Some of the world’s top stars helped raise nearly $ 128 million for the World Health Organization during the coronavirus pandemic by appearing in concerts broadcast globally, CNN.com
note down. Dozens of celebrities and musicians – including Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Jennifer Lopez, and the Rolling Stones – participated in an eight-hour performance entitled “One World: Together At Home”. The concert was divided into two parts, a 6 hour “preliminary” performance and a 2 hour lead show hosted by Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert.
TV doctors thanked real doctors for fighting the coronavirus pandemic, Deadline noted. Olivia Wilde, who plays Dr. Remy “Thirteen” Hadley on House, posted a thank you video on Instagram. Joining him in the video is Patrick Dempsey, who plays Dr. Derek Shepherd at Grey’s Anatomy; Neil Patrick Harris, who starred as a titular character in Doogie Howser, M.D .; and Jennifer Garner, who plays a doctor who treats AIDS patients in the Dallas Buyers Club film that won an Oscar, among others.
Actor Sean Hayes recently told Instinct Magazine that being gay “saved him”. During the interview, he said, in part, “I think [being gay] keep you safe and force you to create coping mechanisms that otherwise you won’t be able or forced to make them. “The Will & Grace final series will air Thursday, April 23; the program will resume in autumn 2017 after its first incarnation ends in 2006.
GLAAD announced that they will hold “Together in Pride: You Are Not Alone,” a live streaming event on Sunday, April 26 at 8 pm. ET on the GLAAD YouTube channel and Facebook Live, a noted press release. This event will highlight LGBTQ’s response to COVID-19, and strengthen the message of acceptance and affirmation to the LGBTQ community and people living with HIV during this time. Kesha and Melissa Etheridge will perform during the event, with special guests including Billy Eichner, Matt Bomer, Lilly Singh, Adam Lambert, Bebe Rexha, and Levy, Mj Rodriguez, Wilson Cruz, Kathy Griffin, Gigi Gigi, Nats Getty, Michelle Visage , Javier Munoz, Sean Hayes, Sharon Stone and Tatiana Maslany.
Produced by Ryan Murphy for Netflix, Circus of Books is now a new documentary for its debut Wednesday, April 22, Instinct Magazine noted. This film tells the story of the legendary LA Circus of Books bookstore – a directly owned place that has been a gay-porn emporium for 35 years. In a new trailer, which alternates between interviewing soundbites and clips from vintage gay porn, one of the children of the couple who owns it (Barry and Karen Mason) says, “We are really kept in the dark.” According to press materials, the Masons did not go on to become gay activists, but only “everyday entrepreneurs.”
The cast and crew of the famous daytime talk show The Ellen Degeneres Show talked about the care of the talk show host during the closing ceremony thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, LGBTQ Nation noted. They said both DeGeneres and the producer were not communicative for weeks, cut their salaries when they were in contact, and hired non-union workers outside to build a set for performances at DeGeneres’ house so he could continue to record without them. DeGeneres earns $ 50 million a year to host, making it one of the highest-paid television stars in history.
The Essence Festival of Culture 2020 has been officially canceled because of concerns about COVID-19, Essense noted on its website. Meanwhile, the publication announced that our new ESSENCE Studios streaming platform will host the ESSENCE Festival of Culture: The Virtual Edition for the first time during the Fourth July weekend as a multiday experience and celebration of benefits. In addition, the virtual festival will be a celebration of benefits to honor and support the City of New Orleans.
Personality Drag and RuPaul’s Drag Race alumni, BenDeLaCreme, rescheduled his biggest solo tour yet – “BenDeLaCreme is … Ready to Commit” – for spring 2021 (postponed from spring 2020 due to COVID-19), a press release noted. Some US cities on the tour include Chicago, Detroit, Dallas and Portland, Maine. Written, directed, and produced by BenDeLaCreme, “BenDeLaCreme is … Ready to Be Committed” was played for the sold out crowd in New York City and Provincetown in 2019.
Taylor Swift canceled her 2020 tour schedule – including Lover Fests – due to the coronavirus pandemic, Page Six noted. Planned events in the U.S. instead it will take place next year. “I’m very sad that I won’t be able to see you guys at this year’s concert, but I know this is the right decision,” Swift tweeted. “Please, please stay healthy and safe. I will see you on stage as soon as possible but now the important thing is to commit to this quarantine, for the sake of all of us.” Swift’s headlines at Glastonbury – one of 10 European festival performances ordered by singers for this summer – were canceled when the festival in England was postponed until 2021 due to coronavirus.
Kelly Clarkson launched her new single “I Dare You,” available now through Atlantic Records, a noted press release. “I Dare You” arrives side by side with a collection of five-track multi-language duet songs, sung in the canon of vocalists who are internationally recognized in their mother tongue. Clarkson will host the Billboard Music Awards for the third year in a row in 2020, in addition to starting the recently announced Las Vegas residency, “Kelly Clarkson: Invincible,” on July 29 at the Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino .
This week’s 18th episode of Empire’s sixth season, airing April 21, will be the ending of the hip-hop family drama for predictable features – and quite possibly the final series, Deadline said. In a separate statement, Empire creators / executive producers Lee Daniels and Danny Strong made a speech at the end of their event which was suddenly due to a coronavirus pandemic while staying at home that they could make the right final film one day. The promo at the end of Episode 15, “Love Me Still,” three weeks ago announced that the 18th episode of Taraji P. Henson and the final season of the drama led by Terrance Howard would be the final.
Brian Dennehy – Tony and Golden Globe winning actor whose career in film, TV and stage lasts nearly half a century – died of natural causes at the age of 81, Deadline reported. Dennehy won the Golden Globe and SAG award and scored an Emmy nom for his main role as Willy Loman in the 2000 miniseries Death of a Salesman, repeating his role from the 1999 revival of Arthur Miller’s classic drama. He is also in films such as First Blood, Romeo + Juliet, Cocoon and Ratatouille.
San Diego Comic-Con has been canceled for the first time in its 50-year history, WGNTV.com note down. The event will return to the San Diego Convention Center July 22-25, 2021. “Acknowledging that many participants save and plan conventions every year, and how many exhibitors and stakeholders depend on the event for most of their livelihoods, (we) hope to delaying this decision in anticipation that COVID-19 fears will ease in the summer, “the organization wrote in a news release. “Continued monitoring of health advice and recent statements by the Governor of California have made it clear that it is not safe to move forward with plans for this year.”
Simon & Schuster announced that Alex Trebek’s new book, The Answer Is …: Reflections on My Life, will be released July 21 – the day before his 80th birthday, CNN.com note down. According to a description on the publisher’s website, “This book combines personal anecdotes that illuminate with Trebek’s thoughts on various topics, including marriage, parenthood, education, success, spirituality, and philanthropy.”
The Handmaid Tale award-winning director Reed Morano is in talks to lead Jennifer Lopez’s feature, The Godmother, Deadline reported. The Departed screenwriter William Monahan who won an Oscar is also in talks to rewrite the first draft written by Terry Winter and Regina Corrado. In the film, Lopez plays the drug king in Colombia, Griselda Blanco, aka “Godmother.”
Bill Cosby will not be released earlier because of the coronavirus crisis, Deadline reported. “Mr. Cosby has not been eligible to be released under Governor Wolf’s order since he was convicted of violence (aggravated assault) and is considered a Predator of Sexual Violence,” said Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office Kate Delano when Pennsylvania began to allow the convicted for reducing the spread of COVID-19 in state prisons. Found guilty during a retrial in April 2018 and sentenced to up to 10 years in prison in September of that year, Cosby who was widely accused of repeatedly trying to get his case thrown, appealed or overturned his verdict for his sexual assault on Andrea Constand, a former employee -Temple University.
The imprisoned Fyre Festival founder, Billy McFarland, reportedly asked for an early release from prison, citing fears the COVID-19 novel coronavirus – less than two weeks after notifying the New York Post exclusively that he was “not worried” about contracting the disease, Page Six noted . According to The Wrap, McFarland’s lawyer petitioned New York Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald, claiming that McFarland, 28, was suffering from a pre-existing medical condition.
The body of a man believed to be the famous photographer Peter Beard, 82, has been found on Long Island, Page Six said. Beard – disposable equipment in Studio 54 and friend Andy Warhol – has dementia and has been missing from his Montauk home since March 31.
Michael Buble’s wife, Luisana Lopilato, has slammed claims the singer acted aggressively towards him in the recent Instagram Live session, Page Six noted. Speaking Spanish, Lopilato – with Buble at his side – talks to followers on separate Instagram Live. “Thank you for worrying about me,” he said. “It is very important for us to pay attention to the concerns mentioned. Fortunately, I have not suffered.” The actress then encouraged her followers to monitor potential victims of domestic violence.
Pitbull released a new song called “I Believe That We Will Win” to raise money for charity against coronavirus, ExtraTV.com note down. Pitbull said he strives by “learning every day, learning every day something new, trying to stay sane, motivated, positive,” adding he encourages everyone to “keep yourself educated with everything that is happening now.”