Reuters in an interview.

Jada Pinkett Smith Says It’s a ‘Healing Season’ After Oscars Incident

Jada Pinkett Smith promoted healing in an Instagram post on Tuesday, her first public comment since her husband slapped comedian Chris Rock at this year’s Oscars. Will Smith unexpectedly walked onto the Oscars stage on Sunday and slapped Rock in the face in response to a joke about his wife’s bald head. Pinkett Smith, an actor and talk show host, has a medical condition that causes hair loss.

China cracks down on tax evasion in livestreaming industry

China’s tax regulator said on Wednesday it would crack down on tax evasion in its booming live-streaming industry and start requiring online platforms to report live streamers’ identities, revenues and profits. live every six months.

The state tax authority said on its website that live streamers and platforms should compete fairly and fulfill their legal obligations to pay taxes.

‘CODA’ wins top prize, Will Smith slaps Chris Rock at Oscars

“CODA,” a heartwarming film about a deaf family with a hearing daughter, won the historic best picture award at the Oscars on Sunday, in a ceremony overshadowed by best actor winner Will Smith’s slap in the face on presenter Chris Rock. “CODA” became the first film from a streaming service, Apple TV+, to win the film industry’s biggest prize.

Ed Sheeran and Camila Cabello perform at a fundraising concert for Ukraine

Headliners Ed Sheeran and Camila Cabello were among music stars who took the stage on Tuesday night at a televised concert to raise money for a Ukrainian humanitarian appeal. The lineup for the two-hour ‘Concert for Ukraine’ in Birmingham also included Ukrainian singer Jamala, who won the Eurovision Song Contest 2016, music veteran Nile Rodgers & Chic as well as bands Snow Patrol and Manic Street Preachers.

Will Smith apologizes to Chris Rock for slapping, academy weighs action

Will Smith apologized to Chris Rock on Monday for slapping the comedian at the Oscars on Sunday night, releasing a statement after the film academy said it may take action against Smith over an incident that eclipsed the biggest awards in the industry. Smith, in an Instagram post, said her behavior at the televised ceremony was “unacceptable and inexcusable.”

Boxing-Jake Paul offers Smith and Rock $30 million to fight after Oscars dust

Boxing promoter Jake Paul has offered Will Smith and Chris Rock $15 million each to get in the ring and settle their differences after Smith slapped Rock during the Oscars awards ceremony on Sunday. Smith took the stage during the televised ceremony and punched Rock in the face after the comedian made a joke about how Smith’s wife looked.

(With agency contributions.)

Laura J. Boyer