Jimmy Kimmel, Sammy Hagar react to death of Eddie Van Halen
FILE - Eddie Van Halen, left, embraces his son Wolfgang Van Halen after the rock group Van Halen officially announced their North American tour during a news conference in Los Angeles on Aug. 13, 2007. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)Reaction to the death of guitar rock god Eddie Van Halen, who passed away Tuesday at age 65 after battling cancer. “Two of the best hours of my life were spent chatting with Eddie Van Halen. I remember first seeing him playing at the Starwood in 1976 and he WAS Eddie Van Halen. “I’m just devastated to hear the news of the passing of my dear friend Eddie Van Halen.
Kevin Hart to host famed telethon long hosted by Jerry Lewis
LOS ANGELES Kevin Hart will host the return of a popular telethon once spearheaded by the late Jerry Lewis to fight muscular dystrophy. The Muscular Dystrophy Association announced Wednesday that Hart will host the MDA Kevin Hart Kids Telethon. Hart said the telethons return is an incredible opportunity to bring back the work of Lewis, who helped make the Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon a television tradition for decades. Lewis stepped down as host in 2011 and the association held its last telethon three years later. She hopes the telethon can continue to help raise awareness to therapies for muscular dystrophy and other related neuromuscular diseases.
Fresh comedy faces, 'Modern Family' farewell seek Emmy nods
This image released by Hulu shows Ramy Youssef in a scene from "Ramy." Nominations for the next Emmy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, July 28. Last year's best series winners Game of Thrones and Fleabag called it a wrap, clearing the path for others to prevail. The Handmaids Tale, which took the best drama trophy in 2017, is vying for its third nomination in the category. Big Little Lies, last year's winner for best limited series, is hunting for a drama series nod for its second season.
New this week: Spike Lee flick, 'Artemis Fowl,' Norah Jones
This image released by Netflix shows, from left, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Norm Lewis, Clarke Peters, Delroy Lindo and Jonathan Majors in a scene from the Spike Lee film "Da 5 Bloods." (David Lee/Netflix via AP)Heres a collection curated by The Associated Press entertainment journalists of whats arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIESDa 5 Bloods: Its always the right time for a Spike Lee joint and thankfully Netflix has his latest ready to debut Friday. AP Music Editor Mesfin FekaduTELEVISIONGabrielle Union, engaged in a battle with NBC over her firing from Americas Got Talent, is firmly in control on L.A.s Finest, the drama she produces and stars in with Jessica Alba. Also back are closeted man of the cloth Leonard (Al Weaver) and Tessa-Peake Jones as an indispensable if stern housekeeper.
With a gay protagonist, Pixar short 'Out' makes history
This image released by Pixar Animation Studios shows a scene from the animated short film "Out," featuring a gay protagonist, the first in Pixar's 25-year history. But there were scenes he never expected to animate until he began working on his short, Out.Hunter wrote and directed the nine-minute Pixar film, which recently debuted on Disney+. While frantically trying to hide evidence of his boyfriend, Manuel, Greg discovers the courage to reveal his sexual orientation to his parents. Greg, whos loosely based on Hunter, is Pixars first LGBTQ protagonist. To animate it, Hunter approached Wendell Lee, the only other gay animator still at Pixar from Hunters early days with the company.
We're already humming along to the 'Frozen 2' soundtrack, and so will you
We now have less than a week until "Frozen 2" hits theaters (cue giggles and happy squealing). Not only are kids everywhere excited, but so are parents -- at least, this one is. In an interview with Kristen Bell and Josh Gad, both discussed, and actually apologized to parents everywhere for, the infectious music that's hitting the airwaves with the movie. If you've seen any of the trailers, you've likely heard snippets of some of these songs, but we wanted to grab them all and listen, because how fun will it be to already be familiar with the music while watching the movie? Let the singalongs begin.