Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.
Disney said it will introduce an ad-supported version of the Disney+ streaming service
The Walt Disney Co Friday said it will offer a cheaper, ad-supported version of its Disney+ streaming service later this year as it seeks to reach its goal of profitability by 2024. Disney joins a growing number of media companies, including AT&T’s WarnerMedia, Comcast, Discovery and Paramount Global, in offering ad-supported tiers of their streaming services to capture price-sensitive customers.
Madrid’s Opera House cancels Russia’s Bolshoi ballet show after Ukraine invasion
Madrid’s Teatro Real on Friday said it has canceled performances of the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet scheduled in May because of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the “painful humanitarian emergency” it has caused. Thousands of people are believed to have been killed or wounded and more than 1 million refugees have fled Ukraine since Feb. 24 when Russia’s President Vladimir Putin ordered the biggest attack on a European state since World War Two.
U.S. TV producer and writer Shonda Rhimes, British make-up artist Pat McGrath and French blogger Lena Mahfouf are being honored with Barbie dolls in their likeness as part of a celebration of female business founders. In its latest Barbie role models line-up, toymaker Mattel is paying tribute to women from around the world, including Sonia Peronaci, founder of Italian cooking website “GialloZafferano” and German digital entrepreneur Tijen Onaran.
Dolly Parton to host Monday’s Academy of Country Music awards
Dolly Parton will take center stage on Monday at the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards, hosting the Las Vegas event alongside fellow singer-songwriter Jimmie Allen and rising star Gabby Barrett. The awards ceremony will feature a tribute by Grammy-winning singer Kelly Clarkson to the 76-year-old Parton, one of country music’s most beloved artists and a cultural icon who transcends the genre.
Paul McCartney, Kendrick Lamar, Olivia Rodrigo to perform at Glastonbury
Veteran Paul McCartney, rapper Kendrick Lamar, and U.S. chart-topper Olivia Rodrigo will perform at Glastonbury in June, organizers said on Friday, after the music festival returns following a three-year absence due to the COVID pandemic. McCartney and Lamar complete the list of headliners for the main Pyramid Stage at the June 22-26 festival after Billie Eilish and Diana Ross were previously announced as part of the line-up.
Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher fundraiser for Ukraine refugees tops $6.8 million
Hollywood couple Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis have raised over $6.8 million as of Friday, a day after setting up a GoFundMe page seeking humanitarian aid for Ukrainian refugees.
(With inputs from agencies.)