Emmy- and Grammy-nominated stand-up comedian Tig Notaro (HBO's Tig Notaro: Boyish Girl Interrupted), will return to HBO this summer with the first-ever fully animated stand-up special, HBO announced. The special, which Ellen DeGeneres is co-executive-producing, will air on HBO and be available to stream on HBO Max. This marks the third collaboration involving Notary and DeGeneres: DeGeneres executive-produced Notaro's Netflix special Tig Notaro: Happy To Be Here, in 2018, and Notaro co-directed DeGeneres' Netflix special, Ellen DeGeneres: Relatable, the same year.
Buddies, newly discovered and digitally restored, was recently released on DVD to coincide with World AIDS Dayand is now taking its rightful place in history as the first feature film about the AIDS epidemic, Instinct Magazine noted. Buddiesabout an unexpected relationship between two gay menpremiered on television a few months before An Early Frost debuted in 1985. The filmwritten, produced and directed by Arthur J Bressan Jr.was filmed in nine days in Washington, D.C., and New York City.
The documentary Mala Mala is now on the Criterion Channel, a press release noted. Shot over three years, the 2014 film unfolds through intimate moments, performances, friendships and the activism of trans-identifying people, drag queens and others who defy gender norms in Puerto Rico. The film features Ivana, an activist fighting for anti-discrimination bill on the island; Soraya, an older gender-affirming surgery pioneer; Sandy, a sex worker confronting the impact of aging on her source of income; and Samantha and Paxx, who both struggle with the quality of medical resources available to assist in their transitions.
HBO is developing a new TV series based on the acclaimed series of books by E. Lynn Harris about a young and talented Black gay man coming of age and finding himself originally published in the 1990s. Invisible Life was the first book in the trilogy, which also included And This Too Shall Pass and Just As I Am. All three books will be adapted into one series for HBO. Harris passed away in 2009, but before he did, the IP rights for his works were purchased by Proteus Spann's Proteus E2 Productions with the author's blessing.
Actor/singer Nick Jonas is set to host the 2021 Billboard Music Awards, The Hollywood Reporter noted. Jonas' recent credits include the movie Chaos Walking and the Netflix holiday series Dash & Lily, on which he served as an executive producer and made a cameo as himself. During his time with Jonas Brothers, the band won three Billboard Music Awards. The Billboard Music Awards announced its 2021 finalists, with The Weeknd leading as a finalist in 16 categories. The 2021 Billboard Music Awards will air live from Los Angeles' Microsoft Theater on NBC on Sunday, May 23.
Speaking of the awards, dick clark productions and NBC announced that global superstar P!NK will receive the distinguished ICON Award at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards, a press release noted. P!NK joins previous honorees Garth Brooks, Cher, Neil Diamond, Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Janet Jackson and Mariah Carey. She has tallied 33 career entries on the Billboard Hot 100, including 15 top 10s and four number-ones: "Lady Marmalade," with Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim and Mya, in 2001; "So What,'' in 2008; "Raise Your Glass," in 2010; and "Just Give Me a Reason," featuring Nate Ruess, in 2013.
Amazon's IMDb TV has picked up Clea DuVall's series High School, about the teen years of lesbian twin-sister duo Tegan and Sara, out.com noted. The series is described as a "transcendent story of first loves and first songs." DuVall is also set to write and direct several episodes of the show, including the pilot. Last year, Tegan and Sara collaborated with DuVall when they released the song "Make You Mine This Season" on the soundtrack to DuVall's lesbian Christmas romantic comedy Happiest Season.
The season-four premiere episode of Hulu's Emmy-winning series The Handmaid's Tale is the streamer's most watched originalfor either a film or TV series season debutduring the course of a week, Deadline noted. The season-three finale of the show originally ran Aug. 14, 2019making it roughly a 21-month wait for the fourth season of the MGM-produced series.
The Phantom of the Operaat 33 years old, the longest-running show in Broadway historyis the first post-COVID production to make it official: The musical will resume performances Friday, Oct. 22, Deadline reported. The announcement came just hours after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave the go-ahead for Broadway to reopen on Sept. 14. In a statement, Phantom composer Andrew Lloyd Webber said, "I am a proud Brit, but Broadway has always been my spiritual home. To have Phantom lead the effort to bring our beloved community back to the stage is a moment of immense pride for me." Tickets are already on sale.
After being snubbed by the Oscars, the Netflix trans-focused documentary Disclosure received a Peabody Award nomination alongside other LGBTQ+ works like Welcome to Chechnya, Euphoria and Disney Channel cartoon The Owl House, out.com noted. The Peabody Awards honor "excellence in storytelling that reflects the social issues and the emerging voices of our day," according to its website. The winners of the Peabody Awards will be announced in June during a virtual celebration.
Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright announced plans for another virtual concert, a press release noted. "Rufus Does Judy at Capitol Studios" will see Wainwright performing his 2007 tribute to Judy Garland, "Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall," in its entirety, live from Los Angeles' famed Capitol Studios. The event will premiere Thursday, June 10, celebrating what would have been Garland's 99th birthday. Tickets for "Rufus Does Judy at Capitol Studios" (which will include a small audience with people such as Oscar-winning Judy actress Renee Zellweger) are available via Veeps priced at $30 (advance)/$35 (day of show); visit rufuswainwright.veeps.com/.
WNBA superstar and Seattle Storm power forward Breanna Stewart proposed to her girlfriend, fellow pro-basketball player Marta Xargay, out.com noted. "Did a thing. Another ring. She said YES," Stewart posted on social media. Among other accomplishments, Stewart, 26, led the University of Connecticut to four national championships and has helped the Storm win two WNBA titles (so far). Xargay is a Spanish pro player who has played in Europe as well as for the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury.
Godzilla vs. Kong arrives for Premium Digital Ownership at home on May 21, a Warner Bros. Home Entertainment press release noted. The film is directed by Adam Wingard, and stars Alexander Skarsgard (The Legend of Tarzan, TV's True Blood) and Millie Bobby Brown (TV's Stranger Things). The film will also be available on 4K, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD beginning June 15. Special features include "Kong Leaves Home," "Godzilla Attacks" and " The Rise of MechaGodzilla," among other items.
Actor John Barrowman apologized in a statement issued to the Guardian after reports surfaced he had repeatedly exposed his genitals to others on the set of Doctor Who, according to out.com . Sources said the veteran actor, who played the omnisexual space buccaneer Captain John Harkness in the popular British television series as well as on Torchwood, was not viewed as a predator by those he flashed; however, Barrowman was reprimanded for his onset behavior, which subsequently stopped. The veteran actor blamed his "high-spirited behavior" for the controversy and said his proclivity for exposing his penis in public was "only ever intended in good humor to entertain colleagues on set and backstage."
NBC and Lilly Singh will end her late-night program, A Little Late With Lilly Singh, after two years, according to Variety. Singh has signed a first-look deal with Universal Television Alternative Studio, a division of Universal Studio Group, to develop unscripted projects. She also heads Unicorn Island Productions, and intends to focus on projects under that banner.
Out saxophonist/entrepreneur Dave Koz is pairing with hipster funk/jam-band guitarist Cory Wong on the album The Golden Hour, which is set to drop June 11, a press release noted. The two Grammy-nominated artists shared the first single, "Today," and the accompanying video, which premiered on Wong's YouTube channel. To celebrate the release of The Golden Hour, Koz and Wong will play the entire album live from the rooftop of a houseboat, cruising Minneapolis' St. Croix River at sunset; the livestream concert, which will feature Wong's band, can be seen on Looped on Saturday, June 12.
Actor Timothee Chalamet, singer Billie Eilish, poet Amanda Gorman and tennis player Naomi Osaka were named co-hosts of the 2021 Met Gala, EW.com noted. Tom Ford, Instagram head Adam Mosseri and Anna Wintour will be honorary chairs of the Sept. 13 event that's normally held in May. "American Independence" was announced as the dress code. The 2022 Met Galamarking the opening of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's annual costume exhibitwill open in two parts. "In America: A Lexicon of Fashion" is set to open Sept. 18, 2021, with part two, "In America: An Anthology of Fashion," following May 5, 2022.
Cher took to Twitter to share fond memories of Moonstruck co-star Olympia Dukakis, who recently died at age 89, Page Six noted. "Olympia Dukakis Was an Amazing,Academy Award Winning Actress.Olympia Played My Mom In Moonstruck,& Even Though Her Part was That Of a Suffering Wife, We [laughed] ALL The Time," Cher tweeted, using a laughing emoji. "You never think about Friends, Loved Ones Leaving, But Thank God We Can See Them." Also, Tales of the City author Armistead Maupin said on social media, "She was my fierce friend and beloved muse who swept into my life almost thirty years ago."
The 1986 Tom Cruise blockbuster hit Top Gun returns to more than 150 Dolby Cinemas at AMC across the country for an exclusive one-week engagement beginning May 13, a Paramount Home Entertainment press release announced. Newly remastered, the film will be presented with Dolby Vision and state-of-the-art Dolby Atmos audio. The limited theatrical release is timed to Top Gun Day on May 13, as well as the 35th anniversary of the film.
NYC Pride announced the return of its two annual LGBTQIA+ film events, making their debuts in digital space, a press release noted. In partnership with Tribeca, the Pride Presents digital film-festival experience on Friday, June 18 will feature shorts, documentaries, a feature film and a live talk-back to end the evening. Also making its return this year is Family Movie Night, back with family-filled fun for all ages. See www.nycpride.org .
In women's soccer, Morgan Weaver buried her penalty kick after Portland goalkeeper Adrianna Franch stopped Nahomi Kawasumi's attemptand the Thorns won the Challenge Cup tournament on a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw with Gotham on May 8, KATU.com reported. The Thorns did not drop a match in the National Women's Soccer League preseason tournament. Gothampreviously known as Sky Blue before an offseason rebrandwon a pair of group-stage games, including a 4-3 victory over the North Carolina Courage.
Luke Evans is slated to star in Apple's Echo 3 action-thriller drama series, from Oscar winner Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker), Apple Studios and Keshet Studios, according to Deadline. Echo 3 is set in South America and follows Amber Chesborough, a brilliant young scientist, who is the emotional center of a small American family. When she goes missing along the Colombia-Venezuela border, her brother (played by Evans) and her husbandboth with deep military experience and complicated pastsstruggle to find her. Evans will next be seen as The Coachman in Disney's live-action retelling of Pinocchio, directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Tom Hanks as Geppetto.
The official title and release date for the highly anticipated Black Panther sequel were revealed in a megatrailer celebrating Marvel movies, USA Today noted. The sequel to the 2018 film starring the late Chadwick Boseman is set to be released July 8, 2022, and is titled Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige announced in December that the film would not recast Boseman's T'Challa character in its next installment. Lupita Nyong'o (Nakia), Danai Gurira (Okoye), Letitia Wright (Shuri), Winston Duke (M'Baku) and Daniel Kaluuya (W'Kabi) are expected to return.
LGBTQ rapper Lil Nas X will appear on SNL on May 22, when The Queen's Gambit star Anya Taylor-Joy will host the episode, out.com noted. The pair will be the final guests for the 46th season of the series. "Saturday Night Live," he tweeted of the announcement. "MONTERO + New Song."
Grammy-winning singer Justin Bieber announced his rescheduled world tour dates, according to a press release. The tour was to kick off this summer; however, due to COVID-19 restrictions varying by state, the tour is being moved to 2022. The Justice World Tour 2022 is adding seven new arena shows to total 52 dates. The tour, promoted by AEG Presents, will launch in San Diego at Pechanga Arena on Friday, Feb. 18, 2022, and wrap up in Milwaukee at Milwaukee Summerfest on Friday, June 24, 2022.
Jimmy Kimmel co-hosted a virtual benefit for autism along with former NASA engineer and current YouTuber Mark Rober that raised more than $3 million for NEXT for Autism, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Color the Spectrum's three-hour benefit included a mix of Kimmel's late-night cohortsJon Stewart, Conan O'Brien and Stephen Colbertas well a list of famous pals and previous Jimmy Kimmel Live! guests, including Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Paul Rudd, Charlize Theron and Sarah Silverman, among others.
The Hollywood Reporter annually publishes a list of Hollywood's most powerful stylists and, this year, Law Roach (who's also a judge on HBO's Legendary) made history as being the first Black stylist to be named to the top slot, according to out.com . Roach appears on the 2021 cover with Zendaya and Anya Taylor-Joy, two of his clients. However, his client list has included Celine Dion, Ariana Grande, Kerry Washington, Mariah Carey, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Tom Holland, Aldis Hodge and more. Recently, Roach raised $100,000 to give to Black-owned fashion and beauty businesses in Chicago impacted by the COVID pandemic.
Queer feminist singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Rachel Lark, known for her political commentary, is releasing Coming Soon: The Pandemic Sessions on May 14, according to a press release. A concept album based on her forthcoming stage musical, it was created during the pandemic when production for the live show was abruptly put on hold. Lark's previous pandemic release was her Sex and Balances EP, which came out last September.
Academy Award winner Christopher Walken, Zach Braff and Christina Ricci star in the movie Percy vs. Goliath, out on DVD on June 29, a Paramount press release noted. In this true story of a small-town farmer taking on one of the largest agricultural and food manufacturing corporations, Percy Schmeiser (Walken), a third-generation farmer, is sued by a corporate giant for allegedly using its patented seeds. With little resources to fight the giant legal battle, Percy joins forces with up-and-coming attorney Jackson Weaver (Braff) and environmental activist Rebecca Salcau (Ricci) to fight all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The official video for Tom Petty's "Drivin' Down to Georgia," a previously unreleased song from 1992, has been released, a press release noted. "Drivin' Down to Georgia" is featured on Finding Wildflowers (Alternate Versions) which debuted at #8 on Billboard's Top Album Sales and #5 on the Current Rock Albums chart. The official video for "Drivin'" is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0_dhj5kBEo.
A federal judge in New York denied an anonymous accuser of actor Kevin Spacey his move to keep his identity private in the $40-million assault-and-battery suit filed last September with Star Trek Discovery star Anthony Rapp, Deadline reported. While the plaintiff in question (with the pseudonym "C.D.") had 10 days to refile the matter under his real name, the man's lawyers already told the court that their client feels he "is emotionally unable to proceed with the action and will discontinue his claims." This would mean Spacey would see yet another legal action against him dissipate. It is also of note that Spacey and his Keller/Anderle LLP attorneys are aware who "C.D." really is.
Grey's Anatomy star Jesse Williams is departing the hit ABC medical drama after 12 seasons. The pending exit of his character, Jackson Avery, was revealed in the May 6 episode, "Look Up Child." Williams' last episode, titled "Tradition," will air May 20.
Antoine Fuqua-directed sci-fi thriller Infinite, starring Mark Wahlberg, is skipping theaters and will hit the Paramount+ streaming service in June, Deadline noted. Infinite was recently slated to hit cinemas Sept. 24. There are still big movies left on that fall date, including Sony's Venom: Let There Be Carnage, Universal's Dear Evan Hansen and Warner Bros./HBO Max's Sopranos prequel, The Many Saints of Newark.
Following the first-ever Space Bubble Concerts, The Flaming Lips announced their return to the road for a worldwide tour schedule to begin this summer, with dates extending well into 2022, a press release noted. Stops include Ogden, Utah (the starting point); Philadelphia; Brooklyn, New York; Houston; Chicago (at the Riviera Theatre on April 6, 2022); Portland; Vancouver; Liverpool, England; and Galway, Ireland (the last show). Also, The Flaming Lips will release The Soft Bulletin Companion on vinyl for the first time as part of the Record Store Day drop on June 12, 2021.
Martha Stewart is releasing her 99th bookFruit Dessertson Sept. 28 (via Penguin Random House), delish.com revealed. More specifically though, according to the Martha Stewart Instagram accountwhich announced the news April 21the recipes in the book will highlight the peak fruits of each season. Items range from double-crust peach slab pie to apple fritters.
Wonder Woman 1984 star Gal Gadot told Israeli outlet N12 that she said she "took care of it" when Justice League director Joss Whedon reportedly became nasty with her during filming of the 2017 movie, Page Six noted. Whedon has been under fire for months after several actors on his projects, including Justice League, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel accused the once red-hot director of being abusive and creating "toxic" working environments. Whedon has denied wrongdoing.
Hilary Swank is set to play Janet Guthrie, a pilot turned race-car driver who smashed barriers to become the first woman to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 and Daytona 500, Deadline noted. The two-time Oscar winnerfor her performances in Boys Don't Cry and Million Dollar Babyis coming off Netflix space drama series Away and Deon Taylor's feature thriller Fatale. The feature is based on Stephan Talty's book Speed Girl.
Night Court is returning to NBC, The Hollywood Reporter noted. The network has handed out a formal pilot order to a sequel of its Emmy-nominated comedy series with original star John Larroquette joined by Big Bang Theory alum Melissa Rauch. The reboot revolves around Abby Stone (Rauch), the daughter of the late Harry Stone (the late Harry Anderson), who is following in her father's footsteps as she presides over a Manhattan arraignment court that includes former night court prosecutor Dan Fielding (Larroquette, who reprises his Emmy-winning role).
Queer Eye co-star Karamo Brown wished his ex a happy 50th birthday with some throwback photos and a tribute, people.com noted. "Shouting happy birthday to @theianjordan," he wrote in the caption, adding, "Though our relationship has shifted from what it was in the past... [O]ne thing that will never changewe are family!" Brown announced their split on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in September, three months after they made the amicable decision to break up.
RuPaul's Drag Race finalist Rose released her debut single, "The Devil in the Details," on May 7, a press release noted. Co-written by Rose and SIXFOOT5, the track's producer, the pop songwith its '80s glam throwback vibeis about breaking free of being hyperfocused on perfection. "The Devil in The Details" is available on Spotify Apple Music and all streaming platforms.
The U.S. government is asking Kim Kardashian to forfeit an ancient Roman sculpture that was apparently illegally smuggled out of Italy, according to Page Six. Kardashian bought the limestone statue, known as Fragment of Myron's Samian Athena, in 2016 from Axel Vervoordt Gallery in Belgium, Artnet reported.
Murder Inc. co-founder Irv Gotti issued a lengthy apology over his recent comments regarding DMX's death, Complex noted. Gotti came under fire after claiming X had died from crack cocaine and fentanyl overdose. He made the statement during an interview with Chicago's 107.5 WGCI as the hip-hop world was still reeling from the loss. On Instagram, Gotta insisted he never meant any harm with his commentsbut said he understood why they triggered so much anger.