Entertainment News Roundup: Disney shares slip as streaming losses narrow but some subscribers leave; Pop duo Tvorchi to show Ukraine's 'Heart of Steel' at Eurovision and more – Devdiscourse

Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.
Disney shares slip as streaming losses narrow but some subscribers leave
Walt Disney Co reduced streaming losses by $400 million from the prior quarter but also shed subscribers, the company reported on Wednesday as quarterly earnings landed in line with Wall Street expectations. Shares of Disney fell 4.4% in after-hours trading.
Disney CEO questions continued Florida investment in clash with DeSantis
Walt Disney Co Chief Executive Bob Iger on Wednesday accused Florida politicians of retaliating against the company and questioned the state’s interest in the entertainment conglomerate’s continued investment in Walt Disney World. Disney has accused Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and his supporters of “weaponizing” the state government to punish it for exercising free-speech rights last year when the company criticized a state measure banning classroom discussion of sexuality and gender identity with younger children.
Factbox-Who qualified in the first Eurovision semi-final?
The first semi-final of the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest was held in Liverpool, northern England, on Tuesday. Ten of the 15 countries performing went through to Saturday’s Grand Final.
Factbox-When is Cannes Film Festival 2023 and what can we expect?
The Cannes Film Festival will roll out its red carpet next week, with Leonardo DiCaprio, Natalie Portman and Harrison Ford among the Hollywood stars expected at the glitzy industry event on the French Riviera. This year’s festival is the 76th edition of cinema’s biggest showcase, made up of screenings, press conferences and glamorous parties.
Eurovision 2023: From flags to food, Liverpool embraces Ukraine
Liverpool has opened its heart to Ukraine for Eurovision 2023, flying blue and yellow flags, offering special tickets to its refugees and adopting its cuisine, in addition to putting the country centre stage in three live shows. The birthplace of the Beatles is hosting the annual song contest on behalf of Ukraine, 2022’s winner which was not able to stage the musical extravaganza, as is customary, because of Russia’s invasion.
Writers’ strike freezes ‘Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ spinoff
(This May 8 story has been corrected to say that Yahlin Chang is the co-showrunner and executive producer of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, and not co-executive producer and writer, in paragraph 2, and to change the description of ‘American Born Chinese’ in paragraph 13) Writing for a new season of “The Handmaid’s Tale” and a coming “Game of Thrones” prequel was halted as a nearly week-long strike by thousands of film and television writers rippled across Hollywood on Monday.
Pop duo Tvorchi to show Ukraine’s ‘Heart of Steel’ at Eurovision
Tvorchi, Ukraine’s electro pop-duo entry in Eurovision 2023, said they hoped to shine a spotlight on their country’s fight for freedom when they perform in the grand final in Liverpool on Saturday night. Formed in 2018 by Ukrainian producer Andrii Hutsuliak and Nigerian-born singer Jeffery Kenny, the pair wrote their song “Heart of Steel” last spring when Ukraine’s soldiers were defending Mariupol.
Dolly Parton reveals starry list of collaborators for first rock album
U.S. country music star Dolly Parton has teamed up with the likes of former Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, veteran singers Elton John and Sting as well as her goddaughter Miley Cyrus, for her upcoming record “Rockstar”, her first rock album which will be released in November. The 77-year-old revealed the stellar line-up of collaborators on her website on Tuesday, sharing details about the album, which will feature nine original songs and 21 covers.
Michael J. Fox talks Parkinson’s and perseverance in documentary ‘Still’
For his armies of fans, Michael J. Fox will always be the eternal teenager, the 1980s heartthrob, the fresh-faced star of “Family Ties” and “Back to the Future”. Looking back on his long career, he sees himself more as a cockroach.
(With inputs from agencies.)
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