Entertainment News Roundup: Actor Robert Blake, star of 'Baretta' and 'In Cold Blood,' dead at age 89; What could go wrong? Oscars team prepares for anything after Will Smith slap and more – Devdiscourse

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Actor Robert Blake, star of ‘Baretta’ and ‘In Cold Blood,’ dead at age 89
Robert Blake, a child actor from the Depression-era “Our Gang” comedies who won adult stardom playing an undercover cop on the 1970s television series “Baretta” before fame was eclipsed by his murder trial in the 2001 killing of his wife, has died at age 89. Blake, who also won acclaim for his role as a psychopathic killer in the 1967 film adaptation of Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood,” died at his home in Los Angeles, surrounded by family members, according to a statement released to CBS, The Hollywood Reporter and other news agencies by his niece, Noreen Austin.
What could go wrong? Oscars team prepares for anything after Will Smith slap
Organizers of Sunday’s 95th Academy Awards are preparing for the unexpected after Will Smith’s infamous slap of Chris Rock convulsed Hollywood’s biggest awards ceremony last year. For the first time, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has created a crisis team to respond to any mishaps.
Disney reconsiders making content for others under Bob Iger
Walt Disney Co Chief Executive Bob Iger Thursday said the studio may resume making films and television shows for its rivals, marking a departure from recent years, when its production resources were harnessed to launch and grow its marquee Disney+ steaming service. Iger told the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom Conference in San Francisco that streaming services have traditionally relied on a volume of fresh content to attract subscribers. He said he hopes to embrace a more curated HBO-like approach of making a few high-quality shows built around its major brands, as he works to lift Disney+ to a profit.
Women’s stories stand out in Oscars race, but Hollywood lagging in gender parity
Michelle Yeoh battles her way through a multiverse, Angela Bassett leads a grieving nation at war, and Cate Blanchett deviously manipulates members of a world-class orchestra. Wide-ranging stories led by female actors fill the list of movies vying for Academy Awards on Sunday, reflecting gains in an industry that has long relegated women to secondary roles in the shadow of male heroes.
‘Fiddler on the Roof’ star Topol dies in Israel aged 87
Israeli actor and singer Chaim Topol, best known for his role as Tevye the dairyman in the musical ‘Fiddler on the Roof’, has died in Israel aged 87. Topol, known by his last name alone, won worldwide fame talking and singing and dancing his way through “If I Were A Rich Man” and other hits from the show on stage and on screen in the 1971 film version.
Googly eyes and hot dog hands: Off-kilter ‘Everything Everywhere’ leads Oscar race
Hot dogs for fingers, plastic googly eyes, and conversing rocks are hardly staples of mainstream movie-making. Yet, they have became cultural touchstones of “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” the at-times baffling and absurdist film that has captivated Hollywood. The science-fiction kung fu comedy starring Michelle Yeoh as an exhausted laundromat owner who is simply trying to file her taxes has swept the major awards leading to the Oscars on Sunday, making it the front-runner for the prestigious best picture prize.
Frank Sinatra musical looking at singer’s life and career to open in UK
A new musical about the life and career of legendary singer and performer Frank Sinatra will open in the British city of Birmingham later this year. “Sinatra The Musical” will debut at the Birmingham Rep on Sept. 23, coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the “Come Fly with Me” and “New York, New York” singer’s UK tour, during which he performed in the city.
Tennis-Netflix stars say series shows ups and downs of pro game
Rising tennis stars featured in the Netflix tennis docuseries “Break Point” said it has raised their profiles and boosted the game’s visibility even if it does not always show their best side. The show, which is filming at Indian Wells again this year, focuses on a group of up-and-coming players including Casper Ruud, Felix Auger Aliassime and Taylor Fritz and as they try to navigate the pressure-filled world of professional tennis.
Facial workouts and peels: A look at red carpet skin care routines
From facial workouts to laser peels, celebrities will be turning to a range of skincare routines to look their best for the Oscars red carpet on Sunday. Estheticians, dermatologists and other beauty teams are busy preparing their clients ahead of Hollywood’s top ceremony, the culmination of awards season.
(With inputs from agencies.)
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