New this week: 'Spirited,' Pokémon, 'Nope' and 'Slumberland'
This week’s new entertainment releases include an album by Neil Young & Crazy Horse, a documentary about how Mickey Mouse became beloved by children and adults and a cash machine for Disney’s growing entertainment empire, and Chris Hemsworth puts himself and his body to the test in National Geographic’s “Limitless.”.
Amazon Music expands catalog to 100M songs for members
Amazon Music is gearing up for a massive content expansion: The streaming giant will offer a full catalog of music with more than 100 million songs for members The streaming service tells The Associated Press that members will gain hundreds of millions of songs — up from 2 million — in shuffle mode without any advertisement at no additional costs.
YouTube announces lineup for discussions on racial justice
LOS ANGELES – Mark Cuban, Anthony Anderson and Skylar Diggins-Smith will take part in a series of panel discussions on YouTube that are focused on racial justice. Common and Keke Palmer return as hosts of the forum, which will include sports figures, entertainers and activists. Diggins-Smith will appear on panel with reporter Jemele Hill and activist Harry Edwards about athletes’ impact on today’s political movement. “It is so important that we keep a dialogue about racial justice going beyond any particular moment,” Palmer said. “I want to encourage my peers to continue to have thoughtful and powerful conversations that will lead us to change.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade takes flight in virus times
The Boss Baby balloon is deflated as it ends its appearance during the modified Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. The annual parade goes on but only after great changes as compared to previous years due to the current deadly pandemic. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)NEW YORK – The balloons were in the sky and the marching bands took to the streets for the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, but coronavirus restrictions meant it was without the throngs of people usually scrambling for a view. Even with the pandemic protocols, the fact that the parade took place made it a rare festivity in a city that has seen most of its major events cancelled over the last year because of the virus. The parade organizers recognized that reality, including representatives of some of the New York City parades that hadn't been able to happen — the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the Mermaid Parade, the Puerto Rican Day Parade and NYC Pride March.
Out magazine names Lizzo, Monae, Maddow to its Out100 list
NEW YORK – Award-winning singers Lizzo and Janelle Monae, Apple CEO Tim Cook and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow have made Out magazine’s 2020 Out100 list. Honorees will be celebrated Saturday at the first 2020 Out100 Virtual Honoree Induction Ceremony, which will stream live at 8 p.m. EDT at Out.com/Out100Live. Others who made this year’s list include Donald Trump’s niece, the psychologist and author Mary Trump, former baseball player Billy Bean, teen rapper Kidd Kenn and actors Lili Reinhardt, Cheyenne Jackson, Jonathan Bennett and Dashaun Wesley. Several members of President-elect Joe Biden’s team made the Out100 list, including Jamal Brown, Reggie Greer and Karine Jean-Pierre. ___This story corrects the spelling of André Leon Talley.
MTV VMAs honor Chadwick Boseman: ‘His impact lives forever’
In this video grab issued Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020, by MTV, host Keke Palmer talks about late actor Chadwick Boseman during the MTV Video Music Awards. (MTV via AP)NEW YORK – “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman, whose death from colon cancer shocked fans, was honored at the MTV Video Music Awards as a hero in real life, not just on the big screen. Host Keke Palmer said the Sunday night awards show was dedicated to Boseman, who died at the age of 43 on Friday . Boseman had previously been honored by the MTV Movie & TV Awards in 2018 for his role as the Marvel Comics superhero. ABC aired “Black Panther” commercial-free Sunday as a prime-time tribute to the actor, followed by an ABC News Special, “Chadwick Boseman: A Tribute for a King.”
MTV VMAs honor Chadwick Boseman; The Weeknd, DaBaby perform
NEW YORK The 2020 MTV Video Music Awards, a night highlighting music and pop culture, kicked off with heartfelt words in memory of Chadwick Boseman, as host Keke Palmer told viewers the event was dedicated to the Black Panther icon. Moments after, the Weeknd brought his Blinding Lights" music video where he is bruised and blooded in a red suit to life. DaBaby, backed by the dance crew Jabbawockeez, also performed, running through several of his hits, including Rock Star." The shifts artists have made because of the pandemic are reflected in two new categories: best music video from home and best quarantine performance. Megan Thee Stallion who topped the charts this year with the Beyonc-assisted Savage" and WAP," her viral song with Cardi B earned multiple nominations, including one for artist of the year.
J Balvin, Roddy Ricch no longer performing at MTV VMAs
NEW YORK Grammy-winning rapper Roddy Ricch and Colombian superstar J Balvin will no longer perform at the MTV Video Music Awards. The MTV VMAs will air on Sunday at 8 p.m. My team and I are safe and everyones health is a main priority, as well as giving a quality performance," Ricch said. STAY SAFE.A representative for Balvin confirmed on Monday that he would no longer perform at the event, but no details were provided. This years show introduces two new categories reflecting the current pandemic times: best music video from home and best quarantine performance.
The Weeknd, Roddy Ricch, Maluma, CNCO to perform at MTV VMAs
FILE - The Weeknd performs on day three at Lollapalooza in Grant Park in Chicago on Aug 4, 2018. The Weekend, nominated for six MTV Video Music Awards will perform at the awards show on Aug. 30. (Photo by Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK Chart-topping Grammy winners The Weeknd and Roddy Ricch are set to perform at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards this month. MTV announced Tuesday that Colombian singer Maluma and Latin boy band CNCO will also perform at the Aug. 30 event, which was originally to take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. This years VMAs introduces two new categories reflecting the current pandemic times: best music video from home and best quarantine performance.
Keke Palmer Shares Why She Turned Down Mike Johnson's Ask for a Date
Keke Palmer and Mike Johnson won't be our next celebrity couple. 1," Palmer explained on Wednesday's episode of why she won't be dating Johnson. Johnson asked Palmer out while trying to deflect from questions about his romance with Demi Lovato, whom he had previously gone on several dates with. Im happy, those are the vibes Mike Johnson (@MikeJohnson1_) October 15, 2019See more on Johnson in the video below. RELATED CONTENT:Mike Johnson Asks Out Keke Palmer After Demi Lovato DateHannah Brown Talks Demi Lovato and Mike Johnson Going on Dates (Exclusive)
'Bachelorette' Alum Mike Johnson Asks Out Keke Palmer After Previously Going on Date With
Mike Johnson is expanding his dating pool. Just weeks after gushing about his dates with Demi Lovato, the Bachelor in Paradise star has moved onto other pastures -- and asked Keke Palmer out on a date! After being asked about his relationship with the "Skyscraper" singer on Monday's episode of Strahan, Sara & Keke, Johnson quickly changed the subject. Strahan eventually chimed in on the situation, warning Johnson he better treat both Palmer and Lovato right. RELATED CONTENT:Hannah Brown Talks Demi Lovato and Mike Johnson Going on Dates (Exclusive)Mike Johnson on Demi Lovato's Kissing Skills and Her Being the 'Aggressor' in the Relationship
Watch Keke Palmer Twerk Her Way to the Hustlers Premiere (Exclusive)
Keke Palmer looked gorgeous at the Hustlers premiere! While getting ready with the multifaceted star, who also sings and co-hosts GMA3: Strahan, Sara, and Keke, she dished on how she just applied to culinary school. "You know, might be a little Chef Keke in a minute," she joked before slipping into her sexy Roberto Cavalli dress. The black-and-gold backless creation featured a thigh-high slit, and a black bodysuit under the sheer layer -- it was also "mom-approved." Frazer Harrison/Getty ImagesPalmer then got final touchups before getting into the car and delivering her rock star poses on the red carpet.
Cardi B Teaches Lap Dance 101 in New 'Hustlers' Trailer
In the clip, Jennifer Lopez's Ramona enlists Diamond to help teach Destiny (Constance Wu) how to do a "real dance." Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart and Lizzo also star, and the trailer previews both the stripping and the scamming. While Cardi may be a pole dancing professional in real life -- as glimpsed in her "Money" music video -- she recently told ET why she was sidelined to lap dances only. So, I was like, 'This is my moment to shine, and I can't shine because I can't climb!'" Instead, Lopez was tasked with perfecting the art of pole dancing, and you can watch her teach Wu how to master the pole in the clip below.
Jonas Brothers Look Sleek and Sophisticated at 2019 MTV VMAs
The Jonas Brothers are in the building! Nick, Joe and Kevin Jonas arrived at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards held at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, on Monday. Nick wore all black with a tan shirt, while Kevin also opted for a black suit and shirt. RELATED CONTENT:Keke Palmer Reveals If She'll Keep Acting Now That She's the New Co-Host on 'Good Morning America' (Exclusive)Tana Mongeau Walks MTV VMAs Red Carpet With a Snake -- Is She Shading Jake Paul? Taylor Swift Rocks Colorful Ensemble at 2019 MTV VMAs
Keke Palmer Reveals If She'll Keep Acting Now That She's the New Co-Host on 'Good
Keke Palmer is celebrating her birthday at the VMAs! Despite her fashion sacrifices, Palmer revealed she's having an amazing time celebrating her birthday as well as her new job as co-host of Good Morning America alongside Michael Strahan and Sara Haines. Working with her on set and seeing her switch hats between being the producer and being the actress is just sick. I feel like I've gotten the opportunity to work with a lot of great people throughout my career and she's one of them." The VMAs will air from Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, on Aug. 26 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Why Jennifer Lopez Felt Sick to Her Stomach After Watching 'Hustlers' For the First Time
Jennifer Lopez may get a little criminal in her upcoming movie,Hustlers, but in real life, the actress likes to walk the straight and narrow. "When I watched the movie for the first time, I was like, a little bit sick to my stomach. They're going to get me," Lopez said. "I'm doing it right now," J.Lo offered. They're doing the best with what they got.
Jennifer Lopez Took Alex Rodriguez to a Strip Club to Research 'Hustlers'
Jennifer Lopez was serious about researching her latest role. So yeah, I would say that was the hardest thing I ever did, but it was worth it," Lopez told ET. "The moment I finished the script, I realized, 'Oh my God, Ramona is Jennifer Lopez. "... Everybody really, really, really wanted to work with Jennifer. RELATED CONTENT:Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B and Constance Wu Strip and Scam in 'Hustlers' TrailerJennifer Lopez and Cast Offer Look at Their Characters Ahead of 'Hustlers' TrailerCardi B Gives Fans a First Look at Her 'Hustlers' Character in Sexy Selfie
Jodi Benson, Original Voice of 'Little Mermaid,' Addresses Halle Bailey Casting Backlash
Jodi Benson, who provided the voice of Ariel in the 1989 animated film, The Little Mermaid, is showing her support for the casting of Halle Bailey in Disney's upcoming live-action remake as she weathers pushback. The original author of The Little Mermaid was Danish. Black Danish people, and this mer-folk, can also *genetically* (!!!) See more on The Little Mermaid remake below. RELATED CONTENT:Keke Palmer, Broadway's First Black Cinderella, Defends Halle Bailey's Ariel Casting: 'It's About Damn Time'Disney's Freeform Defends Halle Bailey's 'Little Mermaid' Casting in Open Letter to CriticsZendaya Congratulates Halle Bailey on Being Cast as Ariel in Live-Action 'Little Mermaid'
Keke Palmer, Broadway's First Black Cinderella, Defends Halle Bailey's Ariel Casting:
Keke Palmer has a message for Halle Bailey's haters. Danish mermaids can be black because Danish *people* can be black. Black Danish people, and this mer-folk, can also *genetically* (!!!) See more on Bailey's casting in the video below. RELATED CONTENT:Disney's Freeform Defends Halle Bailey's 'Little Mermaid' Casting in Open Letter to CriticsHalle Berry Congratulates Halle Bailey on 'Little Mermaid' CastingZendaya Congratulates Halle Bailey on Being Cast as Ariel in Live-Action 'Little Mermaid'