New this week: John Legend, 'Serpent Queen' and 'Pinocchio'
This week’s new entertainment releases include fresh music from John Legend and Kane Brown, Samantha Morton stars as the 16th-century queen Catherine de Medici in an edgy Starz series and a race between two upcoming “Pinocchio” films begins with Robert Zemeckis’ adaptation.
Kinshasa cleanup: plastic means money and a mission
Kinshasa, a megalopolis of at least 12 million people, is known for its heaps of rubbish and rivers covered with plastic bottles. The Clean Plast company collects, processes, and recycles all types of plastic waste in the Democratic Republic of Congo with the aim of cleaning up the city.news.yahoo.com
Ariana Grande joining 'The Voice' for season 21 as a coach
FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2018 file photo, Ariana Grande attends the 13th annual Billboard Women in Music event in New York. NBC said Tuesday that Grande will join the Emmy-winning series "The Voice" for its fall 2021 cycle. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK – “The Voice" is switching their positions for Ariana Grande: the pop star is taking her seat in the coach's chair later this year. NBC said Tuesday that Grande will join the Emmy-winning series for its fall 2021 cycle. The 20th season of “The Voice" is currently on air and features those three singers along with Nick Jonas.
Kyle Larson celebrates return with 1st win since suspension
LAS VEGAS – Kyle Larson wasn’t sure he’d ever race again in NASCAR, and if he could, he didn’t know who would even hire him. On Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Larson raced to his first NASCAR victory since he was reinstated from a nearly yearlong suspension. “Thanks Mr. H. for believing in me,” Larson radioed to boss Rick Hendrick after crossing the finish line. Larson is considered one of the top talents in NASCAR but won just six times in six seasons with Chip Ganassi Racing. “He got in a great car, he's a great driver and he's going to make things happen,” runner-up Brad Keselowski said.
NASCAR to hold pre-race Daytona 500 concert with Luke Combs
NASCAR will attempt some normalcy at the season-opening Daytona 500 with a live pre-race concert featuring country music star Luke Combs. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR will attempt some normalcy at the season-opening Daytona 500 with a live pre-race concert — the first big performance at a track during the pandemic — featuring country music star Luke Combs. Born in Charlotte but raised in Asheville, Combs made NASCAR races a weekly viewing staple alongside his grandfather. “If you would’ve told me back then that I’d be performing at the Daytona 500 one day, I wouldn’t have believed you,” said Combs, a longtime fan of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Live music is a way for us to be able to disconnect from everything else, and just be there in the moment,” Combs said.
'Voice' co-stars Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani engaged
FILE - Gwen Stefani, left, and Blake Shelton arrive at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 26, 2020. Shelton and Stefani posted a picture on Tuesday announcing their engagement.A representative for Shelton confirmed the couple recently got engaged while in Oklahoma, where Shelton lives. The two stars met as judges on the singing competition show years ago. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
'Voice' co-stars Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani engaged
FILE - Gwen Stefani, left, and Blake Shelton arrive at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 26, 2020. Shelton and Stefani posted a picture on Tuesday announcing their engagement.A representative for Shelton confirmed the couple recently got engaged while in Oklahoma, where Shelton lives. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)NASHVILLE, Tenn. – “The Voice” co-stars Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani are engaged and sharing the good news on social media. Shelton and Stefani posted a picture Tuesday announcing the engagement between the country star and the pop singer. A representative for Shelton confirmed the couple recently got engaged while in Oklahoma, where Shelton lives.
Thomas Rhett, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Combs top CMT noms
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Ashley McBryde, Dan + Shay, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Combs, Sam Hunt and Thomas Rhett top the 2020 CMT Music Awards nominations with three each. In nominations announced Wednesday for the pandemic-delayed show, 14 videos are vying for the top prize of video of the year. The fan-voted show will air on CMT and other networks on Oct. 21 with outdoor performances. The Highwomen, a group made up of Maren Morris, Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby and Amanda Shires, also got their first nomination for group video. Electronic producer and DJ Marshmello also earned a nomination in collaborative video for the crossover hit “One Thing Right" with Kane Brown.
Carrie Underwood, Thomas Rhett tie for top prize at ACMs
Underwood and Rhett seemed equally taken aback after host Keith Urban announced the tie at the awards show held at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee, on Wednesday. “Keith, what is happening right now?” Rhett asked, astounded, before thanking his family. There was a lot of anticipation for the show, which featured Taylor Swift making her first appearance at the ACMs in seven years. In awards announced before the show aired, Rhett also won music video of the year, while Townes won new female artist of the year. Underwood sang a tribute to iconic female Opry members, including Patsy Cline, Reba McEntire, Martina McBride, Barbara Mandrell, Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton.
New this week: Alicia Keys, 'Filthy Rich' and the Emmys
This cover image released by RCA Records shows "Alicia" the latest release by Alicia Keys. The album, out Friday, features several guest stars, including Jill Scott, Miguel, Khalid, Snoh Aalegra, Sampha, Diamond Platnumz and Ed Sheeran, who co-wrote the single Underdog. (RCA Records via AP)
New this week: Alicia Keys, 'Filthy Rich' and the Emmys
This cover image released by RCA Records shows "Alicia" the latest release by Alicia Keys. The album, out Friday, features several guest stars, including Jill Scott, Miguel, Khalid, Snoh Aalegra, Sampha, Diamond Platnumz and Ed Sheeran, who co-wrote the single Underdog. (RCA Records 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. It lands on HBO and HBO Max on Saturday at 8 p.m.— AP Film Writer Jake CoyleMUSIC— Piano-playing pop star Alicia Keys is putting out her seventh album on Friday. — Kim Cattrall is at the center of Fox’s “Filthy Rich,” a prime-time soap opera loaded with money and betrayal that debuts 9 p.m. EDT Monday, Sept. 21.
Taylor Swift returns to ACM Awards for "Folklore" premiere
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Country-turned-pop star Taylor Swift is coming back to her roots with a performance at this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards. The nine-time ACM award winner will perform from the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee, where the awards show will be broadcast Wednesday on CBS. Swift will perform “betty” from her new album “Folklore,” which has held the top spot on for six weeks on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. 6 on Billboard's Hot Country song chart. This marks the first time in seven years that the two-time ACM entertainer of the year has performed at this awards show and will be her world premiere performance for any song from her “Folklore” album.
NBC sets November return for 'This Is Us,' 'Chicago' dramas
LOS ANGELES An optimistic NBC said Thursday it will bring This Is Us and other scripted series back in November despite the TV industry's coronavirus-caused production shutdown that's only beginning to ease. Broadcast TV's usual robust September start to the new season has already bowed to the pandemic, with NBC and other networks relying heavily on reality and acquired series that month. This Is Us, the family drama starring Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia, will kick off its fifth season on Nov. 10, the network said. That will be followed by the Nov. 11 return of the Chicago drama franchise: Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. and Chicago Med.The Mariska Hargitay-led Law & Order: SVU will start its record-building 22nd season on Nov. 12, followed by The Blacklist," starring James Spader and Megan Boone, on Nov. 13. Connecting, a new comedy about friends using video chats to remain bonded despite pandemic isolation, will debut Oct. 1.
Now playing at the mall parking lot: movies, drag shows
This photo provided by Polk Imaging shows Drive 'N Drag at Westfield Garden State Plaza, in Paramus, N.J. After being closed for months due to the pandemic, malls are bringing all types of drive-in entertainment to their massive parking lots, hoping to lure people back to their properties. (Dave Kotinsky/Polk Imaging for Westfield via AP)
Now playing at the mall parking lot: movies, drag shows
(Dave Kotinsky/Polk Imaging for Westfield via AP)NEW YORK Angel Dougherty went to the mall last month not to shop, but to watch a drive-in drag show in the parking lot. Westfield says it has been using its parking lots to draw crowds for years, with circuses, ice skating rinks and car shows. Kilburn Live, another production company, has turned five mall parking lots into drive-ins and is adding others. Walmart, noticing the trend, added drive-in movies to 160 of its parking lots where people can order snacks ahead of time from the store. And its also considering renting out parts of its parking lots to companies that want to hold drive-in meetings with their employees.
NASCAR City USA: Cup Series set for 2021 return to Nashville
Its music to NASCARs ears: the stock car series is set to return to Nashville, Tennessee in 2021. Nashville Superspeedway will hold a Cup race for the first time next season, ending NASCARs decade-long absence from the track. The Nashville track is owned by Dover Motorsports, Inc., which has held Cup race weekends each year since 1969. The idea to return NASCAR to Nashville took root after a successful blowout last December for its season-ending awards celebration. The Cup Series ran 42 times at the old Fairgrounds from 1958 through 1984, and the lower-level Xfinity and Truck Series last raced there in 2000.
NASCAR ready for long-term commitment in Nashville
Convincing its star drivers the trip to Nashville Superspeedway in 2021 is the spark of a motorsports rebirth in the area and not just another lazy ride on an intermediate concrete track. Theres little sense now debating which track is worthy of the renovations and safety upgrades necessary to hold Cup Series races at least through 2024. The TV numbers also showed there was a demand for NASCAR in Nashville. Nashville Superspeedway held Xfinity and Truck events, as well as IndyCar races, from 2001 until 2011. But the track has never held an elite Cup Series race.
Gwen Stefani Reveals New Nickname for Her and Blake Shelton
The love between Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton never gets less adorable. "Just so you know, I got a new nickname for me and Blake, it's called 'Gwake,' and I'm really excited about it!" "It's like Gwen and Blake together, but Gwake," Stefani helpfully explained. Gwen Stefani/InstagramCheck out the video below for some of the pair's cutest moments from their time together on this season of The Voice. Blake Shelton Brings Gwen Stefani to Tears on The Voice Embed Code RestartRELATED CONTENT:'The Voice': Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani Joke About Kids as the Live Rounds BeginGwen Stefani and Blake Shelton Have Red Carpet Date Night at People's Choice Awards 2019'The Voice': Gwen Stefani Tells Taylor Swift Which Sia Hit She Almost Sang Instead'The Voice': Gwen Stefani Explains Her Chemistry With Blake Shelton While Coaching the Battle Rounds
John Legend Says He's 'Perplexed' While Comparing Himself to Idris Elba After Sexiest
It's an exciting day for John Legend, who received yet another major honor! The "All of Me" crooner was announced as the Sexiest Man Alive on Tuesday, but couldn't help compare himself to the former honoree, Idris Elba. 2017's Sexiest Man Alive, Blake Shelton, was the one who formally announced Legend as this year's SMA during Tuesday's episode of The Voice. "It is my duty to formally introduce the next Sexiest Man Alive," Shelton said. RELATED CONTENT:See Chrissy Teigen's Epic Reaction to Husband John Legend Being Named 2019 Sexiest Man AliveJohn Legend Is the 2019 Sexiest Man Alive
People magazine names John Legend as 2019 Sexiest Man Alive
FILE - This Nov. 2, 2019 file photo shows John Legend at the 2019 LACMA Art and Film Gala in Los Angeles. People magazine has named Legend as the sexiest man alive in their special double issue on newsstands nationwide on Nov. 15. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES, CA – R&B crooner John Legend has been named the Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine. Shelton, who was named Sexiest Man Alive in 2017, announced Legend's honor on "The Voice." The country singer then handed Legend some short shorts with bedazzled letters "EGOTSMA" to signify the singer's many honors: an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony and now, Sexiest Man Alive.
John Legend Is the 2019 Sexiest Man Alive
And the 2019 Sexiest Man Alive is...John Legend! 2017's Sexiest Man Alive, Blake Shelton, made the surprise announcement on Tuesday's live episode of The Voice. "It is my duty to formally introduce the next Sexiest Man Alive," Shelton said. "[I thought] that yall must be running out of people," the country singer joked of being the 2017 Sexiest Man Alive. Here's more on the coveted SMA title: Blake Shelton Hilariously Talks Sexiest Man Alive Reign Ending (Exclusive) Embed Code RestartRELATED CONTENT:John Legend Wants to Add 'Sexiest Man Alive' to His EGOT StatusGwen Stefani Thinks Blake Shelton Got Sexier After Losing His Sexiest Man Alive TitleBlake Shelton Is Struggling With Giving Up His Sexiest Man Alive Crown (Exclusive)
John Legend named "2019 Sexiest Man Alive" by People Magazine
John Legend has been named the Sexiest Man Alive by People Magazine this year. The Grammy-winning singer known for his silky-smooth vocals was revealed as this year's winner Tuesday night on NBC's "The Voice." Shelton, who was named Sexiest Man Alive in 2017, announced Legend's honor on "The Voice." Legend told the magazine in an issue out Friday that receiving the title comes with some pressure to follow Idris Elba, who was last year's winner. Legend has two children with model-television host-cookbook author Chrissy Teigen, who tweeted her excitement at the news Tuesday evening.cbsnews.com
'The Voice': Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani Joke About Kids as the Live Rounds Begin
The live rounds are here on The Voice, and while season 17 features talents of all ages, on Monday's show, the coaches had kids on the brain! Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton couldn't help but joke around about their own family unit, especially when talented teen duo Hello Sunday wowed Gwen with their poise and powerful voices. "At the end of the day... it's no different than if Gwen and I were playing cards," he insisted. See more about how Blake and Gwen are balancing their relationship with their competitive streak in the video below. The Voice: Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani on Mixing Work and Play (Exclusive) Embed Code RestartRELATED CONTENT:Gwen Stefani Sends Nick Jonas a Message for When He Replaces Her on 'The Voice': 'Get Ready to Be Inspired'Blake Shelton Brings Gwen Stefani to Tears on 'The Voice'Taylor Swift Tears Up Watching Performance on 'The Voice': 'I Was Completely Shattered by It'
Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton Have Red Carpet Date Night at People's Choice Awards 2019
Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton turned the People's Choice Awards into a super stylish date night. The cute couple looked elegant and classy while walking the red carpet outside the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, on Sunday. Fans in the audience later took to Twitter claiming Shelton was bleeped when he told Stefani, "I love the s**t out of you." Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton Have Adorable Red Carpet Date Night -- See the Pics! Embed Code RestartRELATED CONTENT:Blake Shelton Brings Gwen Stefani to Tears on 'The Voice'Gwen Stefani Breaks Down Some of Her Most Iconic Looks: 'I Was Really Confused'Blake Shelton Talks Mixing Work and Play With Gwen Stefani on 'The Voice' (Exclusive)
Gwen Stefani Sends Nick Jonas a Message for When He Replaces Her on 'The Voice': 'Get
Gwen Stefani cherishes her time on The Voice, and hopes Nick Jonas will too. I never imagined I would be this inspired [working on The Voice]," Stefani expressed, via a concertgoer. When asked if she had a say about Jonas joining The Voice, Stefani replied, "No I did not. If I had a say, Nick Jonas would not be on The Voice, it would be Gwen Stefani." RELATED CONTENT:Blake Shelton Brings Gwen Stefani to Tears on 'The Voice''The Voice': Why Gwen Stefani Won't Be Returning for Season 18
'The Voice': Blake Shelton Brings Gwen Stefani to Tears With Sweet Knockout Round Speech
When it came time to make her tough decision, Gwen turned to her fellow coaches for some help, and receiving heartwarming support from beau Blake Shelton. Blake said Rose's performance was "hands down" his favorite of the knockout rounds so far, but it was his praise for Gwen that got everyone emotional. Ultimately, Gwen did follow her heart and her fellow coaches' advice, choosing Rose to go on to the live shows, with an emotional endorsement. See more about how Blake and Gwen are balancing their relationship with their competitive streak in the video below. The Voice: Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani on Mixing Work and Play (Exclusive) Embed Code RestartRELATED CONTENT:Taylor Swift Tears Up Watching Performance on 'The Voice': 'I Was Completely Shattered by It''The Voice': Gwen Stefani Tells Taylor Swift Which Sia Hit She Almost Sang Instead'The Voice': Gwen Stefani Explains Her Chemistry With Blake Shelton While Coaching the Battle Rounds
Taylor Swift Trolls Blake Shelton on 'The Voice': 'I Was Promised Blake Lively'
Taylor Swift served as a "mega mentor" on Monday night's Knockout Rounds on The Voice, but she was disappointed when she worked with coach Blake Shelton. pic.twitter.com/haSdVflANG Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) October 28, 2019Almost time for Knockouts! "He said, 'You can't leave because what if it's Taylor Swift?' #TaylorOnTheVoicepic.twitter.com/5KSwA6t8l8 The Voice (@NBCTheVoice) October 29, 2019"That's one of my favorite performances in 17 seasons of this show, was that moment right there. RELATED CONTENT: 'Cats': Watch Taylor Swift Record New Song 'Beautiful Ghosts' for the Soundtrack!
'The Voice': Gwen Stefani's Toughest Team Battle Brings the Coaches to Tears
The Battle Rounds are getting The Voice coaches all up in their feels! The team showdowns continued on Tuesday's all-new episode, and while the coaches were all faced with tough decisions, it was Gwen Stefani's final team battle of the night that brought everyone in the room to tears. Ultimately, Jessie chose to stay with "the queen," as Gwen told him she couldn't wait to "show him off to America." See more about how Blake and Gwen are balancing their relationship with their competitive streak in the video below. The Voice: Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani on Mixing Work and Play (Exclusive) Embed Code RestartRELATED CONTENT:'The Voice': Gwen Stefani Explains Her Chemistry With Blake Shelton While Coaching the Battle RoundsBlake Shelton Talks Mixing Work and Play With Gwen Stefani on 'The Voice' (Exclusive)'The Voice': Why Gwen Stefani Won't Be Returning for Season 18
'The Voice': Gwen Stefani Explains Her Chemistry With Blake Shelton While Coaching the
That can sometimes prove a bit challenging when singers have different styles, but Gwen Stefani has a little experience when it comes to putting seemingly disparate personalities together to make beautiful music. "It's like me and Blake," Gwen offered to team members Royce Lovett and Kiara Brown as they prepped for their battle. "It's a good love song," Blake remarked, adding in a sing-song voice, "If you're talking about love." See more about how Blake and Gwen are balancing their relationship with their competitive streak in the video below. How Gwen Stefani Is Balancing The Voice,' Vegas and Motherhood (Exclusive) Embed Code RestartRELATED CONTENT:'The Voice': Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani Square Off Over a SaveBlake Shelton Talks Mixing Work and Play With Gwen Stefani on 'The Voice' (Exclusive)'The Voice': Why Gwen Stefani Won't Be Returning for Season 18
Trace Adkins marries actress Victoria Pratt
(CNN) - "I do" was music to the ears of Trace Adkins. The country star married his longtime girlfriend, actress Victoria Pratt, in New Orleans on Saturday. "Join us in congratulating Trace & Victoria!," read the caption on a photo showing the happy couple and Shelton during the ceremony. Adkins and Pratt reportedly met on the set of the 2014 film "The Virginian," in which they both appeared. Shelton and Adkins are good friends who have collaborated on music, including the singles "Hell Right" and "Hillbilly Bone."
Blake Shelton Officiates Trace Adkins' Wedding to Victoria Pratt in New Orleans
When country music star Trace Adkins said "I do" to longtime girlfriend Victoria Pratt on Saturday, the pair had someone very special officiating the ceremony -- Blake Shelton. On one side is Adkins, wearing a black shirt, jacket, jeans and a cowboy hat for the ceremony at the Maison Montegut, a picturesque locale in New Orleans' French Quarter. "Join us in congratulating Trace & Victoria! Fans of Shelton and Adkins likely aren't surprised to see the former officiating the special ceremony. RELATED CONTENT: YouTuber PewDiePie Marries Longtime Girlfriend Marzia Bisognin Embed Code Restart'The Bold Type' Star Katie Stevens Marries Longtime Love Paul DiGiovanni'American Pie' Star Seann William Scott Secretly Marries'Charmed' Star Holly Marie Combs Marries Boyfriend Mike Ryan
Gwen Stefani Credits Blake Shelton for Helping to Rebuild Her Life After Divorce From Gavin Rossdale
Gwen Stefani is thankful for her relationship with Blake Shelton! I love having projects. RELATED CONTENT: How Gwen Stefani Is Balancing The Voice,' Vegas and Motherhood (Exclusive) Embed Code Restart'The Voice': Why Gwen Stefani Won't Be Returning for Season 18Gwen Stefani Celebrates Her 50th Birthday With Family, Flowers and Food -- See the Pics! Gwen Stefani Turns 50! Here's How Blake Shelton Is 'Going All Out' for Her Birthday
'The Voice': Why Gwen Stefani Won't Be Returning for Season 18
Following Monday's news that Nick Jonas will be joining The Voice as a coach in 2020 (alongside returning coaches Blake Shelton, John Legend and Kelly Clarkson) fans were left wondering why Gwen Stefani would not be back on the NBC series next season -- after she just returned in season 17. Meanwhile, Jonas wraps up his tour with the Jonas Brothers on Feb. 22, in Paris, France, meaning the cycle works with his schedule. "I didn't expect to be doing [the Vegas show] and The Voice at the same time," she said. RELATED CONTENT:Gwen Stefani Celebrates Her 50th Birthday With Family, Flowers and Food -- See the Pics! Nick Jonas Joins The Voice Season 18 & Declares War with Blake Shelton'The Voice': Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani Spar Over Musical Knowledge in Hilarious Outtakes (Exclusive)Gwen Stefani Begins Las Vegas Residency
Gwen Stefani on her "miracle" relationship with Blake Shelton
In this preview of an interview to be broadcast on "Sunday Morning," singer-songwriter Gwen Stefani tells Lee Cowan how her relationship with fellow "Voice" coach Blake Shelton, who was going through a breakup with wife Miranda Lambert, helped her bounce back from the dissolution of her own marriage.cbsnews.com
Preview: The Many Sounds of Music
Preview: The Many Sounds of Music A special edition of "60 Minutes" brings viewers three very different musical portraits including a profile of country music star Blake Shelton, a look at a special project by the Foo Fighters and a visit to the medieval Italian city that gave the world the famed Stradivarius violin. Watch the musical celebration on Sunday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.cbsnews.com