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.
Kevin Saunderson and Idris Elba debut new video with Detroit Will Breathe activists center stage
click to enlarge Screen grab/YouTubeStill from 'We All Move Together.' The group marched for more than 100 days following his death demanding racial justice, police reform, and transparency.“You could be anywhere in the globe tonight, we salute your soul because you chose light,” Elba chants.Saunderson's Inner City teamed up with Elba for the track and Detroit's Eightfold Collective for the accompanying black and white video,reports. “Our platforms can shine global light on the amazing work they do, and it takes the message of the track to an even higher place.”The end of the video is dedicated to detailing the accomplishments of Detroit Will Breathe, despite the fervent opposition of DPD Police Chief James Craig, who, last month admitted to treating Detroit Will Breathe activists differently than those supporters of President Donald Trump who stormed Detroit's presidential ballot counting center last month. Chief Craig claims those protesters acted peacefully, while DWB did not.“Since forming, they have overturned the arbitrary, unjust, and racist 8 p.m. curfew imposed to squash protester rights,” the video for “We All Move Together” reads. “Brought scrutiny to the DPD, including a federal restraining order barring them from brutalizing protestors,” as well as “exposed an attempt to cover up police misconduct related to the death of a Black woman in police custody.”Watch the video for “We Move Together” belowmetrotimes.com
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.
How Is It That Athletes & Celebrities Are Getting Virus Tested?
Fraser has seen celebrities and politicians getting tests, and that upsets her. Rep. Ben McAdams of Utah, a Democrat, announced Wednesday that he tested positive after experiencing symptoms including a 103-degree fever. Public frustrations over the difficulties getting tested for the new virus have been building since the first U.S. case was confirmed Jan. 20. Elba later explained that he was on location, about to start a film, and got tested after a person he was in contact with had tested positive. Fedotowsky-Manno on Wednesday was still waiting for her results, five days after getting tested.detroit.cbslocal.com
Celebrities get virus tests, raising concerns of inequality
Fraser has seen celebrities and politicians getting tests, and that upsets her. Both Republican lawmakers were exposed to someone who tested positive, but their tests came back negative. Public frustrations over the difficulties getting tested for the new virus have been building since the first U.S. case was confirmed Jan. 20. The company declined to provide a figure for what it charges for its COVID-19 test. Fedotowsky-Manno on Wednesday was still waiting for her results, five days after getting tested.monroenews.com
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 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
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)R&B crooner John Legend has been named the Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine. The Grammy-winning singer known for his silky-smooth vocals was revealed as this year's winner Tuesday night on NBC's "The Voice." Legend tells the magazine in an issue out Friday the honor comes with some pressure after following Idris Elba, who was last year's winner.
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