Camila Cabello to Take Part in “Concert For Ukraine” to Raise Money for the People of Ukraine

Camila Cabello is helping raise money for the people of the war-ravaged Ukraine…

The 25-year-old Cuban and Mexican singer and former Fifth Harmony member is among an all-star group of artists coming together for a special telethon to raise money for the embattled people of Ukraine.

Camila CabelloThe March 29th Concert For Ukraine is slated to take place at the Resorts World Arena in Birmingham, England.

Along with Cabello and her “Bam Bam” collaborator Ed Sheeran, the event will also feature sets from Emeli SandéGregory Porter and Snow Patrol, with more acts to be added soon.

The live two-hour special will raise funds for humanitarian aid to the people of Ukraine, who have been under relentless attack by Russian forces since Vladimir Putin started a war with the former Soviet satellite country nearly three weeks ago.

The broadcast will air on ITV, STV, ITV Hub and the STV Player in a collaboration with the Disasters Emergency Committee, with the goal of spreading a message of “hope and support, and most importantly, raising funds for the ongoing DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal,” according to a statement.

“I will be singing to try to help every innocent human being forced to flee their home and in solidarity with those being racially discriminated against even within this humanitarian crisis,” said Sandé in a statement. “Nobody should be refused access to relief, aid and the right to cross the border to safety, and I’m pleased for the chance to support the DEC’s appeal to help all people whose lives have been affected by the conflict.”

All sponsorship and advertising revenue generated from the broadcast — expected to raise nearly $4 million — will be donated by ITV to the DEC appeal. Tickets for the event are available here.

The ITV event will take place just three days after another star-studded fundraiser for the people of Ukraine, who have bravely battled relentless bombardment from Russian forces accused of war crimes in the one-sided invasion that has reportedly hit a number of civilian targets.

Rosie Perez, Steve Martin, Annette BeningBilly PorterAudra McDonald, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Chenoweth and David Hyde Pierce have signed up for the 10-hour telethon Stars in the Housewhich will air on Saturday, March 26 from noon-10 p.m. ET. The special can be viewed and listened to on the series’ site, the Stars in the House YouTube channel, as well as SiriusXM Stars109.

Bruno Mars’ Silk Sonic Earns Brit Awards Nod for Best International Group

Bruno Mars is a Brit Awards nominee this year…

The 36-year-old part-Puerto Rican Grammy-winning singer/songwriter and his Silk Sonic group mate Anderson .Paak are among this year’s Brit Awards nominees.

Bruno Mars, Silk Sonic, Anderson .PaakMars’ Silk Sonic is nominated in the International Group category.

Mars has previously won three Brit Awards as a solo artist, including International Male Solo Artist in 2012 and 2014.

The nominations were announced on Saturday on an hour-long television special, The Brits Are Comingwhich aired on ITV and ITV Hub.

The awards will be presented on February 8 at the O2 Arena in London.

Here’s the complete list of nominees.

Artist of the year
Adele, Columbia, Sony Music
Dave, Dave Neighbourhood, Universal Music
Ed Sheeran, Asylum, Warner Music
Little Simz, Age 101/Awal
Sam Fender, Polydor, Universal Music

Group
Coldplay, Parlophone, Warner Music
D-Block Europe, D-Block Europe, Universal Music
Little Mix, RCA, Sony Music
London Grammar, Ministry Of Sound, Sony Music
Wolf Alice, Dirty Hit 

Brits Rising Star (Panel of critics, influencers, writers and composers; in association with BBC Radio 1)
Winner: Holly Humberstone, Polydor, Universal Music
Bree Runway EMI, Universal Music
Lola Young, Island, Universal Music

Song of the year
(Top 15 identified By peak eight weeks of sales in the U.K. Chart. Winner identified by voting academy. In association with Mastercard. Media Partner Global Media via Capital FM)
A1 & J1, “Latest Trends,” EMI, Universal Music
Adele, “Easy on Me,” Columbia, Sony Music
Anne-Marie/KSI/Digital Farm Animals, “Don’t Play Asylum”/BMG, Warner Music
Becky Hill & David Guetta, “Remember,” Polydor/Parlophone, Universal Music/Warner Music
Central Cee, “Obsessed With You,” Central Cee (Parlophone For Pinkpantheress), Central Cee/Warner Music
Dave featuring Stormzy, “Clash,” Dave Neighbourhood, Universal Music
Ed Sheeran, “Bad Habits,” Asylum, Warner Music
Elton John & Dua Lipa, “Cold Heart (Pnau Mix),” EMI/Warner Records, Universal Music/Warner Music
Glass Animals, “Heat Waves,” Polydor, Universal Music
Joel Corry/Raye/David Guetta, “Bed,” Asylum/Platoon/Parlophone, Warner Music
KSI, “Holiday,” BMG
Nathan Evans/220Kid/Billen Ted, “Wellerman,” Polydor, Universal Music
Riton X Nightcrawlers feat. Mufasa & Hypeman, “Friday” (Dopamine Re-Edit) Ministry of Sound, Sony Music
Tion Wayne & Russ Millions, “Body,” Atlantic, Warner Music
Tom Grennan, “Little Bit of Love,” Insanity, Sony Music

Best new artist
Central Cee, Central Cee, Warner Music
Griff, Warner Records, Warner Music
Joy Crookes, Insanity/Speakerbox Recordings, Sony Music
Little Simz, Age 101/Awal
Self Esteem, Fiction, Universal Music

Album of the year
Adele, 30, Columbia, Sony Music
Dave, We’re All Alone in This Together, Dave Neighbourhood, Universal Music
Ed Sheeran, =, Asylum, Warner Music
Little Simz, Sometimes I Might Be Introvert, Age 101/Awal
Sam Fender, Seventeen Going Under, Polydor, Universal Music

Producer of the year
(Independent panel; to be announced in January)

Songwriter of the year
(Independent panel; to be announced in January)

Genre categories
(The genre category winners will be decided by the public powered by TikTok)

Rock, alternative
Coldplay, Parlophone, Warner Music
Glass Animals, Polydor, Universal Music
Sam Fender, Polydor, Universal Music
Tom Grennan, Insanity, Sony Music
Wolf Alice, Dirty Hit

Hip-hop, grime, rap
AJ Tracey, AJ Tracey/Revenge Records
Central Cee, Central Cee, Warner Music
Dave, Dave Neighbourhood, Universal Music
Ghetts, Warner Records, Warner Music
Little Simz, Age 101/Awal

Dance
Becky Hill, Polydor, Universal Music
Calvin Harris, Columbia, Sony Music
Fred Again, Atlantic, Warner Music
Joel Corry, Asylum, Warner Music
Raye, Platoon

Pop, R&B
Adele, Columbia, Sony Music
Dua Lipa, Warner Records, Warner Music
Ed Sheeran, Asylum, Warner Music
Griff, Warner Records, Warner Music
Joy Crookes, Insanity/Speakerbox Recordings, Sony Music

International artist
Billie Eilish, Polydor/Interscope. Universal Music
Doja Cat, Ministry of Sound, Sony Music
Lil Nas X, RCA, Sony Music
Olivia Rodrigo, Polydor/Geffen, Universal Music
Taylor Swift, EMI, Universal Music

International group
ABBA, Polydor, Universal Music
BTS, Big Hit Entertainment/Polydor, Universal Music
Måneskin, Columbia, Sony Music
Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars/Anderson. Paak), Atlantic, Warner Music
The War on Drugs, Atlantic, Warner Music

International song of the year (Top 15 identified by peak eight weeks of sales in the U.K.
chart. Winner identified by voting academy.)
ATB/Topic/A7S, “Your Love (9PM),” EMI/Positiva, Universal Music
Billie Eilish, “Happier Than Ever,” Polydor/Interscope. Universal Music
Ckay, “Love Nwantiti (Ah Ah Ah),” Parlophone, Warner Music
Doja Cat featuring SZA, “Kiss Me More,” Ministry Of Sound, Sony Music
Drake featuring Lil Baby, “Girls Want Girls,” Ovo/Republic Records, Universal Music
Galantis/Guetta/Little Mix, “Heartbreak Anthem,” Atlantic/RCA, Sony Music, Warner Music
Jonasu, “Black Magic,” 3 Beat, Universal Music
The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber, “Stay,” EMI/RCA, Sony Music/Universal Music
Lil Nas X, “Montero (Call Me By Your Name),” RCA, Sony Music
Lil Tjay & 6lack, “Calling My Phone,” Columbia/Polydor/Interscope, Sony Music, Universal Music
Måneskin, “I Wanna Be Your Slave,” Columbia, Sony Music
Olivia Rodrigo, “Good 4 U,” Polydor/Geffen, Universal Music
Polo G, “Rapstar,” Columbia, Sony Music
Tiësto, “The Business,” Atlantic, Warner Music
The Weeknd, “Save Your Tears,” Republic Records/XO, Universal Music

Helena Bonham Carter to Star in the ITV Biopic “Nolly”

It’s a Nolly, jolly time for Helena Bonham Carter

The 55-year-old part-Spanish English actress has been cast as the lead in the ITV biopic Nolly.

Helena Bonham Carter

From Russell T Davies, the debut project for Nicola Shindler’s ITV Studios-backed drama label Quay Street Productions, the project will tell the story of Noele Gordon (Bonham Carter), who played Meg Richardson in hit ITV soap Crossroads before being abruptly axed at the height of the show’s success. With the boss’s words “all good things must come to an end” ringing in her ears, Gordon found herself thrown out of the show that was her life for almost 20 years.

The three-parter is Doctor Who showrunner Davies’ first show for ITV since 2004 and reunites him with long-time collaborator Shindler, who he has worked with numerous times including on It’s A Sin for her previous outfit Red Production Company, which she left last year to set up Quay Street. It’s A Sin director Peter Hoar is set to direct Nolly, Davies and Shindler will executive produce and ITV Studios is distributing internationally.

ITV Head of Drama Polly Hill called Nolly a “bold exploration of how the establishment turns on women who refuse to play by the rules, the women it cannot understand and the women it fears.”

“Russell’s scripts are magnificent and a great tribute to Noele Gordon, but also to our national love of soaps and a celebration of the incredible women they create,” she added.

Shindler said: “I couldn’t be prouder or more excited that the first drama we will be filming for Quay Street Productions is this beautiful script by Russell T Davies. And that Helena Bonham Carter will star as such an iconic British woman is dream casting.”

HBO Max Releases Trailer for Aida Rodriguez’s Comedy Special “Fighting Words

Them’s fighting words for Aida Rodriguez

HBO Max has released the teaser for the 44-year-old Puerto Rican & Dominican American comedian’s new comedy special Fighting Words.

Aida Rodriguez

Rodriguez’s special will take viewers on a journey that extends beyond the stage and into her personal life with a travel diary as she faces her past in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

The one-hour special is directed by Emmy-nominated cinematographer Nadia Hallgren and multiple SXSW Film Festival Jury Award winner Kristian Mercado (Pa’Lante).

Known for her no holds barred commentary, Rodriguez will share unapologetic commentary on topics ripped from the headlines, being worn out from political comedy, and getting back into the dating game. The travel documentary will conclude the special following Rodriguez as she reunites with her estranged father and how she pays it forward by supporting up-and-coming comedians.

The special is executive produced by Rodriguez, Michelle Caputo, and Shannon Hartman for Art & Industry.

Other titles from Rodriguez available to stream now include headlining the 2020 HBO LatinX standup special Entrenos available on HBO Max, Showtime’s Shaquille O’Neal Presents: All-Star Comedy Jam, and Netflix’s They Ready, executive produced by Tiffany Haddish and Wanda Sykes.

She was also a finalist on season 8 of Last Comic Standing.

Rodriguez was handpicked to appear in The Comedy starring Robert DeNiro by director Taylor Hackford.

She is currently developing an animated series with ITV.

Natalie Mendoza to Star as Satine in Broadway’s “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”

Natalie Mendoza is seeing rouge

The 42-year-old part-Spanish Australian actress/singer has been cast as the lead role of Broadway’s Moulin Rouge! The Musical, filling the vacancy left when the Tony Award-nominated Karen Olivo resigned in April.

Natalie Mendoza

With the casting of Mendoza, the full Moulin Rouge! cast is in place for the resumption of performances on Friday, September 24, at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.

The musical originally opened on July 25, 2019, but performances were suspended in March 2020 when Broadway went dark due to the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown.

Mendoza joins a principal cast that also includes Aaron Tveit, Danny Burstein, Sahr Ngaujah, Tam Mutu, Ricky Rojas and Robyn Hurder.

The casting is a bit of a homecoming for Mendoza, who portrayed a can-can dancer named China Doll in Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 film Moulin Rouge!

“From the moment Natalie was cast as China Doll in Moulin Rouge! the film, we knew we had discovered a major young talent,” Luhrmann said in a statement. “That young talent has now blossomed into the lead in our Broadway production. I could not be more thrilled that Natalie will be lowered in that glorious swing as Broadway’s Sparkling Diamond.”

Said Mendoza, “Having been involved with the film from its early conception, the role of Satine has always been close to my heart. This rare jewel of an opportunity to play a character like her on Broadway feels like a full circle moment. With this stunning group of bohemian artists and this uniquely conscious creative team I couldn’t be in better care.”

Mendoza, raised in Australia, previously worked with the Broadway musical’s director Alex Timbers when she appeared as Imelda Marcos in Here Lies Love at London’s Royal National Theatre.

 

He starred on the BBC One drama series Hotel Babylon and The Descent horror film franchise.

On the film side, she’ll next be seen in the buzzy Cannes Film Festival film Annette, directed by Leos Carax and starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard.

Mendoza’s other credits include Michael Winterbottom’s futuristic thriller Code 46, Miramax’s The Great Raid and, on television, ABC’s production of South Pacific, ITV’s McDonald & Dodds, CBS’ Blue Bloods and in upcoming episodes of Amazon Prime’s Jack Ryan.

On stage, additional credits include Miss Saigon, Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark and Ghost.

TNT Renews Botto’s “Good Behavior” for a Second Season

Juan Diego Botto is preparing for another year of good behavior.

TNT has renewed Good Behavior, starring the 41-year-old Argentine-Spanish actor, for a second season.

Juan Diego Botto

Based on the Letty Dobesh books by Blake Crouch, the drama stars Michelle Dockery as Letty, a thief and con artist fresh out of prison trying to stay afloat and reunite with her young son.

Crouch executive produces with Chad Hodge, who serves as showrunner, Marty Adelstein (Prison Break) and Becky Clements (Last Man Standing) of ITV‘s Tomorrow Studios.

“Fueled by unsinkable characters on a dangerous search for belonging, love and family, Good Behavior is addictive television,” said TNT executive vice president of original programming Sarah Aubrey. “Millions of viewers have fallen hard for this sexy, complicated couple, and in season two, Letty and Javier will give us plenty more to obsess about.”

Coming in just below other TNT original dramas, at least in traditional measurements, Good Behavior typically earns around 1.5 million viewers once live-plus-3 lifts are factored in. However, as it has with its other young dramas, TNT made sure to tout multiplatform viewing for Good Behavior in its pickup announcement Saturday. According to the cabler, Good Behavior has reached an average of 4.4 million viewers per episode across TNT’s digital and mobile platforms.

It’s Botto’s first starring role in American television.

Banderas to Study Fashion Design at Central Saint Martins

The Antonio Banderas Collection may be headed to a department store near you soon…

The 54-year-old Spanish actor has announced that he’s moving to London to study at the prestigious design school Central Saint Martins, whose alumni include fashion all-stars like Stella McCartney, Zac Posen and Alexander McQueen.

Antonio Banderas

Banderas revealed his new plans on the British talk show ITV’s Loose Women, explaining, “It’s something that has been on my mind for a long time and probably one of the best schools in the world is here, Saint Martins University, and so I am going to start studying with them.”

He noted that it may “take a while,” but added, “I need knowledge to take steps in that territory in the future. It makes me feel actually very young to put the elbows on the table again and try to understand another reality.”

Even though his time will be preoccupied with his studies, he’ll still make time for acting. “Of course I won’t stop my professional life, I’ll continue acting, directing, but this is a new thing,” says Banderas.

First Look: Diaz’s Co-Starring Role in “Gambit”

Cameron Diaz is running the gambit with an Oscar-winning actor…

Cameron Diaz in Gambit

The 40-year-old half-Cuban American actress is starring as a cowgirl opposite Colin Firth in the comedy Gambit, which saw the release this week of the film’s first trailer on the United Kingdom’s ITV.

Gambit sees Firth playing a long-suffering employee who grows tired of being intimidated by his eccentric boss, played by Harry Potter’s Alan Rickman, and decides to seek revenge.

Cameron Diaz's Gambit Poster
It’s a remake of the 1966 movie of the same name; it follows Firth’s character Harry Dean who plans to steal a statue from one of the world’s richest men. His master plan, however, is missing one major component: the involvement of a beautiful woman to act as his gambit.

Dean then meets PJ Puznowski (Diaz), someone who appears to be the perfect candidate. But Dean himself becomes enraptured with her, causing his plan to take a series of wrong turns.

Directed by Michael Hoffman, Gambit—which co-stars Tom Courtenay, Stanley Tucci and Cloris Leachman—doesn’t have a U.S. release date in the U.S. yet.