10/5/21 Entertainment News
— Clint Eastwood is being awarded a lot of green in a lawsuit against a CBD retailer. TMZ reports a judge awarded the 91-year-old six-point-one million dollars after the companies he sued did not respond. Last year, the legendary actor sued Lithuanian CBD for allegedly using his image to promote their products. The company are also blocked from using Eastwood’s name and likeness moving forward.
— A South Korean survival thriller is on track to become the biggest show ever on Netflix. But that comes with a price. More people watching “Squid Game” means more users online. And that’s why an internet provider in South Korea is suing. The company wants the streaming giant to cover costs of increased internet traffic and maintenance. Netflix says it will review the claim and find a workaround to prevent customers from being affected. The nine-episode series of “Squid Game” hasn’t even been out three weeks yet and it’s already number one in 90 countries. The writer and director recently said he had no plans for a second season but appears to have changed his mind, hinting how the story might continue.
— NBC anchor and correspondent Natalie Morales is joining “The Talk.” On Monday, CBS announced Morales is joining the show as a co-host on October 11th. In a statement, she said she couldn’t be more excited. She added she’s looking forward to many good times while talking about the day’s topics.
— Britney Spears says she has no words for the Free Britney movement. On Twitter Monday, she said because of the movement and her fans’ constant resilience in freeing her from her conservatorship, her life is finally going in that direction. She revealed she cried for two hours on Sunday night because her fans are the best and she knows it. On Instagram, she also asked fans where she should marry her fiance Sam Asghari. She said they’re deciding between Italy, Greece, Australia, or New York City.
— Derek Hough is taking a short break from “Dancing with the Stars” after a potential COVID exposure. During Monday’s episode, Hough was absent from the judges’ panel. Host Tyra Banks said while he is fully vaccinated and tested negative, he decided to stay home out of an abundance of caution. Hough has been traveling back and forth between Los Angeles, and Las Vegas to perform a new show at The Venetian.
— Influencer Bretman Rock is making history as the first gay man to be to be featured on the cover of Playboy. The social media star from Hawaii got his start doing makeup tutorials on YouTube. Rock is wearing the classic Playboy look on October’s digital cover as he sports the ears, bow tie and bunny tail with black tights and a matching bustier. The Filipino American is only the third male to ever get a solo cover behind Hugh Hefner and Bad Bunny. More photos from the cover shoot along with an interview will be released later this month.
— A federal jury has awarded actress Shannen Doherty six-point-three-million-dollars after she won an insurance lawsuit. The jury found State Farm didn’t fully cover the cost of damage to Doherty’s home in Malibu, which was burned in California’s devastating Woolsey Fire in 2018. The jury says State Farm’s failure to pay her policy benefits was “unreasonable and without proper cause.” State Farm plans to appeal the verdict.
— TV’s Captain Kirk will take a real-life flight into space aboard a Blue Origin rocket next week. William Shatner will launch on a New Shepard rocket built by the company founded by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos. The 90-year-old Shatner will be part of a four-person crew set to launch on October 12th. They will launch to the edge of space from West Texas and their capsule will parachute down to the desert about 15 minutes later. Shatner said, “I’ve heard about space for a long time now. I’m taking the opportunity to see it for myself.”
— Netflix is bringing its randomized shuffle feature to its mobile app. “Play Something” chooses a TV show or movie based on a user’s viewing history and preferences. The company is currently rolling out Play Something to all Android mobile devices around the globe. The company said it lets Netflix members find new shows and movies “when they don’t want to make decisions.”
— Lindsay Lohan is joining the world of podcasting. The actress has signed on with digital content studio Studio71 to create the podcast that’s said to show a “never-before-seen side” of Lohan. There’s no word on the title of the podcast or when it will be released. However, the company says they’re planning for it to premiere either late this year or early next year. In a statement, Lohan says she’s looking forward to “intimate conversations with friends” and other guests.
— The leaders of the union that represents actors are supporting a strike authorization by tens of thousands of Hollywood workers. SAG-AFTRA leaders are calling on Hollywood’s employers to hear their workers’ complaints and adopt what the union calls “a more conscious capitalism.” Members of the International Association of Theatrical Stage Employees overwhelmingly voted to authorize the strike with 98-percent support, and 90-percent voter turnout. A strike would be the first in IATSE’s 128-year history and would effectively shut down movie and TV production.