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Entertainment News Roundup: V&A celebrates ‘Korean Wave’ of popular culture with new exhibition; Shakira vows to fight ‘bogus’ Spanish tax charges in first public comments and more

The following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.

The V&A is celebrating the ‘Korean Wave’ of popular culture with a new exhibition

From the hot pink bodyguard costumes in Netflix’s hit series Squid Game to a large sculpture of rapper G-Dragon, London’s V&A museum is celebrating South Korean popular culture and its rise to global prominence in a new exhibition opening this week. Among the items on display at “Hallyu! The Korean Wave” are K-Pop costumes, K-drama props, as well as a replica of the bathroom set in the Oscar-winning film Parasite.

Shakira vowed to fight “bogus” Spanish tax charges in first public comments

Colombian superstar Shakira has vowed to fight “false” accusations by Spanish authorities that she evaded €14.5 million ($14.31 million) in taxes, in her first public comments in a case that could send her to prison up to eight years. Shakira, 45, is on trial in Spain accused of tax evasion between 2012 and 2014, a period in which she says she led a “nomadic life” because of her work.

David Bowie was honored with a stone on the Music Walk of Fame in London

David Bowie was honored with a cobblestone on London’s Music Walk of Fame on Thursday, joining the likes of The Who, Amy Winehouse, Madness and Soul II Soul on the cultural attraction trail in the city’s famed Camden Town area. Depicting a music record with the word ‘icon’ on it, the stone was unveiled at a ceremony where Bowie’s hits were performed.

Don McLean’s “Vincent” is expected to fetch $1 million at auction

The original handwritten lyrics of Don McLean’s song “Vincent,” dedicated to artist Vincent van Gogh, will be auctioned in November for an estimated $1 million. The lyrics to the song, which features on his best-selling album American Pie, are scribbled in pencil on green paper. The lyrics are now the star of a collection of hundreds of personal items being sold by the American singer-songwriter through Julien’s Auctions.

Prada played with contrasts at the Milan Fashion Week show

Simplicity and contrasts were the main themes at Prada’s Milan fashion show on Thursday, with the Italian luxury label ditching “unnecessary complications” in its latest womenswear collection. Designers Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons opened the Spring/Summer 2023 show with bold gray looks, including sharp-collared shirts, slim-fit trousers and jumpsuits.

Thirteen years later, Avatar returns with a focus on family

The first sequel to the hit movie “Avatar” will focus on the theme of family protection and expand on the world of Pandora that captivated audiences more than a decade ago, the film’s stars told Reuters. James Cameron’s Avatar: The Last Airbender is set to hit theaters in December. Before that, Walt Disney Co is releasing a remastered version of the original 2009 film in theaters from Friday.

Why House of the Dragon Split Older and Younger Casts for Alison and Rhaenyra

When audiences watch HBO Max’s Game of Thrones spin-off House of the Dragon on Sunday, there will be a few changes. The two actors, Emily Carey and Millie Alcock, who played the young enemies Queen Alicent Hightower and Princess Rhaenyra respectively, have been recast as the show time jumps forward a decade for its sixth episode.

Soccer-Youtuber KSI and friends to sell out Charlton Stadium

British YouTuber KSI and other social media personalities are expected to draw a capacity crowd to Charlton Athletic’s Valley stadium for a charity football match this weekend, something the League One (third tier) side have failed to do this season. The south-east London stadium can hold over 27,000 fans, but attendances have been well below that number this season, with the season opener against Derby County in August attracting just over 17,000.

Apple will sponsor the Super Bowl halftime show starting in February

The National Football League has reached a multi-year deal with Apple Music to sponsor the Super Bowl halftime show beginning with the NFL championship game in February 2023, the league announced Thursday. The Super Bowl is usually the most-watched television event of the year in the United States, and the halftime show has become a showcase featuring notable artists such as The Weeknd, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Prince and Madonna.

Star-studded Amsterdam combines fact, fiction and teamwork

Director David O. Russell has enlisted his star-studded cast to create his new crime drama Amsterdam. The five-time Oscar nominee reunited with The Fighter and American Hustle star Christian Bale to develop the film, with the duo meeting for dinner over several years to bounce ideas off each other.

(With information from agencies.)