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SHOWBIZ Queen + Adam Lambert, Spider-Man, 'Victoria's Secret,' 'Friends'
by Andrew Davis

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Queen + Adam Lambert announced details of "Rhapsody Over London"—an exclusive concert spectacular filmed live at London's O2 Arena during their current sold-out European tour that will premiere live on July 24 via Kiswe's global streaming platform, a press release noted. The exclusive live concert film will feature a live Q&A with band members Brian May, Roger Taylor and Lambert; fans will have the chance to purchase tickets and submit their questions via video by July 19 for the band to see and answer live during the Q&A. The 28-song concert was filmed during the band's sold-out 10-day run at The O2 Arena in early June. Visit .

Out comic writer Steve Foxe revealed the upcoming debut of the first queer Spider-Man: Web-Weaver, according to LGBTQ Nation. The character will make his first appearance in September's fifth issue of Edge of Spider-Verse. Marvel's official description of the character calls him a "not-so-mild mannered fashion designer" whose spider-powers allow him to show us "a very different kind of Spider-Slayer."

The documentary Victoria's Secret: Angels and Demons will debut on July on Thursday, July 14, per a press release. Investigated with journalistic rigor by director Matt Tyrnauer, this documentary tells the searing and provocative story of the Victoria's Secret brand and its longtime CEO: the larger-than-life, enigmatic billionaire Les Wexner. The underworld of fashion, the billionaire class and Jeffrey Epstein are all revealed to be inextricably intertwined with the fall of this legendary brand.

In an interview with The Conversation on the BBC World Service, Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman said it was a "mistake" to call the character of Chandler's transgender mother "father," per Out Magazine. She also added that she was uneducated on trans issues at the time. The character, a trans woman and a drag queen named Helena Handbasket, was played by Kathleen Turner.

Oprah Winfrey confirmed the death of her father, Vernon Winfrey, shortly after local Nashville news outlets reported his passing, Page Six reported. "Vernon Winfrey 1933-2022," Oprah captioned a video of her dad from July 4, revealing that the immediate family was aware that he was battling cancer. She added, "Yesterday with family surrounding his bedside I had the sacred honor of witnessing the man responsible for my life, take his last breath. We could feel Peace enter the room at his passing."

The film Stay on Board: The Leo Baker Story will premiere at Outfest in LA on July 21, per a press release. From Netflix, Pulse Films, a division of VICE Media Group and Flower Films comes this feature film that follows competitive trans skateboarding icon Leo Baker in the lead-up to the 2020 Olympics. (Drew Barrymore is among the executive producers.) Outfest Los Angeles will be held July 14-24 at multiple locations throughout the city.

Three tracks from Michael Jackson's posthumous 2010 album Michael have been removed from streaming services amid claims that the King of Pop never sang them, according to USA Today. Jackson's estate and Sony Music withdrew the songs "Breaking News," "Monster" and "Keep Your Head Up"—which fans say use singer Jason Malachi's vocals and not Jackson's—from the album. The tracks are no longer accessible on Spotify or Apple Music.

Speaking of Jackson, Beyonce joined him and Paul McCartney as the third artist in history to have 20 top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 as a solo artist and 10 on the chart as a member of the group, with her newest song "Break My Soul," Forbes noted. The single became Beyonce's 20th top 10 hit as a solo artist; she also has 10 from her time in the group Destiny's Child. McCartney has 23 solo top 10 hits and 34 with the Beatles; Jackson has 30 top 10s as a soloist and 11 as a member of the Jackson 5s and the Jacksons.

Queerty noted that trans/non-binary comedian Mae Martin had advice for Bette Midler regarding the latter's anti-trans controversy. In part, Martin stated, "The use of inclusive language when talking about abortion rights meant that I—with all my shared experience and shared threat of pregnancy as I also sleep with cis men—can participate and be acknowledged in the conversation and fight alongside women. … The best part of life is continuing to learn and grow. And we have to try to rise above and have open arms and be full of love and respect."

Actress Lori Petty talked with The Hollywood Reporter about working with Madonna on the 1992 film A League of Their Own, Queerty noted. In part, Petty said of the singer/actress, "It was just me and a mostly naked Madonna every day for months in the makeup truck. She was really nice, and nobody works harder than Madonna. She would run six miles before work."

A judge issued a restraining order against Ricky Martin, Page Six noted. Martin denied the order-related allegations in a statement issued via his reps. El Vocero, a Puerto Rico newspaper, said the order states that Martin and the other party allegedly dated for seven months. The report quotes the order as saying they broke up two months ago, but the petitioner alleges that Martin (who is married to Jwan Yosef) did not accept the separation and has been seen loitering near the petitioner's house at least three times.

Singer Halsey wrote a deeply personal essay for Vogue in the wake of the Supreme Court's overturning of Roe v. Wade in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization case, revealing she nearly died on her journey to motherhood—and never wavered from her pro-choice beliefs, Extra noted. Although Halsey, with partner Alev Aydin, gave birth to a son on July 14, 2021, she'd previously lost three pregnancies. In part, the singer wrote, "One of my miscarriages required 'aftercare,' a gentle way of saying that I would need an abortion, because my body could not terminate the pregnancy completely on its own and I would risk going into sepsis without medical intervention... I was desperate to end the pregnancy that was threatening my life."

Russian protest art collective Pussy Riot announced that their debut mixtape, Matriarchy Now, will be released Friday, Aug. 5, on Neon Gold Records (MARINA, Charli XCX, Christine and the Queens, etc.), per a press release. The release date is just before the 10-year "anniversary" of their Aug. 17, 2012 verdict of being convicted with hooliganism motivated by religious hatred, and spending two years in jail for protesting Russian President Vladimir Putin. The mixtape features collaborations with Tove Lo (who executive-produced the project), Salem Ilese, Kito, Hudson Mohawke, Slayyyter, ILOVEMAKONNEN, Big Freedia, Phoebe Ryan and more.

A group of former Disney Channel stars are reuniting for an all-new queer horror film directed by Allisyn Snyder, Out Magazine noted. The movie will star Matthew Scott Montgomery, Shayne Topp and Damien Haas from the show So Random!; Camp Rock's Alyson Stoner, Jessie's Debby Ryan and Kevin Chamberlin; and Tim Bagley from Shake it Up! and Raven's Home. The film, titled Howdy, Neighbor!, was written by Montgomery and is called a "screenlife" film, in which it is formatted with all of the footage occurring on computer screens.

Out actor Rupert Everett (My Best Friend's Wedding; the Shrek franchise), Wendy Crewson (Pretty Hard Cases) and Shawn Doyle (Paramount+'s Star Trek: Discovery) are joining stars Patricia Clarkson and Lydia West in espionage thriller series Gray, AOL noted. Gray is the story of CIA spy Cornelia Gray (Clarkson) who comes in from the cold after 20 years in hiding, "dodging the government agents who suspected her of being a traitor," according to a plot description. "She returns to her old life just as it is discovered that there is a new mole within her old spy network."

British actor Emma Corrin (The Crown) will become the first non-binary person to be on the cover of Vogue magazine, Out noted. Corrin shared their Vogue cover on Instagram and wrote, "My grin really says it all! A huge [honor] to be your August cover." In 2021, Corrin quietly updated their pronouns on Instagram and showed off their binder in a beautiful photo shoot. They also came out as being queer on the sexuality spectrum.

In her new memoir, Soul Survivor, Ike & Tina Turner Revue singer P.P. Arnold alleges that during her time as an Ikette from 1965 until 1966, Ike Turner "trapped her in a room and raped her," according to Yahoo! Entertainment. The claim was shared in an interview with The Telegraph, ahead of the book's release. Her time as an Ikette ceased due to Mick Jagger's pursuit of her, sparking her solo career. Arnold and Jagger worked together while she also became romantically involved with the Rolling Stones frontman and his then-girlfriend, Marianne Faithfull.

The Flash actress Candice Patton revealed recently that she was "severely unhappy" for a time when working on the show, Collider noted. Patton has played the role of Iris West-Allen for eight seasons and still counting for The CW and Warner Bros. on the show—but stated that in her early days working on the project that began in 2014, she was the target of online harassment and racially energized messages and did not get much protection from the higher-ups. Patton revealed that she had considered leaving the show as early as its second season to cope with what was being thrown at her.

After six seasons, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and DC mark the end of an era with the final installment of the series with the release of Lucifer: The Sixth and Final Season on DVD on Sept. 13, per a press release. In addition to all 10 episodes from season six, there are deleted scenes and a gag reel. Lucifer: The Sixth and Final Season is priced to own at $24.98 SRP for the DVD ($29.98 in Canada) and will also be available on Blu-ray, courtesy of Warner Archive Collection.

Amazon's Prime Video is not proceeding with the second season of its sci-fi series Night Sky, starring Oscar winners Sissy Spacek and J.K. Simmons, Deadline noted. However, recently, Prime Video, in conjunction with Amazon Web Services, SES, and Intelsat, beamed the show's first episode into outer space—marking the farthest distance from Earth that a TV series has been distributed and making Prime Video the first streamer to distribute its content directly into space.

According to Variety, the reality show Million Dollar Listing New York—a key installment in Bravo's long-running real-estate franchise—won't be returning anytime soon. Bravo never uses the word "canceled," instead considering series to be "paused," since it sometimes brings shows back years later. Its most recent season—and last, for now—followed the show's brokers, including original cast members Ryan Serhant and Fredrik Eklund, as they waded through the tribulations of pre-and-mid-pandemic real estate in New York City. In January, Eklund, who had also been a cast member on Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles, announced on social media that he was leaving the franchise.

Some people feel that Elliot Page should replace trouble-ridden actor Ezra Miller as The Flash, noted. Fangirlish's Lissete Lanuza Saenz tweeted, "Just want to take this moment to say Elliot Page would make a great Barry Allen, in case there's ever a need to, you know, cast a new Flash, for whatever reason"—and received tens of thousands of likes. However, many DC Extended Universe fans have also disagreed that Page would make a great Barry Allen.

Singer Harry Styles shared a statement after having to cancel a Denmark concert due to a mass shooting near the venue, iHeart noted. "I'm heartbroken along with the people of Copenhagen. I adore this city. The people are so warm and full of love. I'm devastated for the victims, their families, and everyone hurting. I'm sorry we couldn't be together. Please look after each other. H," he wrote. Just hours before he was set to perform at the Royal Arena, the shooting broke out at Copenhagen's Fields mall. Three people were killed and several others were injured.

Shawn Mendes is postponing his "Wonder" world tour for three weeks to focus on his mental health, Variety noted. "This breaks my heart to have to say this, but unfortunately I'm going to have to postpone the next three weeks of shows through Uncasville, CT until further notice," Mendes posted July 8. "I've been touring since I was 15 and to be honest it's always been difficult to be on the road away from friends and family. After a few years off the road, I felt like I was ready to dive back in, but that decision was premature and unfortunately the toll of the road and the pressure has caught up to me and I've hit a breaking point."

Also, veteran guitarist Carlos Santana—who recently passed out onstage during a concert in Michigan and was rushed to the hospital—has postponed the next six shows of his "Miraculous Supernatural 2022" tour with Earth, Wind & Fire, per Variety. The postponements were made "out of an abundance of caution for the artist's health," his manager, Universal Tone Management's Michael Vrionis said.

As Broadway icon Bernadette Peters was onstage in the Theater District promoting her pet-adoption charity Broadway Barks, the annual event was interrupted by angry protesters from the Humane Society shouting "animal abuse," according to Page Six. She then shouted back, "Excuse me—you are stomping on the chances of the animals here from being adopted!" Co-founded by Peters and Mary Tyler Moore in 1998, the organization's website says it was created to "promote the adoption of shelter animals."

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