Entertainment News Roundup: Singer Rihanna is officially a billionaire, Forbes says; Meghan teams up with Melissa McCarthy for birthday mentorship video and more
Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.
Colorful, violent and silly, ‘The Suicide Squad’ makes a comeback
Margot Robbie leads a cast of unhinged supervillains as “The Suicide Squad” returns on Friday in a sequel that its cast calls colorful and crazy. With a new director in James Gunn and fresh characters played by Idris Elba, Jon Cena and Sylvester Stallone, “The Suicide Squad” follows the 2016 movie that did well at the box office but got weak reviews.
Pop star Rihanna’s net worth is estimated at $1.7 billion, making her the richest woman musician in the world, but her music is not the primary source of her wealth, Forbes magazine said on Wednesday. The Barbados-born singer, whose birth name is Robyn Fenty, derives an estimated $1.4 billion of her fortune from her 50% stake in the Fenty Beauty cosmetics line, Forbes reported.
British singer-songwriter Lily Allen has performed in front of tens of thousands but she says taking the stage in London’s West End is “much scarier”. Allen, who rose to fame in the late-2000s with hits such as “Smile” and “Not Fair”, is making her theatre debut in “2:22 – A Ghost Story”, a supernatural thriller which opened for previews at the Noel Coward Theatre on Aug. 3.
DaBaby loses more gigs despite new apology for anti-gay remarks
Rapper DaBaby was dropped from the line-up of two more music festivals on Tuesday despite a third apology for homophobic remarks he made last month The organizers of the iHeartRadio and Austin City Limits festivals said in statements that DaBaby would no longer be performing at their events. That comes after the American musician was dropped from the Lollapalooza lineup in Chicago last weekend and the upcoming Governor’s Ball in New York and Day N Vegas event in Las Vegas.
Meghan teams up with Melissa McCarthy for birthday mentorship video
Britain’s Duchess Meghan celebrated her 40th birthday on Wednesday with a light-hearted video and an appeal for people to mentor women trying to get back into the work force. Meghan, the wife of Prince Harry, teamed up with “Bridesmaids” actress Melissa McCarthy for the tongue-in-cheek video to launch her “40×40” initiative.
Latin singer Selena featured in new U.S. comic book
Selena, the Tejano music performer killed in 1995, will be the star of a U.S. comic book debuting later this month. Selena, whose birth name was Selena Quintanilla-Perez, will be the focus of “Female Force: Selena,” a comic book in English and Spanish being released by TidalWave Comics on Aug. 11.
Grammy Awards show to make diversity part of the contract
The Grammy Awards show has committed to hiring a diverse team of people working on and off stage to produce the highest honors in the music industry, organizers said on Wednesday. The Recording Academy said it was adopting a so-called “inclusion rider” to its contract with producers of the January 2022 Grammy ceremony to boost diversity at every level.
‘We’ll scream our pain’: Gaza’s first rock band, Osprey V, takes wing
An accountant, two lawyers, an agronomist and a Swiss humanitarian worker have formed Gaza’s first rock band, giving voice in English to the pain of war in the Palestinian territory. The unlikely group got together more than two years ago to create Osprey V, posting video clips online and projecting an aura of mystery by keeping their faces hidden.
Louis C.K. announces first tour since sexual misconduct scandal
Comedian Louis C.K. on Wednesday announced a 30-city stand-up tour, his first major gigs since admitting in 2017 to sexual misconduct. The former star of TV comedy “Louie” announced dates on his website starting in mid-August in New York City and running through to December. He will also perform in Ukraine, Germany, Denmark and Romania in early 2022.
A representative of U.S. top model Kendall Jenner fired back on Wednesday against a $1.8 million suit from Italian label Liu Jo, saying a claim that she had breached terms of a modelling contract was “without merit.” At the centre of the dispute is a fashion shoot that was delayed by the COVID-19 emergency, with the contemporary Italian fashion label alleging Jenner turned down proposals to reschedule it, according to a complaint filed by Liu Jo in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan late on Monday.
(With inputs from agencies.)