John Leguizamo to Star in Ava DuVernay’s Netflix Limited Drama Series “Central Park Five”

John Leguizamo is Central Park bound…

The 53-year-old Colombian actor/comedian is set to star in Ava DuVernay’s Netflix limited series Central Park Five.

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Leguizamo joins a cast for the four-part dramathat includes Michael K. Williams and Vera Farmiga.

The limited series sprawls from 1989 when five Harlem teens were incorrectly convicted first in the media and then twice in the courts for the brutal rape of a jogger in the NYC park to 2014 when Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise saw their names finally cleared.

Having been vilified by the likes of Donald Trump back in the late 80s and forced to spend years in jail each, the five sued New York City and settled for just over $40 million about four years ago. Before you take another breath, take into account that sum that works out to around $1 million for every year they collectively spent tossed behind bars for a terrible crime they never committed

Emmy winner, recent Special Tony Award winner and Bloodline star Leguizamo has signed on as Raymond Santana Sr., father of another one of the falsely accused boys of color.

Currently in pre-production in NYC and with principal photography starting in early August, Central Park Five also reunites its creator DuVernay for the fifth time with Selma cinematographer Bradford Young, who recently shot Solo: A Star Wars Story.Working with writers Robin Swicord, Attica Locke and Michael Starrbury, DuVernay co-penned each episode of the series.

The Queen Sugar EP and ARRAY founder is directing every episode of the timely drama.

Dorough & the Backstreet Boys Return to the Billboard Hot 100 with Their Florida Georgia Line Collaboration “God, Your Mama, And Me”

It’s the end of a decade-long drought for Howie Dorough

The 42-year-old half-Puerto Rican singer and his fellow Backstreet Boys band mates have returned to the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the first time since 2007, as Florida Georgia Line‘s “God, Your Mama, And Me,” featuring the boy band, debuts at No. 92 on the chart (dated March 18).

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The Backstreet Boys had last appeared on the Hot 100 with “Inconsolable,” which reached No. 86 in September 2007.

The new collaboration is BSB‘s 17th Hot 100 hit (and first in a featured role). The group has tallied six top 10s, led by its highest-charting, No. 2-peaking 1997 breakthrough smash “Quit Playing Games (With My Heart).”

On the Hot Country Songs chart, “God, Your Mama, And Me” enters the top 20 (21-16) as the top Streaming Gainer, following the February 20 arrival of its official video, which stars both FGL and BSB. The song enters Country Streaming Songs at No. 15, up 31 percent to 2.8 million U.S. streams in the week ending March 2, according to Nielsen Music. It also pushes 6-5 on Country Digital Song Sales (20,000 downloads sold, up 27 percent) and 34-31 on Country Airplay (6.5 million in audience, up 14 percent).

Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley remembers seeing Backstreet Boys in concert in 1998. “It was nuts,” he recently told Billboard. “People were just screaming, hooting and hollering all around.”

“To have the Backstreet Boys featured on [“God”] was something we kind of envisioned in the studio while recording it,” the duo’s Tyler Hubbard added. “To have that come to fruition was amazing. It really, really took that song to the next level.”

Said Backstreet Boy Kevin Richardson, “I’m a father of two boys, so I like how the song could have a double meaning. You could be talking about your children, or your spouse, or your love interest. I think it’s poetic, and it’s got a great melody.”

Dorough & the Backstreet Boys Launching 18-Date Las Vegas Residency

All bet’s are on for Howie Dorough..

The 42-year-old half-Puerto Rican singer and his fellow Backstreet Boys band mates will kick off an 18-date trial residency at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on March 1, 2017, according to Billboard.

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“If you’ve ever been to a Backstreet Boys show… it’s going to be that on steroids,” says Brian Littrell.

“We’re going to call the show Larger Than Life, and we’re taking that theme and we’re going to run with it,” adds Kevin Richardson.

The show, split between March and June/July runs, is a joint venture between Caesars Entertainment and Live Nation, and promises to be a “one-of-a-kind, over-the-top” production featuring the Grammy-winning group’s greatest hits and more.

The quintet’s arrival in Las Vegas cements a burgeoning era of pop music residencies on The Strip, with acts including Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez having breathed new life into traditional residency set-ups in recent years.

“The AXIS marked a new era of entertainment, bringing the first pop music residencies to the famed Las Vegas Strip,” says Jason Gastwirth, Caesars Entertainment senior vice president of marketing and entertainment. “Introducing the Backstreet Boys further solidifies our reputation as a premier destination for live entertainment.”

Tickets for the shows will start at $39, plus fees and taxes, and go on sale at 10am on October 1st, with various pre-sales kicking off from Monday.

The dates are:

March 2017: 1, 3, 4, 8, 10, 11, 15, 17, 18
June 2017: 14, 16, 17, 21, 23, 24, 28, 30
July 2017: 1

Dorough & the Backstreet Boys May Launch Las Vegas Residency

Howie Dorough may be heading to Sin City

The 42-year-old half-Puerto Rican singer and his fellow Backstreet Boys band mates may possibly launch a concert residency in Las Vegas in the near future, according to Nick Carter.

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“We have a deal with Live Nation, which is the touring company, and we just signed a 9-show deal to do sort of like a test run in Vegas with the residency,” Carter told ET at the Los Angeles premiere of his SyFy zombie western, Dead 7.

“So that’s definitely going to happen, but we’re going to do a trial run first.”

“It would definitely have to be a very big and spectacular show. Thankfully, we have a good catalog so we can perform all of our hits. That could take up a lot of the show,” Carter said.

Carter recently revealed that a new Backstreet Boys album is coming, which bandmate Kevin Richardson confirmed at the premiere.

“We’re definitely in the studio, recording a brand-new album,” Richardson said, adding, “We’re gonna do a world tour first.”

Dorough & The Backstreet Boys to Perform in Four Australian Cities

Howie Dorough is headed Down Under…

The 41-year-old half-Puerto Rican singer and his fellow Backstreet Boys band mates are heading back to Australia.

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The boy band’s In A World Like This Tour will play arenas in four Australian cities, beginning May 8 at Melbourne’s 15,000 capacity Rod Laver Arena and wrapping at May 15 at Perth Arena (also 15,000 capacity). It’ll be their first trek of the country for almost a decade.

Live Nation Australia announced the tour on Thursday and confirmed original member Kevin Richardson would join his bandmates — Dorough, Brian Littrell, A. J. McLean and Nick Carter — for the dates. Richardson, who returned to BSB in 2012 after a six-year break, performed on the 2013 album release, In A World Like This.

The band’s eight studio set opened at No. 5 in the U.S., and was released to coincide with the Backstreet Boys’ 20th anniversary. Richardson and co. have since played shows across Europe, Asia and North America.

“This last year and a half of touring with my bandmates again couldn’t have been any better, but I’m so excited to finally get back to Australia and play for our Aussie fans,” Richardson says in a statement. “It wouldn’t feel complete without spending time in one of our favorite places.”

Tickets go on sale at midday Feb. 23. The band’s fan club (Feb. 13-15), Telstra customers (Feb. 18-Feb. 20) and members of My Live Nation (Feb. 20) have an early window for pre-sale tickets.

The Boys’ documentary Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of debuted in the U.S. last month and is due for an Australian release from March 28.

The Backstreet Boys’ “In A World Like This Tour” of Australia:
May 8 — Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
May 9 — Allphones Arena, Sydney
May 10 — Brisbane Entertainment Centre
May 15 — Perth Arena

Gravitas Ventures Acquires North American Rights to Dorough’s Documentary “Backstreet Boys: Show ‘em What You’re Made of”

Howie Dorough is ready to show ‘em what he’s made of in the United States…

Gravitas Ventures has acquired the North American theatrical, VOD, and DVD rights to the 41-year-old half-Puerto Rican singer and his fellow boy band members’ documentary Backstreet Boys: Show ‘em What You’re Made of.

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From Stones in Exile and Scott Walker: 30th Century Man director Stephen Kijak, the film chronicles two years in the lives of Dorough, Nick Carter, Brian Littrell, AJ McLean and Kevin Richardson, the boy banders who rose to pop stardom with 1996’s eponymous debut album Backstreet Boys, paving the way for the likes of *NSYNC, 98 Degrees, and other favorites of the Tiger Beat set.

But in Littrell’s own words, “From 1992 to 2002 we were the biggest band in the world… Then it just stopped. And what do you do when you’re a full grown man in a boy band?”

Despite selling 130 million records, going gold and platinum in 46 countries, and earning eight Grammy nods, the boy band bubble burst for Littrell & Co. in 2000 after peaking with Millennium. Kijak’s film teases an intimate reveal of “new and old tensions that need confronting and resolving” as the quintet relive their glory days.

All five members produced the Pulse Films, K-Bahn LLC and Missing in Action Films production along with Mia Bays.

The documentary hits U.S. theaters and VOD on January 30 before London’s More2Screen rolls it out worldwide on February 26, and will make its broadcast debut in Spring 2015 via VH1.

Dorough & The Backstreet Boys Release Video for “In a World Like This”

Howie Dorough and his fellow Backstreet Boys are back, alright!

The 39-year-old half-Puerto Rican singer and his fellow boy-banders have released the official music video for their new single “In a World Like This.”

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The clip features all five original members of the band, Dorough, Nick Carter, Brian Littrell, A.J. McLean and Kevin Richardson, looking as fresh-faced as they were when they formed the band 20 years ago.

But Dorough and the gang have matured with the years, with their new track featuring a deep message.

With the quintet performing outdoors, the almost four-minute clip features several important events in American history such as the first moon landing, the 9/11 terrorist attacks and most recently, marriage equality.

“The concept of the video is based on the song, which tells a story of how love conquers all and ‘in a world like this’ that we live in, with all the craziness and negative energy that can go around, with real love you can overcome anything,” said McLean about the new video.

McLean added that by highlighting marriage equality in their new music video, “BSB wants to show our support for the LGBT community and we believe that two people of the same sex should have the right to get married. Gay marriage has been a long-standing issue and recently the LGBT community celebrated the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that gave legally married same-sex couples the same federal rights as heterosexual couples.”

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The Backstreet Boys are set to release a new album on July 30 to mark their 20th anniversary in the music industry, as well as a world tour.