McConaughey, Kunis among People mag's 'People of the Year'
LOS ANGELES — (AP) — Matthew McConaughey, Mila Kunis, Jennifer Hudson and "Abbott Elementary" creator and star Quinta Brunson have been named People magazine's 2022 "People of the Year." The magazine unveiled its annual list Wednesday, with Editor in Chief Wendy Naugle explaining this year’s honorees were selected because of their efforts to help others. McConaughey was chosen for his advocacy efforts after the Uvalde school shooting rocked his hometown. Kunis was lauded for her fundraising — which People said has topped $37 million — for Ukraine, where she was born. Hudson and Brunson were honored for their onscreen work.wftv.com
New this week: 'The Handmaid’s Tale' and 'Goodnight Mommy'
This week’s new entertainment releases include albums from Little Big Town and Marcus Mumford, “The Handmaid’s Tale” returns with high stakes for the future of Gilead, and twin brothers go to their mother’s house for a stay but find something is off about her in the film “Goodnight Mommy.”.
Tony Awards 2022: Jennifer Hudson earns EGOT with win for ‘A Strange Loop’
Tony Awards 2022: Jennifer Hudson earns EGOT with win for 'A Strange Loop' Jennifer Hudson attends the 75th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 12, 2022, in New York City. (Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)NEW YORK — Performing arts’ most exclusive club has a new member: Jennifer Hudson. >> Read more trending newsAccording to People magazine, the 40-year-old actress and singer, a producer of “A Strange Loop,” earned a Tony on Sunday night when the show won best musical at the New York awards ceremony. >> Tony Awards 2022: See the complete winners list from Broadway’s biggest nightHudson is the third Black EGOT winner and the third-youngest person to earn the honor, behind Robert Lopez and Legend, according to Billboard. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) (Kevin Winter)Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 59 2022 Tony Awards red carpet Antwayn Hopper arrives at the 75th annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 12, 2022, at Radio City Music Hall in New York.wftv.com
Big dreams for new Warner Bros. Discovery in ad presentation
In what was essentially a public debut on Wednesday, leaders of the new Warner Bros. Discovery portrayed the media giant as effectively a fifth U.S. broadcast television network, with even bigger aspirations. “I'm a little nervous,” said Zaslav, name-checking celebrities like Mike Rowe and Chip and Joanna Gaines that he spotted in the audience. “It's a big moment for us.”Yet in a forum known for bravado, Zaslav wasn't shy. The presentation to advertisers may have been new to Warner Bros.wftv.com
Jennifer Hudson to become daytime TV host
Grammy-winning singer and Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson will be the newest face on daytime television. >> Read more trending newsWarner Bros. announced that Hudson will be hosting her own daytime talk show that will air on Fox television stations, CNN reported. Hudson got her big break when she competed on “American Idol.” She didn’t win but was a finalist, Variety reported. Hudson recently appeared as Aretha Franklin in the biopic “Respect.”“The Jennifer Hudson Show” will be one hour and will premiere in the fall after the end of the current Warner Bros.-produced talk show, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” It is not being called a replacement, Variety reported. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 31 Through the years Finalist Jennifer Hudson arrives at Fox's celebration of American Idols Top 12 finalists at Pearl on March 10, 2004 in West Hollywood, California.wftv.com
LL Cool J, Carole King, Tina Tuner inducted into Rock Hall
Music Rock Hall LL Cool J performs with Jennifer Lopez during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony, Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard) (David Richard)CLEVELAND — (AP) — LL Cool J got together some of his heavyweight musical friends to usher him into rock immortality. With New York street style and swagger, Cool J was one of hip-hops first superstars in the 1980s and remains a relevant artist more than 40 years later. "They also stand on the shoulders of the first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. It was also a long wait for Cool J, who had been nominated six times.wftv.com
Tom Ford wraps NY Fashion Week with a show of disco glam
NYFW Spring/Summer 2021 - Tom Ford A model walks the runway at the Tom Ford spring/summer 2022 fashion show at Lincoln Center during New York Fashion Week on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez) (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)NEW YORK — (AP) — The Champagne was cold and the front row star studded Sunday night as Tom Ford closed New York Fashion Week at Lincoln Center with a spring-summer collection of disco glam. Ford, the chairman of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, significantly pared down his crowd to conclude New York's first full in-person fashion week since the pandemic began. Ford wound things up at the same time as the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards were underway in Brooklyn. Jennifer Hudson, seated between Dan Levy and Julianne Moore, bounced to Aretha Franklin's “Respect" as she took video of Ford's show on her phone.wftv.com
Henri cuts short Manilow set at NYC virus recovery concert
Central Park Concert Barry Manilow performs at We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert at The Great Lawn in Central Park on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP) (Andy Kropa)NEW YORK — (AP) — This time, Barry Manilow didn’t make it through the rain. Organized early in the summer, the concert was intended as a celebration of New York City overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic. But on Saturday, the concert kicked off amid worries about the highly contagious delta variant of the virus. New York City over the past week has averaged just under 2,000 new COVID-19 cases a day, according to state statistics.wftv.com
NYC concert lineup: Springsteen, Paul Simon, Jennifer Hudson
NEW YORK — (AP) — Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon and Jennifer Hudson will headline an August concert in Central Park, marking the city's comeback from the coronavirus pandemic, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday. More performers will be announced in the coming weeks, de Blasio said. The concert will come 30 years after Simon's memorable Aug. 15, 1991 Central Park concert, which was recorded and released as a live album and concert film. Springsteen's return to Broadway last weekend was itself a step in the city's recovery from the pandemic. "He is beloved in New York City in an extraordinary way even though he happens to come from New Jersey — no one's perfect," de Blasio said.wftv.com
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.
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
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?
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