Back to normal? Cannes Film Festival prepares to party
After the 2020 Cannes Film Festival was canceled by the pandemic and the 2021 edition was scaled back — even kisses were forbade on the red carpet — the lavish French Riviera cinema soiree is set to return with a festival that promises to be something like normal.
'Concrete Cowboy' shows Philadelphia's Black cowboy culture
“Concrete Cowboy,” an urban Western about African American riders in Philadelphia starring Idris Elba, is about an often unseen — and persisting — Black cowboy culture. “Concrete Cowboy" is a father-son drama set around Fletcher Street Stables, one of the oldest and last-remaining of Philadelphia's hardscrabble inner-city stables. But through tenacity and improvisation, Fletcher Street has remained a cherished refuge and an ardent pastime for both kids and adults on the streets of Philadelphia’s Strawberry Mansion. “It didn’t occur to me until the Bob Marley song ‘Buffalo Soldier,’ which opened my interest about Black cowboys. They’re trying to raise money for an equestrian center and to convince Philadelphia government officials that the Fletcher Street heritage is worth preserving.
New this week: Godzilla vs Kong, 'Concrete Cowboy' & Mahalia
This combination photo shows poster art for the film "Godzilla vs Kong," premiering on HBO Max on March 31, left, "Concrete Cowboy," premiering April 2 on Netflix and "Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia," premiering April 3 on Lifetime. (HBO Max/Netflix/Lifetime 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. MOVIES— Two of cinema’s most famous giants are headed for an old-fashioned big budget clash in “Godzilla vs. Kong,” available on HBO Max for 31 days starting Friday. After a pandemic-induced blockbuster drought, Henry told the AP that the film will be a welcome change of pace. Ad— Legendary gospel singer Mahalia Jackson gets overdue biopic attention in a Lifetime film debuting Saturday.
Spike Lee's children named Golden Globe ambassadors
FILE - Director Spike Lee, second right, and his family, from left, son Jackson Lee, wife Tonya Lewis Lee and daughter Satchel Lee, right, arrive at the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Jan. 6, 2019. Lees daughter and son have been chosen as the Golden Globe ambassadors to assist with the awards ceremony. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES – Spike Lee’s daughter and son have been chosen as the Golden Globe ambassadors to assist with the awards ceremony. Jackson is partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters, the volunteer-supported mentoring network. Callen-Lorde and Big Brothers Big Sisters will each receive a grant from the HFPA for $25,000 made on the Lees' behalf.
Roku buys library of the short-lived streaming service Quibi
FILE - This Aug. 13, 2020 file photo shows a logo for Roku on a remote control in Portland, Ore. On Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, Roku is buying short-lived streaming service Quibis content library to bolster content for its free Roku Channel. AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)Roku is buying the content library of Quibi, the short-lived streaming service, to bulk up its own free ad-supported channel. Quibi, short for quick bites, raised $1.75 billion from investors including major Hollywood players like Disney, NBCUniversal and Viacom. Roku created its business solely as a hub for other streaming services, but has recently begun piling up content for its free Roku Channel. Idris Elba, Kevin Hart, Liam Hemsworth, Anna Kendrick, Nicole Richie, Chrissy Teigen and Lena Waithe have all been in Quibi shows.
People magazine names Michael B. Jordan as Sexiest Man Alive
FILE - Michael B. Jordan arrives at the Hollywood Film Awards on Nov. 4, 2018, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Jordan has been crowned as 2020's Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine. Known for his critically-acclaimed performances in "Fruitvale Station," "Creed" and "Black Panther," he was revealed as this year's winner Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES – Actor Michael B. Jordan has been crowned as 2020's Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine. “When my grandmother was alive, it was something that she collected, and then my mom naturally reads it a lot and my aunts as well,” Jordan said. Jordan has been active in the Black Lives Matter movement and vocal about early voting registration for this year’s election.
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson released from hospital after coronavirus treatment
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson attend the 92nd Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 09, 2020 in Hollywood, California. The couple left hospital and were in self-quarantine, son Chet Hanks said in a video message on his Instagram account. Actor Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, have been released from an Australian hospital after being treated for the new coronavirus. Hanks announced last Thursday on Instagram that he and his wife had come down with the virus. The couple were released from the Gold Coast University Hospital and are now quarantining themselves in their rented Queensland home, media reports say.cnbc.com
Idris Elba says he has coronavirus: 'no symptoms so far'
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Idris Elba says he has tested positive for the coronavirus. The actor tweeted Monday that he has no symptoms so far and has been isolated since Friday when he found out about his possible exposure. Elba is the latest high profile celebrity to have tested positive for the virus. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. Elba in a video message said that his wife has not been tested yet but is feeling OK.“This is serious.
Idris Elba says he tested positive for coronavirus
British actor Idris Elba announced Monday that he tested positive for the novel coronavirus. This morning I tested positive for Covid 19. Elba is one of the first public figures to announce he has been tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Tom Hanks said he and wife Rita Wilson tested positive late last week. In the U.S., over 3,700 people have tested positive for the disease and at least 71 have died.cbsnews.com
Mustang Mach-E: Five things to know about Ford's first all-electric SUV
Ford Motor Executive Chairman Bill Ford, left, and actor Idris Elba next to Ford's all-electric Mustang Mach-E GT SUV at Jet Center Los Angeles in Hawthorne, California on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. FordLOS ANGELES Ford Motor on Sunday unveiled the 2021 Mustang Mach E, the automaker's first all-electric performance SUV and the beginning of a new EV strategy for the company. Ford,PerformanceTop performance models of the Mustang Mach-E will achieve 0 to 60 mph in the mid-3-second range with an estimated 459 horsepower and 612 lb.-ft. of torque. The range of the all-electric vehicle, depending on the model, is expected to achieve between roughly 210 miles and more than 300 miles on a full charge. Aside from its badging and performance, the Mach-E includes Mustang design aspects such as a long hood, rear haunch, aggressive headlights, and trademark tri-bar taillamps.cnbc.com
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 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
Jai Courtney Says 'The Suicide Squad' Is a 'Whole New Thing' (Exclusive)
Jai Courtney calls from Atlanta, where he's currently filming The Suicide Squad. The movie is writer-director James Gunn's semi-sequel, semi-reboot of 2016's Suicide Squad and will see Courtney reprise his role as bogan jewel thief Captain Boomerang opposite a few familiar faces (including Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn) and a squad of new recruits. I don't know [Laughs] I'm going to stop talking, because I'm going to walk into something I don't want to talk about and f**k it up! The Suicide Squad is out Aug. 6, 2021. RELATED CONTENT:Jai Courtney Shares Character Stories Behind 'Divergent,' 'Suicide Squad' and MoreKeanu Reeves Has Read the 'Matrix 4' Script and Says It's 'Very Ambitious!'
Taylor Swift Shows Off Her Dance Moves in New 'Cats' Teaser
The magic of Cats is coming to the big screen -- and the cast couldn't be more excited to show off their feline footwork! "If you told me I was going to get to be a cat, for work? Swift gushed of her role of Bombalurina in the upcoming Rob Marshall-directed film. However, Corden says, the crazy concept of Cats (and the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical it's based on) is where the magic comes from. "You're gonna take a load of people, and they're going to pretend to be cats," he laughs in the new teaser.
Idris Elba and Jason Statham Spill 'Hobbs & Shaw' Set Secrets (Exclusive)
ETs Nischelle Turner was with Hobbs & Shaw stars Idris Elba and Jason Statham in London, England, ahead of the films release on Friday. He's afraid of heights, he gets motion sickness, Statham shared when asked about his co-stars most embarrassing secret. That's a true fact!Meanwhile, Elba dished a little secret about the films Black Superman line, which he says in the trailer. See what Johnson told ET about keeping things in the family below. RELATED CONTENT:Dwayne Johnson on Cousin Roman Reigns Very Scary Leukemia Battle (Exclusive)Vanessa Kirby Dishes on Her Epic Fight Scenes in 'Hobbs & Shaw' (Exclusive)Helen Mirren Begged a 'Fast & Furious' OG Star for a Role in 'Hobbs & Shaw' (Exclusive)
'Cats' Official Trailer Drops With Taylor Swift, Idris Elba and More in Digital Fur
The first official trailer for Cats is finally here! Released by Universal Pictures on Friday, the highly anticipated trailer gives fans an up-close look at Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Rebel Wilson, James Corden, Dame Judi Dench and more stars in costume, with the enhancement of digital fur technology. Swift, as Bombalurina, appears at the 1:12 mark, looking like the sexiest of all the cats (as Wilson promised ET!) Swift was also featured in the video, revealing that she "came right off of a stadium tour" and straight into rehearsals for the film. RELATED CONTENT:'Cats' Movie: First Look at Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson and More Stars in RehearsalJennifer Hudson Sings 'Memory' During 'Cats' Presentation at CinemaConTaylor Swift Attends 'Cats' Wrap Party in Leopard Print Look
Idris Elba Reveals Meghan Markle Sent Him a Playlist Ahead of DJing the Royal Wedding
Meghan Markle made sure that a handful of fun tunes played during her and Prince Harry's wedding reception. Idris Elba had the honor of being the DJ at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's royal wedding last year -- and he's now spilling some details about how that night went. Elba has previously opened up about being asked to DJ Meghan and Harry's wedding reception, telling Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show that he was dumbfounded. Are you joking?Relive the royal wedding in the video below. RELATED CONTENT:How Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Have Paved Their Own Path Since the Royal WeddingMeghan Markle and Prince Harry's Royal Wedding: Details You Might Not RememberIdris Elba Recalls Getting Asked to DJ Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Royal Wedding
Idris Elba Was 'Disheartened' That 'the Color of My Skin' Caused James Bond
Idris Elba is speaking his mind regarding negativity he's received over the very suggestion of him playing Agent 007. "James Bond is a hugely coveted, iconic, beloved character, that takes audiences on this massive escapism journey," he tells Vanity Fair of the role, which his name has been inextricably linked with for years. "Of course, if someone said to me Do you want to play James Bond?, Id be like, Yeah! But its not something Ive expressed, like, Yeah, I wanna be the black James Bond." "I think that's what it should be," Craig added.