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GENERAL POP CULTURE NEWS:
- Graphic artist and author MILTON GLASER, who created the iconic “I ♥ NY” logo in 1977 that helped propel the city’s tourism industry which is now internationally known and has been widely recreated, died from complications following a stroke. He was 91.
- Cirque du Soleil filed for bankruptcy and cut 3,500 employees worldwide.
- Broadway actor NICK CORDERO, who has suffered from multiple complications after contracting Covid-19 and has been in the hospital for months, now may be facing the prospect of a double lung transplant due to the illness which has already led to the actor having to have a leg amputated. Former US Republican presidential candidate/businessman HERMAN CAIN has been admitted to a hospital after testing positive for Covid-19. Actress/former Miss USA SHANNA MOAKLER revealed she has been diagnosed with Covid-19.
- NAMES, HASHTAGS, MEMES, AND TRENDS FROM THIS PAST WEEK -
Illegal fireworks; #WearADamnMask
- THIS WEEK IN SPORTS -
- MLB: While Major League Baseball is going forward with plans to play a pandemic-shortened season, its minor league affiliates will not as it was announced that minor league baseball’s 2020 season has officially been cancelled.
- NFL: The NFL announced that “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing”, considered by many as the Black national anthem, will be played before every week 1 game in September to honor Black victims of police brutality in the US. The song will be either performed live or played via a recording prior to the traditional performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner”. The league is also considering putting victims’ names on player jerseys as well.
- AWARDS UPDATE -
- The Daytime Emmys: CBS soap “The Young & the Restless” was named Outstanding Drama at the 47th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. The series also scored a win for Outstanding Lead Actor JASON THOMPSON while Outstanding Lead Actress went to HEATHER TOM of “The Bold and the Beautiful” - who tied veteran soap actress ERIKA SLEZAK for the most career Daytime Emmy wins with 6. Syndicated game show “Jeopardy!” and its host ALEX TREBEK took home the honors for Outstanding Game Show and Outstanding Game Show Host, respectively. Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show went to NBC’s “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and ABC’s “The View” was named Outstanding Informative Talk Show; Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host went to KELLY CLARKSON of NBC’s “The Kelly Clarkson Show”. NBC’s “Today” was named Outstanding Morning Show. For a list of Daytime Emmy winners, check out the following link: https://deadline.com/2020/06/daytime-emmy-awards-winners-2020-list-1202971038/
- The BET Awards: Pop/R&B singer BEYONCE, R&B singer CHRIS BROWN and Hip Hop artist RODDY RICCH were among the big winners on the music side at the 2020 BET Awards. Each took home two awards, with Brown nabbing Best Male R&B/Pop Artist and Best Collaboration for “No Guidance” featuring DRAKE, Ricch secured wins for Best New Artist and Best Album for “Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial”, while Beyoncé was honored with the BET HER Award and the Humanitarian Award for her work with her BeyGOOD Initiative. Actors ISSA RAE and MICHAEL B. JORDAN were named Best Actress and Best Actor, respectively, while actress MARSAI MARTIN was given the Young Stars Award. Gymnast SIMONE BILES and NBA player LEBRON JAMES were awarded Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year, respectively. For a complete list of 2020 BET Award winners, check out the following link: https://www.thewrap.com/bet-awards-2020-winners-list-chris-brown-beyonce-roddy-ricch/
- MTV VMAs: MTV announced the Video Music Awards will take place on August 30th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York with “limited capacity or no audience” in compliance with New York State’s Covid-19 precaution rules. It will be the first non-virtual award show since the Covid-19 pandemic hit the US.
- Oscars: Actors AWKWAFINA, JOHN DAVID WASHINGTON, and FLORENCE PUGH are among the 819 Hollywood industry insiders invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Actors CYNTHIA ERIVO, BOBBY CANNAVALE, ZENDAYA, LAKEITH STANFIELD, TIM MCGRAW, EVA LONGORIA, OLIVIA WILDE, TYNE DALY, and NIECY NASH, musicians LARRY MULLEN JR, PATRICE RUSHEN, and BERNIE TAUPIN, producer RYAN MURPHY, directors MATT REEVES, MATTHEW VAUGHN, and LULU WANG, and 12 cast and crew members from this year’s Best Picture winner “Parasite” were also among those invited to join the Academy. Of the 819 people invited to join the Academy this year, 367 are women, 405 are based outside the United States, and 294 are from “underrepresented ethnic or racial communities” per the Academy. Approximately 95% of those who receive invitations do join.
- SAG Awards: The Screen Actors Guild announced it will move the annual SAG Awards ceremony next year from January to March 14th in response to the scheduling shift of “Oscar season” due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
- POLITICS-R-US -
- US/Russia/Afghanistan: US Intelligence found that Russian Military Intelligence offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants in Afghanistan to initiate attacks on American and British military members in the region. According to the report, US President DONALD TRUMP was briefed about the bounties in February and March and while the administration has mulled over options on how to retaliate against Russia, Trump has not acted in any manner on the situation. Trump denies he was ever informed about the Russian bounties. Meanwhile, Trump has had multiple phone conversations with Russian President VLADIMIR PUTIN since he was reportedly initially informed of the bounties during which he has reportedly offered numerous concessions to Putin in those conversations, including attempting to reinstate Russia into the G7 and moving US troops out of Germany. Since the story broke about the Russian bounties, further information has surfaced that the White House was actually informed of the Russian bounties in 2019 and that former National Security Advisor JOHN BOLTON told colleagues he had directly briefed Trump about the bounties last year, contradicting the Trump Administration’s claims that Trump and the White House were not told of the Russian bounties until the story broke in the news. Russia has denied the allegations but British Intelligence has confirmed it.
- Ireland: Fianna Fáil party member MICHAEL MARTIN was elected the new Prime Minister of Ireland after Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party finally endorsed a coalition government nearly five months after the General Election.
- US: Mississippi lawmakers voted to remove the Confederate icon from the official state flag. Mississippi is the last state in the country that still had a representation of the Confederate flag on its state flag. A referendum to change the flag failed back in 2001.
- Iran/US: Iranian officials have issued an arrest warrant for US President DONALD TRUMP and several other US officials the country believes are responsible for the death of a high-ranking Iranian general at an Iraqi airport that the US bombed last year. Iran asked Interpol to help in securing Trump for arrest to allow them to try him but Interpol has refused to assist Iran in doing so, making their attempt to arrest Trump unlikely to ever come to fruition.
- US: By a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court ruled to overturn an anti-abortion law in Louisiana, ruling that the law was too similar to a Texas anti-abortion law that the Supreme Court struck down two years ago. Chief Justice JOHN ROBERTS, who voted with the more liberal justices to strike down the law, noted that while he did not think the Supreme Court should have overturned the Texas law in the first place, since they had done so and this Louisiana law was virtually the same law, it meant that they had to follow the precedent they had previously set and overturn this law.
- US: More than a dozen states are pausing or rolling back reopening businesses and public places as cases of Covid-19 continue to rise across the US. Arizona has shut down bars, gyms, water parks, and movie theaters as Covid-19 cases continue to rise. California has shut down bars in several counties and area beaches are being closed over the holiday weekend to limit the spread of Covid-19. States including Washington, North Carolina, Kansas, Oregon, Nevada, and Texas and individual cities including Charleston, South Carolina, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Savannah, Georgia, Miami, Florida, and the city of Jacksonville, Florida, which will hold the Republican Convention in August, have ordered residents to wear face masks in public; however, Nebraska Governor PETE RICKETTS has ordered counties to roll back orders making mask wearing in public mandatory, stating he will pull back Covid relief funding to those counties if they force the issue.
- The European Union: The EU has reopened borders to several countries but is specifically blocking travelers from countries with high numbers of active Covid-19 cases, including the United States.
- ON BROADWAY/ THE WEST END -
- Broadway performances have now been suspended through the end of the year.
- TECH TALK -
- Twitch suspended US President DONALD TRUMP’s account for “hateful conduct” while Reddit banned a popular Trump community on the site after updating the site’s hate speech rules.
- Disney has shifted the release of their live-action version of “Mulan” back to an August 21st opening due to the rise of Covid-19 infections across the US.
- Paramount and Skydance have pushed back the release date of the film adaptation of JOHN CLANCY’s “Without Remorse”. The film, starring actor MICHAEL B. JORDAN as John Clark, was due to be released this October but now will not premiere until February 26, 2021.
- MGM has pushed back the release of comedy adventure sequel “Bill & Ted Face the Music” back two weeks to August 28th to avoid opening against the Warner Bros. release of CHRISTOPHER NOLAN’s “Tenet” which was pushed back from July 31st to August 12th.
- Solstice Studios announced its first theatrical release, “Unhinged” starring RUSSELL CROWE, has been pushed back to a July 31st release.
- Netflix has picked up AARON SORKIN’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7” from Paramount.
- Director JONAS AKERLUND has been tapped to helm “Midas Man”, a biopic about late Beatles’ manager and music impresario BRIAN EPSTEIN.
- MOVIE CASTING UPDATE -
- Actress MARGOT ROBBIE will star in a new “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie.
- Actor ZACHARY LEVI will portray former NFL quarterback KURT WARNER in the biopic “American Underdog”.
- Fox animated shows “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy” both have vowed that characters of color on the shows will be voiced by actors of color from here on out, following similar moves by several streaming animated shows last week.
- Netflix and Hulu pulled an episode of former comedy series “Community” due to the depiction of blackface, while an episode of former comedy series “The Office” opted to edit out a blackface scene from one episode in order to allow the episode to still be available on streaming sites. Hulu has also removed an episode of former comedy series “The Golden Girls” from the site, claiming a scene in the episode “Mixed Blessings” in which two characters were testing out a new mud face treatment at the time the Black future in-laws of another character’s adult child arrived constitutes as a blackface scene and thus warranted being removed by the site.
- Former MTV animated series “Beavis and Butt-Head” is returning to tv with a new, re-imagined version as part of a deal creator MIKE JUDGE made with Comedy Central. The Comedy Central deal includes a two-season order for the reboot as well as spin-offs and specials. Judge will write, produce, and voice the characters for the new incarnation, which will see teenage couch potatoes Beavis and Butt-Head enter a “whole new Gen Z world” but the themes will reportedly be relatable for old fans as well as new viewers. No word on when the rebooted series will begin airing on Comedy Central.
- TV CASTING UPDATE -
- Comedian/actor JAY PHAROAH will host the Nickelodeon 6-episode remote game show “Nickelodeon’s Unfiltered”, in which panelists DARCI LYNNE, LEX LUMPKIN, and GABRIELLE NEVEAH GREEN guess the identities of celebrity guests who have been disguised by an animated 3D filter and voice changer.
- Music acts BLACK EYED PEAS, THE KILLERS, LADY A, JOHN LEGEND, TIM MCGRAW, and BRAD PAISLEY, and National Youth Poet Laureate AMANDA GORMAN are set to perform during NBC’s 44th Annual “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular” on Saturday. NBC News anchor/“TODAY” co-host CRAIG MELVIN will host the two-hour event.
- Former ESPN personality WILL CAIN is joining Fox News program “Fox & Friends Weekend” as a co-host.
- Actress LESLEY MANVILLE will take over the role of Princess MARGARET for the fifth-and-final season of Netflix drama series “The Crown”.
- TV RENEWALS* AND PICKUPS/EXTENSIONS** -
* “Twenties”, BET, renewed for season 2
* “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, HBO, renewed for season 11
* “The Great”, Hulu, renewed for season 2
* “Never Have I Ever”, Netflix, renewed for season 2
* “Ozark”, Netflix, renewed for a fourth and final season
* “The Kominsky Method”, Netflix, renewed for a third-and-final season
* “Chrissy’s Court”, Quibi, renewed for seasons 2
- TV CANCELLATIONS* AND TRIMMED/NOT-EXTENDED SEASONS** -
* “Vagrant Queen”, Syfy, cancelled after one season
* “Katy Keene”, The CW, cancelled after one season
- Rock band THE ROLLING STONES threaten US President DONALD TRUMP’s reelection campaign with a lawsuit for using their song “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” at his recent rallies without the band’s permission. The group issued similar cease and desist directives to Trump and his campaign when he first ran for president in 2016.
- K-pop girl group BLACKPINK’s new single “How You Like That” shattered YouTube’s 24-hour viewing record, racking up more than 82 million views in the first 24 hours of the video’s release on the site.
- Rocker BOB DYLAN’s “Rough and Rowdy Ways” is the singer/songwriter’s ninth album to top the charts in the UK, making him (at 79 years and 1 month old) the oldest artist to score a UK #1 album of new original material (previously set by PAUL SIMON in 2016 when his last album of new material “Stranger to Stranger” reached #1 when he was 74 years 8 months old) and the oldest male solo artists to nab a #1 on the UK Official Albums Chart (previously set in 2019 by ROD STEWART at 74 years 11months when his orchestral rework collection “You’re In My Heart” went to #1).
- LAST WEEK’S NEW #1 SINGLES AND ALBUMS AROUND THE WORLD –
Australia (ARIA): Song – “Rockstar” by DABABY ft. RODDY RICCH; Album - “Music from the Home Front: An Anzac Day Concert for the Fight Against Covid-19” by Various Artists
Canada (Billboard): Song – “Roses” by SAINT JHN; Album - “After Hours” by THE WEEKND
Euro (Digital Song Sales): Song – “Savage Love (Laxed - Siren Beat” by JAWSH 685 X JASON DERULO
France (Digital Song Sales): Song – “Mais Je T’Aime” by GRAND CORPS MALADE & CAMILLE LELLOUCHE
Germany: Song – “Big Body Benz” by BONEZ MC; Album - “Rough And Rowdy Ways” by BOB DYLAN
Greece: Album – “TopBoy” by SNIK
Ireland (IRMA): Song – “Rockstar” by DABABY ft. RODDY RICCH; Album - “Rough And Rowdy Ways” by BOB DYLAN
Italy: Song – “Karaoke” by BOOMDABASH & ALESSANDRA AMOROSO; Album - “Gemelli” by ERNIA
Spain (Digital Song Sales): Song – “MAS” by AGONEY
US (Billboard): Song – “Rockstar” by DABABY ft. RODDY RICCH; Album - “My Turn” by LIL BABY
UK (UK Official): Song – “Rockstar” by DABABY ft. RODDY RICCH; Album - “Rough And Rowdy Ways” by BOB DYLAN