Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.
Billie Eilish dominates 2019 on Apple Music
Newcomer Billie Eilish dominated Apple Music streams in 2019, scoring the top streamed album of the year with “When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”, Apple Music said on Tuesday. Eilish, 17, who burst onto the alternative pop scene this year and is nominated for four Grammy Awards in January, came 5th on the list of most streamed songs, with “Bad Guy,” Apple Music said in a year-end list.
‘Indiana Jones’ scientists collect seeds in wild for climate change fight
Braving perils from blood-sucking leeches to tigers and using transport as basic as elephants, scientists have journeyed like “Indiana Jones” to remote locations to collect wild cousins of crop seeds in a project to help tackle climate change. A report released on Tuesday presented the results of a six-year quest to collect thousands of wild seeds that could play an important role in feeding a rising global population at a time when global warming is jeopardizing crop production.
With strong accent, Hugh Grant ‘went for it’ in Ritchie’s ‘The Gentlemen’
Hugh Grant is best known for playing the bumbling Englishman in romantic comedies so when the role of a cockney-accented private investigator in Guy Ritchie’s new crime caper came up, the actor was a little hesitant to portray someone so different. Grant plays the shady Fletcher in “The Gentlemen,” a far cry from his roles in “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and “Notting Hill.”
South Korean actor found dead in latest K-pop tragedy
South Korean actor Cha In-ha was found dead in his home, police said on Wednesday, the country’s third young celebrity to die over the past two months as concern mounted over the intense social pressures that artists face. In an unrelated case, K-pop star Kang Daniel’s management agency Konnect Entertainment said the former member of the hit boy band Wanna One was taking a break from his performing schedules due to “depression and panic attacks.”
With ‘No Time to Die,’ Daniel Craig’s license as James Bond expires
In the latest James Bond movie, “No Time to Die,” Daniel Craig dons the famed tuxedo of the iconic British secret agent 007 for his fifth and final time. The actor, cast and crew of the highly anticipated film, the franchise’s 25th and scheduled for release in April 2020, revealed little during an appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America on Wednesday as the first trailer premiered, but confirmed Craig would be retiring from the role.
The Who to return to Cincinnati, 40 years after concert tragedy
Veteran British rockers The Who will play Cincinnati next year for the first time since 1979, when a stampede before a concert they were giving in the city killed 11 fans. The band, co-founded in 1964 and still led by singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist Pete Townshend, made the announcement on Tuesday, the 40th anniversary of the tragedy.
Actors Watson, Foy star in “Romeo and Juliet”-inspired 2020 Pirelli calendar
Italian photographer Paolo Roversi took inspiration from William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” for the 2020 Pirelli calendar, which features Hollywood names such as Emma Watson and Kristen Stewart as well as transgender model and actor Indya Moore. Set in Verona, where Shakespeare’s play takes place, the calendar, entitled “Looking for Juliet”, was presented in the northern Italian city on Tuesday.