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Entertainment news roundup: British government prepares to sell Channel 4. Shawn Mendes New Song Don’t Back Up After Public Breakup And More

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British government prepares to sell Channel 4

On Monday, the company said the British government had decided to sell off its publicly owned but commercially funded Channel 4, which was founded nearly 40 years ago as a sharp alternative to the BBC and ITV. Ministers said last year that privatization would help secure Channel 4’s future as a public service broadcaster.

Box office: ‘Morbius’ opens at number one with a decent $39 million

“Morbius,” the latest comic book adventure from Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters, opened at number one at the domestic box office, even though ticket sales were significantly lower than the most recent superhero films. Due to horrific reviews, Morbius sank $39.1 million from 4,268 theaters in North America in its first weekend of release. That raw tally is at once a sign that audiences really love comic book movies (in times of pandemic, a 17% non-superhero on Rotten Tomatoes won’t stand a chance at the box office) and a sign that not every superhero is created equal on the big screen. (Sony’s original 2018 “Venom” story was criticized, but it still clocked in at the domestic box office with $80 million to start and $213 million in total.)

Shawn Mendes’ new song is not holding back after a public breakup

Shawn Mendes is working during his public split from singer Camila Cabello with his new song “When You Gone”. Mendes described the continuing therapeutic melody and said that it is about “the essence of separation processing and what that is and the memories and all these feelings kind of start to flow.”

Batiste wins album honor, Zelensky resumes at Grammys

Multi-genre artist John Baptiste won Album of the Year, and R&B duo Silk Sonic took home two top honors Sunday at the Grammy Awards which saw a surprising plea for support from Ukraine’s wartime president Volodymyr Zelensky. Batiste, who leads the band on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” took home five awards in total, including the biggest award of the night for jazz album “We Are” inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.

Zelenskiy asks Grammys fans to support ‘any way possible’

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday made a surprise video appearance at the music industry’s star-studded Grammy Awards in Las Vegas and pleaded with viewers to support his country “in any way possible.” “What’s more than music? The silence of devastated cities and killing people,” Zelensky said in the video, introducing John Legend’s performance of “Free” and featuring Ukrainian musicians and reading by Ukrainian poet Lyuba Yakimchuk.

Factbox-Key winners at the Grammy Music Awards

The Grammy Awards, the music industry’s highest honor, were handed out at a live gala in Las Vegas on Sunday. Below is a list of the winners in the main categories.

(With input from agencies.)

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