Christina Aguilera’s dominated the worldwide stage since the 1999 release of her hit single “Genie in a Bottle.” From her multiple re-inventions through the years to her Las Vegas residency, here’s how Xtina became a bonafide icon.
Christina Aguilera’s dominated the worldwide stage since the 1999 release of her hit single “Genie in a Bottle.” From her multiple re-inventions through the years to her Las Vegas residency, here’s how Xtina became a bonafide icon.
Last month the news broke that Henry Cavill was in a relationship with television exec Natalie Viscuso — and when that news broke, so did millions of hearts. Now, the actor who has played Superman in the DC Universe is requesting that fans end the animosity, gossip and speculation about his personal life and respect his privacy. Cavill took to Instagram Saturday to issue a lengthy, heartfelt plea to his well-meaning supporters. “Dear fans and followers, I wanted to make a wee community announcement,” his caption began. “I couldn’t help but notice that there has been some social animosity of late. It’s becoming increasingly prevalent on my feed. There has been lots of, let’s call it speculation for now, about my private life and professional partnerships. Now, while I do appreciate the passion and support by those very people who are ‘speculating’, It has come to such a point that I needed to say something, which in itself, is a bad thing.” “We are living in an age of social enlightenment,” Cavill continued, “More and more, people are realising [sic] that their views may have been blinkered and that they need to expand them to encompass others.” The caption, which was posted alongside a sweet selfie of Cavill and Viscuso, grew more stern as it went on. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Henry Cavill (@henrycavill) “So, to you out there who are expressing your disdain and showing your displeasure through a surprising variety of ways, it’s time to stop,” he added. “I know it can be fun to speculate, to gossip, and to dive into our own personal echo chambers on the internet, but your ‘passion’ is misplaced, and it causes harm to the people I care about most. Even your most conservative of negative assumptions about both my personal and professional life just aren’t true.” Although it’s unclear what specific criticism he is referring to, some fans have debated the legitimacy of the relationship, as well as Cavill’s sexuality in the past. “I am very happy in love, and in life,” he concluded, “I’d be enormously grateful if you were happy with me. If you can’t bring yourself to be happy with me, then at the very least try to do yourself proud and be the best version of yourself.” After years of keeping a notoriously low romantic profile, Cavill announced his relationship with Viscuso on April 10 with a picture of the couple playing chess and a caption referring to her as his “beautiful and brilliant love.” Viscuso, who is the Vice President of Television and Digital Studios at Legendary Entertainment, posted the same photo to her own account. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Henry Cavill (@henrycavill) Read original story Henry Cavill Wants You to Leave His Girlfriend Alone At TheWrap
Updated Saturday at 3:30 p.m. PT with “B Positive” and “United States of Al” renewed by CBS. We’re right in the thick of the traditional window during which broadcast TV networks reveal which series will be renewed, canceled and ordered for the next season. But with ongoing production issues due to the coronavirus pandemic, broadcasters are faced with some unprecedented problems while making these decisions for the their 2021-22 slates ahead of next week’s virtual upfront presentations. Below is every scripted show that ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox and The CW have renewed or canceled so far for the 2021-22 broadcast TV season, along with those still awaiting their fates. Check back with TheWrap regularly for updates. NBCRenewed Series: “The Blacklist,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (eighth and final season), “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago Med,” “Chicago P.D.” (entire “Chicago” franchise renewed for two more seasons each), “Kenan,” “Law & Order: SVU” (renewed through Season 24), “Law & Order: Organized Crime,” “Mr. Mayor,” “New Amsterdam” (renewed through Season 5), “This Is Us” (sixth and final season),”Transplant,” “Young Rock” Canceled/Ending Series: “Connecting,” “Superstore” Series Awaiting Decisions: “Debris,” “Good Girls,” “Manifest,” “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” Series That Haven’t Premiered Yet: N/A Newly Ordered Series: “American Auto,” “Grand Crew,” “La Brea,” “Law & Order: For the Defense,” “Ordinary Joe,” “The Thing About Pam” ABCRenewed Series: “A Million Little Things,” “Big Sky,” “black-ish” (eighth and final season), “The Conners,” “The Goldbergs,” “The Good Doctor,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Home Economics,” “The Rookie,” “Station 19” Canceled/Ending Series: “American Housewife,” “Call Your Mother,” “For Life,” “mixed-ish,” “Rebel,” “Stumptown,” “United We Fall” Series Awaiting Decisions: N/A Series That Haven’t Premiered Yet: N/A Newly Ordered Series: “Abbott Elementary,” “Maggie,” “Queens,” “Women of the Movement,” “The Wonder Years” FoxRenewed Series: “Bob’s Burgers,” “Call Me Kat,” “Duncanville,” “Family Guy,” “The Great North,” “The Simpsons” (for Seasons 33 and 34) Canceled/Ending Series: “Bless the Harts,” “Filthy Rich,” “Last Man Standing,” “Next,” “Prodigal Son” Series Awaiting Decisions: “9-1-1,” “9-1-1: Lone Star,” “The Moodys,” “The Resident” Series That Haven’t Premiered Yet: “Housebroken” Newly Ordered Series: “The Big Leap,” “The Cleaning Lady,” “Fantasy Island,” “Monarch,” “Our Kind of People,” “Pivoting,” “This Country”, Untitled Dan Harmon Animated Comedy CBSRenewed Series: “B Positive,” “Blood & Treasure” (renewed for Season 2 in 2019), “Blue Bloods,” “Bob Hearts Abishola,” “Bull,” “Clarice” (moving to Paramount+),”The Equalizer,” “Evil” (renewed for Season 2 in 2019),”FBI,” “FBI: Most Wanted,” “Magnum P.I.,” “NCIS,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “The Neighborhood,” “SEAL Team” (moving to Paramount+), “S.W.A.T.,” “Young Sheldon” (renewed for Seasons 5, 6 and 7) and “United States of Al” Canceled/Ending Series: “All Rise,” “MacGyver,” “Mom,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” “The Unicorn” Series Awaiting Decisions: N/A Series That Haven’t Premiered Yet: N/A Newly Ordered Series: “CSI: Vegas,” “FBI International,” “Ghosts,” “Good Sam,” “NCIS: Hawaii,” “Smallwood” The CWRenewed Series: “All American,” “Batwoman,” “Charmed,” “Coroner,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” “DC’s Stargirl,” “Dead Pixels,” “Dynasty,” “The Flash,” “In the Dark,” “Kung Fu,” “Legacies,” “Nancy Drew,” “Riverdale,” “Roswell, New Mexico,” “Superman & Lois,” “Two Sentence Horror Stories,” “Walker” Canceled/Ending Series: “Black Lightning,” “Burden of Truth,” “Pandora,” “Supergirl,” “Trickster” Series Awaiting Decisions: “Devils” (Italian import), “The Outpost” (Season 3 extended, not yet renewed for Season 4) Series That Haven’t Premiered Yet: “Republic of Sarah” Newly Ordered Series: “4400“ Read original story 2021-22 TV Season: Every Broadcast Show Canceled, Renewed and Ordered – So Far (Updating) At TheWrap
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Seth Rogen had a chance to land the role of Eminem’s sidekick in the 2002 film “8 Mile” but, um, let’s just say the audition didn’t go so well. In fact, Rogen considers the experience, “the weirdest audition I ever did” to this day. Rogen talks about the ill-fated audition in his new book, “Yearbook,” a collection of anecdotes from the actor’s Canadian upbringing, as well as his misadventures in showbiz. He writes that when he was asked to read for the role of Cheddar Bob — a friend of Eminem’s character, Rabbit — he was told that the film’s casting director was so uncomfortable with the “rappery” quality of the dialogue that actors vying for the role would have to bring a buddy to run lines with instead. “Which is f—ing nuts,” Rogen said. Rogen approached none other than his friend and former “Freaks & Geeks” costar Jason Segel to be his scene partner, who, as it so happened, revealed was also auditioning for the part. “We asked our agents if our auditions could be scheduled one right after the other, so that one of us could audition for Cheddar, with the other reading the Rabbit part, and then we’d switch,” Rogen wrote. “We had a sleepover at my apartment the night before the auditions so we could rehearse and then carpooled to the audition together.” However, Rogen said that having a buddy in the room did more harm than good for each of their prospects. Rogen went first with Segel pitching him lines from behind the camera. Both actors quickly learned that lines like, “Yo, yo, mothaf—a! It’s Chedda! What up, b—-!” and “Yo, yo, Rabbit! You gotta record your s— at Paisley Park, yo!” did not roll off the tongue so easily. “I started laughing hysterically,” Rogen said. “And so did Jason. We literally couldn’t make it through the auditions. As soon as one of us started the scene, the other would lose it…It was so silly, we couldn’t finish. We just excused ourselves and saw ourselves out, tears streaming down our faces.” Unsurprisingly, neither actor booked the gig. The role of Cheddar Bob would eventually go to Evan Jones. “8 Mile” became a commercial and critical smash, even earning Eminem a Best Original Song Oscar for “Lose Yourself.” Rogen harbors no regrets though. “Auditioning is embarrassing in the best of times,” Rogen said, “Add the fact that one of my best friends is watching me do it and that we’re both reading for rappers from Detroit, which we could not have been less right for.” Rogen eventually found his feature-length footing in films like “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and “Knocked Up.” Read original story Seth Rogen Was Almost in ‘8 Mile': It Was the ‘Weirdest Audition I Ever Did’ At TheWrap
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Kevin Guthrie, a Scottish actor known for his roles in the “Fantastic Beasts” films, “Dunkirk” and “Sunshine on Leith,” has been sentenced to three years in jail for sexually assaulting a woman in Glasgow. Guthrie denied the charges, saying he had simply helped the woman after she fell ill, the BBC reports. However, his DNA was found inside her underwear. Following a four-day-trial, he was found guilty and placed on the sex offenders registry indefinitely. The attack took place at the flat of fellow actor Scott Reid in September 2017. The court heard how a 29-year-old woman had plans to meet the pair at a bar before falling ill in a taxi on the way to the flat. According to BBC, Reid called an NHS helpline while Guthrie helped the woman inside and stayed behind to look after her. She told the court that she remembered being placed on the bed then having her top removed. She then alleged that Guthrie groped her and performed several sex acts on her. When Reid re-entered the room, the attack ceased. “The court must show that women can be protected from domestic sexual offenses.” Sheriff Tom Hughes said to Guthrie. “The offense you have been convicted of caused distress and consequences to the young woman involved in this case. She was unwell and thought her drink had been spiked elsewhere that night,” he continued, “The jury accepted that you committed these heinous crimes and the only appropriate sentence is imprisonment.” Guthrie portrayed Abernathy in 2016’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and in its sequel, 2018’s “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.” A third installment of the “Harry Potter” spinoff series is currently slated for a July 2022 release but, per IMDB, Guthrie will not appear in the film. Read original story ‘Fantastic Beasts,’ ‘Dunkirk’ Actor Kevin Guthrie Receives 3-Year Jail Sentence for Sexual Assault At TheWrap
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How we stay together: ‘It’s like the bow on a present or the icing on a cake’ Jayne and Jodie first got together in a way they describe as ‘so unplanned and so random’, but two decades on they’re more settled than ever ‘Just having my best mate by my side, who I happen to be married to is a bonus, and the commitment means everything,’ says Jodie of her relationship with her wife Jayne. Photograph: Jodie Nancarrow and Jayne Watson
Marv Albert, the legendary sports broadcaster currently calling NBA games on TNT, will retire after this year’s NBA Playoffs, a person familiar with the situation told TheWrap. The individual added that TNT and Albert, who turns 80 next month, will formally announce his retirement plans early next week. Albert has been known for decades as the “voice of the New York Knicks” — and, more recently, as “the voice of basketball” — for his long-running tenure as the lead announcer with TNT and for his signature “Yes!” call during games. Albert spent four decades calling games for the Knicks over two separate runs, and he’s worked for NBC Sports, TNT, YES for the New Jersey Nets and has called sports outside of basketball, including Wimbledon, Monday Night Football, New York Rangers games and as a reporter for two World Series. It’s unclear who will be Albert’s partner for his final games on TNT during the NBA playoffs; his last game is expected to be a call for the Eastern Conference Finals. TNT announcer Chris Webber recently exited the network ahead of the NBA playoffs, but the New York Post adds that Webber’s departure and Albert’s retirement are unrelated. The New York Post first reported the news of Albert’s retirement. Read original story Hall of Fame Broadcaster Marv Albert to Retire After NBA Playoffs At TheWrap
Damon Weaver, a kid journalist who in 2009 at age 11 scored an interview with President Barack Obama, has died. He was 23. Weaver’s sister Candace Hardy told The Palm Beach Post that Weaver died on May 1 of natural causes. “He was loved by everyone. No matter if it was a stranger, his mom or a family member, he was just a ball of light with so much energy,” Hardy said. “He was always positive, always had a smile on his face, and he was always a joy to be around. He left an impact on a lot of people.” On Aug. 13, 2009, the 11-year-old sat in the White House Diplomatic Room and conducted a 10-minute interview with President Obama, becoming the youngest person ever to formally interview a sitting president. Education reform, school lunches and bullying were among the topics of the 12 questions the young journalist asked. You can see the full interview below. In his young career, Weaver interviewed other celebrities and politicians such as then Vice President Joe Biden, who concluded his interview with Weaver by becoming Weaver’s “homeboy,” Miami Heat player Dwayne Wade and Oprah Winfrey. As an adult, Weaver pursued a career of becoming a professional journalist, with a dream of covering the NFL. He graduated from Royal Palm Beach High School and then attended Albany State University in Georgia with a degree in communications. President Obama has not publicly commented on Weaver’s death. Read original story Damon Weaver, Kid Journalist Who Interviewed Obama, Dies at 23 At TheWrap
LaKeith Stanfield called an old music video titled “Swastikas and Bones” that he recorded and posted when he was 21 “stupid,” “dumb” and a “terrible mistake” after The Daily Beast discovered it. Stanfield, who’s been in the news for participating in a Clubhouse chat that included anti-Semitic remarks, granted The Daily Beast an interview after the publication asked for comment about the 2013 music video “Swastikas and Bones,” which has since been removed. According to the Daily Beast, in the video Stanfield, “raps as he leans back against a wall with his shirt off and a swastika digitally superimposed on his forehead. Eventually, the symbol fades away but then is shown in the upper-right-hand corner in bright yellow.” Stanfield, who is currently in London filming the third season of “Atlanta,” explained that he had forgotten the video existed and he had made it to flex his artistic muscles prior to having a public platform. He told The Daily Beast he had learned that the origin of the swastika image had been twisted by the Nazis from its Hindu roots and that the video was intended to be a commentary. “I found out that the original definition of the symbol was something completely different, that it represented the sun…So, I attempted to use that meaning within the video, while also trying to be mildly provocative and try and get people to see my message through imagery,” Stanfield said. “That was a terrible mistake for me to even try and use it, even to try to get across a point that had nothing to do really with hatred. So, I’d never do that again. I’d never use that symbol again.” The Daily Beast raised the video in connection with some of Stanfield’s other peculiar social media behavior, including one incident in August in which he posted photos of a pill bottle along with a caption that read, “I like to be by myself because U can hurt myself and no one tells me to stop or fakes like they care,” prompting many to wonder if Stanfield was OK. Stanfield said that he’s now taking his social media posts more seriously and will reassess his behavior online moving forward. “I’m being careful as I move forward, to make sure I’m expressing the things that I really feel, and that I can’t even be put in a situation where it can be misconstrued or be situated next to things that don’t reflect how I actually feel,” he said. “There’s a big responsibility now for me, and I realized there are all kinds of different people looking at the things that I do, and I hold that of high importance.” He also reiterated his stance against hatred and again apologized for his participation in the anti-Semitic Clubhouse chat, denouncing the language in the room and saying he does not stand with Louis Farrakhan. “Let me just make it clear: I don’t support any form of hatred whatsoever, any kind of anti-Semitic statements that were made, anybody that tried to single out a group of people and make up allegations and say crazy things about them or their people? I don’t support that in any way whatsoever. Never did, never will.” Read more from The Daily Beast’s interview with LaKeith Stanfield here. Read original story LaKeith Stanfield Addresses Resurfaced Music Video ‘Swastikas and Bones’ Amid Anti-Semitic Clubhouse Backlash At TheWrap
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Coca-Cola might be among the most recognized brands in the world, but that doesn't mean every idea they launch is a success. Coke has just announced that they're backing out of a category they tried breaking into last year, as executives say low sales make this product cut prudent.CNN reported Saturday that Coca-Cola will no longer be distributing Coke Energy in North America. Given growing consumer interest in energy drinks, Coca-Cola had ventured into the realm with its January 2020 launch of the drink in this part of the world… however, the market quickly shifted with the pandemic, and reports suggest the brand wants to recalibrate what they concentrate on.RELATED: This Is the Best Supermarket in America, New Survey SaysCommenting on the announcement that they will no longer produce Coke Energy, Coca-Cola said: "An important component to this strategy is the consistent and constant evaluation of what's performing and what's not … As we scale our best innovations quickly and effectively, like AHA and Coca-Cola with Coffee, we need to be disciplined with those that don't get the traction required for further investment."Meanwhile, in January of 2020—just weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic reached the U.S., Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey had said in an earnings call: "We're putting the full marketing muscle behind our Coke Energy launch in the US." They also spent boucou bucks advertising the energy drink during last year's Super Bowl as they billed Coke Energy as "It's the energy you want and the taste you love."Coke Energy had launched into international markets in 2019, but the brand says they will continue to distribute the drink into those territories.Meanwhile, when we evaluate what this means from a health standpoint, the North American farewell to Coke Energy is probably not a huge heartbreak. With Coke Energy's ingredients, Coke had made an honest effort to make the energy drink fit into the "functional beverages" box that has grown so popular in the past few years. Ingredients included guarana extracts, B-vitamins, and about four times the caffeine of regular Coke when comparing both in 12-ounce servings.But with 26 grams of carbs—all as sugar—and ingredients that created a taste some online buyers have described as "unusual" and "chemically," we don't think this is a Coke product most people will miss.Check out our list of the best and worst energy drinks in 2021, and also read:This Beloved Popcorn Is Being Recalled in 16 States4 Major Grocery Stores That Just Changed Their Mask RulesThe One Trick To Lose Weight Like Crazy, Celebrity Trainer SaysWhat Happens When You Drink Too Much Coke
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(Warning: This post contains spoilers through Episode 9 of “The Underground Railroad.”) “The Good Place” alum William Jackson Harper takes on a very different role that may surprise his fans with Barry Jenkins’ “The Underground Railroad” limited series, which launched Friday on Amazon Prime Video. The series as a whole is obviously darker than the Mike Schur comedy based on its subject matter alone, but Harper’s character — that of free Black man and Underground Railroad conductor, Royal — is one that is somehow more at ease and calmer than the neurotic philosophy professor Chidi Anagonye he played on “The Good Place.” And it’s this attitude and confidence that finally allows runaway slave Cora (Thuso Mbedu) to feel comfortable and safe after starting a new life on Valentine Farm in Indiana, where Royal and other born-free Black people live and work together. However, it’s not long after Cora and Royal make their romance official that his life and many others are cut short in a massacre at Valentine Farm, enacted by white men who are scared of the threat these free Black people could pose to their society. See TheWrap’s Q&A with Harper below. TheWrap: How would you describe Cora and Royal’s romantic relationship, and what it’s like for an escaped slave and born-free Black person to be in a relationship at this time in history that “The Underground Railroad” takes place? William Jackson Harper: She’s luminous. I think that he is drawn to her instantly. And there’s something just in her bearing, especially in the way that Thuso plays Cora, that is just transfixing. And that’s really what it’s about. There is just the connection that instantly happens between them and the relationship that forms between them. It’s a really uneasy pairing for a while because they just come from two completely different societies. And they’re trying to find their way to each other because I think they’re both drawn to each other by something that is sort of undefinable. What was it like for you filming the massacre scene on Valentine Farm, a brutal attack that culminates in Royal’s death while he and Cora are trying to escape? It was tough. It was obviously really triggering for me and I found myself blind with rage in certain moments when we’re shooting those scenes. But the thing that we really leaned into was the hope and the light that is Valentine Farm. It’s an interesting thing. I deal with people asking me questions about race and stuff a lot. And my sort of instant reply all the time is, ‘It’s never really a problem until someone else makes it a problem.’ It’s like, my life is fine and then someone does something and then all of a sudden, there’s this component that just sort of throws everything into this really dark place. But it’s not like I go through the world looking for everything to sort of fall apart. And I think that that’s sort of what the deal is with Valentine Farm. It’s been successful and safe for a very, very long time. And that is our existence. The moment that you’re talking about, that’s the anomaly. The massacre at the end of Episode 9, that’s something that is out of the ordinary. And that’s not what anyone was expecting. And so it’s tough. But in order to just kind of continue through your life, you need to live in the positivity as much as you can. And that’s what we did — until things changed. And the same thing goes with Cora and Royal, they get to a certain place, but life has other plans for us and that’s just the way it is. But in the meantime, you just live in the beauty and the peace of those relationships as much as you can. In the closing moments of the episode, Royal is already dead, but Cora thinks back to the day he taught her how to shoot a gun in order for her to gain the confidence she needs to kill slave catcher Ridgeway (Joel Edgerton). Did you and Barry and Thuso work through the importance of that scene when you first shot it, knowing it would come back to play such an important role in Cora’s story immediately after Royal’s death? We didn’t really talk about that exact moment as it played out. Honestly, that moment where I’m teaching Cora to shoot, that’s just a moment where I think that she needs to know how to shoot. I think that she needs to know how to protect herself and defend herself. And this is part of being a free person, especially being a free Black person, is you have to know how to protect yourself in this world. And so that’s really all it is. I think it’s really sort of playing it as it plays. I think leaning into or trying to play the foreshadowing, it doesn’t– for me, I don’t think it really serves me as an actor. I think it’s much better that it’s a thing that happened and letting the story do that work for you. Letting the character who is having the flashback, letting them have that moment rather than trying to play, ‘This is a significant thing that will play in later.’ I think that also helps it be more effective. You don’t want to tip your hand, especially with things like that. And it actually went through different iterations of how the final chapter would unfold and the way that it played was definitely somewhat of a surprise to me. “The Underground Railroad” is streaming now on Amazon Prime Video. Read original story ‘Underground Railroad': William Jackson Harper on Royal and Cora’s ‘Uneasy Pairing’ and Valentine Farm’s Fate At TheWrap
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