Reuters Entertainment News Summary

Reuters Entertainment News Summary
Reuters Entertainment News Summary

Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs. Composer Ramin Djawadimakes his ‘Game of Thrones’ swan song

Global smash hit television series “Game of Thrones” is about to come to an end, and composer Ramin Djawadi is one of the few people who knows how it all goes down. Not that he is saying anything. Such is the secrecy around the final season that Djawadi hasn’t even played the music for his wife ahead of the Season 8 premiere on HBO on April 14. Country stars shine in Vegas at Academy of Country Music awards

Country music royalty turned out in force on Sunday for a glittering night of live performances and honors at the 54th annual Academy of Country Music awards. Host Reba McEntire, marking a record 16th time in the job, wasted no time in addressing one of the evening’s touchy subjects – the lack of women nominees in some top categories. ‘We want people to love it’: ‘Game of Thrones’ creators on finale

The creators of global smash television series “Game of Thrones” say they knew how they would end the show five years ago, and are anxious that fans will like it. “We want people to love it. It matters a lot to us,” said D.B. Weiss, who along with David Benioff created the series that is based on the novels of George R.R. Martin. U.S. slaps more charges on parents in college admissions cheating scandal

U.S. prosecutors filed fresh conspiracy and money laundering charges on Tuesday against 16 parents charged with paying bribes to secure their children seats in elite universities in the largest college admissions scam uncovered in U.S. history. Parents including “Full House” actor Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli had already been charged with racketeering conspiracy for their alleged role in the scheme, in which parents paid some $25 million in bribes to secure their offspring places at universities including Yale, Georgetown and the University of Southern California. Oprah Winfrey donates $2 million to Puerto Rico relief

Oprah Winfrey is donating $2 million to help rebuild Puerto Rico and support arts and cultural programs after the devastating 2017 hurricane. The Hispanic Federation and the Flamboyan Arts Fund said in a statement on Monday that $1 million would go to support long-term needs after Hurricane Maria, and a further $1 million would be devoted to arts and culture programs on the island. Elton John, Sting, Chick Corea top big-name Montreux bill

Elton John is the big draw at this summer’s Montreux Jazz Festival, part of an eclectic line-up packed with big names that also features Sting, Janet Jackson, Chick Corea and Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke. The former The Police singerwill open the 53rd edition of one of Europe’s most celebrated summer music festivals on June 28, while veteran producer Quincy Jones will host the closing concert – an orchestral soundtrack of his 80s hits – on July 13. Madonna to perform at Eurovision Song Contest in Israel

Pop superstar Madonna will make a guest appearance at the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel next month, her representatives said on Monday. Concert promoters Live Nation Israel and the singer’s U.S. representatives confirmed reports in Israeli media that Madonna will perform two songs in Tel Aviv during the three-day Eurovsion competition in May, which features musicians from more than 40 nations. ‘On Your Feet!’ – Gloria and Emilio Estefan bring their story to London

A musical depicting the love story between singer Gloria Estefan, the Cuban-American pop star, and her music producer husband Emilio, opens in London in June. “On Your Feet!” will feature some of her most famous hits such as “Rhythm is Gonna Get You”, and “Don’t Want to Lose You Now” and will track the couple’s childhoods in Cuba, their meeting in Miami and path to worldwide fame. ‘Smallville’ actress Allison Mack pleads guilty in sex cult case

“Smallville” actress Allison Mack on Monday pleaded guilty to blackmailing two women as part of an alleged New York sex cult that prosecutors called a racketeering operation that carried out sex trafficking and other crimes. Mack, 36, entered her plea to racketeering and conspiracy charges before U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, admitting that she coerced the two unnamed women into performing services by threatening to release damaging information about them. Actress Felicity Huffman, 13 others to plead guilty in U.S. college admissions scandal

Actress Felicity Huffman and 13 other people have agreed to plead guilty to participating in what prosecutors call the largest college admissions scam uncovered in U.S. history, federal prosecutors said on Monday. The 14 are among 50 people, including wealthy parents and college team coaches, accused by federal prosecutors in Boston of engaging in schemes that involved cheating on college entrance exams and paying $25 million in bribes to secure their children admission at well-known universities.

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