New this week: 'Turning Red,' Ryan Reynolds and Mooski album
This week’s new entertainment releases include albums from Canadian rocker Bryan Adams and a Stephen Sondheim tribute from Betty Buckley, Ryan Reynolds starring as a time-traveling pilot in Netflix’s “The Adam Project” and a small-town murder case gets some big-star wattage in NBC’s “The Thing About Pam” with Renée Zellweger.
PEOPLE reveals ‘2021 People of the Year’
People Magazine names "2021 People of the Year" Four People Magazine covers celebrate "2021 People of the Year". PEOPLE magazine revealed country icon Dolly Parton, Olympian Simone Biles, actor Sandra Oh, and America’s teachers as the “2021 People of the Year”. https://t.co/gKz0fTjncf pic.twitter.com/cAFSgxVavZ — People (@people) December 1, 2021The magazine said Dolly Parton was chosen, in part, for her donation early in the pandemic to support COVID-19 research that led to the Moderna vaccine. Actor Sandra Oh was celebrated for fighting anti-Asian hate, The Associated Press reported. ©2021 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
Parton, Oh, Biles and teachers named 'People of the Year'
People-Person of the Year Olympic gymnast Simone Biles appears at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York on Sept. 12, 2021, left, actor Sandra Oh appears at the season two premiere of "Killing Eve" in Los Angeles on April 1, 2019, center, and Dolly Parton appears in concert in Nashville, Tenn., on July 31, 2015. People magazine has named Biles, Oh, Parton and the nation's teachers as its “People of the Year.” (AP Photo) (Uncredited)NEW YORK — (AP) — People magazine has named Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, actor Sandra Oh, country icon Dolly Parton and the nation's teachers as its “2021 People of the Year.”"This year has been a transformative one, pushing us all to create something new and hopefully better for our lives," the magazine said. Parton was cited for giving away millions of books and supporting COVID-19 research and Oh was celebrated for fighting anti-Asian hate and working on "transformative stories." Last year, People named George Clooney, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Selena Gomez and Regina King as the “2020 People of the Year.”Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.wftv.com
BTS condemns anti-Asian racism, says they've experienced it
FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2020, file photo, South Korean K-pop band BTS arrives for the 62nd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. BTS released a statement condemning racism against Asians and Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. We stand against racial discrimination, the biggest boyband in the world, tweeted to their 34 million followers in both English and Korean. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)SEOUL – K-pop superstar group BTS has condemned racism against Asians, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in a statement saying they've experienced it themselves. “We stand against racial discrimination,” BTS tweeted Tuesday in English and Korean.
‘Coming 2 America,’ starring Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall, starts streaming Friday on Amazon Prime
Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES— Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall are back in Queens as Prince Akeem and Semmi in “Coming 2 America,” the sequel to the 1988 film, which is now coming straight to your living room Friday on Amazon Prime Video. Set to becoming the King of Zamunda, Murphy’s character returns to the U.S. to find a son he’s never met. The latter album includes songs by African artists including Nasty C, Tiwa Savage, Tekno, DJ Arafat and more. The big-voiced Grammy-winning singer self-produced “Baby, I’m Hollywood!” – which is a mix of soul music, piano ballads and funk sounds.
Celebrities unite to various get-out-the-vote efforts
This combination photo shows Justin Bieber, from left, Dua Lipa and Demi Lovato who will take part in various planned events urging Americans to vote. (AP Photo)NEW YORK – In the final days before the U.S. election, celebrities from Kerry Washington to Billie Jean King and Danai Gurira are urging Americans to vote. — The hourlong “Every Vote Counts: A Celebration of Democracy” will be hosted by Alicia Keys, America Ferrera and Kerry Washington. — The NFL's voting campaign includes Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and quarterback Russell Wilson, San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle and Atlanta Falcons running back Todd Gurley. There's also an “Latinos Vote” extension campaign with NFL legends and celebrities encouraging the Latino community to vote that includes Victor Cuz, Roberto Garza and Wilmer Valderrama.
Zendaya becomes youngest lead drama actress to win Emmy
In this video grab captured on Sept. 20, 2020, courtesy of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and ABC Entertainment, Zendaya accepts the award for outstanding lead actress in a drama series for "Euphoria" during the 72nd Emmy Awards broadcast. (The Television Academy and ABC Entertainment via AP)
Zendaya becomes youngest lead drama actress to win Emmy
In this video grab captured on Sept. 20, 2020, courtesy of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and ABC Entertainment, Zendaya accepts the award for outstanding lead actress in a drama series for "Euphoria" during the 72nd Emmy Awards broadcast. (The Television Academy and ABC Entertainment via AP)LOS ANGELES – Zendaya said her “heart was filled” when she saw her fellow nominees, including Jennifer Aniston, cheering on the “Euphoria” actress for becoming the youngest drama lead actress to win an Emmy. She is only the second Black actress to claim the lead drama actress award, following Viola Davis’ groundbreaking 2015 win for “How To Get Away With Murder.”Zendaya along with her gleeful family and friends screamed, cheered, hugged and cried behind her as a stunned she accepted the award in what appeared to be a hotel suite. It’s pretty crazy.”On “Euphoria,” Zendaya plays Rue Bennett, a teenage addict struggling with her sobriety and recovery on the series that delves into sex, drugs, trauma and identity among high-schoolers. “I definitely felt like this wrapping of love around me as I was sitting here,” Zendaya continued.
Golden Globes 2020: Top nominees for the 77th film and TV awards show
Sandra Oh attends the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards - Press Room at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. Did your favorite movie or TV show nab an Golden Globe nomination? The Hollywood Foreign Press Association annual Golden Globe Awards will be presented Jan. 5, but who will be in the running? Critics have been quick to praise "Parasite," "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood," "Joker," "1917" and "Marriage Story," all of which received a number of nods. Disney dominated the animation category, earning three of the five nomination slots for "Toy Story 4," "Frozen II" and "The Lion King."cnbc.com
Predicting who will win big at this year's Emmy Awards
It's hard to believe that this year's Emmy Awards are right around the corner, and the night will surely be filled with TV's biggest stars. Best drama series"Better Call Saul" (AMC)"Bodyguard" (Netflix)"Game of Thrones" (HBO)"Killing Eve" (BBC America)"Ozark" (Netflix)"Pose" (FX)"Succession" (HBO)"This Is Us" (NBC)Will win: "Game of Thrones"Should win: "Pose"If one award is a guarantee on Emmy night, it's this one. Best comedy series"Barry" (HBO)"Fleabag" (Amazon)"The Good Place" (NBC)"The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" (Amazon)"Russian Doll" (Netflix)"Schitt's Creek" (Pop)"Veep" (HBO)Will win: "Veep"Should win: "Fleabag"Not everyone watched Amazon's "Fleabag," so it seems like a long shot for this incredible comedy to win. Louis-Dreyfus has won this award for every season she's played the tyrant politician Selena Meyer, so why stop now? Season 11 of "RuPaul's Drag Race" was nothing short of entertaining, so expect the queens to win again this year.
'Saturday Night Live' adds 3 cast members
Bowen Yang as Kim Jong Un for a March 30 episode of "Saturday Night Live." Yang, a writer on "SNL," is joining the cast as a series regular. NEW YORK (CNN) - NBC's "Saturday Night Live" has added comedians Chloe Fineman, Shane Gillis and Bowen Yang as featured players for the upcoming 45th season. The NYU graduate's casting is also noteworthy as he's the only Asian American series regular in this cast. The 45th season of "SNL" premieres September 28 with host Woody Harrelson and musical guest Billie Eilish.