Entertainment News Roundup: Amazon makes more ad-free music and podcasts available for Prime members; Director Tim Burton on ‘Wednesday’: ‘I felt it was written for me’ and more


Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.

Amazon makes more ad-free music and podcasts available for Prime members

E-commerce giant Amazon.com Inc said on Tuesday it will make more ad-free music and podcasts available to its Prime members. Prime members, who have so far been able to listen to about 2 million songs without any advertisements, will now have access to over 100 million ad-free songs, along with top podcasts, Amazon wrote in a blog post.

Director Tim Burton on ‘Wednesday’: ‘I felt it was written for me’

Filmmaker Tim Burton steps into the macabre and supernatural world of the Addams Family with new series “Wednesday”. The Netflix show, released on Nov. 23, is based on Wednesday Addams, usually seen as a child in previous Addams Family shows or movies, but now at a high school for outcasts, trying to harness her psychic powers and being a teenager.

Disney to test early merchandise access for U.S. Disney+ customers

U.S. subscribers to the Disney+ streaming service will be able to purchase new Star Wars lightsabers, Black Panther masks and other merchandise starting on Tuesday, a week ahead of the general public, Walt Disney Co said in statement. The company described the offering as a limited test of an additional benefit for streaming customers looking to grab coveted products created for the holiday shopping season.

Imelda Staunton picks up royal baton as new queen in ‘The Crown’

Imelda Staunton picks up the royal baton as the latest actor to play Queen Elizabeth in hit Netflix drama “The Crown”, whose new season has faced criticism as it addresses a difficult era for the British royal family so soon after the late monarch’s death. The award-winning stage and screen actress, whose past credits include “Vera Drake” and the “Downton Abbey” and “Harry Potter” films, leads a new cast for season five, set in the 1990s, of the royal drama focused on Elizabeth’s reign.

Taylor Swift announces first U.S. stadium tour in five years

Global pop sensation Taylor Swift on Tuesday announced that she was launching a tour for the first time in five years, with several U.S. stadium concert dates confirmed for 2023 and international stops to be revealed later. The 32-year-old American singer-songwriter released her 10th studio album “Midnights” on Oct. 21, and by Tuesday its soaring popularity had made her the first artist to claim all 10 spots on the Billboard 100 in the song chart’s 64-year history.

(With inputs from agencies.)

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