New this week: Harry Styles, 'Angelyne' and 'The Valet'
This week’s new entertainment releases include Harry Styles' third solo album, a reboot of “Chip ’n Dale: Rescue Rangers” that has attracted some top “Saturday Night Live” alums, and Emmy Rossum stars in a series about media personality Angelyne.
Vax Live concert raises $302 million, exceeds vaccine goal
"Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World" Jennifer Lopez performs at "Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World" on Sunday, May 2, 2021, at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) (Jordan Strauss)LOS ANGELES — (AP) — The Global Citizen fundraising concert advocating the importance of vaccine equity has pulled in $302 million, exceeding the goal for the organization’s campaign. Global Citizen announced Saturday that the funds raised in helped procure more than 26 million doses at the “Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World.” The organization said money was garnered through several philanthropic and corporate commitments. ABC, ABC News Live, CBS, YouTube and iHeartMedia radio stations will broadcast the concert staged at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. Vax Live was one of the largest concert gatherings in Southern California since the coronavirus pandemic roiled the world more than a year ago. Organizers called the event the country’s first large-scale music event for a COVID 19-compliant audience.wftv.com
What to expect from the star-studded Vax Live fundraiser
The pre-taped event brought together celebrities and political leaders at "Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the Word," which was recorded May 2 and will air Saturday. Global Citizen said $53.8 million in philanthropic and corporate commitments have already helped procure nearly 10.3 million doses, exceeding the goal for the Vax Live campaign. AFFLECK AND KIMMEL SUIT UPBen Affleck and Jimmy Kimmel lightened the mood after a series of serious speeches. “I said ‘Wear a suit,’” Affleck said. “Yeah, I wore my suit, and you’re not wearing your suit,” Kimmel said.wftv.com
Prince Harry, Jennifer Lopez make voices heard at Vax Live
Celebrities and political leaders gathered Sunday night to talk about the importance of vaccine equity at Global Citizen’s “Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World” at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. The taped fundraising event will air May 8 on ABC, ABC News Live, CBS, YouTube and iHeartMedia broadcast radio stations. The concert included performances by Lopez, Eddie Vedder, Foo Fighters, J Balvin and H.E.R. Global Citizen said $53.8 million in philanthropic and corporate commitments helped procure nearly 10.3 million doses, exceeding the goal for the Vax Live campaign. Prince Harry said providing vaccines across the globe is imperative, particularly those in the poorest countries.wftv.com
Quotes from Stephen King interview with The Associated Press
FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2013 file photo, author Stephen King poses for the cameras, during a promotional tour in Paris. It’s a popular name in Australia, and there a lot of people with that name there who have been doing crimes: Stephen Kings who have set houses on fire and Stephen Kings who are bank robbers. What I (also) see more and more are obituaries where so and so died at age 89 and he was a ‘big fan of Stephen King novels.’”—-SPECIAL GUESTS—-“Jill Biden showed up at a public event that I did. One time, I’m doing a reading in Seattle, and I’m looking at the crowd, 70-80 people. And I’m looking at this guy in the front row and he’s wearing workout pants, with a stripe down the side, and sneakers.
Given to Vote: Pearl Jam gets political again during hiatus
Pearl Jam fans who answered FaceTime calls from the rhythm guitarist got something extra for taking a vote-by-mail pledge — the latest offering from the band in a career full of activism and advocacy for political causes. Gossard offered free tickets to the next Pearl Jam show in that person’s city. “They were really happy when I told them I’d get them into the show,” the 54-year-old Gossard with a laugh. McCready and Gossard said Philadelphia has long been the home of Pearl Jam’s most fervent supporters. Gossard says his campaign promise of a few free tickets will be kept — as long their fans take the pledge.
Pearl Jam's 'Gigaton' boldly goes to the Red Planet, has 'Apollo' launch on SiriusXM
For the last 30 years, Pearl Jam has traversed the globe bringing a signature grunge rock sound to the masses. The show will air live on SiriusXM's Pearl Jam Radio (Channel 22) . Pearl Jam band members (from left) Mike McCready, Jeff Ament, Matt Cameron, Eddie Vedder, Stone Gossard and Boom Gaspar. But I certainly did gather that "Gigaton" is an emotional-political journey that is quintessential Pearl Jam, with an out-of-this-world twist this time around. Editor's note: After this story posted, Pearl Jam announced that they've postponed their tour due to the global health crisis.space.com