Camila Cabello isn’t afraid to walk the (cross)walk…
Late night television host James Corden has debuted another segment of his Crosswalk the Musical on The Late Late Show, and this time he welcomed the 24-year-old Cuban and Mexican singer/actress and their Cinderella co-stars Billy Porter and Idina Menzel.
The segment opened with Corden dressed as the fairy godmother, quipping that he gave Porter the wrong address because he’s “intimidated.” “Billy Porter is the only actor I’ve ever encountered who is almost as talented as I am,” the late-night host joked.
Porter eventually joined Cabello and Menzel, immediately calling out Corden and reminding him that he’s “the only one that’s going to be playing the Fairy Godmother” whereas Corden can play “the rat” like he does in the film, to which Corden argued was a mouse.
The co-stars then changed into their characters from Amazon’s Cinderella and stopped traffic to perform songs from the film in the somewhat busy streets of Los Angeles. The Cinderella actors and singers sang along to a few of the tunes they cover in the musical, including the mash-up of Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation” and Des’ree’s “You Gotta Be.”
A few drivers looked amused and confused while others appeared slightly annoyed that their commute was delayed.
The modern version of the classic fairy tale, now streaming on Amazon Prime Video, depicts the princess, played by Cabello, as an independent woman who is focused on achieving her fashion dreams. The jukebox musical features the cast’s versions of popular songs like Madonna’s “Material Girl,” Queen’s “Somebody to Love,” and Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect.” The film marks Cabello’s acting debut.
The segment ends with Porter, who plays the Fabulous Godparent dubbed “Fab G” in the film, turning Corden into an actual mouse. “Bibbidi-bobbidi bye bitch,” Porter says to the camera.
Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, are kicking off their multi-year audio partnership with Spotify with a holiday special featuring a royal court’s worth of A-list guests, including the 51-year-old Spanish chef.
The stand-alone special promises “a collection of personal anecdotes and inspirational stories from a variety guests around the world … plus a surprise or two,” according to a press release.
In addition to José Andrés, billed guests include Stacey Abrams, Christina Adane, Brené Brown, Rachel Cargle, Deepak Chopra, James Corden, Matt Haig, Sir Elton John, Hussain Manawer, Naomi Osaka, Tyler Perry, and George the Poet.
Following the pattern set by Barack and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground, the royal couple’s exclusive podcast partnership with Spotify, which starts in 2021, became known earlier this month. It followed the announcement of a Netflix deal earlier in the year. Archewell Audio is their production banner and teamed with Spotify-owned Gimlet Media to produce the special.
“We thought, what if we can bring together some people that inspire us – people that we admire… and get their thoughts on what they learned from 2020,” the Duchess says in setting up the special.
Bidding good riddance to 2020, Prince Harry adds, “As we all know, it’s been a YEAR. And we really want to honor the compassion and kindness that has helped so many people get through it.”
The Duke and Duchess also single out a song that they say offers inspiration for listeners heading into 2021. “’This Little Light of Mine’ played at the very end of our wedding… while we were walking down the steps of the church,” Markle says. “It was the music that we wanted playing when we started our lives together. Because as we all know, ‘darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that…’” Replies Prince Harry, “The message of this song is one we hold so dearly. It’s about using the power we each have within us to make this world a better place.”
Netflix has released the first trailer for Ryan Murphy’s musical The Prom, starring the 29-year-old half-Afro-Puerto Rican actress, singer and dancer.
The plot centers on four Broadwayactors who’ve seen better days who come up with a publicity opportunity to reignite their careers by flying to a small town in Indiana to help a lesbian student banned from bringing her girlfriend to the prom.
The adaptation of the Tony Award-nominated stage musical has a screenplay from original playwrights Chad Beguelinand Bob Martin.
In addition to DeBose, who competed on So You Think You Can Dance, the all-star cast includes Meryl Streep, James Corden, Nicole Kidman, Keegan-Michael Key, Andrew Rannells, Jo Ellen Pellman, Tracey Ullman, Kevin Chamberlin, Mary Kay Place, Nico Greetham, Logan Riley, Nathaniel J. Potvin, Sofia Deler, and Kerry Washington.
The film will launch on the streaming service on December 11.
Netflix has released new photos for the film adaptation of the Tony Award-nominated musical The Prom, starring the 29-year-old Afro-Puerto Rican actress and Broadway star.
The film, directed by Ryan Murphy, will arrive on Netflix on December 11.
It stars Meryl Streep as Dee Dee Allen, Nicole Kidman as Angie Dickinson, James Corden as Barry Glickman, Andrew Rannells as Trent Oliver, DeBose as Alyssa Greene, Keegan-Michael Key as Mr. Hawkins, Kerry Washington as Mrs. Greene, Kevin Chamberlin as Sheldon Saperstein, and newcomer Jo Ellen Pellman as Emma Nolan.
Featuring a book by Chad Beguelin and Bob Martin and a score by Beguelin and Matthew Sklar, the musical tells the story of an Indiana high schooler barred from bringing her girlfriend to the prom—and the group of eccentric Broadway folk who infiltrate the town in an earnest, misguided attempt to fight the injustice.
The Prom opened on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre on November 15, 2018. The musical played 23 preview and 309 performances before closing August 11, 2019, earning seven Tony Award nominations.
The production, directed and choreographed by Tony winner Casey Nicholaw, starred Tony winner Beth Leavel, Tony nominees Christopher Sieber and Brooks Ashmanskas, Caitlin Kinnunen, Isabelle McCalla, Angie Schworer, Micahel Potts, Josh Lamon, and Courtenay Collins.
DeBose’s theater credits include Bring It On, Motown: The Musical, Pippin and Summer: The Donna Summer Musical.
Luis Fonsi is hittin’ the high seas… and high notes…
The 42-year-old Puerto Rican Latin Grammy winner has lent his voice to a new version of “Baby Shark,” presented by Universal Music Latin Entertainment and children’s content producer Pinkfong.
Officially released this week, the new version of “Baby Shark” is accompanied by a colorful animated video that shows Fonsi diving into the ocean and hanging out with his friendly shark buddies.
Fonsi’s children Mikaela and Rocco also make their singing debut on the track.
“This was a very special collaboration for my kids and I and we hope this new version of ‘Baby Shark’ brings joy and entertains kids and families around the world as much as we enjoyed making it,” said Fonsi in an official statement.
“Baby Shark,” released in 2016, became a viral hit in 2018 and was covered by many K-Pop stars in addition to James Corden and John Legend.
The song debuted at No. 32 on the Billboard Hot 100 list dated January 12, 2019.
Produced by Joel Iglesias, Mini Star, and Pinkfong, the Fonsi-assisted “Baby Shark” is a glimpse of the upcoming Mini Stars Vol. 1 EP by Universal Music Latin Entertainment, where artists like Sebastián Yatra, Nacho, Greeicy,Guaynaa and Joey Montana, to name a few, reimagine children’s classics in Spanish and English.
The 53-year-old Mexican actress and producer has been added to the list of presenters for the 92nd annual Academy Awards telecast on Sunday.
In addition to Hayek, who earned an Oscar nod for her portrayal of iconic Mexican painter Frida Kahlo in the 2002 film Frida, the new additions include Utkarsh Ambudkar, Brie Larson, Spike Lee, Ray Romano, and Rebel Wilson.
Previously announced presenters include James Corden, Penélope Cruz, Beanie Feldstein, Zack Gottsagen, Diane Keaton, Shia LaBeouf, George MacKay, Steve Martin, Keanu Reeves, Maya Rudolph, Zazie Beetz, Timothée Chalamet, Will Ferrell, Gal Gadot, Mindy Kaling, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Anthony Ramos, Mark Ruffalo, Kelly Marie Tran, Kristen Wiig and Sigourney Weaver.
The 92nd annual Academy Awards will be broadcast live on ABC on February 9 from the Dolby Theatre.
The 45-year-old Spanish actress and Oscar winner is set to present at the 92nd annual Academy Awardson ABC.
Cruz, a three-time nominee who won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in Woody Allen‘s Vicky Cristina Barcelona, joins a roster of new additions to the presenters roster that includes James Corden, Beanie Feldstein, Zack Gottsagen, Diane Keaton, Shia LaBeouf, George MacKay, Steve Martin, Keanu Reeves, Maya Rudolph and Sigourney Weaver.
Previously announced presenters include Zazie Beetz, Timothée Chalamet, Will Ferrell, Gal Gadot, Mindy Kaling, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Anthony Ramos, Mark Ruffalo, Kelly Marie Tranand Kristen Wiig.
The Oscars will be televised live on February 9 from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
Camila Cabello is ready to celebrate a country Christmas…
Country singer Kacey Musgraveshas announced her first holiday special, The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show, with the 22-year-old Cuban and Mexican singer and former Fifth Harmony member among her all-star cast of collaborators on a variety of classic and original holiday songs.
Musgraves’ special, directed by Dan Levy will premiere globally on November 29 on Amazon Prime Video and feature Musgraves teaming up with Cabello on “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”
Her other collaborators include Fred Armisen on “Silent Night,” Leon Bridgeson “Present Without a Bow,”James Corden on “Let It Snow,” Zooey Deschanel on “Mele Kalikimaka,” Lana Del Rey on “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” and Troye Sivanon the world debut of “Glittery.”
Musgraves will also be joined by the Radio City Rockettes, who will do one of their famous kickline routines as Musgraves sings “Ribbons and Bows,” as well as special guest Kendall Jenner.
The show “invites fans in as Musgraves prepares for a most joyful Christmas gathering with a whimsical set and dazzling wardrobe influenced by the artist’s fresh aesthetic,” according to a release announcing the special. “Equal parts heart-warming and cleverly absurd, Musgraves pays tribute to holiday specials of the past whilst also reinventing just what a Christmas special can be, with a magically modern twist.”
“I can say without a doubt that this project is unlike anything I’ve ever done before,” Musgraves says in a statement. “What started as the small seed of an idea one night over a year ago has turned into something I’m so proud of. Some truly brilliant comedic and musical guests are featured in the show — as well as my own Grandma. My vision was to bring my old Christmas album to life visually and create a modern and fashionable, fresh take on a classic format. It’s a nostalgic, Wes Anderson-inspired reimagining of the holidays. It’s heartfelt, funny, and most of all, real. I can’t wait to finally share.”
The show will be accompanied by an official soundtrack available on Amazon Musicand other digital services on November 29 as well.
The 22-year-old Cuban and Mexican American singer and former Fifth Harmony member has been tapped to star in a new iteration of Cinderella, written and to be directed by Pitch Perfectscribe Kay Cannon.
Cabello will portray the lead in the reimagining of the classic fairy tale Cinderella from Sony Pictures. The film will reportedly border on the edge of a full-blown musical.
The project, which is on the fast track for production, is based on an original idea from late night host James Corden who producing the film with Leo Pearlmanunder their Fulwell73 shingle.
This will mark Cabello’s film acting debut.
The Grammy-nominated “Havana” singer will also be involved in the music for the film.
Cardi Bproves she’s not the world’s best driver, but still a gas!
The 26-year-old half-Dominican American rap superstar joined James Corden for “Carpool Karaoke” on Monday’s episode of The Late Late Show.
The segment started with the rapper and host singing along to her chart-topping single “Bodak Yellow.” Cardi B even sang into a water bottle as if it was a microphone. She eventually rolled down the window and sang to other drivers who were stopped at a red light.
After the first song ended, Corden asked Cardi B about her many years of hard work before she made it big as a rapper.
“I used to be a stripper and everything, so when I got really popular on Instagram I was stripping throughout the United States and I was going around listening to what people was listening to,” she said. “A lot of people have different styles, so I was like, ‘What would be something that people from every coast would love and enjoy?’ And it was like boom.”
She added that many radio DJs didn’t play her music at the beginning of her career and were originally “sleeping” on her. “I had to keep on making music until I find the right one,” she said. The rapper also said that many people didn’t take her seriously because she was viewed as funny.
Cardi B and Corden took a break from talking to sing “Money.” The rapper continued to sing to other drivers on the street as the two danced and rapped the song.
“Stay in school! Listen to your mom or you won’t be getting no Christmas gifts,” she shouted to elementary school-age kids who were outside. “Go tell your moms to buy my new single.”
During the next break from singing, Cardi B revealed that she can’t drive but has five cars. When Corden asked why she has the cars, she responded, “To take pictures with it.”
“You know how many things I can rap about now that I own these cars? I couldn’t rap about these cars because I didn’t own them, but now I can rap about it,” she explained.
Corden insisted that the rapper learn to drive, so he took her to a parking lot with traffic cones and flags. She took off her high heels before she got behind the wheel. After only a few seconds of driving, she ran into a cone. She later backed into multiple flags and made a left turn after the host instructed her to go right. “This car is very big for me,” she said.
Cardi B then backed into a camera when she attempted to parallel park. “I give up,” she said, before she returned to the passenger seat and the two performed her song “Drip.”
The rapper also discussed her childhood during the segment. “I grew up in what people would consider the ghetto. So yeah, there was a lot of gang-related things. There was a lot of violence, but I also had a lot of fun growing up,” she said. Cardi B then listed some of the fun activities she did during her childhood, like “hookie parties and getting chased by the police.”
“Bartier Cardi” was the next song the pair rapped.
Cardi B also discussed her interest in ASMRvideos during a song break. She explained that the videos consist of people making sounds with their mouths and performing certain movements that help her fall asleep. Corden tried to make the sounds with his mouth, though Cardi B said that he sounded “nasty.”
After the two made a series of noises with their mouths, they sang along to “Be Careful.”
The rapper later shared a story about one of her most uncomfortable performances. “I did a Bar Mitzvahnot too long ago and I never performed in front of so many kids and then my DJ didn’t have the clean version of the songs and I just felt so awkward,” she said. “But those kids were having a good time and I had a good time, too.”
Corden asked if the rapper had ever performed for an older demographic and she said that she has not. To fix this, the host took her to a dance class at a senior center.
The rapper and host danced with the class members as they performed her hit “I Like It.”
During the performance, Cardi B held onto a dancer named Gunter as they swayed back and forth. “Are you looking for a significant other?” he asked. After she laughed, she answered, “Sure.”