A nine-time Grammy Award winner, Blige joins just 10 other artists to ever receive the prestigious Billboard Icon Award, which recognizes outstanding musicians who have achieved excellence on the Billboard charts and have made an indelible mark on music itself. Since the award’s inauguration in 2011, past recipients include Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, Cher, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Garth Brooks and P!NK.Read more
Golda Rosheuvel, who plays Queen Charlotte in Bridgerton, will reprise her role in the as-yet-untitled prequel. With the continued success of the period series Bridgerton, Netflix and Shondaland recently announced the cast of the limited series based on the origins of the historical figure Queen Charlotte. While the project is untitled, the series centers on the rise and love life of a young Queen Charlotte. It will also focus on Violet Bridgerton and Lady Danbury.Read more
Award-winning The Virgin of Highland Park helmer Sonía Sebastian is directing the LGBTQ+ coming-of-age story The Kiss List. Screenwriter Ximena García Lecuona adapted Sara Jo Cluff’s young-adult book of the same name. The movie wrapped filming earlier this month in and around Louisville, Kentucky. MarVista Entertainment developed the feature film under the direction of the company’s Head of Creative Affairs Hannah Pillemer from Cluff’s 2019 book from Monster Ivy Publishing.Read more
A documentary about pop culture icon Pamela Anderson that has been in the making for several years is coming to Netflix. Directed by Ryan White, the film will feature exclusive access to Anderson, along with never-before-seen archive footage and personal journals.Read more
Audible Inc., a leading creator and provider of premium audio storytelling, has announced three scripted multi-cast Audible Original productions with Emmy-winning Simpson Street Productions, helmed by founder and Emmy-, SAG- and Golden Globe-nominated actor, director, producer and activist Kerry Washington and Simpson Street Executive Vice President and Academy Award-nominated producer Pilar Savone. The first of the three Audible Original podcasts, ranging from romantic comedies to epic science fiction tales, will include Prophecy, launching this year, followed by Between Me and You and The Last Black Queen.Read more
Roberta Munroe recently was appointed as artistic director of Oregon’s Ashland Independent Film Festival, celebrating its 21st anniversary this year. Munroe previously led programming for several premier global film events, including Sundance, Los Angeles Film Festival and Independent Filmmaker Project New York. She has also produced more than 40 projects and directed six films.Read more
Emmy winner and Two-time Academy Award nominee Cynthia Erivo (Harriet, Genius: Aretha). After a near-death experience, a young woman is plagued by a rare and mysterious savant ability that may be the key to unlocking the truth behind her fractured memory and past.Read more
Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren will be the 57th recipient of SAG-AFTRA’s highest tribute: the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. Mirren will be presented the performers union’s top accolade at the 28th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, slated to be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Feb. 27 from The Barker Hangar in Santa Monica.Read more
In honor of one of the world’s most beloved entertainers, NBC is presenting an hourlong primetime special commemorating the life and legacy of the late, legendary television star Betty White. “Celebrating Betty White: America’s Golden Girl” airs at 10 p.m. ET/PT Jan. 31 at on NBC and will be available to stream on Peacock the following day. Friends and stars will pay tribute to America’s comedy sweetheart in the NBC special.Read more
The 79th Golden Globes were a tarnished shadow of their past glory, but the embattled Hollywood Foreign Press Association managed to pick some dazzling winners at the celebrity-free, non-televised Jan. 9 ceremony.
With her stunning Western epic “=The Power of the Dog, Jane Campion became just the third woman in the Globe’s almost eight-decade history to garner the best director title, following Chloe Zhao’s 2021 win for Nomadland and Barbra Streisand’s 1983 victory for Yentl.