The latest on the Brit Awards, Glastonbury Festival and ‘Knives Out’

Dua Lipa, Arlo Parks, Celeste lead race for UK’s Brit Awards
LONDON: Singer-songwriters Dua Lipa, Arlo Parks and Celeste lead the competition for the Brit Awards, with a trio of nominations apiece for the UK music prizes.


The three women were nominated for best female solo artist and album of the year. Lipa is also up for best British single, for “Physical.” Parks and Celeste — who has an Academy Award nomination for “Hear My Voice,” from “The Trial of the Chicago 7” — are contenders for breakthrough artist.

Winners are due to be announced May 11 during a ceremony featuring live musical performances and a limited, socially distanced audience at London’s O2 Arena.

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Coldplay, Jorja Smith to play virtual Glastonbury gig in May
LONDON: The Glastonbury Festival is going online.

The Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Somerset, England. AP PHOTO

Organizers said that they will stage a one-day livestreamed concert on May 22 at Worthy Farm in southwest England, home to the annual music extravaganza.

Performers include Coldplay, Damon Albarn, Jorja Smith, Haim, Wolf Alice and Michael Kiwanuka, plus other guest appearances and collaborations.

Organizer Emily Eavis told the BBC, “We’re going to take you on a journey through all of those spots that you know, you recognize from Worthy Farm. We’re going to build into this whole epic journey around the site into the night.”

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Netflix lands ‘Knives Out’ sequels in high-priced deal
NEW YORK: Detective Benoit Blanc’s next cases will be for Netflix. The streaming company said it has reached a deal for two sequels to Rian Johnson’s acclaimed 2019 film, “Knives Out.” Johnson and lead star Daniel Craig will return to the sequels.

Daniel Craig AP PHOTO

Deadline, which first reported the deal, said the price would approach $450 million.

It also lands Netflix something it has dearly sought: the kind of major film franchises that traditional studios have long depended on. Production on the second “Knives Out,” written by Johnson and produced by him and Ram Bergman, is to begin this summer.