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Entertainment News Roundup: Crowds swarm Art Basel Hong Kong as galleries report sales bonanza; ‘Winnie the Pooh’ horror film cancelled in Hong Kong and more | Entertainment

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Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.

Crowds swarm Art Basel Hong Kong as galleries report sales bonanza

Thousands of people thronged on Thursday into Art Basel Hong Kong, one of Asia’s largest contemporary art fairs, to view large-scale installations from hanging money trees to a pumpkin 8 feet (2.4 m) tall. Participating galleries reported bumper sales.

‘Winnie the Pooh’ horror film cancelled in Hong Kong

The screening of “Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey”, a British slasher film due to be released in Hong Kong this week, has been cancelled after cinemas in the city declined to show it, its distributor said on Tuesday. VII Pillars Entertainment said it didn’t know the reason for the cancellation; the movie had been scheduled to open March 23 in 32 cinemas in the city.

Biden honors Springsteen, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Mindy Kaling

U.S. President Joe Biden made an observation when conferring the National Medal of Arts on rocker Bruce Springsteen on Tuesday: “Bruce, some people are just born to run, man.” Springsteen and a host of actors, authors, singers and other artists joined Biden in the White House East Room where they received either a National Medal of Arts or National Humanities Medal for their contributions to American society.

‘Succession’ star Brian Cox gets into character at final season premiere

“Succession” actor Brian Cox briefly turned into his commanding patriarchal character Logan Roy on the red carpet on Monday, as the cast of the hit HBO drama premiered its fourth and final season. Swearing just like Roy regularly does in the award-winning show about a family jockeying for control of a media empire, Cox playfully shouted as he and his fellow cast members posed for pictures together.

Streaming boosts recorded music revenue, China market growing

Global recorded music revenues rose 9% last year to $26.2 billion, with growth registered in every region and an increase in paid subscription streaming helping drive sales, a report said on Tuesday. Among the trends highlighted by the IFPI, a trade body for the recorded music industry, were China nudging into the top five markets globally for the first time, and income from the use of recorded music in adverts, film, television and games, rising by 22.3%.

Dramas ‘This is Going to Hurt’, ‘The Responder’ lead BAFTA TV nominations

Medical comedy-drama “This is Going to Hurt” and police series “The Responder” led nominations for Britain’s BAFTA Television Awards on Wednesday, receiving six nods each, while live coverage of Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee and her state funeral were also recognised. Based on former doctor Adam Kay’s memoir and set on an obstetrics ward at a London hospital, “This is Going to Hurt” secured a leading actor nomination for star Ben Whishaw as well as recognition as a mini series.

(With inputs from agencies.)

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