Tony winners Ben Platt (Aug. 13) and Cynthia Erivo (Aug. 20) are among the musicians slated to perform during the 2021 Citi Music Series on the Today show, Playbill noted. The series will include in-person concerts on the TODAY Plaza, as well as virtual performances, artist interviews, and a few surprises for viewers. The series kicked off May 6 with a plaza concert from the band OneRepublic for an audience of frontline nurses. Other artists announced include Blake Shelton, Maroon 5 and Coldplay.
Miley Cyrus has entered into an overall talent and development deal with NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, Deadline noted. The agreement includes a first-look deal between NBCU Television and Streaming; Cyrus' production company; and Tish Cyrus' production company, Hopetown Entertainment. In addition, the deal includes a commitment of three specials for Cyrus across the portfoliothe first of which will be "Stand By You," a Pride concert special exclusively for Peacock.
Halston's family claimed they weren't consulted on Ryan Murphy's upcoming Netflix series about the late fashion legend, Page Six noted. Halston's niece Lesley Frowick, the keeper of the designer's archives, released a statement criticizing the series as "an inaccurate, fictionalized account" of her uncle's life. Ewan McGregor stars as the legendarily hard-partying designer, who passed away of AIDS-related complications in 1990 at age 57.
Pink released the video for her new song "All I Know So Far," Variety noted. The video combines eye-popping special effects; guest appearances from Cher, Tony-winning actress Judith Light and Pink's family, including real-life husband Carey Hart; and a family-based, female-empowerment storyline that contains multiple comic, easter-egg references to everything from "Titanic" to "Lord of the Rings" and the World War II-era "We Can Do It!" designed to inspire female factory workers.
On a related note, Amazon Prime Video is releasing Pink's documentary, All I Know So Far, on May 21, a press release announced. The movie shows Pink as she embarks on her record-breaking 2019 "Beautiful Trauma" world tour and welcomes audiences to join her chosen family while trying to balance being a mom, wife, boss and performer. Director Michael Gracey mixes footage from the road, behind-the-scenes interviews and personal material.
This coming June, Playbill will team with Cadillac and The Neon Coven to produce its first-ever live concert event in celebration of Pride 2021, a press release noted. Presented by Cadillac and Playbill Pride, "Glimmer of Light"which will take place June 17 at Radial Park in Halletts Point, Queens and will stream the following week on Playbill.com and Playbill's YouTube channelwill be an inclusive virtual and in-person concert event. All of in-person ticket sales will go to benefit Born This Way Foundation and its mission of working with young people to build a kinder and braver world. Among those slated to make appearances are Alex Newell, Ariana DeBose, Jo Ellen Pellman, Marti Gould Cummings and Max Crumm, among others. In-person tickets for Radial Park are now available at https://playbill.ticketleap.com/glimmer-of-light/.
Palm Springs circa 1975 is the setting for a new scripted podcast starring Jason Alexander and Lance Bass, Deadline reported. The pair, along with Richard Kind and Michael McKean, are voicing characters in Bedtime Stories of the Ingleside Inn, a new series for podcast firm Audio Up. "I'm ecstatic to finally be bringing this story to life" added Lance Bass, who is a friend of Melvyn Haber, whose memoir inspired the podcast. "Mel and I tried to produce it for yearswanting to find the right partners."
Paris Hilton and queer pop superstar JoJo Siwa are heading to Peacock with new docuseries, Deadline noted. Hilton, who recently launched her own production company and signed an overall deal with Warner Bros, is starring in 13-part series Paris In Love (working title); the show will document her life as she prepares to marry venture capitalist Carter Reum. The Siwa Dance Pop Revolution (working title) will follow tween pop star Siwa and her momager, Jessalynn Siwa, as they create and launch a brand new group that they hope will become pop music's next big sensation.
Openly gay model Stewart Taylor has released a track called, appropriately, "Cover Boy," according to a press release. The song is described as "a modern pop track with a ['70s] throwback vibe about falling in love." "Cover Boy " is available on Apple Music, Spotify and all digital platforms, and the video is on Youtube at www.youtube.com/watch.
The Proud Family will be revived in the new series The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder, set for Disney+, out.com noted. Along with the original cast, Zachary Quinto and Billy Porter who are set to play same-sex couple Barry Leibowitz-Jenkins and Randall Leibovitz-Jenkins, respectively. They will pose as the adoptive parents to the 14-year-old Maya Leibowitz-Jenkins, set to be voiced by Keke Palmer.
The Joe Exotic scripted series, starring Kate McKinnon and John Cameron Mitchell, is going to stream exclusively on Peacock, Deadline noted. NBCUniversal has reversed its decision, made last August, to air the series across its platforms including NBC and USA Network, choosing instead to air solely on the streamer. Also, Brian Van Holt (TV's Cougar Town) has been tapped for a key role opposite McKinnon and Mitchell; Van Holt will portray John Reinkethe zoo manager at Joe's (Mitchell) zoo, and a loyal worker and friend until things go too far.
Speaking of Exotic, he recently said he has prostate cancer and wants to be paroled, The New York Post reported. Exotic tweeted that his PSA counts are high and wants President Biden, Vice President Harris and the attorney general to free him from jail. The star of the Netflix docuseries Tiger King is currently serving a 22-year sentence for violating wildlife laws and a 2017 murder-for-hire plot to kill longtime enemy Carole Baskin.
Newly out former Bachelor Colton Underwood said extortion was behind him revealing his true sexuality, according to Variety. "I'll just say it," Underwood said. "I, at one point, during my rock bottom and spiral, was getting blackmailed. Nobody knows I was blackmailed." Underwood said he received an anonymous email, which has been reviewed by Variety, from someone claiming to have taken his nude photos at a spa that caters to gay clientele. The unidentified sender threatened to "out" him in the press and, in a panic, Underwood forwarded the email to his publicistwhich led Underwood to have an honest conversation about his sexual orientation.
Rapper YTK received quite the response from legendary singer Mariah Carey, USA Today noted. The rapper released his song "Let if Off," which uses an uncleared sample of Carey's 2005 hit song "Shake it Off," from her album The Emancipation of Mimi. "Mariah Carey has 24 hours to respond," user @rnbtommy wrote, quote-tweeting the video. The Grammy-winning artist replied, "How about y'all have 24 hours to respond to my lawyers (heart emoji)." The Roots drummer Questlove confirmed via Twitter he was in conversations with Carey about clearing the sample.
Amblin TV and Playtone have partnered with LD Entertainment to produce a feature documentary adaptation of Mama's Boy: A Story from Our Americas, based on the 2019 memoir by Oscar-winning Milk scribe Dustin Lance Black, Deadline noted. Black's memoir tells the origin story of himself and his mother Anne, a conservative Mormon woman from the U.S. South who contracted polio as a child. When Black came out to his mother at age 21, they began another difficult journey together. The framing of the documentary follows Black as he returns to the South, to reconnect with his conservative family in Texas, as well as a return to the heart of the Mormon Church in Utah.
As This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman has confirmed numerous times over the last couple of years, the highly-rated NBC family drama will end with its upcoming sixth seasonthe final under the series' current three-season renewal, Deadline reported. Five seasons in, it remains NBC's highest-rated entertainment program.
Edward Norton and Janelle Monae are the latest to join Daniel Craig in the next installment of Knives Out, from Netflix, according to Deadline. Dave Bautista was also recently cast, joining Craig, who is reprising the role of super sleuth Benoit Blanc. Plot details for the sequel are unknown at this time, other than Craig's Blanc returning to solve another mystery revolving around a large cast of suspects.
The Tony-nominated Tina: The Tina Turner Musical will return to Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on Friday, Oct. 8, Deadline reported. Tina, presented in association with Turner, received its world premiere in April 2018 at London's Aldwych Theatre. Also, the off-Broadway smash Little Shop of Horrors will resume its pandemic-interrupted run at the Westside Theatre on Tuesday, Sept. 21; and Jagged Little Pill, the Tony-nominated musical inspired by the Alanis Morissette album, will reopen at Broadway's Broadhurst Theatre on Thursday, Oct. 21.
Also, multiple Tony nominee Moulin Rouge! The Musical will resume Broadway performances Sept. 24 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, according to Deadline. However, the successor to former (and Tony-nominated) lead actress Karen Olivo, who left the role in protest of Broadway's silence over Scott Rudin, was not revealed.
As part of the network's special event series "Reunion Road Trip," E! Entertainment is presenting Reunion Road Trip: Queer Eye for the Straight Guy starting Thursday, June 17, a press release noted. The Original "Fab Five"Thom Filicia, Ted Allen, Kyan Douglas, Carson Kressley and Jai Rodriguezreassemble in Los Angeles as they make over Rodriguez for his 40th birthday. During this, they think back to their most heartfelt, meaningful makeovers as well as the impact on the LGBTQ community then and now.
Apple released the trailer for the new docuseries 1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything, a press release announced. All eight episodes of this immersive exploration of the musicians and soundtracks that shaped the culture and politics of 1971 will premiere Friday, May 21, exclusively on Apple TV+. The series examines the most iconic artists and songs that we still listen to 50 years later, including The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, Bob Marley, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, The Who, Joni Mitchell, Lou Reed and more.
Multi-platinum and award-winning act Florence + The Machine is set to perform a new original song, "Call me Cruella," in Disney's all-new live action film Cruella, which stars Emma Stone, a press release noted. The original motion picture soundtrack and the original score album, from Walt Disney Records, will be available May 21. Some of the other songs from the film include Nina Simone's "Feeling Good," Bee Gees' "Whisper Whisper," Ohio Players' "Fire," and Ike & Tina Turner's "Come Together" and "Whole Lotta Love."
Laverne Cox was named the new host of E!'s flagship red carpet show, Live from E!, succeeding Giuliana Rancic, according to Page Six. "Laverne Cox is a risk-taker, groundbreaking pioneer and a fashion tour de force," NBCUniversal's Jen Neal said in a statement. The announcement came on the heels of the news that Rancic was leaving the red carpet behind and had inked a new development deal with NBCUniversal.
Rapper Nicki Minaj dropped her groundbreaking 2009 mixtape, Beam Me Up Scotty, on streaming platforms for the first time, a press release noted. The mixtape launched Minaj's first hit, "I Get Crazy," featuring Lil Wayne. Expanding the original track listing, she also locks and loads Beam Me Up Scottyexpanding it to 23 trackswith standalone anthems "Boss Ass Bitch (Remix)" and "Chi-Raq" (with G Herbo) as well as three brand new tracks: new song "Seeing Green" (with Drake & Lil Wayne), "Fractions" and "Crocodile Teeth (Remix)" (with Skillibeng)." Recently, Minaj's hit "Anaconda" passed 1 billion views on YouTube.
Pokemon's 25th-anniversary celebration continued with the release of recording artist Katy Perry's new single and video, "Electric," according to a press release. Perry created the track especially for Pokemon 25: The Album, which will be released this fall by Universal Music Group's Capitol Records. The video is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojpTpT5i-PI.
The Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF) announced that Academy Award, BAFTA and two-time Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal; The Night Of) will receive this year's Excellence in Acting Award, a press release noted. His latest film, Mogul Mowgliwhich he co-wrote, produced and stars inwill be screened during the festival, which is slated to run June 16-25. Among the other festival events is a virtual conversation with television creator, showrunner, writer and director Joey Soloway on non-binary and trans filmmakers. The summer hit musical In the Heights will open the festival at the Wellfleet Drive-In, while Being BeBe, a documentary about the first winner of RuPaul's Drag Race, will close the festival. More information is at www.ptownfilmfest.org .
Cara Delevingne is selling an NFT that's centered around her genitalia, according to out.com . Delevingne's NFT is a video in which the 28-year-old is standing naked with no makeup in front of the ocean with words written over the video. All proceeds from the sale of the clip (which features anonymous artist Chemical X as a collaborator) will go to the Cara Delevingne Foundation, which supports women's and LGBTQ+ rights, mental health and environmental causes.
On Mother's Day, The Handmaid's Tale star Samira Wiley and wife Lauren Morelli celebrated the birth of their daughter, out.com noted. "Happy 1st Mother's Day to my beautiful wife, who four weeks ago today after laboring for almost 3 days gave birth to our first childour gorgeous daughter, George," Wiley posted on her Instagram. The couple met while they worked together on the hit Netflix show Orange Is the New Black; Wiley was one of the show's stars, and Morelli was a writer and producer on the series. They married in 2017.
There will be no Golden Globes on NBC in 2022, as the besieged Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) continues to falter in reforming itself (in the area of diversity/inclusion) to the satisfaction of Hollywood studios and stakeholders, Deadline reported. The decision to shutter the 2022 Globes was made as WarnerMedia joined Netflix and Amazon in cutting ties with the HFPA due to their collective lack of confidence in the nonprofit group to enact serious systemic reform. A magnet for controversy for decades, the Globes have been on increasingly shaky footing this year since it was revealed just before February's semi-virtual event that the HFPA has zero Black members. In response to NBC's move, HFPA's board issued a statement about the cancellation and released a timeline for its self-imposed reforms.
At the end of last month, rock guitarist and acoustic troubadour Tom Morello revealed "Weather Strike," a protest song penned and co-produced alongside Russia's influential art collective Pussy Riot and produced by Carl Restivo. Now, the track has been remixed by The Bloody Beetroots, and it's available at smarturl.it/WeatherStrikeRemix. Earlier, the "Weather Strike" music video was created by the filmmaker/3-D artist Ksti Hu.
Pop star Demi Lovatowho recently opened up about her struggles with drugs and sexual abuse in a docuseries for YouTubeis chasing UFOs for her next television project, Deadline reported. Peacock has ordered the four-part series Unidentified with Demi Lovato (w/t), which will see the singer, her skeptical best friend Matthew and her sister Dallas attempt to uncover the truth about UFO-related phenomena. While consulting with leading experts, the trio will investigate recent eyewitness encounters, uncover secret government reports and conduct tests at known UFO hot spots.
Courtney Stodden (who recently came out as non-binary) has doubts about Chrissy Teigen's apology after the model/cookbook author expressed regret for cyberbullying the reality TV personality as a teen, USA Today noted. Stodden wrote on Instagram that they accept Teigen's apology and forgive her, though Stodden has suspicions about Teigen's motives. Stodden also noted Teigen has them blocked on Twitter.
Elon Musk declared himself to be the first person with Asperger syndrome to host Saturday Night Live in the opening of his May 8 monologue, The Chicago Tribune noted. The South African billionaire identified casually and then followed it up with a joke, noting that he's "pretty good at running human emulation mode." Miley Cyrus was the musical guest.
No original series Netflix or other leading streaming service launched in April that could match the audience levels on Disney+ for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, even though it debuted March 19 (according to connected-TV and TV analytics provider TVision), Variety reported. Disney announced that Falcon was Disney+'s biggest-ever series premiere in late March.
Two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro will star opposite standup comic Sebastian Maniscalco in About My Father, the Lionsgate comedy loosely based on Maniscalco's life and his relationship with his father, Deadline noted. The film reunites De Niro and Maniscalco after the two first appeared together in Martin Scorsese's The Irishman. In other De Niro news, he suffered a leg injury while in Oklahoma, Deadline confirmed. He was there to shoot Martin Scorsese's Killers of the Flower Moon, but the accident didn't occur while he was on-set or during production.
HBO Max has set Thursday, May 27, for the long-awaited Friends: The Reunion special, Deadline noted. The special features Friends stars Jennifer Aniston (Rachel), Courteney Cox (Monica), Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe), Matt LeBlanc (Joey), Matthew Perry (Chandler) and David Schwimmer (Ross). A slew of A-list celebrity guests will appear on the special, including David Beckham, Justin Bieber, BTS, James Corden, Cindy Crawford, Cara Delevingne, Lady Gaga, Elliott Gould, Kit Harington, Larry Hankin, Mindy Kaling, Thomas Lennon, Christina Pickles, Tom Selleck, James Michael Tyler, Maggie Wheeler, Reese Witherspoon and Malala Yousafzai.
The long-running NBC daytime drama Days of Our Lives has been renewed for two seasons, Deadline noted. The renewal will take the iconic soap through record 57th and 58th seasons. Currently in its 56th season, the show aired its 14,000th episode in December and remains NBC's longest-running series.
Death Row Records has launched the "Death Row Experience"a virtual retrospective gallery that celebrates the 30th anniversary of the iconic hip-hop label, a press release noted. Death Row Records, once owned and operated by Dr. Dre and Marion "Suge" Knight, was formed in 1991 and were the pioneers in changing the course of music, thanks to artists such as Tupac and Snoop Dogg.
Acclaimed actress Phylicia Rashad has been named the dean of Howard University's recently re-established College of Fine Arts, effective July 1, according to the Howard Newsroom. An alumna of Howard, Rashad graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's in fine arts.
Fox renewed its comedy Call Me Katwhich stars Mayim Bialik, Swoosie Kurtz, Cheyenne Jackson, Leslie Jordan, Kyla Pratt and Julian Gantfor a second season, according to Deadline. Exec-produced by Bialik and her Big Bang Theory partner Jim Parsons, the series has Bialik starring as a woman who struggles every day against society and her mother to prove she can live a happy and fulfilling life, despite still being single at 39which is why she recently spent her entire savings to open a cat cafe in Louisville, Kentucky.
ABC series Grey's Anatomy has been officially renewed for an eighteenth season, continuing its record-breaking run, Deadline noted. Season 18 of Grey's Anatomy, television's longest-running medical drama, has not been designated as final, with the drama's future beyond that to be determined. Additionally, Station 19 has been renewed for a fifth season.
Wendy Williams split with new beau Mike Esterman, who she selected on her talk show through a "Date Wendy" campaign, Page Six noted. "She deserves to be with someone who may have more time," the Maryland-based contractor told Page Six. He added that they were "never an item after three dates." (On her talk show, Williams said the two "were never boyfriend and girlfriend.") Williams' marriage to Kevin Hunter lasted more than 20 years before she filed for divorce in April 2019.