Below is a summary of the current entertainment briefs.
Reese Witherspoon’s media company to be sold to Blackstone-backed company
Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon’s media company Hello Sunshine is selling to a new media company backed by Blackstone Group Inc for an undisclosed sum. The sale will value the company at around $ 900 million, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.
Rapper Biz Markie’s funeral in New York
A funeral for rapper Biz Markie was held Monday after the hip-hop personality best known for his 1989 hit “Just a Friend” died in July. Fans gathered outside the Patchogue Theater on Long Island in New York City during the service for the pioneer beatboxer whose birth name was Marcel Theo Hall. He was born in Harlem and raised in Patchogue.
American comedian and non-smoker Kathy Griffin to undergo lung cancer surgery
American comedian Kathy Griffin said on Monday that she was diagnosed with lung cancer even though she had never smoked. Griffin, 60, said in social media posts that she would have surgery to remove part of a lung and that doctors were optimistic about the outcome.
Amazon’s Lord of the Rings TV Series to Launch in September 2022
Amazon’s multi-million dollar TV version of “Lord of the Rings” will launch in September 2022, Amazon Studios announced Monday. The streaming platform said filming for the first season had ended in New Zealand and released the first footage from the show.
Chinese police arrest Canadian pop star Kris Wu on rape allegation
Chinese police say they arrested a 30-year-old Canadian surnamed Wu on suspicion of rape, state media identifying him as Chinese-born pop singer Kris Wu. is investigating online accusations of “inciting young girls to have sex with him,” according to a police statement in the Chaoyang district of the Chinese capital Beijing on Saturday evening.
Blackstone and Hudson Pacific plan billion dollar movie studios in UK
U.S. companies Blackstone and Hudson Pacific Properties have said they plan to build a major film, television and digital production complex in Broxbourne, north London, as part of their platform’s first overseas expansion. Sunset Studios. The funds managed by the two companies had acquired a 91-acre site, 17 miles from central London, for £ 120m, they said on Sunday, adding that the total investment would be more than £ 700m ( $ 975 million).
(With contributions from agencies.)