Netflix has edited out a phone number that appears in its hit series Squid Game after a South Korean woman and others who use similar combinations were deluged with calls – with some callers even asking to join the show’s life-or-death games. The South Korea-made production has topped Netflix popularity charts in 90 countries since its launch last month and is on track to become its most watched series ever.
The naked baby photographed on Nirvana’s breakthrough album “Nevermind” is now accusing the band of being child pornographers, claiming they told him to “Come As You Are” without consent. Spencer Eldon, now 30, filed a lawsuit against Kurt Cobain’s estate and the band’s surviving members, saying the grunge pioneers violated federal child pornography statutes and sexually exploited him.
A producer for a controversial Hollywood film depicting Jacinda Ardern’s response to the Christchurch terror attacks has resigned from the project after criticisms that it sidelined Muslim victims. The premise of the film, They Are Us, has also been criticized by its proposed subject, New Zealand prime minister Ardern. Ardern said on Sunday that she was not an appropriate focus for a film about the 2019 mosque attacks.
US telecom giant AT&T has agreed to combine its WarnerMedia business with Discovery in a deal to create a new streaming giant. The tie-up brings one of Hollywood’s biggest studios and Discovery’s channels under the same ownership. AT&T owns CNN, HBO and Warner Bros, after acquiring many brands in a $108.7bn purchase of Time Warner in 2018. The deal also marks the entry of another player into a crowded market.
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” a longtime fixture of daytime television, is coming to an end. DeGeneres plans to end her daytime talk show after the upcoming 19th season ends next year, NBC News has confirmed. The 63-year-old TV legend will sit down with TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie to discuss the decision in an exclusive interview set to air on Thursday morning.
The 2021 Oscars on Sunday saw “Nomadland” take home the top prize as best picture in an awards show that featured countless celebrities reference Derek Chauvin’s murder conviction and police brutality in the United States. Frances McDormand took home the award for best actress for the film. Another big winner was Anthony Hopkins, who took home best actor for his work in “The Father.”
Larry King, giant of US broadcasting who achieved worldwide fame for interviewing political leaders and celebrities, has died at the age of 87. King conducted an estimated 50,000 interviews in his six-decade career, which included 25 years as host of the popular CNN talk show Larry King Live. The talk show host, famous for his braces and rolled-up sleeves, had faced several health problems in recent years, including heart attacks.
Sony Corp is pulling CD Projekt’s video game Cyberpunk 2077 from its PlayStation Store and offering full refunds after gamers complained it was rife with bugs, sending shares in the Polish firm down as much as 20%. The game, which took eight years to develop and features Hollywood star Keanu Reeves, takes place across a detailed futuristic city where players take the first-person perspective of a mercenary outlaw known as V.
A recording has emerged of Tom Cruise apparently shouting at workers on the set of Mission: Impossible 7 and threatening to fire them if they broke Covid-19 guidelines. The Sun published the expletive-laden audio in which Cruise said: “If I see you doing it again, you’re… gone.” The paper said Cruise had seen two crew members “standing too close to one another in front of a computer screen”.
Universal Music has struck a deal to buy the rights to Bob Dylan’s entire catalog of 600 songs, from Blowin’ in the Wind to Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door, in the biggest music publishing deal in decades. Dylan, whose body of work over six decades made him the first songwriter to be awarded the Nobel prize in literature, in 2016, has sold more than 125m records worldwide.