Reuters Entertainment News Summary
Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.
'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' opens with galactic $450 million box office
"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" burst into theaters with a staggering $450 million in global ticket sales in its opening weekend, confirming that the celebrated space adventure franchise remained a powerful force at the box office. The eighth movie in the "Star Wars" saga created by George Lucas in 1977 collected $220 million in the United States and Canada, according to box office estimates released by comScore on Sunday. The total ranked second only to the $248 million for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" two years ago.
'Downsizing' puts microscope on environment, immigration and humanity
When filmmaker Alexander Payne and his writing partner came up with the idea in 2006 of a future in which humans could opt to be five inches tall to live better lives, little did they know how timely the story would be in 2017. "Downsizing," out in U.S. theaters on Friday and starring Matt Damon, shows a world in which people get "downsized" to live in environmentally friendly micro-communities, only to end up with their dreams shattered.
Plummer brings on the charm in reshot 'All the Money in the World'
When director Ridley Scott decided to remove Kevin Spacey from his film "All the Money in the World" and reshoot it with Christopher Plummer, he did not just pull off an extraordinary feat. Plummer's performance as U.S. oil billionaire J. Paul Getty also subtly changed the tone of the movie about the sensational 1973 kidnapping of Getty's 16-year-old grandson.
ESPN President Skipper resigns to deal with substance addiction
Walt Disney Co's John Skipper resigned on Monday as president of ESPN, the company's most important network, due to a problem with addiction. "I have struggled for many years with a substance addiction," Skipper, who was also Disney Media Networks co-chairman, said in a statement. "I have decided that the most important thing I can do right now is to take care of my problem." (http://es.pn/2kgmnCb)
Lead singer of South Korean boy band SHINee dies in possible suicide
The lead singer of top South Korean boy band SHINee died in hospital on Monday in a possible suicide that robs fans of the globally-famous K-Pop genre of one of its biggest stars. Kim Jong-hyun, 27, was found unconscious next to burning briquettes on a frying pan inside a serviced residence in the South Korean capital Seoul, a police official told Reuters.
Lady Gaga heads for Las Vegas concert residency
Pop star Lady Gaga is swapping touring for a two-year stint in Las Vegas, joining the likes of music divas Celine Dion, Britney Spears and Shania Twain who have recently taken up concert residencies in the entertainment mecca. Gaga, 31, said on Tuesday she will start a two-year engagement at the 5,300-seat Park Theater at the Park MGM resort on the Las Vegas strip in December 2018.
U.S. Justice Department loses music licensing appeal
A U.S. federal appeals court on Tuesday ruled that music licensing giant BMI did not have to abide by the Obama administration's more restrictive interpretation of how royalties should be collected. The decision dealt a setback to the Justice Department's effort to require Broadcast Music Inc, or BMI, and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, or ASCAP, to only license music to digital streaming services, radio and television stations, bars and other music users if they could issue a "full-work" license.
France pulls Marquis de Sade erotic novel from auction
The auction of one of the world's earliest and most sordid erotic novels -- the Marquis de Sade's "120 Days of Sodom" -- has been halted after the French state declared it a national treasure and said it could not be sold to a foreign buyer. De Sade's 1785 work, written in tiny script on 33 pieces of scroll while he was imprisoned in the Bastille, was due to be auctioned on Wednesday as one of the prize items in a vast collection of notes, letters and musical scores being sold off.
Luke Bryan's 'What Makes You Country' debuts at No. 1 on Billboard
Luke Bryan's "What Makes You Country" album debuted in the top spot this week on the Billboard 200 chart, giving the country singer his fourth No. 1 album. According to Nielsen Music data released on Monday, Bryan sold more than 107,000 units of the album during a week in which Irish band U2 plummeted from last week's top spot to 13th place with "Songs Of Experience."
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