Entertainment news roundup: Munich Philharmonic fires conductor Gergiev over his stance on Russia; YouTube to block Russian RT and Sputnik-related channels across Europe and more

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Munich Philharmonic sacks conductor Gergiev over his stance on Russia

The Munich Philharmonic Orchestra has sacked conductor Valery Gergiev with immediate effect after he failed to respond to calls to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the southern city’s mayor said on Tuesday. of Germany. Gergiev, who is considered a friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin and who conducted an orchestra in the ruins of Palmyra in Syria in 2016 to celebrate Russia’s victory there, was also shunned on Monday by La Scala and the Orchestra Rotterdam Philharmonic.

YouTube will block Russian RT and Sputnik-related channels across Europe

YouTube is blocking channels connected to Russian state-backed media RT and Sputnik across Europe with immediate effect, due to the situation in Ukraine, the company operated by Alphabet Inc. Google announced on Tuesday. “It will take time for our systems to fully establish themselves. Our teams continue to monitor the situation around the clock to act quickly,” a YouTube spokesperson said in a statement.

Russian conductor Gergiev shunned by La Scala and other venues

Russian Valery Gergiev will not lead at La Scala in Milan this week after failing to condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and he is also expected to be sidelined from roles in Munich and Rotterdam. Gergiev – general director of the Mariinsky Theater in St Petersburg and considered close to Russian President Vladimir Putin – conducted “The Queen of Spades”, an opera based on the novel by Alexander Pushkin, at La Scala on February 23.

Box Office: Tom Holland’s ‘Uncharted’ wins weekend as ‘Spider-Man’ nears $800 million in North America

It’s (still) good to be Tom Holland. The 25-year-old actor single-handedly boosted ticket sales in North American theaters, leading two films to the top three spots on the national box office charts. Over the weekend, his action-adventure “Uncharted” repeated No. 1 while his comic book epic “Spider-Man: No Way Home” followed a close second at No. 3.

Hitmaker Neil Diamond sells his entire catalog of songs to Universal

American singer-songwriter Neil Diamond, the voice behind classic tunes like ‘Sweet Caroline’ and ‘Cracklin’ Rosie’, has sold his entire catalog of songs to Universal Music Group’s publishing arm (UMG), after other hitmakers profited from working on them. In a statement on Monday, UMG said the deal also covers the rights to all recordings from Diamond’s 60-year career, including 110 previously unreleased tracks, an unreleased album and long-form archival videos. He stated that he would record and release Diamond’s future music if he returned to the studio.

‘CODA’ lands top SAG award en route to Oscars

“CODA,” a coming-of-age drama about the only hearing member of a deaf family, won the Screen Actors Guild Best Picture award, boosting its chances of success at the Academy Awards. next month. The film, which Apple TV+ acquired from the Sundance Film Festival for $25 million, follows the story of a small-town girl who pursues her dream of becoming a singer. The film, directed by Sian Heder, cast deaf actors Marlee Matlin and Troy Kotsur as the parents of the young performer, played by Emilia Jones. Kotsur also won the award for Male Actor in a Supporting Role.

Disney, Warner Bros., Sony suspend film releases in Russia following Ukraine invasion

Hollywood Studios Disney, Warner Bros. and Sony Pictures Entertainment have announced that they will suspend theatrical releases of upcoming films in Russia in response to its invasion of Ukraine and the ongoing humanitarian crisis. The Walt Disney Co announced on Monday that it was suspending theatrical release of films in Russia, starting with Pixar Animation Studios’ upcoming release, “Turning Red.” Within hours, WarnerMedia announced that it would pause the release of “The Batman” this week in Russia.

After decades of spin, Sonic’s escape leaves Sega hoping for more

Japanese Sega Sammy Holdings Inc hopes to follow in the quick footsteps of Sonic the Hedgehog as the character enjoys a renaissance amid a global rush for entertainment content. This year sees the release of a sequel to a record-breaking Hollywood movie and a Netflix series, as well as a title that Sega hopes will revive the fortunes of the long-running Sonic game franchise after decades of turmoil.

‘The Batman’ stars ‘frightened and very excited’ to see audience response

Robert Pattinson and Zoe Kravitz team up as Batman and Catwoman in the acclaimed DC Comics characters’ latest cinematic outing for “The Batman.” The nearly three-hour film is truly a film noir, with the two characters playing detective to find a missing girl and locate The Riddler, who assassinates high-profile figures in Gotham City.

(With agency contributions.)

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