Fat Joe to Appear on the Upcoming “MDA Kevin Hart Kids Telethon”

Fat Joe’s got hart… And, he’s ready to share it with the world.

The 50-year-old Puerto Rican and Cuban American rapper, whose real name Joseph Antonio Cartagena, will take part in the MDA Kevin Hart Kids Telethon, the upcoming two-hour special hosted by Hart that reimagines the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s annual variety show fundraiser.

Fat-Joe

Fat Joe joins a lineup of talent additions that includes Don Cheadle, Common, Cindy Crawford, Whitney Cummings, Stephen Curry, Zachary Levi and Kelly Rowland.

The special, which will benefit the MDA and Help From the Hart Charity, streams live on Saturday from 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. ET on Hart’s LOL Network and its digital platforms YouTube and Pluto TV, as well as on TikTok, Triller and Twitch.

SiriusXM will air an encore of the show on its Laugh Out Loud Radio channel on October 26 at 4:00 pm ET and again the next day at 10:00 am ET.

The telethon will feature entertainment, comedy, musical performances and MDA’s Let’s Play For a Cure gaming elements, a gaming stream hosted by Zedd running simultaneously. A Telethon Showcase to celebrate the members of the neuromuscular community and hosted by Nancy O’Dell and Jann Carl will follow the two-hour main show. It will stream on the MDA’s Facebook page.

As a warmup, an MDA-hosted online auction on CharityBuzz featuring items from Serena Williams, Curry and others launches Friday at mda.org/telethon.

The latest talent additions to the lineup join previously announced guests including Garcelle Beauvais, Aloe Blacc, Jack Black, Usain Bolt, Bryan Cranston, Adam Devine, Josh Gad, Liz Gillies, Aldis Hodge, Edwin Hodge, Michael B. Jordan, DJ Khaled, Daniel Levy, Loni Love, Leslie Mann, Jillian Mercado, Robin Thicke, Gabrielle Union Wade and John David Washington.

Jonathan Krisel is directing.

 

Jai Rodriguez to Host This Weekend’s Daytime Emmy Awards Livestream Honoring Digital Dramas

Jai Rodriguez is livin’ thestream…

The 41-year-old half Puerto Rican actor and former Queer Eye for the Straight Guy talent will host the Daytime Emmy Awards livestream ceremony honoring Digital Dramas this Sunday, while The Real’s Loni Love will host the ceremony for Children’s, Lifestyle & Animation programming next Sunday.

Jai Rodriguez

The host announcements were made by The National Academy of Television Arts & SciencesNATAS also said the 41st Sports Emmy Awards will livestream on Tuesday, August 11, at 8:00 pm ET, and the 41st News & Documentary awards will stream in mid-to-late September, followed by the 71st Technology & Engineering Emmys in mid-to-late October.

Two dedicated specials will also debut this fall, one recognizing Lifetime Achievement honorees in Daytime, Sports, News & Documentary and Technology & Engineering programming, and the other recognizing Spanish-Language nominees across the genres.

The new formats were designed to fit the demands of the coronavirus pandemic. 

“These unprecedented circumstances demanded new and exciting ways to recognize the great talents creating Daytime television,” said Adam Sharp, president & CEO of NATAS in a statement.

The Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony honoring Digital Dramas will livestream on Sunday, July 19, 9:00 pm ET. The ceremony for Children’s, Lifestyle & Animation programming will stream on Sunday, July 26, 8 p.m. ET. All events will be viewable on desktop, mobile, and smart TV platforms via TheEmmys.tv.

In addition to being one of the original Queer Eye hosts, Rodriguez has appeared on television in Malibu CountryThe MagiciansGrey’s Anatomy and Grace and Frankie.

Juan Pablo Di Pace to Take Part in Project Angel Food’s COVID-19 Emergency Telethon, ‘Lead With Love’

Juan Pablo Di Pace is ready to take your call… all for a great cause.

Project Angel Food will be holding a special telethon this Saturday, June 27, with the 40-year-old Argentinian actor/singer and Fuller House scene-stealer set to man the phones.

Juan Pablo Di Pace

The Lead With Love: Project Angel Food Emergency Telethon will air from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm PT on KTLA 5in Los Angeles and stream live on the channel’s website and on the Project Angel Food page.

The goal is to raise $500,000 to support Project Angel Food’s COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund, set up for increased needs due to the coronavirus. In the past two months, the organization has gone from serving 1,600 people a day, to serving 2,000 people a day.

Along with a mix of in-studio and virtual appearances, the telethon will include a live phone bank where callers can talk to celebrity guests, including Di Pace, Jonathan AdamsJoely FisherRachel LindsayPeter Porte, Charlie CarverLawrence ZarianSasha Roiz and Lauren Tom

Scheduled performers include Annie LennoxKristin Chenoweth and Kelly Clarkson, with Eric McCormackSheryl Lee Ralph and Jessica Holmes hosting.

Other performers include Cee Lo GreenDeborah Cox and Billy Idol, and the event will include appearances by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Elton JohnJamie Lee CurtisSharon Stone, Marie OsmondZachary LeviPauley PerretteMarianne WilliamsonJohn GoodmanValerie BertinelliMarlee MatlinOlivia Newton-JohnKelly OsbourneMargaret ChoCharoDanny TrejoMatt Bomer,Cheryl TiegsTyler HenryCarson Kressley,Eileen DavidsonChrissy MetzSandra LeeLisa RinnaHarry HamlinJimmy SmitsVictoria PrincipalYvette Nicole BrownLoni LoveChaz DeanSasha Alexander, Ron Cey and Josh Flagg.

The event is being presented by City National Bank, and executive producer is Brad BesseyLisa Foxx will serve as announcer and auctioneer Gabriel Butu will be the money man.

Founded in 1989 during the AIDS crisis, Project Angel Food medically tailored meals to people with life-threatening illnesses, including those who are at high risk for COVID-19.

“This event will blend the best nostalgic elements from the Jerry Lewis Telethon with the modern virtual fundraisers of today,” Project Angel Food executive director Richard Ayoub said in a statement.

Click here for more information on the event and learn how to donate.

Bruno Mars to Headline This Year’s Essence Festival of Culture

Bruno Mars is sharing his essence in a big way…

The 34-year-old part-Puerto Rican Grammy-winning singer-songwriter has been named one of the main stage headliners for the Essence Festival of Culture.

Bruno Mars

Mars will co-headline the event with Janet Jacksonas Essence celebrates its 50th anniversary. 

Mars’ appearance will be his first time performing at the festival — and his only 2020 U.S. festival performance.

Essence Festival of Culture will expand for the first time from three to five days (July 1-5) in New Orleans, marking one day for each decade. This year’s theme is “Own Our Power.”

Jackson will be making her third appearance at the festival. Her appearance will take place during her newly announced Black Diamond World Tour, titled after her upcoming 12th studio album.

In addition to Jackson and Mars, the festival’s three-night concert series will include the following lineups at the Louisiana Superdome:

Main stage: Ari Lennox, Janelle MonaePatti LaBelleRaphael Saadiq (performing songs across his entire career from Tony! Toni! Tone! through his solo albums, including Jimmy Lee), Estelle Presents Reggae & Afrobeats Link Up featuring Afro BChronnixElephant ManKraniumMax GlazerMaxi PriestShenseeaand more, Summer Walker,  Swizz BeatzPresents In the Zone featuring guest artists. 

Hosted by Loni Love with music by D-Nice, the main stage lineup will salute music icons each night, including a special anniversary celebration on July 4. 

Superlounges: Casmé, D SmokeDemi GraceDoug E. Fresh Presents The Real Hip-Hop and R&B Party, Elah HaleGoldlinkJac RossJamesdavisJidennaJune’s DiaryKiana LedeKitty CashLeikeli47MasegoMr EaziOswin BenjaminRapsodySaweetieSiRSminoStokleyTamiaTank and the BangasTeaMarrrThe New Respects and Umi.

 “This is a milestone year for Essence and our community as we celebrate 50 years of creating opportunities for our culture to shine and the role of black women in making it possible for us to do what no other brand has done,” said Michelle Ebanks, CEO of Essence Communications, Inc.“To be able to say that at 50 years, we are black-owned, diversified across media, technology, commerce and live events, and impacting our culture in new and even deeper ways than ever before is a blessing – and one that comes with a tremendous responsibility to our community to continue to evolve, innovate and transform. That remains our focus and commitment as we work to ensure that we are here serving black women deeply and advancing black culture, economic ownership and inclusion globally for the next 50 years.”

Regarding Mars and Jackson, Ebanks added, “These two powerhouses, along with our robust slate of programming, performances and tributes, will continue our legacy of cultural excellence and dynamic, only-at-Essence experiences that excite, elevate and inspire.”

For more information, visit Essence.com/festival.

Adrienne Houghton’s Fox Daytime Talk Show “The Real” Renewed for Two More Seasons

Adrienne Houghton is keepin’ it real…

Fox Television Stations has renewed its hit daytime syndicated talk show The Real, featuring the 34-year-old Puerto Rican and Ecuadorian American singer-songwriter, actress and dancer as a co-host, for two more seasons.

Adrienne Houghton

The Real, which premiered in July 2013 during a successful trial summer run, has been renewed the series for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons on Fox’s O&Os in 17 markets, reaching over 37% of television homes.

The Daytime Emmy-nominated talker has grown into a social media powerhouse with more than 12 million social actions last season, and it’s on pace to eclipse that number midway through this season.

In addition, The Real has the youngest average age of all talk shows in syndication, at 51.

Hosts Houghton, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai and Tamera Mowry-Housley bring their unique perspectives to the show through candid conversations about their personal lives, current events, beauty, fashion and relationships.

“’Since 2010-11 season, 23 talk shows have launched and The Real and Steve Harvey are the only two series to last four or more seasons,” said Ken Werner, President, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. “While there are other panel talk series on the air, what truly makes The Real stand out from the pack is that it is comprised of four very strong, very authentic and very engaging hosts whose chemistry is unrivaled. Fox has been with us since the start, and we are thrilled that together we have built a strong franchise that will continue to entertain, inform and inspire viewers for years and years to come.”

“On one hand, it’s very gratifying to be renewing a program that started as a test,” said Frank Cicha, Senior Vice President, Programming, Fox Television Stations. “On the other hand, it doesn’t matter how it got here. Warner Bros. set out to fill a void and it fit our audience perfectly. Congrats to the cast and crew.”

In season four, The Real was live for the first time, giving the viewers a chance to interact with the hosts during the show in real time, via social media.

Bailon’s “The Real” Renewed Through 2017-2018 Season

Adrienne Bailon is staying Real throughout the country…

Daytime syndicated talker The Real, featuring the 32-year-old Puerto Rican and Ecuadorian American singer, actress, dancer and television personality as one of the panelists, has been cleared for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons on television stations covering more than 95% of the country. That includes Fox Television stations as part of a deal announced in October.

The Real

The Daytime Emmy-nominated series is posting ratings growth in its second season and has a strong social media presence, ranking second in daytime to Ellen in total social action and with more than 447 million YouTube views to date.

The Real has carved out an impressive home in the daytime space,” said Ken Werner, President of Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution of the show that features fellow hosts Tamera Mowry-Housley, Jeannie Mai, Tamar Braxton and Loni Love. “The uniqueness of the series is not in its format, but rather in its hosts, whose individuals voices are distinctive and fun and collectively have created a unique destination for conversations that cannot be found elsewhere. Growing in their second season is a great achievement and is a leading indicator of continued success and growth in the years ahead.”

Along with Fox, station groups renewing the show include Sinclair, Hearst, Tribune, Media General, Nexstar, Cox, Gray, Weigel, Sunbeam, Scripps, Raycom, Tegna, Northwest, Meredith, Marshall, Mission, Cordillera, Entravision, Mckinnon and News Press.

The series also will continue to air weeknights on BET at 1:00 am ET/10:00 pm PT.

Bailon and Her “The Real” Co-Hosts Talk Education with First Lady Michelle Obama

Adrienne Bailon is helping raise awareness for the White House’s education initiatives…

The 32-year-old Puerto Rican and Ecuadorian American singer, actress, dancer and television personality and her fellow The Real co-hosts visited the nation’s capital recently to interview First Lady Michelle Obama about two student initiatives and more.

The Real

Bailon, Tamar Braxton, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai and Tamera Mowry-Housley’s sit-down focuses on the “Better Make Room” campaign and the first lady’s “Reach Higher” initiative, an effort to inspire every student in America to take charge of their future by continuing their education beyond high school.

The interview, conducted on Wednesday in the East Room of the White House, will air on January 26.

“We were honored and excited to bring our show to Washington, D.C., to interview First Lady Michelle Obama,” said Rachel Miskowiec, executive producer syndicated daytime talker The Real. “The ‘Better Make Room’ campaign empowers students to pursue a ‘better’ tomorrow by taking charge of their future, which is exactly the kind of thing our hosts and viewers are passionate about.”

Bailon’s Syndicated Talk Show “The Real” Renewed for Two Seasons

Adrienne Bailon is staying real

The 32-year-old Puerto Rican and Ecuadorian American singer, actress, dancer and television personality’s syndicated talk show has been renewed for two more seasons.

Adrienne Bailon on The Real

On the strength of year-to-year ratings gains, The Real has become the first syndicated talk show in years to earn a third-season renewal.

And the panel show has done one better than that, getting a renewal for a third and a fourth season by its core station group, the Fox Television Stations, where the talker originated with a trial run in summer 2013.

The Real, from Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, also has become the first freshman or sophomore syndicated talk show this season to get a pickup for next fall.

In Season 2, The Real is up +14% nationally in the key women 25-54 demo, one of only four talk shows in the past 10 years to post sophomore-season ratings improvement. The Real also is one of only two talk shows seeing national rating gains year-over-year this fall.

On the Fox stations, season to date, The Real (0.9 in women 25-54) is even with last season. Paired with Wendy Williams in 16 of the top 25 LPM markets, The Real is retaining 100% of its Wendy Williams lead-in share season to date with all key female demos.

The Real has been an important piece in building our growing daytime lineup,” said Frank Cicha, SVP Programming at Fox Television Stations. “In fact, in our universe, it often beats or ties The View. That alone is worth two more years in my book.”

The Real is a panel talk show hosted by Bailon, Tamar Braxton, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai and Tamera Mowry-Housley.

The Real in its second season has expanded on its promise of connecting with the diverse daytime television viewers and is delivering substantial ratings growth in the process,” said WBDTD president Ken Werner. “The series did not invent this genre of television program, nor are they only talk panel on television, but what The Real has done is differentiate itself from the others, quickly becoming an original, distinct and entertaining hour that has giving viewers a reason to make an appointment each and every day.”

Warner Bros. Officially Renews Bailon’s Daytime Talk Show “The Real”

Adrienne Bailon is staying Real

Warner Bros. has officially announced that the 31-year-old Puerto Rican and Ecuadorian American’s daytime talk show The Real will return for a second season.

Adrienne Bailon

Hosted by Bailon, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Tamar Braxton, Loni Love and Jeannie Mai, the panel talk show already had been cleared in two-year deals on the majority of its stations, and it has done well in its freshman run, with the renewal fully expected.

The formal pickup comes as The Real just set a new series high of 1.54 million average viewers and equaled a series-high household rating (1.2) during the most recent week of available national ratings (week of January 26-February 1). The Real ranks as the No. 1 new syndicated talk show of the 2014-15 television season among women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54.

Additionally, The Real, executive produced by SallyAnn Salsano, has done very well online and on social media. For the 2014-15 season, The Real YouTube page has delivered more than 65 million video views, ranking No. 3 among all syndicated talk shows for the year, behind only The Ellen DeGeneres Show and The Wendy Williams Show. And in terms of Facebook “likes,” hosts Mowry-Housley (4.8 million) and Tamar Braxton (3 million) rank among the six most popular syndicated talk programs/hosts.

Trailer Released for Kevin James’ “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2,” Co-Starring Verastegui

Eduardo Verastegui is Wynning in his latest role…

The first official trailer has been released for Kevin JamesPaul Blart: Mall Cop 2, with the 40-year-old Mexican actor appearing in the sequel to the 2009 film.

Eduardo Verastegui

Filmed at the Wynn Las Vegas, the film sees James’ title character pratfalling, getting hit by cars, punching old ladies and getting his clocked cleaned by a large featured beast.

This time he’s in Las Vegas for a Security Guard Expo with his teenage daughter (Raini Rodriguez) before she leaves for college. He happens upon a casino heist, and the hijinks ensue

Verastegui portrays Eduardo in the film, which also stars Daniella Alonso, David Henrie, Neal McDonough and Loni Love.

The sequel was directed by Andy Fickman from a script by James and Nick Bakay.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 will open in theaters on April 17.