Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.
Nigeria's 'Rock Goddess' wants to change people's minds
Singer Bianca Okorocha, aka Clay, is something unusual in the world of Nigerian music. In a nation dominated by Afrobeats, the 26-year-old who calls herself the "Nigerian Rock Goddess" is trying to change long-held perceptions that rock is something alien to her country's music scene.
Coronavirus to test U.S. movie theater box office
U.S. theater operators moved to prevent the spread of coronavirus and reassure audiences ahead of a weekend with options ranging from satirical thriller "The Hunt" to Pixar animated adventure "Onward" and faith-based film "I Still Believe." Ticket sales over the next few days will provide insight into the movie business' resilience during the outbreak, box office analysts said.
Mexico's Guadalajara film festival postponed on coronavirus concerns
The Guadalajara International Film Festival, set to kick off in Mexico's second biggest city late next week, will be postponed until further notice due to coronavirus fears, event organizers announced on Friday. The decision to suspend the popular festival, planned for March 20 to 27, was taken due to "uncertainty generated by the spread of coronavirus in our country," organizers said in a statement.
Breakdancing opera star uses Instagram to promote classical music
With close to 60,000 Instagram followers, Polish opera singer and breakdancer Jakub Jozef Orlinski says he is trying to use social media to break down cultural barriers and attract younger audiences to classical music. Only 5% of Poles aged 18-25 say classical music is their favorite music genre, compared to 12% across all age groups, a survey conducted by pollster CBOS in 2018 showed.
Disney to release 'Frozen 2' on streaming platform three months early
Walt Disney Co said on Friday it would make the sequel to hit animated movie "Frozen" available on its streaming platform Disney+ three months ahead of schedule in the United States, as media companies respond to the coronavirus outbreak. The company said "Frozen 2" would be available in the country starting Sunday, "surprising families with some fun and joy during this challenging period."
Red carpet called off for London premiere of 'Mulan'
Disney's European premiere of "Mulan" in London's Leicester Square will be scaled down "in an abundance of caution", with no media line-up or red carpet, organizers said on Thursday. Leicester Square is a popular spot for major film premieres, where stars are cheered by fans and walk the red carpet before going into the cinema. Thousands of people filled the square for the premiere of "Star Trek" in January this year.
From Eiffel Tower to Moulin Rouge, Paris landmarks close in virus clampdown
Paris' famed Moulin Rouge cabaret, the Louvre museum and the Eiffel Tower were among top tourism landmarks that closed their doors on Friday after the government banned gatherings of more than 100 people to curb the spread of coronavirus. The cabaret, known for its high-kicking dancers, and many other venues including cinemas were caught on the hop by the televised lunchtime announcement by Prime Minister Edouard Philippe in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
Tom Hanks' son confident dad will make full recovery
The son of American movie star Tom Hanks said on Thursday he was confident that the actor and his wife Rita Wilson would make a full recovery from the coronavirus. Colin Hanks also thanked fans for their support following the announcement on Wednesday that the actor, one of Hollywood's most beloved leading men, had contracted the disease while working on a film in Australia.