Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.
Analysis-Taylor Swift ticket snafu turns up regulatory heat on Ticketmaster
Ticketmaster’s botched sale of tickets to Taylor Swift’s 2023 tour, the megastar’s first in five years, has led to calls for the company to be broken up – a proposal that antitrust experts say could find a far more receptive audience than in the past. The U.S. Justice Department, which approved Ticketmaster’s much-criticized purchase of Live Nation in 2010, is different than it was 12 years ago. It has proven much more willing to file antitrust lawsuits against giant companies – including the ongoing December 2020 lawsuit against Google – and fight mergers, not all of which it wins.
Actor Michael J. Fox accepts honorary Oscar for Parkinson’s advocacy
Actor Michael J. Fox, who charmed audiences in 1980s TV comedy “Family Ties” and the “Back to the Future” movies, received an honorary Oscar on Saturday for advocacy work that has raised $1.5 billion for research into Parkinson’s disease. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, a nerve disorder that causes tremors and other symptoms, at age 29. He later curtailed his acting career and founded the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research to help fund the search for a cure in 2000.
New Mexico sheriff releases ‘Rust’ movie shooting investigation
A New Mexico sheriff’s office on Friday released documents from his investigation into the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins last year on the set of Western movie “Rust,” as a state prosecutor decided whether to press criminal charges. Among 551 pages published by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office were interviews with witnesses, including star Alec Baldwin, and text messages and emails from crew and cast members sometimes detailing chaotic and acrimonious conditions on set prior to Hutchins’ death on Oct. 21, 2021.
‘Spectacular:’ Adele fans rave as Vegas shows finally start
An “incredibly nervous” Adele kicked off her Las Vegas concerts on Friday, 10 months after she angered fans by postponing the shows at the last minute. People who attended the chart-topper’s first “Weekends with Adele” show at Caesars Palace said they were thrilled to finally see the Grammy-winning singer live on stage and seemed to forgive her for the postponement. The audience greeted her with a standing ovation.
Upset Taylor Swift says she was told Ticketmaster could handle demand
Pop superstar Taylor Swift said on Friday it was “excruciating” for her to watch fans struggle to secure tickets for her upcoming U.S. tour after she had been assured that Ticketmaster could handle large demand. The New York Times reported that the U.S. Justice Department was investigating whether Ticketmaster parent Live Nation Entertainment had abused its power over the multibillion-dollar live music industry.
(With inputs from agencies.)
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