Arts Briefs

Taylor Swift’s new album, Reputation, reigns on Billboard’s Top 200 chart for the second week, with a total of more than 1.5 million units sold, already crowning the album as the best-selling album of 2017 and maintaining Swift’s status as one of the most forceful names in music. Country-western’s favorite couple, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, debut at No. 2 with their new duet album, The Rest of Our Life, having 104,000 units sold. Another country-western mega-power, Garth Brooks arrives at No. 4 with his new box set The Anthology Part I: The First Five Years, with 53,000 units sold, making it Brooks’ 19th Top 10 album.

Coco scores a major victory, as Pixar’s new animated film set in Mexico dominates the box office with $71 million in earnings. Once again, Disney and Pixar prove that they are the most influential forces when it comes to sending a powerful message: that Latino representation not only matters, but has a wide international appeal. Justice League, another superhero crossover starring Gal Gadot and Ben Affleck, trails in second with $63 million. Wonder, a touching family story starring Oscar winner Julia Roberts along with Jacob Tremblay as a 5th grader with a deformed face, finishes in third place with $32 million.

The Broadway musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has announced its closing date of Jan. 14, following 27 previews and 305 performances. Based on a beloved children’s book by Roald Dahl and its 1971 film adaptation, the musical starred two-time Tony Award winner Christian Borle in the iconic role of Willy Wonka. Following the closing, the musical will go on a national tour in September 2018.

Dmitri Hvorostovsky, a famed Russian baritone who was one of the world’s biggest opera stars and a regular guest at the Metropolitan Opera, has passed away at the age of 55, following a two and a half year intense battle with brain cancer.

Jordan Fisher, the star of Teen Beach Movie and Hamilton became the winner of the 25th season of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” with his partner Lindsay Arnold.  At 23, Fisher became the youngest male to win the show. Contemporary violinist Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas came in second, with former child actor and race car driver Frankie Muniz finishing in third with partner Witney Carson, making this season one of the most exciting in the show’s history.

Streaming service Amazon Studios is in talks with the estate of late author J.R.R. Tolkien and Warner Bros. Television to create a series based on Tolkien’s magnum opus novel, The Lord of The Rings. While no deal has been set yet, Vanity Fair reports that sources with knowledge of the situation claim that Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos is personally involved in the negotiations.

“Salvator Mundi,” a lost masterpiece by Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci depicting the figure of Christ, has been sold at a Christie’s auction for $450 million — a record for the highest price ever paid for a painting.

Ahead of her anticipated appearance on Broadway in The Parisian Woman, actress Uma Thurman shared a touching post on Instagram, announcing herself as a part of the #MeToo movement aimed to demonstrate the scale of sexual harassment in the world. Thurman also went on to attack Harvey Weinstein and “his wicked conspirators.” The actress stated that she is “glad it’s going slowly — you don’t deserve a bullet.”