New this week: 'Nomadland,' 'Kenan' and Andra Day music
This image released by NBC shows, from left, Dani Lane as Aubrey, Kenan Thompson as Kenan, and Dannah Lane as Birdie in a scene from the comedy series, "Kenan," premiering on Feb. 16. (Casey Durkin/NBC via AP)Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. The album has 13 tracks including “Tigress & Tweed,” an original Day wrote with veteran singer-producer Raphael Saadiq. Ad— “Saturday Night Live” cast member Kenan Thompson, who two decades ago co-starred in “Kenan and Kel,” is headlining his own sitcom. It details the African American church’s history, from enslavement to emancipation, Jim Crow, and the Civil Rights movement to today.
Jazmine Sullivan, Eric Church, H.E.R. to sing at Super Bowl
Sullivan and Church will join forces to sing the national anthem at the next months Super Bowl, where Grammy-winning singer H.E.R. will perform America the Beautiful. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK – R&B star Jazmine Sullivan and country singer Eric Church will join forces to sing the national anthem at the next month’s Super Bowl, where Grammy-winning singer H.E.R. will perform “America the Beautiful.”The performances will take place Feb. 7 at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa before the big game and halftime show starring The Weeknd. She’s won honors at the MTV Video Music Awards, BET Awards and Soul Train Music Awards and launched R&B hits such as “Focus,” “Best Part,” “Slide,” “Damage” and “B.S.” with Jhené Aiko.
All Mariah Carey wants is you to enjoy her Christmas special
NEW YORK – Christmas is still a few weeks away, but Mariah Carey is already orchestrating her dinner menu. 1 hits really going to sweat over a hot stove? “Magical Christmas Special” is another example of diverse, family-friendly holiday programming that hasn’t always been allotted by Hollywood. “As a kid, if I had to select one holiday, of course I’m going with Christmas. And while the pandemic has halted a number of projects, 2020 has been busy for Carey: In September she released her candid memoir “The Meaning of Mariah Carey,” which debuted at No.
New this week: Selena series, 'Shameless' and Shawn Mendes
Because live shows aren’t really a thing in 2020, she’s launching a holiday TV special on Apple TV+ on Friday. “Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special” will includes a mix of musical performances and dancing with amination. — Shawn Mendes released his debut album in 2015 and he’s dropping his fourth effort Friday. Along with the album is the Netflix documentary called “Shawn Mendes: In Wonder,” which is available for streaming and follows Mendes’ rise and journey over the last few years. — Christmas came early when Carrie Underwood released her first holiday album in September, and on Thursday she’ll debut a musical TV special to accompany the album.
It was all a dream: Whitney, B.I.G. inducted into Rock Hall
are among the inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 2020 class. (AP Photo)NEW YORK – In a normal year, the newly inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class would have hit the stage and perform the well-known songs that made them famous and helped them enter the prestigious organization. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s all-star group was inducted Saturday night in a taped HBO special that told the stories of Whitney Houston, Notorious B.I.G. As she inducted Houston into the Rock Hall, Grammy-winning singer Alicia Keys gave a beautiful, heartfelt speech about one of the best singers in pop history. The Notorious B.I.G.
Biden was speaking to George Lopez in widely shared video
Yes, Biden did say “George,” which some social media users concluded was a reference to former President George W. Bush. Biden and his wife, Jill, were being interviewed by actor and comedian George Lopez during the virtual “I Will Vote” concert Sunday. The full video, which Biden tweeted, shows the former vice president was being interviewed by actor George Lopez as part of a virtual concert being held in support of the Democratic candidate by the Biden Victory Fund. “WATCH: Joe Biden confuses President Trump with George Bush,” the Trump War Room, one of the official Trump campaign Twitter accounts, tweeted Sunday night. “Joe Biden called me George yesterday,” he said.
Golden Globes group gives $5.1 million in grants
Kidman was among the entertainers who appeared to discuss the charities that benefit from HFPA grants. More than $5.1 million in funds were given to over 70 nonprofit organizations during the “HFPA Philanthropy: Empowering the Next Generation” virtual event on Tuesday. The event, formerly known as the Grants Banquet, celebrated some of the organizations with aspiring artists, filmmakers and storytellers. The organization is known for putting on the Golden Globes. Salma Hayek paid homage to the Las Fotos Project, a nonprofit organization that inspires teenage girls through photography.
Diddy, Springsteen among rock hall of fame guest list
FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2020, file photo, Sean Combs accepts the 2020 Industry Icon award at the Pre-Grammy Gala And Salute To Industry Icons in Beverly Hills, Calif. Combs will be among a star-studded guest list for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2020 induction. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)CLEVELAND – Sean “Diddy” Combs, Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys will be among a star-studded guest list for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2020 induction. The prestigious organization announced the guest list Thursday for the ceremony, which will debut Nov. 7 on HBO. Other guests will include Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Hudson, Gwen Stefani, Charlize Theron, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Adam Levine and Brad Paisley. The special guests will speak on how this year’s inductees impacted their personal life and careers.
Jennifer Hudson Embodies Aretha Franklin in First 'Respect' Trailer
Jennifer Hudson is carrying on Aretha Franklin's legacy! During the virtual BET Awards on Sunday, the first trailer for the Queen of Soul's biopic, Respect, debuted, with Hudson starring as the late singer. Watch the trailer for Respect below. Franklin died on Aug. 16, 2018, at the age of 76, and Hudson performed at her funeral. RELATED CONTENT:Aretha Franklin: Comparing Cynthia Erivo and Jennifer Hudson's Upcoming PortrayalsJennifer Hudson Belts Out 'Respect' as Aretha Franklin in First TeaserJennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson and Celine Dion Celebrate Aretha Franklin in Star-Studded GRAMMY Tribute
DaBaby, Roddy Ricch to help BET celebrate awards virtually
The three-hour show will be jam-packed with heavy hitters currently dominating the pop charts and streaming services, including DaBaby, Megan Thee Stallion, Roddy Ricch, Summer Walker, Kane Brown and Chloe x Halle. The three-hour show will be jam-packed with heavy hitters currently dominating the pop charts and streaming services, including DaBaby, Megan Thee Stallion, Roddy Ricch, Summer Walker, Kane Brown and Chloe x Halle. Comedian, actress and TV personality Amanda Seales will host the 2020 BET Awards, which will air on CBS for the first time. Drake is the leading nominee: Hes up for six honors, including video of the year and best male hip-hop artist. Ricch and Megan Thee Stallion follow Drake with five nominations each.
Shakira, Dwayne Johnson highlight coronavirus equity concert
NEW YORK Dwayne Johnson will host and Shakira, Miley Cyrus and Jennifer Hudson will perform on a globally broadcast concert calling on world leaders to make coronavirus tests and treatment available and equitable for all. The advocacy organization Global Citizen and the European Commission announced Monday that Global Goal: Unite for Our Future The Concert will air on June 27. The concert will also feature appearances from Billy Porter, Charlize Theron, Chris Rock, Kerry Washington, Salma Hayek and David Beckham. It will be broadcast on NBC in the U.S. and other television stations, radio stations, websites and streaming outlets around the world. The event aims to lift up the global community that is tackling equitable access to healthcare, and other enormous injustices facing our world, Johnson said in a statement.
New this week: 'Clemency,' BET Awards, HAIM, 'Doctor Sleep'
(Neon via AP)Heres a collection curated by The Associated Press entertainment journalists of whats arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. Written and directed by Chinonye Chukwu, Clemency was well-reviewed but got unjustly overshadowed by some of the higher profile awards contenders when it was released in December. Doctor Sleep: The Directors Cut: This Danny Torrance-focused sequel to The Shining was a little divisive upon release, which wasnt all that surprising. Film Writer Lindsey BahrMUSICGrey Daze: Fans of the late Grammy-winning screeching rock singer Chester Bennington will get a chance to hear him one more time. HAIM: Its been three years since sister trio HAIM have released a new album.
Jennifer Hudson to perform special Kobe tribute at NBA All-Star game
Singer/actress Jennifer Hudson performs with the Philly POPS BIG Band during Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert at Benjamin Franklin Parkway on July 4, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The NBA is planning an All-Star performance to honor Kobe Bryant, his daughter and the seven other victims of the Jan. 26 helicopter crash. The league announced Thursday, that Jennifer Hudson will perform a special tribute to open All-Star night prior to player introductions on Sunday in Chicago. The Chicago-native and former American Idol singer has openly talked about the challenges of overcoming her own grief. When news broke about Bryant's death, the Grammy winning singer reacted to the tragedy on Instagram.cnbc.com
Award-Winning Stage Production of The Color Purple to Fill San Antonio's Majestic Theatre
The winner of two 2016 Tony Awards Best Musical Revival and Best Lead Actress for Cynthia Erivo the stage production offirst hit Broadway in 2005 with music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray. From local politics and culture to national news that hits close to home, San Antonio Current has been keeping San Antonio informed for years. Its never been more important to support local news sources. If quality journalism is important to you, please consider a donation to San Antonio Current. Every reader contribution is valuable and so appreciated, and goes directly to support our coverage of critical issues and neighborhood culture.sacurrent.com
Taylor Swift Shows Off Her Dance Moves in New 'Cats' Teaser
The magic of Cats is coming to the big screen -- and the cast couldn't be more excited to show off their feline footwork! "If you told me I was going to get to be a cat, for work? Swift gushed of her role of Bombalurina in the upcoming Rob Marshall-directed film. However, Corden says, the crazy concept of Cats (and the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical it's based on) is where the magic comes from. "You're gonna take a load of people, and they're going to pretend to be cats," he laughs in the new teaser.
The 'Cats' trailer is here, and it's horrifying the internet
Alas, if Twitter's anything to go by, the internet was more mystified than enchanted -- and in some cases, downright terrified. In a teaser clip released earlier this week, director Tom Hooper lauded the movie's use of "digital fur technology" to create "the most perfect covering of fur." When the cats were revealed, however -- an uncanny amalgamation of the actors' human faces and a feline-adjacent body -- social media users were less than convinced. The new "Cats" trailer features "digital fur technology" and it's safe to say people are freaked out https://t.co/Bv2GiqJ2hT pic.twitter.com/SKJVDyAN4n CNN International (@cnni) July 19, 2019Some were perplexed by the specifics of the cats' anatomy: why the human/cat hybrids had breasts, for instance, or where exactly their tails protruded from. The trailer raised another perturbing question: In a world where cats have human faces and loosely human physiques, where do actual humans, owners of the colossal beds and sofas and chandeliers the cats play on, fit in?
Jennifer Hudson and Ex David Otunga Reach Custody Agreement
Jennifer Hudson and ex David Otunga's custody battle is now over. The "I Still Love You" singer and her now-ex are parents to 9-year-old son David Jr. Hudson's rep announced the split in a statement that revealed the singer received a protective order against Otunga. Jennifer Hudson and David Otunga have been in the process of ending their relationship for a number of months, the statement read. RELATED CONTENT:Jennifer Hudson's Ex David Otunga Granted Temporary Custody of SonJennifer Hudson and David Otunga Split After 10 Years, Singer Receives Protective Order'Cats' Movie: First Look at Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson and More Stars in Rehearsal
'Cats' Official Trailer Drops With Taylor Swift, Idris Elba and More in Digital Fur
The first official trailer for Cats is finally here! Released by Universal Pictures on Friday, the highly anticipated trailer gives fans an up-close look at Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Rebel Wilson, James Corden, Dame Judi Dench and more stars in costume, with the enhancement of digital fur technology. Swift, as Bombalurina, appears at the 1:12 mark, looking like the sexiest of all the cats (as Wilson promised ET!) Swift was also featured in the video, revealing that she "came right off of a stadium tour" and straight into rehearsals for the film. RELATED CONTENT:'Cats' Movie: First Look at Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson and More Stars in RehearsalJennifer Hudson Sings 'Memory' During 'Cats' Presentation at CinemaConTaylor Swift Attends 'Cats' Wrap Party in Leopard Print Look
Preview: Jennifer Hudson in "The Color Purple"
The Oscar- and Grammy-winning actor-singer is making her Broadway debut in a revival of the musical "The Color Purple." In this preview of an interview to be broadcast on "Sunday Morning," Jennifer Hudson talks with correspondent Anthony Mason about being on a New York stage for the first time.cbsnews.com