Headlines: Jennifer Hudson ‘Respect’ Delayed, Harry Styles Investing in UK Arena

Jennifer Hudson’s Aretha Franklin Biopic ‘Respect’ Delayed By 7 Months; MGM Also Pulls ‘Tomb Raider 2’ Off Schedule – Exhibitors got another setbacks today as MGM/United Artists Releasing has delayed the release of the Aretha Franklin biopic Respect, starring Jennifer Hudson, from January 15 to August 13. MGM also has pulled its Tomb Raider sequel starring Alicia Vikander from its March 19 premiere date; that film now is unset. The moves come amid continuing uncertainty gripping the global theatrical business as theaters in several international territories reducing their hours of operation or close temporarily. Respect initially was set to unspool in a Christmas Day platform release, but was moved in July to a wide opening this coming Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend. – Read more at Deadline

Harry Styles Investing in New Manchester Arena – Harry Styles is making a foray into the business world with an investment in Co-op Live, a new £350 million ($457 million) music and live event area planned for Manchester, England. L.A.-based sports and live entertainment development and investment firm Oak View Group (OVG) announced the news on Monday morning U.K. time. Financial details of Styles’ investment weren’t disclosed, but British media described it as “significant.” The singer-songwriter will also be “actively involved in the development of the project in his hometown of Manchester,” working with OVG’s team to deliver “world-leading experiences at Co-op Live, with a particular focus on fans, unique premium and hospitality areas, and artist spaces.” – Read more at Hollywood Reporter

Maddie Poppe coming to Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids – CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) – Clarksville, Iowa native and American Idol winner Maddie Poppe will be coming to the Paramount Theatre December 12. The event will maintain social distancing recommendations included in the venue’s Return to Live plan. Find out more about the health and safety guidelines here. Tickets will go on sale October 30 through CREventsLive.com – Read more at KCRG.com

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‘American Idol’ Winner Laine Hardy: ‘I’m Still Processing Everything’ – Laine Hardy quickly became a household name as the Season 17 winner of American Idol in 2019, captivating fans with his easy-going voice and sweet Southern charm. The Louisiana native never imagined when he auditioned — for the second time — how much that one TV show would change the course of his entire life. “I’m still processing everything,” Laine told Everything Nash. “It’s pretty crazy. It’s really cool at the same time. I get to share my life with other people too, share all the cool things I get to do and all my experiences and stuff, but I also do have a social life. I don’t mind sharing my personal life with my fans either, because they’re the ones that got me here.” – Read more at Everything Nash

Orlando singer talks ‘The Voice,’ Gwen Stefani and more

Orlando native Chloé Hogan had to remember to keep singing “What the World Needs Now Is Love” when “The Voice” coach Gwen Stefani spun her chair around during the show’s blind auditions. It meant Hogan would progress in the competition. “A shiver went down my spine. I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, it’s Gwen Stefani, I’m looking at her and she’s looking at me. And I almost had to check myself. … I’m on the stage, and then I had to remember, I’m still singing, I gotta keep going … It was a dream to see Gwen Stefani turn around and look at me.” – Read more at Orlando Sentinel

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