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SHOWBIZ Trans singer, 'Pose,' Kate Winslet, Lil Nas X, Broadway
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Trans femme indie-punk artist Evan Greer (she/her) released a dystopian new music video for the song "Surveillance Capitalism," a press release noted. She is using it to launch with Fight for the Future, where she directs campaigns on digital rights and privacy issues. The campaign calls on Spotify to drop reported plans to use artificial intelligence and voice recognition software to spy on listeners' conversations, conducting emotional surveillance and manipulation to target music and advertising. The video is at .

The trailer for the third and final season of the FX show Pose can now be seen, noted. The final season will span seven episodes, with the first two dropping May 2 and the season finale airing June 6, all on FX. The show will jump to 1994, three years ahead of where season two ended. See the trailer at .

Actress Kate Winslet is "done with not being honest" about LGBTQ people in Hollywood, LGBTQ Nation noted. The world-acclaimed Titanic star dropped a bombshell claim in an interview: young LGBTQ actors in Hollywood are actively being encouraged to stay closeted if they want to maintain their careers. The topic was spurred from her most recent film, Ammonite, in which she plays a lesbian character. "I cannot tell you the number of young actors I know—some well-known, some starting out—who are terrified their sexuality will be revealed and that it will stand in the way of their being cast in straight roles," she told the Sunday Times. "Now that's fucked up."

"Montero (Call Me by Your Name)" is officially Lil Nas X's second number-one song on the Billboard charts, noted. "Montero" had 46.9 million steams in its first weekend, and is Nas X's first song to debut at the top. "Y'all told a 19 year old who had just escaped the lowest point of his life that he would never have a hit again," Nas X tweeted, marking the milestone. "You told him to stop while he's ahead. He could've gave up. but 4 multi platinum songs and 2 #1's later, he's still here. thank you to my team and my fans! Ily."

Former Democratic presidential candidate/current New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang proposed a sweeping "arts revival" proposal that would include using city funds and corporate commitments to purchase "hundreds of thousands" of Broadway and off-Broadway tickets at reduced prices to "bring people back into theatre seats" and stimulate economic growth, Deadline noted. Yang said his "Always New York" campaign echoes a post-9/11 program in which 35,000 Broadway tickets were donated to NYC & Company, the city's tourism bureau, and passed along to anyone who spent $500 at New York City stores or on other shows. The full proposal is at .

Speaking of Broadway, just more than a year since COVID-19 shuttered it, three-time Tony winner Nathan Lane and Tony-winning choreographer Savion Glover performed before an audience at the St. James Theatre—marking the first time since Broadway's closure that the door to one of its houses opened, Variety noted. As part of the NY PopsUp event series, Lane and Glover performed for a gathering of fewer than 150 staffers from The Actors Fund and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Prior to Broadway's shutdown on March 12 last year, the St. James was home to the Disney musical Frozen.

The initial list of performers has been announced for Miscast21, MCC Theater's annual gala celebration that will stream May 16 on MCC's YouTube Channel, Playbill noted. Performing songs from roles in which they wouldn't traditionally be cast will be Tony winners Annaleigh Ashford (Kinky Boots), Renee Elise Goldsberry (Hamilton), LaChanze (The Color Purple), Kelli O'Hara (The King and I) and Billy Porter (Kinky Boots) as well as Tony nominee Robin de Jesus (The Boys in the Band). Additional performers and presenters will be announced at a later date. See .

Little Black Book—a new rock musical about the life and times of Heidi Fleiss—released a concept album on the Grammy-winning Broadway Records this spring, a press release noted. Stepping into the shoes of Heidi on the album are Tony winner Alice Ripley, Tony nominee Orfeh, In the Heights and Hamilton star Mandy Gonzalez, Wicked stars Jessica Vosk and Brittney Johnson, American Idol alums Diana DeGarmo and Vonzell Solomon, and more, as Tony nominee Lillias White appears as Heidi's mentor, Madam Alex. (Will Nunziata and Billy Recce are the show's creators.) The digital album is available now on Apple, Amazon and Broadway Records.

Smithsonian Channel and Paramount+ are debuting the trailer for the upcoming new documentary Cher & The Loneliest Elephant, a press release noted. Premiering across Smithsonian Channel and Paramount+, international superstar Cher embarks on a rescue regarding the elephant Kaavan's flight to freedom. Cher & The Loneliest Elephant premieres on Paramount+ on Thursday, April 22 (Earth Day), and on the Smithsonian Channel on Wed., May 19, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The trailer is at .

During the Directors Guild of America's (DGA's) streamed 73rd ceremony, openly gay industry icon Paris Barclay was bestowed with the guild's Honorary Life Member Award by Ava DuVernay, Deadline noted. Barclay—the first African-American and openly gay president of the DGA—said, "To receive a reward that was first given to D.W. Griffith in 1938, I think that says a lot about how far this guild has come in just a few short generations." Also at the DGA event, history was made when Nomadland director Chloe Zhao won the marquee prize—marking the second time the DGA has given the guild's top prize to a female director, after Kathryn Bigelow for 2008's The Hurt Locker.

After years of conversation and chatter, the Queer as Folk reboot just got a eight-episode order at Peacock, noted. Although this news was reported in 2019, NBC Universal has now announced it officially. The new version of the show will be a "reimagining" of Russell T. Davies original British series that was a 10-episode project that ran from 1999 to 2000. (The U.S. version, set in Pennsylvania, ran for five seasons, and starred Hal Sparks, Scott Lowell, Gale Harold, Randy Harrison and Peter Paige.) The new version was created and executive-produced by Stephen Dunn and will be set in New Orleans.

Emmy-nominated comedian Margaret Cho, Fortune Feimster (Office Christmas Party), Skai Jackson (Jessie), Rebecca Henderson (Russian Doll) and Paris Jackson (Gringo; Lee Daniels' Star TV series) have joined the cast of Hulu's latest collaboration with American High, entitled Sex Appeal, a press release noted. They join previously announced leads Mika Abdalla (Project Mc2) and Jake Short (All Night). The plot of this comedy is as follows: Avery Hansen-White doesn't do things she isn't excellent at. So when her long-distance boyfriend hints at wanting to take their relationship to the next level at an upcoming STEM conference ("nerd prom"), she sets out to master her sexuality.

Singer/songwriter/actor Darren Criss released his new single and lyric video for "F*kn Around," a press release noted. An ode to his garage band upbringing, "F*kn Around" has been described as "an unapologetic alt-pop head-nod anthem, highlighting Darren's musicianship with his driving dirty bassline groove and even dirtier lead guitar counterparts." Criss will perform the track on The Late Late Show With James Corden on April 13, marking his debut late-night TV performance.

Zendaya has been confirmed to join the cast of Space Jam: A New Legacy and will be the voice of Lola Bunny, noted. A tweet from the film's official account confirmed the Euphoria star's casting shortly after the trailer arrived: "Welcome to the Jam, @Zendaya." Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, director Malcolm D. Lee said the new version of Lola Bunny would "reflect the authenticity of strong, capable female characters."

Magic Mike—the male stripper movie starring Channing Tatum and directed by Steven Soderbergh—is being turned into a non-scripted competition format for HBO Max, Deadline noted. The streamer has ordered The Real Magic Mike (w/t), with Tatum and Soderbergh among the executive producers. The series will transform a group of men into real-life Magic Mikes; the winner will pocket a cash prize and an opportunity to perform on the Magic Mike Live stage in Las Vegas.

Adepero Oduye (Pariah; the TV show The Falcon and the Winter Soldier) has joined Vera Farmiga in Five Days at Memorial, a drama about how the aftermath of the deadly 2005 hurricane played out at a New Orleans hospital, The Hollywood Reporter noted. It's based on a nonfiction book by Pulitzer Prize winner Sheri Fink. John Ridley (12 Years a Slave; TV's American Crime) and Carlton Cuse (TV series Lost and Bates Motel) are adapting the book, which tracks the five days after Hurricane Katrina made landfall. Oduye will play Karen Wynn, nurse manager of the intensive care unit at Memorial Hospital and the head of its ethics committee.

The Kristen Wiig/Annie Mumolo movie Barb & Star Go to Vista del Mar is now on DVD, Blu-Ray combo pack and On Demand, a Lionsgate press release noted. In the film, lifelong friends Barb and Star embark on the adventure of a lifetime when they decide to leave their small Midwestern town for the first time—ever. Co-stars include Jamie Dornan, Damon Wayans Jr., Fortune Feimster and Wendi McLendon-Covey.

Out actor James Cusati-Moyer is joining Dwayne Johnson in DC's upcoming movie Black Adam, although his role is currently unknown, noted. Black Adam will feature Johnson as the titular villain—one of Shazam's greatest enemies. The film will also introduce the Justice Society to the DC movies; this includes Pierce Brosnan as Dr. Fate, Aldis Hodge as Hawkman, Noah Centineo as Atom Smasher, and Quintessa Swindel as Cyclone.

Page Six reported that the late music icon Prince is releasing a new album entitled Welcome 2 America, according to his estate. The estate of the "Purple Rain" singer—who died of an accidental opioid overdose in 2016—is set to unveil a collection of the estimated 8,000 unreleased songs he kept hidden in a vault at his Paisley Park studios near his hometown of Minneapolis. His posthumous 12-track anthology is scheduled for release in late July, and will debut on CBS' 60 Minutes.

Comedy/entertainment writer Stan Zimmerman (The Golden Girls; Gilmore Girls) has teamed with Kristen Carroll, founder of Spotlight Productions (SpoPro), to host a new LGBTQ+ talk show, Brunch Date With Stan & Kristen. The limited-run test launch for the show—which features celebrity guests, witty banter, cocktails and much more—premiered April 11. Airing each Sunday at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT, Brunch Date will be available for ongoing streaming on the Tello app and channel as well as at and Guests include include two-time Emmy nominee Mindy Sterling (The Austin Powers film series; The Goldbergs), Liz Torres (Gilmore Girls; The John Larroquette Show), Candis Cayne (Dirty Sexy Money; I Am Cait) and Amanda Bearse (Married…with Children; The Big Gay Sketch Show).

AMC revealed during The Walking Dead's "Here's Negan" season 10c finale that the zombie apocalypse series based on Robert Kirkman's comics will premiere its 11th and final season Aug. 22, Deadline noted. Set to run well into 2022 and with a spinoff already in the works for Norman Reedus' and Melissa McBride's fan-favorite characters, the last season of TWD will be released in blocks of approximately eight episodes each.

Actor Ronen Rubinstein, who plays Rob Lowe's gay son on Fox TV's 9-1-1: Lone Star, came out as bisexual in an interview with Variety, according to Queerty. "I fully identify as bisexual," Rubinstein, 27, said in a Zoom chat with Marc Malkin. "I literally just got goosebumps saying that. It feels so good to talk about it, it feels so good to finally be comfortable with it." He added, "The biggest thing for me is where I come from [Staten Island], it's like people like me and people who have identified as bisexual or gay or as any part of the community, you're just not welcomed. It's as brutally honest as that."

DMX—the first hip-hop artist ever to top the charts with his initial five albums and almost his sixth—died at age 50, Deadline reported. The rapper/actor suffered a heart attack April 2 and had been in the intensive care unit in a White Plains, New York, hospital on life support ever since. DMX dropped his major-label debut, It's Dark and Hell Is Hot, in May 1998; the album eventually sold 5 million copies.

In his debut as a filmmaker, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson is presenting the documentary Summer of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised), a press release noted. This movie focuses on The Harlem Cultural Festival—which took place during six weeks in 1969, just one hundred miles south of Woodstock. The feature includes never-before-seen concert performances by B.B. King, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Stevie Wonder and more. Summer of Soul premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award. Summer of Soul will premiere theatrically, as well as streaming exclusively on Hulu, on July 2.

Lewis Freese, a 21-year-old Minnesota native, just became Sports Illustrated's first-ever male finalist for its iconic Swim Search, noted. He told People magazine has been a forward-thinking voice on the issues of diversity and inclusivity, and that he fully intends to use the platform to continue the conversation while also serving as a visible inspiration to others. Frese told Out they currently identify as male but are still exploring their gender fluidity.

This April, to mark the 10th anniversary of the Game of Thrones' premiere, HBO has launched The Iron Anniversary, a press release noted. A custom spotlight page on HBO Max with personalized curations, a binge-watching marathon, special-edition products and more will launch throughout the month. See

Dark Phoenix/Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner praised Swift's newly released song "Mr. Perfectly Fine"—one of six never-before-heard records the pop star has unlocked "From the Vault" of her upcoming re-recorded album, Fearless (Taylor's Version), noted. Swift responded amicably, "Forever bending the knee for the [Queen] of the North," nodding to Turner's Sansa Stark persona on the medieval HBO series. Swift's new song appears to have been written about Turner's husband, Joe Jonas, who once briefly dated Swift (in 2008) and allegedly broke her heart over a 25-second phone call.

On Easter Sunday, Justin Bieber surprised fans by releasing Freedom, a gospel-themed EP, Rolling Stone noted. The EP includes six songs: "Freedom," featuring Beam; "All She Wrote," featuring Brandon Love and Chandler Moore; "We're in This Together;" "Where You Go I Follow,: featuring Pink Sweats, Chandler Moore and Judah Smith; "Where Do I Fit In," featuring Tori Kelly, Chandler Moore and Judah Smith; and "Afraid to Say," featuring Lauren Walters)." Freedom follows the release of Justice, Bieber's sixth studio album, which arrived last month.

Taylor Swift has released Fearless (Taylor's Version). A press release noted that the album includes 27 re-recorded songs, six of which are previously unreleased tracks (two of which feature Maren Morris and Keith Urban). With the arrival of Fearless (Taylor's Version), Swift extended an unprecedented record, standing out as the only artist in history to release nine albums with sales of at least 500,000 copies in a single week. The original Fearless eventually received a diamond certification from the RIAA, meaning it has sold more than 10 million copies.

Dolby Cinema and director Edgar Wright announced that the cult classic Scott Pilgrim vs. the World will be returning to theaters to celebrate its (slightly late) 10th anniversary with a new version that's been specifically "reimagined" for Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, Polygon noted. This new theatrical version of the movie will be released on April 30 for one week only, and only in Dolby Cinema theaters. Also, there are plans to release the long awaited 4K Blu-Ray of the movie after the Dolby Cinema release.

Fox has ordered Crime Scene Kitchen, a new baking competition series with a twist, with Joel McHale set to host, Deadline noted. Chef Curtis Stone and cake artist Yolanda Gampp will serve as judges on the series, slated to premiere Wed., May 26. Crime Scene Kitchen is described as a culinary guessing game in which bakers must decode what type of dessert was made, when all that's left are the crumbs, flour trails and a few elusive clues. They must then re-create the recipe for Stone and Gampp, who will determine how closely it matches the missing dessert—and how good it tastes.

Apple won an auction and acquired the script to develop an hour-long drama series that will have Justin Timberlake playing the late Gong Show host Chuck Barris, Deadline noted. The untitled series will be based on Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, a 1984 memoir in which Barris made suspect claims that being the zany Gong Show host and creator of game shows like The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game was cover for his real job: CIA assassin who took out enemies of the state in the 1960s and '70s. The book was turned into a film that George Clooney directed, with Sam Rockwell playing Barris.

Sheryl Underwood broke her silence on Sharon Osbourne's recent exit from The Talk, noted. Since the initial confrontation on March 10, Underwood said that she and Osbourne have not spoken. (However, in an effort to prove she did, in fact, reach out to Underwood, Osbourne leaked her text messages to her former co-host to the Daily Mail, noted.) Underwood also addressed Osbourne's previous claim that CBS executives set up the conversation about Morgan and "blindsided" her; Underwood said she was the moderator and "none" of the questions she asked came from higher-ups.

More than a year after the once-powerful producer was sentenced to 23 years in prison, Harvey Weinstein filed his appeal of the multiple sex crimes that a New York jury found him guilty of back in early 2020, Deadline reported. "Mr. Weinstein was tried in a venue, the atmosphere of which was permeated with negative publicity about him and his alleged relationships with women," the 190-page appellate brief stated.

British actor Thandiwe Newton is reverting to the original Shona spelling of her name, after decades of being known and credited as "Thandie Newton," Variety noted. The Emmy-winning Westworld actress was born Melanie Thandiwe Newton Parker. "That's my name. It's always been my name. I'm taking back what's mine," the actor said in an interview with British Vogue. The Vogue article also states that "the W was carelessly missed out from her first credit," which was in the 1991 movie Flirting, which co-starred Nicole Kidman.

Mariah Carey documented the moment she received her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, wrapping the session with one of her iconic high (whistle) notes, Page Six noted. On Instagram, the "Vision of Love" singer posted a 90-second video chronicling her vaccination experience, which including a shriek after a medical professional administered the shot. "Vaccine side effect: G6 [music-note emoji]," Carey captioned the clip.

For science-fiction movie aficionados, Cosmic Sin is now in select theaters, On Digital and On Demand, and will be out on DVD on May 18, a Paramount Home Entertainment press release noted. Bruce Willis and Frank Grillo star in the new epic sci-fi adventure set in the year 2524, four hundred years after humans started colonizing the outer planets.

R&B singer Tyrese Gibson was roasted for making comments about his own mother during a Verzuz battle between the Isley Brothers and Earth, Wind, and Fire, noted. While the Verzuz battle took place, Gibson commented, "Hate that my mother used to drink everyday - but SHE's the reason I know REAL MUSIC!" One user wrote, "Tyrese using Verzuz as a free therapy session."

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