Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.
Margaret Atwood writing her own ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ sequel
Canadian author Margaret Atwood said on Tuesday that she is writing a sequel to her best-selling dystopian novel “The Handmaid’s Tale.” “Yes indeed to those who asked: I’m writing a sequel to The #HandmaidsTale,” Atwood wrote on her Twitter account.
Citing racial bias, Jay-Z seeks to halt arbitration against Iconix
Jay-Z on Wednesday sued to halt his private arbitration with clothing company Iconix Brand Group Inc, saying the company’s inability to find an African-American arbitrator to hear the trademark dispute was unfair. The multimillionaire rapper said in a petition filed in Manhattan Supreme Court that the lack of racial diversity among arbitrators at the American Arbitration Association (AAA) was discriminatory under New York’s state constitution and a New York City human rights law.
Bobby Brown sues Showtime, BBC over Whitney Houston documentary
Whitney Houston’s former husband Bobby Brown and the estate of their daughter Bobbi Kristina have sued Showtime Networks and the BBC over alleged unauthorized footage used in a 2017 documentary about the late singer, “Whitney: Can I Be Me.” According to a complaint filed on Wednesday with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, Brown, the R&B singer formerly of New Edition, and Bobbi Kristina’s estate never consented to the airing of footage used in the documentary.
Netflix to create animation series based on Roald Dahl books
Netflix Inc said on Tuesday it will adapt celebrated British children’s author Roald Dahl’s books such as “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “Matilda” as animation series. The streaming company said it signed an agreement with the Roald Dahl Story Co, but did not disclose the financial terms.
Predator cities fight for survival in Peter Jackson’s “Mortal Engines”
Oscar winning filmmaker Peter Jackson is returning to the big screen with adventure fantasy “Mortal Engines”, a post-apolcalyptic tale of survival in his first feature film project since his award-winning adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels. The New Zealand-born director, known for his “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies, produced and co-wrote the script for the film, based on the young adult book series by Philip Reeve.
Sandra Bullock plays against type in dystopian thriller ‘Bird Box’
Best known for romantic comedies, Oscar winning actress Sandra Bullock has to fight for survival in dark, dystopian thriller “Bird Box”. Bullock, known for “Miss Congeniality” as well as dramas “The Blind Side” and “Gravity”, plays Malorie, a woman desperate to keep her two children safe from an unseen threat that leads people to commit suicide.
YouTube shifts to make new exclusive shows, movies free to users
YouTube plans to make all future original programing available to users for free with advertising, as the video streaming unit of Alphabet Inc’s Google seeks a bigger audience for shows and movies that had mostly been restricted to paid subscribers. The shift in strategy means that starting in 2020, a YouTube Premium subscription will no longer be the only way to watch most original programs, with all users having some access.
‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ creator dies at age 57
“SpongeBob SquarePants” creator Stephen Hillenburg, who brought the zany cartoon marine underworld of Bikini Bottom to television, the movies and the stage, has died at the age of 57, the Nickelodeon television network said on Tuesday. Hillenburg had said last year that he was suffering from the neurodegenerative disease ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. He died on Monday.