Pablo Larraín to Direct Kirsten Stewart in Princess Diana Film “Spencer”

Pablo Larraín is taking on the portray of another legend…

The 43-year-old Oscar-nominated Chilean filmmaker will direct Kristen Stewart in the drama Spencer about Princess Diana

Pablo Larraín

The Steven Knight-scripted film covers a critical weekend in the early ‘90s, when Diana decided her marriage to Prince Charles wasn’t working, and that she needed to veer from a path that put her in line to one day be queen. The drama takes place over three days, in one of her final Christmas holidays in the House of Windsor in their Sandringham estate in Norfolk, England. 

“I’ve always been intrigued and fascinated by the Royal Family and how things are in that culture, which we don’t have where I come from,” Larraín said. “Diana is such a powerful icon, where millions and millions of people, not just women, but many people around the world felt empathy toward her in her life. We decided to get into a story about identity, and around how a woman decides somehow, not to be the queen. She’s a woman who, in the journey of the movie, decides and realizes that she wants to be the woman she was before she met Charles.

The film won’t deal with Diana’s tragic death after she left that palace life, but will examine the fraying of the relationship with her husband, and her ferocious love for her sons Prince William and Prince Harry.

“It’s about finding herself, about understanding that possibly the most important thing for her is to be well, and to be with herself and by herself,” Larraín explained. “That’s why the movie is called Spencer, which is the family name she had before she met Charles. It’s very contained, set over a few days in Sandringham. They spent Christmas there for many years and that’s where we set the movie in the early ‘90s, around 1992, we’re not specific. It’s Christmas Eve, Christmas and Boxing Day, three days, very contained. We get to understand what it is she wants and what she will do.”

“How and why do you decide to do that? It’s a great universal story that can reach millions and millions of people, and that’s what we want to do. We want to make a movie that goes wide, connects with a worldwide audience that is interested in such a fascinating life,” he adds.

Production is expected to begin in early 2021 on the film, which Larraín will also produce.

Larraín previously directed Natalie Portman in Jackie. The film follows Jackie Kennedy in the days when she was First Lady in the White House and her life immediately following the assassination of her husband, U.S. President John F. Kennedy in 1963. The film earned Portman an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.

Larraín’s other credits include Neruda, about poet Pablo Neruda, as well as the Spanish-language film No, Oscar-nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, and The Club.

Christina Aguilera Joins TikTok in Retro-Christmas Fashion

Christina Aguilerais jumping right into TikTok and the holidays in retro fashion…

The 39-year-old half-Ecuadorian American singer, one of the newest members of TikTok, is literally a genie in a stocking.

Christina Aguilera

“psssttt just joined #TikTok!” Aguilera wrote on her other social media accounts, Twitter and Instagram on Saturday, where she shared an amusing short clip of herself jumping into a giant Christmas stocking to the soundtrack of her classic hit “Genie in a Bottle.”

The Empire State Building’s New Music-to-Light Show Showcases Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You”

Mariah Careyis lightin’ up the holidays in a big way…

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of her Merry Christmas album and its iconic single “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100this week, the 49-year-old half-Venezuelan American singer dropped by the Empire State Building to flip the switch to the top of the legendary skyscraper’s brand new music-to-light show with Carey’s insta-classic holiday track at the heart of it.

Mariah Carey

Designed by Marc Brickman, the lights of the NYC landmark will correspond with the notes of her holiday hit — which will play simultaneously on iHeartMedia New York’s Z100Power 105.1103.5 KTUand 106.7 Lite FM starting at 8:00 pm from Thursday through Christmas Day.

“Each year, the Empire State Building partners with iHeartRadio to celebrate the holiday season with a spectacular LED music-to light show,” said Jean-Yves Ghazi, the President of the Empire State Building observatory, said by way of Carey’s introduction. “This year, we’re delighted to be syncing our tower of lights and counting down to Christmas with this holiday classic that’s also celebrating reaching No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 on its 25th anniversary.” 

Billboard‘s Hannah Karp and Gary Trust were also on hand to celebrate the occasion and present Carey with an award for her most recent Billboardchart accomplishment.

“Topping the Billboard charts is nothing new for Mariah: until this week, she had had 18 songs reach No. 1 on our Hot 100 chart, which is more than any other female solo artist,” said Karp. “But it’s extremely rare for a Christmas song to top the Hot 100, and it’s equally tough to crack the Christmas market with an original tune that can outsell or outstream traditional carols.”

“All I Want for Christmas Is You” reached No. 1 on the Hot 100 25 years after its initial release; it had previously broken into the top 10 in 2017 and rose as high as No. 3 in 2018, and Carey is elated to add this particular song to her collection of No. 1s. 

“We definitely wanted to kick it into high gear this year with the song to celebrate the 25th anniversary, but I definitely didn’t expect it to hit No. 1 two weeks before Christmas!” she told Billboard shortly after hearing the news on Monday. “I just want to thank everybody. I want the world to have the best holiday ever.”

Mariah Carey Partners with Spotify for Special Holiday Playlist Centered Around “All I Want For Christmas Is You”

Mariah Carey is living a Christmas stream

The 49-year-old half-Venezuelan American Grammy-winning songstress is sharing a new video she recorded for Spotify as part of the streamer’s 25th anniversary celebration of the singer’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” single.

Mariah Carey

Carey’s perennial holiday chart-topper, with more than 520 million global streams on Spotify — where it is on 12 million playlists — is the centerpiece of a collaboration between the singer and the streaming service called Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You Experience.

The collection, out this week, is curated with original content that compliments the deluxe anniversary edition of Mariah’s Merry Christmas album and will “serve as the ultimate destination” for Carey fans around the world, according to Spotify.

The 37-track collection includes the title song, of course, as well as renditions of “Silent Night,” “O Holy Night,” “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” “Joy to the World,” “Santa Cluas is Comin’ to Town” as well as a number or remixes and tracks recorded live at St. John the Divine.

Maria Gabriela de Faria to Star in Fox’s Event Series “A Moody Christmas”

Maria Gabriela de Faria will be in a mood this holiday season…

The 27-year-old Venezuelan actress/singer is set to star in Fox’s A Moody Christmas.

María Gabriela de Faría

de Faria will be joining the Denis Leary-led holiday event series in the recurring role of Cora, according to Deadline.com. 

de Faria will appearing in all six episodes of the Fox Entertainmentand CBS Studiosproduction about the Christmas celebration of a Chicago-based family who have issues, to put it mildly. 

Adapted by Bob Fisher,Rob Greenbergand Tad Quillfrom the successful Australian show of the same name,  Leary stars as family patriarch Sean Sr. in a cast that also includes Elizabeth Perkinsand Jay Baruchel. De Faria’s character is the girlfriend of a Moody cousin who comes for Christmas and almost instantly establishes a deep rapport with Sean Sr.’s son Dan. 

Prior to her role in Deadly Class, de Faria rose to acclaim on Nickelodeon Latin America’s Isa TKM.

Kirstin Maldonado & Pentatonix Group Mates Announce “Best of” Christmas Album & Tour

Kirstin Maldonado is preparing for the greatest Christmas…

The 27-year-old half-Mexican and part-Spanish American singer and her Pentatonix group mates have announced their latest holiday-themed greatest hits album, The Best of Pentatonix Christmas, due October 25 via RCA Records

Pentatonix

The festive record will feature four new songs in addition to the Grammy-winning a cappella group’s best-selling tracks from its last four holiday albums.

Pentatonix renditions of yuletide carols have been celebrated on the Hot 100 over the last few years: “Little Drummer Boy” played on at No. 13 in 2013, their Christmas version of Leonard Cohen‘s “Hallelujah” held down the fort at No. 23 in 2017, and “Mary, Did You Know?” delivered at No. 26 in 2014. The latter two hits were certified platinum.

Additionallu, the quintet will also embark on A Pentatonix Christmas Tour, presented by SiriusXM. Pentatonix will kick off the tour with two shows at New York’s Hulu Theater at Madison Square Gardenon November 30 and December 1 before heading to 14 other stops around the country.

Tickets go on sale Sept. 20 at 10:00 a.m. local time here.

Pentatonix – A Pentatonix Christmas Tour 2019
Nov. 30 — New York, NY @ HULU Theater at Madison Square Garden
Dec. 1 — New York, NY @ HULU Theater at Madison Square Garden
Dec. 5 — Fairfax, VA @ EagleBank Arena
Dec. 7 — Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
Dec. 8 — Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
Dec. 10 — Boston, MA @ Agganis Arena
Dec. 11 — Boston, MA @ Agganis Arena
Dec. 12 — Hershey, PA @ GIANT Center*
Dec. 14 — Verona, NY @ Turning Stone Resort Casino
Dec. 15 — Philadelphia, PA @ The Met Philadelphia
Dec. 16 — Philadelphia, PA @ The Met Philadelphia
Dec. 18 — Rosemont, IL @ Rosemont Theatre
Dec. 19 — Rosemont, IL @ Rosemont Theatre
Dec. 21 — Sugar Land, TX @ Smart Financial Centre
Dec. 22 — Grand Prairie, TX @ The Theatre at Grand Prairie
Dec. 23 — Grand Prairie, TX @ The Theatre at Grand Prairie
 
*Tickets go on sale at 12pm local time.

New “Friends Singing” Clip Features Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You.”

Mariah Carey’s holiday classic is getting the Friendstreatment…

The latest video from the team behind “Friends Singing” tackles the 48-year-old half-Venezuelan American singer’s Christmas classic “All I Want for Christmas is You.” 

Mariah Carey

The super mash-up of scenes from Friends uses dialogue from the beloved sitcom to have Ross, Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe and Joey sing Carey’s holiday hit.

While they don’t really “sing,” the insanely detailed editing job taps dozens of episodes to piece together the lyrics to the 1994 modern holiday classic which once again topped Billboard’s Holiday 100 for the week ending December 22, giving it 33 weeks at No. 1 on the tally.

Bad Bunny Releases Debut Album “X100pre”

It’s a special Christmas for Bad Bunnyfans…

The 24-year-old Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton singerreleased his highly anticipated, full-length debut, X100pre, on Christmas Eve. 

Bad Bunny told Billboardhe was planning to finally release his 15-track first full album on Christmas Eve, “Real, real, real, real, I finished the album three days ago,” the artist born Benito Antonio Martinez Ocasio said in a phone interview. “At that point I said I wanted to release it in Christmas. I didn’t want the year to end without releasing the album. I wanted to close 2018 with it.”   

Bad Bunny said he’d been working on the project for six months, and recently finished it by wrapping the song “Como antes,’ the first track they recorded for the album. Though he’s established a rep as the king of the collaboration — appearing on such smashes as “Te Boté” with Ozuna and Nicky Jam and Cardi B‘s “I Like It” — X100preonly has three cameos: Diplo on “200 MPH,” Drake on the recent single “Mia” and Dominican singer El Alfaon “La Romana.”

The album opens with the urgent trap ballad “Ni Bien Ni Mal,” on which the singer promises a departed lover that “whatever happens, I’m not going to call you,” before sliding into the Diplo-assisted “200 MPH,” which trips along on a skittery beat and lyrics about gunning a jetski and partying in the tropics. On the melancholy“¿Quien Tu Eres?,” he croons “Who are you?/ Tell me partner, who are you?/ To get close to me, who are you?,” before basically daring someone to step to him, listing off his accomplishments and warning them to ask around about him in a fierce English-language outro.

The album also includes “Caro,” about how high-dollar Bad Bunny’s flow is, the fiery “La Romana” with the fleet-tongued El Alfa, the new wavey, guitar-spiked “Tenemos Que Hablar” and the broken-hearted “Solo de Mi,” which bounces from a midtempo lost love lament to a cranked up reggaeton jam in the second half, fueled by what sounds like a child’s keyboard. 

Mariah Carey Shares Fun Backstage “All I Want for Christmas Is You” Clip

Mariah Carey is getting into the holiday spirit with her team. And she’s sharing it with the world!

Midway through her All I Want for Christmas tour of the United Kingdom and Europe, the 48-year-old Half-Venezuelan American singershared a hilarious video of herself rehearsing the 1994 holiday hit with her makeup team and backup dancers.

Mariah Carey

“Warming up for the holidays,” Carey captioned the upbeat clip, which she shared on Twitter.

The 50-second video begins with Carey and her makeup and hair people joyously singing along to “All I Want for Christmas Is You” before her whole entourage joins in the fun.

This is the sixth time Carey has embarked on the annual Christmas tour and the second time she’s taken it to Europe. The 11-date trek launched December 1 in Norway and wraps December 17 in Spain.

Beginning in February, Carey will kick off a 22-city North American tourin support of her latest album, Caution.

Kirstin Maldonado & Pentatonix Release “Where Are You, Christmas” Music Video

Kirstin Maldonado is spreading more holiday cheer…

The 26-year-old half-Mexican and part-Spanish American singer and her Pentatonix group mates have released a visual for their latest holiday track “Where Are You, Christmas.

Kirstin Maldonado, Pentatonix

The music video features the group standing atop a chilly rooftop while they effortlessly glide through emotional lyrics like, “My world is changing/I’m rearranging/Does that mean Christmas changes too?”

Near the end of the video, Pentatonix’s voices come together for a series of high notes and intoxicating harmonies while snow falls around them.

The track appears on the a cappella group’s recently-released Christmas is Here album, featuring holiday classics like “Here Comes Santa Claus,” “Jingle Bells,” “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree,” and more with the unique Pentatonix treatment.

Pentatonix has also kicked off its North American holiday tour; tickets are available here.