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SHOWBIZ 'Pose,' Matt Bomer, 'Mr. Soul,' Lil Nas X, Halsey, Dave Koz
by Andrew Davis
2020-09-15

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SHOWBIZ 'Pose,' Matt Bomer, 'Mr. Soul,' Lil Nas X, Halsey, Dave Koz

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FX's award-winning series Pose is planning to return to production in October, Variety noted. Production on season three was halted in March due to the coronavirus outbreak in New York City and across the country. Set in New York City in the late 20th century, the drama series explores the city's Black and Latinx queer, gender-nonconforming ball culture.

The Boys in the Band star Matt Bomer recently revealed to Attitude magazine that coming out publicly in 2012 cost him several roles in film and TV, Out.com noted. "I came out at a time when it was very risky to do so; I had a studio film that was about to premiere, and a television series coming out. But to me it was more important to be my almost authentic self, both for my family, and for myself," Bomer said. The actor came out while accepting the New Generation Arts and Activism Award from the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards.

Elliz Haizlip—the trailblazing gay Black host of the pioneering variety show Soul! ( 1968-73 )—is the focus of a new award-winning documentary, Mr. Soul, Out.com noted. Mr. Soul premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and won several awards on the festival circuit. For five years, Soul! carved a space for Black joy on television by celebrating Black culture, community, art, and life with an array of Black musicians, activists, and political luminaries like Sidney Poitier, Muhammad Ali, Cicely Tyson, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Patti LaBelle, Roberta Flack and a young Stevie Wonder.

In a partnership with Adobe, award-winning LGBTQ singer Lil Nas X is asking fans to take a shot at designing cover art for his next single, Out.com noted. "This is not a drill," Lil Nas X says in a kickoff video for the contest. "This is the official announcement that I'm going to make a song based on your cover art that you're going to make with your official artistic talent. Did I mention that it's going to be extremely official?" See https://makeitcenter.adobe.com/2020/09/lil-nas-x-adobe.html.

In her major acting debut, singer-songwriter Halsey will co-star opposite Euphoria's Sydney Sweeney in The Player's Table, a TV series based on Jessica Goodman's bestselling debut novel They Wish They Were Us, Deadline noted. Set at an exclusive Long Island prep school, high school senior Jill Newman ( Sweeney ) works to uncover the truth about her best friend's death three years ago and the role she and her fellow "players"—members of the secret society that rules the school—may have had in it.

Out saxophonist Dave Koz shared his version of The Beatles' classic hit "Yesterday," a press release noted. Award-winning singer-songwriter Matt Cusson produced the track and contributed vocals, while Meshell Ndegeocello joined in on electric bass and Adam Hawley on electric guitar. The song is from Koz's forthcoming album, A New Day, set for release on Oct. 9—exactly 30 years and one day after the release of his self-titled debut album.

Actress Niecy Nash's announcement of her marriage to Jessica Betts marked the first time she had been publicly linked to a woman as a romantic partner—but Nash doesn't call it "coming out," Out.com noted, citing People. "I don't feel like my marriage is my coming out of anywhere, but rather a going into myself and being honest about who I love," she said. "[My marriage] has absolutely nothing to do with gender and it has everything to do with her soul."

Years after first going public with an alleged sexual assault by Kevin Spacey in the 1980s, Star Trek Discovery star Anthony Rapp is finally taking the House of Cards actor to court, Deadline reported. Rapp filed the verified complaint with an unidentified fellow plaintiff. Both teens at the time of the alleged assaults back in the Reagan Era, Rapp and the monikered "C.D." are seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages from much accused Oscar winner Stacey.

Jussie Smollett appeared in an Instagram Live conversation with author and activist Marc Lamont Hill, during which he spoke about the controversy around his alleged 2019 hate crime attack, the ongoing trial and the public response, Out.com noted. "It's been beyond frustrating, and I certainly am not going rogue," he said. "I'm still taking the advice of my attorneys and everything like that, but I don't really see, honestly, what staying quiet has really done, like, where it has gotten me. ... It's so much bigger than me." Ahead of the interview, Angela Davis, Danny Glover, Tiq Milan and more all signed an open letter standing in solidarity with Smollett.

To become anointed best picture by the Academy Awards, films will have to meet new inclusion and diversity standards, starting in 2024, USA Today noted. For the 96th Oscars in 2024, films vying for best picture must meet two out of four standards to be deemed eligible. The four standards dig into how films come to be, from the stories they tell to the executives who lead and market them while addressing gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity and disability.

Billy Eichner responded to Kirstie Alley's tweet that raged against the Oscars' new diversity requirements, Queerty noted. Out actor Eichner tweeted, "Honestly just doing what I can to get Kirstie Alley to block me again." The tweet is a reference to the time he and Alley, who endorsed Donald Trump in 2016, got into a Twitter spat over the 2017 shooting of U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise. Since attacking the Oscars for being more inclusive, Alley has walked back her criticism, saying she supports diversity and inclusion, but doesn't like when it's "mandated."

Halle Berry won't be working with Bryan Singer again any time soon, according to Queerty. The actress recently opened up about some of her career highs and lows, with Singer's X-Men films falling squarely in the latter category. "Bryan's not the easiest dude to work with," she told Variety. "I mean, everybody's heard the stories—I don't have to repeat them—and heard of his challenges, and what he struggles with." Singer has long been accused of grooming underage boys for sex, dangling Hollywood careers and hosting infamous parties. Elsewhere in the interview, Berry reflected on the rollercoaster experience of becoming the first ( and still only ) Black woman to win the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, for 2002's Monster's Ball—only to have her career stall shortly after the victory.

Madonna opened up about the planned biopic of her life and career, which she is currently working on with Diablo Cody, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Juno, Yahoo! Entertainment noted. During a 65-minute video to her Instagram Live account, the "Holiday" singer revealed that the film will be about her "struggle as an artist trying to survive in a man's world as a woman, and really just the journey." Madonna also revealed that it won't be a musical, but will obviously include "a lot of music."

During a recent appearance on SiriusXM's Radio Andy, Paris Hilton opened up about her friendship with Britney Spears and shared her thoughts on singer Britney Spears' ongoing conservatorship, People.com noted. "I just love her so much," Hilton said. "I feel like if you are an adult, you should be able to live your life and not be controlled." When Andy Cohen asked Hilton if they'd seen each other, she replied, "I saw her this summer. We've had dinners, I saw her in Malibu," adding that she doesn't ask Spears about the conservatorship.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show, after ousting three top producers amid internal allegations of racial insensitivity and sexual misconduct, has scheduled its season-18 premiere for Monday, Sept. 21, according to Variety. "I can't wait to get back to work and back to our studio. And, yes, we're gonna talk about it," said DeGeneres in a statement, seemingly referring to the accusations. Tiffany Haddish will join DeGeneres in studio on the "Ellen" stage on the Warner Bros. lot, although it will film without an in-studio audience amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis. The show's first week back is slated to include guest appearances by Kerry Washington, Alec Baldwin and Chrissy Teigen.

Showtime ordered a fourth season of the Lena Waithe-created drama The Chi, Deadline reported. Created and executive produced by Waithe and executive produced by Common ( Selma ), The Chi is a timely coming-of-age story revolving around a group of residents on the South Side of Chicago who become linked by coincidence but bonded by the need for connection and redemption.

Actress/comedian Amy Schumer said she has Lyme disease, USA Today reported. "Anyone get LYME this summer? I got it and I'm on doxycycline," Schumer wrote on Instagram. "I have maybe had it for years." Lyme disease is a tick-borne illness transmitted through the bite of an infected, black-legged deer tick, according to The Mayo Clinic.

There are new details surrounding the death of Glee star Naya Rivera, Extra reported. The actress drowned July 8 while boating on Lake Piru in Ventura County, California, with her 4-year-old son; her body was recovered July 13. The findings ( according to autopsy results The Blast obtained ) indicated, "She was known to consume alcoholic beverages, smoke about a pack of cigarettes per week, and used marijuana by vaping, but she was not known to use any illicit substance." Small amounts of amphetamine, diazepam and caffeine were reportedly found in her system. As was previously reported, the autopsy states "the cause of death is drowning, and the manner of death is accident."

Oscar-winner Morgan Freeman and The Meg and Batwoman star Ruby Rose are leading the cast in George Gallo's action-thriller Vanquish, which is currently filming on location in Biloxi, Mississippi, Deadline noted. In the movie, Freeman plays a retired police commissioner who blackmails his caretaker ( Ruby Rose ) by kidnapping her daughter, forcing her into helping him double cross his team of dirty detectives in an attempt to clean up the city.

Diana Rigg—a British actress who became a 1960s style icon as secret agent Emma Peel in the TV series The Avengers—died of cancer at age 82, USA Today reported. She went on to have a recurring role as Olenna Tyrell ( Queen of Thorns ) in HBO's Game of Thrones from 2013 to 2017; she was nominated three times for an Emmy for outstanding guest actress in a drama series.

In an interview in the October issue of Attitude magazine, dance artist Bright Light Bright Light, aka Rod Thomas, discussed how he's often not felt "cool enough" to feel comfortable in some queer spaces, Queerty noted. He has found himself called "boring" for being a DJ who doesn't do drugs. Also, as he doesn't go to the gym, he's felt invisible to some other gay men. He's now learned that "those people don't matter."

Will Smith reunited with his co-stars of the sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, as they gathered to celebrate the anniversary by filming a reunion special, Page Six noted. Smith posted a picture in the old Banks mansion alongside Tatyana Ali ( Ashley ), Karyn Parsons ( Hilary ), Joseph Marcell ( Geoffrey ), Daphne Maxwell Reid ( Aunt Viv No. 2 ) and Alfonso Ribeiro ( Carlton ), as well as the recurring DJ Jazzy Jeff. ( James Avery, aka Uncle Phil, died several years ago. ) A second picture revealed Smith burying the hatchet with the original Aunt Viv, Janet Hubert. A separate dramatic reboot called Bel-Air is also in the works for streaming service Peacock.

Stage/screen figures Judy Kuhn, Lillias White and Beth Leavel will join the line-up of talent slated to participate in The Seth Concert Series, the weekly virtual series based on Seth Rudetsky's international Broadway series that began at The Art House in Provincetown, a press release noted. Kuhn will appear Sept. 20, followed by White on Oct. 4 and Leavel on Oct. 11. See TheSethConcertSeries.com .

Ciera Payton will portray talk-show host Wendy Williams in the upcoming Lifetime biopic with the working title of Wendy Williams: The Hot Topic, The New York Daily News reported. The basic cable channel confirmed the casting announcement for the film that will be directed by music-video director Darren Grant. Williams is also serving as an executive producer of the authorized biopic, which will reveal the highs and lows she experienced throughout the years.

To honor its 40th anniversary, the horror film Friday the 13th, in its newly restored version, will play in movie theaters both Sunday, Oct. 4 and Wed., Oct. 7, Movieweb noted. Showings of the 1980 classic will be at 7 p.m. local time on both dates. In addition to the event, a brand-new, massive Friday the 13th box set is coming next month from the folks at Scream Factor as well. For movie tickets, see FathomEvents.com .

Keeping Up with the Kardashians—the long-running reality series that has made stars of the likes of Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner—is to end next year, according to Deadline. The show, which is produced by Bunim-Murray Productions and exec-produced by Ryan Seacrest, premiered Oct. 14, 2007; its 19th season will begin airing Sept. 17, 2020, and will be followed by one final season, season 20, in 2021.

Jo Malone London, the British perfume and scented candle brand, apologized to John Boyega—who was last year named its first male global ambassador—for taking a personal video he made for them and reshooting it for the Chinese market, in the process removing not only Star Wars actor entirely but not featuring a single Black individual, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The company described its actions as a "misstep" that it said was "painful" and caused "offense." The new ad kept major elements of the original's script, but replaced Boyega with local actor Liu Haoran. Boyega didn't know of the change until after it was put on Twitter.

Chris Evans appeared to accidentally upload nude photos of himself while attempting to post an Instagram video, Page Six noted. While playing a game of "Heads Up," the Captain America star shared a video with his 5.7 million followers without trimming the clip, which then revealed a gallery of videos and pictures, including one featuring a photo of an erect penis. Evans quickly deleted the clip, but it was simply too late, as screenshots immediately hit Twitter sending the site into a frenzy with ample jokes about the mishap. Actor brother Scott Evans later posted, ""Was off social media for the day yesterday. So. What'd I miss."

Cardi B claimed she had to hire a private investigator after her address was leaked online, InsideNova.com noted. The rapper has become a target for trolls because of her criticism of President Donald Trump, and though she tries to "ignore" their comments, she had to take action after her personal security was allegedly under threat. Cardi said the investigator tracked down the culprit, a teenage boy, whose parents were "shook" by his actions.

Neve Campbell will reprise her role as Sidney Prescott in Paramount-Spyglass' relaunch of Scream, Deadline noted. She joins previously announced Scream gang David Arquette and Courteney Cox, and new cast members Jack Quaid, Melissa Barrera and Jenna Ortega. Production is planned to shoot in Wilmington, North Carolina for a Jan. 14, 2022 theatrical release.

Kate Winslet is reckoning with some of her past work in light of the #MeToo movement, telling Vanity Fair, "It's like, what the fï申-ï申-ï申k was I doing working with Woody Allen and Roman Polanski?," The New York Post noted. "It's unbelievable to me now how those men were held in such high regard, so widely in the film industry and for as long as they were," she added. "It's fï申-ï申-ï申king disgraceful."

Jason Momoa expressed solidarity with his fellow Justice League co-star Ray Fisher amid the Cyborg actor's ongoing dispute with Warner Bros., the studio behind the superhero franchise, Variety reported. Momoa took to social media, posting a photo of Fisher on his Instagram story with the caption "IStandWithRayFisher." Fisher shared Momoa's post on Twitter, writing "Accountability> Entertainment." Fisher, in July, accused Justice League director Joss Whedon of "gross, abusive, unprofessional and completely unacceptable" behavior.

The Rolling Stones opened their world-first flagship store, RS No. 9 Carnaby, in the heart of London's Soho, a press release noted. Created in partnership with Bravado, the store has an exclusive mix of collections and collaborations for fans of all ages, and features a bespoke T-shirt customisation station, with the band's hits emanating from the sound system. Music will be available to buy, including the Goats Head Soup album and Scarlet single along with an exclusive 500 copies of the Goats Head Soup 2020 album in the Stones Red color.

The Flaming Lips released their new studio album, American Head, via Warner Records, a press release noted. The album has 13 tracks—among them, "God and the Policeman," featuring backing vocals from country superstar Kacey Musgraves.

Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Meghan Trainor is releasing her first-ever Christmas album, A Very Trainor Christmas, a press release noted. It arrives Oct. 30 via Epic Records. The album will be packed with Christmas classics, along with five brand-new Trainor originals.

With more than 2 billion streams on their previous collaborations, David Guetta and Sia unveiled their new singlem "Let's Love," via Warner Records, a press release announced. Guetta said in the statement, "I love producing club tracks but at the same time, especially now, I feel like creating 'feel-good' music. 'Let's Love' is a message of love, hope and bringing people together and once again, Sia has [outdone] herself on the vocals."

Universal's Jennifer Lopez romantic comedy Marry Me will be released on Valentine's Day weekend, Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, Deadline noted. Marry Me squares off against Disney/Marvel's Eternals and Paramount and Lee Daniels' Billie Holiday movie on its new date. Lopez stars as musical superstar Kat Valdez and Owen Wilson as Charlie Gilbert, a math teacher—total strangers who agree to marry and then get to know each other.

According to legal documents obtained by TMZ, The Bachelor alum Cassie Randolph filed a restraining order against former fellow cast member Colton Underwood in Los Angeles, Extra noted. Randolph accused Underwood of stalking and harassment; she claimed he tracked her whereabouts by taping a tracking device to the bottom of her back bumper. The couple called it quits in May after two years of dating; since their breakup, they have slammed each other on how each has handled the split.

Tamar Braxton's boyfriend, David Adefeso, has reportedly filed a restraining order against the reality star, People.com noted. Adefeso asked a judge for a restraining order against Braxton, citing domestic violence, according to court documents The Blast obtained. Braxton revealed she recently attempted suicide after suffering "pain" for the past 11 years while working in the entertainment industry.

Power actress Naturi Naughton said her new album will address the fallout with her former group 3LW, Yahoo! News noted. During an interview with People, the actress discussed her return to music. She the entertainment outlet she will sing about "some of the feelings I had after being ousted" from the girl group, which also included Kiely Williams and Adrienne Bailon. Bailon is now a co-host of The Real, and she apologized to Naughton when she was a guest on the show; Baillon and Williams reportedly had a food fight with Naughton in 2002, leading to Naughton's departure.

A National Restaurant Association survey showed that the industry has experienced 100,000 closures tied to the coronavirus pandemic in the last six months, Restaurant Hospitality reported. When asked about closures, the NRA called the latest findings "startling" as the organization pegs closures, both permanent and longterm; the number represents one in six restaurants. Also, about 40% of operators also said that "it is unlikely their restaurant will still be in business six months from now if there are no additional relief packages from the federal government," according to the report.

Nick Cannon quietly returned to hosting his syndicated "Nick Cannon Radio" program—nearly two months after he was forced to step away amid a controversy over anti-Semitic comments that spurred him to apologize, Variety reported. Cannon returned to the microphone on the five-hour daily talk show, which is syndicated by Skyview Networks and Meruelo Media, the parent company of Los Angeles' Power 106 station. Cannon is expected to resume his morning berth on Power 106 ( which is separate from the syndicated program ) within a few weeks.

Emmy winner Kim Delaney has joined the cast of ABC's long-running daytime drama series General Hospital, Deadline reported. The role marks somewhat of a return to her roots, as Delaney began her career on ABC daytime TV drama All My Children as Jenny Gardner. General Hospital resumed production July 22, following the industry-wide coronavirus-imposed production shutdown, and returned with new episodes Aug. 3.

The family of Carole Baskin's missing millionaire ex-husband aired a commercial during her Dancing with the Stars debut, demanding answers about his disappearance, Page Six noted. Don Lewis' daughters and attorney bought airtime as the Tiger King star prepared to hit the dancefloor on the ABC show Sept. 14. It's been 23 years since Lewis went missing; Joe Exotic alleged she fed Lewis to her tigers at Big Cat Rescue, but Baskin has fiercely denied this multiple times.

Coming off its highest-rated season in franchise history, CMT renewed Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team for a 15th season, Deadline noted. This season will follow a group of hopefuls as they work their way through the rigorous training camp and vie for a spot on the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. In a first, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the franchise conducted world-wide auditions virtually.


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