Entertainment News Roundup: Warner Bros. Discovery Launches First US HBO Max Price Hike; Disney prepares for battle in the boardroom and more

What follows is a roundup of current entertainment news briefs.

French publisher of Harry’s memoirs prints 130,000 new copies

Strong orders for the French version of Prince Harry’s tell-all memoir prompted Paris-based publisher Fayard to print an additional 130,000 copies just two days after the book went on sale, a company spokesperson said on Thursday. to Reuters. “This is on top of the 210,000 copies printed initially,” the spokesperson said, adding that even more could be printed depending on orders.

Harry Styles and Wet Leg lead BRIT nominations

Nominations for this year’s BRIT Awards are in and Harry Styles and Wet Leg lead the way with four nominations each.

Announced via online stream on Thursday, global pop star Styles and rock duo Wet Leg are nominated for the coveted album of the year award along with rap artist Stormzy, producer Fred Again and the band pop rock The 1975.

Warner Bros Discovery Launches First US HBO Max Price Hike

Warner Bros. Discovery Inc is raising HBO Max’s ad-free subscription fee in the United States for the first time since the streaming service launched in 2020, the television network said Thursday, sending its shares down 3 %. Prices for the platform, which currently airs shows like “The White Lotus” and “House of the Dragon,” will increase by $1 to $15.99 plus tax per month for US subscribers.

Influential rock guitarist Jeff Beck dies at 78, his family says

Jeff Beck, the influential genre-bending English guitarist who rose to fame with The Yardbirds before later embarking on a solo career, has died at the age of 78, his family announced on social media Wednesday. He passed away peacefully Tuesday after suddenly contracting bacterial meningitis, the family said.

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‘Banshees,’ ‘Fabelmans’ Follow Globes Awards With SAG Nominations

Steven Spielberg’s drama “The Fabelmans” and the dark comedy “The Banshees of Inisherin,” two big winners at Hollywood’s Golden Globes, were nominated Wednesday for the top film honor at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. The films will compete for best film cast with “Talking Women,” “Babylon” and “Everything, Everywhere, All at Once.”

‘Lord of the Dance’ Flatley treated for ‘aggressive’ form of cancer

Irish-American dancer Michael Flatley has undergone surgery for an “aggressive” form of cancer and is under medical care, according to a statement on the “Lord of the Dance” creator’s Instagram account. Flatley, 64, rose to fame as a leading member of the “Riverdance” troupe, whose spectacular performance in the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest propelled Irish dance into the global spotlight. He later opened his own “Lord of the Dance” show.

Disney and activist investor Peltz prepare to fight over board seat

Walt Disney Co and billionaire Nelson Peltz are dueling in a boardroom battle after Mickey Mouse’s house denied the prominent activist investor a seat on its board. Peltz, who co-founded Trian Fund Management, has applied to join Disney’s board after criticizing the company for failing in its succession planning, spending too much at 21st Century Fox and delivering “overblown” compensation packages to its chief executive.

Comic follows Brittney Griner from college basketball to Russian jail

From college hoops to a Russian jail cell, the life of basketball star Brittney Griner is told in a new comic from TidalWave Comics. Griner is part of the publisher’s Fuerza Femenina series that celebrates women with inspiring stories.

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Disney prepares for battle in the boardroom

Activist investor Nelson Peltz made a bid Thursday for a Walt Disney Co board seat, stirring the pot for what appears to be a boardroom battle brewing at the Magic Kingdom. This comes after company veteran Bob Iger returned to the helm of Marvel-parent to help drive profitability at its streaming business, Disney+.

‘Fabelmans’, ‘Banshees’ Win Top Awards as Hollywood Embraces Golden Globes Again

“The Fabelmans,” Steven Spielberg’s teen-inspired film, and dark comedy “The Banshees of Inisherin” garnered top film awards at the Golden Globes on Tuesday as Hollywood returned to a show that had been cut from television. for a scandal “The Fabelmans” was named best motion picture drama at the star-studded ceremony in Beverly Hills. “Banshees of Inisherin,” the story of feuding friends on an Irish island, won best motion picture musical or comedy.

(With contributions from agencies).

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