BTS’ “Dynamite” is the hit that keeps on giving. The global smash that spent three weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 last year and recently broke the record for the most weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Digital Song Sales Chart (18), is now in other rarified company.
Over the weekend, “Dynamite” hit one billion YouTube views, marking the fastest ascent to that level by a K-pop group to date. It was the capper to an epic run to date, which has included running up a record three million concurrent viewers during its premiere and then becoming the fastest music video to reach 10 million views in its first 20 minutes of release.
Antoine Fuqua and Will Smith will move production on their big-budget, runaway slave thriller “Emancipation” out of Georgia in protest over the state’s controversial new voting restrictions.
The announcement continues the economic fallout from Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, and the GOP-controlled state legislature’s decision to pass new regulations that critics maintain amount to voter suppression, aimed at reducing the turnout of people of color. The new laws were passed in the wake of former President Donald Trump’s unfounded claims of voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election, and after Georgia voted for a Democrat for president for the first time in decades.
The rules shorten the duration of absentee voting, require absentee voters to produce identification, limit the use of drop boxes and make it a crime to hand out free food or water to voters standing in line.
The CW’s latest stars Olivia Liang as a Shaolin-trained woman who returns to San Francisco after three years in China only to discover a triad menacing her family.
As near-trends go, The CW’s devious recent pattern of using macho “dad” brands as a Trojan horse for heartwarming family dramas is one I’m partial to. Like Walker, the network’s Kung Fu has its own share of problems. But the inevitability that fans of the ’70s show of the same title checking out this semi-remake will freak out and then tune out is absolutely a feature and not a bug.
While Kung Fu and Walker have a lot in common — namely, they both do some things well, just not the things most associated with their respective brands — Kung Fu has an added asset of timeliness. In a moment of rising hate crimes against Asian Americans, this is a show with a breadth of representation that feels astonishing on broadcast television. Yes, that fact should embarrass the industry to no end. But Kung Fu definitely derives value from the ways it looks and feels different from any other show on TV, amid all the ways it still feels very similar.
We see Taylor Swift is up to her old tricks again. After unlocking the vault and sending Swifties on a mission to decode all the titles of the songs featured on her rerecorded Fearless album, the 31-year-old singer surprised her fans on Wednesday by releasing “Mr. Perfectly Fine.” The track was originally written in 2008, which was shortly after her split from Joe Jonas. Given Taylor’s history with channeling her heartbreak into her music, it’s no surprise that “Mr. Perfectly Fine” has Joe’s name written all over it. In the track, Taylor sings, “‘Cause I hear he’s got his arm around a brand-new girl / I’ve been picking up my heart, he’s been picking up her,” seemingly referencing Joe moving on with Camilla Belle after their split.
After an unedited photo of Khloe Kardashian rocking a bikini poolside was shared to social media, the “Revenge Body” star and her company immediately launched into action to get the image scrubbed from the internet.
Now, Kardashian is speaking out about the incident. She shared a post on Instagram Wednesday night of unretouched photos and video, writing about how hard it is to live life in the spotlight.
“Hey guys, this is me and my body unretouched and unfiltered,” she said. “The photo that was posted this week is beautiful. But as someone who has struggled with body image her whole life, when someone takes a photo of you that isn’t flattering in bad lighting or doesn’t capture your body the way it is after working so hard to get it to this point – and then shares it to the world – you should have every right to ask for it not to be shared – regardless of who you are.”
Kaley Cuoco may not have won a SAG Award, but she’s still treating herself with a consolation prize.
Cuoco, who was nominated for best actress in a comedy series, joked about her loss to “Schitt’s Creek” star Catherine O’Hara on Sunday with a video of her celebrating with booze and a “Schitt’s Creek” binge.
“OK, SAG Awards are over. Now, I’m going to get back to my favorite show,” Cuoco, still wearing her hot pink Prabal Gurung gown, said while crawling into bed and turning on “Schitt’s Creek.”
“Goodnight and thank you @sagawards ! Wow am I grateful to be a freakin actor. Now to continue binging my favorite show,” she captioned the Instagram post.
A new report says the Wonder Woman actress disagreed with the new director’s take on the character after he replaced Zack Snyder on the 2017 superhero blockbuster.
Fresh light is being shed on Gal Gadot’s reported experience with director Joss Whedon during the making of Justice League.
In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, actor Ray Fisher laid out in detail his account of the indignities he suffered on set of the superhero blockbuster under Whedon and Warner Bros leadership at the time. Part of that article revealed an alleged “clash” between Gadot and Whedon, who was brought on to finish Justice League after Zack Snyder exited the project due to a family tragedy. Whedon declined to comment for THR’s story.
According to THR’s reporting, Fisher wasn’t the only Justice League star who disagreed with Whedon’s approach. THR quoted “a knowledgeable source” saying that Gadot also had concerns with Whedon’s take on Justice League, including “issues about her character being more aggressive than her character in Wonder Woman. She wanted to make the character flow from one movie to the next.” Justice League hit theaters only five months after Wonder Woman.
Kate Winslet said she personally knows several gay actors in Hollywood who are terrified of coming out publicly for fear that it will prevent them from being cast in straight roles. Winslet recently earned notices for playing a lesbian character in the romance “Ammonite” opposite Saoirse Ronan, even though neither actor identifies as LGBTQ.
“I cannot tell you the number of young actors I know — some well known, some starting out — who are terrified their sexuality will be revealed and that it will stand in the way of their being cast in straight roles,” the Academy Award-winning actress told The Sunday Times. “Now that’s f***ed up.”
Winslet is back in the spotlight for her upcoming HBO miniseries “Mare of Easttown,” playing an embattled detective in a small Pennsylvania town. She also said she knows a “well-known” actor who just got a new agent, and that agent told the client, “I understand you are bisexual. I wouldn’t publicize that.”
Bill Murray has discussed what it was like filming the upcoming new Ghostbusters movie, revealing that it was “physically painful”.
Last year, the actor confirmed after much speculation that he would be appearing in Ghostbusters: Afterlife, the forthcoming Ghostbusters sequel directed by Jason Reitman. It will also see the return of original cast members Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts.
Speaking in a new Q&A when he was awarded the Maltin Modern Master Award at the 36th Santa Barbara Film Festival last week (April 2), Murray, who played Dr. Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters 2 (1989), opened up about being approached to join the cast of the new film.
File this under Things We Never Expected to See: Prince Harry in beach shorts and a backward baseball cap.
The Duke of Sussex was photographed enjoying a beach day in Santa Barbara with his Labrador retriever, Pula, last week. In the new photos, Harry is sporting much more casual attire than the world is used to seeing him wear; we’re talking a simple white crew-neck T-shirt, navy board shorts, a baseball cap, black sunglasses, and no shoes.
According to People, Harry seemed completely carefree while playing with Pula, the prince continuing to adjust to his new life in California with his wife, Duchess Meghan, and young son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.
The Voice coach Kelly Clarkson is the undisputed queen of covers. She obviously came to fame interpreting other artists’ songs on another singing competition, American Idol, and more recently her viral “Kellyoke” segments have become the high points of her daytime chat show. It seems there is no tune, no matter how iconic or ubiquitous, that Kelly can’t make her own, from Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” and Kylie Minogue’s “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” to Erasure’s “Always” and Yazoo’s “Only You,” to even “Should I Stay or Should I Go” by first-wave U.K. punk legends the Clash. But on Monday’s Voice episode, Kelly revealed to her team adviser, Latin superstar Luis Fonsi, that his signature hit is the one song that she believes is untouchable.
Miley Cyrus delivered a stellar performance on Saturday night during the NCAA men’s final four concert.
Cyrus, 28, took the stage at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis to perform some classic rock and roll songs for an audience of socially-distanced frontline workers. The concert took place after the Baylor-Houston game, which ended in Baylor advancing to the championship game against Gonzaga on Monday.
Cyrus, dressed in a black vest, trousers and a pair of lace-up vinyl boots, played versions of several vintage hits, including Queen’s “We Will Rock You” and “Don’t Stop Me Now,” Stevie Nicks’ “Edge of Seventeen,” and Blondie’s “Heart of Glass.”She also took on some of her own hits, such as “Wrecking Ball.”