Celebrities go online to voice support for Ukraine
(AP Photo) (Uncredited)NEW YORK — (AP) — A group of inter-generational stars from film, TV, sports and music — including Bruce Springsteen, Hugh Jackman, Elton John, Jon Bon Jovi, Jonas Brothers and Billie Eilish — have signed up for a social media campaign to show support for Ukraine. The Global Citizen-organized social media rally Friday urges governments, institutions, corporations and individuals to help fund humanitarian efforts in Ukraine and other regions of the world. Celebrities are being asked to use their social media accounts to publicize the effort, using the hashtag #StandUpForUkraine. Springsteen went to Twitter ahead of Friday's online rally to show his support: “Refugees in Ukraine and around the world need our help now,” his message read. The campaign takes place a day before a pledging conference Saturday co-hosted by European Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.wftv.com
Oscars audience tops 15 million, exceeding last year
Sunday's ceremony reached an estimated 15.36 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen company numbers released on Monday by ABC. Held in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 ceremony had reached a startlingly low 9.85 million viewers. While that clearly seemed to help, an audience of 15 million is still below the 23.6 million people who watched the Oscars in 2020. Until last year, that was the smallest-ever audience for an Oscars ceremony. The research company Samba TV said its own statistics indicate some 1.5 million more households watched the Oscars after the Smith-Rock incident than were watching before.wftv.com
Oscars audience tops 15 million, exceeding last year
Sunday's ceremony reached an estimated 15.36 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen company numbers released on Monday by ABC. Held in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 ceremony had reached a startlingly low 9.85 million viewers. While that clearly seemed to help, an audience of 15 million is still below the 23.6 million people who watched the Oscars in 2020. Until last year, that was the smallest-ever audience for an Oscars ceremony. Some Hollywood observers believe that the relatively niche appeal of many films honored by the Oscars has also limited the audience.wftv.com
Tributes, performances galore at 'Premio Lo Nuestro' awards
Edwin Cazares, left, of Grupo Firme, and Chesca perform at Premio Lo Nuestro at American Airlines Arena on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021, in Miami. (AP Photo/Jim Rassol)MIAMI – Bad Bunny topped Univision's “Premio Lo Nuestro” awards with seven wins on a night that included a tribute to late Mexican singer-composer Armando Mazanero and performances by some of the biggest names in Latin music. Among the winners at Thursday's show were pop singer Camilo and the Mexican band Grupo Firme, which took home five awards apiece. Bad Bunny’s awards included the night’s top honor, artist of the year, as well as album of the year and best urban artist of the year. A total of 147 artists were nominated in 34 categories honoring various musical styles, including pop, urban, tropical and regional Mexican.
New this week: Foo Fighters, 'Malcolm & Marie' and Snoopy
Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. Directed by Goro Miyazaki (Hayao Miyazaki’s son), “Earwig” follows a 10-year-old orphan girl who gets some unconventional adoptive parents. — AP Film Writer Lindsey BahrMUSIC— Foo Fighters’ 10th album was originally supposed to be released last year but was one of many projects delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Fela’s son and grandson, Femi Kuti and Made Kuti, will release a double album called “Legacy +” on Friday. Ad— “Peanuts” puppy Snoopy gets top billing in “The Snoopy Show,” an Apple TV+ animated series debuting Friday on the streaming service.
Bad Bunny, Daddy Yankee top Billboard Latin Music Awards
Bad Bunny, left, accepts the award for social artist of the year at the Billboard Latin Music Awards on April 25, 2019, in Las Vegas and Daddy Yankee accepts the award for favorite male artist at the Latin American Music Awards at the Dolby Theatre on Oct. 25, 2018, in Los Angeles. Bad Bunny and Daddy Yankee triumphed at the Billboard Latin Music Awards Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, claiming seven trophies apiece at the pandemic-delayed show. (AP Photo)SUNRISE, Fla. – Bad Bunny and Daddy Yankee triumphed at the Billboard Latin Music Awards Wednesday, claiming seven trophies apiece at the pandemic-delayed show. Daddy Yankee won six of his awards for his hit “Con Calma,” which featured the 1990s artist Snow. His honors included the hot Latin song aware, and song of the year honors for streaming and airplay and digital platforms.
Feel the rhythm of Hispanic Heritage Month with this playlist
ORLANDO, Fla. – They say there’s no better way to learn about a culture than to immerse yourself in it -- so this Hispanic Heritage Month, feel the rhythm of the music that dominates in the Latin community. [HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH: 56 influential Hispanic-Americans in photos | This Central Florida Latina has the world painted on her skin]Whether you’re a fan of traditional salsa, merengue, Caribbean dancehall or musica urbana -- there’s a song for everyone. Conga by Gloria Estefan, Miami Sound MachineCuban-American singer and now well-known businesswoman Gloria Estefan first found her fame with party-starting hits like Conga. Stand By Me by Prince RoyceA Spanglish twist to a familiar English hit, Dominican-American bachata star Prince Royce has made exclusive appearances in Central Florida. Make sure to check out other Hispanic Heritage Month stories at clickorlando.com/hispanicheritage.
Biden's support among Hispanic Florida voters could be stronger, and community leaders are calling for action
He was greeted by prominent Puerto Rican celebs Luis Fonsi, Eva Longoria and Ricky Martin. ""So many of our front-line workers are Hispanic," Biden said. [...] And to make sure we're giving Hispanic Americans the support and respect they need at all times we need to change our attitudes. “A president who will respect the dignity of the Puerto Rican people. “As much as other Republican leaders want to disenfranchise and dismiss our community, we are a 1.2-million-strong population of Puerto Ricans.orlandoweekly.com
Trump fuels spread of altered Biden video, tweeting it twice
In the altered video, N.W.A.’s “F—- Tha Police” plays. A Twitter spokesperson told The Associated Press that the manipulated media tag was added to the tweet based on the platform's policy on synthetic and manipulated media. The United Spot shared the altered video of Biden with the caption, “Joe Biden has just ONE thing to say and it ain’t good. The official account for the Trump campaign, Team Trump, shared an altered version of the video with audio saying, “I've loved kids jumping on my lap." In June, Twitter applied the label to an altered video shared by Trump that showed a white toddler running toward a Black toddler.
Former VP Joe Biden campaigns for Latino voters in Kissimmee
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Vice President Joe Biden campaigned in Osceola County on Tuesday, seeking votes from a growing Latino community. According to Osceola County Commissioner Vivian Janer, 55 percent of Osceola residents are Hispanic. Some people held signs supporting Biden, while others held signs supporting Trump. According to the poll, 50 percent of the respondents in Florida support Biden, which 45 percent support Trump, with 5 percent either unsure or planning to vote for someone else. Biden said he knows every vote in Osceola County will count.
Universal Mardi Gras unveils musical headliners for this year including Marshmello, Luis Fonsi, the Roots
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