Albert Uderzo, co-creator and illustrator of the “Asterix” comic book series, has died at the age of 92, a spokesman for his publisher Editions Albert Rene said. The hugely popular comic, read worldwide, follows the adventures of Gaulish warriors and their antics against Roman adversaries. They were published for the first time in francophone Pilote magazine in 1959.
Hollywood star Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson have both tested positive for coronavirus. Hanks, who has been filming an Elvis Presley biopic in Australia, posted a statement on Twitter after being diagnosed with COVID-19, saying: “We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the coronavirus, and were found to be positive.”
Pixar’s Onward has been celebrated for becoming the first film in the studio’s history to feature an openly gay character, voiced by openly lesbian actress Lena Waithe, but according to Deadline the film is now facing a ban in Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudia Arabia because of the film’s LGBTQ representation. Waithe’s character, a lesbian cop, is the first openly gay character in Pixar history.
South Korean film Parasite has been named best picture at this year’s Oscars, becoming the first non-English language film to take the top prize. Renee Zellweger won best actress for playing Judy Garland in Judy. Joaquin Phoenix was named best actor for Joker. Brad Pitt and Laura Dern scooped the supporting acting awards for their roles in Once Upon A Time in Hollywood and Marriage Story respectively.
Kirk Douglas, one of the first box office stars of the silver screen, has died. He was 103. The acting legend, who had been in good health since suffering a stroke in 1996, is survived by his wife of 65 years Anne Buydens, and his three sons: Michael, Joel, and Eric. With over 92 acting credits, including some 75 movies, seven of which co-starred his friend Burt Lancaster, Douglas became a superstar even before the term was coined.
The rapper and his wife, Beyoncé, drew criticism and praise for staying seated during the national anthem at Super Bowl LIV on Sunday. He explained that he was busy observing the show, which he had a hand in producing thanks to a deal between his company Roc Nation and the NFL. The rapper continued, saying that he wanted to make sure that fans at home could “really feel the music.”
The singer Justin Bieber revealed Wednesday that he has been diagnosed with Lyme disease in an Instagram post that called out people who have made comments about his appearance in recent months. “These things will be explained further in a docu series I’m putting on YouTube shortly.. you can learn all that I’ve been battling and OVERCOMING!!” Bieber said.
YouTuber PewDiePie has announced he will be taking a break from the video-sharing platform, saying he is “very tired”. PewDiePie, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, is known for his video-game commentary, but has also been the center of controversy due to accusations of racism and antisemitism. With 102 million subscribers, the Swedish vlogger and comedian was for many years the platform’s most popular star.
Taking $350m (£272m) worldwide in its opening weekend, according to studio estimates, Frozen 2 has broken the record for the highest-grossing weekend ever for an animated film globally. It comes six years after the release of the first film, a box office sensation which spawned a flurry of merchandising, a Broadway musical, two Oscar wins and one of the decade’s biggest earworms in Menzel’s Let it Go.
In a social media post, musician Taylor Swift said she has been blocked from performing her own older songs by Swift’s former record label head Scott Borchetta and his partner Scooter Braun. Swift contends that decision will affect not only her appearance at the American Music Awards (AMA), where she is expected to be named Artist of the Decade, but a Netflix documentary chronicling the past few years of Swift’s life.