Entertainment News Recap: K-pop sensation BTS hopes to see you in Seoul in March; Louis Vuitton designer Virgil Abloh’s charisma extends beyond luxury and beyond

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Aml Ameen makes directorial debut with UK’s first Black Christmas romantic comedy

Partly inspired by his own life, actor Aml Ameen says his directorial debut “Boxing Day” is unlike other party films: it is the first British Christmas romantic comedy to be directed by a predominantly black cast. In addition to directing and co-writing the film, Ameen stars as British Los Angeles-based author Melvin, who returns to his London home for Christmas to introduce his American fiancee Lisa to his Anglo-Caribbean family.

Real and virtual fans attend ‘The Witcher’ London premiere

The cast of Netflix’s “The Witcher” walked the red carpet in Leicester Square in London on Wednesday for the premiere of the second season of the epic fantasy series, which fans attended in person and virtually. Based on the series of novels by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, the highly anticipated second season follows Geralt de Rivia, played by British actor Henry Cavill, as he hunts for monsters in a fantasy realm known as the Continent. .

Alec Baldwin denies responsibility for fatal shooting on set

Alec Baldwin on Thursday denied responsibility for the shooting death of a cinematographer on the set of his western “Rust”, saying he would have committed suicide if he believed it was his fault. In a moving TV interview, the actor said he did not pull the trigger on the gun he was holding during a rehearsal and that he did not believe he would be charged in the case. .

More minority faces in film, television and music as audiences demand diversity

More minorities are appearing in mainstream American entertainment, from movies to TV to music, as audiences demand stories that reflect the world’s diversity, showing inclusion is good business, said industry leaders. “Our industry has caught up with reality. The majority of the world is actually Asian,” said Bing Chen, president of Gold House, a nonprofit collective that promotes the voices of Asian Pacific Islanders, during a panel at of the Reuters Next conference broadcast on Thursday.

ELLE magazine bans fur in all headlines to support animal welfare

Fashion magazine ELLE bans fur from the pages of all of its international editions in order to support animal welfare and reflect changing tastes, the publication said Thursday. Hailing a “fur-free future,” Valeria Bessolo LLopiz, senior vice president and international director of ELLE, told Reuters: “This is a great opportunity to raise awareness of animal welfare, to strengthen demand for sustainable and innovative alternatives and to foster a more humane fashion industry. “

K-pop sensation BTS hopes to see you in Seoul in March

K-pop sensation BTS is hoping to host an in-person concert in Seoul for the first since the pandemic, Yonhap news agency reported on Friday, after the group posted a tweet promising to “see you in Seoul, MARCH 2022” . The tweet included hashtags for the group’s “Permission to Dance” stage performances, but provided no further details.

The next NFT hit could be the music industry, says Beyonce, former manager of Elton John

As a former Music Director who previously counted Elton John, Beyonce and Guns N ‘Roses as clients, Merck Mercuriadis has a keen eye for talent and a knack for spotting trends. As streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music grew in popularity, Mercuriadis formed the Hipgnosis Songs Fund to acquire the music rights. The fund, which went public in 2018, invested $ 2.5 billion to acquire the publishing rights to 64,000 compositions by hitmakers including Timbaland, Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac, Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders, Rick James and Neil Young.

Louis Vuitton designer Virgil Abloh’s charisma extends beyond luxury

It was a “kid in a candy store” moment for Billie Essco when he found himself in a cavernous space under the Louvre in January last year, backstage at a parade for the luxury streetwear label Off-White from fashion designer Virgil Abloh. Essco, a 31-year-old black American artist, musician and clothing designer from Buffalo, New York, had made the last-minute decision to join his friend, rapper Westside Gunn, on a trip to Paris in the hopes of sneaking down a parade during fashion. The week.

(With contributions from agencies.)

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