‘Cats’ and ‘Downton Abbey’: Universal Studios presents upcoming films

The films were announced at the CinemaCon 2019, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) at Caesars Palace, Monday, April 1, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP)
Updated 04 April 2019

‘Cats’ and ‘Downton Abbey’: Universal Studios presents upcoming films

  • Among the most anticipated releases is “Downton Abbey,” the big screen sequel to the adventures of an aristocratic family
  • “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw,” was also announced at the event

LAS VEGAS: Big screen versions of the celebrated musical “Cats” and TV series “Downton Abbey” and another entry in the “Fast and Furious” franchise: Universal Studios on Wednesday presented its forthcoming releases at CinemaCon in Los Vegas.
Explosions, epic brawls and of course lots and lots of cars: “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw,” with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jason Statham, is faithful to the many movies that preceded it in the franchise.
But in the latest edition, Johnson also pays tribute to his Samoan origins, performing a ritual Siva Tau dance on screen.
“I’m so proud to show my culture as well,” he said.
The villain of the film is Idris Elba, who will also feature in “Cats.” In addition to the British star, the musical’s cast includes Oscar winners Judi Dench and Jennifer Hudson, as well as singer Taylor Swift.
Another Oscar winner, Octavia Spencer, makes her horror debut with “Ma,” which shows “how the effects of childhood bullying last for a long time and how long revenge can wait,” she said.
Among the most anticipated releases is “Downton Abbey,” the big screen sequel to the adventures of the aristocratic Crawley family, which kept many viewers spellbound for six seasons.
This time around, the family is awaiting a visit from the king and queen of England.


Italy’s Salvini drops Nutella due to Turkish ingredients

Updated 06 December 2019

Italy’s Salvini drops Nutella due to Turkish ingredients

  • Matteo Salvini: I found out that Nutella uses Turkish nuts and I prefer to help companies that use Italian products
  • Ferrero is one of the world’s bigger buyers of hazelnuts, but Italian production is not enough to sustain Nutella’s manufacturing

ROME: Italy’s right-wing opposition leader, Matteo Salvini, says he is no longer a fan of Nutella after discovering that the chocolate-and-hazelnut spread contains Turkish, rather than Italian, nuts.
Salvini, who heads the nationalist League, has previously posted selfies on social media while enjoying slices of bread covered in Nutella, which is made by Italian company Ferrero.
But at a rally Thursday evening in the northern city of Ravenna, Salvini said he had changed his mind about the product.
“I found out that Nutella uses Turkish nuts and I prefer to help companies that use Italian products. I prefer to eat Italian and help Italian farmers,” he said after a woman in the crowd suggested he eat a Nutella sandwhich to stay warm.
Ferrero had no comment. The Alba, Italy-based company is one of the world’s bigger buyers of hazelnuts, but Italian production is not enough to sustain Nutella’s manufacturing.
Salvini’s League is known for its “Italians first” motto and its defense of Made in Italy products.