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SHOWBIZ Music festivals, Murray Bartlett, Reese Witherspoon, author David Sedaris
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Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival revealed the lineup for this year's festival, taking place June 16-19 on the Bonnaroo Farm in Manchester, Tennessee, a press release noted. Highlights will include performances by Tool, J. Cole, Stevie Nicks, Herbie Hancock, The Chicks (formerly Dixie Chicks), Machine Gun Kelly, Tove Lo, Ludacris, Flume, Illenium, Roddy Ricch, 21 Savage, Billy Strings, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, $uicideboy$ and Porter Robinson. Ticket options include General Admission (4-Day), GA+ (4-Day), VIP (4-Day), Platinum (4-Day), General Admission Camping & Parking, VIP Camping, Platinum Camping and more; visit

Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, Ye (formerly Kanye West) and Swedish House Mafia are slated to headline Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 2022, noted. The festival is slated for April 15-17 and April 22-24 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. Previously, Rage Against the Machine, Travis Scott and Frank Ocean were set to headline the festival; however, Rage Against the Machine would no longer headline, Ocean will headline in 2023 and Scott was removed from the lineup following the Astroworld tragedy. See .

LGBTQ+ actor Murray Bartlett (Looking; The White Lotus) will star as producer-choreographer Nick De Noia in Immigrant, Hulu's upcoming limited series about Chippendales founder Somen "Steve" Banerjee, The series follows Banerjee's (Kumail Nanjiani) darkly comedic, crime-ridden journey as an Indian-American immigrant creating what became a wildly popular male revue show. De Noia is described as a charming, fast-talking New Yorker who sees himself as God's gift to entertainment; while regularly indulging in his loves of drinking, drugs, women and men, he helped Banerjee take the Chippendales from a seedy West LA venture to the global popularity it eventually reached.

Ava Phillippe—a model and influencer who is the daughter of actress Reese Witherspoon and actor Ryan Phillippe—came out publicly on Instagram, according to LGBTQ Nation. Answering a question on her Instagram story that asked, "do u like boys or girls," Ava responded, "I'm attracted to… people! [Gender is whatever.]" Ava, 22, is one of two children to Witherspoon and Phillippe, who starred in the 1999 classic Cruel Intentions together, and were married from 1999 to 2007.

In other Reese Witherspoon news, Apple renewed the Jennifer Aniston/Witherspoon-fronted drama series The Morning Show for a third season, per Deadline. It comes after the second season launched in September 2021 and ran through November. The cast also includes Billy Crudup, Mark Duplass, Nestor Carbonell, Karen Pittman, Bel Powley, Desean Terry, Janina Gavankar, Tom Irwin and Marcia Gay Harden; Julianna Margulies (playing a lesbian who dates Witherspoon's characters) was among those making guest appearances during the show's second season.

Brooklyn's Kings Theatre will host "An Evening with David Sedaris," on Thursday, June 2, according to a press release. Sedaris is the author of the previous bestsellers Calypso, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, and is a regular National Public Radio contributor. The event will follow the release of his newest books, The Best of Me and A Carnival of Snackery. Tickets will be on sale Friday, Jan. 28, at 10 a.m. ET at . COVID protocols will be followed.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Francis Ford Coppola's Oscar-winning film The Godfather, Paramount Pictures announced the film will have a limited theatrical release in Dolby Vision beginning Feb. 25, exclusively in Dolby Cinema at AMC Theatres in the United States as well as in international territories around the world, a press release noted. Also, all films in the Godfather trilogy have been restored under the direction of Coppola and will be made available on 4K Ultra HD for the first time ever on March 22. Bonus features will include an introduction from Coppola, "Full Circle: Preserving The Godfather," "Capturing the Corleones: Through the Lens of Photographer Steve Schapiro" and much more.

The gay podcast Move, I'm Gay—starring Francisco and Brendan as Franny and Brenda—will premiere its 100th episode on Feb. 22, a press release noted. While Franny dishes on the latest entertainment dirt, and maybe belts out a Top 40 hit or two, Brenda references obscure gay historical facts. The podcast started in February 2020. See

Acorn TV released the official trailer for the Rose d'Or Award-winning film Help, starring Emmy winner Jodie Comer and Stephen Graham and premiering exclusively in the United Stateson Acorn TV Monday, Jan. 31, a press release noted. In Help, young care worker Sarah (Jodie Comer, from Killing Eve), forms an unlikely bond with nursing home resident Tony (Stephen Graham, from Line of Duty), who's living with young onset dementia. But when the COVID-19 pandemic hits, her character and their relationship are put to the test under horrifying circumstances.

Celine Dion's Courage World Tour has ended for U.S. and Canadian fans, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She shared that her recovery after being treated for severe and persistent muscle spasms is taking longer than expected. She is canceling her remaining tour dates, from March 9 to April 22, for the North American leg of her global tour. In October 2021, the award-winning singer delayed her Las Vegas residency—initially scheduled for dates in November 2021, as well both January and February of 2022—due to muscle spasms, which prevented her from performing and rehearsing.

Music icon Janet Jackson opened up about body positivity and beauty standards in a new interview with Allure, The Hill noted. Jackson said she admires that women have become "comfortable in their skin, in their size, in being full-figured and I love that, as opposed to back in the day. You had to always be thin and always look a certain way. And now it's all accepted and it is all beautiful and I absolutely love that." The singer—who added she admires Lizzo for her stance on body positivity—went on to state that her 1993 album release for Janet is when she first truly began "embracing me and trying to learn to love me for me, my body, all of that. Trying to feel comfortable in embracing that."

Disney's upcoming live-action adaptation of beloved classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs just found its leading man: sexually fluid actor and Rhode Island native Andrew Burnap, noted, citing The Hollywood Reporter. Burlap, a Tony winner, will join the already cast Rachel Zegler (West Side Story) and Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman; Justice League) as the male lead. Burnap is reportedly playing a new, original male lead that was created specifically for the live-action retelling of the 1937 animated classic—so he won't be the prince.

LGBTQ+ streaming network Revry will premiere STEAM! The Musical—a Western musical short with an LGBTQ+ twist—on Jan. 28, a press release noted. STEAM! The Musical stars Broadway actor Coby Getzug as well as Barrett Riggins and Liam Cronin. After premiering on Revry, it will be immediately available to stream exclusively on Samsung TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Comcast Xfinity, XUMO and more.

Betty White, who passed away on Dec. 31 at age 99, died due to a cerebrovascular accident (stroke), according to an item that cited TMZ. According to the death certificate, White suffered a stroke six days before her death. White's agent and close friend Jeff Witjas first confirmed to PEOPLE in a statement on Dec. 31 that the beloved actress "died peacefully in her sleep at her home" that morning, adding days later that White didn't die due to effects related to a COVID-19 booster shot administered Dec. 28.

Queer|Art announced the 12 fellows accepted for the 2022 Queer|Art|Mentorship program cycle, and the mentors with whom they will be working, per a press release. Some of the fellows include Brooklyn queer trans woman Frances Arpaia; Brooklyn Vietnamese trans woman Xoai Pham; San Francisco Afro-Carribean Filipinx choreographer/DJ/curator jose esteban abad; Connecticut non-binary artist Antonius-Tin Bui; and Atlanta writer/journalist/cultural worker Clarissa Brooks.

After three years without a host, the Oscars will have one when the ceremony airs this March 27 on ABC, per Variety. Craig Erwich, president of Hulu Originals & ABC Entertainment, announced the Oscars would indeed return to a host during ABC's portion of the winter Television Critics Association virtual press tour. However, he didn't elaborate on who it might be.

Dexter: New Blood shattered records for Showtime, per Deadline. Over the series' 10-episode run, it averaged more than 8 million weekly viewers across all Showtime platforms, becoming the most-watched series in the premium cabler's history. The series finale drew 3 million total viewers, making it the biggest Showtime finale in more than eight years—since Homeland in 2013, according to the network.

Fox has pushed Monarch—the country-music family dynasty series starring Susan Sarandon, Trace Adkins, Anna Friel and Beth Ditto—to the fall because of COVID-19, Deadline noted. The series was set to premiere on Sunday, Jan. 30. Fox is hoping that by shifting the show to fall of its 2022-23 season, it will benefit from having the entire first season produced and more time to market the drama.

ABC Entertainment has ordered season 19 of the longest-running prime-time medical drama series, Grey's Anatomy, starring Ellen Pompeo, a press release noted. In the upcoming season, the record-breaking Shondaland franchise will explore the ever-expanding world of modern medicine through the eyes of returning and new characters. Executive producer/showrunner Krista Vernoff will continue to helm the series, which remains the network's number-one show this season and the top broadcast drama among adults 18-49.

Prime Video started the new year with the release of the official trailer for The Legend of Vox Machina, the upcoming highly anticipated adult animated fantasy-adventure series from Critical Role and Titmouse, a press release noted. The first season will consist of 12 episodes, with three episodes premiering every week starting Friday, Jan. 28, in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide. The Legend of Vox Machina is an animated fantasy-adventure series for adults that follows Vox Machina, a band of misfits with a fondness for boozing and brawling.

Hulu has renewed The Great for a 10-episode, third season, a press release noted. The critically acclaimed second season debuted on Hulu on Nov. 19, 2021, and is certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes at 100%. The series is currently nominated for three Critics' Choice Awards. With only occasional historical facts, the series about Catherine the Great stars Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult, among others.

British singer Arlo Parks and U.S. singer Ashnikko are dating, noted. Ashnikko recently posted a picture of the two of them holding each other on Instagram, along with the caption "I'M SORRY BUT WE ARE STUPID DUM DUM HOT." Last May, Ashnikko tweeted, "to clarify, I am pansexual and genderfluid, I just didn't feel ready to tell the internet yet." Parks is a London-based singer who is bisexual, and who was recently nominated for her first two Grammys.

Enrico Casarosa, the director of Disney and Pixar's 2021 animated film Luca, told The Wrap there were discussions about possibly making the film's two lead characters—the titular sea monster Luca and his fellow aquatic bestie Alberto—gay, according to . "We talked about it and I mean, I think the reason probably we didn't talk about it as much and, to a certain degree, we're slightly surprised by the amount of people talking about romance is that we were really focusing on friendship and, so, pre-romance," Casarosa said. "The things we did talk a lot about is what is the metaphor here for being a sea monster, for being different? And some people seem to get mad that I'm not saying yes or no, but I feel like, well, this is a movie about being open to any difference."

The Los Angeles house featured in the 1984 horror classic A Nightmare on Elm Street has been sold after nearly three months on the market, going for $2,980,000, NPR noted. Despite its nightmarish movie ties, the house can be seen as a dream home, with 3 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms, along with a pool and a guesthouse. The house, at 1428 N. Genesee Ave., went up for sale last October—a week before Halloween. Its initial asking price was listed as $3.5 million.

The Critics Choice Association will hold the 2022 Critics Choice Awards ceremony on March 13—the same day as the BAFTA Awards—after being delayed from January, Variety reported. Taye Diggs and Nicole Byer will host the 27th Critics Choice Awards at an in-person event at the Fairmont Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, California. The CW and TBS will air a live broadcast of the ceremony.

British duo Tears For Fears have released "Break The Man," the third single off The Tipping Point—their first studio album in 17 years that's slated to arrive Feb. 25 via Concord Records, a press release noted. In November, the band also announced The Tipping Point World Tour, with support from Garbage on the U.S. leg; some of the scheduled stops include Cincinnati, Dallas, Phoenix, Chicago, San Diego and Boston. See .

Pop-rock trio Hanson announced their Red Green Blue World Tour, with tickets going on sale at 10 a.m. (local) on Jan. 20 via, along with their new album that is composed of the band's three solo-led projects, a press release noted. Red Green Blue will be released via 3CG Records on May 20—right as the band is reaching the milestone of 30 years performing together.

The Shirley MacLaine/Jack Lemmon classic The Apartment, the Orson Welles masterpiece Touch of Evil and the 2007 Viggo Mortensen/Naomi Watts movie Eastern Promises are just a few of Kino Lorber's planned home-video releases for March, a press release noted. Those three will be released on 4K UHD and Blu-Ray (in one package). Some of the other planned releases include the Rock Hudson films Man's Favorite Sport? and Strange Bedfellows; Now and Forever, with Gary Cooper, Carole Lombard and Shirley Temple; and the Edgar G. Ulmer Sci-Fi Collection (The Man From Planet X/Beyond the Time Barrier/The Amazing Transparent Man).

Actress Sharon Stone will be a part of the second season of the HBO Max show The Flight Attendant, according to Deadline. Stone will play Lisa Bowden, Cassie's (played by Kaley Cuoco) estranged mother—who would prefer to stay estranged. The show also stars returning regulars Zosia Mamet, Griffin Matthews, Deniz Akdeniz and Rosie Perez.

Justified: City Primeval has been greenlighted at FX, with Timothy Olyphant reprising his role as U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens for the limited series, Deadline noted. Seven years on from the end of FX's Justified, Sony Pictures Television and FX Productions are producing their latest Elmore Leonard adaptation, based on the author's novel City Primeval: High Noon In Detroit. Justified won two Emmys and was nominated for eight, including one for lead Olyphant, along with winning a Peabody.

Hawkeye and Van Helsing actor Aleks Paunovic is set to star in and executive-produce the sci-fi NFT series GenZeroes, per Deadline. The project is among the first live-action NFT series and is being set up to include 10 episodes that will be augmented by motion graphic comic books.

Actor/comedian Bob Saget (TV's Full House) was laid to rest Jan. 14 in Los Angeles following his untimely death at age 65, Page Six noted. Comedians who showed up included Dave Chappelle, Kathy Griffin, Chris Rock, Jimmy Kimmel and Jeff Ross, who served as a pallbearer alongside John Mayer, Judd Apatow, Ted Sarandos, Steve Hale, and Saget's Full House co-stars Dave Coulier and John Stamos. Fellow Full House alums Candace Cameron Bure, Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen also attended the service.

Ronnie Spector—the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer who fronted classic 1960s girl group the Ronettes and delivered the iconic vocal on their hit "Be My Baby"—died of cancer at 78, Deadline noted. Controversial writer/producer Phil Spector and Ronnie were married 1968-74—decades before he would be convicted of second-degree murder in the 2003 death of actress Lana Clarkson.

Actress/comedian Tiffany Haddish was arrested in her car in Georgia on a suspected DUI charge, Deadline noted. Released after posting a $1,666 bond, a local law enforcement source said the Grammy winner was found by Peachtree City police after calls to the cops of a driver falling asleep at the wheel. The Girls Trip star refused a breathalyzer, which is what led to her immediate arrest by law enforcement.

Aquaman star Jason Momoa and The Cosby Show alum Lisa Bonet have split, Page Six noted. "We have all felt the squeeze and changes of these transformational times," the couple's joint statement began. "A revolution is unfolding and our family is of no exception… feeling and growing from the seismic shifts occurring. … The love between us carries on, evolving in ways it wishes to be known and lived. We free each other to be who we are learning to become." They started dating in 2005 and went on to welcome two kids together, tying the knot at a secret wedding in 2017.

Ye, formerly Kanye West, is being investigated in connection with allegations of battery in Los Angeles, according to NBC News. Police officials said the confrontation occurred when a person started recording Ye on video. The photographer called police, but the "Stronger" rapper was gone by the time the arrived. The alleged altercation is being investigated as a misdemeanor battery, which carries a maximum jail sentence of six months.

Steve Harvey has no plans for another stand-up comedy special, blaming "cancel culture," Deadline noted. He told media, "We're in the cancel culture now. No stand-up [comedian] alive that is sponsor-driven can say anything he wants to. Chris Rock can't. Kevin Hart can't. Cedric the Entertainer can't. D.L. Hughley can't. I can go down the list. The only person that can say what they want to say on stage is Dave Chappelle—because he's not sponsor-driven; he's subscription-driven."

Actor Richard Burgi was let go from CBS' daytime drama The Young and the Restless after what he said was his inadvertent violation of the show's COVID policy, per Deadline. In an Instagram Story video, Burgi, whose— credits include Desperate Housewives and General Hospital—said he "naively and inadvertently violated the show's COVID policy" by following the CDC's recent recommendation of a five-day isolation period. He also said he was unaware that the show has a 10-day isolation policy. The Young and the Restless recently announced that Guiding Light actor Robert Newman will make his debut in February as the character Ashland Locke, the role Burgi had played since last year.

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