The LeBron James Family Foundation announced that it’s paying tribute to the class of 2020 with a one-hour multimedia event called Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020, with the 26-year-old Puerto Rican reggaeton and Latin trap singer joining the roster of participating artists.
James’ virtual graduation party for this year’s graduation class, who’s seen their school year cancelled because of the coronavirus, will take place on Saturday, May 16 at 8:00 pm ET simultaneously on NBC, ABC, CBS, and Fox— as well as on the streaming platforms Complex Networks, Facebook app, Instagram, People TV, Snapchat, TikTok and YouTube.
In addition to Bad Bunny, the lineup includes Kane Brown, Lana Condor, David Dobrik, Dolan Twins, Karol G, Liza Koshy, Maren Morris, National Teacher of the Year Rodney Robinson, Olivia Wilde, Zendaya, Charli D’Amelio, Dixie D’Amelio, Chika, YBN Cordae, Loren Gray, H.E.R., the Jonas Brothers, Brandan Bmike Odums, Ben Platt, Henry Platt, Jonah Platt, Megan Rapinoe, Yara Shahidi, Lena Waithe, Pharrell Williams, Malala Yousafzaiand many more.
Working with the XQ Instituteand The Entertainment Industry Foundation, the show will allow the companies to honor the more than three million high school seniors who’ll miss out on the annual rite of passage due to the national shutdown caused by the COVID-19pandemic.
“We learned early on in our work with students and families in Akron that education is so much more than academics,” said James in a statement.
“It’s about a shared experience, a journey we’re all on together—students, parents, educators, community members, and everyone around them. With that not being possible right now, we’ve been working to find ways to help families get through this really difficult time. These students have worked incredibly hard for this and there’s no way we can let that go unrecognized. While this won’t be the graduation experience they were supposed to get, we hope we can still give them something special because they deserve it.”
The commercial-free show will be curated by high school students and educators from across the country, with support from the American Federation of Teachers, highlighted by a collection of commencement addresses, celebrity performances and inspirational vignettes.
The 33-year-old Puerto Rican actor will star as the male lead opposite Shanola Hampton in NBC’s multi-camera comedy pilot Night School, based on the hit 2018 Universal movie.
The project hails from Marlonco-creator Christopher Moynihanand the film’s star-producer Kevin Hart, producer Will Packerand director Malcolm D. Lee.
Segarra was tapped for Night School as he just became available when Netflix canceled the RuPaul-starring dramedy series AJ and the Queenafter one season.
Penned by Moynihan and directed by Phill Lewis, NBC’s Night School revolves around a unique mix of adults at a night school GEDprep class who unexpectedly bond over their shared experience and find themselves helping one another both inside and outside of the classroom.
Segarra will play Teddy Walker, a charming salesman. The role was played by Hart in the movie. Hampton plays the teacher, Carrie Dawes, portrayed by Tiffany Haddishin the film.
In addition to Hampton, Segarra joins previously cast Ian Gomez, Collette Wolfe, James Earland Joe Massingill.
This marks Segarra’s return to NBC and Universal Televisionafter recurring on the network and studio’s drama series Chicago P.D.several years ago. The Orange Is the New Blackalum has been recurring on CW’s Arrow as Adrian Chase/Prometheus; on Comedy Central’s The Other Twoas Lance, Brooke’s simple-minded ex-boyfriend; and on Fox’s holiday event seriesThe Moodys.
The Latina actress has joined the cast of Fox’s single-camera comedy pilot This Country, starringSeann William Scott.
Ortega joins new additions to the cast that include Chelsea Holmes, Sam Straley and Krystal Smith.
Written by Jenny Bicks and to be directed by Paul Feig,This Countryis a half-hour mockumentary inspired by the BBC Threeformat created by Daisy May Cooper and Charlie Cooper.
The show follows the daily lives of cousins Kelly (Holmes) and Shrub Mallet (Straley), who are trailed by a documentary crew as they go to a small town to study young adults and their current concerns. The show follows the pair as they pursue their dreams, confront challenges and fight each other for frozen pizza. These two don’t have much, but they do have each other.
Ortega will play Nadine, Shrub and Kelly’s old high school classmate who is beautiful, successful and married to Kelly’s old crush, Dylan. Nadine is the “big fish” in the “small pond” of Flatch.
Ortega played Shego in the Kim Possible TV movie. She guest-starred on Succession and will be seen in the upcoming anthology series Love Life, starring Anna Kendrick.
The 46-year-old Colombian and Honduran American actor joined Emily Alyn Lindin Gossip Girl,HBO Max’s upcoming series reimagining of the pop culture phenomenon that made household names of stars like Blake Lively, Leighton Meester,Penn Badgley, Chace Crawford and Ed Westwick.
Fernandez joins a roster of new cast additions that includes Whitney Peak, Eli Brown and Jason Gotay.S
The 10-episode series hails from Joshua Safran, Josh Schwartzand Stephanie Savage’s Fake Empire, Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros Televisionand CBS Television Studios.
Like the original series, the new iteration of Gossip Girl, written by Safran, is based on the book by Cecily von Ziegesar. Eight years after the original website went dark, a new generation of New York private school teens are introduced to the social surveillance of Gossip Girl.
The prestige series will address just how much social media — and the landscape of New York itself — has changed in the intervening years.
No official character descriptions for the quartet are being released. The new series is said to have a similar character dynamic to the original, with Peak, Brown and Lind as the leading trio and Fernandez and Gotay as members of the core ensemble.
Gossip Girlran for six seasons from 2007-2012 on the CW across 121 episodes. Its influence extended beyond television.Fernandez was a series regular on another WBTV series, Fox’s Lethal Weapon. For three seasons, he played the dry-toned medical examiner on the series reboot. Fernandez will next appear in the Marvel feature Morbiusand the indie Together-ish.
According to initial reports to Nielsen Music, the collection of songs performed during the halftime show (which aired live on Fox TVin the U.S.) garnered a 1,013% sales increase in the U.S. on the day of the big game. In total, the tunes sold 16,000 digital downloads on Sunday, up from a little more than 1,000 sold on Saturday, February 1.
The biggest selling song among those performed was Shakira’s “Whenever, Wherever,” which sold nearly 4,000 on February 2, snaring a 1,194% increase compared to the negligible figure it posted the day before. The second-largest selling halftime tune was another Shakira track, “Hips Don’t Lie,” moving 2,000 downloads (up 1,126% from a negligible sum the day before).
The halftime show was led by a multi-song medley from Shakira, with special guest Bad Bunny, which then transitioned to a medley by Lopez, with an appearance by J Balvin. After Lopez’s set, she was joined by Shakira to close the show with a two-song medley of Lopez’s “Let’s Get Loud” (plus a snippet of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.”) and Shakira’s “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa).”
News on streaming gains gleaned from the halftime show are expected to be announced in the coming days.
The iHeartRadio Music Awards nominated have been revealed, with the 22-year-old Mexican/Cuban singer picking up six nods, the most of any Latina/o artist.
Cabello earned nods in the Song of the Year, Best Collaboration, Best Lyrics and Best Music Video categories for “Señorita,” her chart-topping collaboration with Shawn Mendes.
Cabello is also up for Best Fan Army, as well as Best Cover Song for her cover of Lewis Capaldi’s “Someone You Loved.”
Cardi B has picked up four nods…
The 27-year-old half-Dominican American rap superstar is nominated for Hip-Hop Artist of the Year, as well as Hip-Hop Song of the Year for “Money.”
Cardi B is also nominated for Latin Pop/Urban Song of the Year for her collaboration with DJ Snake, Ozuna and Selena Gomez, “Taki Taki,” as well as Best Remix for appearing on Blueface’s “Thotiana” alongside YG.
Daddy Yankee has picked up four nominations…
The 42-year-old Puerto Rican rapper/singer, a nominee in the Latin Pop/Urban Artist of the Year category,is also up for Best Music Video, Best Remix and Latin Pop/Urban Song of the Year for his hit single“Con Calma.”
Bad Bunny has received three nods…
The 25-year-old Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton singer picked up two nods in the Latin Pop/Urban Song of the Year category, for his single “MIA” featuring Drake, and “Que Pretendes, his collaboration with J Balvin.
Bad Bunny is also up for Latin Pop/Urban Artist of the Year.
J Balvin is also a three-time nominee this year…
The 34-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer is nominated for Latin Pop/Urban Artist of the Year, as well as Latin Pop/Urban Song of the Year for “Que Pretendes” with Bad Bunny, and Best Music Video for “Con Altura” withRosalía and El Guincho.
Spanish singer/songwriter Rosalia, 26, is also nominated for Best New Latin Pop/Urban Artist. She’s nominated alongside Camilo, Guaynaa, Lunayand Sech.
Selena Gomezhas picked up three nods…
The 27-year-old Mexican American singer/actress is up for Best Lyrics for her first-ever chart-topper “Lose You To Love Me.” She’s also up for Best Fan Army and Latin Pop/Urban Song of the Year for “Taki Taki.”
The iHeartRadio Music Awards recognize the most-played names and songs throughout iHeartRadio‘s stations and apps.
Other multiple nominees include Ozuna, Calibre 50, El Fantasmaand Christian Nodal.
Fans will have the opportunity to vote for several categories, including best fan army, best lyrics, best cover song, best music video, best remix, the social star award, favorite tour photographer and the first-ever favorite music video choreography award.
Voting is available now, through Twitter using the appropriate category and nominee hashtags or by visiting iHeartRadio.com/awards, and will close on March 23 at 8 p.m. ET, except for best fan army, which will run until March 27 at 9:00 am ET.
The 2020 iHeartRadio Music Awards will air live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on March 29 at 8:00 pm ET on Fox.
Here’s the full list of nominees:
Song of the Year “bad guy” – Billie Eilish “Old Town Road” – Lil Nas X “Señorita” – Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello “Sucker” – Jonas Brothers “Truth Hurts” – Lizzo
Female Artist of the Year Ariana Grande Billie Eilish Halsey Lizzo Taylor Swift
Male Artist of the Year Ed Sheeran Khalid Luke Combs Post Malone Shawn Mendes
Best Duo/Group of the Year Dan + Shay Imagine Dragons Jonas Brothers Maroon 5 Panic! At The Disco
Best Collaboration “Dancing With A Stranger” – Sam Smith & Normani “Eastside” – benny blanco, Halsey & Khalid “I Don’t Care” – Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber “Señorita” – Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello “Sunflower” – Post Malone & Swae Lee
Best New Pop Artist: Ava Max FLETCHER Lewis Capaldi Lil Nas X Lizzo
Alternative Rock Song of the Year “bad guy” – Billie Eilish “Doin’ Time” – Lana Del Rey “Ready To Let Go” – Cage The Elephant “The Hype” – twenty one pilots “Trampoline” – SHAED
Alternative Rock Artist of the Year Billie Eilish Cage The Elephant Imagine Dragons Panic! At The Disco twenty one pilots
Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist Dirty Honey Dominic Fike Matt Maeson SHAED The Glorious Sons
Rock Song of the Year “Blue On Black” – Five Finger Death Punch “Ghost” – Badflower “Lo/Hi” – The Black Keys “Monsters” – Shinedown “S.O.S. (Sawed Off Shotgun)” – The Glorious Sons
Rock Artist of the Year Disturbed Five Finger Death Punch Godsmack Greta Van Fleet Shinedown
Country Song of the Year “Beautiful Crazy” – Luke Combs “GIRL” – Maren Morris “God’s Country” – Blake Shelton “The Ones That Didn’t Make It Back Home” – Justin Moore “Whiskey Glasses” – Morgan Wallen
Country Artist of the Year Carrie Underwood Dan + Shay Luke Bryan Luke Combs Thomas Rhett
Best New Country Artist Jimmie Allen Matt Stell Morgan Wallen Riley Green Runaway June
Dance Song of the Year “Body” – Loud Luxury featuring brando “Close To Me” – Ellie Goulding, Diplo featuring Swae Lee “Here With Me” – Marshmello featuring Chvrches “Higher Love” – Kygo & Whitney Houston “So Close” – NOTD, Felix Jaehn & Captain Cutsv featuring Georgia Ku
Dance Artist of the Year Diplo Kygo Loud Luxury Marshmello The Chainsmokers
Hip-Hop Song of the Year “Going Bad” – Meek Mill featuring Drake “Money In The Grave” – Drake featuring Rick Ross “Money” – Cardi B “Old Town Road” – Lil Nas X “Suge” – DaBaby
Hip-Hop Artist of the Year Cardi B Drake Lil Baby Meek Mill Travis Scott
Best New Hip-Hop Artist City Girls DaBaby Lil Nas X Lizzo Megan Thee Stallion
R&B Song of the Year “Before I Let Go (Homecoming Live Album)” – Beyoncé “Girls Need Love (Remix)” – Summer Walker & Drake “No Guidance” – Chris Brown featuring Drake “Shot Clock” – Ella Mai “Talk” – Khalid
R&B Artist of the Year Chris Brown Ella Mai H.E.R. Khalid Summer Walker
Best New R&B Artist Ari Lennox LightSkinKeisha Nicole Bus Summer Walker The Bonfyre
Latin Pop/Urban Song of the Year “Calma” – Pedro Capó & Alicia Keys featuring Farruko “Con Calma” – Daddy Yankee & Katy Perry featuring Snow “MIA” – Bad Bunny featuring Drake “QUE PRETENDES” – J Balvin & Bad Bunny “Taki Taki” – DJ Snake featuring Selena Gomez, Ozuna & Cardi B
Latin Pop/Urban Artist of the Year Bad Bunny Daddy Yankee J Balvin Maluma Ozuna
Best New Latin Pop/Urban Artist Camilo Guaynaa Lunay Rosalía Sech
Regional Mexican Song of the Year “¿Por Qué Cambiaste De Opinión” – Calibre 50 “A Través Del Vaso” – Banda Los Sebastianes “Con Todo Incluido” – La Adictiva Banda San José De Mesillas “Encantadora” – El Fantasma “Nada Nuevo” – Christian Nodal
Regional Mexican Artist of the Year Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga Calibre 50 Christian Nodal El Fantasma La Arrolladora Banda El Limón
Best New Regional Mexican Artist of the Year:Banda Los Sebastianes El Fantasma Fuerza Regida Kanales Lenin Ramírez
Producer of the Year Andrew Watt Benny Blanco Finneas Louis Bell Max Martin
Songwriter of the Year Ashley Gorley Finneas Frank Dukes Louis Bell Savan Kotecha
Best Lyrics: *Socially Voted Category “10,000 Hours” – Dan + Shay & Justin Bieber “7 rings” – Ariana Grande “bad guy” – Billie Eilish “Beautiful People” – Ed Sheeran featuring Khalid “Hot Girl Summer” – Megan Thee Stallion featuring Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign “Juice” – Lizzo “Lose You To Love Me” – Selena Gomez “Nightmare” – Halsey “Señorita” – Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello “Someone You Loved” – Lewis Capaldi “The Bones” – Maren Morris “You Need to Calm Down” – Taylor Swift
Best Cover Song: *Socially Voted Category Led Zeppelin – “Black Dog” – Miley Cyrus cover Ariana Grande – “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored” – Lana Del Rey cover Phil Collins – “Can’t Stop Loving You” – Taylor Swift cover Sam Smith & Normani – “Dancing With A Stranger” – 5SOS cover Elvin Bishop – “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” – Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Elle King, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, Caylee Hammack cover The Rembrandts – “I’ll Be There For You” – Meghan Trainor cover Taylor Swift – “Lover” – Keith Urban cover Lewis Capaldi – “Someone You Loved” – Camila Cabello cover Jonas Brothers – “Sucker” – Halsey cover Post Malone – “Sunflower” – Vampire Weekend cover
Best Fan Army: *Socially Voted Category Agnation – Agnez Mo Arianators – Ariana Grande Beliebers – Justin Bieber BTSArmy – BTS Camilizers – Camila Cabello Harries – Harry Styles Limelights – Why Don’t We Louies – Louis Tomlinson MendesArmy – Shawn Mendes Niallers – Niall Horan Selenators – Selena Gomez Swifties – Taylor Swift
Best Music Video:*Socially Voted Category “7 rings” – Ariana Grande “bad guy” – Billie Eilish “Boy With Luv” – BTS featuring Halsey “Con Altura” – Rosalía, J Balvin featuring El Guincho “Con Calma” – Daddy Yankee & Snow “Dancing With A Stranger” – Sam Smith & Normani “I Don’t Care” – Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber “Kill This Love” – BLACKPINK “ME!” – Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie “Old Town Road” – Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus “Señorita” – Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello “Sucker” – Jonas Brothers
Social Star Award:*Socially Voted Category Asher Angel Cody Orlove Danielle Cohn DeStorm Power King Bach Montana Tucker Niki and Gabi Piper Rockelle Scotty Sire Stephanie Poetri The Moy Boys Zoe Laverne
Best Remix:*Socially Voted Category “bad guy” – Billie Eilish (with Justin Bieber) “Con Calma” – Daddy Yankee, Katy Perry featuring Snow “Good As Hell” – Lizzo featuring Ariana Grande “Higher Love” – Kygo & Whitney Houston “Lover” – Taylor Swift featuring Shawn Mendes “Old Town Road” – Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus “The Bones” – Maren Morris featuring Hozier “Thotiana” – Blueface featuring Cardi B and YG “Trampoline” – SHAED featuring Zayn “Without Me” – Halsey featuring Juice WRLD
Favorite Tour Photographer: *Socially Voted Category Adam Degross (Post Malone) Alfredo Flores (Ariana Grande) Andy DeLuca (5SOS) Blair Caldwell (Normani) Daniel Prakopcyk (John Mayer) Jake Chamseddine (Panic! At The Disco) Josiah Van Dien (Shawn Mendes) Matty Vogel (Billie Eilish) Rays Corrupted Mind (Travis Scott) Zack Caspary (Why Don’t We) Zakary Walters (Ed Sheeran)
Favorite Music Video Choreography: (New Category)*Socially Voted Category “7 rings” (Ariana Grande) – Scott and Brian Nicholson “How Do You Sleep?” (Sam Smith) – Parris Goebel “Kill This Love” (BLACKPINK) – Kyle Hanagami & Kiel Tutin “ME!” (Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie) – Tyce Diorio “Motivation” (Normani) – Sean Bankhead “Señorita” (Shawn Mendes & Camilla Cabello) – Calvit Hodge & Sara Bivens
Howie Dorough is ready to ring in the New Year with a bangin’ performance…
The 46-year-old half-Puerto Rican singer and his Backstreet Boys mates will take the stage for Fox’s third annual Fox’s New Year’s Eve with Steve Harvey: Live from Times Square special.
Dorough and the Backstreet Boys join a lineup that includes LL Cool J, DJ Z-Trip, the Chainsmokers, the Lumineers, Florida Georgia Line, Tygaand The Killers, along with celebrity appearances by Gordon Ramsay, Will Arnettand Jenna Dewan.
Maria Menounos and NFL ex-player Rob Gronkowskiwill co-host the evening, which will feature a performance by Angel Moralesand his fellow Village Peoplemembers as the group tries to set a world record for the largest YMCAdance.
The evening also will feature a WWE match with Roman Reigns.
The Fox party starts at 8:00 pm live from Manhattan, with a tape-delayed edition for the Mountain and Pacific time zones.
The 38-year-old Mexican actor has been cast in the Halle Berry’s feature directorial debut, the MMA drama Bruised.
Written by Michelle Rosenfarb, the film follows Jackie Justice (played by Berry), a washed-up MMA wrestler who has failed at the one thing she’s ever been good at – fighting. When 6-year-old Manny, the son she walked out on years ago, returns to her doorstep, Jackie has to conquer her own demons, face one of the fiercest rising stars of the MMA world and ultimately fight to become the mother this kid deserves.
Canto will play Berry’s character’s MMA manager and boyfriend.
Canto’s credits include the acclaimed Netflix series Narcos, ABC’s Designated Survivor and Blood and Oil and Fox’s The Following.
On the film side, he co-starred as the Sunspot in 20th Century Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. He recently wrote, directed and produced his first short The Shot, starring Theo Rossi.
Luis Gerardo Méndez will be appearing in Chinese theaters…
Sony‘s reboot of Charlie’s Angels starring Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska, with the 37-year-old Mexican actor appearing in a supporting role, has landed a China release date of November 15, which is timed exactly with the film’s domestic release.
No other Hollywood titles are opening in the PRC on that date. Charlie’s Angels will face local titles Beautiful Teacher, Hunt Down, Marnie’s Welt and Somewhere Winter.
While the film was originally scheduled to go during the first weekend in November, which is where the first 2000 movie bowed, Terminator: Dark Fate elbowed its way on to that date.
Sony moved Charlie’s Angels to November 15 domestic release date for various reasons: better access to premium screens, aiming to stoke Stewart’sTwilightfanbase (that film also launched in mid-November), plusa China release date.
And this $48M production is going to need China with its global start after landing on domestic tracking last week with a $16M projection to Fox/Disney’s Ford v. Ferrari‘s $23M-$30M forecasted opening. The second movie from Sony Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttlemade just over $2M in a nascent China exhibition market before the Avatar 3D/Imax boom in the PRC. Ford v. Ferrari will play most of the IMAXglobal network on the Nov. 15-17 weekend, but Charlie’s Angels will be booked on select IMAX domestic screens and in some offshore markets.
Mendez portrays The Saint in the film, which also features Noah Centineo as Langston.