Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.
Rolling Stones top UK charts with new album ‘Hackney Diamonds’
The Rolling Stones topped the British music charts on Friday, securing their 14th UK No. 1 album with new record “Hackney Diamonds”. Rockers Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood, who released the record last week, outsold the rest of the top 5 of the Official Albums Chart, the Official Charts Company said in a statement. The band, which formed in 1962, join The Beatles, Robbie Williams and Bruce Springsteen as acts with the most studio albums – 11 – to reach No. 1 on the UK’s Official Albums Chart, it added.
‘Friends’ star Matthew Perry dies of possible drowning at 54
Actor Matthew Perry, beloved star of the top-rated 1990s U.S. television sitcom “Friends” as the wise-cracking Chandler Bing, died on Saturday after apparently drowning in a hot tub. He was 54. The Los Angeles Times and TMZ.com, citing law enforcement sources, reported that the American-Canadian performer was found dead in a jacuzzi at his Los Angeles home. NBC, which broadcast “Friends” for 10 years, confirmed his demise in a statement on social media platform X.
Striking Hollywood actors pass counteroffer ahead of further talks with studios
Striking Hollywood actors have made a comprehensive counteroffer to the major studios, the SAG-AFTRA performers’ union said in a post on social media platform X. Negotiators for the union and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), the group representing Walt Disney Netflix and other major media companies, meet again on Friday, the actors union said.
After 100 years of innovating entertainment, Disney is at a crossroads
As Walt Disney turns 100, investors worry it’s beginning to show its age. The share price dropped to its lowest level in nearly nine years as the company stumbles in the age of streaming. But adapting to the times is not a new challenge for Disney, rather it’s been a point of survival throughout the company’s history.
(With inputs from agencies.)