Entertainment News Roundup: Algeria bans 'Barbie' movie, media and official source say; DC superhero 'Blue Beetle' brings Latino family team to big screen and more – Devdiscourse

Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.
U.S. band the Killers apologises for bringing Russian fan on stage in Georgia
An American alternative-rock band, the Killers, has apologised for bringing a Russian drummer on stage during a show in Georgia and for describing fans as “brothers and sisters,” which prompted boos from the audience. Georgia has a long history of tension with its northern neighbour, exacerbated by Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 and a subsequent big influx of Russian emigrants escaping their country.
DC superhero ‘Blue Beetle’ brings Latino family team to big screen
Xolo Mariduena quickly learned that he and his character in the latest DC Studios film “Blue Beetle” have one big thing in common — they cannot hide anything from their families. The “Cobra Kai” actor plays college graduate-turned-superhero Jaime Reyes, the first Latino superhero in a DC movie, who finds it impossible to keep his alter-ego a secret.
Algeria bans ‘Barbie’ movie, media and official source say
Algeria has banned the movie “Barbie,” which had been showing at some cinemas in the country for several weeks, an official source and the local 24H Algerie news site said on Monday. The official source said the film “promotes homosexuality and other Western deviances” and that it “does not comply with Algeria’s religious and cultural beliefs.”
Optimism emerges among Hollywood writers over talks with studios
After three months of walking the picket lines, striking Hollywood writers expressed optimism on Wednesday about the reopening of contract talks with major studios and the possibility they could be back at work in weeks. Details of the latest proposal from the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), the trade group representing Walt Disney, Netflix and other major studios and streamers, remain shrouded in secrecy. Still, members of the Writers Guild of America see reason for hope.
Striking Hollywood writers expected to respond to studios’ proposal
In what would be a sign of progress in a months-long labor dispute, striking Hollywood writers were expected to respond this week to the latest contract proposal from the major studios, according to two sources with knowledge of the talks.
One of the sources said the negotiating team for the Writers’ Guild of America (WGA) spent the weekend reviewing the proposal from the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), the trade group representing Walt Disney, Netflix, Warner Bros Discovery and the other major studios and streaming services.
Russia’s Vimpelcom fined for broadcasting ‘LGBT movie’ without 18+ rating -agencies
Russian mobile and streaming service operator Vimpelcom was fined on Wednesday for failing to put an 18+ age rating on a movie referencing LGBT relationships, Russian news agencies reported from a Moscow courtroom. Russia toughened its anti-LGBT laws last year, allowing authorities to fine any individual or organisation found to have promoted homosexuality in public, online, or in films, books or advertising.
Hollywood studios offer new concessions to striking screenwriters – Bloomberg News
Hollywood studios have made a new offer to striking screenwriters that includes concessions on issues such as the use of artificial intelligence and access to viewer data, Bloomberg News reported on Monday citing people familiar with the discussions. The Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers has agreed to ensure humans are credited as writers of screenplays, instead of replacing them with AI, the report said, adding that the companies would also share data on the number of hours viewed on streaming services.
Bosnian girl creates ‘folklore Barbie’ as film wins doll new fans worldwide
A Bosnian girl is making traditional Balkan costumes with headdresses and decorative aprons for Barbie dolls, hoping to create interest in her folklore Barbie as the new “Barbie” movie wins fans worldwide. Eleven-year-old Esma Gljiva from Sarajevo started her project more than a month ago after seeing poor quality figures in a souvenir shop. Souvenir figures are typically not proper moving dolls and their clothes are just glued on.
(With inputs from agencies.)
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