Jill Biden, Selena Gomez lead talk on youth mental health
Jill Biden First lady Jill Biden speaks with, from left, youth mental health leader Ayanna Kelly, youth mental health leader Juan Acosta, and actress and mental health advocate Selena Gomez, during the White House Conversation on Youth Mental Health, Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) (Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON — (AP) — Selena Gomez joined first lady Jill Biden and U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy at the White House on Wednesday for a conversation about youth mental health. “Mental health is very personal for me and I hope that by using my platform to share my own story ... MTV Entertainment sponsored the conversation to coincide with the first Mental Health Action Day on Thursday.wftv.com
Selena Gomez, ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’ co-star perform iconic song in viral video
Selena Gomez, 'Wizards of Waverly Place' co-star perform iconic song in viral video Actresses Jennifer Stone (left) and Selena Gomez arrive at the Raise Hope for the Congo event at Janes House on June 28, 2009, in Los Angeles. (Charley Gallay/Getty Images)“Wizards of Waverly Place” alums Selena Gomez and Jennifer Stone had a special treat for fans over the weekend. >> Read more trending newsAccording to People magazine and Billboard, the 29-year-old actresses, who starred in the Disney sitcom from 2007 to 2012, shared a video Saturday night of the pair performing the iconic “Crazy Hat Song” from the show’s first season. Crazy, funky, junky hat,” the duo lip-synced while dancing in the clip, which quickly went viral on TikTok. Gomez played Alex Russo and Stone played Harper Finkle in the popular TV series.wftv.com
Historic transfer of power during Biden physical
While President Biden underwent a routine medical screening, he briefly transferred power to Vice President Kamala Harris, who is the first woman to temporarily hold presidential powers. Nancy Cordes shares the latest on Mr. Biden's health.news.yahoo.com
Facebook expands harassment policy to protect public figures
Under the new, more detailed harassment policy, Facebook will bar content that degrades or sexualizes public figures, including celebrities, elected officials and others in the public eye. Another change will add more protections from harassment to government dissidents, journalists and human rights activists around the world. In many nations, social media harassment has been used in efforts to silence journalists and activists. Concerns about harassment range from teenagers bullying each other on Instagram to the coordinated abuse of journalists and dissidents by groups linked to authoritarian governments. Celebrities, even those who profit handsomely off Facebook and Instagram, haven’t been shy about criticizing the company.wftv.com
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
New this week: 'Cherry,' 'Bloodlands' & Kids' Choice Awards
This combination photo shows key art for the Acorn TV series "Bloodlands," premiering March 15, left, key art for the Apple TV+ film "Cherry," center, and key art for Nickelodeons "Kids Choice Awards," hosted by Kenan Thompson and airing on March 13. (Acorn TV/Apple TV+/Nickelodeon 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. Ad—AP Film Writer Jake CoyleMUSIC— The 2021 Grammys will hand out 84 awards Sunday, but what’s more exciting? Other performers include Chris Martin, John Mayer, Doja Cat, Maren Morris, DaBaby, HAIM, Lil Baby, Brandi Carlile, Roddy Ricch, Brittany Howard, Miranda Lambert, Mickey Guyton and Black Pumas. Ad— Grown-ups don’t have a lock on awards shows, as Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards proves once again.
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.
Ludacris is cooking in the kitchen on new streaming show
The rapper-actor stars in Luda Can't Cook," a one-hour special that debuts Feb. 25 on the discovery+ plus streaming service. He just can’t cook, and no, opening cans and slapping together bologna or grilled cheese sandwiches doesn’t count. “We don’t want to take 30 minutes to an hour to cook.”He’s finally upping his skills in the kitchen in “Luda Can’t Cook,” a one-hour special that debuts Feb. 25 on the discovery+ plus streaming service. “She does all the cooking, which is part of the reason I can’t cook,” he said. “The whole Luda can’t cook is only 99% true,” he said.
Billboard: Interscope Geffen A&M named No. 1 label of 2020
Interscope Geffen A&M (IGA), the home to Eilish, Lady Gaga and Lamar, has been named the No. (AP Photo)NEW YORK – Interscope Geffen A&M — the home to Billie Eilish, Kendrick Lamar and Lady Gaga — has been named the No. Billboard announced Thursday that the label, which is also known as IGA, tops its year-end chart for the first time since 2013. IGA is also the top Billboard 200 label with 68 albums released during the tracking period, 25 of which hit the Top 10. Warner Music Group’s Atlantic Records was 2019’s top Billboard 200 label.
AP's song of the year: Keedron Bryant's 'I Just Wanna Live'
This cover image released by Warner Records shows "I Just Wanna Live," by Keedron Bryant. Bryant's song was named one of the top 10 of the year by the Associated Press. Keedron Bryant, “I Just Wanna Live": During times of turmoil and unrest, people respond differently. She asked her son, then 12-year-old Keedron Bryant, to sing the song and the rest is for the history books. The song not only helped Keedron Bryant land a record deal, it helped heal the world at a time when music is a language that unites us all.
People magazine reveals its ’2020 People of the Year’
LOS ANGELES – People magazine has named George Clooney, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Selena Gomez and Regina King as the “2020 People of the Year.”The magazine revealed its list Wednesday morning as part of a year-end double issue with four covers. The four will be celebrated for their positive impact in the world during a challenging 2020. Clooney, Fauci, Gomez and King will be separately featured on the magazine covers of the issue, which is out Friday. The actor also called for support of marginalized communities during the pandemic and end police brutality of unarmed Black people. Her directorial debut, “One Night in Miami,” has also been talked about as a possible Oscar contender.
Linda Ronstadt looks back at her most cherished moments
FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2013 file photo, American musician Linda Ronstadt poses in New York to promote the release of her memoir "Simple Dreams." (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK – Growing up close to U.S. border in Tucson, Arizona, Linda Ronstadt was exposed to the music and culture of Mexico from an early age. “I heard Mexican radio my whole life,” the American singer told The Associated Press in a recent phone interview. They shouldn’t just treat them like they’re pieces of furniture.”Looking back on her most cherished moments of her career, the singer said “the most fun” she had was back in 1998 and 1999 touring with her Mexican music. Among other accolades, Ronstadt was honored by the Kennedy Center last year and has received three American Music Awards, two ACM Awards and an Emmy.
New this week: Mariah Carey, Gloria Steinem & 'South Park'
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— "The Glorias ": Julie Taymor's film, based on Gloria Steinem's 2015 book “My Life on the Road,” is a biopic with verve and flair. Johnson's latest, premiering Wednesday on Netflix, is a playful eulogy to her father as she slowly loses him to Alzheimer’s. — AP Music Editor Mesfin FekaduTELEVISION— If laughter is good medicine, then it’s “South Park” to the rescue. Meanwhile, Randy deals with his alleged role in the viral outbreak that has the town of South Park on defense.
North America box office remains muted as ‘Tenet’ tops again
Moviegoing audiences in North America are not rushing back to the theater just yet. In the second major weekend for U.S. and Canadian movie theaters, Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” earned only $6.7 million from 2,910 locations, according to studio estimates Sunday. Although it is enough to top the charts, it also isn’t enough to jumpstart the struggling domestic exhibition industry. The weekend’s only major new opener was Sony’s PG-13 rom-com “The Broken Hearts Gallery,” which earned an estimated $1.1 million from 2,204 North American locations. Other still-closed markets include North Carolina, Michigan, New Mexico and the cities of Seattle and Portland.
Grammy Museum to launch online streaming service
FILE - Barbara Streisand performs at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 13, 2011. The Grammy Museum is launching its own online streaming service featuring performances and interviews from A-list musicians, as well as material from the museums archive. The Grammy Museum is launching its own online streaming service featuring performances and interviews from A-list musicians, as well as material from the museums archive. Without the GRAMMY Museum, we wouldnt have gotten to experience or learn about so many important artists before us, FINNEAS said in a statement. We are proud to be part of this series.The Grammy Museum is a nonprofit organization through The Recording Academy, which annually produces the Grammy Awards.
Selena Gomez takes little sister to 'Frozen 2' premiere
(L-R) Anna, Gracie Teefey, Olaf, Selena Gomez, and Elsa attend the world premiere of Disney's "Frozen 2" at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre on Nov. 7, 2019, in Hollywood, California. Selena Gomez and her little sister, Gracie Teefey, 6, wore matching princess outfits at the "Frozen 2" premiere Thursday night in Hollywood. Gomez captioned a picture from the premiere on her Instagram, "Hope I'm officially the best big sissy ever now.. she was LIVING her best life!! The sequel to the 2013 film has been all fans could think about since it was announced. "Frozen 2" hits theaters Nov. 22.
Selena Gomez moved to tears over friendship with Taylor Swift
(CNN) - The Beatles said it best, "I get by with a little help from my friends." That's exactly what Selena Gomez credits her current happiness to: her friends. "[Taylor] was frustrated when I was frustrated, she was sad when I was sad, but more than anything, my friends stood by my side. Bieber and Gomez had a tumultuous relationship with many breakups over the past several years. Most recently they had split in March of 2018 and Bieber began publicly dating Hailey Baldwin just two months later.
'Living Undocumented' puts faces on families
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - "Living Undocumented" is a passionate piece of advocacy filmmaking, one that -- for all the tears and heart-wrenching moments -- will likely end up preaching to the choir. The Netflix presentation nevertheless puts faces on the toll of US immigration policy, while making a point of noting the role of past administrations as well as the current one. Although most of the families come from Mexico and Central America, others have roots in Israel, Africa and Laos. While it would be nice to think that the personal tales chronicled in "Living Undocumented" might contribute to a thoughtful discussion of immigration policy, that doesn't seem to be the world in which any of us are living. "Living Undocumented" premieres Oct. 2 on Netflix.
Selena Gomez surprises students at her former middle school
MANSFIELD, Texas - North Texas-based super star Selena Gomez surprised students at her former middle school. Gomez visited Danny Jones Middle School, where she attended just a year before getting the job at Disney. And although students are only used to seeing Gomez on their TV screens, Locks said she was just like them. Gomez took the trip down to North Texas to show some of her friends her roots. Silerio continued to say that Gomez isn't just a big star, but is also a big role model for them.