Hollywood: ‘Moana 2’ on the way; Oscars get new category; singers make for tearjerker moment at Grammys

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Moana 2 unexpectedly announced

Parents of toddlers should prick up their ears – and prepare their wallets – because a second installment of the beloved Disney animated film, Moanawill hit the silver screen on November 27.

Moana tells the story of an island princess who must venture into unknown waters to save her family and island and has become one of Disney lovers’ favorite movies since its launch in 2016.

The movie earned more than $680 million (about R12 928 million) at the box office and has been watched more than a billion hours on the streaming service Disney+ to date.

The company’s CEO, Bob Iger, shared this news on the American news program CNBC and told that the second Moana was originally developed as a TV series.

However, Iger decided on a full-length movie after getting a taste of the series’ footage, reports said Variety.

RNews reported earlier that a version with actors of this movie is also currently in the pipeline.

Oscars boasts new category in 2026

Popular casting directors will now also be able to boast Oscar figurines on their trophy case.

Bill Kramer, Janet Yang, respectively the chief executive and president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) announced on Thursday that this category will be added to the Oscar awards from 2026.

Casting people are among the first key personnel to join new film projects and help select which actors will be involved in the project in question.

It will be the first time in more than two decades that a new category has been added.

“Casting directors play an essential role in filmmaking, and as the academy evolves, we are proud to add casting work to the disciplines we recognize and celebrate,” Kramer said of this decision in an official statement.

USA experiences ‘blissful moment of togetherness’ at Grammys

“A balm for our deeply divided nation.”

This is how Peter Wehner, an American journalist and columnist, described the award-winning musician Tracy Chapman and country singer Luke Combs’ striking duet performance of Chapman’s 1988 hit “Fast Car” at this year’s Grammy Awards.

“Fast Car” had a revival in 2023 thanks to Combs’ country adaptation of the 66-year-old’s most famous hit. This version was nominated for best country song this year, while it won Chapman the award for best female pop artist in 1989.

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The extremely private Chapman, who hasn’t performed live in front of an audience in years, and Combs’ unexpected performance at the Grammys not only surprised Americans, but also touched many hearts – especially amid the country’s extremely divided political climate.

Many described the performance as a “full circle and emotional moment”, with Combs particularly praised for the way he wanted to keep the spotlight on Chapman during the performance.

In addition, “Fast Car’s” streaming numbers on music streaming services rose 241% after Sunday’s Grammys, according to Billboard.

Elon Musk helps actress sue Disney

Disney may be wishing that “The Force” will be with him soon.

The actress Gina Carano has Disney and LucasFilms, which is responsible for all the Star Wars-movies and series, sued.

This follows after she was fired in 2021 for a social media post in which she compared the American Republicans and the Jews’ struggle during the Jewish genocide.

Carano starred as Cara Dune in the first two seasons of the Disney streaming service’s series The Mandalorian interpret.

This lawsuit is financed by Elon Musk, who has already undertaken in the past to financially support those who experience discrimination due to their X placement.

He said in a statement that he was “proud” to support Carano’s lawsuit as part of his “commitment to free speech”.

Carano is demanding $75,000 (nearly R1.4 million) in damages and also asking that her contract with LucasFilms be resumed.

Saltburn– actor accused of assault

Australian actor Jacob Elordi, known for his roles in The Kissing Booth, Euphoria and most recently the dark comedy Saltburnis currently involved in a police investigation in his native country after he allegedly assaulted a radio producer.

Australian media reports that Elordi married Joshua Fox, a producer for The Kyle & Jackie O Show on KIIS FM, in a hotel in Sydney’s eastern suburbs “grabbed him by the throat and threatened”.

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Fox claims he approached Elordi unexpectedly and teasingly asked on camera if he could “get Jackie O some of his bath water for her birthday” – referring to a controversial bath water scene in which Elordi’s character Saltburn is involved.

Elordi reportedly asked Fox to stop filming and delete the footage, after which the situation “escalated”, according to Fox.

Australian police have on Variety confirms that an assault case is currently being investigated.

Fans of Elordi were quick to attack the actor on social media, describing Fox’s behavior as “inappropriate” and “unnecessary”.

Sources: Variety, Billboard, USA Today, AFP.