One sure sign of summer is when Billboard's annual Songs of the Summer chart makes its reappearance on Billboard.com. The 20-song chart tracks the most popular songs from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and when all is said and done, the official Song of the Summer 2020 will be revealed. The new chart debuts with "Rain on Me," the collab between Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande, in the number-one spot. That song is followed by the "Savage" remix from Meghan Thee Stallion and Beyoncé, DaBaby's "Rockstar" featuring Roddy Ricch. The Weeknd's "Blinding Lights" and Doja Cat's "Say So" round out the top five. The rest of the chart features a healthy mixture of pop, rap and country songs, including another Ariana Grande collaboration -- "Stuck With U" with Justin Bieber -- so it's anyone's guess which song will stick around 'til the temperature drops.
Tom Cruise is reportedly building a makeshift village at an abandoned RAF site in Oxfordshire (England) so filming can resume for Mission: Impossible 7. The actor and his A-list cast will reportedly stay in VIP Winnebago trailers so they can work through scenes in a bubble and protect the crew from catching coronavirus. Mission Impossible 7's release has been delayed from July 2021 to November 19, 2021, after the coronavirus pandemic forced the film to relocate from Venice to the UK, and eventually halt production indefinitely. A source told The Sun: “The film has already been heavily delayed and there's no sign of things going totally back to normal any time soon, so this is a way to try to get things up and moving again quickly and safely. It's also tough to get hotel rooms at the moment as most of them are shut for the foreseeable future, so it was this or delay things for even longer, it will mean some of the world's biggest stars all living together in a posh campsite while working alongside the rest of the team. It's pricey but Tom always does things bigger and better than anyone, and there's a hell of a lot riding on this film, the Mission: Impossible movies are all massive box office successes and the studio is right behind getting this back on track.”
AMC Theatres, the world's biggest movie theater chain, said yesterday that it has "substantial doubt" it can remain in business after closing locations across the globe during the coronavirus pandemic. The theater chain, which closed its theaters earlier this year, expects to have lost between $2.1 billion and $2.4 billion in the first quarter. The company also said that its revenue fell to $941.5 million, which was down roughly 22% from $1.2 billion in the same quarter last year. This quarter, the situation has gotten substantially worse. "We are generating effectively no revenue," the company said in a regulatory filing yesterday. AMC will continue to monitor the "potential lifting of various government operating restrictions," but added that the chain has serious challenges even if restrictions are lifted. That includes studios holding back new films from being shown.
Sean Penn announced on Jimmy Kimmel Live that a virtual, Fast Times at Ridgemont High table read will take place this month in support of his non-profit organization Core. The actor said on Monday that the table read was comedian Dane Cook's idea after he had given Core its first donation in helping to fight COVID-19. The film's director Amy Heckerling and writer Cameron Crowe will present the table read, which will feature a star-studded cast portraying the characters. Penn, however, will not be reading for his character Spicoli and will instead take on another role. "We've got an amazing cast so far together. We're still to cast a couple of roles, something I'll circle back to," Penn said. "There is a fantastic actor playing Spicoli. It's kind of a mind-blowing cast so far," he continued before inviting Kimmel to join the table read, which will take place on June 11.
Carole Baskin is declaring victory over her nemesis Joe Exotic after a court ruling that will soon allow her to take over the eccentric big cat aficionado’s Oklahoma zoo. A federal judge granted Baskin’s Big Cat Rescue control of the G.W. Exotic Animal Memorial Park in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, after determining the property was fraudulently transferred years ago to Joe Exotic’s mother, Shirley Schreibvogel, to avoid paying Baskin a previous $1 million trademark judgment. Joe Exotic — whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage — rose to fame earlier this year as the center of the hit Netflix docuseries “Tiger King.” He was convicted last year of attempting to kill Baskin by hiring a hitman and is currently serving a 22-year sentence. Schreibvogel admitted in 2015 that “the zoo land was fraudulently transferred to her by Joe Maldonado in 2011 to avoid his creditors.” The park is currently under the control of Jeff Lowe, who has 120 days to vacate the premises and remove all animals on the property, the outlet reported. It had recently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, but reopened last month to huge crowds who flocked to the site after “Tiger King” became a quarantine sensation. Soon after, the founder of PETA weighed in, vowing to close the park for good following its reopening.
One of Jennifer Aniston's most famous portraits is heading to the auction block for COVID-19 relief. If you're a fan of her black and white nude portrait that she shot in 1995, you're in luck. The actress revealed on Instagram over the weekend that the man who shot the renowned photo, Mark Seliger, is the one who organized the auction. "My dear friend @markseliger teamed up with @radvocacy and @christiesinc to auction 25 of his portraits - including mine - for COVID-19 relief," the star announced. The picture was taken during the height of Friends mania, when Seliger was tasked to photograph the entire cast of the acclaimed sitcom, which he explained to Christie's. The nude photograph, where Aniston was directed to try something a little more "provocative and edgy," was a product of that photoshoot and later became one of Seliger's most famous works. The actress, it should be said, has her legs and arms folded in such a way to completely protect her modesty. While sharing a black and white video of Seliger developing the famed shot, Aniston added, "100% of sales proceeds of this portrait will go to @NAFClinics, an organization which provides free coronavirus testing and care nationwide to the medically underserved." She concluded, "Thank you again to Mark for allowing me to be part of this." As of late Monday, the current bid on Aniston's portrait is at $6,500. The auction ends June 12.
Matthew McConaughey doesn't believe that helping people during the coronavirus pandemic should have political undertones. He has been posting a series of PSAs on his social media account promoting social distancing and wearing a facemask in public. McConaughey told CBS Sunday Morning in a recent interview that he hopes to just help people despite whom they have voted for in the past or plan to vote for in the future. "It's about us. It's not about politics," the actor said. "The narrative started to feel like, 'Well, if you wanna go to work, you're on the far right. And if you wanna stay home, you're on the far left.' And that's just not true. Virus doesn't give a damn who you voted for, or I voted for, you know?" he mused. "And we shouldn't care about that right now. "I had quite a few people come, you know, chest puffed up, and go: 'I didn't think of it that way, you know? I didn't think of it being a strong choice; I thought of it as a defeatist move to stay in. And now I understand that this is a different kind of enemy that I'm here to battle,’” McConaughey added. "If I could be another voice to put that out and somebody else could go, 'Oh, I didn't listen to so-and-so, but I like that McConaughey told me,' that's a win! And that's better for them, that's better for me, that's better for all of us."
Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande's collaboration "Rain on Me" has debuted at number-one on the Billboard Hot 100, making chart history in several ways. It's the first time that a song by multiple female solo artists has been replaced at number-one by another song by multiple female solo artists. "Rain on Me" replaces the remix of "Savage," by rapper Megan Thee Stallion and Beyoncé at the pole position. Of note: There have only been seven chart-toppers by multiple female solo women in the entire history of the Hot 100. Next, this is Ariana Grande's fourth song to debut at number-one on this chart -- more than any other artist in history. Mariah Carey, Drake and Justin Bieber each have three. Meanwhile, this is Lady Gaga's fifth chart-topper overall, and her second number-one debut. She's now set the record for the longest span between number-one debuts: It's been nine years, three months and a week since "Born This Way" topped the chart in 2011. And finally, Gaga is now the third artist to have reached number-on on the Billboard Hot 100 in the 2000s, 2010s and 2020s, following Mariah Carey and Beyoncé.
Fans of the “Rocky” franchise can look forward to the straight to on-demand release of a new documentary on June 9 celebrating the character titled, “40 Years of ‘Rocky’: The Birth of a Classic.” The film, narrated by Sylvester Stallone, will bypass its original plan to release on Epix, opting for a straight-to-home release. “Rocky” premiered in 1976, telling the story of an up-and-coming boxer who makes a name for himself after he gets a title shot thrown his way. The film was a massive success and spawned five sequels and two spinoff films. The documentary promises never-before-seen footage and an in-depth and personal look at the making of the film, including anecdotes from Stallone himself.
Months after Universal successfully relaunched its monster universe with Elisabeth Moss’s “The Invisible Man,” the studio is pushing ahead for “Wolfman” — which is being developed as a starring vehicle for Ryan Gosling — to be the next movie based on its catalog of iconic creatures. Sources tell Variety that executives at Universal have been meeting with directors over the past month and could be making a decision soon on who will take the reins behind the camera. It’s unknown what the new take on “Wolfman” will look like, though it is believed to be set in present times and in the vein of Jake Gyllenhaal’s thriller “Nightcrawler,” with an obvious supernatural twist. Lauren Schuker Blum and Rebecca Angelo, who wrote for Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black,” penned the script, which is based on an original pitch by Gosling.
YouTube star Jake Paul is facing backlash after he was recorded among a group of looters at an Arizona shopping mall. Cell phone footage shared by Paul's videographer shows the YouTuber, 23, wearing a face mask while with demonstrators at the Fashion Square Mall in Scottsdale. He is first spotted outside the Fashion Square Mall as protestors appear to shoot fireworks at the building's entrance. Later, Paul films a group of police officers stationed at the mall to curb any looting or violence amid the George Floyd protests. “Bunch of f****** idiots, bro,” he says. The caption on the video reads: “American is in ruins. He claims to have walked on a sidewalk near the officers who allegedly teargassed him. “Literally I walked right here, right up to there. These f****** idiots teargassed me. I ain’t doing s***, bro. Look at them pointing guns at me,” Paul said. “Look at them. Twenty guns on me. Twenty guns on me right now,” he adds before saying “Rest in Peace, George Floyd” and flipping his middle finger at the officers. At some point, demonstrators appear to break into the Fashion Square Mall by damaging the entrance of a P.F. Changs restaurant. Footage then cuts to Paul and group of friends inside the mall as looters break into stores. After two people attempt to shatter the storefront of a Swarovski jewelry store, Paul laughs as he sprints out of the mall with his friends. Neither Paul nor his friends appear to take anything from inside the mall. The videos, shared to Instagram by Andrew Blue, Paul's videographer and photographer, have since been sparked backlash on social media. Paul was initially accused of being a looter himself, which outraged those who pointed out Paul's status as a multimillionaire. In 2017, Paul was ranked as one of the highest paid YouTube celebrities by Forbes with a net worth of $11.5 million. People were also upset over the trivializing the George Floyd protests and Black Lives Matter movement for new video content. “Jake Paul, a millionaire going out on the streets to destroy shops, cars etc while filming everything for new youtube content. He's part of the problem,” said one user. “I am so f******angry [about] scottsdale fashion square being looted...jake paul + his other rich white friends are capitalizing off of this for attention + notoriety while doing nothing to support the actual movement,” another wrote.
Kylie Jenner has been hit by extraordinary claims that she isn’t a billionaire. Forbes' Chase Peterson-Withorn and Madeline Berg reported late last week that Jenner and her mother, Kris Jenner, inflated their wealth in documents they provided to the publication about Kylie's personal wealth and her company's revenue. "It's clear that Kylie's camp has been lying," Forbes reported. Forbes said the Jenners have previously invited the publication into their homes and accountants' offices, and provided Forbes with tax returns "that were likely forged." The magazine compared the Jenners' maneuvers to those of Donald Trump, writing, "The unusual lengths to which the Jenners have been willing to go... reveals just how desperate some of the ultra-rich are to look even richer." Her wealth is likely closer to just under $900 million, according to Forbes' estimate. Among a list of discrepancies, Forbes said the Jenners had previously told them Kylie's cosmetics company had $360 million in sales in 2018, but a Coty presentation showed revenues were actually closer to $125 million that year. In addition to the adjusted estimates for Kylie Cosmetics' revenues, Forbes accounted for the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on cosmetics companies, as Kylie still owns part of the company. Kylie and Forbes had drawn scrutiny after she was named a "self-made" billionaire, as critics said she was born into wealth.
Kyle Jenner has responded to Forbes’ claim. “what am i even waking up to. i thought this was a reputable site.. all i see are a number of inaccurate statements and unproven assumptions lol. i’ve never asked for any title or tried to lie my way there EVER. Period” Kylie wrote in her first tweet. She followed up with a quote from the Forbes report that accused Kris Jenner and her PR company of producing false tax returns. “even creating tax returns that were likely forged that’s your proof? so you just THOUGHT they were forged? like actually what am i reading,” Kylie tweeted. She followed up with another post reflecting on how fortunate she is to be a mom and business owner, 'but okay i am blessed beyond my years, i have a beautiful daughter, and a successful business and i’m doing perfectly fine.”
Tom Hanks is doing what he can to help the fight against the coronavirus. He shared photos on Instagram of his trip to a doctor's office on Wednesday to donate more of his blood plasma. "Plasmatic on 3! 1, 2, 3 PLASMATIC! Hanx," he captioned a picture of a doctor holding up two full bags of his plasma. An additional two photos shared by the star show his arm hooked up to an IV. This is the second time in just under a month that the star has aided in the fight against coronavirus with a donation. In late April, the actor similarly took to Instagram to share with his millions of followers just what the process looked like. “Here’s last week’s bag of plasma. Such a bag!” he wrote on Instagram. “After the paperwork, it’s as easy as taking a nap. Thanks @arimoin and UCLA. Hanx.” Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson were both diagnosed with the novel virus back in March while Hanks was filming his upcoming movie in Australia, and the pair have been open about their recovery process since.
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MTV is exploring its options for staging its annual Video Music Awards live from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. “We’re exploring with government officials, the medical community and key stakeholders on how to safely hold the 2020 VMAs at Barclays Center on August 30th,” said an MTV spokesperson. “The health of everyone involved is our number one priority. Additionally, we are working on several contingency plans to bring music’s biggest night to audiences everywhere.” Although a traditional production, with both celebrities, musicians and fans all in attendance, is the hopeful goal, an individual with knowledge of the plans adds that the network’s contingency plans include virtual performances or an audience-free ceremony.
Nearly a week after Scott Baio tried to bait Wanda Sykes on Twitter, the comedian has issued her response, apologizing for the delay and taking a jab at the former “Happy Days” star in the process. The exchange began last week when Baio called out Sykes for supporting Joe Biden despite controversial remarks made by the presidential candidate during an interview on “The Breakfast Club.” Baio tweeted at the time, “Hey @iamwandasykes why is it okay for @JoeBiden to say something clearly racist but @therealroseanne gets kicked off of her own show that YOU are a writer on, for making a mistake? Is it because you’re a full of s—, hack liberal?” “Oh! Hey Chachi. Apologies, I didn’t see you,” Sykes wrote in her response yesterday. “I’ll keep it short. Joe Biden didn’t say, ‘Then you ain’t an ape.'” She continued, “Well, let me get back to work…I hope you enjoy whatever it is that you do.” Biden came under fire after a radio interview last Friday in which he said, “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.” Biden later walked back the statement, calling it “really unfortunate.” At the time, Wanda Sykes suggested that Biden’s comment should be taken as a bad joke. “Biden feels at home speaking to the Black community,” she wrote on Twitter. “He made a joke. Comedy ain’t easy, but he didn’t say 2 go shoot Clorox in our t**s. Now, I wouldn’t make a blanket statement to say that voting for Trump means you’re not Black. I would say that it means you’re not smart.”
Jamie Foxx has defended Jimmy Fallon after a resurfaced SNL clip from 2000 showed the talk show host impersonating Chris Rock in blackface. Foxx weighed in on the matter on social media, where he told Fallon he had nothing to apologize for after the comedian said he was “very sorry” for taking part in the sketch. “Bro you ain't got to apologize for s**t,” Foxx told Fallon in the comments section of his most recent Instagram post. “You are a comedian... and a great one at that. You did an incredible impersonation of Chris Rock... it was not black face... we did a show called in living color where we did a Characters from every race... You are all the way good... keep doing you my friend! You are necessary!” He followed up in a second comment, “Some of y'all didn't even see the sketch... relax and laugh! It's Others out here that really don't care bout ya... use that energy for them!!! But leave my mans alone.”
While The Mandalorian is responsible for cutting-edge technological advances in TV production, the Disney+ hit is also responsible for a change in how Golden Globes are awarded to actors. According to Variety, the issue was star Pedro Pascal's portrayal of the title character. Specifically, the mysterious bounty hunter is bound by a creed not to remove his helmet -- and so his face remains covered until the final episode of the first season. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization behind the Golden Globes, had a rule stating, "voice-only performances are not eligible in any acting category," a mandate primarily intended to address animated films, making Pascal ineligible last year for an acting award nomination. However, the HFPA has now declared that because Pascal's face was ultimately revealed, albeit briefly, he isn't considered a voiceover-only performer, and so would have been eligible for nomination last year. While Pascal voices the Mandalorian -- the character's name is Din Djarin, by the way -- the actor's not always the man in the armored suit. Brendan Wayne, incidentally the grandson of John Wayne, also performs the character while helmeted, as does martial artist Lateef Crowder for some of the fight scenes.
Jimmy Fallon is catching heat on social media over a resurfaced 2000 “Saturday Night Live” sketch featuring the former cast member in blackface. Fallon went viral on Twitter Monday night following a tweet with the hashtag #jimmyfallonisoverparty, and a 20-year-old “SNL” clip featuring Darrell Hammond and Fallon, face painted brown, doing an impersonation of Chris Rock. The vintage skit, posted by @chefboyohdear, is captioned with the sentence, “NBC fired Megyn Kelly for mentioning blackface. Jimmy Fallon performed on NBC in blackface.” “I know I did not just open Twitter and see that Jimmy Fallon did blackface in 2000. Nobody is safe from Twitter when we got this much time in our hand. First Lana, then Doja Cat, and now Jimmy Fallon. Please let me catch my [breath]. #jimmyfallonisoverparty,” said a bewildered @ratgang48 on Twitter. “Hello RDJ anyone?? #jimmyfallonisoverparty,” wrote @nova_mare beside a GIF of Robert Downey Jr. in 2008’s “Tropic Thunder,” where he played a white actor who had been cast to play a black Vietnam soldier in an ill-fated period flick. “[Unfortunately] this gets mentioned/tweeted about once a year without a peep of an apology from @jimmyfallon,” tweeted @thatchelseagirl, along with a link to a 2019 Jezebel.com article calling out Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Sarah Silverman over their own long-past transgressions. Kimmel and Silverman, for their parts, responded to the controversies at the time of their resurfacing. Some initial reactions were exasperation over so-called “cancel culture.” “Y’all whack. How long ago was this? Was this [‘SNL’]? No one can be famous anymore bc we’ve all done something the society of 20 years from now doesn’t like???????? can we stop with trying to cancel people on their [past] and focus on the present?” argued @NancyLovesMJ. “Well, Fallon shouldn’t have did what he did but hey guys . . . why not cancel Loren Michaels? He approved the sketch. Too, LM has a problem giving POC and WOC a seat at [the ‘Saturday Night Live’] table for the last 50 years,” asked @_rockN_rolla.
UPDATE: FALLON APOLOGIZES
Jimmy Fallon has apologized for donning blackface in a resurfaced 2000 “Saturday Night Live” skit that had many calling to “cancel” him. He issued a statement yesterday in a tweet and thanked fans for holding him “accountable.” “In 2000, while on SNL, I made a terrible decision to do an impersonation of Chris Rock while in blackface,” he wrote. “There is no excuse for this. I am very sorry for making this unquestionably offensive decision and thank all of you for holding me accountable.”
J.K. Rowling is releasing a new book, The Ickabog, for free online. The author, best known for writing the Harry Potter series, shared the first two chapters of the new children's book yesterday. Chapter 1, "King Fred the Fearless," introduces the setting of Cornucopia, a tiny country ruled by a long line of "fair-haired kings." Chapter 2, "The Ickabog," recounts the legend of the Ickabog, a monster rumored to be living in a marsh. Rowling will release new chapters of The Ickabog each weekday for the next seven weeks. She made it clear on Twitter that the book is not a Harry Potter spinoff. "Over 10 years ago, I wrote a stand-alone fairy tale called The Ickabog," the author wrote. "Anyway, over the last few weeks I've done a bit of rewriting and I've decided to publish the Ickabog for free online, so children on lockdown, or even those back at school during these strange, unsettling times, can read it or have it read to them," she said. Rowling shared more details on her website. "The Ickabog is a story about truth and the abuse of power. To forestall one obvious question: the idea came to me well over a decade ago, so it isn't intended to be read as a response to anything that's happening in the world right now. The themes are timeless and could apply to any era or any country," she said.
Amazon is developing a “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” series. The show will be based on the books by Stieg Larsson but will “take the iconic and much-loved character Lisbeth Salander and place her in today’s world – with a new setting, new characters, and a new story that will resonate with fans of the original and thrill a whole new generation.” The “Millenium” series of novels comprises six books, the first three of which — “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “The Girl Who Played with Fire” and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest” — were authored by Larsson and published after his death. The series centers on Lisbeth Salander, a hacker, and Mikael Blomkvist, an investigative journalist. The book series has twice before been adapted for the screen. Michael Nyqvist and Noomi Rapace starred in a Swedish film adaptation directed by Niels Arden Oplev in 2009 and later reprised their roles for two sequels.
Turner Sports’ “The Match: Champions for Charity” became the most viewed golf telecast in the history of cable television, with an average of 5.8 million viewers tuning in over the weekend. The charity event saw Tiger Woods and NFL legend Peyton Manning team up to take on Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady in match play at the Medalist Golf Club in Florida. The match raised $20 million for COVID-19 pandemic relief funds, including one set up by the American Red Cross, and ended in a one-hole victory for Woods and Manning.
As Denzel Washington was driving in West Hollywood on Thursday afternoon, he saw a homeless man in the street, according to TMZ, which also obtained footage of the incident. Washington, who was wearing a protective face mask, got out of his car and helped the man, who was not wearing a mask, to safety and stayed with him after the police arrived. At one point in the footage, the actor was also seen giving the man something to eat and drink. Although police initially detained the man for unknown reasons, he was quickly released.
Focus Features has announced plans to release its new comedy Irresistible via video-on-demand platforms on June 26. Comedian Jon Stewart wrote and directed the film, which stars his former The Daily Show collaborator Steve Carell and Bridesmaids alum Rose Byrne. The movie is about a Democratic political consultant who helps a retired Marine colonel -- played by Chris Cooper -- run for mayor in a small Wisconsin town, according to a press release. Byrne plays the manager of a rival campaign. The cast also includes Mackenzie Davis, Topher Grace and Natasha Lyonne. Focus said it will cost $19.99 to rent the film for two days. The release is scheduled as most U.S. theaters remain closed due to social-distancing practices enacted to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.