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Analysis Taylor Swift ticket snafu makes Ticketmaster sweat
Ticketmaster’s botched sale of tickets for Taylor Swift’s 2023 tour, the megastar’s first in five years, has prompted calls for the company to be broken up – a proposal antitrust experts say could find a far more receptive audience than in the past. The US Department of Justice, which approved Ticketmaster’s much-criticized purchase of Live Nation in 2010, is different than it was 12 years ago. It’s proven far more willing to file antitrust lawsuits against giant companies — including the ongoing lawsuit against Google in December 2020 — and fight mergers, all of which it doesn’t win.
The New Mexico Sheriff announces an investigation into the shooting of Rust
A New Mexico sheriff’s office on Friday released documents from its investigation into last year’s fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the western film Rust, as a prosecutor was deciding whether to press criminal charges. Among the 551 pages released by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office were interviews with witnesses, including star Alec Baldwin, as well as text messages and emails from crew and cast members, which sometimes detailed the chaotic and acrimonious conditions on set before Hutchins’ death on October 21, 2021.
‘Spectacular’: Adele fans swarm as Vegas shows finally begin
An “incredibly nervous” Adele kicked off her Las Vegas concerts on Friday, 10 months after she angered fans by postponing the shows at the last minute. People who attended the chart-topper’s first Weekends with Adele show at Caesars Palace said they were thrilled to finally see the Grammy-winner live on stage and seemed to forgive her for the postponement. The audience greeted her with a standing ovation.
Jake Gyllenhaal Explores Family Dynamics and New Territory in Strange World
Disney’s new animated film, Strange World, is an action-adventure film with universal family themes at its heart, says its star, Jake Gyllenhaal. Gyllenhaal voices Searcher Clade, a farmer who grew up in the shadow of his larger-than-life explorer father and blazed a very different path for himself. An environmental emergency that threatens his crops forces Searcher, now a father himself, to embark on a mission to a distant, alien world.
Amazon is bringing back Australia’s longest-running soap Neighbors in 2023
Australian soap opera Neighbors is set to return to screens in 2023 after a deal with Amazon revived the show that launched the careers of the likes of Margot Robbie, Kylie Minogue and all three Hemsworth brothers. Four decades after its premiere, Australia’s longest-running television drama halted filming in June when its main funder, Britain’s free-to-air broadcaster Channel 5, cut the series after years of declining ratings.
Angry Taylor Swift says she was told Ticketmaster could handle demand
Pop superstar Taylor Swift said on Friday it was “excruciating” for her to watch as fans competed for tickets to her upcoming US tour after being assured Ticketmaster could handle the huge demand. The New York Times reported that the US Department of Justice is investigating whether Live Nation Entertainment, Ticketmaster’s parent company, abused its power over the multi-billion dollar live music industry.
Milan climate protests thrown flour at Warhol car
Climate change protesters threw flour over a sports car painted by US pop artist Andy Warhol on display in Italy’s financial capital on Friday. For the third time this month, activists from the group Ultima Generazione (Last Generation) have targeted art exhibitions.
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