Aretha Franklin Biopic ‘Respect’ Going Wide Over MLK Weekend Instead Of Christmas Platform Release – In the wake of the great response from Jennifer Hudson’s performance of Aretha Franklin’s “Young, Gifted & Black” on the BET Awards and the 60-second trailer that followed, MGM/United Artists Releasing is now going wide with its biopic about the legendary performer on January 15, 2021, MLK weekend. The all-in move shows how much confidence they have in the film’s commercial potential. – Read more at Deadline
HAPPY 10 YEARS OF ONE DIRECTION!
The One Direction social media accounts are fired up for the first time since 2018. Ten years ago today, Simon Cowell put 5 lads together in an X Factor group. They didn’t win the show, but they won millions of hearts. Check out the website HERE. I’ll put up a post with videos later today.
— One Direction (@onedirection) July 23, 2020
The Voice season 2 alum RaeLyn Set for Nascar National Anthem
RaeLyn is currently on the new label created by Florida Georgia Line.
Y’ALL I’m so excited to virtually perform the national anthem for @NASCAR at @kansasspeedway! ?? Tune in TOMORROW, July 23rd at 7:30 pm EST on @NASCARonNBC NBCSN. #NASCAR #SuperStartBatteries400 #OReillyAuto ?? pic.twitter.com/0r99lHrCjU
— RAELYNN (@RaeLynn) July 22, 2020
Another Episode of Idol Memories is Out Now! Hosted by Former EP Nigel Lythgoe
“On my Podcast #IdolMemories, that dropped today on Apple and Spotify, I tell the most embarrassing thing that ever happened in my entire life,” writes Nigel Lythgoe. “I can only apologise to Eartha Kitt, Kenny Warwick and the Queen.”
On my Podcast #IdolMemories, that dropped today on Apple and Spotify, I tell the most embarrassing thing that ever happened in my entire life. I can only apologise to Eartha Kitt, Kenny Warwick and the Queen. Subscribe now: https://t.co/mbZiuBAjwk pic.twitter.com/jxaTbvVlW6
— Nigel Lythgoe OBE (@dizzyfeet) July 22, 2020
Hollywood Charges Forward With Production Plans Despite Virus Surge – The rising COVID-19 case count in the U.S. may have prompted the rolling back of business reopenings in select states, but it’s yet to significantly impact film and TV production plans. Sources on the ground in states including California, Georgia and New York tell The Hollywood Reporter that film and TV series that’d been gearing up for production are still very much doing so, though principal photography on most domestic projects isn’t expected to begin for another couple months. Up until this point, the bulk of filming has been done in international territories as novel coronavirus numbers keep escalating in the U.S. Naturally, though, California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s sweeping statewide closures of various indoor businesses July 13 raised questions about another potential production halt. Multiple sources, however, say the governor’s guidance for the entertainment industry has not changed and there’s no indication that it will — at least not yet. According to an official state document, individuals “supporting the entertainment industries, studios, and other related establishments, provided they follow COVID-19 public health guidance around physical distancing” are considered “essential workers.” – Read more at Hollywood Reporter